Call to Charity

by Larry Smith

I believe that Catholic Charities has a two-fold responsibility – to serve those who have a need to receive, and those who have a need to give. I pray that you will join me in this amazing and rewarding adventure.

Larry Smith, CEO
Catholic Charities of Denver

 

After the Floods: A Letter of Appreciation

Date 10.24.13

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 floods in Colorado.

There has been a tremendous outpouring from employees of Catholic Charities, from volunteers and from donors who have responded with great care to the needs of others. With your support, we have provided food, clothing, supplies and gift cards to more than 800 families in the last few weeks. Our work has just begun, with housing needs for flood survivors now a pressing concern. It's hard to imagine their anguish, happy to be alive but faced with rebuilding their lives.

"Getting the help from the community and the people that are willing to come in and help us out means more than anybody will ever know," said a single mom whose home was flooded.

While much remains to be done, I want to take this opportunity to thank the entire Catholic community, including parishes, business people and individuals who are offering time, resources and prayers. The Denver Catholic Register, and other media, are essential in communicating those efforts.

This has also been a collaboration with many faith-based groups working on common ground to serve the needs of others. I invite you to visit Catholic Charities online at www.ccdenver.org to see all that has been done – and can be done.

 

A Need to Give - A Need to Receive

Date 10.24.13

"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 role in serving the poor, the vulnerable and the needy through your time, talent and treasure.

Catholic Charities Disaster Response Highlighted on "Just Love" Sirius XM

Date 10.23.13

Larry Smith, president and CEO of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Denver, appeared on the "Just Love" show, which aired Sept. 28, 2013, on SIRIUS XM Satellite Radio on The Catholic Channel 129. He discussed the disaster relief response in Colorado following the September floods and related issues. Listen to the interview of Smith by Monsignor Kevin Sullivan at this link, starting at 10:35. Sullivan is the executive director of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York.

Meeting the need for housing in Colorado's flood zone

Date 10.15.13

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 going to help these folks long term," said Smith, interviewed Oct. 9, 2013 in Milliken amid the Coats for Colorado distribution. "And where are we going to find that long-term housing solution that we're going to need for them? A lot of folks are going to be displaced, probably, but at least we'll be able to find someplace for them to live. And that's really the next focus for Catholic Charities."

 

A Message from Larry Smith

Date 06.16.13

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 experience of sharing Christ’s message of Faith, Hope and Charity with each of you and those we service

In the first months since my arrival, I am amazed by the many ways in which God’s charity is being proclaimed from within our walls. I speak not only of the life-changing experiences of our clients but also of the overwhelming beauty seen in the hearts of those serving to provide the resources we need to fulfill our mission.

Our staff, our volunteers, our donors – each of them witnesses to a generosity and beauty beyond words. In giving, they have received something infinitely greater; they have received the love and joy of Jesus Christ – and it has transformed, and continues to transform, their life.

I believe that Catholic Charities has a two-fold responsibility – to serve those who have a need to receive, and those who have a need to give. I promise my wholehearted dedication to this mission. I pray that you will join me in this amazing and rewarding adventure.

I look forward to meeting each and every one of you, and to hearing your story as to how Catholic Charities has impacted your life.

Sincerely in Christ,

Larry Smith
President and CEO, Catholic Charities


Donate to Catholic Charities

To donate to Catholic Charities, visit www.ccdenver.org/donate or write a check to "Catholic Charities Archdiocese of Denver" and mail to:

Catholic Charities
4045 Pecos St.
Denver, CO 80211

To learn more about available tax credits, visit www.ccdenver.org/taxcredit. All tax-deductible donations must be postmarked by December 31, 2013, in order to claim on your 2013 Tax Statement!