DICP’s unique approach to direct delivery of multiple wrap-around services accomplishes what single-service agencies cannot: the provision of comprehensive, integrated support through one organization, and the delivery of effective assistance to those seeking to truly overcome poverty. DICP offers programs and affiliated components in our key service areas.
Available DICP Programs
Our Walk-Up Services:
Diaper distribution (participants can pick up once every 30 days)
Mail Storage and Pickup via safe hand-off (Must Sign a Waiver at DICP and Fill Out a Change of Address Form at the Post Office)
Energy Outreach Colorado assistance to help pay Xcel bill.
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Education Programs like La Academia Coding Institute and the Steve Johnsen Scholarship
Veggie Rx Classes
The Greens-N-Grains Food Truck
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DICP serves over 414,500 meals and works with more than 15,000 people annually.
DICP’s food pantry operates on a client-choice model and partners with local agencies to enroll clients in federal food assistance programs. DICP is a founding member of the Colorado Food Pantry Network, an alliance of hunger relief organizations collaboratively addressing food insecurity in the State of Colorado. CLOSED FOR JULY.
Health and Nutrition
DICP's Veggie Rx program provides education about healthy foods for everyone in the family. Veggie Rx was originally designed for individuals diagnosed with health problems connected to obesity (things like diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, and breathing problems), but now serves youth and families as well.
Participants follow an 8-session program, which involves hands on food preparation, knife skills, healthy activities, tips on how to buy the most nutritious food on a budget, and how to use local resources to find healthier food. Participants receive incentives throughout the course, including a grocery store gift card at the end of classes. Participants also have access to DICP's Food Pantry and Care Navigation resources.
Our food truck is the Greens-N-Grains mobile program. The truck distributes healthy meals to youth in Denver's food deserts and neighborhoods where food insecurity is high. The food truck partners with schools and after-school programs during the school year to distribute 600 meals per week, including at weekend sporting events.
During the summer, the food truck provides daily summer lunches at two food sites over the course of ten weeks. Over 7,000 meals are provided during a season of high food insecurity.
Staff members engage youth in nutrition and health education at the food truck sites. The mobile curriculum includes youtube videos, social media posts, recipes, games, and demonstrations to engage youth and families in healthy and active lifestyles.
DICP’s educational programs provide a rigorous education curriculum, a supportive network of adult mentors, and pro-social activities.
The La Academia Coding Institute provides computer coding and computer science programming to underserved youth in the Denver metro area. The LACI offers a hybrid curriculum built around Code work’s all-encompassing computer science curriculum and more specific coding curriculum and hands-on projects from The Raspberry Pi Foundation. We work with partner schools to provide programming during elective or out-of-school time at no cost to the partner school. Coding and computer science skills are a growing necessity for employment, and the LACI prepares young people to pursue coding and computer science after high school.
The La Academia Puentes program is a post-secondary bridge program, run through a volunteer committee, with the goal of increasing the percentage of graduates who have successful collegiate and post-secondary careers. Puentes offers one-on-one mentoring as well as test-preparation and content-area classes to prepare and guide students to an appropriate post-secondary education, including college, trade schools, and professional certification programs. All students are assigned a mentor who is with them through high school graduation and stays with them through their college careers.
DICP’s Community Support programs and services are an interconnected array of services for people in crisis or transition.
The Annual Thanksgiving Dinner brings together more than 300 community members to sit down to a traditional Thanksgiving meal.
The Annual Holiday Gift Giveaway distributes more than 4,000 new gifts to 500 families each December.