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Former teacher, veteran at Samaritan House looks forward to housing

Howard is a Colorado native, proud Vietnam veteran and advocate of good children’s books. “I was a first-grade teacher,” Howard said outside Samaritan House downtown. “When I got out of Vietnam, I decided to become a teacher and so I went back to school.”  Howard said he served in the ...
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Ashley and Jordan's journey
When the couple lost their daughter to protective services, Ashley and Jordan were devastated. They went to Samaritan House for help to achieve sobriety, regain stability and start anew. Watch this video about their story.

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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 ...

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 ...

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 ...
Sara Lugo

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 ...

Blind bicycle enthusiast pedals for homeless during Ride the Rockies

  Day after cancer treatment, André van Hall rides in tandem with Team Samaritan House André van Hall may have lost his eyesight, but the cycling enthusiast didn’t lose his determination to complete Ride the Rockies. The husband and father is pedaling his way from Alamosa to Salida during the ...

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 ...

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 ...

Marisol Family 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 ...

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 ...

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, ...

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 ...

Abby Johnson: Let’s make abortion unthinkable

Thousands gather to celebrate life in downtown Denver Before a crowd of thousands gathered at the Colorado State Capitol on Jan. 14, pro-life activist Abby Johnson said the culture of death will not change unless every person fights for life. “It’s not enough to stand here today,” said Johnson, during ...

Marisol Health to end the need for abortion in Colorado

On the Dan Caplis Show on Jan. 12, 2017, Larry Smith, president and CEO of Catholic Charities of Denver, talked about Marisol and Catholic Charities' unique continuum of care model that will end the need for abortion in Colorado. Listen

Have a great time for a great cause during Catholic Charities night at the rodeo

Grab your boots and a big heart for a good cause during Catholic Charities night at the rodeo Jan. 18. The National Western Stock Show and Rodeo partnered with Catholic Charities of Denver to offer a night of faith and fun to support services for the poor and needy in ...

HISTORIC SAMARITAN HOUSE REDEDICATED ON 30TH ANNIVERSARY

Thirty years after Samaritan House made history as the first shelter in America built and designed for the homeless, a group of Catholic Charities donors and staff commemorated its years of mercy to the poor. Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila of the Archdiocese of Denver celebrated Mass and rededicated the building ...

Join the March to proclaim the joy of life

Thousands are expected to gather outside the state Capitol in downtown Denver for the annual Celebrate Life rally and march on Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017. The pro-life rally and march has grown every year to include joyful youth, clergy and families who publicly proclaim the sanctity of life from conception ...

Restored hope

When Jennifer walked toward the doors of Samaritan House with her two young girls, she started crying. “I just didn’t want to be there. It’s not where I wanted my girls. I felt like the worst mom,” she said. Jennifer’s two daughters sit outside Samaritan House shelter with their belongings. ...

Marisol Services expand

Catholic Charities transforms clinics to provide women comprehensive services Catholic Charities opened newly remodeled medical clinics called Marisol Health to provide life-affirming and compassionate care for women and their families. The clinic locations in Denver and Lafayette were recently transformed to increase capacity and meet more women’s physical, material, emotional ...

A life made real

Justin kept dialing pregnancy centers until someone would help him schedule an appointment. His girlfriend was planning an abortion that day, but he didn’t want to give up. Angela and Justin “I knew that if I could get her in and get an ultrasound, and she could hear the heart ...

Volunteer Spotlight: Ron Cushing

For nearly a decade, Ron Cushing has volunteered with Catholic Charities. He says the experience has made his heart grow. “It’s what I am called to do,” said Cushing. “I have found tremendous reward in helping people. It’s made my heart bigger.” Cushing is a painter who’s artwork has been ...

Volunteer Spotlight: ‘Worth every second’

Kansans experience a conversion volunteering at Samaritan House   Despite fear of the unknown, a group of faithful Kansans came to the big city to help the needy. “This was the first time doing this from our community,” said Rick Binder, a farmer from Hays, Kan., 340 miles east of ...

Truckload of turkeys to brighten holidays for the homeless and needy

Truck driver Dusty Craven had never seen so many turkeys—2,912 of them, to be exact, stacked in a 53-foot truck weighing in at some 39,000 lbs. But the best part of Craven’s Friday morning delivery to Samaritan House shelter in Denver is knowing the turkeys will feed thousands of hungry ...

Artful use of question effective evangelization tool, says Horn

Apologist Trent Horn shares method to discussing faith at annual Gospel of Life Conference   One of the most effective ways to discuss the Catholic faith with someone else is not to quote the Bible or Catechism of the Catholic Church. According to apologist Trent Horn, it’s to ask the ...

Mayor, archbishop stand ‘shoulder-to-shoulder’ with Catholic Charities

Plans for new 150-bed Samaritan House Women’s Shelter unveiled Archbishop Samuel Aquila and Denver Mayor Michael Hancock joined Charities Charities CEO Larry Smith to unveil plans for the new 150-bed Samaritan House Women’s Shelter in northeast Denver. Together the leaders announced the new shelter to help serve homeless women in ...

Janice McIntosh, LCSW, Vice President, Marisol Services

Jan is the Vice President of Marisol Services for Catholic Charities in the Archdiocese of Denver, where she focuses on sharing the healing ministry of Jesus Christ through Marisol Health, Marisol Homes, Gabriel House, post-adoption services and other ministries focused on women’s services. She has more than 40 years of ...

Dennis R. Fromholzer

Dennis, who is on the Board of Directors of Catholic Charities Denver is also the President of CRM Associates (a marketing, sales, and strategy consulting firm) for the past 21 years, and is now in the process of “retiring”. His prior roles have included Director of Operations Research for United ...
Deacon Geoff Bennett

Deacon Geoff Bennett — Vice President, Parish and Community Relations

Geoff Bennett graduated from The Ohio State University with a bachelor’s degree in Production & Operations Management. He worked as an energy trader in Houston, Texas, for 12 years before leaving the private sector in 2000 to work for Catholic Charities in Houston. There, he spent time doing case management ...

Lynn Grandon — Director of Respect Life Denver Office

Lynn Grandon is the Director of the Respect Life Denver office at Catholic Charities in the Archdiocese of Denver. She is also the Liaison for Healthcare to the Archbishop. Lynn was the Founding Executive Director for the Women’s Choice Center in Bettendorf, Iowa, as well as Lighthouse Women’s Center in ...

Denver duo lend hand in Louisiana flood recovery

Denver disaster relief managers travel to devastated area, urge support for victims   Two experienced disaster case managers traveled to Baton Rouge, La., from Catholic Charities in the Archdiocese of Denver to assist with flood disaster recovery efforts. Chip Leckway of Highlands Ranch—a former supervisor of disaster recovery case managers—and ...

Denver Catholic: Introducing Marisol Health

The following story was published by the Denver Catholic in the Aug. 13, 2016 edition. Connecting women to healthcare for life By Karna Swanson/Denver Catholic When a woman finds herself in a crisis pregnancy, she needs more than a free test and a referral; she needs a connection to a ...

One mother’s story—from fear to instant love

Lulu Morais won’t forget Aug. 15, 2015—the day her world came crashing down. A grocery store pregnancy test confirmed what the 18-year-old Brazilian native and her boyfriend had feared the most. “I was crying for like two hours straight,” said Lulu, now 19 and living in Littleton. “I felt like ...

Salon owner gives time, receives more in return

Without deep pockets, it may seem like Danielle Mendoza has little to give others. Nothing is further from the truth, said the 35-year-old hair salon owner, who volunteered to give something precious to Samaritan House residents for seven years—herself. Danielle Mendoza cuts hair at her salon in Denver. “I still don’t ...

30 Years of Mercy: Samaritan House shelter alters lives of homeless

Catholic Charities invites community to anniversary events Every day for 30 years, Samaritan House shelter has given those walking in its doors a new story—one of renewed hope, restored dignity and a chance to rebuild their lives. Operated by Catholic Charities of Denver, Samaritan House is recognizing its 30-year history ...

Respect Life Office director appears on EWTN

Director Lynn Grandon talks about building a culture of life in Denver   Lynn Grandon, director of the Respect Life Office of the Archdiocese of Denver, appeared on "At Home with Jim and Joy" on the EWTN network. Grandon spoke on the show that aired July 28 and July 31 to share the exciting work done ...

Marisol Family gives children new reason to smile

Gabriel House in Denver offered children another reason to smile: clean teeth and new toothbrushes. Some 40 children received free preventative dental care and teeth cleaning supplies at Gabriel House in Denver. Gabriel House, a ministry of Catholic Charities that provides clothing, baby supplies and other items to mothers in ...

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