Building Futures Together campaign
Marian House is “OUR” House
It is where the Colorado Springs community builds futures and transforms lives every day. It is where our brothers and sisters are fed, welcomed and given a hand up toward self-sufficiency.
To meet the ever-increasing need for assistance and to ensure the long term sustainability of the Marian House, Catholic Charities of Central Colorado has embarked upon the Marian House – Building Futures Together Campaign. Poverty is everyone’s problem. Poverty reduction, therefore, must be a priority for the whole community. Please consider supporting this campaign and help us build futures for the people we serve. Working together, we believe that all things are possible and within our reach.
Due to the economic downturn which began in 2008, demand for services at the Marian House increased dramatically – nearly 40% in all programs – straining Catholic Charities’ total budget. Personal finances changed for many, and government and foundational dollars were less available, making it more difficult to meet the demand for services.
Dollars going to debt are hindering our ability to do all we can for the community and for families in need. Four percent of the budget goes toward interest on a construction loan which was needed to complete the new Marian House in 2008. Catholic Charities has funds from earlier building pledges to make loan and interest payments through May 2012. At that point there will be a $2.4 million balance on the construction loan. The Building Futures Together Campaign seeks to fund this balance, allowing Catholic Charities crucial dollars to expand and sustain other services.
The work of Catholic Charities’ Marian House is a labor of love, shouldered by the entire community of Colorado Springs. It is OUR 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:
Job readiness, on-site training and real job opportunities
Innovative housing solutions and referrals
Expanded community partnerships
Family strengthening initiatives
Parenting skill education
Nutrition and cooking education
For more information on this campaign, please contact us at 719-866-6440 or info@HelpMarianHouse.org
Pavers are still available for the Marian House Courtyard of Compassion. Click here to learn about the Courtyard of Compassion
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