Catholic Charities of Central Colorado Providing help. Creating hope. Fri, 21 Nov 2014 00:32:37 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Marian House Needs Turkeys! Tue, 18 Nov 2014 23:37:13 +0000 turkeyThe Marian House needs turkeys to be used for Thanksgiving Day meals at the Soup Kitchen, in holiday food boxes for families in need, and throughout the year in meal preparation at the Marian House. Please bring turkeys to The Marian House (14 West Bijou St) on Monday-Saturday from 8:00 am – 3:00 pm or to Catholic Charities Castle Rock (inside St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 2746 Fifth St, Castle Rock) on Monday-Friday from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm. Turkeys are being accepted NOW through Thanksgiving.

To provide monetary funds to purchase turkeys, text “Turkey” to 50155 to make a cash donation or click “Donate” at to make an online donation. Thank you for your support!

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Empty Stocking Fund – A Community Collaboration Wed, 05 Nov 2014 16:20:56 +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.
  • Pizza With A Purpose – Through January 6

Now through January 6, bring this flyer (Click Here) to California Pizza Kitchen in Briargate on the first and third Thursday of every month and 20% of your purchase will benefit ESF!

  • Panda Express – November 13

Bring this flyer (Click Here) to Panda Express at 220 Southgate Road, and 20% of your purchase will benefit ESF!

  • Trans-Siberia Orchestra – November 16

$1 of each ticket sold will benefit the Empty Stocking Fund. Giving to the community could not be more entertaining! Click Here to purchase tickets

  • Colorado College Hockey – November 21, January 16

Mention the Empty Stocking Fund when purchasing your tickets at the door or use the promo code “ESF” when purchasing your tickets online and $2 of your ticket will go directly to the Empty Stocking Fund. Click here to purchase tickets.

  • Festival Of Lights Parade – December 6
  • Stargazers Theater and Event Center – Fridays and Saturdays November through January

Check out some of your favorite musicians at Stargazers and $1 of every ticket purchase will be donated to the Empty Stocking Fund. Click here to purchase tickets.

  • Bristol Karma Hour – December 16
  • Skate Day – World Arena – December 23

Skate at the World Arena from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.! All proceeds benefit ESF. Admission is $5 per person for a 2 hour skate session, including skate rental.

Look for more information and stories from each of the partner agencies in the Gazette newspaper throughout the campaign. To make a contribution or learn more about ESF visit

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Your Heart Warms Theirs Fri, 31 Oct 2014 17:15:53 +0000 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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Marian House Partners with Colorado Springs Food Rescue Wed, 29 Oct 2014 19:29:20 +0000 Colorado Springs Food Rescue and the Marian House are on NBC! Marian House has partnered with Colorado Springs Food Rescue (CSFR) since it began in the Fall of 2013.  CSFR was originally founded  by Colorado College students concerned with food waste.  The concept is to redistribute perfectly good food such as day-old bread, blemished produce and unserved food normally thrown away by restaurants, grocers, cafeterias, etc., and deliver it to organizations such as the Marian House Soup Kitchen to be used in meals to feed those in our community who are hungry or food insecure.

Volunteers pick up the food daily and deliver it, usually by bicycle, to various outlets in the city. Recently, the organization has gotten the attention of not only the Colorado Springs local media, but of NBC’s Today Show. You can watch the video clip below:

Visit for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

For more information, visit the CSFR website at   Here are links to stories in the Gazette and on KOAA. 

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Bright Beginnings Wed, 22 Oct 2014 17:19:17 +0000 granpa reading to childCatholic Charities has entered into a partnership with Peak Vista Community Health Center’s First Visitor Program, the local sponsor of Bright Beginnings. During their first three years of life, children need special support in their physical, emotional, and intellectual development. Bright Beginnings provides parents with age appropriate tools and information to engage their children to support their early development during the critical first years.

Through three of our programs – Life Support Services, Life Connections, and Family Immigration Services – Catholic Charities serves nearly 1,000 children who are eligible for Bright Beginnings. Each program will provide age-appropriate materials to families with infants and toddlers with Bright Beginnings Kits.  Kits include material and information on how to best focus parents’ limited time for the benefit of their child. For more information, contact Life Connections at 719-866-6535

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Join us for the 4th Annual Diocesan Forum: An Evening with George Weigel Fri, 17 Oct 2014 23:49:36 +0000 weigelPlease plan to join us for the 4th Annual Hanifen Center at Marian House Diocesan Forum, featuring George Weigel.  The event is FREE and open to the public.  Mr. Weigel was our featured speaker for our 1st forum and we are thrilled to have him back.  The forum is scheduled for November 21st at 7:00 at St. Patrick Catholic Church located at 6455 Brook Park Drive (near the intersection of Academy Blvd. and Dublin Blvd.).  His talk will be centered around his current book:  Evangelical Catholicism:  The Church in the Twenty-First Century.  There will be a dessert reception and book signing following the program.

George Weigel is an American author and political and social activist.  He currently serves as a Distinguished Senior Fellow of the Ethics and Public Policy Center.  Weigel was the Founding President of the James Madison Foundation and is the author of the best-selling biography of Pope John Paul II:  Witness to Hope: The Biography of Pope John Paul II, where he had unprecedented access to the Pope.  Other books, include Tranquillitas Ordinis:  The Present Failure and Future Promise of American Catholic Thought on War and Peace, The Courage To Be Catholic, The end and the Beginning, and many more.

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Becoming A Love and Logic Parent Classes Thu, 16 Oct 2014 20:39:11 +0000 Join us for a FREE six-week parent training program designed by the Love and Logic Institute, Inc. This course is designed to give you practical parenting skills. Course materials are provided at no charge. Class are held on Wednesdays beginning October 15 through November 19, 2014 from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Classes are located at the Marian House – 14 West Bijou Street, Colorado Springs, CO 80903. For more information, contact Helen Phillips, Office Manager: or 719-866-6511.

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Sponsor a Day at the Marian House! Thu, 16 Oct 2014 10:59:59 +0000 Thank 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.

Sponsorships are $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 719-866-6440.


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 Roofing, St. Gabriel the Archangel Catholic Church,  Michael J. Wolfe and Our Lady of the Woods Church – Woodland Park.

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Free Prenatal Nurturing Class Mon, 06 Oct 2014 18:23:18 +0000 Catholic Charities is offering a FREE 8-Week Nurturing Program for Prenatal Families. Parents will learn how to bond with their baby, review ages and stages of infant development, and much more. The course is designed for both singles and couples who are pregnant and preparing for parenthood. Families will receive a diaper bag stocked with baby items for you and your newborn at course completion.

Classes are offered every Thursday from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. beginning September 23rd through November 11th. To register, call 719-866-6535. As space is limited, early registration is encouraged.

Classes are held at Catholic Charities, 228 North Cascade Avenue, Colorado Springs, CO 80903.

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Citizenship Classes – Register Now! Fri, 03 Oct 2014 16:30:22 +0000 Come and learn everything you need to know about the Citizenship Application Process. You will learn about: the application process, civics and history, English, writing and reading test. Classes are held at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, 2715 East Pikes Peak Avenue (ESL Program Area). Cost $25.

Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning October 7 through November 13. For more information or to register, call Jeniffer Shull at 719-866-6516.

Classes are sponsored by the Family Immigration Services of Catholic Charities of Central Colorado.

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