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At Archdiocesan Housing, a place to flourish for Sarah

Shelly and her husband found everything they could have hoped for their daughter at Archdiocesan Housing, a ministry of Catholic Charities of Denver. Their 23-year-old daughter Sarah (pictured above, right) happily lives in a one-bedroom apartment at Villa Sierra Madre, a secure and remodeled complex in Silverthorne. Although Sarah was ...
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For the first time in two years, a group from Cathedral Plaza housing downtown took a trip to Walmart.

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At Archdiocesan Housing, a place to flourish for Sarah

Shelly and her husband found everything they could have hoped for their daughter at Archdiocesan Housing, a ministry of Catholic Charities of Denver. Their 23-year-old daughter Sarah (pictured above, right) happily lives in a one-bedroom apartment at Villa Sierra Madre, a secure and remodeled complex in Silverthorne. Although Sarah was ...

Local author to share wildfire recovery, healing process

When Fran Rutherford’s home was destroyed by a wildfire, she and her husband adopted a new motto, “always forward, never back,” inspired by Saint Junipero Serra, a Spanish missionary in the 1700s. “By making progress and pushing forward, we were able to work through the grief,” she said of her ...

You can help care for women in need: Women’s Care Project launches

Maintaining dignity starts with the basics—fresh and clean undergarments. Catholic Charities has launched the Women’s Care Project to show the women we serve in our shelters and programs that we care. Among the most sought-after items are bras and underwear of all sizes. As the project tagline says, “it’s what is underneath ...

Teenager starts small business for good cause

When Avery Newland didn’t make the basketball team this past fall, she knew God had a different plan for her free time after school. Combined with a passion for crafts and the Divine Mercy, Avery started her own business at 15 years old. The business? Prayer in the form of ...

In gratitude, grandmother returns to Little Flower and gives back

About 6 months ago, Joan came to Little Flower Assistance Center when her shelves were running empty. “It was a great time in need,” she shared outside the food bank in Aurora. Now she returned with a car packed with children's clothes and surplus food to donate. Little Flower provides ...

Residents go to Walmart for first social outing

After more than two years, the residents of Cathedral Plaza decided where to go for their first social outing together: Walmart. Four residents at the downtown Denver affordable housing complex, run by Archdiocesan Housing, climbed into the community van to go to the local shopping center. Diane smiled saying it ...

Catholic Charities welcomes mom with open arms

Looking back, Tinasia describes her brief stint with homelessness as a blessing in disguise. If the pregnant mom of three did not face challenges, she wouldn’t have experienced the life-transforming help of Samaritan House. “I feel like things were able to work in my favor,” she shared from her furnished ...

Shelter employee inspires hope in others

Sandra arranges a bed with fresh sheets to ensure the next woman to walk through the doors of Samaritan House 48th feels comfort from the smell of laundry detergent from the sheets when she lays her head down.  As Sandra continues her daily duties as shelter associate at the women’s ...

With Samaritan House, mom finds new start for her family

The mother stacks a folding stroller—her last belonging—in the trunk of her black Kia parked outside Samaritan House. “We’re going to go see our new apartment,” she exclaims to her young son. She straps her daughter into a car seat as her son jumps inside the backseat. With their belongings ...
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Respect Life Denver: Parents should know if their daughter is considering an abortion

By Lynn Grandon, Respect Life Denver Having worked across the street from two major abortion facilities in my life, I have watched many women grapple with the challenging decision about whether to move forward with pregnancy or have an abortion. I’ve been fortunate to witness many make the courageous decision ...

Coloradans pray as radical abortion bill heads to CO governor’s desk

Respect Life Denver urges pro-life education for teenagers Concerned Coloradans are urged to pray and take action as the radical abortion legislation HB22-1279 heads to Gov. Jared Polis’ desk for his expected signature that would make it into law. The Catholic community and pro-life advocates responded in droves against the Reproductive ...

Catholic Community and pro-life advocates oppose radical abortion bill proposed in Colorado

Mom says abortion became her biggest regret  Public rally organized to oppose radical bill      Sharry had made her decision. Scared and shaking, she lay on the cold table with endless tears flowing. She heard the hum of the vacuum after the nurse hit the switch.    In a coarse, hateful voice the nurse told ...

Something beautiful out of a tragic event

Even from the most awful and tragic events, something beautiful can be born. Take, for example, Rebecca Kiessling’s very own life. The Michigan wife and mother was conceived after her biological mother was dragged to a field and raped at knife point. Her mother was determined to access abortion, which ...

Mom comes full circle after help from Marisol Homes

In November of 2010, Tara and two of her children started a trek to regain independence, gathering what little they had for a stay at Marisol Homes (then known as the Father Ed Judy House), a temporary home for single women and children run by Catholic Charities of Denver. At ...

VIDEO: Mother says life changed for better after giving birth

Ilene was shocked. She recently graduated high school and found out she was pregnant after taking a test at Marisol Health in Denver. After talking it over with her boyfriend, “We decided we were going to go to Planned Parenthood and get it over with.” Ilene did not feel prepared ...

The Colorado Catholic Community mobilizes to help survivors of the Marshall Fire

One woman broke into tears after walking up to the Catholic Charities’ table inside the Disaster Assistance Center in Lafayette. The day before the Marshall Fire ravaged hundreds of homes on December 30, 2021, she and her husband had donated to Catholic Charities. The next day, her home was destroyed ...

Faces of Hope: Kelly

Kelly just keeps moving forward. She sees her time at Samaritan House 48th as one stop along her destination to stable living. “I’m here for now but this is not my destination,” the 50-year-old shares while heating up hot cocoa. Wearing a purple coat and fleece jacket, she was on ...

Faces of Hope: Lena

In Lena’s life, Catholic Charities was not simply the provider of food and clothing during challenging times. They restored her hope and faith in Jesus Christ. Lena, a proud Catholic wife and mother, described her first transformative encounter with Catholic Charities like it was yesterday. Another day of barely getting ...

Faces of Hope: Lauree

You can find Lauree on the corner of 22nd and Larimer streets on most mornings steaming up espresso and talking to neighbors in the community. This is the same block where she learned to advocate for herself as a single mother experiencing homelessness and rediscover her independence.   On the morning of November 6, ...

Donor: ‘We’re really here to show we care’

Within minutes, women eagerly formed a long line inside Samaritan House 48th in Denver where a group of volunteers unveiled a Christmas surprise for them—brand new shoes. “Welcome to the shoe store,” exclaimed Terry Peltes, a Catholic Charities donor and volunteer, to the shelter participants. “We’re so glad you’re here.” Terry and ...

Mom says Marisol Health genuinely cares

Arisa was 19 and petrified. Her pregnancy test results were positive. “I was really scared and kind of horrified in the beginning, because I knew the (baby’s) dad was not someone who would be there for me,” she remembers. Her grandparents, who raised her, initially expressed disappointment and concern, which ...

A time to give: Adopt-A-Family donors bring joy to families, individuals

Cars lined a parking lot in Denver to drop off loads of gifts destined for the homes of families, seniors and individuals not able to afford a Christmas this year. During Adopt–A–Family program week, hundreds of people delivered clothing, toys, household goods and other gifts purchased for a specific person ...

Faces of Hope: Liliana

Liliana said her greatest hope is keeping her family together. She participated in Catholic Charities’ Early Head Start prenatal program and felt she had the help she needed. “I think that in my personal experience, finding the possibility of belonging to the Catholic Charities’ program was a blessing in the ...

Faces of Hope: Debra

Coats donated to Samaritan House   Debra finally found the one—a long tan trench coat among stacks of clean coats donated to Samaritan House.  Hundreds of coats provided through the Coats for Colorado partnership with Dependable Cleaners gave women facing homelessness like her with needed warmth and a brighter outlook.  ...

VIDEO: Catholic Charities distributes 40,000 pounds of food for needy families before Thanksgiving holiday

Tragedy turned into generosity by former football player John Griffin and his partnership with LDS church Catholic Charities of Denver and volunteers are quickly distributing 40,000 pounds of food to its shelters and area food banks as families face uncertainty and tighter budgets amid rising food costs this holiday season.  ...

New mom finds help, hope in recovery at Marisol Homes

Jennifer found out she was 10 weeks pregnant in August of 2020. During this time, she was addicted to heroin and methamphetamine and was unsure what her next steps would look like. At 12 weeks pregnant, Jennifer was admitted to a treatment center in Denver.  After 60 days in treatment, ...

MOM SAYS MARISOL HOMES IS LIKE EXTENDED FAMILY

Michelle says singing is a form of worship for her. “I sing all the time,” said the 39-year-old mother. “I sing when I need to drown out my sorrows. God has got me through a lot of things. [He] is my main man.” Michelle is a participant at Marisol Homes, ...

ARCHDIOCESAN HOUSING PURSUING THREE MAJOR PROJECTS TO ADDRESS AFFORDABLE HOUSING

Archdiocesan Housing, Inc., (AHI) which manages 30 properties that house about 3,000 residents, is moving forward on three major projects on Colorado’s Front Range that could add another 147 units of much-needed affordable housing in the years ahead. “We have several projects in the pipeline, but these are our big ...

5 tips for managing back-to-school worries

As children are back in school and continuing to adjust to their new schedules, one of our experts from St. Raphael Counseling, a ministry of Catholic Charities of Denver, shares top tips on how to ensure it's a smooth transition. By Stacie Webb, Psy.D., St. Raphael Counseling Class is now ...

A Fatima pilgrimage in Colorado

A statue of Our Lady of Fatima, hand-crafted in Portugal, is on a pilgrimage throughout the Archdiocese of Denver with the hope of restoring faith by encouraging prayers of the rosary.  This summer, the statue is headed to the Western Slope and Eastern Plains until the end of August. It will be back in Denver by September in hopes of having a greater reach at parishes and schools. The statue is booked out months in ...

Faces of Hope: Mariana

Mariana came to Samaritan House 48th for support after another Denver shelter referred her to us. She’s experienced homelessness since a teenager and recently had gallbladder surgery. She is looking for a job and is hoping to someday get married and have a family.

Mom overcomes fear, high-risk pregnancy with Marisol at her side

Nicolle felt scared and ashamed. She was unexpectedly pregnant, and a doctor said she had a high-risk pregnancy. “We both drank a lot,” said the 28-year-old about her and her boyfriend, Ashton, 27. “We didn’t find out until four and a half months pregnant.” She heard about Marisol Health in ...

Parents find ongoing support, family at Catholic Charities

Catholic Charities is like a supportive family ready to lend a helping hand.Jennifer R., mom of 4–year–old and 3–year–old boys, recalls the challenges she overcame in 2017 when she faced homelessness and came to Samaritan House for help. Years later, she is comfortable in her own apartment and expressed gratitude ...

Samaritan House celebrates expanded spaces with ribbon cutting, blessing

Samaritan House in Denver celebrated the expansion of services for women seeking shelter, nutritious meals and support services with a blessing and ribbon-cutting by Auxiliary Bishop Jorge Rodríguez of the Archdiocese of Denver. "God, the provider of shelter and home, has brought us together for the dedication of the first ...

Terry Peltes: Join in the compassionate outreach at Samaritan House

“Some of the ladies we serve have been victims of domestic abuse or have mental health issues and some have just experienced the terrible misfortune that we all pray never comes to anyone we know or love. They are young, old and in-between and they are all scared, sad, completely ...

Finding the shoe that fits

Volunteers are integral to the success of Samaritan House. We wouldn't be able to open our doors to our neighbors without tremendous community support. A great example of answering the call is the Peltes family, who began volunteering at Samaritan House with Saturday morning meal service and expanded their efforts in many directions.   ...

Mom says she’s grateful ‘in every way’ for Marisol Health

Three years after walking through the doors of Marisol Health while pregnant and fearful, Reilly said she feels like an empowered and capable mother. “My meetings with Marisol Health taught me so much,” said Reilly, 25. “Now I have this amazing framework for being a mother. I was taking it ...

Samaritan House turns schoolhouse after partnership paves way for online learning

When schools suspended in-person learning during COVID-19, Angelina felt unprepared to teach her teenage boy and 6-year-old son at the same time, especially while staying at a shelter. “They have totally different learning needs,” said Angelina, 40, from the Samaritan House shelter in Denver. “Having them both inside the room ...

St. Raphael Counseling: Resetting our hearts for 2021

Choose Another Way for 2021 | By Mark Sanders “Sometimes the story doesn’t make sense until the end. I don’t think our story is over.” Trust me, I’m writing this as much for me as anyone else. After a bruising 2020, we all need a bit of a reset and ...

Inspiration takes shape inside women’s shelter

Local artist’s affirming artwork will lift and empower women A local Denver artist transformed the entryway of the women’s dorms inside Samaritan House shelter by painting welcoming and colorful murals, designed to inspire hope for women experiencing homelessness. The women’s dorms inside Samaritan House, a ministry operated by Catholic Charities ...

New facility will double capacity sheltering more women safely during pandemic

COVID-19 has changed the way everyone lives, works and helps others, not least of all for those at Catholic Charities responsible for sheltering and caring for women experiencing homelessness in metro Denver and Northern Colorado. That crisis, and what has followed from it, will result in Catholic Charities taking an ...

Heart for Hungry Families Has Roots in a Sister’s Help

Suzie Boyd’s heart is always with the struggling family facing hunger—it’s all too familiar to her. “We went through trying times growing up,” said Suzie, co-owner with her husband, Curt, of Academy Roofing, based in Aurora. “It goes way back to when I was a kid. So there’s 12 children ...

Faces of Hope: Candace

“Before I moved into Marisol Homes, I was living in a drafty camper with my 2-year-old son. We had an extension cord running into an auto shop. I was parked behind it for electricity and there was no running water. It was very cold, but it kept the snow and ...

Early Childhood Education fills void for new mom

D. learned about Early Childhood Education when a Catholic Charities employee saw through social media that D. was pregnant and contacted her to share information about its Early Head Start Prenatal Program. D. agreed to participate and met with a prenatal home visitor. D. felt that God worked in mysterious ...

Samaritan House opens doors for mom

Marcela and Michael were hit with devastating news while trying to support their three young children. Doctors diagnosed Michael with Lou Gehrig’s disease. “I was just trying to work and we fell behind, and then he had got diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease,” Marcela said. “I felt depressed some time ...

Faces of Hope: Jonathan

"I’m 32. I came down from Washington, D.C., to Denver looking for a change in my life. I got really depressed. I picked up everything I had and went to Colorado in February 2020. I didn’t really have a plan. I stayed with a nice lady for a while. My ...

Faces of Hope: Stephanie

“Samaritan House had a moving out party for us. They gave me and my daughter this wall art for our new home. My case manager got us a place at Joshua Station transitional housing. They only picked like three people out of 20 to get a place. That was kind ...

Giving brings gratitude for family

Giving is important to the Hraban family who often practices gratitude. "Everything we have is a gift from God,” said Janet Hraban, who lives in Windsor with her husband, Jerry, and three daughters. “We are simply giving back to God what is already His.” After the pandemic hit, the family ...

Faces of Hope: Adela

Adela and her 16-year-old son are refugees. Originally escaping the violence and poverty in Rwanda, they migrated to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The DRC is one of the poorest countries in the world, with no opportunities for them. In addition, it was equally dangerous for the family. They ...

Mom welcomes newborn while at Samaritan House shelter

Two weeks before Jessica, 25, delivered her baby girl, she prepared a crib in her room at Samaritan House shelter. “I don’t know what I’d do without Samaritan House,” she said. “It’s a very calm environment. They really do help you get off your feet.” Jessica, 25, was frightened when ...

Family reunites during stay at Samaritan House Fort Collins

Couple finds second chance and stable home after pursuing help at Fort Collins shelter   After successfully completing the family shelter program at Samaritan House Fort Collins, Andrew can’t wait to give back. “It was a good program. We’re very thankful for it,” he said of he and his wife ...

Little Flower extends to other locations

While businesses were closed, jobs eliminated or furloughed, one of our lesser known yet mighty ministries became an important responder to the needs of our neighbors in our community. Little Flower Assistance Center in Aurora stepped up to the challenge. In April, we estimated an increase of 60 percent over ...

Sharing Kindness: Your COVID-19 Response

Shelter Services: Working with the City of Denver and community partners, Catholic Charities’ Women’s Emergency and Transitional Shelter moved to the Denver Coliseum so women could receive 24/7 shelter, social distancing and full medical care. Up to 300 women are screened and provided services every day. Shelter Services, Larimer County: ...

Schmitz family honors parents with donation for critical service

When Annie McBournie and her five siblings joined a Zoom video call to talk about the COVID-19 crisis, they knew how their late parents would have responded. “In our conversation, none of us could get our head around the fact that there are all these people in the midst of ...

Faith, family and figures are fundamentals for the Goss family

As Catholics, Christoph and Tatiana Goss have taken to heart the teachings of Jesus Christ to care for the poor. “Ten percent of all gross income, no matter what the source, goes to charity,” explained Christoph. Christoph and Tatiana are both engineers, and bring that discipline to scrutinizing recipients, including ...

Behind the seams, “sewing lady” creates cloth masks to donate to Catholic Charities

Hundreds of masks created by volunteers provide protection amid COVID-19 At the Samaritan House homeless shelter, Claudia became known as the “sewing lady.” More than teaching a new skill to residents, she became their companion, offering a friendly face and a chance to help them build confidence. “That’s why I ...

Footers Catering delivers feast and joy to hundreds of struggling families

Residents of Archdiocesan Housing received dinner, games in COVID-19 relief effort   To help feed and provide relief during the COVID-19 pandemic, Footers Catering created 750 meals for struggling families who are living in affordable housing units operated by the nonprofit Archdiocesan Housing. “When we received an anonymous donation, earmarked ...

CATHOLIC CHARITIES TAKES LEAD ON WOMEN’S SHELTER AT DENVER COLISEUM

Denver’s largest provider of shelter for single women follows CDC-compliant conditions during pandemic   After planning and coordinating with the City of Denver and area shelter providers, Catholic Charities of Denver—the largest provider of shelter for single women experiencing homelessness in Denver—took the lead in operating a 24/7 auxiliary shelter ...

Pregnant mom finds strength and help at Marisol Health clinic

Kisha and her boyfriend Jevan changed their minds—they weren’t ready to have a child yet. “I was 22 at the time. He was 23,” Kisha shared. “We decided that we were ready to have a child ... The next day in the afternoon we’re like, ‘Actually, let’s take this back.’ ...

Faces of Hope: The Grisbys

Family finds quality education, support amid trauma "We are a family of eight with 4 boys and 2 girls. At first, we were very cautious about enrolling all our kids (in public schools) with all the negative stuff happening. We instead decided to send them to Mariposa Childhood Center’s Head ...

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