We provide food and financial assistance for critical necessities to prevent homelessness, poverty, and hunger within our community.
We operate over fifty units of short-term and transitional housing for families experiencing homelessness across Boulder County.
A LITTLE HELP GOES A LONG WAY
AND 100 MORE
1915:LOCAL MINING BOOM
Boulder served as a center of trade and commerce for mining in the mountains to the West and the coalfields to the South and East. In 1915, supporting World War I efforts…
1918:LOCAL MINING BUST COMES WITH THE END OF WWI
In addition to the mining and agricultural bust that hit Boulder hard as WWI ended, the Spanish Flu epidemic took many lives, putting increased pressure on the community. Need was growing among families unable to meet…
1920s + 1930s:HELPING FAMILIES RECOVER FROM THE DEPRESSION
At the height of the Great Depression in 1932, 25% of Boulder County residents relied on some form of relief aid. The demand for help was high, but thanks to strong community support and collaborative partnerships, EFAA was able to continue to help families…
1940s + 1950s: LOCAL GROWTH AND HIGHER EMPLOYMENT
After the United States entered WWII in 1941, family dynamics shifted. Women started working outside the home in greater numbers while men were away at war…
1960s:WHOLE FAMILY APPROACH & COMMUNITY COLLABORATION TO MEET NEED
EFAA focused on taking a whole-family approach as a way of helping children more effectively, knowing that assistance to the entire family can create a better home environment.
In 1961 the business administration of EFAA was absorbed by the United Way…
HEAR STORIES FROM THE PAST:
“Somebody’s saying – it’s a cop, too – ‘What’s the matter?’ And before you can stop him, the youngest one pipes up, ‘We’re hungry!’
1970s:DRAMATIC INCREASE IN NEED AND COLLABORATION TO PROVIDE HOUSING
In 1974, Social Service Child Welfare Association of Boulder officially changed its name to Emergency Family Assistance Association (EFAA) to better reflect its work in the community, especially after the County Department of Public Welfare changed its name to the Department of Social Services…
1990s: HOUSING & CHILDREN CONTINUE AS PRIORITY, VOLUNTEERS & FUNDRAISERS MAKE WORK POSSIBLE
In 1990, EFAA saw a 25% increase from the previous year in requests for help from local families. This was in part due to a rapid rise in housing costs. As needs increased significantly, so did volunteer participation, both in numbers and in the importance of the roles they filled…
2000s:TURBULENT ECONOMIC TIMES, NEW FACILITY FOR EFAA
In 2001, EFAA saw need increase 30% over the previous year — the biggest spike in 20 years. The following year, need increased again 40%.
This kicked off a financially turbulent decade, but despite the stagnant economy, the community rallied behind EFAA with generous donations and volunteer hours to meet need…
2010s:EXPANDING SERVICES IN EXTRAORDINARY TIMES TO FOCUS ON LONG-TERM FAMILY WELL BEING
In June 2012 EFAA further expanded its housing for families with children by purchasing a building of housing units in Louisville.
2018:EFAA CELEBRATES ITS 100-YEAR ANNIVERSARY!
We’re happy to celebrate a century of strengthening families!