2019 Annual Report

Envida began 2019 determined and inspired to give more people access and needed services to maintain their independence. Our ambitions resulted in the largest geographic expansion here in Southern Colorado in our history.

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Embracing Leadership

We are compassionate, resourceful, dependable, resilient, visionary, and innovative. We live these core values as we look beyond ourselves and consider the community we serve.


Getting transit to rural Colorado

From the expansive eastern plans to the northern Tri-Lakes region, envida has listened to its neighbors and responded with affordable, accessible options. Watch for additional rural outreach in 2020.

4 days / 3x per day

Increased route service from Calhan and Peyton, serving about 40 people a month.

15+ volunteer drivers

Joined forces with Mountain Community Senior Services to manage a driving program for older riders in the Tri-Lakes area.

2,130 square miles​

Added a second route in eastern El Paso County serving Rush, Yoder, and Ellicott, nearly completing a county-wide expansion.


Behavioral health

When mental health, substance misuse, and suicide impacted envida, we committed ourselves to increasing transportation access to treatment.


Mobility on demand

Imagine you don’t have a car, a ride, or you need a van with a lift. Imagine your doctor said you need an appointment tomorrow, or maybe today. Imagine your favorite ride service is booked three weeks solid.

Envida did. And we’re changing the story.

Raised nearly $1M​

Envida has combined federal, state, and private foundation funds to envision next generation transit.

Regional partners​

Silver Key Senior Services, Fountain Valley Senior Center and envida formed a collaboration for greater efficiencies, more rides and services, and reduced costs.

On demand​

After years of demand-response, scheduled transportation, specialized transit is starting to imagine what it means to provide rides NOW.


Getting the care they need

Some call it aging in place. Others just say they want to stay in their own homes. Be independent as long as they are able. Envida is here to help. In 2019 we expanded our home care services and the geographic area we serve to reach more people who need help. 

Private pay

People need options for home care, so we added another way to get support.

More waivers

Medicaid offers more than just in-home support services (IHSS), and now envida provides supportive living services (SLS).

3 more counties

We have been serving El Paso and Teller. You can find us now in Pueblo, Fremont, and Park.

Rural lifeline

Park County had limited, if any, active, licensed home care providers. Now through the Area Agency on Aging, residents have envida.

Collaborative partnerships

Envida’s vision benefits riders and clients because it’s inclusive. We look for partners and to build alliances to do what’s best for our community.


Envida in the news

Envida is on the move, and people are taking notice. Whether in print or in person, envida’s perspective matters. 


Get the numbers

Funding turns vision into reality. In 2019 our partners showed us they like what they see, supporting our innovations and expansion.

SAFE TO RIDE: A letter from our Executive Director

The COVID-19 virus has impacted everyone. Here at envida, we have remained open as an essential transportation and homecare business, supporting our governor’s “stay at home” order and now “safer at home.” As restrictions begin to lift, we are taking every precaution to ensure our clients and riders are safe. Most importantly, we want to communicate to our riders that it is SAFE to RIDE.

Our drivers wear gloves and masks, and we request that riders have masks or scarves. We have installed antimicrobial film on interior bus surfaces that require a high degree of hygiene. We disinfect vehicles after each rider, and we will open windows for fresh air, weather permitting. We have expanded service hours to meet riders’ needs: We are open from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. Our rural routes along U.S. Highway 24 and S.H. 94 have re-opened; the Calhan route operates Monday through Thursday, and the Ellicott/Yoder route operates Wednesdays and Fridays. We have also begun serving Teller County to help those with medical and behavioral health needs access healthcare providers in Colorado Springs.

For information about our transportation services, questions, or updates, please visit our transportation pages at www.envidacares.org or call our transit line at 719-633-4677.

Additionally, for our home care clients, we offer telehealth visits and our homecare attendants have been well versed on how to keep themselves and clients safe. For more information on telehealth visits, please call 719-301-6870.

We are closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation and will continue to take actions necessary to keep our clients, riders, staff and community safe and healthy. Any further updates will be posted here or you can call us at 719-633-4601. envida cares.

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