Stories of Hope

/Stories of Hope
Stories of Hope2018-12-11T09:13:04+00:00

 These inspiring stories of clients, volunteers, and donors only represent a small portion of all the beautiful and uplifting moments that happen at Catholic Charities of Central Colorado.

See More Video Stories

Castle Rock

"I could not be where I am at without having Catholic Charities in my life.”
Meet Melissa, Shirley, and Jodi of Castle Rock, CO. Each woman has a unique story to tell and one similarity binds them all together; Catholic Charities. Catholic Charities opened a Castle Rock Office to assist families in an area where the need is oftentimes unseen. Through programs similar to those we offer in our Colorado Springs facilities, we work to move families and individuals from crisis to stability.


“If it wasn’t for the assistance they helped us with...I don’t really know what we would do.”

Jodi and her family went from stably housed to homeless in 45 days when Jodi, the primary bread-winner, began having medical issues and suffered a heart-attack. Jodi and her family went from stably housed to homeless in 45 days when Jodi, the primary bread-winner, began having medical issues and suffered a heart-attack. They lost their home, stayed in a motel, then camped and lived in their car. She says, “I was lost. I was truly lost, questioning what do we do next?” She says, “Catholic Charities was the first place to give us a chance to stop reacting to what was happening and start acting.”

Read more >>>

The Hinojosa Family

“Support that we couldn't even get from family, we got from them.”

The Hinojosa’s found themselves homeless in 2016 after losing everything in a house fire. They survive on a fixed income from disability checks as Mario was disabled in a car accident and Dee suffers from several health issues. Additionally, the two oldest children are diagnosed with Autism, relying on their parents for daily support.

Read more >>>


“We had a Catholic Charities where I was originally from, but the services they provide here are so unique and supportive.”
After escaping a domestic violence situation, Sarah was homeless for five years. She found Catholic Charities, where the unique and personal assistance helped her start a new life. Sarah’s story is one of determination and hope.

Read more >>>


““They [Catholic Charities] helped me break the cycle of homelessness in my family. I have basically been homeless for most of my life and they helped me learn a different way to do it, and get off the streets, and stay off the streets." .”
Simone is still thriving in her own apartment, and just signed another lease.  She has transitioned to a new cooks position with another restaurant that has more potential for growth.  Her daughter is also thriving in daycare as she prepares to go to kindergarten next school year.

Read more >>>


““Never in a million years did I expect to be homeless””

Stacie moved to Colorado to make a new life for herself. For a time, she was happy and stable. Then things began to fall apart. When Stacie’s fiancé pushed her from a moving car she says, “That’s when I knew I had to leave.”

Read more >>>
ESL Story, Immigration


“For Magaly, Catholic Charities provided the perfect combination of services: classes that worked with her family's schedule, a safe place for her children to continue focusing on their education, and a way to learn more about obtaining U.S. Citizenship. ”
In April, Magaly became an official U.S. Citizen and Pedro continues to pursue citizenship himself. They found that education and learning English are essential components to their success, and the Catholic Charities’ ESL Program and the Citizenship Class have been crucial steps along the way.

Read more >>>


“It’s feeding the extrovert in me and my need to be compassionate with people.”
Jason has multiple sclerosis. He insists, “I am not M.S. I have M.S. but I’m way more than that.” Years ago, he came to the Soup Kitchen with his family for meals and other necessities to help make ends meet. Today, the Soup Kitchen is Jason’s home away from home, where he can receive a hot, nutritious meal and socialize when his family is busy.

Read more >>>


“It’s a catch-22. It took me four months to get a new place. I was getting hopeless.”
Disabled Army Veteran, Roger Gaines, who qualifies for and receives a VA Housing Voucher, struggled with homelessness as a result of misunderstanding VA medical procedures. As a result, he was evicted and found it extremely difficult to find another apartment.

Read more >>>
a man working with a volunteer on his reading skills


Rickey grew up on a farm in Lousiana and held many jobs growing up that didn’t require reading.  Then life got tough and not being able to read became a problem, especially when he was figuring out life after divorce.  But when he sought out help at Catholic Charities, a volunteer quickly figured out Rickey needed more than just a pair of socks and helped him become more literate.

Emma & Jessica

When Jessica chose adoption, she knew it was the best decision for her birth daughter, Emma, and for herself.  Catholic Charities facilitated the adoption using the Open Adoption model, where the birth-parents and adoptive parents are known and have an ongoing relationship with each other.  As Emma grew older and became interested in her birth mother, her adoptive parents arranged for a special meeting that truly benefits the entire family.
Velda Baker a Volunteer Nurse

Medical Services Offered at Catholic Charities Reduces Strain on Local Emergency Rooms

Every month, people experiencing poverty or homelessness, including seniors and anyone who cannot afford co-pays or a hospital visit, come to Catholic Charities’ Marian House, where partners provide them with courteous, personalized care. These are people who have slipped through the cracks, and the Marian House is their safety net, which catches them before they fall into more serious health problems.

Jennifer & Steve

Jennifer and Steve were ready to start a new life after Steve left the military.  When work did not come as quickly as expected, the family exhausted their funds and found themselves living in their car. Catholic Charities’ Family Day Center provided a place of refuge where the family could access the resources they needed to get back on their feet.


“I’m not trying to cause any harm in the United States. I’m just trying to do better for myself and for my family.”
Karina came the United States with her mother and sister when she was just 11 years old. By the time she was 17, her life in the U.S. was all she really knew.  Catholic Charities helped Karina apply for DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) so that she could pursue opportunities in the country that she calls home.


“I was broken, they were broken. We kind of related to each other. I get to know these people and I feel so enriched by it.”
Marcy has volunteered at the Marian House Soup Kitchen for over 15 years. She knows many clients by name and helps to creating a welcoming community for those who often feel unwelcome elsewhere. She says, “I’m blessed to be able to work with them and get to know them and just be there for them.”

More Stories

Contact Info

228 North Cascade Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80903

Phone: (719) 636-2345

Fax: (719) 636-1216