Catholic Charities CEO to Colorado: “Help us make a miracle happen”

One of largest non-governmental nonprofits in state deploys hundreds of staff and volunteers to respond to virus crisis

Denver, CO—Catholic Charities of Denver deployed dozens of staff and more than 250 volunteers to take swift action in responding to the growing emergency for shelter, food, supplies and comfort in the face of COVID-19. The charitable organization’s CEO is asking the community for urgent help.

“We are hopeful our community responds quickly to help us make a miracle happen across northern Colorado,” said Darren Walsh, president and CEO of Catholic Charities of Denver. “As we hit the apex of the curve showing the spread of COVID-19, we are taking swift action to protect and serve the most vulnerable—families and individuals who are in search of food, without shelter, needing comfort, unable to pay their rent and utilities due to employment changes, and meeting the needs of our affordable housing residents, many of whom are seniors. Together, we can impact lives for the better.”

The organization launched an emergency relief fund to meet the needs of people who have lost their jobs, are low-income, struggling to find food and have basic needs met during the pandemic.

Catholic Charities of Denver, one the largest non-governmental charitable agencies in the state, provides shelter, food, clothing and supplies, education, affordable housing, senior services, counseling, medical care, emergency assistance, respect life resources, and much more to tens of thousands of people every year in northern Colorado. In the last month, Catholic Charities has seen the following evidence of desperate need from families, seniors, children, veterans and individuals relying on the nonprofit for assistance.

  • 20 percent increase in families asking for 10-days amount of groceries from food bank
  • 4,000 lbs more food ordered from Food Bank of the Rockies to feed more clients
  • Delivering 300 bags of food weekly to low-income families who are members of education centers
  • Distributed 980 care package to seniors in affordable housing units who are sheltering in place
  • Packaging more than 500 sack lunches a day for shelter residents in Denver
  • 40 percent increase in meals served to residents at emergency shelter in Fort Collins
  • About 80 people sheltered and served meals at emergency shelter in Greeley
  • Collecting and making hundreds of ‘social comfort’ masks to keep participants, volunteers protected
  • Staff redeployed to the frontlines across our seven shelters and emergency services

A list of urgent needs and supplies are posted daily on the website Walsh asks the community to consider participating in an Easter miracle by giving donations, donating online to the emergency relief fund or volunteering.