Catholic Charities and Community Services of the Archdiocese of Denver

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Organizational Overview

Catholic Charities and Community Services of the Archdiocese of Denver
4045 Pecos St
Denver, CO 80211
Our mission, at its core, is motivated by the call to Christian charity: As the charitable arm of the Archdiocese of Denver, and inspired by God's love and compassion, Catholic Charities extends the healing ministry of Jesus Christ to the poor and those in need.

We are excited to share with you the expansion of our Women's Services under the new name "Marisol Services". It provides a continuum of care network which streamlines access to counseling, housing, employment, daycare, financial education, early childhood education and more.

Our locations formerly known as Lighthouse Women's Center and Real Choices, will change to Marisol Health. Last year, we provided 466 free ultrasounds, with 59 babies born to clients.

Father Ed Judy House, our shelter for single mothers is now Marisol Home.

Marisol Maternity, formerly Maternity of Motherhood, has recently become part of the Catholic Charities Marisol Services. There are currently two homes in Arvada for up to 14 pregnant women or mothers with infants who are in need of a nurturing home.

Catholic Charities opened more Gabriel Houses with a grand total of nine operating in northern Colorado. Low-income families will have better access to free diapers and needed baby supplies. The Gabriel Project distributed over 307,640 free diapers to mothers in need last year.

Holy Rosary, our women's shelter, is serving more women after opening a second location, Holy Rosary II, in December 2015 which now averages an additional 2,250 nights of shelter a month.

Together, we can continue to serve and help families regain self-sufficiency and create a path to a better life.

Board Chair/President Statement

Dear Friends,

Let me begin by welcoming those of you who are not familiar with Catholic Charities and express gratitude to past donors. Thanks to everyone's support last Colorado Gives Day, we continue to serve the hungry, wounded, cold, and suffering. Last year, we provided 197,000 nights of shelter to disadvantaged individuals and families within our community.

Our accomplishments have been great but there is much work to be done in the upcoming year. As the cost of living in Colorado increases, our services are more critical and essential than ever to struggling families. With this rising challenge, we're calling on you to help us serve our brothers and sisters in Christ.

Currently, we provide 23 individual programs that transform and rebuild lives. We work tirelessly to serve our neighbors because of our belief in human dignity. Each individual we serve is a gift from God.

"To love God and neighbor is not something abstract, but profoundly concrete: it means seeing in every person the face of the Lord to be served, to serve him concretely." - Pope Francis

We hope you will join us by supporting Catholic Charities on Colorado Gives Day. Together we can answer the call and extend the healing ministry of Jesus Christ.

Kindest regards,

Patrick Brady
Chairman of the Board

Impact Statement

Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Denver serves thousands of people each year through a continuum of care, our programs focus on Women's Services (Marisol), Family and Child Care Services, and Shelter and Housing Services.
Here's a snapshot of what we accomplished this past year, thanks to your generosity:
• Over 609,875 warm and nutritious meals were served to hungry children, individuals and families at Samaritan House
• Over 197,000 nights of shelter were provided to individuals and families with nowhere to go
• 307,640 free diapers were given to struggling mothers and families
• 26,987 households were provided direct emergency assistance to prevent evictions and shutoffs, support through Victim's Assistance program and help with food and/or clothing from our Little Flower Center in Aurora
• 4,504 services were provided to elderly individuals through our Senior Services
• 664 children received Early Childhood Education with 91% coming from families below the poverty line

Executive Director Statement

Dear Friends,

When complimented on her social work, Blessed Mother Teresa was said to have replied, "We are not doing social work; this is God's work." That is a high standard and one we hope to approach every day at Catholic Charities in the Archdiocese of Denver.

Are you hungry, are you cold, are you tired, are you sick? Do you need clothing? A place to sleep? Are you pregnant and need help? Those are the questions asked by Catholic Charities in the Archdiocese of Denver, which serves those with a need to give and a need to receive.

By the start of 2015, the logo of Catholic Charities incorporated the image of Our Lord on the cross. Why? It is the most charitable symbol in the world, because the ultimate charitable act is to give yourself completely for others, as Jesus Christ did. That is our mission at Catholic Charities, to extend the healing ministry of Jesus Christ to the poor and those in need.

Our mission is made possible with your help. Thanks to you Catholic Charities served more than 77,000+ individuals last year in the areas of Shelter Services, Women's Services (Marisol), and Family & Child Care Services.

There is much more to come. I invite you to visit our facilities to meet our staff and volunteers, and particularly, to meet those whom we have the privilege to serve.

God Bless,

Larry Smith

Needs Statement

Help homeless mothers and their children receive needed services-
Marisol Home (formerly Father Ed Judy House) shelters homeless single mothers with children and Marisol Maternity shelters expectant women and mothers with infants facing homelessness. In July of 2016, we added two Marisol Maternity centers to our services and plan to move Marisol Home to a new location at the beginning of 2017. Last year, at Marisol Home, we served 29 women and 45 children and expect higher numbers next year. We need your help to furnish, supply, and operate these shelters.

Shelter and feed homeless men, women and families-
Catholic Charities operates five full time shelters: Samaritan House, Marisol Home, Marisol Maternity, The Mission, and Guadalupe. We also operate three overflow centers: Holy Rosary I and Holy Rosary II located in Denver and the third in Fort Collins. Each shelter operates at full capacity every day. Last year we provided more than 197,000 nights and 657,000 meals to clients who called our shelters home. We need your support, to continue providing nutritious meals to each resident.

Help struggling families with affordable early childhood education-
Our six Early Childhood Education centers improve school-readiness for children, allow for convenient and affordable childcare for parents and provide parenting education that improves family stability and child/parent interaction. Last fiscal year, 91% of families enrolled in our Early Childhood Education program were below poverty. We served 664 children daily with early childhood education, health exams, family support services and meals. We need your support to help provide quality childcare to families.

Support women facing an expected pregnancy-
Our Marisol Health in Lafayette (formerly Real Choices) and Marisol Health Denver East (formally Lighthouse) provide comprehensive medical care, confidential counseling, outreach to the abortion-minded, abortion pill reversal, Natural Family Planning, infertility care, gynecology, STD/STI testing, and education. Last year, we provided 787 clinical visits. We need your help to continue providing support and care for women in need.

Background Statement

Established in 1927, Catholic Charities has grown from a simple, Depression-era emergency assistance program to one of Colorado's largest nonprofit social service providers.

Over the years, our programs have evolved to meet the ever-changing needs of the community. Our ultimate goal, however, remains the same: to collaborate with vulnerable individuals and families in hopes of alleviating poverty and empowering them towards self-sufficiency.

Catholic Charities is open to, and serves, all people. We collaborate with Catholic parishes, local businesses, nonprofit organizations, government agencies, medical facilities and educational institutions.

Last year we had:
• 450 Employees
• 21 Board members
• 5,098 Volunteers
• 77,000+Clients

Our agency's main offices are located in Denver, with three additional regional offices located in Fort Collins, Greeley and Glenwood Springs. Services provided by regional offices are tailored to meet the needs of the local community.

Our Housing & Shelter Services | A family is reunited
Alicia and Carlos were heartbroken to have to leave their three young children in the care of other guardians. The couple had been struggling financially. Both were out of work. When their meager savings were depleted, they lost their apartment. The couple decided they could live out of their minivan for a time. But that was no option for their kids. Both struggled to stay hopeful for a solution that could help them return to self-sufficiency and reunite their family.

Learning about one of Catholic Charities' five emergency shelters shone a new light in their lives.

Carlos and Alicia were able to bring their children to one of our shelters. Each family member was given several pairs of clothing, shoes, and warm winter coats from its donation center stocked by generous friends like you. A caseworker helped Mom and Dad iron out some obstacles that were keeping their oldest son from attending school regularly. A local employer to whom Catholic Charities referred Mom and Dad hired them both full-time! Steady employment led to a lease agreement with our Plaza De Sol housing complex. Overwhelmed with gratitude and armed with many new life skills, Carlos and Alicia left the shelter with their family reunited.

Our Family and Child Care Services | A grandmother receives help with shelter and child care
Alberto noticed it right after little Rachelle arrived at the Samaritan House.

The 21-month-old behaved more like a baby half her age. The toddler wasn't talking. She drank from a bottle and ate only baby food that her grandmother Karen fed her. Karen is a very young grandma who is raising her daughter's daughter. Sadly, Rachelle was exposed to drugs before birth.

Alberto recommended enrolling Rachelle at the nearby Margery Reed Mayo Day Nursery, an early childhood development program run by Catholic Charities. Educational specialists Kandi and Denya devoted themselves with great care and compassion to the quiet baby girl. Working intensively to enrich Rachelle's language skills and improve her sociability, the two enabled her to progress at a remarkable pace.

Meantime, our shelter staff labored diligently to equip Karen for self-sufficiency. They connected her with resources to help her care for Rachelle. They helped her secure her job and an affordable place to live. Now, taking a bus to and from work, she's able to keep Rachelle enrolled at the Nursery.

Her teacher Kandi says that today, this bubbly little lady is one whose smile lights up a room.

And Karen couldn't be more appreciative. "Thank you for everything you've done for us!" she says over and over. "I just can't tell you - well … you see her now -" she gestures toward Rachelle, who's enjoying goldfish crackers as she happily chatters away with the other youngsters.

Our Marisol Services (Women's Services) | Teen receives support during her unexpected pregnancy
Lulu won't forget August 15, 2015-the day her world came crashing down. A grocery store pregnancy test confirmed what the 18-year-old Brazilian native and her boyfriend had feared the most. She decided to go to Planned Parenthood to confirm the pregnancy and learn about her options, but a cold atmosphere and indifferent staff had Lulu running from the building before her appointment.

Then Lulu discovered Marisol Health, a Catholic Charities of Denver medical center. The staff offered her the support and compassion she needed, from the moment of initial shock to those first moments of motherly joy.

"They cared about me," Lulu said about her first visit. "It was more personal. They were really sweet about it and reassuring that everything was okay and I didn't need to freak out. And they said there were a lot of options and help for me."

Marisol Health provided her a free pregnancy test and ultrasound. They maintained contact throughout her pregnancy. Lulu said she will forever remember the day less than nine months later when she first gazed at her newborn daughter, Chloe.

"It was like this instant love," she said. "I didn't know how I could love someone I've never seen yet. I think it's amazing. It's a miracle."

Marisol Health guided her as her pregnancy fears turned into a loving welcome of her baby.

"In the moment it feels like everything is crashing down, but then it only gets better," she said.

* Names have been changed in certain instances to protect the privacy of our clients.
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