LEAF, the Lyons Emergency Assistance Fund, has hired Janaki Jane in a new role, as the
Direct Services Advocate. For the last six months she has been the Displaced Resident
Advocate for LEAF, working with the Lyons folks who lost their homes in the 2013 floods.
Janaki's role now includes anything that involves direct work with clients or client assistance.
She will answer calls made to LEAF's phone (720-864-4309), and will be at the Lyons
Community Church on Wednesdays from 10 am to 5 pm.
On Wednesdays, LEAF partners with the OUR Center to provide case management, budget
counseling, and many forms of support, including emergency payments for housing, utilities,
child care, medical and other bills, as well as connection to resources and aid in making steps
toward case management goals. The two organizations collaborate with Lyons area residents
who need a helping hand. This is both for those who, because of circumstances need one-time
assistance, and also for folks who need ongoing support as they move toward greater
independence and self sufficiency in their lives. Janaki will continue for a couple of months to
work with the residents displaced by the flood to assist their transiting to a permanent living
LEAF's Food Pantry is also on Wednesdays from 3:30-5:00 p.m., and Janaki is there to talk to
people, too. All of LEAF's Wednesday services take place in the Lyons Community Church, the
white church on the corner of Main Street and Fourth Avenue.
Janaki has lived in the Lyons area since 2004. You may know her from when she worked at the
Barking Dog and the paper years ago. Or more recently, she worked with Colorado Spirit Flood
Recovery Crisis Counseling Team. Janaki has more than 20 years of experience as a counselor
and advocate, specializing in helping clients determine priorities, make goals, and supporting
them in doing what it takes to reach those goals.
LEAF aims to be your first stop in Lyons for human services resources. Come to the Lyons
Community Church on Wednesdays to visit with Janaki if you have any questions or needs
concerning food, finances, flood recovery, or need support with filling out forms or making phone
calls for assistance, or, if you can't make Wednesdays, call her at 720-864-4309 or email her at
firstname.lastname@example.org. Janaki can get you in contact with who can help, if LEAF can't. That's why
LEAF is in Lyons: to help you get the help you need.