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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


January – Lifting-Up Life

Welcome Saint Teresa Prayer Society Members.  Join us as we begin our prayer journey.  This month, we invite you to reflect and pray about respect for life and sharing the love, mercy and compassion of Jesus Christ with others. Together, we can lift-up the lives of each person we meet ...


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 ...

Q&A with Sacred Heart Counseling director: Treating the whole person

Charity Works interviewed Dr. Linda Montagna, the executive director of Sacred Heart Counseling (formerly Regina Caeli Clinical Services), about its work to serve the community and its expansion this year to address more needs.   Charity Works: Some readers may be unfamiliar with Sacred Heart Counseling. Tell us more about ...

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 ...

‘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 ...

Meet the new head of family and children’s services

After about two years at Catholic Charities, Alison Keough took the helm as vice president of family and children's services. Following her appointment, Charity Works spoke with Keough about the ministries she oversees, what makes them unique and her experience before joining the organization. Charity Works: Tell us about Catholic ...

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 ...

Barbara: “God put me here for a reason.”

“I came to Denver because I was told Fitzsimons hospital could provide me the best care for my medical problems. I’ve been in the hospital, but I need to go back to get my appendix taken out. I’m sick of my stomach being puffy. I’ve had troubles with my insurance ...

Latisha: “It’s been a rocky road.”

“I began to experience severe headaches. Doctors found out it was caused by brain aneurysms. I have had two on the left side of my brain and two on the right. It’s putting a lot of pressure on my kids. When my head starts hurting, I have to stop and ...

Orlandis: “Now I try to help others who are homeless.”

 “I turned down a $21 an hour job in St. Louis just to move to Denver—I think it was a mistake. My dad invited me to stay with him here. Turns out I couldn’t stay for long. His landlord told me I had two weeks to move out. I had ...

Volunteer Spotlight: Wedding party volunteers at shelter Learn about how Layne and Patrick dedicated a day to helping at Father Ed Judy house less than 24 hours before their wedding.
First Anniversary Samaritan House

Mary: “Caring is done the same way you raise family.”

The first house parents of Samaritan House share their remarkable story and journey... We first met Dusty when he was about a year old. It was 1987, and we were serving as the first “house parents”  at Samaritan House. I was a school teacher and Bob worked as a building ...

Blessing of Annunciation Gabriel House

Please join us for Mass and blessing by Fr. Charles Polifka as we open our Annunciation Gabriel House - 3621 Humboldt St. Denver, CO 80205. Mass will be on Wednesday May 11, 2016 at 8:30 AM at Annunciation. Blessing of Annunciation Gabriel House will be immediately following Mass.

40 Days for Life

Take a stand for life From February 10 to March 20, our community will take part in 40 Days for Life.

Have A Heart

Little Flower Assistance Center says: "Make a difference for a family in need. In February, fill your heart with Acts of Love."

Gabriel Project Angel Training

Angel Training for Gabriel House Volunteers •         Saturday, January 30: 9am-4pm •         Catholic Charities Offices at 4045 Pecos Street, Cabrini Room •         This training is for any new volunteer who would like to work with the clients of the Gabriel House Project. The Gabriel House Project is committed to helping ...

Pro-life supporters invited to join Catholic Charities CEO on Nov. 9

Larry Smith, the president and CEO of Catholic Charities in the Archdiocese of Denver, is scheduled to give testimony on Monday afternoon, Nov. 9, to the Republican Study Committee of Colorado. The public is encouraged to attend. For more information on Monday's hearing, go to The committee's informational hearing ...

Donate to Catholic Charities

To donate to Catholic Charities, visit or write a check to "Catholic Charities Archdiocese of Denver" and mail to: Catholic Charities 6240 Smith Road Denver, CO 80216 To learn more about available tax credits, visit All tax-deductible donations must be postmarked by December 31, 2015, in order to ...

How can You Serve Others?

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March for Life Colorado – Jan. 17, 2015

[vc_row][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text] JOIN THE MARCH FOR LIFE COLORADO Bring your family and friends to march with thousands of others for life at every stage and every age on Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015 in Denver! Mass will be celebrated by Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception ...

A Beacon of Hope

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A need to give, a need to receive

(Larry's column appeared in the Dec. 17 edition of the Denver Catholic Register) Our mission at Catholic Charities is to serve Jesus Christ by serving those with the greatest needs: our brothers and sisters who may be hungry, homeless and suffering. But it’s probably those with a need to give ...

Celebrating 25 Years of Hope, Growth and Gratitude

The community is invited to a reception celebrating Catholic Charities’ 25 years of providing services to Larimer County and the surrounding region. This silver anniversary reception will be held November 18, 2014 from 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. at St. Elizabeth Ann Seaton Parish Hall, 5450 South Lemay Avenue in ...

CBS Denver: Catholic Charities Diaper Bank helps supply need for Colorado families

Kathy Walsh, of CBS Denver, visited the Gabriel House on Sept. 10, reporting a story on Catholic Charities 100,000 Diaper Drive. For more information about our diaper drive and how to donate, visit: To read the full article, click here, and see the full video, below.

Call to Charity: A Marian month for mothers

(This edition of Call to Charity appeared in the April 23, 2014 edition of the Denver Catholic Register.) Mother's Day falls on May 11 this year and it is the 100th anniversary of this occasion in the U.S. Look back much further, nearly two millennia, to when the Blessed Virgin ...

Catholic Charities in Denver: Saving and changing lives

"Our goal is not to ask who are you, but what do you need?" said Larry Smith, the president and CEO of Catholic Charities in the Archdiocese of Denver, describing the work of Lighthouse & Women's Services during the Beacon of Hope Gala, held March 8, 2014 in Denver. See ...

Larry Smith radio interview: a Catholic Charities mission of love, mercy, joy and hope

Hear Larry Smith, president and CEO of Catholic Charities in the Archdiocese of Denver, interviewed on the ICOSA radio show, which aired on 710 KNUS on Jan. 22, 2014.

Call to Charity: Our charities begin at home

(Larry's column appeared in the Feb. 18 edition of the Denver Catholic Register.) How can I help? That is a beautiful question. And those who answer it by serving the hungry and the homeless are performing acts of mercy. Yet, charity is something each of us can do in every ...

Denver Mayor Hancock describes Catholic Charities as “valuable partner”

After a visit to Mi Segunda Casa Head Start, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock spoke with Larry Smith, the president and CEO of Catholic Charities, about continuing a partnership of service. "Catholic Charities has perennially been a partner in the city, throughout the region, quite frankly, in helping us to develop ...

Call to Charity: A beacon of hope in women's services

(Larry's column appeared in the Jan. 22, 2014, edition of the Denver Catholic Register.) Something remarkable is happening in the Archdiocese of Denver. We are participating in, and witnessing, an evolution in women's services, including prenatal care, counseling and provision of basic necessities. It's happening here because Catholic Charities includes ...

Three things to know about Catholic Charities of Denver

Larry Smith, president and CEO of Catholic Charities in the Archdiocese of Denver, explains its mission of mercy and love in this video. It is faithful to the teachings of the Catholic Church. In providing services, these are the only questions asked: Are you hungry, are you cold, are you ...

Call to Charity: The joy of giving

(Larry's column appeared in the Dec. 20, 2013, edition of the Denver Catholic Register.) A mother with developmentally disabled children was flooded out of her mobile home in northern Colorado during the September floods. Thousands of dollars were raised from a variety of sources to purchase a used mobile home ...

Call to Charity: Many reasons for thanksgiving at Samaritan House

(Larry's column appeared in the Nov. 27, 2013, edition of the Denver Catholic Register.) Before helping serve a dinner recently for military veterans at Samaritan House in Denver, I sat with a table of men to learn about their lives. “I'm happy in my apartment out in Aurora now, I've ...

A Need to Give – A Need to Receive

"With you, we can move mountains. Without you, we can achieve nothing." Larry Smith began his tenure as Catholic Charities' new president and CEO in May 2013. In this video, he describes the mission of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Denver - and how YOU can play a key ...

After the Floods: A Letter of Appreciation

(This letter from Larry appeared in the Oct. 16, 2013, edition of the Denver Catholic Register.) At Catholic Charities, we serve those with a need to receive and those with a need to give. That relationship in Christ was dramatically evident in the disaster relief efforts that followed the September ...

Meeting the need for housing in Colorado's flood zone

Catholic Charities is "working with interfaith communities and partnerships to figure out long-term housing solutions" in the areas of Colorado devastated by the September floods, said Larry Smith, president and CEO of Catholic Charities in the Archdiocese of Denver. "We have to really hunker down and figure out how we're ...

A Message from Larry Smith

Dear Friends in Christ, I want to take this opportunity to introduce myself to you as Catholic Charities’ new Chief Executive Officer and President. I am humbled and at the same time very excited by this opportunity. I am blessed with the opportunity to lead our community in a renewed ...









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Western Slope Services



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Mail Donations to:
6240 Smith Road
Denver, CO 80216

Donation support :

Catholic Charities of Denver is a 501(c)(3) Organization
EIN: 84-0686679



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