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Catholic Charities and Community Services of the Archdiocese of Denver

You can change someone's life with your gift today! Catholic Charities addresses each family or individual's unique needs at every age and stage of life. We ask... Are you hungry? Are you cold or tired? Do you need a place to sleep? If the answer is "yes", we can help!

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General Information

General
Official Name
Catholic Charities and Community Services of the Archdiocese of Denver​​​​​​​
DBA/Trade Name(s)
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Former Name(s)
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Acronym
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Date Established
1927
Offers Additional Colorado State Tax Credit
EZ Tax Credit & Child Care Credit
Tax ID
84-0686679
Addresses
Headquarters Address
6240 Smith Road
Denver, CO 80216
Colorado Location
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Mailing Address
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Other Address
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Phone/Fax
Main Phone Number
303-742-0828
Fax Number
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Other Phone Number
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Web/Email
Email
donorrelations@ccdenver.org
Website
www.ccdenver.org
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Mission Statement

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.

Testimonials

At Catholic Charities we serve along a "Continuum of Care," addressing each family or individual's unique needs. We operate with a "hand-up" rather than a "hand-out" approach, helping people out of poverty and providing services that foster long-term goals and encourage independence. We recognize the dignity and uniqueness of everyone we encounter.

Here are just a few testimonials of the life changing impact our agency has on the people we serve.

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Shelter Services | A veteran finds hope
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"I'll tell you one thing, the Samaritan House received me with open arms. I don't know what they saw in me. All the personnel had a smile on their face and wanted to help. I came to their veteran's program to get out of homelessness. What I have now is because of them.

At 17, I entered the U.S. Army then later joined the National Guard. I served in places like Germany and Italy. I got injured twice. Once I fell off a tanker and injured my hip; another time I fell and had a head injury. I left to work for a railroad company--started out with a sledgehammer in my hand and worked my way to foreman. I had a good life. I had a wonderful family, a wife and two kids. I got reinjured on the job and they offered me $150,000. Unfortunately, with that money came friends … and drugs. I had to leave my wife and family. I didn't want her to go down with me.

For 20 some years, I was homeless. I've drifted through some 40 states in this country. I used cocaine, crack then meth. I was hooked on heroine. I just got locked into drugs. What made me stop was my three beautiful granddaughters. They saw me panhandling one day on the streets in Texas, where I'm from. I was so ashamed and one day I just said, 'This is it. I got to go.' I bought a bus ticket and came to Denver with $200. I love Denver, it's one of the special places in my heart.

God has been so good. I was in a homeless shelter and someone told me I was in the wrong place. There's better help at Samaritan House. If you're willing to do your part, they'll help you. I was there for 9 months. They helped me find housing and with the VA helped me find my beautiful apartment. I'm now clean and managing my depression. I want to go back to Samaritan House to volunteer. I give my gratitude to them."

- Manny

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Women's Services | Pregnant mom finds strength
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Kisha and her boyfriend Jevan changed their minds-they weren't ready to have a child yet.

"I was 22 at the time. He was 23," Kisha shared. "We decided that we were ready to have a child ... The next day in the afternoon we're like, 'Actually, let's take this back.' We took a take-action pill and a month later, we found out it didn't take action."

She discovered Marisol Health in Lafayette, a licensed medical clinic, and went to her first appointment.

"…I felt accepted. I could just be honest and say, 'Yes, we took a Plan B pill. It didn't work. We're here for the best care possible.' That's exactly what we received ... it was beautiful."

Kisha needed extra assistance to prepare to be a successful mother. At Marisol Health, she took classes, received baby clothing and supplies, counseling, and joined a mother's support group, in addition to receiving quality medical care.

Marisol Health clinics "are this really beautiful blend of medical and social supportive services," said Senite Sahlezghi, program director of Marisol Health Lafayette. "We don't serve people because they're Catholic. We serve people because we're Catholic. The role that we have here is to remind people that they have an inherent dignity."

Kisha and Jevan wanted professional care and support to prepare for their new lives as parents.

"That's huge for someone who's so young to have a baby and not be married and not have planned it and have no idea in the world at all what they're doing and what they're going to do and how they go about it," Kisha said. "Marisol gave me every single tool that I needed and all the strength that I didn't know I had."

After their daughter, Earlene, was born, Kisha and Jevan married in 2019. They invited Sahlezghi and staff to their celebration.

"I wanted them to be a part of the next big journey of my life because they've been here from the beginning ... like family honestly," Kisha said.

"They've given me equal playing field to be a successful mother and to be a successful wife. I thank them for that," she continued. "That's what Marisol does to me. It gives me love and hope and I see so much good here ... and you can't find that in many places."

- Kisha

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Family, Kinship & Senior Services | Family finds quality education, support amid trauma
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"We are a family of eight with 4 boys and 2 girls. At first, we were very cautious about enrolling all our kids (in public schools) with all the negative stuff happening. We instead decided to send them to Mariposa Childhood Center's Head Start and Early Head Start programs. We have been very happy and pleased with the results our kids have shown every day. Our children's speech has improved a lot. It puts a smile on our face to see them so enthusiastic to go to school or to tell us the things they learned.

I serve on the Head Start Policy Committee and took the lead to get more fathers engaged in the center. Then my wife and I got in a car accident this year and went through rehabilitation and surgeries while balancing the needs of our children. Mariposa was so understanding. They let us drop the kids off a little early some days and understood if we came late after a doctor's appointment. We communicated well with each other.

Our hopes and dreams for our family is that they grow and become good people, not only to themselves, but others as well. We really hope to be good role models for them. Catholic Charities has been there to support us. There's so much they offer and a lot of people just don't know. I would give them my heart if I had to. If it wasn't for Mariposa, I wouldn't know what I would do. I really appreciate all they do for my family. It's an awesome place."

- Jonathan

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Shelter Services | Overcoming the cycle of homelessness
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"I came to Samaritan House a year ago. I got clothing, food and started taking classes. After getting to know staff, they brought up my self-esteem. I didn't think I had accomplished anything. I guess you don't always see it, but others do. They've actually taught me a lot of skills-dealing with myself and being independent. I've had some amazing case managers.

I used to live in a big home in Northglenn. All my children and grandchildren had grown up and moved out. My marriage got really hard. I left my husband - it was a verbally abusive relationship and I was codependent. I packed my bags and came to downtown Denver.

Now I work in hospitality and just got promoted to manager. I'm looking forward to working days and not nights. I have children but don't want to get involved in their domestic life. I was also overcoming substance abuse. Samaritan House helped me with that, too. They offered classes for finding housing and applying for jobs.

The biggest thing is the people I've met. The staff is amazing. All of them. I've got to thank Catholic Charities for all the stuff you've done for me. I would like to get into a place of my own and start to enjoy my grandkids again. If you're going to go anywhere for help, this is the place."

-Ramona

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

Organization History

Catholic Charities of Denver is one of the largest and most effective social service organizations in Colorado, founded in 1927. We serve tens of thousands of people in crisis annually. We offer affordable housing, early childhood education, counseling, rent and utility assistance, shelter, food and clothing, case management, family and senior services, women's services and much more. We collaborate with corporate partners, local businesses, nonprofit organizations, government agencies, medical facilities, educational institutions, parishes and other community partners. We work to alleviate and find solutions to some of the most pressing challenges that women, men and families in our community face each day.

Our agency's main office is 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.

Last year we had:
• 480 Employees
• 22 Board members
• 70,416 Volunteer Hours

***At the time of updating this profile, Catholic Charities 2019-2020 statistics were not available.

Key aspects of this profile information have been reviewed by Community First Foundation staff. Each organization is exclusively responsible for the content that appears on the profile page. Community First Foundation offers general guidance as to the purpose of each area but does not require or encourage charities to include anything in particular in each section.