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Beginning July 1, Catholic Charities welcomed two new initiatives to its ever-growing spectrum of services: Respect Life Resources and The Gabriel Project.
Respect Life Resources champions the Church's teaching regarding the sanctity of life from conception to natural death.
Launched by the Archdiocese of Denver in 2001, the Gabriel Project serves pregnant women in times of distress by providing
emotional and spiritual support as well as free baby items such as diapers, baby clothes, food and toiletries.
Currently, the project operates four locations - called "Gabriel Houses" - located throughout northern Colorado.
Board Chair/President Statement
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.
Chairman of the Board
Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Denver has worked on behalf of individuals, families, and communities to provide help and create hope since 1927. Last year, we served over 50,000 people at every stage of life throughout northern Colorado.
Our ministries alleviate suffering of those in crisis by feeding the hungry and providing shelter to the homeless, preventing evictions and utility shutoffs for those at risk of homelessness, and providing case management and referrals to preserve and promote self-sufficiency.
We preserve and protect the dignity and well-being of the poor and vulnerable by helping seniors live independently and relieve isolation, providing assistance to victims of crime, legal assistance and advocacy to immigrants, mental health services, early childhood education, and intensive case management to foster self-sufficiency.
We provide safety and permanency for children by preventing neglect and abuse and by supporting families that open their home to children in need of safety. Through birth parent counseling, adoptions, foster care, and kinship care, we promote the sanctity of life and the general welfare of the young.
Executive Director Statement
I want to take this opportunity to introduce myself to you as Catholic Charities' new Chief Executive Officer and President. I am humbled and at the same time very excited by this opportunity. I am blessed with the opportunity to lead our community in a renewed experience of sharing Christ's message of Faith, Hope and Charity with each of you and those we service.
In the first few days since my arrival, I am amazed by the many ways in which God's charity is being proclaimed from within our walls. I speak not only of the life-changing experiences of our clients but also of the overwhelming beauty seen in the hearts of those serving to provide the resources we need to fulfill our mission.
Our staff, our volunteers, our donors - each of them witnesses to a generosity and beauty beyond words. In giving, they have received something infinitely greater; they have received the love and joy of Jesus Christ - and it has transformed, and continues to transform, their life.
I believe that Catholic Charities has a two-fold responsibility - to serve those who have a need to receive, and those who have a need to give. I promise my wholehearted dedication to this mission. I pray that you will join me in this amazing and rewarding adventure.
I look forward to meeting each and every one of you, and to hearing your story as to how Catholic Charities has impacted your life.
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-reliance.
Catholic Charities serves people of all faiths, backgrounds and cultures. Each year, we serve over 50,000 men, women and children, and provide an additional 49,000 nights of shelter from harsh Colorado conditions.
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.
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.
"We are here to help," we gently said. "What do you need?"
"Why bother?" he gruffly responded.
Henry's wheelchair wasn't his only handicap. Persistent loneliness had crippled his ability to hope for a friend. But our team persisted - and sound found ourselves engrossed in a lifetime of stories.
Henry took center stage - regaling our team with tales from long ago - things he had seen, things he had done, stories about his life as a farmer.
By the end of our conversation, Henry sat a bit straighter - and smiled a bit wider - all with a twinkle in his eye. He felt special. He felt valuable. Someone had finally taken an interest in him…finally.
Saint Francis once said, "Where there is despair, let me bring hope; where there is darkness, light; and where there is sadness, joy."
The Friendly Visitor Volunteer Program of Charities' Larimer County Regional Office takes St. Francis' prayer to heart in their service to suffering seniors. Their task? To provide friendship to lonely seniors, routinely visiting them to play games, share stories, and go on walks - anything to show they are loved.
"I have seen first-hand the isolation, loneliness, and depression with which many of our seniors struggle," says Laurie, a social caseworker for the program.
"They are often forgotten and neglected. Many are homebound, essentially trapped within their small homes. Their physical and mental handicaps make them vulnerable - and yet no one stands up to advocate for them. They have lost loved ones - spouses and friends - and their children have moved away."
"Sure, maybe someone comes to see them on a professional basis - or to clean or deliver groceries - but no one comes to visit them. No one seems to care about them as a person."
"These struggles can be every bit as painful as physical illness," she continues. "To feel special - that's something everyone is entitled to."
Catholic Charities recently resurrected The Friendly Visitor Program after its unfortunate closing in 2006 due to funding cuts. With the help of generous supporters, however, the program is slowly growing new roots to meet the rising demand throughout Loveland and Fort Collins.
"We're simply bringing a little light into someone's life," says Laurie. "And even though [this] program isn't quite as tangible as giving food or helping someone with an application, it is still very important."