The Mission Celebrates

30 Years of Providing Hope!

Saturday, March 9, 2019

Windsong Estate  |  2901 Saddler Blvd.  |  Fort Collins, CO 80524

6:00 p.m.
Cocktails

The Great Salmon Famine

The Great Salmon Famine
The Great Salmon Famine is a five–piece fusion funk band based out of Fort Collins.

7:00 p.m.
Dinner & Program

Patrick Brady

EMCEE
Patrick M. Brady
FirstBank Regional President
Northern Colorado and Arizona

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Honoring

“The He Comes to Serve Award recognizes those in our community who partner with Catholic Charities in leading the way to serve those most vulnerable and in great need. They serve in numerous ways.”

Brian Soukup

Brian Soukup

Sister Mary

Sister Mary Alice Murphy

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A Letter from Director Joe Domko

Joe DomkoJesus was "one" such as this, a careful tender of unloved tender things, one whose "wild bond" with the Creator remained intact, even in the darkest of times. Like water, He sought out the lowest places and brought life with Him; indeed, He was life itself, a living stream in the desert, a voice for the voiceless. His life, His passion, and yes even His cross…such was the path He marked and bid us to follow.

For 30 years The Mission has responded to this bidding and drawn from that wild bond, cultivating tenderness, serving as sacred ground in Larimer County. The Mission is a place for sisters, brothers, and families of all walks of life to answer Christ’s call and to follow His path. It is a place where that life-giving water settles and pools, offering healing and recovery. Christ abides here.

For 30 years we have offered food, shelter, clothing, and respite to those in need. Last year we served over 400 senior citizens, many through at-home visits, empowering them to stay housed and independent. We assisted over 500 households with their utility bills, avoiding potential homelessness. We served over 43,000 meals to those who were hungry, and we helped dozens of veterans stay in their homes via our rental assistance and housing program.

In the month of January 2019, 80% of our extended-stay program graduates exited with income andhousing. We are proud of this number because we have worked hard to improve the quality of our programs. This amazing feat is made possible only by an incredible team of professional and dedicated shelter leaders, case managers, and program/operation managers.

But is this alone how we define success? Are such numbers the only indicator of the health and vitality of a ministry such as ours? I pray you have the courage and tenacity to reach deeper!

Ours is a ministry of sojourning and accompaniment. We walk with people, plain and simple. As Fr. Gregory Boyle, S.J., remarked, “Here is what we seek: a compassion that can stand in awe at what the poor have to carry rather than stand in judgment at how they carry it.”

Amen.

It is not up to us to decide what our sisters and brothers do with their lives, but it is up to us to cultivate a safe space of tenderness, respect, awe, and love where we can share our lives with one another.

Such is the “success” alluded to in the poem to the right. Such is the “success” of Jesus’ life and testament.

These are successes worth celebrating!

So, we ask you to consider joining us at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 9, at Windsong Estate. We ask you to join us for a night of storytelling, music, and celebration. We ask you to join us as we honor two of our most instrumental founders and pillars of our community, Sister Mary Alice Murphy and Mr. Brian Soukup. We ask that you join us as we explore the growing needs of our community, as well as our aspirations and vision for 2019 and beyond. We ask that you continue to support, celebrate, and fight for The Mission and all she stands for, because she stands for the voiceless, the underserved, and the unloved…she stands for Christ.

Looking forward to celebrating with you on March 9th!

Pax et bonum,

Joe Domko

A Letter from Director Joe Domko

Joe DomkoJesus was "one" such as this, a careful tender of unloved tender things, one whose "wild bond" with the Creator remained intact, even in the darkest of times. Like water, He sought out the lowest places and brought life with Him; indeed, He was life itself, a living stream in the desert, a voice for the voiceless. His life, His passion, and yes even His cross…such was the path He marked and bid us to follow.

For 30 years The Mission has responded to this bidding and drawn from that wild bond, cultivating tenderness, serving as sacred ground in Larimer County. The Mission is a place for sisters, brothers, and families of all walks of life to answer Christ’s call and to follow His path. It is a place where that life-giving water settles and pools, offering healing and recovery. Christ abides here.

For 30 years we have offered food, shelter, clothing, and respite to those in need. Last year we served over 400 senior citizens, many through at-home visits, empowering them to stay housed and independent. We assisted over 500 households with their utility bills, avoiding potential homelessness. We served over 43,000 meals to those who were hungry, and we helped dozens of veterans stay in their homes via our rental assistance and housing program.

In the month of January 2019, 80% of our extended-stay program graduates exited with income andhousing. We are proud of this number because we have worked hard to improve the quality of our programs. This amazing feat is made possible only by an incredible team of professional and dedicated shelter leaders, case managers, and program/operation managers.

But is this alone how we define success? Are such numbers the only indicator of the health and vitality of a ministry such as ours? I pray you have the courage and tenacity to reach deeper!

Ours is a ministry of sojourning and accompaniment. We walk with people, plain and simple. As Fr. Gregory Boyle, S.J., remarked, “Here is what we seek: a compassion that can stand in awe at what the poor have to carry rather than stand in judgment at how they carry it.”

Amen.

It is not up to us to decide what our sisters and brothers do with their lives, but it is up to us to cultivate a safe space of tenderness, respect, awe, and love where we can share our lives with one another.

Such is the “success” alluded to in the poem above. Such is the “success” of Jesus’ life and testament.

These are successes worth celebrating!

So, we ask you to consider joining us at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 9, at Windsong Estate. We ask you to join us for a night of storytelling, music, and celebration. We ask you to join us as we honor two of our most instrumental founders and pillars of our community, Sister Mary Alice Murphy and Mr. Brian Soukup. We ask that you join us as we explore the growing needs of our community, as well as our aspirations and vision for 2019 and beyond. We ask that you continue to support, celebrate, and fight for The Mission and all she stands for, because she stands for the voiceless, the underserved, and the unloved…she stands for Christ.

Looking forward to celebrating with you on March 9th!

Pax et bonum,

Joe Domko

Support The Mission and be the difference in someone's life!

Resident is grateful for The Mission’s help

Naede hit homelessness after her car broke down in the mountains. Lacking funds to repair her car, she went to The Mission for assistance.

“This is the best place I’ve seen to get help,” said the Tennessee-native while eating lunch at the Fort Collins shelter’s cafeteria. Her 1-year-old dog, Jake, is her companion.

“For me, I know I have a safe place to go and take a shower,” she said.

Naede said she’s grateful the shelter has assisted with obtaining her IDs, finding work, and providing a mailing address.

RECEIVING HELP, THEN HELPING OTHERS

Resident turns volunteer after The Mission helps him start over

“I came to the Mission years ago for shelter and assistance. I left behind a life of drug use to start over. They supported me and offered resources to help me find work and housing. Now I come back to volunteer and help others who need the same help I once did.”

–Ed

Looking Forward to a Home

The Mission helps keep working families together while they rebuild their lives

“We needed a hand up. Here, all our basic needs are met. I am grateful. But I wish we were not here anymore. I know being out here is tough on our marriage. There’s a lot of stress. My husband is exhausted, too. He’s getting rejected for job applications and he feels like it’s his responsibility. But there’s no way to give up. You’ve got to take what you have and keep moving forward with what you have. Living this lifestyle is hard to save money. We’re constantly on our toes. We’re constantly fighting to survive out here. We pray. We talk to God. But all day long and every ounce of energy we have … is on keeping our family together. Don’t have much energy for anything else especially with a two–year–old and a five–year–old. Eventually, we’ll be successful.”

–Judy

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