News and updates from Tribal Services

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Emergency Family Services

Propane Blues. It’s that time of year and all the propane companies are at full speed trying to keep up with everyone’s demands. To avoid extra fees and empty tanks, we recommend that you contact your propane company when you’re down to 30 percent and put your order in before it’s too late.

Special Check Request Deadlines and Office Hours

Due to the holidays coming up, the Emergency Family Services office has some announcements.

  • Dec. 10 – Closed, Leonard C. Burch Day
  • Dec. 20 – Check request deadline for pick date on 12/27
  • Dec. 21 – Open 8 a.m. -12 p.m. and 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. *Hours subject to change due to administrative leave.
  • Dec. 24 – Closed, Christmas Holiday
  • Dec. 25 – Closed for Christmas Holiday
  • Dec. 27 – Check request deadline for pick up date 1/3.
  • Dec. 31 – Open 8 a.m. -12 p.m. and 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. *Hours subject to change to due administrative leave.
  • Jan. 1 – Closed, New Year’s Holiday

If you have any eligible bills that need to be paid by check or you live off the reservation and need a food voucher, please contact us before the deadlines listed above. If you need emergency assistance, please give our office a call  at 970-563-4718. Our normal business hours are Monday – Friday,  8 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1 p.m.-5 p.m.

**For the month of December only, if you experience some after-hours emergencies, please call 970-306-8131.

Our application can be found on the SUIT website under Emergency Family Services. You can also email your application into us at or fax 970-563-4820.

Food Distribution Program

Special Treat for Food Distribution Program Clients. With the holidays already here, we’ve been given a special treat! Ham!!! While supplies last, we will be given ham to Food Distribution clients who wish to have it. If you aren’t a client, come on down and find out if you are eligible for the program. Walk ins are welcomed. If you are disabled and unable to come to the office, call us @970-563-0285 and we can make arrangements to come to you.

Division of Social Services

Don’t drain your emotional bank account. December is here and the holidays are in full swing! With the beautiful cleansing of a new winter season, we are reminded of the resilience our ancestors endured and overcame in the harsh climates of the lands. Today, we often experience seasonal depression and holiday blues during the winter season, as well as experiencing extra stress financially and emotionally, and a sense of loss and sadness for our loved ones.

With this in mind, it is very important to be mindful of our well-being spiritually, mentally, emotionally, and physically. Self-care is an important remedy for stress and a main ingredient in our overall wellbeing. Often, the more stressed we become, the less we take care of ourselves. Although it may take time, self-care is time well-invested and can prevent burn out. You might try exercising, taking a bath, eating a balanced healthy meal, resting, getting fresh air, going fishing, cooking a traditional meal, or engaging in any other relaxing activity that brings you peace. Giving and helping is also a great way to invest in self-care. With giving, we are reminded of our ability to open our hearts to those in need. Reach out. If you feel lonely or isolated, seek out community, religious or other social events. They can offer support and companionship. Volunteering your time to help others also is a good way to lift your spirits and expand your friendships.

If you are curious about learning more or want to explore ways to utilize these skills on a regular basis, contact Angelina Whitehorse, Family Preservation Therapist with the Southern Ute Tribe for additional support at 970-563-0209. Family Preservation office is also located on the third floor of the Mouache-Capote Building.

This season, give your family and yourself the gift of self-care, because in order for your family to be strong, you need to be strong!

November was a success!

The month of November our department assisted 83+ families, with the focus on family strength, support and stability for the children.

Vocational Rehabilitation Program

Think it. Do it. Be it. Do you have a medical diagnosis that’s preventing you from finding or keeping employment? Are you a local Native American? If yes, call us up at 970-563-4730 and let’s get you on track to a new year.

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