By Janaki Jane
Lyons’ own flood recovery team, Lyons and Environs Colorado Spirit, has opened an office in the Balcony Office Suites at 431 Main Street, above the Barking Dog Café. Someone will be in the office Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and by appointment.
Any resident or flood-displaced resident of the Lyons, Hygiene, or Allenspark zip codes can come in for help or information. Residents are encouraged to drop by, or make an appointment if that meets their schedules
better, to talk, to get information about resources, or to get support with filling out forms.
One of the main jobs of the team is to be present for the community for crisis counseling and emotional support. For some people, that might be a chance to tell someone in detail about how the reconstruction of their house, or yard, or business is going, both the bad and the good. Others need to share about their families and the challenges or triumphs that have come since the flood. Still others need a chance to problem solve with someone about financial stresses or health problems that have come up since September. There is no story or problem too small or too big to tell the Colorado Spirit Team. Whether it seems too petty, or it seems overwhelming to speak of, the team is in Lyons to listen and to offer support.
The team also goes to many meetings and trainings in order to be knowledgeable and up-to-date on programs and have resources to help community members. Any issue is the right issue to visit the team about and see if they have resources or contacts for help. Those trying to get back on their feet can go and talk to someone who understands about what are the issues they are facing and get help prioritizing their needs. Then the team member can point them to the right person or agency, with contact information to get help. If the team doesn’t know the answer, they will do their best to find out. Those who are on their feet, but want to know if there’s that one extra resource are welcome, also.
Having trouble buckling down to fill out those forms? FEMA appeals, maybe, or insurance? The team can help there, too. You can come to their office, or a team can come to your house, and help you get clear and stay focused on filling out the forms to get the help you need.