Catholic Charities of Larimer County
As the charitable arm of the Archdiocese of Denver, and inspired by God’s love and compassion, Catholic Charities extends the healing ministry of Jesus Christ to the poor and those in need.
Brief history of organization:
Established in 1927, Catholic Charities (CC) is one of Colorado’s leading private nonprofit social service providers, offering programs to underserved and marginalized individuals throughout the northern half of Colorado. CC has offices and provides programs in the regions of Denver, Larimer, Weld and the Western Slope. These programs include shelter and community outreach services, such as emergency shelters, transitional housing, emergency assistance and immigration legal assistance, and family and children services including adoption, foster care, family counseling, senior services and child care. Each program has specific goals and objectives, but the overarching purpose of the agency’s work is to provide practical strategies to assist individuals and families to attain self-reliance.
Catholic Charities Larimer County Regional Office:
For over twenty-two years Catholic Charities has been providing the residents of Larimer County with homeless prevention services such as rental or utility assistance, emergency shelter as well as services to homeless residents at the Mission. Catholic Charities also provides services to the low-income senior population in Ft. Collins, Loveland and other smaller towns, with the purpose of allowing a senior to age in their own homes as long as safely possible.
How many total clients are served annually:
During our most recent fiscal year, Catholic Charities provided:
- 930 people with emergency shelter
- 165 people with identification documents
- 478 with local bus passes
- 186 people with prescription assistance
- 839 households with utility assistance
- 201 information and referral services to seniors (age 60 and older)
- 125 case management Services to seniors
- 78,738 meals to shelter residences and community members
How are Empty Stocking funds expended to benefit your clients?
The Larimer Region of Catholic Charities obtained and expended the following amounts of funds from the Northern Colorado Empty Stocking Fund since 2007:
- $14,916.15 (2007 campaign): Funds were used to serve approximately clients 65 with prescription assistance and 95 clients with utility assistance.
- $15,751.20 (2008 campaign): Funds were used to serve approximately 60 clients with prescription assistance and 85 clients with utility assistance.
- $8,292 (2009 campaign): Funds were used to serve approximately 50 clients with utility assistance.
- $12,548 (2010 campaign): Funds were used to serve approximately 66 clients with utility assistance.
- $13,577 (2011 campaign): Funds were used to serve approximately 69 clients with utility assistance.
What is the true, lasting impact of the Empty
Stocking Fund on your organization/clients:
The impact of the Empty Stocking Fund is that it helps people who often times have fallen through the cracks. For example, we worked with one homeless individual who was able to obtain housing but not utilities because of a prior past due bill. It was winter, but the utility company would not allow the new utilities to be turned on until the previous past due amount from a prior residence years earlier was paid in full and a large deposit was made. Northern Colorado Empty Stocking funds helped this individual when other assistance was not available.