Catholic Charities of Central Colorado Providing help. Creating hope. Fri, 23 Jan 2015 20:07:27 +0000 en-US hourly 1 It’s Time to Fill the Pot o’ Gold! Wed, 07 Jan 2015 17:47:34 +0000 2015 St Pats WEBCatholic Charities’ 14th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Gala is just around the corner and it’s time to fill the Pot o’ Gold!

Each year, our premier fundraising event relies on generous community members to donate unique items for our silent and live auctions. Donations can be gift certificates, art pieces, jewelry, vacation packages and more. Last year, items ranged from a handmade scarf to a hot air balloon ride to a pure-bred puppy!

If you or a business you know has an item to contribute, contact us at 719-866-6443. Pick-up can be arranged.

There are also several spots available for Gala Sponsors. Sponsors enjoy the star treatment at the Gala with reserved tables and various levels of brand promotion during event advertising and throughout the Gala.  All sponsorships are eligible for a 25% Enterprise Zone Tax Credit and IRS charitable deduction.

Contact Janet at  719-866-6440 to become a sponsor.

The Gala takes place on Saturday March 14 at the DoubleTree Hotel. Look out for your mail invitation to the Gala in mid-February. Click here to purchase tickets or tables online today.

Thank you to all of our sponsors who make this event possible.  Please utilize there services whenever possible.

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Catholic Charities Names New President and CEO Mon, 05 Jan 2015 23:38:08 +0000 Andy Barton RGB croppedAndy Barton has been named the new President & CEO of Catholic Charities of Central Colorado. He will begin his new leadership role on January 12, 2015.

Most recently, Mr. Barton was Vice President of Development for Penrose-St. Francis Health Foundation where he helped increase philanthropic support for the hospital by over $7 million in 4 years. Additionally, he helped provide temporary leadership for the St. Thomas Moore Health Foundation, and worked with Centura Health Physicians Group in the area of strategic development.

Prior to his role as Vice President of Development, he served as Interim President for the Penrose-St. Francis Health Foundation from September 2012 – January 2013 and as Director of Annual Giving from October 2010 – September 2012. He also served as Executive Director of the YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region – Tri-Lakes Family Center for seven years. During that time, he was responsible for bringing YMCA staff and the Tri-Lakes community together to fund raise and build the Tri-Lakes Family Center, which opened in 2008.

Mr. Barton is a native of Colorado Springs. He graduated from Palmer High School and then attended the University of Colorado at Boulder receiving a B.A in English. Most recently, he graduated from the University of Colorado – Colorado Springs with a Master in Business Administration. He has been married to Vanessa for 14 years, is a father to three young children, and attends Sacred Heart Parish.

“We couldn’t be more pleased with the selection of Andy as the new President and CEO of Catholic Charities. We are impressed with his qualifications and his ties to our community. We know he will make great contributions to our organization,” said Tom Naughton, Chairman of the Catholic Charities Board of Directors.

Mr. Barton said, “I am excited to join the team of dedicated and talented staff and volunteers at Catholic Charities in their work with our poor and vulnerable brothers and sisters.   It is an honor to be a part of building on the agency’s ministry and legacy of service.”

A reception will be scheduled to welcome Mr. Barton to Catholic Charities and the social service community after the first of the year.

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Sponsor-A-Day at the Marian House! Sun, 04 Jan 2015 20:00:59 +0000 warm 600 hearts full banner squareThank you to our Marian House Sponsor-A-Day participants!  Your sponsorship  covers the cost of all meals served on the sponsor day at the soup kitchen.

The Marian House Sponsor-A-Day Program (MSP) enables businesses, churches, schools, fraternal organizations, board of directors, groups, families, and individuals to sponsor the meals served at the Marian House Soup Kitchen for a specific day.  The day can be sponsored or designated in honor of an entity such as an individual, organization, business, etc., by pairing the sponsorship with a meaningful day or anniversary.

The benefits to Marian House are obvious:  generate revenue to cover meal cost, allowing for funds for occasional food shortages, and expansion of Marian House programs.

For sponsors, the program not only provides a very low cost per thousand (CPM), a desired marketing outcome in any advertising program, it also enables sponsors to be seen as a caring community supporter:  a business with a conscience.

A sponsorship costs $1,500 per day. Visit the Sponsor-A-Day page to learn more or to access the complete media proposal, click here: Sponsor-A-Day Proposal. For more information, call us at 719-866-6427.


Thank you sponsors:

Mathew Schell honored by Mike and Patricia Schell, First United Methodist Church, Mathew Schell honored by Andy & Gretchen Kraska, Springs Fabrication, Inc.Guns N Hoses RoofingSt. Gabriel the Archangel Catholic Church,  Michael J. Wolfe, Our Lady of the Woods Church – Woodland Park, Robert Taylor honored by Scott Boughton,Southern Colorado Roofing, Friends of the Marian House, and Judy Forss honored by Steve and Jennifer Paiement.

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VITA Volunteer Tax Income Referrals Sat, 03 Jan 2015 21:31:44 +0000 help with documents for webCatholic Charities has proudly partnered with Pikes Peak United Way’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program ( VITA) for many years. VITA is an IRS-supported, free income tax preparation program for qualifying families throughout the Pikes Peak region. VITA volunteers help families complete and submit tax forms, apply for Earned Income Tax Credit, and begin a path toward financial stability.

Households with a gross annual income of less than $53,000 qualify for the VITA program. If you or someone you know needs assistance filing taxes, please dial 2-1-1 to arrange an appointment.

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Happy New Year! Mon, 29 Dec 2014 17:43:40 +0000 New YearWishing you happy New Year full of love and faith. May you enjoy the blessings of peace and prosperity in 2015. Please enjoy the poem in the image to the left, written by our very own staff member, Wayne Peterson.

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Merry Christmas from Catholic Charities! Mon, 22 Dec 2014 21:06:48 +0000 Merry ChristmasCatholic Charities wishes you a blessed holiday season and a very Merry Christmas! May you enjoy the warmth of friends and family as we celebrate the birth of Jesus. We extend special thanks and prayers to our dedicated staff and volunteers who serve a warm and nutritious meal to our brothers and sisters at the Marian House Soup Kitchen each and every day, including Christmas Day.

During this season especially, we remember Our Mission: In response to Jesus Christ’s call to affirm the value and dignity of each human life, to build solidarity within the community, and to advocate for justice for the poor and vulnerable, Catholic Charities of Central Colorado humbly engages in the ministry of charity for those in both economic and spiritual poverty so that all – staff, volunteers, and clients –  may fully achieve their God-given potential.

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Las Posadas 2014

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Santa visits children at Life Support Services

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Tree Trimming at the Catholic Pastoral Center

Operation Happy Holidays 2014

Operation Happy Holidays 2014

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Your Heart Warms Theirs Mon, 22 Dec 2014 20:05:53 +0000 warm hearts for web

Did you know…chances are, at least one person that you saw this week didn’t have enough money to eat dinner last night.

The fact is seventeen out of a hundred people in Colorado Springs are considered the working poor.  But chances are you will never know their faces.  They live in the shadows some too embarrassed or too proud to ask for help.  And while you may never know their faces the Marian House does.

When you donate a meal or volunteer you are helping bring their need into focus.  The Marian House provides over 600 meals a day, and that is just a small part of the services we provide.  And our clients are from every walk of life.  Because of you, the Marian House can serve these people in need.  And while every situation is different, bringing them out of the shadows and giving them that support is our mission.

We just wanted you to know…That when you give, Your heart warms theirs…

Catholic Charities and the Marian House.  Compassion and Hope.  365 days a year.

Help warm a heart today at

Or call 719-866-6440


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Empty Stocking Fund – A Community Collaboration Mon, 22 Dec 2014 20:03:56 +0000
 dark red logoThe Empty Stocking Fund (ESF) has partnered with non-profits in the Pikes Peak Region for over 30 years to help community members in crisis and assist others in reaching self-sufficiency. The Marian House will be an ESF recipient for the 14th year in a row. Add Staff, Wells Fargo Bank, the Gazette, and the El Pomar Foundation cover all the adminstrative costs of the campagin, allowing 100% of every dollar donated to go directly to the services provided to people in need. Futhermore, every dollar donated to ESF grows up to 45.3 percent thanks to matching funds by the Bruni Foundation and the El Pomar Foundation.
This year’s campaign kicks off November 27 and runs through January 16. There are many ways to contribute to the Empty Stocking Fund and support our partners throughout the Pikes Peak Region. The quickest way is to make a contribution on There are also many fun events and activities throughout the holiday season that support this community effort.

Look for more information and stories from each of the partner agencies in the Gazette newspaper throughout the campaign. To make a contribution, find out how to donate through upcoming events,  or learn more about ESF visit

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Thank you, Knights of Columbus! Wed, 17 Dec 2014 17:30:59 +0000 DSC04147 for webThis year the Knights of Columbus generously extended their Coats for Kids program to the Diocese of Colorado Springs! The Knights donated 150 brand new coats for children to keep warm this winter. Coats were distributed to families with young children at Life Support Services on December 17.  Thank you! Knights of Columbus for web

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Operation Happy Holidays – Friday December 12 Wed, 17 Dec 2014 17:28:50 +0000 DSC04008 for webFor the fourth year in a row, the 1st Brigade Combat Team – 4th Infantry Division marched on the Marian House. The team carried backpacks full of cold weather clothes and accessories, non-perishable food, toys for children and many more necessities for local community members in need.

At 7 a.m. on Friday, December 12, the soldiers marched from Dochester Park arriving at the Marian House at 7: 30 a.m. to unload their donations. Over 1,200 soldiers from Fort Carson volunteered to march. It is estimated that over 1,000 community members were able to benefit from this donation. Thanks to the generosity and kind hearts of these soldiers, many of our neighbors in need will be able to enjoy a safe, warm, and cheerful holiday season. We also  extend our thanks to the Colorado Springs Police Department for allowing the soldiers to march downtown and providing necessary security. Thank you soldiers for your good works to our community and your service to our country.


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