Your Heart Warms Theirs
Chances are, at least one person that you saw this week did not have enough money to eat dinner last night. Seventeen in one hundred people in Colorado Springs are considered the working poor. They live in the shadows, some too embarrassed or proud to ask for help. While you may never know their faces, the Marian House does.
The Marin House provides over 600 meals a day, 365 days a year to people from all walks of life. Guests include the working poor, families, single parents, unsupported teens, seniors living on a fixed income, veterans, citizens with disabilities, and those who are homeless. Thanks to caring community members like you, the Marian House not only provides homemade, nutritious meals to those in need, it also offers a range of services to guide individuals and families through the first steps out of poverty towards self-sufficiency.
When you give, your heart warms theirs in more ways than you can imagine.
The work of Catholic Charities’ Marian House is a labor of love, shouldered by the entire community of Colorado Springs. It is OUR house – Everyone’s house. Our goal is to provide a continuum of care to all families and individuals that we serve and ensure that they have the resources and skills to be as self-reliant as possible.
No matter what the obstacles may be for those seeking our help, Catholic Charities is dedicated to helping them overcome barriers to self-sufficiency and make permanent change. With the rising poverty rate and the increasing population of working poor, now is the time to maximize current elements of our self-sufficiency programs and take them to the next level.
In 1994, Catholic Charities took over Marian House operations. With the help of a multitude of local churches, organizations, businesses, and individuals to support a limited staff, Marian House has grown to meet the needs in our community. Today, twenty years after taking over the operation, the soup kitchen serves about 215,000 meals a year (about 600 per day) and is located in a new facility better equipped to meet the need in the Colorado Springs community.
In addition to stabilizing the people who come to us for a hot meal, because no one should be hungry, Marian House also provides a variety of services to help people begin their journey towards self-sufficiency. The Marian House is home to the Marian House Soup Kitchen and the Hanifen Center Poverty Reduction Services. Guests who visit the soup kitchen enjoy their meal in the dining hall and exit through the Hanifen Center where they can access emergency and self-sufficiency services.
Provides homemade, nutritious meals seven days a week, 365 days a year to anyone in need. For information about volunteering, call 719-866-6559
Hours of Operation:
Monday-Saturday: 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Sunday: 8:45 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Provides help in obtaining IDs and important documents, clothing, hygiene products, bus passes, information and referrals, and case management to help people move toward greater self-sufficiency. Free courses such as Financial Literacy, Computer Skills, and Parenting with Love and Logic are available to help clients improve their life situations. Free legal advice is also available. For more information, call 719-866-6283
Delivers complete food boxes with recipes and material goods as well as direct client services and case management to those who are unable to access our onsite services. Donated furniture is delivered directly to clients who are transitioning from a temporary to a more permanent living situation free of charge. Donation pick-up is available by calling 719-229-9942.
Provides emergency basic needs to families with children such as baby food, formula, diapers and clothing. Case management, utility and rental assistance, information, and referrals are available. For more information, call 719-578-1222.
A multitude of partner agencies who offer services to Marian House clients on site help clients receive services in one location. Partners include:
SET Family Medical
Penrose St. Francis Community Network of Care Nursing program
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance
Individual advisers and educators onsite:
Dick Eitel – Legal Resources and Referrals
Kelly Moore– Dismus House Referrals
Security Services Federal Credit Union – Financial Literacy classes
FPC and David & Susan Strehlow – Parenting with Love & Logic classes
CSPD – HOT & DART