Catholic Charities of Denver

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TOGETHER, WE Change Lives

SUPPORTING NEIGHBORS.

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

“I used to have to choose between diapers or milk” before Marisol Family

Jennifer Gonzales has been coming to Marisol Family for almost a year and says the program has been a real lifesaver. Before she found Marisol Family, the mother of three says she couldn’t always afford to buy diapers for her little ones. “Sometimes we had to choose between diapers and milk.” Marisol Family has reduced … Read more

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Marisol Family volunteer sees herself in the ministry

Marta Lewis has been a family service volunteer for Marisol Family at two locations for more than a year. When she retired she was looking for a way to give back that helped women and children. Marta has three children. Even though they are grown with kids of their own she remembers the struggles that … Read more

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Eugene signs his first lease in 30 years

When Army veteran Eugene moved back to Denver from Memphis in December 2023, he told himself that he would be without a home for three weeks, tops. While his time in the Veterans Program at Samaritan House, the Catholic Charities iconic shelter in downtown Denver, extended beyond his three-week goal, he used the time there … Read more

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“Marisol Homes saved our lives”

Tori clutched her son Brock’s small hand as they stepped into Marisol Homes for the first time in early 2020. The weight of homelessness and the shadows of domestic violence seemed to lift when she got the call one winter day from a case manager at Marisol Homes, telling her they could move in right … Read more

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Denver Family Are Three Peas in New Modular Pods at Samaritan House 48th

Denver Family Are Three Peas in a Pod in New Modular Domes at Samaritan House 48th Kathy and her twin daughters, Debbie and Kathleen, are three peas in a pod. They’re inseparable and committed to spending a lot of time together, despite the challenges of experiencing homelessness in Denver for several years. Denver natives, their … Read more

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USDA Farm Labor Housing Project, partnered with Catholic Charities offers affordable housing for essential farmworkers in Weld County

Two miles from downtown Greeley, hardworking neighbors’ plant, manufacture and grow food for residents across Colorado and surrounding states. Rising housing costs in Northern Colorado have greatly impacted residents in Greeley since the pandemic. The US Census recently named Weld County the fourth most unaffordable housing market in the nation. This trend has been affecting … Read more

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Finding Support and Empowerment: Tara’s Journey as a Single Mother with Marisol Health

From Tara’s first visit for prenatal care at Catholic Charities’ Marisol Health to the birth of her son David and beyond, Tara found the support and guidance she needed as a first-time mother. “I was eight weeks pregnant when I found Marisol Health. I didn’t have insurance, so I needed to use Medicaid. And, like … Read more

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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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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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