Lives transformed, then and now, with the help of Catholic Charities
The ways in which Catholic Charities touches lives, with the effects revealed (if at all) many years later, is one of the great blessings of our ministries that have served people in Northern Colorado for more than 90 years.
At our recent Beacon of Hope Gala that benefits Marisol Services, a woman named Angela recounted her story of receiving counseling at a time when she was considering abortion. “It wasn’t like someone was trying to pull me into a religion, or make me feel guilty and pull me into a faith. She was just realistic with me about what that decision was going to do to me, and what the impact was going to be on my life,” Angela said.
Angela’s decision was for life. She appeared on stage at the gala with Justin and their now 2-year old daughter, Analee, who wowed the crowd with a rendition of “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” and then sang her ABCs.
“Thank God,” said Angela in gratitude, prior to Analee singing. “And thank God, Marisol Health was there. Thank God, Justin made that call that day and they took it and they got us in. Because she’s a blessing.”
Here’s another story of blessing. Kyle Dyer, a former news anchor who has been helping Catholic Charities tell our stories, wrote about Carrie Warren on Facebook recently. Years ago, Carrie had “nowhere to go and no money. Samaritan House welcomed her. To this day, Carrie raves about the compassion, support & services she received at Samaritan House. Within a week, she had a job at a local hotel. Catholic Charities of Denver worked with Mercy Housing to find a home that Carrie could afford. Fast forward to today, Carrie is happily married with three great kids. She left her well-paying job to pursue her dream of getting her undergraduate degree at University of Denver.”
Kyle wrote that Carrie intends to go “to law school and eventually becoming a judge who oversees juvenile cases... helping kids who face challenges like she did.”
Perhaps your life has been touched in such a profound way by Catholic Charities. Or perhaps, as a volunteer or a donor, you have had that effect — known or unknown — on the lives of others. In whatever way that you participate, you are at the heart of our mission “to extend the healing ministry of Jesus Christ to the poor and those in need.”
If you have a story to tell of lives transformed, we’d like to hear about it. Please send details to firstname.lastname@example.org. For those whose stories are known, and for those still unfolding, we at Catholic Charities thank you for allowing us to walk with you, then and now.
Darren A. Walsh
President and CEO