Catholic Charities of Weld 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.
The Weld County Regional Office began in 1962 in order to address community needs specific to this region. The purpose was to conduct Migrant Outreach to farmers and to provide services to low-income senior citizens. In 1992, the office was incorporated into Catholic Charities and Community Services of the Archdiocese of Denver, Inc. Today, the Weld County Regional Office continues to provide services to seniors, family services such as case management and parenting classes, emergency assistance and shelter. All of these services will be delivered at the new Guadalupe Community Center, at community venues, or in people’s homes.
How many total clients are served annually?
In 2010 over 4,200 individuals and families were helped with services through six programs: emergency assistance and homeless prevention, emergency shelter services (7,753 nights of shelter), case management and educational support to families and individuals, and senior outreach services to isolated and impoverished seniors.
How are Empty Stocking funds expended to
benefit your clients:
Because of the great need for rental assistance, the majority of our $12,548 from 2010 was spent on rental assistance averaging $350 per client helped. Approximately 36 families were able to sustain housing for another month, often giving them the opportunity to find a job or second job so as to prevent homelessness. This meets 4% of our overall need for rental assistance as 2,500 requests come to Catholic Charities of Weld annually.
Over the last four years with the Northern Colorado Empty Stocking Funds we have assisted over 150 households with rental and utility assistance and with the acquisition of birth certificates that will open the door to benefits for some families and their children.
What is the true, lasting impact of the Empty
Stocking Fund on your organization/clients:
Because of the high poverty rate in Greeley and Weld County, the assistance Catholic Charities of Weld disperses with the Northern Colorado Empty Stocking Funds not only prevents homelessness and utility shut-off, but can also make the difference in a family maintaining their subsidized housing. This is critical for low and fixed income families and individuals.