Catholic Charities & Community Services

We promise you: Your gift WILL change someone's life. It may be the life of a single mother struggling to feed and shelter her children. Or a family experiencing homelessness. Or a veteran struggling to cope. It may be the life of an unborn baby, or a child without a family. Or an elderly man or woman, vulnerable and forgotten. Regardless, we know that YOUR life will be changed - as you experience the joy of giving to the thousands of men, women and children who come to us in need.

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.

We have been busy responding to several needs across Colorado:

Catholic Charities opened "The Bottom Line" Diaper Bank to help families struggling to purchase diapers for their babies.

GetConnected is a new volunteer sign-up portal that Catholic Charities launched in May 2014. Visit to learn more.

The Gabriel Project opened its fifth Gabriel House serving expectant and new mothers and their families at Centro San Juan Diego, located in downtown Denver.

Since the massive Colorado storms in September 2013, Catholic Charities has been actively providing assistance to flood victims.

Board Chair/President Statement

Dear Friends,

The work of Catholic Charities is made possible by your prayers, your volunteer efforts and your financial gifts.

You are the Good Samaritans (Luke 10:30-37) each day bringing to us those who have been wounded and left alone. You provide for us the means to be able to adequately care for these individuals. We are truly blessed and inspired by your compassion and your generosity.

By loving your neighbor as yourself and by putting your faith in action you answer the timeless question posed to all of us in sacred scripture, "What must I do to have eternal life?"

We are privileged to have the opportunity to help meet a person's material needs but we are blessed to share the very love of God with those who seek our help. We strive always to remember that when we look into the eyes of someone who is homeless or hungry or lost or lonely that we see the face of God.

On behalf of the board of directors, employees and volunteers of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Denver thank you for your prayers and your support. You are a blessing to us and most especially to all those we serve.

Kindest regards,

William Keefe
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 100,000 diapers to mothers in need.
• served over 6,000 children across more than 35 unique programs.
• 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,

A mother with developmentally disabled children was flooded out of her mobile home in Northern Colorado. Thousands of dollars were raised from a variety of sources to purchase a used mobile home that could be retrofitted with ramps and rails for her family's needs. But it wasn't enough money.

So, Catholic Charities granted her $10,000 for that purpose. The grant for a mobile home may be one of the most dramatic stories we've encountered among the hundreds of people we were able to help in the aftermath of the 2013 flooding that damaged or destroyed nearly 20,000 homes.

But it's just one story of many among the thousands of people served by Catholic Charities through our ministries in Women's Services, Shelter & Housing Services and Family & Child Care Services.

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

Help Expectant Mothers | We seek to extend the hours of operation at Lighthouse Women's Center to include Saturdays. Lighthouse Women's Center is a licensed medical center offering free pregnancy tests, free ultrasounds and free, confidential counseling as well as physician and resource referrals to women in need, particularly those vulnerable to abortion. Estimated cost: $100,000/year

Help New Mothers | We wish to open more Gabriel Houses in partnership with local parishes. Catholic Charities currently partners with seven of the 123 Catholic parishes throughout the Archdiocese of Denver. Each Gabriel House serves pregnant women and mothers of small children by offering emotional, spiritual and material support, including free diapers, toiletries, food and baby equipment. Estimated cost is $5,000 to launch one Gabriel House.

Help A Child Break Out of Poverty | In early 2015, Catholic Charities will unveil The Mariposa Early Childhood Education Center, a brand new education facility for up to 64 children and their families, to be launched in partnership with the Denver Housing Authority. We need to furnish these classrooms for children in need. Estimated cost to outfit one, preschool classroom is $17,000.

Help Your Elders | Help us safeguard independent, dignified living for more low-income, at-risk elders. Estimated cost is $3,650 to assist one elder for one year.

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. 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 Women's Services | Marianne's Story
"Just give us three days," the nurse at Catholic Charities Lighthouse Women's Center pleaded. "Then decide."

The couple's debt was piling up when Marianne* unexpectedly became pregnant with their third child. Her husband Daryl* couldn't take it and left "for good."

Devastated and overwhelmed, Marianne made a desperate plan.

She'd heard that Lighthouse Women's Center could help someone like her; she showed up there in hopes of getting money for an abortion.

Lighthouse staff shared with Marianne how Catholic Charities could instead help her welcome the joyful blessing of her third baby.

Within days, they connected her to free counseling, child care, rent assistance, diapers, clothes, baby supplies and other referrals.

They showed her she wouldn't be alone ... there was a better choice than abortion.

In fact, four separate Catholic Charities ministries offered ongoing support! Suddenly, hope chased away Marianne's desperation.

When little Jayden was born, someone asked Marianne what made the difference in her choosing life.

Through tears of joy she answered ... "I never knew that so many people I'd never met cared about me!"

Thank you for helping more moms like Marianne choose life!

Our Family & Child Care Services | Terry and Ryder's Story
When Terry enrolled her then one-year-old son Ryder in our Child Development Center, she was overwhelmed.

Her baby boy couldn't crawl, he made no sounds, and his vision was severely impaired. She was desperate for his healing, but didn't know how to help him.

Catholic Charities worked hand-in-hand with other agencies and his mom to develop and follow a detailed plan for her son's development, both in and out of the classroom.

Now two years old, he is talking and happily running around the playground with fully-focused vision, thanks to his new glasses.

His motor, social-emotional and cognitive skills have improved from that of a 7-month-old infant to that of a 2-year-old child - made possible by your generous donation to Catholic Charities.

Our Housing & Shelter Services | Dorothy's Story, through the eyes of her caseworker Laurie
The park across the street from Catholic Charities' Samaritan House is no place for any elderly woman walking alone.

So, when I left work late one night and saw her there, pushing a wheelchair piled with a coat and purse, all I could think was, 'What is she doing? That is a horrible place to be!'

Then I realized: she was headed for our shelter.

When I met Dorothy*, she was sobbing.

She'd been evicted that morning. Her son had taken her rent money to buy drugs, and in fact was now in jail. A widow, she'd been walking the streets all day asking Jesus where to go.

I knew he had sent her to me. Dorothy is my mother's name, and it turns out my father worked for the same company as her deceased husband.

And though I knew our shelter was full, one bed had suddenly become available when someone didn't show up. God was surely at work here!

Dorothy stayed for nearly a month getting things back in order.

We don't always know what happens after someone leaves ... all we can do is to trust in God for a happy ending and keep our hearts open for the next 'lost soul' he sends to us.

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