11149 e. 14th avenue, aurora, CO 80010

open monday, wednesday, thursday from 9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

This Catholic Charities powerhouse is a food pantry, clothing closet and resource center that offers tremendous support for the community. Little Flower partners with a host of amazing parishes, businesses, agencies, organizations and volunteers to receive and distribute food and critical supplies to neighbors in Aurora and beyond.


We are a non-profit assistance center supported by caring volunteers who offer their time and talent to help people in need.


We are a non-profit assistance center supported by caring volunteers who offer their time and talent to help people in need.

we are eager to see you

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The Catholic Charities' Little Flower Assistance Center serves individuals and families facing crisis in the city of Aurora and those residing in Denver zip codes 80231, 80239 and 80249 from 9:30 a.m. — 3:00 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. Our address is 11149 E 14th Avenue, Aurora CO 80010

The Senior Food Assistance Program takes place on the second Monday of each month.

We help neighbors obtain necessities to overcome challenges. Available services include:

  • A generous supply of groceries for a household.
  • Distribution of personal care items such as soap, shampoo, deodorant, oral hygiene supplies and adult incontinence needs.
  • Diapers and formula for infant children.
  • Gently used clothing provided through the generosity of Our Lady of Loretto Church parishioners and other donors.
  • Employment counseling for clients seeking assistance finding jobs.
  • Bus passes for seniors and persons with disabilities requiring transportation to medical appointments.
  • Monthly commodity allocations to clients aged 60 and older who meet federal eligibility requirements.
  • Health and wellness education for all clients.
  • Referrals to additional community resources, such as local human service agencies.


In order to best assist you, please come prepared with the following documents:
  • Every adult in the household must provide a valid photo identification and current proof of address.
  • Each child in the household is required to have one of the following documents: birth certificate, immunization records, school identification or baptismal certificate.



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WHEN DID THE JOY DRIVE BEGIN? The Joy Drive was first established in the year 2000 as a giving program sponsored by the City of Aurora.

HOW DID LITTLE FLOWER BECOME INVOLVED? The Little Flower Assistance Center assumed administration of the Joy Drive at the request of the City shortly after the center opened its doors in September 2013.

WHO ARE JOY DRIVE RECIPIENTS? The Little Flower Assistance Center adapted the Joy Drive to provide annual Christmas gift boxes to disadvantaged students attending Aurora Public Schools in the most indigent neighborhoods of "Original Aurora." This program has since expanded to include pupils enrolled in the tutoring program at Colfax Community Network, teen parents and their little ones participating with the Aurora Public Schools Early Beginnings Child Development Center, and Senior Citizen clients of the Little Flower Assistance Center.Joy Drive distributions provide the recipient not only with the excitement of receiving a gift, but also the hope and comfort that they are thought of and appreciated in the community.

WHAT IS IN A JOY BOX? Each Joy Box contains over 20 items valued at $30.00 or more. Students receive school supplies, coloring and activity books, gloves, mittens, hats, personal hygiene items, fast food gift certificates, toys, and candy. Elderly clients are presented with items such as quilts, afghans, hand towels, grocery store gift certificates, and sweets. Early Beginnings parents, along with their infants and toddlers, receive baby blankets, clothing, diapers, toys, and other items needed to care for little ones.

WHO SUPPORTS THE JOY DRIVE? This is a community-wide event that is very dear to the hearts of Little Flower volunteers and supporters. It is an opportunity for all groups and individuals to unite over the holiday season and support the most disadvantaged households in their neighborhoods. Items for gift distributions are donated and financed by local businesses, individuals, and organizations. These generous contributors include local Catholic and Protestant churches, school groups, handicraft and knitting clubs, small and large local corporations, service organizations and professional associations.

In addition to financial and in-kind donations, contributors provide countless hours of volunteer time purchasing and inventorying gift items, organizing and communicating with schools to identify recipient students, scheduling gift pick-ups, packing and assembling gift boxes, and performing many other activities necessary to make the Joy Drive a success each year.