A Home with Catholic Charities Housing’s St. Valentine’s Apartments in Loveland celebrate our grand opening

“A Home with a Coach”

Catholic Charities Housing’s St. Valentine’s Apartments in Loveland celebrate our grand opening

In July of 2016, Daniel lost his 4-year-old to an accidental drowning in Fort Collins. It was a life-altering event that would change the course of his path throughout Northern Colorado.

After a bout of couch surfing and living out of his car in Windsor, Daniel eventually became unhoused in Loveland. He utilized many of the services the city provided for the unhoused community, which led him to a blank application and a pen. Daniel would soon be approved to be one of the first residents of St. Valentine’s Apartments in Loveland and would not have to spend another cold winter night outside again. “I call this home. For me, it is home. And I am so glad to be here. If it was not for Catholic Charities and the City of Loveland and other contributors, we would still be outside.”

He invited the rest of the residents in attendance to join him at the podium as they stood with pride in front of their beautiful new apartment building.

City of Loveland Mayor Jacki Marsh and other city officials also attended the ribbon-cutting event on Wednesday, February 28, 2024. She spoke about a resident of the building who she had gotten to know prior to the building’s opening. “I would see the signs of frostbite on her fingers when she showed me pictures of her family. It was devastating. She came up to me at a city council meeting a few weeks ago and I told her to “go home” in the nicest way possible. She looked shocked by the word ‘home.’ That night was the first one she would be residing here,” said Marsh. “I can’t thank you enough for providing homes to our city.”

The new and innovative supportive housing complex in the Sweetheart City, located at 915 E. 10th Street, provides housing for people who are exiting homelessness. The building has 48 one-bedroom and six two-bedroom units with 54 units. Importantly, St. Valentine is not just a housing complex; it’s a comprehensive solution to address the challenging issues faced by the homeless population.

“This project is more than just a building, it’s a testament to love, support and community. It’s about offering a hand for healing and creating a space where everyone can find a home and hope,” said Justin Raddatz, vice president of Catholic Charities Housing. “We’re proud of our team, our partners and the Loveland entire community who came together to take this project from dream to reality.”

From Blanket to Blessing: Women Find New Beginnings in Upgraded Shelter Pods

Clark grabs the pink butterfly blanket her daughter gave her and carries it across Samaritan House 48th. Excitedly, she makes her way to the Rose neighborhood, a new section of semi-private cubes called “pods” within the Catholic Charities shelter and settles into her new home. “This changes everything for me. I am a quiet and independent person, so to have this private place where I can mind my own business and focus on myself is amazing. I feel very blessed and know God is looking after me.”

After Clark’s divorce, her sense of self changed, and it took a toll on her financial situation. Samaritan House 48th is her chance to start over as a single person in a safe and healthy environment.

For Clark and the 96 other women who moved into the first round of pods, a new chapter begins.

The newly designed sleeping quarters consist of semi-private cubes equipped with a bed, a lockable wardrobe, electrical outlets and aisle lighting. With three sides enclosed, residents enjoy enhanced privacy within these spaces. These sleeping areas are also modular, allowing flexibility for rearrangement or reconfiguration as needed by the Samaritan House staff.

In addition to the sleeping quarters, the modular units create lounging spaces furnished with comfortable couches for residents to relax further. Samaritan House 48th also introduced upgraded restroom and shower facilities, along with a medical services center. It is expected that by the end of 2024, all of the pods will be complete, and every guest will have a pod and a “neighborhood” to call their own.

“These are more than just structures. They represent symbols of hope, dignity and progress. For too long, emergency shelters have been living in challenging spaces, ranging from mats on the floor, to bunk beds with very little amenities or supportive services. Our vision is a future where every individual in our shelter has access to safety, security, and a dignified emergency shelter experience.” said Eli Allen, the director of strategic initiatives for Catholic Charities

As part of the move-ins, each pod recipient received a welcome bag complete with skincare, body wash and other toiletries to celebrate their new space. Many of the women started decorating their spaces to make it their own, with artwork and little subtleties that are near and dear to them.

“We want to try to make it someplace where people feel like they can come, but they also know that there is a goal to live in a community environment. We do think that this will drive some more interest in coming inside because it does have a more dignified feeling,” said Allen.

Prayer Gives Life

Saving lives one baby at a time

40 Days for Life is an internationally coordinated 40-day campaign that aims to end abortion locally through prayer and fasting, community outreach and a peaceful all-day vigil in front of abortion businesses.

Along the Front Range, seven communities gather twice a year for 40-day campaigns and some even participate in 40 Days for Life 365. Catholic Charities supports all of the campaigns and, for many years, has focused time and attention on the Denver location at 7158 E. 38th Avenue.

All told, the campaign has reached 1,000 cities in 63 countries and folks who participate believe their prayerful actions have a positive impact. They believe, as so many of us do, that prayer gives life.

Baby Saved in Greeley

40 Days for Life 365 participants were recently praying outside of Planned Parenthood in Greeley when a utility truck driver passed by. He told them that he had been here before. Rolling down his window, he called, “Hey! I just wanted to let you know that our baby just turned a year old because you were standing out here!”

A local Greeley leader’s calculations confirmed that this child’s life was saved during the leader’s first 40 Days for Life vigil in 2022.

If one day of prayer can yield one year of life, imagine what 40 can do. Join thousands of other like-minded people of faith across the world in this year’s powerful 40 Days for Life campaign, underway now through Easter 2024. One prayer from your heart can give life for years to come.

Volunteers Make a Radical Difference

Just as prayer is powerful, so are our volunteers. In just a few short months, four lives were forever changed—and four more were saved—by a group of devoted servants of Christ right here at home in Colorado.

Through the unconditional love spread daily by faithful food bank volunteers, four individual women pivoted toward a choice for life for each of their four children.

All of them chose to carry their soon-to-be babies to full term and birth four little world-changers that the earth simply couldn’t do without. But what made the difference?

For weeks and months, our servant-hearted volunteers shared openness and warmth to the most vulnerable, uncertain and even afraid. And after many heartfelt conversations and much loving acceptance, these women gave themselves a chance to become the brave new moms they were always meant to be.

So a huge hug and sincere congratulations to these four beautiful mothers, who helped make the world 4x better by giving life to their precious gifts from God.

Let this testimony remind us to always keep our eyes, ears and hearts open to those around us whose lives we can change with just a little love.

Nothing Better than a Grandma’s Love

And who gives love better than grandma herself? If asked about the importance of a praying grandmother, most of us could likely attest to her sheer power from direct, very personal experience.

And even at the tender age of less than two weeks old, so can baby Katherine.

Just a few months ago, complications threatened to cause a premature delivery. But that was before prayer and a faith-filled grandma entered the fight.

After weeks of fervent petitions to God from her and her community of prayer warriors, Katherine defied all odds and arrived right on time as a perfectly healthy baby girl.

And the blessing doesn’t stop there! She even brought with her a wholesome 7 pounds and 2 ounces–not at all packing light because she’s here to stay.

To all who’ve prayed for little Katherine, Grandma is sending a life-sized THANK YOU! And to all who continue to partner with us in prayer for life–a great big thanks, God bless and keep going to you, too.

From Samaritan House to Early Childhood Education, Diega and her family embark on a new chapter

In 2019, Diega and her family arrived in Denver from Honduras. The adjustment to a new city, new language and new culture was challenging, but thanks to the support from the Samaritan House team, they were soon able to find stability and a place to call home.

It was at Samaritan House where Diega first heard about the Early Head Start Home-Based Option, a Catholic Charities program that provides early childhood education and support for families with young children. She jumped at the opportunity to enroll her children, knowing that it would provide them with a solid foundation for their education and future success. With the help of the program, her family secured a long-term residence through the Denver Housing Authority, and her children soon began attending the Mariposa Center for additional support and learning.

Diega also became involved in the Early Head Start Policy Council, serving as a Parent Representative and advocating for the needs of other families. Through her involvement, she learned about the plethora of resources available to families in Denver and made connections with other parents who were going through similar experiences. She also received invaluable support and guidance in preparing her children for kindergarten, something impossible without the program’s help.

Diega knows there might be some bumps along the way, but she’s sure she’ll create a great future for her kids. With a smile on her face, she’s ready to dive into the next part of her family’s adventure, full of excitement and possibilities.

Valentine’s Day Spotlight on Service

Thomas and Anita have been married for more than 20 years. They spend their Thursday afternoons volunteering together at Marisol Family St. Bernadette’s in Lakewood. Thomas and Anita have two children of their own. They chose to volunteer together at Marisol Family because they wanted to give their time to a ministry that helps young families take care of their children.

Anita tells us, “We both have a heart for families, and we wanted to work together where it is important.”

Anita and Thomas are retired and feel working with the team at Marisol Family is a great use of their time. They get to be a part of the positive impact the work Marisol Family has on thousands of parents and children.

Anita reflects on how volunteering has influenced her life, “It opens our eyes to seeing the broad need in the community for free diapers.” She describes volunteering at Marisol Family as humbling and rewarding work.

Marisol Family is helping more and more families every day meet the basic and essential needs of their children. Volunteers like Anita and Thomas are crucial to Marisol Family’s ability to execute our mission of providing material assistance, support service and family education to parents and children all over Colorado.

“I see it in their eyes as I pass out diapers. It is so powerful to see families that choose life when they didn’t have to. When it was hard these families still chose to have their babies, even though it can be hard to accept that they need help with diapers.” said Thomas.

If you would like to be a part of the work Marisol Family does to help improve the lives of parents and children please email ttrapasso@marisolservices.com. Thanks to volunteers like Thomas and Anita Marisol Family can extend the healing ministry of Jesus Christ to families in need.

St. Valentine’s Apartments in Loveland: A Light at the End of the Tunnel

St. Valentine’s Apartments, the latest housing project from Catholic Charities Housing, is providing a light at the end of the tunnel for individuals struggling with homelessness in Loveland, Colorado. The project, which began five years ago in partnership with the City of Loveland, began accepting residents in late December 2023, with full occupancy expected in mid-March.

The new and innovative supportive housing complex in the Sweetheart City, located at 915 E. 10th Street, provides housing for people who are exiting homelessness. The building has 48 one-bedroom and six two-bedroom units with a total 54 units. Importantly, St. Valentine is not just a housing complex; it’s a comprehensive solution to address the challenging issues faced by the homeless population.

Unique Vision

St. Valentine isn’t just an affordable housing project. It’s a supportive housing project, with the goal not to simply house residents, but to help lift them to their next chapter. The Catholic Charities Housing team has diligently worked to ensure that the project is heavily staffed, with five dedicated full-time service providers, including navigation managers, two case managers and a clinician who offers triage services for acute issues. In addition, the project is providing long-term support without imposing time limits on its residents.
“There is significant need for affordable housing of all kinds across Colorado,” said Justin Raddatz, Executive Director, Catholic Charities Housing. “But supportive housing – which provides the resident with stable long-term housing and supportive services in the same place –  is one of the most intense, challenging projects to develop and operate and serves the most vulnerable homeless residents in the community – exactly the type of mission we at Catholic Charities sign up for.”

Why Loveland?

For many years, Loveland was considered a “bedroom community,” with many residents traveling to Fort Collins, Greeley and even Denver for work. But with the explosion of development and an emphasis on growth in recent decades, Loveland’s population has doubled over the past 30 years, bringing with it complex challenges and problems that used to be faced only by larger cities. Thankfully, Loveland’s leadership recognized the challenges and proactively moved forward to address the issues of homelessness.
“I am profoundly grateful to Catholic Charities for stepping in and building the Saint Valentine Apartments,” said Loveland Mayor Jacki Marsh. “Housing and caring for those who have been chronically unhoused is a monumental endeavor. We human beings will see an animal, such as a dog or a cat, alone, abandoned, shivering in the cold and we will stop what we are doing and we will attempt to help the animal. Yet, we ignore, fear or even hate the human animal that is unhoused. Unlike the cat or the dog, we assign blame to the unhoused human. I suppose those thoughts and beliefs justify our looking the other way.”
The Mayor continues, “Or perhaps it’s merely a lack of knowing what to do? Or perhaps it’s knowing that taking in the unhoused, the suffering human being, will require more than we are willing to take on?  At the end of the day, healing the human being, may be possible, if we work together. If we step out of our comfort zone, reach across the divide that separates the house and the unhoused and if we extend a welcoming hand and say ‘I see you, you matter, come inside, rest, heal, let’s find a path, together.’ Thank you, Catholic Charities, for being the hand that extends the welcome, for providing the home, the safe haven for those who have lost their way. Thank you for restoring hope.”
Something for Everyone

The meticulous planning and execution of this housing project reflect the dedication of the team involved in bringing this vision to life. In addition, security is a top priority at St. Valentine’s Apartments, with staff ensuring 24/7 coverage to create a safe and secure living environment for all residents.

One distinctive feature of the complex is its center courtyard, where residents can soak up the sunshine, find comfort in shade and engage in community activities. Building on that sense of community and providing a place to build camaraderie, the courtyard hosts an outdoor concrete ping pong table and plenty of tables, chairs and benches.

Partnerships Abound

The success of St. Valentine’s Apartments is attributed not only to the dedication of Catholic Charities Housing with the collaborative efforts from the City of Loveland, ShopWorks Architecture and KCI. Homeward Alliance and SummitStone Behavioral Health are our primary service partners. Working closely with local authorities, the project has seamlessly integrated into the community, becoming a testament to what can be achieved when public and private entities join forces to address critical social issues.

As St. Valentine’s Apartments continues to welcome residents and provide a supportive haven, it stands as a shining example of how compassion, collaboration and community engagement can transform lives and create lasting positive change.

At 92, Marie is still on her daily mission to “make someone happy”

At the age of 92, Marie Saavedra has spent the last 29 years working at the Samaritan House warehouse in downtown Denver, continuing her days offering her warm heart to those seeking it. Marie always believed that compassion was the key to a happy life.

“Every day, I wake up excited to go to work. And every night, I thank God for everyone I have encountered that day and pray that they know how much God loves them. He tells me, too, how much He loves me.”

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) only 4.4% of the workforce is 90 years old or older. If you were to shadow Marie on any given day, you would be floored to know she is a part of that 90 years or older percentage. Her heart for service and faith in humanity keeps her youthful.

Marie’s journey of service began at the young age of 16 years old when she entered the workforce, caring for babies at the baby annex at St. Joseph’s Hospital. She went on to give birth to six of her own children, a calling she’d been preparing for. Having a large family was always important to her. She takes pride in having most of her children in a close radius and beams at the five generations who call her mom, grandma, great-grandma and even great-great-grandma.

While raising her children, Marie also worked as a caregiver for seniors. Her gift of holding the hands of any single person, at any age, during any hardship never wavered. She shares a story of one woman she fondly cared for during her last years.

“I remember having a special bond with this woman, Grace. I’d sit with her, and she’d tell me all sorts of stories. She entrusted me with her wedding ring before she passed, knowing that I’d give it to her daughter. It was an honor I never took lightly. When I gave the ring to her daughter, she told me how much Grace loved me,” Marie said. She thought “If only I could make someone happy like that.”

Marie has added many stories of her own. After decades of caretaking, she joined a community center for older adults to spend the brief chapter of her retirement. She met someone at the center who connected her to the job at Samaritan House. It was part-time, close to her house and seemed like a Godsend. Her days of helping the vulnerable populations weren’t over.

In her everyday effort to “make someone happy”, she recalls an experience of a man who came to the warehouse, nervously seeking a suit to wear for an interview. As she had done hundreds of times before, she got him exactly what he needed and offered her advice. Two years later, that same man made the trip to the warehouse to share with Marie that he had gotten that job he interviewed for. He came to bring her a guardian angel pin, sharing with her that she had helped him get the job, with the confidence she instilled in him.

Of the many hundreds of stories she has to share, many triumphant, many challenging, she remains resilient. Her presence has kept the Samaritan House warehouse operation a staple in the Denver community.

“Marie’s faith is at the heart of everything she does…it comes out in her smile and her endless hours of service. She makes me smile every day she comes in to work,” said Mary Larsen, director of warehousing and kitchen operations.

For the past two years, the migrant population has come to rely on the Samaritan House warehouse as a lifeline. Some days, Marie and the warehouse team cater to 150 new individuals each day, giving them a sack lunch and clothing. There are days that are much harder than others, but the encouragement Marie shares with each person is always the same.

Her close colleagues feel blessed to spend their days with Marie. “She is an inspiration to all of us. I look up to Marie,” shared warehouse manager Dianne Montoya

During the days where she caters to hundreds of people, she shares that “if God keeps giving me the physical ability, I will keep doing it. I make sure to stretch every night and thank Him for the body I have to provide hope to people.”

As the years roll on, Marie continues to be an unstoppable force at Samaritan House. Her unwavering dedication and contagious enthusiasm have inspired thousands, a reminder that kindness has no age requirement.

“I thank God for the joy this life brings me and the strength He gives me to keep doing it.”

Catholic Charities Hires Key Leaders for Marisol Health Northern Colorado and Provides Updates on New Clinic’s Progress

Catholic Charities is excited to announce the hiring of exceptional individuals who will lead the operations at the new Marisol Health Northern Colorado clinic, set to open its doors in Spring 2024. Sharon Keck has been named clinic director, and Lisa Gesterling has joined as the certified nurse midwife. These additions to the team, along with Dr. Kevin Tool, demonstrate Marisol Health’s commitment to delivering quality services and support to women and families in Northern Colorado.

“We’re so excited and blessed to have Sharon, Lisa and Dr. Tool join us as we open our new Marisol Health clinic! They are accomplished leaders in the field of women’s health and will be strong partners in creating a caring and dynamic culture of excellence,” said VP of Women’s and Family Services at Catholic Charities of Denver.

Sharon has nearly 40 years of experience in nursing administration, practice and education in both major teaching and community hospitals in Colorado, Illinois, Ohio and Arizona. Most recently, as a labor, delivery and postpartum nurse at Longmont United Hospital, Sharon has extensively embraced patient and staff education, professional/shared governance, quality improvements and change management. With a Master of Science in Nursing from the Ohio State University and a long history of professional honors, Sharon is looking forward to bringing her dedication to women’s health issues and patient-focused care to Marisol Health Northern Colorado.

“My approach to healthcare revolves around patient-centered care, and I am committed to fostering an environment where women feel empowered, respected and supported in their health and pregnancy journey,” said Keck.

Lisa is a certified nurse midwife and women’s health nurse practitioner. She specializes in obstetric and gynecological care, natural family planning and well-woman exams. Most recently a certified nurse midwife and women’s health nurse practitioner at Bella Health and Wellness, Lisa has a Master of Science from Georgetown University School of Nursing and Health Studies. Her previous clinical experience underscores her dedication to providing holistic, dignified care. She is a published journal author, a member of Catholic Medical Association and she lives in Ft. Collins.

“The Marisol Health model – high-quality, patient-centered obstetric and gynecological care with integrated social services – is such an innovative, needed model of care in Northern Colorado. The community’s excitement for this practice has been tremendous. I am so honored to be a part of this team, and I can’t wait to serve the women of Northern Colorado,” shared Gesterling.

In addition, Dr. Kevin Tool, Obstetrician and Gynecologist and longtime Fort Collins resident, is serving as Marisol Health Northern Colorado’s Medical Director. As such, he will provide clinical guidance and consultation to the medical team and receive referrals of patients with higher risk medical conditions, including those who need surgical procedures. Dr. Tool will also review and sign off on all ultrasounds and share delivery responsibilities with Marisol Health nurse midwives.

The clinic has made significant progress, including the completion of construction and the acquisition of the building. Efforts are now focused on securing furniture and fixtures, setting up the Electronic Health Record system, addressing financial projections and contracting with vendors and suppliers. Additional team members are being hired and the onboarding plan is underway.

Catholic Charities is grateful for the support and interest from volunteers who are eager to contribute to Marisol Health Northern Colorado. Volunteer opportunities will be available soon. In the meantime, Catholic Charities encourages individuals to get involved with its other ministries in Larimer and Weld County, such as Samaritan House Fort Collins and Samaritan House Greeley on the Guadalupe Campus. These shelters are always eager to have dedicated volunteers. The generosity of time and treasure at Marisol Family St. Joseph is also greatly appreciated, as they provide diapers, materials and educational opportunities for young families in Northern Colorado.

Marisol Health Northern Colorado, opening in Spring 2024 at 1221 West Elizabeth St., Fort Collins, CO 80521, aims to be the most comprehensive support system for women in the region. It will provide accurate information and support to help women make important decisions about their reproductive health.

Las Posadas celebration with families at Samaritan House 

Last December, Samaritan House transformed conference rooms and common areas into places of shelter and safety for dozens of migrants who had just arrived in Denver. Since the influx fell around Christmastime, staff did their best to adapt to what the holidays may have felt like in their respective countries. To commemorate, they put together a Las Posadas celebration. Las Posadas is a cherished Christmas tradition in Latin American countries, where people celebrate the journey of Mary and Joseph as they search for a place to stay before the birth of Jesus. In its second year of celebrating Los Posadas at Samaritan House, staff, residents and volunteers came together to sing in anticipation of the coming of our Lord and Savior.  

The procession made stops at the recreation room, clinic, cafeteria and finally the chapel, re-enacting the journey of Mary and Joseph and asking for shelter. Both English and Spanish versions of the hymn were sung, putting people of all backgrounds in the shoes of Mother Mary and Joseph. The Christmas story reflects so many of our neighbors experiencing homelessness this season. The chapel resembled the inn the Holy Family eventually was welcomed into.  

“When we celebrated this last year, we connected the rich symbolism of Joseph and Mary seeking shelter, similar to the many families who have come to us. Many of them can empathize of how they must have felt and the realization that the Son of God was homeless before he came into this world,” said Josh Zielinski, associate director of Samaritan House family services. “It’s a great opportunity for us to keep Christ in Christmas.’ 

After the procession, everyone gathered back into the recreation room for tamales and piñata to enjoy. All the families felt true joy, knowing this holiday is much more about being grateful to be with one another and celebrating a journey that is similar to theirs.  

The Las Pasadas celebration at Samaritan House is a testament to the Catholic Charities mission of serving as the hands and feet of Jesus Christ, and keeping what he would do in the forefront of our daily work. For too many this Christmas season, it is their first time away from their families and the unknown of what may be next on their journey is frightening. To know that Christ has too walked in their shoes, is as powerful of any.  

 

The end of the Las Posadas song: 

¡Dichosa la casa 

que alberga este día 

a la Virgen pura. 

la hermosa María! 

  

Blessed is the house 

that shelters this day 

the purest Virgin, 

the beautiful Mary. 

Last December, Samaritan House transformed conference rooms and common areas into places of shelter and safety for dozens of migrants who had just arrived in Denver. Since the influx fell around Christmastime, staff did their best to adapt to what the holidays may have felt like in their respective countries. To commemorate, they put together a Las Posadas celebration. Las Posadas is a cherished Christmas tradition in Latin American countries, where people celebrate the journey of Mary and Joseph as they search for a place to stay before the birth of Jesus. In its second year of celebrating Los Posadas at Samaritan House, staff, residents and volunteers came together to sing in anticipation of the coming of our Lord and Savior.

The procession made stops at the recreation room, clinic, cafeteria and finally the chapel, re-enacting the journey of Mary and Joseph and asking for shelter. Both English and Spanish versions of the hymn were sung, putting people of all backgrounds in the shoes of Mother Mary and Joseph. The Christmas story reflects so many of our neighbors experiencing homelessness this season. The chapel resembled the inn the Holy Family eventually was welcomed into.

“When we celebrated this last year, we connected the rich symbolism of Joseph and Mary seeking shelter, similar to the many families who have come to us. Many of them can empathize of how they must have felt and the realization that the Son of God was homeless before he came into this world,” said Josh Zielinski, associate director of Samaritan House family services. “It’s a great opportunity for us to keep Christ in Christmas.’

After the procession, everyone gathered back into the recreation room for tamales and piñata to enjoy. All the families felt true joy, knowing this holiday is much more about being grateful to be with one another and celebrating a journey that is similar to theirs.

The Las Pasadas celebration at Samaritan House is a testament to the Catholic Charities mission of serving as the hands and feet of Jesus Christ, and keeping what he would do in the forefront of our daily work. For too many this Christmas season, it is their first time away from their families and the unknown of what may be next on their journey is frightening. To know that Christ has too walked in their shoes, is as powerful of any.

 

The end of the Las Posadas song:

¡Dichosa la casa

que alberga este día

a la Virgen pura.

la hermosa María!

 

Blessed is the house

that shelters this day

the purest Virgin,

the beautiful Mary.

Home for the holidays

Moving into a new home can be an overwhelming experience, especially when you’re on a fixed income. For the residents of the St. Valentine supportive housing complex in Loveland, Colorado, those “little” things that add up were taken care of. Thanks to the tireless efforts of building coordinator Rob, all 54 units at St. Valentine’s received “starter kits” to help them get adjusted to their new living spaces. Parishioners at St. John the Evangelist in Loveland, and other individuals contributed thousands of dollars over the past few months to make sure every resident had all they needed to make their new house a home. Everything from kitchen to bath to bedding was included in these packages to make their transition as smooth as possible.

During the move-ins that started this month, residents have been lifted from many of the stresses of rising costs, with a warm place to call home this winter season. Paired with these “starter kits,” 80 individuals are that much closer to having all of their basics met. These tokens of kindness are what the Loveland community is all about.

On top of the $400 worth of items that were purchased for each unit, Rob also arranged for $50 Safeway gift card to be given out. These gift cards gave residents a chance to stock their pantries and fridges up for the first couple of weeks.

For the 80-plus individuals receiving income-based housing at St. Valentine’s, this is the start of a wonderful new chapter in their lives. A place to call home, and items that make it feel even homier. Thank you to the city of Loveland for welcoming this building into your community, and for welcoming some new neighbors with open arms. God bless.