The Douglas/Elbert Task Force is a 501(c)3 non-profit human service organization dedicated to providing assistance to people in Douglas and Elbert County who are in serious economic need, at risk of homelessness, or in a similar crisis. We address immediate needs by consistently providing counseling, food and other necessities for homeless, low income and the working poor people in our community. We concentrate on the causes of hunger by actively working on issues that affect the newly underemployed, the unemployed and those on fixed incomes, disabled and the elderly. We meet these challenges with over 230 volunteers, two full-time and nine part-time staff. Each client receives one-on-one counseling. We provide quality screening, service delivery and meaningful referrals for clients. Task Force client walk-in client service hours are 9 am-12 pm, M-F. This past fiscal year (January – December 2013), we served 14,740 people. Over 6,000 or 41% of the people we served are children! People who are in crisis operate under incredible stress. Having a calm, warm, quiet place to come, and being greeted and made welcome by a smiling volunteer immediately diffuses some of that stress. For the kids, we provide an airy, quiet space with room for them to play safely. Having the opportunity to be listened to and to be heard by staff who not only understand but who can often make a difference that day is an incredible relief, particularly for clients with children. We go through many, many boxes of tissues, and hugs are given liberally at the Task Force. Brief History: in 1984, local parishioners of several Castle Rock churches joined forces to create a centralized location to send people in need. The founders also wanted to encourage volunteerism by providing opportunities for the members of their congregations to become directly involved with the needs in their communities.