Combined Press Conference: Providing for Community Members in Need
May 10, 2016 9:30 am – 9:45 am
Marian House Hanifen Center, 14 West Bijou Street, Colorado Springs, CO
(Colorado Springs, CO) May 10, 2016. Catholic Charities of Central Colorado announced today the expansion of a Family Resource Campus in downtown Colorado Springs, currently located in the Marian House, and support for the Springs Rescue Mission Homeless Campus.
Andy Barton, CEO of Catholic Charities of Central Colorado said, “The current model of how we solve human issues facing this community needs to be updated. We need to focus on people rather than services and we need to consolidate services to specific populations to be more effective & efficient.”
Recently, Catholic Charities received a 5-year renewable grant up to $350,000 from the state to implement a Family Resource Center evidenced-based model for providing stability services to families in need. Catholic Charities will continue and expand many of the current program offerings to better meet the needs of vulnerable families, and expand partnerships with health care providers, Partners in Housing, CPCD, and the Salvation Army to ensure easy, coordinated access to a menu of family services.
Based on the belief that consolidated services delivered to specific populations are more effective, Catholic Charities not only supports the new Springs Rescue Mission Homeless Campus as a dignified and effective solution for serving the community’s chronically homeless adults, but will offer bridge services during both phases of campus construction. Additionally, SRM will become a partner agency on site at the Marian House to help transition chronically homeless adults currently being served at Marian House.
About Catholic Charities
Catholic Charities has almost a 50-year history of Serving the Poor and Vulnerable in Central Colorado and during that time, has demonstrated flexibility in changing to meet the needs of the community. Founded in 1968 as a family service agency, Catholic Charities took over the operation of the Marian House Soup Kitchen in 1994. Partners in Housing and CPCD started as Catholic Charities programs before being spun off as individual 501C3 organizations.
Currently offering over 75 programs and services in the areas of Family Services, Pathways to Opportunities, Emergency & Essential Needs and Health & Wellness, Catholic Charities is a leader in the delivery of services to community members in need.
Catholic Charities serves families, the working poor, seniors on fixed incomes, people with disabilities, veterans, and people who are homeless.
Catholic Charities offers over 75 programs and services, one third of which serve families. Below is a list of some of these services. Click here for a complete list of Catholic Charities programs & services.
|• Adoption Services
• Adoption Search & Reunion
• Adopt a Family program
• Child Care
• Child Watch in Family Day Center
• Enriched Childcare for ESL Classes
• Foster Cradle Care
• Children’s & Maternity Clothing Closet
• Children’s Programs
• Birthday & Christmas Gift Programs
• Coats for Kids with Knights of Columbus
• Layettes for New Moms
• School Supply Drive
• Special Event Parties
for underprivileged children
|• Comprehensive Case Management
• Counseling Services
• Early Literacy Education
• ESL Reading Circles
• Jungle Story-Time (Success by 6)
• Bright by Three
• Age Appropriate Book Distribution
• Educational Offerings
• Child Birth Education Classes
• Financial Literacy Classes
• Parenting Classes
• Prenatal Nurturing Classes
• RealCare© Baby project
• Emergency Baby Needs
|• Emergency Shelter
• Family Day Center for families who
are homeless or in crisis
• Family Enrichment Activities
• Family Facilitator with
Douglas County Cares
• Family Meals & Food Boxes
• General Needs
(diapers, wipes, etc.)
• Life Skills & Job Readiness
• Naturalization & Immigration Services
• New Mothers’ Support Groups
• Project Rachel Abortion
Healing Support Groups
• Relinquishment Counseling
• Volunteer Income Tax Assistance