November 24, 2015

Samaritan House volunteers to serve hundreds of homeless

Hotel chef to prepare warm Thanksgiving meals Catholic Charities’ Samaritan House shelter will give hundreds of homeless a reason to be thankful when they’re served a Thanksgiving Day feast by volunteers. Some 350 residents struggling with homelessness will enjoy a warm meal prepared by chefs of the Sheraton Denver Downtown and Westin Denver Downtown hotels. Staff and volunteers from the hotels will serve the meals from […]
November 17, 2015
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Lighthouse prayer garden to feature engraved bricks

Denver, CO—Lighthouse Women’s Center will begin enhancements on its highly-anticipated prayer garden, designed to be a place of beauty and quiet prayer for clients and the community. Staff and supporters are working to make the Catholic Charities’ run pregnancy center a more welcoming place with the additional prayer garden on the property, in contrast to the fenced-off Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains building down the […]
November 16, 2015
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News Alert: Samaritan House braces for blizzard

Shelter seeks donations to meet growing need Denver, CO—Catholic Charities’ Samaritan House shelter is bracing for another snow storm expected to create hardship on Denver’s homeless and further congest already-packed shelters. Samaritan House in downtown Denver prepared its emergency shelters for those seeking relief from the blizzard predicted to dump up to a foot of snow in northern Colorado. “We’re prepared to max out our overflow […]
November 11, 2015
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Catholic Charities CEO Larry Smith statement on continuum of care at Capitol

Larry Smith, president and CEO of Catholic Charities in the Archdiocese of Denver, testified at the state Capitol Nov. 9 before the Republican Study Committee of Colorado at its informational hearing on “fetal tissue trafficking.” Smith was on an afternoon panel of officials representing pregnancy resource centers. Below is his opening statement as prepared. LARRY SMITH’S OPENING STATEMENT Right across the street from Planned Parenthood, Catholic Charities operates Lighthouse Women’s Center. I invite […]
November 5, 2015

Adopt-A-Family Connects Givers and Receivers

Needy families grateful for Christmas made possible By Nissa LaPoint / The Alliance As a single mother working to support five children, Marina Diakite offers a prayer of thanks to God for the family who makes their Christmas come alive. Last year, her children at home—all 10 years old and younger—eagerly peeled away wrapping paper to find a remote control helicopter, a complete set of art […]
October 19, 2015

Real Choices unites with Lighthouse Women’s Center

Catholic Charities, Archdiocese of Denver, is pleased to announce that as of October 1, 2015, Real Choices, a nonprofit Christian pregnancy center with locations in Boulder, CU Boulder and Lafayette, has united with our Lighthouse Women’s Center in Denver. Real Choices will gain an expanded network of resources for its clients, to in- clude a more complete continuum of care beyond pregnancy. Together, Lighthouse and Real […]
October 15, 2015

Catholic Charities of Denver receives $50,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation

Catholic Charities of Denver recently received a $50,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation’s State Giving Program to assist with the Employment Resource Center at Samaritan House, which help residents find employment and gain the stable income they need to become self-sufficient. The Center provides assistance with resume writing and interviewing skills, job leads, on-site job fairs and on-site vocational trainings needed for shelter residents.   “We […]
October 14, 2015
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Long-term Disaster Recovery Grant to Catholic Charities Denver

Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA) is pleased to announce the award of a long-term disaster recovery grant to Catholic Charities, Archdiocese of Denver in the amount of $1,381,129.75; funds will be used to continue supporting disaster survivors impacted by the flood in September 2013. This grant represents monies collected over the past several months/years from Catholics throughout the U.S. in disaster-related collections sponsored by CCUSA and the […]
May 7, 2015

Help the homeless during Ride the Rockies

(Larry’s column appeared in the Apr. 16 edition of the Denver Catholic Register) For the fifth consecutive year, Team Samaritan House will be part of Ride the Rockies, which this year starts in Grand Junction on June 13 and ends June 20 in Westcliffe. We have 19 riders registered on the team—16 men and three women—with a goal of raising $5,000 apiece for Catholic Charities homeless […]
March 7, 2015
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Stay tuned for more miracles

(Larry’s column appeared in the Mar. 5 edition of the Denver Catholic Register) Since my arrival at Catholic Charities in April 2013, I’ve said that we serve two kinds of people: those with a need to give and those with a need to receive. That was brought home to me in an amazing way at A Beacon of Hope Gala for Lighthouse and Women’s Services, which raised […]
January 12, 2015
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Saving one baby every week—and their families

(Larry’s column appeared in the Jan. 12 edition of the Denver Catholic Register) You have been part of an amazing life-saving mission—and we have much more work to do. Lighthouse Women’s Center, located in Denver across the street from a massive Planned Parenthood abortion facility, will soon record the 100th baby born to women served at Lighthouse. Since March 2013, we have averaged one precious baby […]
November 18, 2014

The most charitable act in the world

(Larry’s column appeared in the Nov. 18 edition of the Denver Catholic Register) A man at Samaritan House said recently that the homeless shelter helped him find a job by providing “a place to sleep, a place to shower, a place to get groomed for a job interview (and) a sack lunch to take” for the day. That’s what we do at Catholic Charities. Jesus Christ […]