Events

40 Days for Life

Date 09.12.13

40 Days for Life is a focused pro-life campaign with a vision to access God’s power through prayer, fasting, and peaceful vigil to end abortion.

The next 40 day campaign will take place September 25 - November 3, 2013.

All are invited to join us in praying for an end to abortion on Tuesday, October 8th at Planned Parenthood in Denver as part of the 40 Days for Life Campaign. Catholic Charities staff and volunteers will be there from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM that day. Please consider signing up for an hour or two commitment.

Each hour, a Rosary and the Divine Chaplet will be prayed. Fr. Michael Suchnicki will offer Mass at 12:00 noon.

To join us on Tuesday October 8th, please sign-up here.

To learn more about the 40 Days for Life Campaign or sign-up for a different day, please visit: http://40daysforlife.com/denver.html

40 Days for Life: March 5 - April 13

Date 09.16.13

40-days-for-lifeThis spring, Denver is joining the worldwide movement to protect mothers and babies by holding a local 40 Days for Life campaign! Catholic Charities Respect Life Office is coordinating the events.

The goal of the 40 Days for Life campaign is to access God’s power through prayer, fasting, and peaceful vigil to end abortion.   Over the course of 40 days, the campaign brings together the body of Christ in a spirit of unity.   Community members are united by a fervent desire for the transformation of a culture of death to a culture of life through prayer, fasting, and peaceful activism.

All who seek a culture of life are invited to participate in a 40-day vigil from March 5th through April 13th outside the second largest Planned Parenthood in the nation, located at 7155 E. 38th Ave Denver, CO 80207

Catholic Charities Prayer Day at Planned Parenthood – April 10th

Catholic Charities has committed to praying at Planned Parenthood on Thursday, April 10th from 7 am to 7 pm.  Donors, volunteers and community members are invited and encouraged to join us!  The Rosary and the Divine Chaplet will be prayed throughout the day.   Father Charles Polifka will offer Mass at 12:00 noon.   Please use this link to sign up for April 10th.

Campaign Sign-Up

40 Days for Life is also seeking volunteers throughout the campaign (March 5 - April 13).  We invite you to sign up to pray in one-hour increments outside of the facility between 7 am and 7 pm.  We ask all participates to please conduct themselves in a peaceful manner.

Sign up now at http://40daysforlife.com/denver.html

Questions? Contact Betsy Buettgenbach, Campaign Director, at 303-321-3221 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

April 28-May 5: "Eight to Celebrate"

Date 04.26.13

Eight to Donate Campaign supports Father Ed Judy House

This May, the Catholic Charities, Father Ed Judy House is celebrating our eighth anniversary!

We invite you to join us for eight days of fun from April 28 through May 5 – with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Father Ed Judy House:

Schedule of Events | 8 to Donate Campaign

Sunday, April 28
Open House at The Father Ed Judy House
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Location: Due to the confidential location of our shelter, please call ahead for directions!
Contact: (303) 866-7641
Come visit us at the shelter for a tour and birthday cake!

Monday, April 29
Trattoria Stella, Colfax location only
5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Location: 3201 East Colfax Avenue, Denver, CO 80206
Contact: (303) 320-8635         
Support Fr. Ed Judy House by eating out at Trattoria Stella's on Colfax, one of the best Italian spots in town! The restaurant will donate 10% of the night's profits to the shelter.

Tuesday, April 30
Tattered Cover, Colfax location only *MUST BRING COUPON* [click to download coupon]
9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Location: 2526 East Colfax Ave., Denver, CO 80206
Contact: (303) 322-7727   
Click here to print out our donation coupon. Present this coupon at the register upon checking out to ensure that a percentage of your sale supports Father Ed Judy House. Please note that the Tattered Cover requires a copy of this coupon in order to secure the donation.

Tuesday, April 30
Noodles  & Company, Englewood location only
4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Location: 697 W. Hampden Ave., Englewood, CO 80110
Contact: (303) 781-0225
Support Fr. Ed Judy House by eating at Noodles in Englewood! Mention "The Father Ed Judy House" upon check-out, and this Noodles location will donate 25% of your purchase to the shelter!

Wednesday, May 1
Draft Sports Grill
4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Location: 9150 West Cross Drive, Littleton, CO 80123
Contact: (303) 932-8845   
Join us during Draft Sports Grill's Happy Hour! The restaurant will donate 10% of the night's profits to the shelter.
                                             
Saturday, May 4
Putter’s Pride Mini Golf
10:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Location: 3604 South Kipling Street, Denver, CO 80235
Contact: (303) 985-3860
Round up friends and family for a round of mini-golf. The facility will donate 8% of the night's total profits to the shelter.

Sunday, May 5
Lasagna Dinner
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Location: St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 6853 S. Prince St., Littleton, CO 80120
Contact: (303) 798-8506
Join us for a homemade lasagna dinner in completion of our celebration! Dinner will feature a guest speaker presentation on Catholic Social Teaching regarding the Preferential Option for the Poor. We'll also feature a "Casserole Silent Auction," courtesy of our wonderful volunteers!

Follow the Fun

On Facebook: www.facebook.com/FatherEdJudyHouse
Our Blog: http://fejh.wordpress.com
On Twitter: @FrEdJudyHouse

Aug. 24: Macy's Shop for Cause supports Catholic Charities

Date 07.11.13

Macys Shop for Cause 2013 Catholic Charities Archdiocese of Denver

On Saturday, August 24, Macy's will host their 8th Annual Shop For A Cause, benefiting Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Denver along with a host of other charities nationwide.

Shoppers are invited to purchase an exclusive "25% off* Savings Coupon" (pictured at right) directly from Catholic Charities Archdiocese of Denver, for $5.00 per coupon.

Macy’s provides the coupons to Catholic Charities at no cost, and Catholic Charities will benefit from 100% of the proceeds earned from sale of these coupons.

Your "25% Off* Savings Coupon" is good for one day only: Saturday, August 24, at any Macy's store.

Upon presenting our coupon at checkout, you will receive 25% off* on regular, sale and clearance merchandise, including designer brands throughout the store, as well as 10% off electronics, furniture, mattresses and area rugs.

And, as a bonus, you'll be eligible to win a $500 gift card, no purchase necessary!

Please note that in order for your participation to directly support Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Denver, you must purchase the "25% Off* Savings Coupon" directly from Catholic Charities.

To purchase a "25% Off Savings Coupon" from Catholic Charities

Contact Lori Kennedy, Vice President of Development, at 720-377-1383 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

* Savings passes are only valid in-store and not on macys.com. Exclusions and restrictions apply. See shopping pass for details.

Consecrating Charities to the Blessed Virgin Mary

Date 07.11.13

It all began on Friday, May 31, the Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

On that holy day, Catholic Charities made a commitment to consecrate each and every one of our mission sites to the wisdom and loving protection of the Blessed Virgin Mary, mother of Christ and of His Church.

"We look to Mary as the perfect image of what it means to be a humble servant of the Lord," said Catholic Charities president and CEO Larry Smith.

"She dedicated her life to the raising and support of Jesus Christ. Her example reminds us all here at Catholic Charities, of what our mission and our purpose and our goal is: to serve those in need with every fiber of our being, and to do it with the image of Mary."

"She is our guide as we work to serve the Lord with charitable love."

The series of consecration ceremonies began with the May 31 blessing of Charities' headquarters at 4045 Pecos Street in Denver, followed by the June 20 consecration of Samaritan House Homeless Shelter in downtown Denver.

Future scheduled consecrations include:

Wed., July 31
Father Ed Judy House for Single Women with Children
11:00 a.m. - Consecration Ceremony, followed by lunch

Wed., August 7
St. Joe’s Home for Veterans
Exact Time TBD - Holy Mass and Consecration, followed by BBQ Lunch

Members of the public are welcome to attend any and all consecrations. However, RSVP is requested.

To RSVP or for further details, please contact David Kail at 303-742-0828 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Dec. 10: Colorado Gives Day

Date 10.24.13

What is Colorado Gives Day?

Colorado Gives Day is an annual, 24-hour "virtual" fundraiser through which Coloradans support local charities with online donations.

Thousands of non-profits participate each year.

Last year, Catholic Charities of Denver raised over $100,000 in just ONE DAY! Donations to Catholic Charities via Colorado Gives Day support all 30 of our ministries and programs, serving an average of 50,000 people each year.

How does it work?

  • Donations can be scheduled ahead of time starting Friday, November 1st. To preschedule your donation visit www.coloradogives.org/CCDenver  
  • Donations to Catholic Charities can be processed online only at www.coloradogives.org/CCDenver 
  • Donations made to Catholic Charities on Colorado Gives Day, Tuesday, Dec. 10th will have NO CREDIT CARD FEES!

Why give this way?

Colorado Gives Day is the perfect way to process end-of-year donations!

All donations made via Colorado Gives Day on Tuesday, December 10th:

  • Have NO CREDIT CARD FEES
  • Are INCREASED through Colorado Gives Day incentive program
  • Can be scheduled at any point for withdrawal starting Friday, Nov. 1st

Questions?

Feel free to email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 303-742-0828, or visit www.coloradogives.org/CCDenver

Dec. 18: Lou from Littleton Radio-A-Thon

Date 12.13.13

DONATE ONLINE*

[Click Here]

Donate by Phone | Call (303) 996-6087

Donate by Text | Text "LOU" to 50155

Donate Drive-By | Drop donations at 2310 Lawrence Street in downtown Denver

**Gifts of $250 or more qualify for 25% Enterprise Zone Tax Credit on state income taxes.

ONLINE AUCTION: Click to place bid

About this event 

Every year, Tom Manoogian, better known as ESPN Radio's "Lou from Littleton," reserves a full day to broadcast live from Catholic Charities' Samaritan House Homeless Shelter.

Included among this year's distinguished radio guests will be the Denver Broncos and Denver Nuggets' great Bill Hanzlik.

Lou will also take a special peek into life at Samaritan House by interviewing several of the shelter’s current staff and residents.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

5:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

LISTEN LIVE on ESPN Denver FM105.5 or FM102.3

LISTEN LIVE ONLINE at http://www.espndenver.com/

Online Auction of Sports Memorabilia

Are you a sports fan? Don't miss our online auction. 

Click here to peruse this year's auction items featuring a variety of collectible sports memorabilia!

Many auction items will be publicly displayed at Samaritan House on Wednesday. Swing by the shelter anytime on December 18. Go shopping - and see firsthand how your donation will help the homeless men, women and children living at Samaritan House!

Lou from Littleton 2011 Auction Item at Samaritan House

Support the Homeless

It costs $9,000 a day to run Samaritan House, so we need your support!

Funds raised during this year's Lou From Littleton Radio-A-Thon will help to feed, shelter and clothe the homeless men, women and children living at Samaritan House.

Samaritan House supplies approximately 50% of the shelter housing available to families in the Denver area. The shelter operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, rain or shine, and continually operates at full capacity.

Learn more about Samaritan House Homeless Shelter at www.ccdenver.org/samaritanhouse.

Donations

Gifts of $250 or more qualify for the Enterprise Zone Tax Credit, which offers a 25% cut on your state income taxes. Learn more at www.ccdenver.org/EZTaxCredit.

Click here to DONATE ONLINE

To make a donation by phone, call (303) 996-6087.
(NOTE: this number is only active on the day of the event)

To make a donation by text message, text "LOU" to 50155.

To make a donation in person, please drop off your donation at Samaritan House Homeless Shelter, located at 2301 Lawrence Street in downtown Denver.

Questions?

Please call 303-742-0828 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Elderly man rediscovers his story through friendship with Charities

Date 07.10.13

Forgotten seniors find friendship in Charities’ “Visitor Program”

Henry cautiously rolled his wheelchair over to our resource station. He looked angry and suspicious – but still curious, and willing to take a chance.

“We are here to help,” we gently said. “What do you need?”

“Why bother?” he gruffly responded.

Henry’s wheelchair wasn’t his only handicap. Persistent loneliness had crippled his ability to hope for a friend.  But our team persisted - and sound found ourselves engrossed in a lifetime of stories.

Henry took center stage – regaling our team with tales from long ago – things he had seen, things he had done, stories about his life as a farmer.

By the end of our conversation, Henry sat a bit straighter – and smiled a bit wider – all with a twinkle in his eye. He felt special. He felt valuable. Someone had finally taken an interest in him…finally.

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Saint Francis once said, “Where there is despair, let me bring hope; where there is darkness, light; and where there is sadness, joy.”

The Friendly Visitor Volunteer Program of Charities’ Larimer County Regional Office takes St. Francis’ prayer to heart in their service to suffering seniors. Their task? To provide friendship to lonely seniors, routinely visiting them to play games, share stories, and go on walks – anything to show they are loved.

“I have seen first-hand the isolation, loneliness, and depression with which many of our seniors struggle,” says Laurie, a social caseworker for the program.

“They are often forgotten and neglected. Many are homebound, essentially trapped within their small homes. Their physical and mental handicaps make them vulnerable – and yet no one stands up to advocate for them. They have lost loved ones – spouses and friends – and their children have moved away.”

“Sure, maybe someone comes to see them on a professional basis - or to clean or deliver groceries - but no one comes to visit them.  No one seems to care about them as a person.”

“These struggles can be every bit as painful as physical illness,” she continues. “To feel special – that’s something everyone is entitled to.”

Catholic Charities recently resurrected The Friendly Visitor Program after its unfortunate closing in 2006 due to funding cuts. With the help of generous supporters, however, the program is slowly growing new roots to meet the rising demand throughout Loveland and Fort Collins.

“We’re simply bringing a little light into someone’s life,” says Laurie. “And even though [this] program isn’t quite as tangible as giving food or helping someone with an application, it is still very important.”

More volunteers are needed at the Ft. Collins office to respond to the growing wait list.

To volunteer, please contact Beth at 970-484-5010 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Sept. 17: Servants Call Breakfast with Archbishop Aquila

Date 07.11.13

Catholic Charities' Annual Servants Call Breakfast with Archbishop Aquila will be held Tuesday, September 17 at Cherry Hills Country Club (4125 S. University Blvd., Cherry Hills Village, CO 80113).

You won't want to miss this inspiring celebration of all the ways in which our supporters - donors, staff, volunteers and advocates alike - champion our commitment to the pursuit of compassion, healing and hope for the poor and vulnerable.

More details coming soon! In the meantime, we invite you to mark your calendars for that morning.

 

To RSVP or for more information, please contact David Kail, Director of Major Gifts, at 720-377-1385 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Sept. 18: Foster Parenting: Are you called?

Date 07.10.13

At any given time, approximately 5,000 children are in foster care homes throughout Colorado. On a daily basis, Catholic Charities receives calls from the Department of Human Services to inquire whether or not we have any openings for children in need of foster homes.

These children are vulnerable and hurting. Through no fault of their own, they are without a permanent home - and without a family.

They need safe, loving families to come forward and provide them with a home.

Foster placement may only be needed for a short time - or the child may eventually become legally free for permanent adoption.

Either way, foster care is an opportunity to offer HOPE to a wounded child in their moment of need.

We know that deciding to become a foster parent can be a difficult decision. We have no illusions regarding the unique challenges that accompany this decision. However, we firmly believe that with any great sacrifice comes even greater rewards!

We understand you have questions. We're ready to answer them.

Please join us for one of our upcoming "Foster Care Information Nights" (our current schedule is offered below). These sessions are casual, no-pressure opportunities to learn firsthand about the joys and challenges associated with becoming a foster parent.

At Catholic Charities, we have been training foster families for decades. We offer numerous support services to help our foster families successfully embrace this heroic ministry. We are here to help by coaching and supporting every foster parent, every step of the way.

For more information, please visit www.ccdenver.org/foster or contact Cheryl Garcia at 303-742-0828 ext. 2051 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Upcoming Foster Care Information Nights:

Wednesday, Sept. 18
7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Spirit of Christ Catholic Parish, St. Francis Cabrini Room, 7400 West 80th Ave., Arvada, CO 80210

 

Volunteers needed for newest Gabriel House

Date 03.25.14

Volunteers needed for newest Gabriel House

Beginning in May 2014, Catholic Charities will open its fifth Gabriel House at Centro San Juan Diego, a local center for Hispanic ministry.

The Gabriel House Project serves pregnant women and mothers of small children by offering emotional, spiritual and material support, including free diapers, toiletries, food and baby equipment.

In just one year, over 6,000 visits were made across our four Gabriel Houses, assisting over 700 women and their children with goods and services, including 22,000 diapers, clothing and other assistance.

Learn more about the Gabriel House Project, and how you can help mothers and young children in need.

Join us Monday, March 31 beginning at 6:00 p.m. for a Volunteer Information Night and Training Session at Centro San Juan Diego, located at 2830 Lawrence Street in Denver.

Questions? Please contact Mimi Eckstein at 303-742-0828 ext. 2045 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

*Photo used with permission.