Catholic Charities and Community Services of the Archdiocese of Denver

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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
Voice Calls Only
Fax Number
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Other Phone Number
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Web/Email
Email
donorrelations@ccdenver.org
Website
www.ccdenver.org
Social Media Links
       

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 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 | New mom finds strength and support
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Three years after walking through the doors of Marisol Health while pregnant and fearful, Reilly said she feels like an empowered and capable mother.

"My meetings with Marisol Health taught me so much," said Reilly, 25. "Now I have this amazing framework for being a mother. I was taking it all in and now … it feels so empowering, and I feel like I'm not going into parenting blind."

The mother of a 3-year-old girl said parenting is not what she expected. But inside the welcoming medical clinic in Lafayette, Reilly found a 'little community' of support and new moms with similar experiences. She first shared her testimony to a crowd of Marisol Health supporters at the Marisol Tea benefit in 2019 when she talked about the mentoring program, clothing, and resources given to her. Later she joined Marisol's support group for moms.

Recently Reilly graduated from a school in Longmont with her esthetician license. She is applying for jobs in the field and hopes it will become a long-term career. During the last year, Marisol Health continued to show support.

"During Christmas time and the COVID pandemic, they took such good care of me," she shared about receiving phone calls from staff and gifts through their Adopt-a-Mom program. "I was blown away. I want to recommend them to others moms because of the impact. At Marisol, they focused on the emotional part (of pregnancy and motherhood) and it wasn't all about the baby. They made sure mom was okay, too. It's just like this little community."

Reilly said the support Marisol gave helped her and the father of her child during challenges. Now they are co-parenting and growing into better people, she said. Their daughter is growing fast.

"Even in the last couple of months, she's become her own person," Reilly said. "She knows what she wants. She is a people person and funny, precious, and sassy."

The Marisol Health staff other moms she met in the groups helped her learn key skills including patience and boundaries with raising children. She said the women in the group are the only mom friends she has. She hopes to someday be like the Marisol Health staff and other moms who empowered her.

"I just feel grateful," Reilly said. "I want to thank Marisol Health staff in every way I can. Their grace, strength, and patience… I honestly look to them as like gold. I want to be like that someday."

- Reilly

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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 four boys and two 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 | Single dad finds security
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"I'm 32. I came down from Washington, D.C., to Denver looking for a change in my life. I got really depressed. I picked up everything I had and went to Colorado in February 2020. I didn't really have a plan. I stayed with a nice lady for a while. My 10-year-old daughter came down three months later. Then it took a turn for the worse. My daughter and I found ourselves outside late at night with all of our things and nowhere to go.

We stayed in a motel for a couple of weeks with the help of our pastor and a voucher. I got on my phone, and I looked up family shelters. Outside Samaritan House, we were so nervous and so scared. We didn't know if they were going to turn us away. I was down on my luck. A nice young lady came out and said they had a room for us. I almost cried. I couldn't believe it.

Samaritan House was a dream come true for me because I heard through the program we could eventually get housing. It was that pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. I was eager to follow the rules and do whatever I had to do to stay in the program. I had to always go over and beyond to show them I'm not lazy and I do take initiative.

Samaritan House gave us a nice warm place to stay, three meals a day. On the weekend, activities for children, and reading the Bible. I ran into a bump in the road because I had some substances in my system, but they didn't kick me out. They worked with me and I got in some programs and got to learn a lot about myself. I was suffering from a lot of hurt. I was suffering from a lot of pain. I was suffering from a lot of anxiety.

I got myself together, started working a security job. I did 13-hour shifts and just really got motivated. And they helped me find housing. Now we are in an apartment. I was able to get clothes, a microwave, and pots and pans from the donation center at Samaritan House.
Samaritan House has helped me a great deal. If you take advantage, it's bar none. It's all about your attitude when you go in. I'm on the right track and I've never been on this track in my life. You know, Samaritan House has given me an opportunity and a chance of a lifetime.

Thank you so much. And please donate. Give help to somebody to get them where they've never been before and live the way they've never lived. I'm just overjoyed and I'm thankful. God bless you all."

- John
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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:
• 475 Employees
• 19 Board members
• Over 30,000 Volunteer Hours

*Catholic Charities 2020-2021 Fiscal Year.

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