Marian House History


The Marian House Story

Soup kitchen operations in Colorado Springs began in 1970 when a local resident began feeding people who were hungry out of his own home. Thirteen meals were served the first day.

As the need grew, it was necessary to move the soup kitchen to larger facilities.  It was housed in two church basements before moving in 1985 to the Marian House, a Victorian-style home at 14 W. Bijou Street

Catholic Charities of Central Colorado took over operation of the soup kitchen in 1994 and by the next year was serving meals to about 275 people a day. The Marian House is the only soup kitchen in the Pikes Peak region that offers a hot meal 365 days of the year, and Catholic Charities is the largest provider of free meals to those in need.

The New Marian House Complex

In June of 2008, the new Marian House Soup Kitchen opened its doors with a much larger dining room to accommodate serving a larger number of people as well as a larger family dining room for families with children.  This was also the beginning of the downturn in the economy.  The number of people served quickly increased from an average of about 400 meals served per day, to the current level of over 600 meals most days.  Meals are served to the working poor, those with mental and physical disabilities, people who are homeless and hungry, fixed-income seniors and veterans, and struggling families. No one is turned away.

There is more than hot, nutritious food on the menu. To help its guests improve their quality of life, Marian House opened the Hanifen Center at Marian House in June of 2009, which completed the Marian House complex.  Self-sufficiency services have been expanded and office space offered to partner agencies who provide services outside the realm of what the Marian House programs offer.  Currently the services available are:

Marian House Client Services

  • Case Management
  • Help with getting IDs and Birth Certificates
  • Clothing Closet
  • Financial Literacy Classes
  • Parenting with Love & Logic Classes
  • Referrals
  • Hygiene Items

Marian House Community Outreach

  • Deliver Marian House services to individuals and families who cannot come to the Marian House or other social service agencies due to transportation, childcare, or other issues
  • Deliver food and supplies to the rural community including food pantries
  • Pick up Donations
  • Case Management
  • Referrals

Marian House Life Support Services

  • Case Management
  • Children’s Clothing
  • Diapers, Formula, Baby Food
  • Layettes
  • Birthday and Christmas Gift Programs

Partner Agencies

  • S.E.T. Medical Clinic
  • Harbor House
  • Dismas Houses of Southern Colorado
  • Aspen Pointe
  • Rocky Mountain Hope Connections (SOAR)
  • Security Service Federal Credit Union
  • Penrose-St. Francis Community of Caring Nurses
  • Common Cause Catering

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