Social Services

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Jackson County Social Services

350 McKinley Street
Walden, CO 80480
Phone: (970) 723-4750
Fax: (970) 725-3696

To report suspected abuse or neglect, please call 1-844-CO-4-KIDS (1-844-264-5437).

COVID – Attention

In order to decrease the spread of the coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19), the Grand County Department of Human Services and the Jackson County Department of Social Services will be primarily conducting interviews via phone at this time.

If you feel an in-person interview is absolutely necessary, please contact our office at 970-725-3331 or 970-723-4750 during normal business hours to schedule one.

If you need to submit documents to us, please do it by utilizing one of the following methods:

By mail:
Grand County Department of Human Services
PO BOX 204
Hot Sulphur Springs, CO 80451

By fax:

If you don’t have direct access to a fax machine, you may go to the Jackson County Library located at 412 4th Street for assistance.

By email:

By text message:
Take a picture of the document and text it to 970-531-0763


You can also download the app

Walden Office Hours

Wednesdays from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Staff can be reached 8:30 am – 5 pm Mon-Fri at (970) 725-3331 (Grand County Office)


Laree Howell, Eligibility Caseworker – Food Assistance, Medicaid, Colorado Works, Long Term Care, and Adult Financial Assistance

Karen Crabb, Iris Melendez, and Nichole Fuqua, Caseworkers – Child Protection, Adult Protection, ICPC, Foster Care, Adoption, Promoting Safe and Stable Families Grant

Shannon Clark, IV-D Administrator – Child Support Services

Jackson County Social Services is Directed and Supervised by Grand County Human Services
Deb Ruttenberg, M.S.W. – Director (970) 725-3331

Taunia Shipman, M.S.W – Child/Adult Protection Supervisor (970) 725-3331

Karen Asato-Chrysler – Income Maintenance Supervisor (970) 725-3331

Important Links & Resources

USDA Non-Discrimination Statement

For information about the SNAP (Food Assistance) program, please go to

For information about Health First Colorado (Medicaid) please go to

For information about Colorado Child Care Assistance Program please go to

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