Note: Dial 911 for all life-threatening emergencies.
Colorado Springs Police Department
705 S. Nevada Ave., 444-7000 | springspolice.com
El Paso County Sheriff's Office
101 W. Costilla St., 390-5555 | shr.elpasoco.com
1480 Quail Lake Loop, 635-0385 | csp.state.co.us
Colorado Springs Fire Department
375 Printers Pkwy., 385-5950 | springsgov.com
Medical centers (non-emergency)
Memorial Hospital Central & Memorial Hospital for Children
1400 E. Boulder St., 365-5000 | memorialhealthsystem.com
Memorial Hospital North
4050 Briargate Pkwy., 364-5000 | memorialhealthsystem.com
2222 N. Nevada Ave., 776-5000 | penrosestfrancis.org
St. Francis Medical Center
6001 E. Woodmen Road, 776-5000 | penrosestfrancis.org
Multiple locations | emergicare.org
Colorado Springs Utilities
448-4800, 448-4848 (automated), or relay through 711 or 800/659-2656 (for TDD/hearing-impaired) | csu.org
Ten years ago, Coloradans voted to make marijuana legal for medical use. Recently, the industry surrounding medical marijuana has exploded. With the growth have come worries from lawmakers that MMJ is being misused, or that a larger MMJ industry will lead to increased crime.
As the state and local governments have worked on regulations, Colorado Springs has thus far stood out for its — believe it or not — progressive approach. City Council has worked with the Colorado Springs Medical Cannabis Council, a group representing the industry, in an effort to craft fair rules.
In addition to its advocacy work, the CSMCC has become a place for industry workers to exchange ideas, and for patients to glean information. Tanya Garduno, a member of the CSMCC board of directors, says the plan is to turn the CSMCC into something akin to a chamber of commerce geared toward the MMJ industry. The CSMCC may then be able to direct licensed patients to dispensaries and growers that meet specific standards of quality. It would also be a source for businesses on best practices.
"We're working really hard to be as close to other businesses as possible," Garduno says.
Learn more about CSMCC at coloradospringsmedical-marijuanacouncil.com.
TESSA Crisis Line
633-3819 | tessacs.org
A 24-hour local hotline for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. TESSA also provides services such as advocacy and counseling to victims, and education in the community.
Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN)
800/656-HOPE (4673) | rainn.org
Routes callers to the nearest rape crisis hotline and offers a free, confidential online hotline.
Suicide Prevention Partnership Hotline
596-LIFE (5433) | sppppr.org
Local volunteers usually are available to talk, and when they're not, someone from the National Suicide Prevention line (see listing below) will answer the call.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
800/273-TALK (8255) | suicidepreventionlifeline.org
A free hotline operating 24-7. Military veterans can press 1 to be routed to a special prevention hotline, or engage in a live online chat with a counselor.
Getting a handle on beds available in Colorado Springs is a tricky proposition. There's no clearinghouse for this information, and given the urgency created by the legislated shutdown of Colorado Springs' "Tent City" in February 2010, a number of organizations have recently attempted to open up bed space on the fly.
In February, Indy reporter J. Adrian Stanley spent the better part of two weeks assembling a list detailing who offers beds, to whom they're offered, and how likely it is that you'll find any openings. A document detailing what she found is available at csindy.com; search under "shelters."
Given the quick-changing nature of room availability, though, we would urge readers to not rely solely on that list. One of the better places to get up-to-date information is the Resource Advocacy Program. Contact program reps at the R.J. Montgomery New Hope Center (709 S. Sierra Madre St., 578-9190) from 8 a.m. to noon on Mondays, or at 5 W. Las Vegas St. (on the Springs Rescue Mission campus at the Direct Service Building, 210-2387), or Tuesdays through Thursdays, from 8 to 11:30 a.m.
You could also contact Homeward Pikes Peak (955-0731, homewardpikespeak.org), whose mission it is to coordinate local homeless services.
Multiple locations | legion.org
Disabled American Veterans
3754 E. La Salle St., 380-8005 | 6880 Palmer Park Blvd., 591-8787 | dav.org
El Paso County Veteran & Military Affairs
105 E. Vermijo Ave., first floor, 520-7750 | adm.elpasoco.com/Veteran_Services
Retired Enlisted Association
834 Emory Circle, 596-0927 | trea.org
Veterans of Foreign Wars
Multiple locations | vfw.org
Colorado Springs Police Victim Advocacy Program
705 S. Nevada Ave., 444-7000 | springsgov.com
Ensures that victims understand their rights and have their needs met through the criminal justice process.
Colorado Organization for Victim Assistance (COVA)
2460 W. 26th Ave., #255-C, Denver, 303/861-1160, 800/261-2682 | coloradocrimevictims.org
Contains an online victim services directory.
Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region
610 Abbott Lane, 473-1741 | hsppr.org
This nonprofit organization reunites lost pets and owners; rescues and cares for animals in trouble; temporarily shelters homeless pets and pursues permanent placements for them; provides animal-related education to the public; and conducts thousands of animal-welfare investigations annually.
Food help & general social services
Care & Share Food Bank for Southern Colorado (careandshare.org) is the region's sole food bank for locally and nationally donated and purchased food. It supplies more than 400 Pikes Peak area agencies — churches, pantries and other charities — with food that those agencies can distribute to people in need. And the best way to identify those agencies in your area is to dial 2-1-1, Pikes Peak United Way's resource line.
In fact, if you're in need of almost any kind of social-service help, your best bet is to call 2-1-1. It links tens of thousands of callers every year with utilities and rent assistance, health care services, child care, employment counseling, transportation for elderly and disabled residents, and much, much more.
If you're interested in volunteering with a social service agency, we have two recommendations: Either visit volunteerpikespeak.org (the local United Way's online volunteering site) or check the Independent's site at csindy.com. There, under the "Calendar" heading, you can click on "Events," and choose "Volunteer Opportunities" as your category.
If you're looking to donate money to a social service agency, and want to know where the needs are most pressing, we'd recommend you check in with the Pikes Peak Community Foundation (ppcf.org).
CAN'T MISS EVENTS: CIVIC LIFE
July 18 | Acacia Park, 115 E. Platte Ave. | ppglcc.org/springspride.htm
The second-largest annual GLBT event in Colorado, with a parade, vendors, food and drink, and kids' activities. This will be the 20th anniversary celebration.
Everybody Welcome: A Celebration of Culture & Diversity
Aug. 7-15 | Multiple locations | cospdiversityforum.org
For the first time, this celebration will expand into more than a week's worth of activities, including a dance, a trip to a Sky Sox baseball game, and community forums and roundtables. It will wrap up with a festival on Aug. 15.
Veterans Day Parade
Nov. 6 | Tejon Street, downtown | csvetsparade.org
A community-organized event honoring veterans and active-duty military members in the Colorado Springs community.
224 E. Kiowa St., 385-5922
130 S. Nevada Ave., second floor, 385-5681
Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services
1401 Recreation Way, 385-5940
688 Geiger Court, 385-5934
The city manager and city councilors all keep offices in City Hall, 107 N. Nevada Ave.
City manager's office
385-5455 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Mayor: Lionel Rivera
385-5986 | email@example.com
Vice Mayor: Larry Small
385-5485 | firstname.lastname@example.org
City councilor, District 1, northwest: Scott Hente
385-5487 | email@example.com
District 2, northeast: Darryl Glenn
385-5493 | firstname.lastname@example.org
District 3, southwest: Sean Paige
385-5470 | email@example.com
District 4, southeast: Bernie Herpin
385-5492 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Note: For a map of Council districts, see springsgov.com/Page.aspx?NavID=1197.
At Large: Tom Gallagher
385-5491 | email@example.com
At Large: Jan Martin
385-5486 | firstname.lastname@example.org
At Large: Randy Purvis
578-9800 | email@example.com
City Attorney: Pat Kelly
30 S. Nevada Ave., #501, 385-5909 | firstname.lastname@example.org
City Clerk: Kathryn Young
30 S. Nevada Ave., #101, 385-5901 | email@example.com
County Commissioners Office
27 E. Vermijo Ave., 520-7276 | bcc.elpasoco.com
270 S. Tejon St., 448-7650 | 20 E. Vermijo Ave., 448-7700 | elpasocountycourts.com
County Administrator: Jeffrey H. Greene
27 E. Vermijo Ave., 520-7276 | adm.elpasoco.com
Commissioner, District 1, northwest El Paso County: Wayne Williams (R)
27 E. Vermijo Ave., 439-1870 | firstname.lastname@example.org
District 2, eastern El Paso County: Amy Lathen (R)
27 E. Vermijo Ave., 520-6412 | email@example.com
District 3, western El Paso County: Sallie Clark (R)
27 E. Vermijo Ave., 520-6413 | firstname.lastname@example.org
District 4, southwestern El Paso County (including Fort Carson): Dennis Hisey (R)
27 E. Vermijo Ave., 520-6414 | email@example.com
District 5, central Colorado Springs area: Jim Bensberg (R)
27 E. Vermijo Ave., 520-6415 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Note: For a (fairly undetailed) map of county districts, see bcc.elpasoco.com.
Sheriff: Terry Maketa
210 S. Tejon St., 520-7100 | shr.elpasoco.com
County Clerk & Recorder: Robert Balink
County Assessor: Mark Lowderman
County Treasurer: Sandra Damron
County Coroner: Dr. Robert Bux
2743 E. Las Vegas St., 390-2450 | cor.elpasoco.com
District Attorney: Dan May
105 E. Vermijo Ave., 520-6169 | 4thjudicialda.com
Local House reps
District 14, north central Colorado Springs: Kent Lambert (R)
303/866-2937 | email@example.com
District 15, east Colorado Springs: Mark Waller (R)
303/866-5525 | firstname.lastname@example.org
District 16, east-central Colorado Springs: Larry Liston (R)
303/866-2965 | email@example.com
District 17, southwest El Paso County (incl. Fort Carson): Dennis Apuan (D)
303/866-3069 | firstname.lastname@example.org
District 18, west side and Manitou Springs: Michael Merrifield (D)
303/866-2932 | email@example.com
District 19, east El Paso County: Marsha Looper (R)
303/866-2946 | firstname.lastname@example.org
District 20, northwest El Paso County: Amy Stephens (R)
303/866-2924 | email@example.com
District 21, west El Paso County: Bob Gardner (R)
303/866-2191 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Note: For a map of House districts, see 126.96.36.199/State.
Local Senate reps
District 9, northeast El Paso County: Dave Schultheis (R)
303/866-4835 | email@example.com
District 10, east El Paso County: Bill Cadman (R)
303/866-2737 | firstname.lastname@example.org
District 11, Colorado Springs area: John Morse (D)
303/866-6364 | email@example.com
District 12, southwest El Paso County: Keith King (R)
303/866-4880 | firstname.lastname@example.org
For a map of Senate districts, see 188.8.131.52/State.
Michael Bennet (D)
Colorado Springs office: 409 N. Tejon St., #107, 328-1100 | bennet.senate.gov
Mark Udall (D)
Colorado Springs office: 2880 International Circle, #107, 471-3993 | markudall.senate.gov
District 5, including Colorado Springs: Doug Lamborn (R)
Colorado Springs office: 1271 Kelly Johnson Blvd., #110, 520-0055 | lamborn.house.gov
District 1: Diana DeGette (D)
State office: 303/844-4988 | degette.house.gov
District 2: Jared Polis (D)
State office: 303/484-9596 | polis.house.gov
District 3: John Salazar (D)
Pueblo office: 719/543-8200 | house.gov/salazar
District 4: Betsy Markey (D)
State office: 970/221-7110 | betsymarkey.house.gov
District 6: Mike Coffman (R)
State office: 720/283-9772 | coffman.house.gov
District 7: Ed Perlmutter (D)
State office: 303/274-7944 | perlmutter.house.gov
1 City Hall Place, 719/553-2655 | pueblo.us
215 W. 10th St., 719/583-6000 | co.pueblo.co.us
Police & fire
1551 Bonforte Blvd., 719/553-2830
130 Central Main St., 719/553-2538
909 Court St., 719/583-6125 | sheriff.co.pueblo.co.us
Rape Crisis Services
Hotline: 719/549-0549 | pueblorapecrisis.org
Suicide Prevention Center Help Line
719/544-1133 or 719/564-5566 (teen line) | pueblosuicideprevention.com
YWCA Pueblo Family Crisis Hotline & Shelter
719/545-8195 | ywca.org
YWCA Pueblo Family Crisis Shelter
801 N. Santa Fe Ave., 719/545-8195 | ywca.org
The Wayside Cross Rescue Mission
728 W. Fourth St., 719/545-5744
Pueblo City Schools (District 60)
Administrative Services Center | 315 W. 11th St., 719/549-7100 | pueblo60.k12.co.us
Pueblo County School District 70
Administrative Services Center | 24951 E. U.S. Hwy. 50, 719/542-0220 | district70.org
ESSENTIALS: TELLER COUNTY
112 N. A St., Cripple Creek, 719/689-2988 | co.teller.co.us
11400 U.S. Hwy. 24 West, Divide, 687-9652 | co.teller.co.us
Food help, help lines, emergency shelter
See the resources given for El Paso County.