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Key Info

Work is more than a way to make a living; it is a form of continuing participation in God’s creation. If the dignity of work is to be protected, then the basic rights of workers must be respected: the right to productive work, decent and fair wages, to organize and join unions, to own private property, and economic initiative. In Fiscal Year 2021/22:

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clients received employment counseling at the Hanifen Employment Center

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48 %

Hanifen Employment Center clients earned a wage of $17.35+ per hour

Hanifen Employment Center Services (HEC)

What Are Your Goals

Understanding short and long-term goals help clients set realistic expectations.


​A variety of tecniques and topics are available to clients who want to pursue individual mentorship.

Digital Equity

Whether applying for a new job, going to school, or accessing needed services, having access to the digital devices and the skills to use them is critical in the digital age.

Getting a job always has its challenges and barriers.  This is especially true for people dealing with poverty and other critical issues in their lives.  The Hanifen Employment Center (HEC) tries to make this process easier and provide individuals with the tools and resources needed to land their next job or learn new skills to get a better job.

The HEC is a space where clients can come to work on improving their professional job skills, tap into life skills and career counseling, apply for jobs, prepare for interviews, participate in job fairs, and improve their financial literacy.  Personalized assistance is offered to help each individual achieve personal and/or professional success.

Short Term Outcomes

  • Improve client’s ability to survive emergency conditions
  • Decrease stress
  • Improve access to community services & opportunities
  • Short-term budget relief
  • Improve employability factors:
    • Colorado ID, Drivers License, Birth Certificates
    • Job search
    • Resume writing & practice interviewing skills
    • Transportation strategy (bus passes)
  • Goal-setting skills
  • Improve financial literacy
    • Budgeting & savings/resource conservation
  • Increase self-esteem and hope
  • Build or strengthen trust and social relationships

Long-Term Outcomes

  • Preserve life, health, and dignity
  • Improve problem-solving and ability to access supportive services during crisis
  • Increase family/household stability
    • Decrease stress/potential for abuse
    • Improve financial resiliency
  • Strengthen social capital/networks
  • Empower internal drive – increase client’s ability to set and achieve goals
  • Increased participation in family and community by clients and volunteers

Vocational Counselors help job-seekers conduct an assessment of their interests, skills, personality traits and goals to help them identify a career path that is a good fit. Clients also develop knowledge and skills that help: 

  • Set realistic career goals 
  • Learn appropriate dress for the workplace 
  • Understand employer expectations 

Guidance from staff and volunteers can help individuals prepare to get a job or to start a new career. Catholic Charities can help an individual with:

  • Resume development 
  • Interview skills and practice
  • Job search

Additionally, we offer support with:

  • Computer Skills – see Digital Equity
  • Soft Skills Development
  • Financial Literacy Mentorship
  • Problem-solving
  • Strengthening social capital/networks
  • Empowering internal drive – increase the client’s ability to set and achieve goals
  • Increased participation in family and community by clients and volunteers

Digital Equity:  What is it?

Access to technology and basic computer skills are critical for success in today’s world. In partnership with the City of Colorado Springs, Catholic Charities of Central Colorado is working to bridge the digital divide in our community. ​

The two pillars of our Digital Equity Program are access and skills – access to devices that work and the skills to use them for essential functions. The program delivers access and skills through one-on-one help, workshops, and classes delivered in targeted locations (Hanifen Employment Center and Family Connections) and through our mobile computer lab. ​

Computer Classes
Computer skills classes in under-resourced areas focus on the skills necessary to succeed in today’s world to include resume writing and word processing, email communication, Microsoft Office tools, and effective use of the internet. ​ Classes take place at specific locations in Colorado Springs.  Each of the four class series is comprised of seven classes.  Participants who complete the entire series receive a certification and a Google Chromebook.  Check back for class locations and times. ​

Tech Support
Our mobile classroom brings our Digital Equity programming to trusted and accessible locations to bridge the divide. Classes and workshops are portable because of the technology of our mobile classroom. ​

Mobile Classroom
Our mobile classroom brings our Digital Equity programming to trusted and accessible locations to bridge the divide. Classes and workshops are portable because of the technology of our mobile classroom. ​ Current locations include Hillside Community Center, Deerfield Hills Community Center, Meadows Park Community Center, and Relevant Word Christian Cultural Center.

-Fall 2023 Schedule-

Meadow Park Community Center

  • Sept. 21 4:00pm – 6:00pm – Workshop (Spanish): Correo Electronico
  • Sept 27th 10:00am – 12:00pm – Workshop: Emails

Deer Field Hills Community Center

  • Sept 27th 10:00am – 12:00pm – Workshop: Emails
  • Oct. 5th 4:00pm – 6:00 pm – Workshop (Spanish): Acceder a Citas de Telesalud
  • Oct. 10th 10:00am – Workshop: Accessing Telehealth Appt.
  • Dec. 7th 4:00pm – 6:00pm – Workshop (Spanish): Usando Programas para Reuniones Virtuales
  • Dec. 12th 10:00am – 12:00pm – Workshop: Using Virtual Meeting Software

Hillside Community Center

  • Oct. 4th 10:30am – 1:30pm – Traveling Chromebooks
  • Oct. 18th 10:30am – 1:30pm – Traveling Chromebooks
  • Oct. 19th 4:00pm – 6:00pm Workshop (Spanish): Subiendo y Bajando Adjuntos
  • Oct. 24th 10:00am – 12:00pm – Workshop: Uploading & Downloading Attachments
  • Nov. 1st 10:30am – 1:30pm – Traveling Chromebooks
  • Nov. 15th 10:30am – 1:30pm – Traveling Chromebooks
  • Dec. 6th 10:30am – 1:30pm – Traveling Chromebooks
  • Dec. 20th 10:30am – 1:30pm – Traveling Chromebooks

Contact Digital Literacy Program Manager at 719.866.6285 or
DigitalEquity@CCharitiesCC.org for more information. ​

Press Release on Digital Equity Program

Social Media Video Interview

Member of | National Digital Inclusion Alliance |

After leaving an abusive situation, Sarah ran out of funds before she could find a job and settle down. This brought her to the steps of Catholic Charities.  Sarah first utilized the Marian House for a daily meal but quickly became involved in the Hanifen Employment Center (HEC) which helped her work towards self-sustainability. We are happy to say that Sarah not only achieved stability but now helps others who come to the HEC achieve the same kind of success.

Become an Employment Partner!

Catholic Charities develops relationships with Colorado Springs and area businesses where clients can be referred once they have gone through the Hanifen Center Employment program.  We like to develop relationships with businesses that have apprenticeship programs as well as entry-level positions.

Current partners include:

  • ACE Distribution Warehouse
  • Amazon Flex
  • Colorado Industrial Recycling
  • Community Works
  • Discover My Goodwill
  • GFL/Bestway Disposal
  • Glitter Studio
  • Goodwill Staffing
  • High Country Roofing
  • Memorial Hospital
  • Penrose Hospital
  • PeopleReady
  • Pikes Peak Workforce Center – Veterans Employment
  • ReHire Colorado
  • Safeway
  • Salvation Army
  • Sinton/LALA Dairy
  • Spectrum
  • Springs Rescue Mission Catering
  • WorkCOS


Hanifen Employment Center

14 West Bijou Street

Walk-in between 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. or make an appointment with an employment case manager to get support with the computer lab or to begin developing a plan for employment success.

Hours of Operation

Monday – Friday
9 a.m. – 2 p.m. By Appointment
10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Walk-in