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FACES OF HOPE

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 ...
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Candace tells the story of how she came to Marisol Homes to find to get a fresh start with her children.
“They gave me a life back. When I felt like I had nothing, they gave me a life. They gave me hope.”
This video was shared for the Beacon of Hope Gala 2021, a benefit for Marisol Women's Services. Learn more at ccdenver.org/marisolservices.

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Staff participate in Share the Journey campaign for migrants

Catholic Charities of Denver staff completed the first registered walk in Colorado as part of the Share the Journey campaign initiated by Pope Francis. Staff participated in the two-year campaign that encourages people around the world to hold events in support of migrants and refugees, ending with a global walking campaign ...

Housing made affordable

What is Archdiocesan Housing? An division of Catholic Charities, Archdiocesan Housing provides affordable, service enriched housing and permanent supportive housing for individuals and families who cannot access decent housing in the broader marketplace.  To learn more about affordable housing options across the Front Range region, visit archhousing.com or call 303-830-0215. After Christina first moved to ...

Letter from the CEO: Answering the call at Catholic Charities

Have you ever wondered how Peter felt when Jesus called him away from everything he knew and was asked to follow Him? Or when our Lord summoned Matthew to a new way of life and entered his house? Most of the staff at Catholic Charities have experienced this calling in ...

Family finds hope together

Fawn’s life quickly took a turn.  The 45-year-old single mother of three and grandmother found herself homeless again after a job loss and eviction. She was living in a program with her two younger children, but time was limited.  “The program where we were living wasn’t going to extend my ...

Head Start director visits Catholic Charities’ early childhood education sites

Director Deborah Bergeron visits Mariposa and Child Development Center centers   Denver, CO—The national Head Start director visited two early childhood education centers in Denver operated by Catholic Charities of Denver in a nod to its work providing high-quality education to low-income families. The U.S. Department of Health and Human ...

Volunteer ‘puts love’ into cooking for residents

When Diane Hoffman cooks a meal at the shelter, she puts love into it. Residents at Guadalupe Center Shelter in Greeley have noticed her thoughtful and tasty creations from chicken cordon bleu to meat with cherry balsamic dressing to a stuffed salami and mortadella ham appetizer. “They have told me ‘you cook ...

Mom leaves Marisol with education, self-esteem

Jennifer knew she had to leave California because of a troubled home situation and worries about the safety of her son.  “I was scared, because I had no family here,” said the 47-year-old mom of moving to Colorado.  When their lease was up, she moved them to a hotel. With no job and ...

3 things you’ll be amazed to know about volunteering

When it comes to volunteering, many people believe the benefits boil down to feeling warm and fuzzy after helping someone in need. It turns out that the impact and benefits of volunteering are far more than imagined. You will be amazed to know that … 1. Volunteering keeps you young ...

The cure to depression epidemic? Finding meaning and purpose

By Elizabeth Higbie, LCSW In the wake of the latest rash of celebrity suicides, people the world over are searching for answers. The question on everyone’s lips is, “Why?” Why would someone with enormous success, far more money than most could dream of, and the respect of millions of people ...

Rider battles cancer and pedals for cause

Returning home from the hospital after battling breast cancer left Carolyn Milano deeply grateful, and reflective of others who don’t have a place to call home.  Shortly after a series of surgeries and treatments, Milano decided to join Team Samaritan House for a six-day bicycle tour to raise funds for individuals and ...

Kate + Grace Boutique gives back to Marisol

Katie Lynch has always dreamed of owning a boutique that gives back. Shopping was a family affair growing up, and she and her grandma bonded over fashion and great deals. But becoming a mom to three little boys changed the ease and fun of shopping trips. “It’s not really your ...

Riders prepare for epic 418-mile bicycle tour dedicated to the homeless

Charity Works: How did you get connected with the team? Adam Dawkins: My uncles, Tom Dea and Tim Dea, got me started with cycling and riding for Team Samaritan House. Spending time with them has been a great blessing for me. CW: What motivated you to join the team? Adam: ...

After cancer diagnosis, senior finds renewed dignity

As this senior fought cancer and struggled with impaired eyesight, Catholic Charities was there to offer help. “I am not afraid of death, but I don’t want to die. Cancer sucks, but I’m a fighter. God does not make mistakes. I’m not broken. …(Catholic Charities) was able to offer all ...

Marisol Family opens new location in Fort Morgan

When raising a child becomes costly, Marisol Family is there to help. Now in Fort Morgan, more mothers and families can access the material and emotional support they need. “We’re very pleased to open this new location to help serve those in need,” said Mimi Eckstein, director. “We don’t ask ...

Girl Scout donates cookies to women’s shelter

Six-year-old Ellie brought a special delivery to the Samaritan House Women’s Shelter: 48 boxes of Girl Scout cookies. “Everybody loves cookies,” said Mike Sinnett, vice president of shelter and community, to Ellie and her family. “You’re going to be the reason someone smiles today.” Ellie, a Daisy in the Girl ...

Shelter youth told to ‘Look to the horizon’

“Look to the horizon,” said Captain James Zielinski (Captain Jim), as he coached Sabrina while sitting in the United Airlines Flight Simulator. That was the message sent to her and other young residents of Samaritan House shelter as they had the opportunity to soar to new places on March 4. ...

Larry’s Letter: Join Catholic Charities in the fight for life

It’s been 45 years since the Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion nationwide. In that time, we’ve had a non-stop political and cultural battle, with tens of millions of lives lost and damaged. We need to recognize that this is also an economic battle. Look at analysis from the ...

10-year-old donates birthday gifts to shelter

Many 9-year-old kids look forward to a 10th birthday party with great anticipation, imagining the presents, cake and fun with friends. When Ava’s birthday was around the corner, she decided to do something different. Ava, from Fort Collins, wanted to donate her birthday gifts to needy children at the Catholic ...

Flowers delivered to women’s shelters for Valentine’s Day

28 Days of Love initiative provides cards, flowers for single women and women with children struggling with homelessness throughout February   Three local flower shops are donating red, pink and white carnations for Valentine’s Day and this month for single women and children who are struggling with homelessness. Women staying ...

Celebrate Life rally and march draws thousands to state Capitol

Thank you for sharing your joy! Did you miss this year's event? We have you covered! Watch a recording of the rally and march on the Office of Respect Life's website. respectlifedenver.org/celebrate-life-march-2018 Plus read about the march as covered by news agencies. Stay up-to-date about the latest Respect Life events ...

Team Samaritan House expands to 100 riders

Riders gear up to raise $1 million for homeless shelters   Team Samaritan House gained more pedal power this year. The charitable cycling team, which started with six riders in the 2011 Ride The Rockies tour, announced its expectation for 100 riders to join the team for the 2018 Ride ...

Seniors closet opens door to needy

A new closet stocked with items for senior citizens in need recently opened to help improve their quality of life. St. Teresa Jornet’s Closet, named after the saintly Little Sisters of the Poor sister who dedicated her life to caring for the abandoned elderly, is open every Wednesday for adults ...

Sacred Heart Counseling opens new location with new name

Substance-abuse program, expanded school counseling added to services Sacred Heart Counseling, formerly Regina Caeli Clinical Services, celebrated the opening of its new location in Englewood. Donors, supporters and staff attended the opening on October 25 at 750 W. Hampden Ave., Suite 415. Larry Smith, Catholic Charities President and CEO, addressed ...

One donation, double the benefits

This year, donors have access to more tax credits when giving to Catholic Charities, so helping those in need can be a doubly rewarding experience. The new Samaritan House Women’s Shelter, which opened in September, and Marisol Homes, which opened a new location, qualify for tax credits in addition to ...

Young mom’s fears overcome at Marisol Health

Denisa’s first appointment at Marisol Health was not how she imagined it. As a nurse moved the ultrasound wand over her pregnant belly, she held a phone close to the sound of the baby’s beating heart. Listening on the other end was Denisa’s incarcerated fiancé. “The feds picked him up ...

Truckload of turkeys to boost Thanksgiving turkey drive

More donations needed to help families and individuals facing homelessness   Right in time for the Thanksgiving holiday, Samaritan House shelter will receive a truckload of turkeys delivered from Utah to help feed the homeless—3,000 turkeys donated by the Mormon church on Friday morning. The load of frozen turkeys crossed ...

‘Guadalupe Apartments is like a home with a coach’

More than 150 guests, including local affordable housing leaders, stakeholders and government officials are expected to attend the grand opening event at the complex, marking Archdiocesan Housing Inc.’s completion of the large-scale project and collaboration with organizations to make it a reality. The project was brought to life by countless ...

Denver Catholic: Who is Saul Alinsky?

The following story was posted by the Denver Catholic on Oct. 10, 2017. Gradual infiltration of ideas so as to shape culture without its members even realizing it: This is what one man in the 20th century set out to do — and at the time, he even did it ...

Veteran says Samaritan House saved her life

Cindy Brown calls Samaritan House her lifesaver. “If I kept going on the road I was on, I’d probably be gone,” she said in her Denver apartment. “So, they saved my life.” A previous drinking problem and losing her job and apartment made the phrase “hitting rock bottom” a reality. ...

Bottom Line Diaper Bank receives 900 lbs of Huggies from healthcare company Vizient

More bottoms will be covered with Huggies diapers after healthcare services company Vizient donated 10,000 diapers to the Bottom Line Diaper Bank in Denver. The diaper bank, operated by Catholic Charities of Denver, provides some 350,000 diapers a year to low-income families for their infants and toddlers. Staff and a ...

The Vulnerable Among Us

This is a special story on the issue of women and homelessness in Denver, a growing problem in recent years. Samaritan House Women's Shelter is one of Denver's leading advocates for helping women out of homelessness. The housing market is booming. Bad neighborhoods are becoming gentrified, cranes tower over downtown, ...

Samaritan House has residents’ dignity down to an art

Shelter’s art and music program helps residents find renewed self-worth More than a place for a hot meal and warm bed, Samaritan House shows residents the fine art of dignity. Shelter case manager Eric Johnston launched an art and music program two years ago to help reacquaint homeless residents with ...

Big commitment reaps big reward for volunteer

Several months ago, an unexpected gift was brought to the Samaritan House shelter in Denver. Deby Schwartz saw a posting online for volunteers needed to help decorate the shelter for the holidays and quickly jumped at the opportunity. Deby, who is Jewish, got in to the giving spirit by dedicating ...
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Sara Lugo — Director of Marisol Health Denver East

Sara Lugo is the Director of Marisol Health Denver East. Sara previously was the Intensive Case Management Supervisor of the GPD Veterans Program at Samaritan House, a position she has held since 2015 and where she has also worked as a client services case manager. In addition to her work ...

Chef finds new start at shelter

“I’m Tommy and I’m a cook at Samaritan House shelter. As sous chef (second in command), I oversee cooking dinner for 350 residents—plus I train residents in the new culinary program. I’m grateful to work here. I struggled before I came here. My wife was killed by a drunk driver ...

Veteran finds support to live independently

Richard Hall was ill last year and wary about going to rehabilitation. That’s when Catholic Charities came in and helped the 90-year-old man connect with services to help him improve his health and live independently. “We want to keep him independent for as long as possible,” said Roberta Trujillo, his ...

Hands-on charity rewarding for volunteer

After 22 years of working in higher education, Karl Hotz decided to give his time back to the Church. “My whole reason for retiring is I wanted to serve God and my Church,” said Hotz, 62. Giving back meant being hands on and helping others in need. Hotz, a parishioner ...

Refugee defies odds and finds happier home

There was a time when Million didn’t want to live. At 26 years old, the Ethiopian native’s life drastically changed after a 10-year fight with a deadly virus led to a rare disease of the brain, stripping him of the ability to walk and talk. “Even the doctors didn’t know ...

Running for Women’s Health

Katie Abboud and her friends will dress up and run in the Bolder Boulder 10k on Memorial Day to share a special message: regular physical activity plays a part in women’s health. Jen Boryla This year the group of seven seasoned runners will sport teal tutus and yellow sunglasses to ...

Marisol Homes director anticipates new location

Amy Eurek packed her bags in her hometown of St. Paul, Minn., and headed to work for Samaritan House shelter in Denver. She felt inspired by Catholic Charities’ mission to serve the whole person and its active pursuit of its Catholic identity. After several years of working for Catholic Charities, ...

Mariposa is ‘heaven sent’ for mom and toddler in need

  About 10 months ago Zeresh enrolled her daughter into Catholic Charities’ Early Childhood Education center at Mariposa. The progress she’s seen has been amazing, she said. Her daughter made great strides in language and socialization skills. Zeresh, who lives within walking distance of the center in Denver, shared her ...

Volunteering leads way for gratitude

Jerry Fitzgerald calls volunteering the sure way to grow in appreciation for life. “To see the struggles and, at times, the desperation and lack of hope in other people—you try to have a positive impact on them,” Jerry said. “It can’t help but improve your appreciation of your own life ...

Gabriel House aids refugee and immigrant families

As massive demonstrations and protests against severe military rule in Burma caused more unrest, Nandar and her husband fled. A government crackdown had Burmese living in fear after some 200 people were killed and many more arrested. “My husband went to the demonstrations and they (shot) the people participating in ...

Larry’s Letter: Time and talent is your most charitable gift

We often talk about offering time, talent and treasure, with a focus on the treasure, such as donating to Catholic Charities. But what do time and talent really mean? Here are some ideas to consider. Get involved in your parishes, in your church, in local politics. Stand up, defend life ...

Two-pronged approach to counseling aims to solve drug addiction

Regina Caeli launches substance abuse program Every day people can walk away from addiction, and Mark Sanders is there to help them take the first step. “Many people struggle with addiction, and a lot have a hard time getting away from it, but the reality is that people stop every ...

New teams have dreams for greater acts of mercy

Some of the smallest teams in Denver have the biggest dreams of putting works of mercy into action. They call themselves Mercy in Action Teams, a group of nine cause-driven teams recently launched by Catholic Charities to encourage people with shared passions to create positive change. Amanda Perrault, a stay-at-home ...

A rewarding project

Retired construction manager offers talents to oversee a new Marisol Home operation For Paul Camp, volunteering to renovate a new Marisol Home fit like a glove. His 30-some year career in construction and project management for the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Fish and Wildlife Service made him the right ...

Samaritan House featured charity of St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Thousands joined for a celebration of St. Patrick’s Day and all things green, including the Samaritan House shelter, which proudly walked in the parade held in downtown Denver. “Being a part of the parade was an incredible honor for us as we are a part of the downtown community,” said ...

Catholic Charities goes to the Capitol, urges protection of women’s health

Catholic Charities staff and ministry partners testified before state legislators at the Capitol last week, urging protection of women’s health and awareness of abortion pill reversal services. Jenny Langness, program director for Marisol Health, and Dede Chism, executive director and nurse practitioner at Bella Natural Women’s Care in Englewood, both ...

CNA: Can we end the need for abortion? One organization aims to find out

The following story was published by Catholic News Agency on Feb. 9, 2017 online. CLick here to see the story. Denver, Colo., Feb 9, 2017 / 12:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Women's healthcare is reaching a new dawn in the state of Colorado, courtesy of a new Catholic Charities initiative whose ...

Wake-up call led Charities director to give up life to God

After nearly a decade at Catholic Charities, Vice President of Shelters Geoff Bennett has taken on new responsiblilities. He now also oversees the Respect Life Office. In this interview with Charity Works, he talks about the thread that combines these ministries – treating each person served as a child of ...

Marisol Homes-The last stop before achieving independence

For women journeying through homelessness, Marisol Homes is the last stop before achieving independence. In a competitive and expensive housing market, women in Colorado often hop from shelter to shelter, lacking the long-term stability needed to find independent housing. But with Marisol Homes’ extended stay program and its new location ...

28 Days of Love to shower women with care

Samaritan House is celebrating 28 Days of Love this February. And what better way to show love than through the kindness and support of those less fortunate—especially the growing number of homeless women in the community. According to the Metro Denver Homeless Initiative’s 2016 Point-in-Time survey, over 5,467 homeless men, ...

Marisol to end the need for abortion

Our vision of Catholic Charities is to provide a continuum of care that eliminates the need for abortion—due to homelessness or lack of family support or lack of medical care. In 2016, we converted our pregnancy resource centers into medical centers and renamed them Marisol Health. We acquired two maternity ...

Couple gives fruits of farm to Samaritan House

For more than 100 years, the fruits of the Vettel family’s farm in North Dakota supplied grain across the country. This year, Sherri and Tim Vettel sold their family’s 1,000 acres and gave a portion of the sale to benefit Samaritan House. “I just hope and pray that it affects ...

Finding family at Marisol Health

  Pregnant mom finds support, caring environment at Denver medical clinic Joselyn was shocked—she was pregnant … again. “I didn’t want to be pregnant. I was actually shocked that I got pregnant again,” said the 21-year-old El Salvador-native. “I just couldn’t do it. I was so alone, and I had ...

Marisol volunteer offers gentle voice to women in need

Since Marisol Health first opened under Catholic Charities, volunteer Jill Heringer has been the gentle voice and welcoming smile to women walking through the doors. “That’s my role as a volunteer—to be that gentle voice that helps them through,” said Jill, a parishioner at St. Mary Church in Littleton. Her ...

Denver mayor thanks gala crowd for their support of Marisol Services

Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock stood before the crowd at the Beacon of Hope Gala to thank them for their presence and their compassion toward those in need. “Our job, as Christ commanded us, is to care for his sheep,” Mayor Hancock said Jan. 28 at the Wings Over the ...

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