Catholic Charities & Community Services

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Organizational Overview

Catholic Charities & Community Services
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.

This past year has been a year of growth and development for Catholic Charities. Catholic Charities opened three new Gabriel Houses. These new locations will provide low-income mothers and families free diapers and baby supplies.

Real Choices pregnancy care centers joined with Lighthouse as of October 2015, creating a stronger regional network to serve more women.

In addition, our new Early Child Care Center at Mariposa in Denver is now open and providing quality early education for many families.

Samaritan House, our shelter in the heart of downtown Denver, is serving more women through our overflow room which provides one-time night shelter for homeless women.

With your help and support, we hope to continue improving and growing our programs to better serve and help families gain self-sufficiency.

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 1.1 million nights of shelter and 600,000 meals 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 25 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 in three interlocking areas: Women's Services, Family and Child Care Services, and Shelter and Housing Services.
Here's a quick snapshot of what we've been able to do in the past year, thanks to your generosity.

In the past year, we:
• distributed over 160,000 diapers to mothers in need
• served over 23,000 children
• provided more than 1.1 million nights of shelter for individuals and families experiencing homelessness
• provided $600,000 in assistance for rent and utility bills to families struggling to stay in their homes
• distributed nearly $200,000 in gift cards and more than $150,000 of in-kind support to those suffering from the disastrous floods which raged across northern Colorado in 2013

Executive Director Statement

Dear Friends,

When I share success stories about my work with Catholic Charities with someone I meet, I'm always asked the same question: Who do you help? The answer is simple - we help anyone who is hungry, cold, sick, thirsty or suffering.

Catholic Charities is the Catholic faith in action. Every day, we are dedicated to providing our clients with food, clothing, shelter, emotional support, spiritual support, community and love. We offer assistance to people in every stage of their life - from our prenatal program to our older adult program, we are always striving to serve all of our brothers and sisters in Christ.

Our mission is rooted in the Catholic faith and it is through our faith that we can love and help each person who finds themselves at our doorstep. 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 also called to be careful stewards of the funds entrusted to us. Your donations of time, talent and treasure mean the world to us, because - through Catholic Charities - you are sharing your gifts with others.

God Bless,
Larry Smith

Needs Statement

Serve the homeless | The population growth in Colorado has placed many demands on our four shelters including raising daily costs and an increase of people seeking help. Samaritan House alone serves more than 235 people a day which costs $33 a day per client. Our homeless shelters need financial support for daily operations, we need $350,000.

Help mothers in need | With the opening of our new Gabriel Houses, we need to stock the centers with diapers, baby cloths and other baby items. A large box of diapers cost over $20 a box and on average a newborn child can use up to 10 diapers a day. We need 200,000 to be able to help the women and children who depend on us.

Help starving families | Little Flower continues to serve those in Aurora who lack food security. This pantry served 14,314 individuals in the past year. This past summer, Little Flower struggled to keep its shelves filled and provide the families in the community with food. The estimated cost to stock this pantry is $10,000.

Help families with utilities | In the past year, 1,943 households received utility assistance through our Emergency Assistance programs. Unexpected emergencies can make it impossible to pay for basic needs, forcing a family to choose between paying routine bills like rent and utilities - or buying life's basic necessities, like food and life-saving medication. To continue serving families in the Denver Metro Area we need over $800,000.

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.

Our agency's main offices are located in Denver, with three additional regional offices located in Fort Collins, Greeley and Glenwood Springs. Each area office has tailored services to meet the needs of the local community.

Our Housing & Shelter Services | A Single Mother Struggles to Provide for Her Family
Jennifer's struggle to overcome homeless was long and difficult. She had received help at our Guadalupe Community Center and Shelter before but unhealthy relationships with relatives who had drug and alcohol problems cause her to become homeless once again.

Jennifer found herself at our shelter with her 4 year old daughter for a second time.

She was very motivated and worked hard during this stay. Jennifer completed her GED and obtained a job allowing her to save money.

Jennifer cut ties with everyone who was a bad influence and started to attend church & bible study.

Today, Jennifer and her daughter are happily living in their new apartment.

Our Family Services | Our Kinship Program Helps a Grandmother
Betty Ross, sweet grandmother raising two grandsons, struggled with the youngest child's medical condition.

A seizure disorder which caused learning difficulties coupled with the struggle to retain what was learned in school.

The family also had troubles with transportation to get to essential medical appointments.

Our Kinship Ministry staff provided support through home visits, a clothing referral, problem solving with Medicaid transportation services and additional referrals.

Betty's and her grandchildren's situation has greatly improved and is now stable thanks to our staff. The family has become a staple at our monthly support meetings.

Our Women's Services | Mother Receives Help for Newborn
The Gabriel House staff worked with Mary, a mother of a one-month-old newborn. The baby was born premature and had weekly hospital checkups.

Mary didn't have any of the necessary baby items for her child. Hospital staff became concerned for the safety of the new-born after discovering the family didn't have a proper crib.

Thanks to our staff, Mary received a much needed bassinet for her newborn within days of reaching out to us.

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