Catholic Charities of Central Colorado

A nonprofit organization

$140,211 raised by 182 donors

93% complete

$150,000 Goal


Mission, Vision, Values

Mission:  In response to Jesus Christ's call to affirm the value and dignity of each human life, build solidarity within the community, and advocate for justice for the poor and vulnerable, Catholic Charities of Central Colorado humbly engages in the ministry of charity for those in both economic and spiritual poverty so that all - staff, volunteers, and clients - may fully achieve their God-given potential.

Vision:  We transform lives through relationships that build individual resiliency and thriving communities.

Values:  We pursue justice because of our belief in the life and dignity of the human person.  We bring justice and dignity to life through our values:  Trust, Love, Service, Solidarity, Boldness, and Grit.

Our Work

Catholic Charities offers services to help the most vulnerable in our community find hope and stability.  We focus on stopping homelessness before it happens through prevention and diversion.  However, anyone can access our services which include nutrition, housing, jobs, literacy, health, immigration, and more.  Together, we can make a difference in our communities.  As an agency, we continually add and redesign programs to meet the evolving needs of those we serve.  By developing staff, tracking current trends, working inter-departmentally, and collaborating with other agencies, we are in a better position to develop programs and raise the capacity to fill gaps in our community. 

Client Successes

JORGE'S STORY - Help with Employment and Nutrition

Jorge and his mother, Abby, were living a comfortable life until COVID struck.  His employer closed his business leaving Jorge unemployed.  When his mother had a stroke, he didn’t know what to do next.  With no income coming in, and not knowing what care his mother would need, he moved their belongings to storage and began living in his car to save money.   When his mother was released from the hospital, they moved to a motel until funds ran low, then back to his car.   At one point he was unable to make his car payment and the thought of losing his vehicle took on a whole new meaning now that it served as their home.  With so much uncertainty, Abby asked him to go to Catholic Charities for help.  

Jorge began working with a case manager and visiting Catholic Charities Hanifen Employment Center daily to learn new skills and search for employment.  He and his mom also began eating at the Marian House Kitchen.  He found several jobs, but as his mother's primary caregiver was unable to accept them.  Then a friend invited Jorge and his mother to stay with her for three months.  This gave Jorge time to refocus on his job search.  He found a new job, began saving money, and found a new place to live.  Jorge was ready to get his life back.  As for his mom, having a safe place to stay and not worrying about finances for a brief time helped her heal.  Jorge now has hope for a better future.  He is thankful his friend reached out in their time of need, and the team at Catholic Charities never stopped believing in him.

ISABEL'S STORY - Help With Employment, Housing, Nutrition, Baby Needs, Utilities, and Transportation

Isabel was pregnant with her second child and struggling.  Her relationship ended with her children’s father and due to complications from her pregnancy, she lost both her jobs.  Now, a single mom of two children with no child support or help, she began working part-time, cleaning office buildings, to try to keep her family stable.

The children's father’s unexpected departure and her job losses left her with an apartment rental commitment she could no longer afford.  She had no transportation, limiting her options for improving her income, and she fell behind on her rent and utility bills.  She found limited assistance from several area agencies, but it was not enough. Then she found Catholic Charities.

Through the Colorado Emergency Rental Assistance program – a government program implemented during COVID to keep people from losing their homes - Catholic Charities assisted Isabel with rent and utilities.  Her case manager helped her register for SNAP benefits to access food, diapers, and formula, and referred her to the Douglas County Cares Program for assistance in finding an affordable apartment.  She also received a car through Catholic Charities’ vehicle donation program, expanding her options for better employment, and giving her the ability to shop for groceries, get to doctors’ appointments, and do other tasks she could not easily do before.  With immediate concerns resolved, Isabel secured a second job, giving her family a secondary source of income.

She continues to work toward stability.  Isabel said, “If I didn’t have Catholic Charities, I don’t know where we would be.  I am so grateful.”  

More Stories of Hope

Mission

In response to Jesus Christ's call to affirm the value and dignity of each human life, build solidarity within the community, and advocate for justice for the poor and vulnerable, Catholic Charities of Central Colorado humbly engages in the ministry of charity for those in both economic and spiritual poverty so that all - staff, volunteers, and clients - may fully achieve their God-given potential.

Vision: We transform lives through relationships that build individual resiliency and thriving communities.

Values: We pursue justice because of our belief in the life and dignity of the human person. We bring justice and dignity to life through our values: Trust, Love, Service, Solidarity, Boldness and Grit.

Background Statement

Catholic Charities of Central Colorado has served the community since 1968. It is a member of Catholic Charities USA and has been a member agency of Pikes Peak United Way since 1982. Currently serving a 10-county area in central Colorado, we are the charitable arm of the Diocese of Colorado Springs.

We offer a wide variety of programs and services to assist families and individuals. These include:

Case management in all of our programs; Family Services to help families move from crisis to stability - Life Coaching, wrap-around services, baby needs such as clothing, diapers, wipes, formula, and baby food; Rent and utility assistance; Nutrition/access to food - free daily meals in our Kitchen, and grocery shopping in our Marketplace; Employment - training and job fairs; Education - childbirth, early childhood/literacy, and parenting; Medical and mental health - counseling (family, individual, and marriage), and behavioral health; Immigration services - DACA, family member petitions, consular processing, waivers, U.S. citizenship, renewal of documents, visas for crime victims, and more; Emergency support - IDs, transportation, etc.; Much more.

In 2022, Catholic Charities purchased the Hunt Campus and is in the process of converting the historic elementary school to 24 transitional family housing apartments. Change a Child's Future by getting involved! Learn More at HuntFamilyHousing.com.

Today, services are offered from four locations: The Marian House Campus in downtown Colorado Springs; Family Connections at the Helen Hunt Campus in the Hillside neighborhood of Colorado Springs; the Catholic Pastoral Center in downtown Colorado Springs; and our Castle Rock facility in downtown Castle Rock, Colorado.

For more information on Catholic Charities of Central Colorado history, visit our website at www.CCharitiesCC.org

Organization Data

Summary

Organization name

Catholic Charities of Central Colorado

other names

Catholic Charities of Colorado Springs, Inc., CCCC

Year Established

1968

Tax id (EIN)

84-0586169

Category

Human Services

Organization Size

Large Organization

Address

Catholic Charities of Central Colorado - Main Office 228 North Cascade Avenue
Colorado Springs, CO 80903

Other

Catholic Charities Castle Rock office 410 South Wilcox - Suite 102
Castle Rock, CO 80104

Other

Catholic Charities Marian House Campus 14 West Bijou Street
Colorado Springs, CO 80903

Other

Family Connections at Helen Hunt Campus 917 East Moreno Avenue
Colorado Springs, CO 80903

Service areas

El Paso County, CO, US

Douglas County, CO, US

Phone

719 866 6539

Other

719-866-6539

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