20 families, 20 stories of struggle

Douglas/Elbert Task Force is crucial safety net

Staff members at the Douglas/Elbert Task Force, 1638 Park St., Castle Rock, have a daily limit. They help the first 20 families who sign up. But this time of year, staff is being swamped, and on a recent evening were trying to help more.

It’s in an industrial park on Park Street in Castle Rock — past storage units and a gun shop, and various other shops, in one of those nondescript rectangular buildings, where every day 20 or more families come to get help — many for food, clothing, money so utilities aren’t turned off, so rent can be paid.

Jenny Follmer, the client service manager at the Douglas/Elbert Task Force, 1638 Park St., usually stops at 20 families, a task force rule. The 21st person wanting to sign up to get help is asked to come back the next morning.

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