Life Skills & Career Development Center

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Life Skills and Career Development Center - Computer Lab with Client Working with Case Manager

Jobs Filled and Counting
(2017-18 fiscal year)

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 Life Skills & Career Development Center (LSCDC) tries to make this process easier and provide individuals with the tools and resources needed to land their next job.  The Life Skills & Career Development Center 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 where clients Plot a Plan, which enables those individuals to achieve personal and/or professional success.  Some plans may include learning how to use a computer, learning to type, building a resume, preparing for an interview, and learning to save money.

Once clients are ready to apply for jobs, most find work within three weeks, often using bus passes and wearing interview clothes provided by Catholic Charities.  Those who need more time to hone skills are placed in the Marian House Works program, where they are paired with volunteers for special attention or given volunteer work within Catholic Charities.


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

The Life Skills & Career Development Center uses all the tools available to help clients become employed and stable including:

There are a variety of financial resources available to clients working with case managers. These include rental assistance, gas cards, motel vouchers and transportation assistance. Case managers will try to work with clients in any way that advances their goals for self-sustainability.

Individuals can achieve basic computer skills, such as learning to type and managing an email address, while using the Life Skills & Career Development computer lab.

If an individual requires resume help, volunteers are available to help use the computer.

Life Skill Counselors help individuals to Plot a Plan.  Plot a Plan is a step-by-step plan to success, that’s governed by the individual’s personal and professional goals.  Goals could be finding a job, or saving to buy a car.  Clients can access assistance and referrals to find jobs, housing, and other resources while using Life Skills Counseling.

Guidance from staff and volunteers can help individuals prepare to get a job or start a new career.

Catholic Charities can help an individual with:

  • Resume help, including updating and building
  • Interview skills and interview practice
  • Finding jobs to apply for
  • Preparing for job fairs

Catholic Charities works with a number of hiring partners to arrange interviews, job fairs, and provide referrals.

Free one-on-one consultations are available at the Marian House by appointment with representatives from Pikes Peak Workforce Center.  Call to schedule an appointment.

Woman’s Opportunity Workshops (WOW) provide women an opportunity to develop life skills and receive free advice with a  one-on-one, personalized assistant. Topics covered can be anything from employment to health to family life. Workshops are led by women for women.

These workshops take place every fourth Wednesday of each month from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Find an Upcoming WOW

Become an Employee Partner

Catholic Charities develops relationships with Colorado Springs and nearby businesses where clients can be referred once they have gone through the Life Skills & Career Development Program. These employment partners have become crucial to the success of the program. Current partners include:

Bingo Burger
Career Boost
Colorado Industrial Recycling
Fairfield Inn
Discover My Goodwill
Goodwill Staffing
Luce Research
People Ready
The Premier Group
Value Inn and Suites

We like to develop relationships with businesses who have apprenticeship programs as well as entry-level positions.

If you are interested in becoming an employment partner, call us at 719-866-6290

Colorado Springs City Council Proclamation

June 2017
City Council Proclamation held by Catholic Charities Staff and Council

“…the City Council do hereby recognize the work of Catholic Charities of Central Colorado in Colorado Springs and urge the citizens and businesses of Colorado Springs to participate in expressing gratitude to the staff and volunteers of Catholic Charities of Central Colorado who provide personalized attention to those in need to help them to take steps toward a better life.”

Read Entire Proclamation

Read More on LSCDC’s 200 Milestone 

Hours of Operation

Monday – Friday

9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

by Appt.

10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.


14 West Bijou Street

Colorado Springs, CO 80903


Contact Info

228 North Cascade Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80903

Phone: (719) 636-2345

Fax: (719) 636-1216