Catholic Charities of Denver

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TRANSFORMING LIVES.

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Catholic Charities shelters, feeds, houses, educates, counsels and provides emergency assistance and critical services to tens of thousands of neighbors across Northern Colorado each year. As the charitable arm of the Archdiocese of Denver, Catholic Charities — in partnership with volunteers, churches, local businesses, nonprofit organizations, government agencies, medical facilities and educational institutions — provides life-changing support to Coloradans at 76 locations across the Front Range as they work to improve their lives. The list of what Catholic Charities does is remarkably diverse: Samaritan House, Marisol Services, Catholic Charities Housing, St. Raphael Counseling, Early Childhood Education, Immigration, Emergency and Food Assistance ... the list goes on and on. For 97 years, from Greeley to Glenwood Springs, Fort Collins to south Denver, Catholic Charities has supported neighbors and transformed lives ... and we look forward to serving our community into our second century and beyond.

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Our Mission Statement

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 Mission Statement

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.

FACES OF HOPE

15 years later, Charities staff member champions life after death

Adrienne Adams has devoted the last 18 years of her professional life to Catholic Charities, partnering with families so they can thrive in our Catholic Charities Early Childhood Education (ECE) programs. “I love helping our families support their children. Our team partners with families and helps set them up for success. It’s such a gratifying … Read more

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Catholic Charities Textile Baling Program: Transforming Scraps into Support

Seven days a week, the Catholic Charities’ Samaritan House warehouse buzzes with activity. Generous folks donate clothing, shoes and small household items; veterans, families and single women who call Samaritan House home access needed clothes and shoes; and people who are moving out of any Catholic Charities property into more permanent housing “shop” for small … Read more

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From Homelessness to Hope: Sharon’s Journey to Stability and Success

Sharon*, a resilient single mother of three, faced tremendous challenges over the past few years. In 2022, after moving to the Western Slope, she contracted COVID-19 multiple times, which eventually led to the loss of her job. With nowhere else to turn and without a place to stay, she found herself and her three children … Read more

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Life as a Divine Gift – Celebrating Fathers

On Father’s Day and all year long, we recognize the important role fathers take in supporting life as a divine gift both in the lives of their children and across the community. Dr. Kevin Tool, obstetrician and gynecologist and longtime Fort Collins resident, serves as Marisol Health Northern Colorado’s Medical Director, but his proudest role … Read more

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Celebrating Tracy Harper: Pro Bono Recognition

Tracy Harper, a dedicated immigration attorney at our Catholic Charities immigration ministry, has been recognized with the esteemed 2024 Michael Maggio Memorial Pro Bono Award by the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). Tracy’s commitment and exceptional leadership, particularly in her oversight of the Afghan and Temporary Protected Status (TPS) projects, have earned her this prestigious … Read more

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Every Child Pediatrics: Essential Support for Dozens of Samaritan House Families

99% of families who call Samaritan House home each year find and retain permanent housing and do not return to the shelter system. This is thanks to comprehensive case management, which expanded last year when a medical clinic on the second floor opened for families. For many of them, the Every Child Pediatrics Clinic @ … Read more

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Blessings and Beginnings: Marisol Health Northern Colorado Opens its Doors

At the grand opening of Marisol Health Northern Colorado, Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila blessed the entire clinic inside and out. His words, “Life is a divine gift, and safeguarding it is our sacred responsibility,” resonated deeply with the attendees, particularly in light of the prevalent acceptance of abortion and pro-choice beliefs in our state. As … Read more

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“I feel like these animals really see me.” Equine Therapy champions those who proudly served our country

It’s always a good day at the Sunny Horse Foundation, a Broomfield non-profit specializing in equine classes tailored for veterans who have served our nation. On a gorgeous spring day in May, Paul, a proud marine veteran who lives at Catholic Charities Samaritan House, returned to the horseback riding center, a place that has been … Read more

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Making a Difference, One Diaper at a Time

Trish is known by her neighbors at St. Martin Plaza as the resource connector. Denver’s River North (RiNo) neighborhood has two Catholic Charities ministries within blocks of each other. One is St. Martin Plaza, where Trish lives, and the other is Marisol Family at Annunciation parish, where families can pick up diapers, wipes, clothes and … Read more

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Nurturing Bright Futures: Inside the Child Development Center of Catholic Charities

“Every child is a learner, navigating their path uniquely, and here at the Child Development Center, it’s our honor to teach these kids.” This statement from Maru Garcia, the director of the Child Development Center (CDC) is at the core of all Catholic Charities early Childhood Education (ECE) programs. “I’ve been in education for 30 … Read more

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From Grieving to Giving: Meet one of our favorite ESL volunteers at Samaritan House

“Volunteering at Catholic Charities has been incredibly rewarding for me.” At Catholic Charities, our volunteers are the quiet heroes, weaving their unique skills, life experiences and kindness into the fabric of our mission. With humility and dedication, they stand alongside us, bolstering our efforts to support those in need within our community. One such volunteer … Read more

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The Impact of Temporary Protected Status Workshops on New Immigrants Lives

Each month throughout 2024, dedicated Catholic Charities immigration staff and volunteers are gathering to assist newcomers to Colorado navigate the complexities of the immigration system. Immigration to the United States is challenging and confusing. Temporary Protected Status (TPS) is a program that allows new immigrants whose home countries are considered unsafe/dangerous, the right to live … Read more

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Healing Through Creativity

“Twenty years ago, while studying art in New York, I volunteered at a family shelter. That experience planted a seed within me,” Theo recalls. “It led me to pursue a career in education, teaching art in low-income schools for nearly two decades.” Meet Theo Schwartz, the founder behind Big Heart Art, a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated … Read more

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Homelessness to Hope: Marian Plaza Resident Inspires High Schoolers

Phil was born and raised in Denver’s Park Hill neighborhood in an upper middle-class family, just a few blocks away from where he lives now. His family’s affluence masked a hidden secret: his father was abusive, and Phil decided at an early age that not having a roof was better than having a tumultuous one. … Read more

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Marisol Health Director Finds Strength in Faith

“The loveliest masterpiece of the heart of God is the heart of a mother.” – St. Thérèse of Lisieux Sara Lugo took the reigns as executive director of Marisol Health Denver just four months after it opened in 2016 and has led the operation as it provided care to more than 6,500 patients and celebrated … Read more

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INSPIRING CHANGE

Volunteer and Donor Impact

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St. John Paul the Great High School students focus on formation encounters, partnering with our ministries as they build life-changing connections in the community.

St. John Paul the Great High School

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Friends Loretta and Sharon have served the Little Flower Assistance Center for nearly 40 years.

"We're grateful we've built a strong friendship volunteering together."

Loretta and Sharon

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Thomas and Anita choose to volunteer at Marisol Family because...

“We both have a heart for families, and we want to work where we can make a difference.”

Thomas and Anita

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CSU Philanthropy students help Samaritan House Fort Collins as a way to deepen their education and community connections.               

"It's a great way to bond with our classmates."

CSU Philanthropy Group

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Notre Dame School collected a record number of coats this year.

"This was a unique way to participate in the Eucharistic Revival and deepen our connection with one another."

Notre Dame School

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Pam and Bob Thode offer weekly equine classes for veterans at Samaritan House.

“I know how much working with the horses means to our veterans”

Pam and Bob

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