Colorado Gives Day starts in
Western Slope, Glenwood Springs
by Catholic Charities and Community Services of the Archdiocese of Denver
Fundraiser launched on October 20, 2018 by Charities
Recognizing the unique needs of the people and communities on the Western Slope of Colorado, Catholic Charities has established a strong regional service network in Garfield, Pitkin and Eagle Counties with a highly dedicated staff. Our main office is in Glenwood Springs, with satellite offices in Avon, Eagle, and Rifle. We provide material, emotional and spiritual support that enable individuals and families to live independent and dignified lives.

THE IMPACT OF YOUR GIFT

Joan came to Colorado from out of state, fleeing an abusive relationship. She arrived at her father's house with her infant daughter, and within several months, was forced to take over her father's lease. Joan quickly found a part-time job in order to pay the new bill. What she didn't expect were the many residency costs that came with taking over the lease. Fees associated with documentation, insurance and other necessary licensing bills associated with her separation and custody battle.

The part-time job could not fully cover the growing bills. She soon fell behind on rent, with little sympathy from her landlord. With a preliminary eviction notice in hand, Joan frantically asked for help. Joan was scheduled to start another job the week following her appointment with our office. Catholic Charities was able to pay the remainder of her rent, and negotiated with her landlord to stop the eviction process.

Joan has slowly risen out of her crisis situation, and feels confident in her ability to sustain a sufficient income moving forward!

OUR PROGRAMS:

• Homeless Prevention - Assists families and individuals threatened by homelessness in Eagle, Garfield, and Pitkin counties by providing rental assistance, individualized case management, supportive services and tenant advocacy.
• Community Integration Services (CIS) - CIS assists the most vulnerable in our community advocating for and helping clients access social justice. Services include case management, victim services (including cases of wage theft, crimes in the workplace and housing fraud), community building, conflict resolution, and interpretation/translation.
• Emergency Assistance - We provide financial aid to help prevent homelessness, stabilize families in crisis, prevent utility shut-off, assist with basic emergency health needs, and more.

Statistics according to our 20/21 fiscal year:
• 25 households and 78 individuals assisted with victims' services, mediation, life-skills programs and more through Community Integration Services
• Nearly 1,800 households provided with emergency assistance (utilities, rent, medical and/or transportation)
• 60 households moved out of homelessness or avoided imminent eviction through the Homeless Prevention Services

*Western Slope is a ministry of Catholic Charities
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Your gift will assist families on the Western Slope with needed services
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