Many of the Denver Colorado Catholic Charity programs are offered as part of the Saint Veronica Outreach Ministry. Financial assistance, social services, and other program are offered for those who are struggling. Maybe an applicant has been laid off or had an unexpected medical bill. If you need help, the Catholic Charities may be able to assist you with basic needs in an emergency, such as rent, dental care or heating/utility bills.
A food and community network is available, and is called SHARE Colorado. This resource is open to anyone who is from the Denver Colorado region. The location offers monthly groceries and food packages which can contain vegetables, quality frozen meats, and fresh fruits. Other groceries items may be distributed too. All food boxes will be sold to anyone who stops by at about half the retail cost, which will average about $20. Recipients will also be required to volunteer to undertake a couple hours of community services.
The Catholic Charities partners with the SHARE program and can refer people to it. It will allow people and their families to both help their communities and stretch their food dollars. To learn more, or to find a nearby SHARE pantry, call 800-931-7427.
In some counties, Catholic Charities works with non-profits in Denver and surrounding areas like the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless to provide rent and housing assistance to people facing evictions or homelessness. In addition to rental assistance (which is limited) case management may also be provided. Representatives want to ensure families gain vocational, educational, and financial skills in order to become self-sufficient and to end the cycle of homelessness.
Emergency financial assistance is limited, but it is a service provided by the Denver Catholic Charities. Individuals can get utility and rent assistance, lodging, transportation, dental care and more. Applicants will need to go through an application process and thorough assessment. At that time people will be referred to local non-profit agencies or government programs.
Dental and health care services are offered. Patients with no or limited health insurance, or who have limited income, can apply for assistance in order to pay their medical or dental bills. The charity works with other Denver area health and human service agencies to create new services or expand existing ones in order meet the needs of the poor and uninsured. Appointments for emergency assistance are made by phone only, and there are no walk ins accepted.
Community Education and Immigration Outreach can provide affordable, or maybe free, advice and support to immigrants. They are always focused on helping newcomers to this country get established, and to learn about the resources and programs that are available to them.
Denver Catholic Charities has always welcomed immigrants to the region and the state of Colorado, and case managers will help people with the citizenship process. Immigration assistance is offered to families and individuals with valid legal claims. People can get help and assistance with citizenship preparation classes, consultations, attorney representation, translations, and also receive help with visas and other documents. There is usually a small fee, and it may start at around $50.
Catholic Charities Child Care and Head Start promote child development in partnership with the child’s family and parents. The agency will provide high quality Child Care and early childhood development programs by using various tools and resources in a safe and nurturing environment. Social workers and educators will help children reach their highest potential and also hopefully improve their future. Head Start can include medical and dental care, food, social services, and more. All of this is focused on ensuring kids get prepared for school.
Kinship Care Services will provide financial assistance, advice, and support to relatives who are raising children due to the parents’ illness, death, drug addiction, or incarceration. The Catholic Charity Kinship Program is open to anyone who is caring for and taking the lead on the raising of a relative.
Call 720-377-1313 to make an appointment. The location to stop by for help is 4045 Pecos St. Denver, Colorado 80211. All appointments are limited. Any assistance provided will be based on the current funding of the agency.
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