Gala mobilizes time, talent, treasure for women in need

Date 03.24.14

Over 850 guests gathered March 8 for the 3rd Annual Beacon of Hope Gala, in support of Catholic Charities' Lighthouse & Women's Services.

Together, they pledged time, talent and treasure in a remarkable display of support for women and children in need, particularly those vulnerable to abortion, homelessness and poverty.

  • Raised $500,000 in fund support. 
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  • Mobilized 264 prayer warriors.
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  • Inspired 104 volunteers to give service.
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Video Archive | 2014 Beacon of Hope Gala

Lighthouse & Women's Services | Saving Women & Children

Event proceeds will collectively support the following Catholic Charities ministries:

Media Archive | 2014 Beacon of Hope Gala

Pro-Life Boot Camp draws nearly 100 teens

Date 02.05.14

Pro-Life Boot Camp draws nearly 100 teens

Lynn Grandon takes a different approach when teaching teens about love, sex and babies. And it appears to be working.

Nearly 100 eighth- through 12-graders attended the third annual Pro-Life Boot Camp on Saturday, January 26 at St. Thomas More Church in Centennial.
 
According to Grandon, program director of Respect Life Resources of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Denver, the boot camp seeks to educate attendees on the medical and Catholic perspectives on conception and abortion.

"Rather than bombarding today's youth with a list of do's and dont's," said Grandon, "our office instead seeks to empower youth with sound reasoning that allows them to make sound decisions for themselves."

The boot camp included lessons on embryology, as illustrated with soft fetal models and 3-D ultrasound imaging.

Grandon regularly travels to local Catholic schools throughout the year to deliver presentations on the truth about the conception of life – and how to respond to today’s most common abortion arguments.

To learn more about the Respect Life Resources office, visit www.ccdenver.org/respectlife or call 303-742-0828 ext. 2122.

Colorado Gives Day an amazing success

Date 12.17.13

By Julie Filby (December 11, 2013, Denver Catholic Register)

Some 88,000 Coloradans came together to raise more than $20 million for 1,442 nonprofits during Colorado Gives Day, a 24-hour online fundraiser, held Dec. 10 on the website www.coloradogives.org.

This year’s $20 million display of generosity exceeded last year’s donations of $15.4 million during the 24-hour window.

Of that total, more than $144,000 was donated to Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Denver. 

“We’re overwhelmed with gratitude for the response,” said Lori Kennedy, vice president of development for Catholic Charities. “Colorado Gives Day is a perfect opportunity for Catholic Charities to connect people with a ‘need to give’ with those with a ‘need to receive.’ 

“God is good!”  

The amount donated to Catholic Charities—which helps fund their 30-plus ministries throughout northern Colorado—has continued to grow each year the agency has participated in Colorado Gives Day: last year’s total was $104,000; in 2011 $50,000; and in 2010, their first year to participate, $20,000 was raised.

 

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. .

Olympic Gold Medalist Missy Franklin and family to serve Thanksgiving dinner to Denver homeless

Date 11.27.13

Olympic Gold Medalist Missy Franklin and family to serve Thanksgiving dinner to Denver homeless

Olympic gold medalist Missy Franklin and her family will once again donate part of their Thanksgiving Day to serve a holiday meal at Catholic Charities’ Samaritan House, a shelter for Denver’s homeless.

The meal will take place on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 28 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Samaritan House, located at 2301 Lawrence Street in downtown Denver. [NOTE: Franklin will be available for media interviews from 10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., prior to the meal.]

The dinner will be prepared under the direction of Samaritan House Executive Chef Dave Uelze, in partnership with associates from The Westin and Sheraton downtown hotels.

Franklin returns home from California for the holiday. She is now in her freshman year at the University of California, Berkeley on athletic scholarship. Despite her short time in Denver, she remains committed to the mission of Samaritan House.

Commenting on her participation in last year’s holiday meal, Franklin said “I’m very, very fortunate and there aren’t as many people as fortunate as I am. I just want to share my happiness with everyone else.”

Samaritan House’s Thanksgiving Dinner is an annual tradition, now in its twelfth year. Nearly 200 of the center’s resident men, women and children attend the meal each year.

Located in downtown Denver, the Samaritan House was built in 1986 and was specifically designed and constructed for service to the homeless. It can accommodate over 350 men, women and children each night. There are separate facilities for single men, single women and families with children. Residents receive a bed, food and clothing while participating in the shelter’s 120-day Levels Program, which offers a structured path towards obtaining stable income and housing.

On-site services include one-to-one case management, medical care, child care, life skills classes and referrals for employment, housing, social service assistance and educational opportunities. The center also coordinates an active children's program and an age-appropriate program for teens.

All of Samaritan House’s services occur in coordination with Catholic Charities’ broader spectrum of ongoing ministries in Family and Childcare Services, Women's Services and Shelter Services.

To learn more about potential volunteer opportunities, visit www.ccdenver.org/volunteer.

As the charitable arm of the Archdiocese of Denver, and inspired by God’s love and compassion, Catholic Charities extends the healing ministry of Jesus Christ to the poor and those in need. We serve people of all faiths, or no faith, with equal dignity, respect and compassion in imitation of Jesus Christ. For more information, visit www.ccdenver.org.

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Media RSVP Requested:
Lori Kennedy, Vice President of Charitable Giving, Catholic Charities, Archdiocese of Denver
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ■ Office: 720-377-1383 ■ Cell: 303-641-013

**NOTE: Media access to Samaritan House kitchen will close at 11:00 a.m. out of privacy for our residents and to accommodate event logistics. Media are invited to arrive at any time before 11 a.m. for interviews and camera shots.

Denver Catholic Charities awarded $1.8 million to help with flood relief

Date 11.22.13

Charities’ 3-year, long-term recovery program to build on earlier efforts

Denver Catholic Charities awarded $1.8 million to help with flood relief

Catholic Charities USA has named “Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Denver” as recipient of a $1.8 million grant, in support of their extensive and ongoing relief and recovery efforts surrounding Colorado’s recent flood disaster.

September’s week-long series of massive storms devastated significant portions of northern Colorado, with flooding and mudslides damaging or destroying nearly 20,000 homes. In total, 24 counties in Colorado – over 4,500 square miles – were negatively affected, with Boulder, Larimer and Weld counties experiencing the greatest damage.

Denver Catholic Charities’ President and CEO Larry Smith expressed his sincere gratitude upon announcement of the award.

“Without Catholic Charities USA, our efforts to help those in need would have been greatly limited. We are grateful for the opportunity to expand our program capabilities, in an ongoing effort to assist victims in regaining and sustaining their physical, social, economic and spiritual well-being.”

Nevertheless, Smith notes that the need is still great, not only for additional donations to support long-term flood relief but the rest of Charities’ ministries as well.

"While this $1.8 million grant is great news, Catholic Charities still faces a shortfall,” said Smith. “We're seeking to raise an additional $1 million by the end of this year to securely fund all our ongoing ministries, many of which directly support our efforts towards long-term flood recovery."

“True recovery – whether from natural disaster or personal crisis – can take years,” Smith concluded. “But with the invaluable support of our community’s time, talent and treasure, we trust that we can help all those in need, every step of the way.”

Thanks to nearly $700,000 in donor support thus far, Denver Catholic Charities has acted as one of Colorado’s primary early responders to the disaster, assisting approximately 1,300 households in Boulder, Larimer, Weld and other affected counties with financial assistance, distribution of donated goods and relocation to nearby temporary housing. All of these services have occurred in addition to and in coordination with Charities’ broader spectrum of ongoing ministries in Family and Childcare Services, Women's Services and Shelter Services.

Charities’ 3-year, long-term recovery program will build on earlier efforts to provide financial assistance in the form of rent and deposits, utilities, fuel and household furnishings. Case management and counseling will assist victims in locating affordable housing, replacing or filing legal documentation, and employment services. Counseling will also address any expressed emotional, psychological and/or spiritual trauma surrounding the disaster. All of this work will continue in collaboration with Charities’ local partners, including local Red Cross and United Way chapters and various federal, state, and county offices.

As the charitable arm of the Archdiocese of Denver, and inspired by God’s love and compassion, Catholic Charities extends the healing ministry of Jesus Christ to the poor and those in need. We serve people of all faiths, or no faith, with equal dignity, respect and compassion in imitation of Jesus Christ. For more information, visit www.ccdenver.org.

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2013 Thanksgiving Non-Event Charity Ball

Date 11.05.13

Join us for the 2013 Thanksgiving Non-Event Charity Ball in Support of the Guadalupe Community Shelter.

Staff and sponsors of the Guadalupe Community Shelter would like to personally invite you to sit back and enjoy our First Thanksgiving Non-Event Charity Ball in the comfort of your own home.

Buy your ticket now!

We know you are invited to tons of events all year long so we want to give you the opportunity to relax at home while still "attending our event."

This spectacular event features scrumptious food (made by you), exciting entertainment (chosen by you), and a glamorous guest of honor--YOU. 

Attire can range from casual to formal. The sky's the limit!!! Let your imagination run wild!

We are asking for a donation of $75.00 per person to join our celebration in support of the Guadalupe Community Center.

In addition, any gift over $100.00 may qualify for Enterprise Zone Tax Credit, which offers an additional 25% tax credit of the donation amount on your state income taxes! For example every $100.00 donated to the Shelter, can give you $125.00 deduction on your state taxes. To receive this credit please check the box titled "Yes! I want the Enterprise Zone Tax Credit." Learn more at www.ccdenver.org/EZTaxCredit.

To purchase tickets click here.

*Questions call us at 970-396-2930.

Your support is greatly appreciated and remember your donation is tax deductible!

Special thanks to the sponsors of the first Thanksgiving Non-Event Charity Ball.

   

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

Join our Monthly Stewardship Program

Date 09.16.13

Join our Monthly Stewardship Program

We are kicking off our stewardship program for monthly giving. Join today to help us continue extending Jesus’ love and compassion to the poor and those in need within our community. Your monthly commitment secures your continual support of our mission.

For more information or to enroll, contact Wendy Oldenbrook by calling
720-377-1383 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

K-LOVE interview with Lighthouse Women's Center Director Lynn Grandon

Date 08.05.13

An unplanned pregnancy can be a scary situation for any woman especially a young teenager. For these women Lighthouse Women's Center has become their beacon of light and in many circumstances their only comfort. Listen to Lynn Grandon discuss the vital need for Lighthouse Women's Center and other free, accessible women’s services. 

Purchase a Catholic Charities "Virtue" T-shirt

Date 06.05.13

Proclaim "faith, hope and charity" with our new "Virtue" T-shirts.

All sales proceeds will support our work to extend the healing ministry of Jesus Christ to the poor and those in need throughout the Archdiocese of Denver.

DESIGN
Both t-shirts were designed by the creative members of our Faith-Based Initiative (FBI) Team at Samaritan House (see below for more information on FBI).

COST
T-shirts are $15.00 each. Purchase online at www.ccdenver.org/virtue-tshirts.

To avoid shipping and handling costs, be sure to indicate on the purchase form that you will instead pick up your t-shirt(s) at the Denver Pecos Office during regular business hours.

All proceeds will benefit Catholic Charities' mission to extend the healing ministry of Jesus Christ to the poor and those in need.

QUESTIONS?
Questions about purchases? Please contact Christine Ertl at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   or 720-377-1327.

ABOUT THE FAITH-BASED INITIATIVE (FBI)
The vision of the Faith Based Initiative is to be a community, served by Catholic Charities of Denver, that is grounded in Catholic faith, charity and prudence, and in which participants may prayerfully cultivate a continual deepening of their relationship with Jesus Christ.

The Faith Based Initiative consists of a group of people who come together and create opportunities for Catholic Charities' clients to encounter Jesus Christ. Client response thus far has been overwhelmingly positive.

Opportunities (all optional) currently include: faith-based classes, prayer services, holiday celebrations, service projects, Catholic Mass and Catholic information available to all who enter our doors.

The Faith Based Initiative is currently active at all of our shelters in Denver, Greeley and Ft. Collins; most of the current membership is also employed by Charities as case managers in our shelters.

Questions about the FBI? Please contact Jean Wood at 303-294-0241 ext. 1049 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

New CEO named for Catholic Charities of Denver

Date 04.26.13

Laurence M. Smith named president and chief executive officer

Catholic Charities and Community Services of the Archdiocese of Denver, Inc. announced today the appointment of Laurence M. Smith as its new president and chief executive officer.

Smith brings to the position over 25 years of combined corporate experience in executive management, leadership, sales, marketing and operations, as well as a deep conviction and commitment to the Catholic faith.

When asked about leading a faith-based nonprofit, Smith responds energetically.

“I’ve spent most of my professional career championing products,” he says. “I am excited and honored by this opportunity to turn my focus full-time to championing the charitable mission of Jesus Christ in service to the poor.”

Smith will assume his duties May 6.

Most Reverend Samuel J. Aquila, Archbishop of Denver, expressed his wholehearted support.

"Larry brings an enthusiasm for serving the poor and real leadership skills. He'll guide Charities' staff, supporters, and all Catholics towards a true model of Catholic charity," said Archbishop Aquila.

“I have every confidence in him, and know that he will help all of us to exercise the Church's preferential option for the poor.”

Robert Scott, who has served as interim president of Charities since last December, will continue to serve the agency as a member of its Board of Directors.

“From the beginning, we believed the Holy Spirit was the most important member of our search committee,” Scott says. “I believe he brought Larry to us as the clear choice to lead Catholic Charities in the years that lie ahead.”

Born in St. Louis and a graduate of the University of Missouri, Smith is a devoted, life-long Catholic and active member of St. Thomas More Catholic Parish in Centennial.

Smith will succeed Dr. Jonathan Reyes, who served as CEO and president from 2009 until December 2012 when he accepted an executive role within the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in Washington, D.C.

Join our Mother Teresa Prayer Society!

Date 06.16.12

Join our Mother Teresa Prayer Society!

The mission of the Mother Teresa Prayer Society is to foster organized, spiritual support for Catholic Charities’ staff, volunteers and those we serve, and to pray for those who ask for our prayers.

Why Mother Teresa?

Mother Teresa of Calcutta provides a perfect example for how we must pursue our own mission here at Catholic Charities. She constantly insisted that “everything begins with prayer.” 

Ultimately, it was her prayer that strengthened her to love like God and to serve like Christ as she tirelessly served the poorest of the poor. She is the perfect model for us!

What do members do?

Members are asked to pray for Catholic Charities and those we serve on a daily basis.

New members will receive a prayer card to guide them in their daily prayer, along with a Mother Teresa necklace medallion, which will serve as a reminder of their commitment to the society.

General intentions will be emailed to Society members once each month, and specific intentions will be emailed as necessary throughout the year.

Catholic Charities will accept members’ prayer intentions and offer them during our weekly Mass in our chapel. They will remain near the tabernacle for several days after having been presented.

How to sign up

Please email your full name, preferred email address, mailing address and phone number to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Please mention “Website” in your message so we know how you heard about the society!