After a setback or a crisis, everyone deserves the chance to recover and rebuild a life that is better.
When everyone has the chance to reimagine what’s possible in life and has access to resources to make it happen, our community is stronger.
El Paso United was founded to support resiliency and recovery efforts throughout the community. In the wake of the mass casualty event that took place on August 3, 2019, local, state, and community agencies identified the need to stand up the El Paso United Family Resiliency Center for long-term community recovery. In collaboration with county and city governments and funding through the Office of the Governor, United Way of El Paso County was entrusted to be the backbone agency to host the center and lead efforts in long-term recovery. Highly-trained and culturally sensitive resiliency navigators at the center provide a place of healing and support, connecting those affected to helpful resources and services throughout the community.
This model was replicated in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. With the goal of helping individuals financially impacted by the pandemic, the Community Resiliency Center was founded to provide direct case management and resource navigation services to individuals and families within the El Paso region. Those impacted were connected to rental and utility assistance service, workforce development programs, and more.
Now, El Paso United is expanding its services to provide rental and utility navigation support. Navigators will work with individuals who reside within El Paso County but outside El Paso City limits to navigate the process of applying and receiving assistance for rent and utility payments.
Emergency Food & Shelter Program
The Emergency Food and Shelter Program supports those experiencing hunger and homelessness throughout the community. United Way allocates federal funding in order to support programs and organizations offering provisions and housing to those in need.
Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD)
The Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) is a forum that brings together community organizations to share knowledge and resources in times of disaster to support victims and their communities. VOAD fosters communication, coordination, collaboration, and cooperation to better serve impacted communities. United Way of El Paso County oversees and manages the community’s VOAD collaborative by steering the purpose and mission forward, convening meetings, facilitating training, and more.