Since 2017, Bob D’Ascoli has volunteered almost every weekday at Samaritan House on Lawrence Street. That adds up to more than 1,500 days that Bob has devoted to helping our participants at the Catholic Charities’ ministry. Amazing!
His smiling face wakes up our participants at breakfast and he brings tremendous energy and positivity to everyone he meets. After breakfast, Bob helps make sack lunches and then spends time in the Samaritan House warehouse sorting clothes and other donations.
With his dedicated service, Bob has become an extremely familiar face at Samaritan House. “Bob is so kind and good natured and he shows up week after week to offer his time and talents to Samaritan House,” smiles Jennifer Lobbestael, a food services volunteer coordinator at Samaritan House.
Volunteers like Bob not only bring their much-needed uplifting spirit to our participants but also make a huge impact to help basic operations run smoothly. Their contributions of time – helping serve meals, sort clothes, provide childcare and so much more – free up Catholic Charities’ staff to focus on creating vital programs and services including case management and counseling.
As the number of neighbors experiencing homelessness explodes across Colorado, shelters like Samaritan House are at capacity and staff is stretched thin. Volunteers help to fill the gaps that enable the team to make Samaritan House a place that offers a hand up, not just a handout. Now more than ever, volunteers are critical and have a direct impact on our neighbors and strengthen our communities.
Bob is a shining example of what it means to be committed to serving our neighbors in need. Thank you, Bob, for your long-time dedication of time and talent to the Samaritan House. If you are interested in learning more about volunteer opportunities at Samaritan House or any other Catholic Charities’ ministry, please visit our website here to sign up.