The Black 14: Love. Fellowship. Generosity. A story of healing, hope and giving back.

The story of the Black 14 started in 1969 when a group of black football players at the University of Wyoming decided to wear black armbands to take a stand against racism during a football game with Brigham Young University. At that time, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) believed that African … Read more

A ‘Little Bit’ Of Love Goes A Long Way To Healing

Veterans from Catholic Charities of Denver’s Samaritan House are offered weekly therapeutic sessions with horses from the Sunny Horse Foundation, a Broomfield non-profit that hosts equine classes designed specifically for those who have served our country. Navy veteran Todd resides at Samaritan House and has been participating in the program since it originated in 2018. … Read more

Donations of household and clothing items help Catholic Charities focus on other resources

When Arlene’s husband of 60 years passed away in September after a short illness, she dreaded the process of cleaning his closet. “Clothes are very personal,” she reflected. “Touching them, smelling them, remembering when Kenton wore them last was really difficult. But, I was comforted knowing that someone else would be able to use them … Read more

Mother and son from Samaritan House Fort Collins find success post pandemic

*stock photo used to protect clients’ privacy. The best days at Samaritan House Fort Collins are when our team hears from a family who has been through our program and is thriving. Kendra Bornhoft, Director of Programs in Larimer County, had one of those “best days” earlier this month, when she heard some amazing news … Read more

A great-grandmother finds support for her family — with help from Marisol Family

Lori is in the business of caretaking, so when her 21-year-old granddaughter came to her needing support, including for her three-year-old son, she rushed to their side. But Lori wasn’t the only one to answer the call. Marisol Family, a ministry of Catholic Charities of Denver that offers material assistance to families, was on deck … Read more

Mom receives dietary and maternal support at Samaritan House

Krystal was growing accustomed to a ten-minute walk to the Samaritan House cafeteria for breakfast instead of the 30 seconds it used to take. With five-month-old daughter Neveah in tow, she was often stopped by other residents who looked forward to the baby’s gleaming smile to start their days.

“I am naturally an introvert, but this baby is a social butterfly. She helps get me out of my shell,” said Krystal. “When I first got here, I had low self-esteem.”

Krystal, from Canon City in southern Colorado, has had a difficult life, with mental health struggles that have been exacerbated by long waits for a provider. She said she has previously placed six children up for adoption. Waiting a long time to find counselors was agonizing, and Krystal attributes these times of vulnerability and lack of medical attention to the choice of placing her children for adoption.

After years of struggling, she moved to Denver and was welcomed at Samaritan House.

Self-advocating was a built-in strength for Krystal, who used it to secure mental health resources, seek parenting programs when she learned she was pregnant and find healthcare services when she was diagnosed with diabetes.

“The catering staff here even created a modified menu for me. They make low carb meals which keep my insulin levels at ease,” said Krystal.

Krystal participated in just about every program offered at Samaritan House since moving in February. She was provided with parenting resources to prepare for Nevaeh’s birth, including programs such as the Mommy and Me group that gathers weekly and Cooking Matters.

The Samaritan House team offers on-site therapy and case management. They have been such close allies in fact, that when Krystal’s water broke in May 2022, Krystal ran right to Housing Navigator, Reva Stone, for assistance. Reva helped pack her hospital bag and take her to the ambulance.

Krystal and Neveah are in the process of moving to Joshua Station, a two-year residential program for families with children.

“Samaritan House was such a blessing to me. I have more confidence than I ever did. I have made friends, when in the past, it was so hard to connect with others.” said Krystal. “I am excited for this new chapter and, after we get our housing, I will come back to visit so that Neveah can bring her smiles to everyone at Samaritan House.”