Pueblo County, southern and western Colorado Catholic Charities assistance.

Several counties are supported by the Pueblo Colorado Catholic Charities organization. While resources are limited, the organization will do what it can to assist the low income, unemployed, and struggling. The agency may offer some direct assistance but more than likely some of the help provided will be in the form of referrals and information to non-profits and government organizations.

Immigrants can get assistance from the Catholic Charities, Diocese of Pueblo. Specialists and case managers may be able to give assistance to newcomers to the country (immigrants and refugees). They can help with issues such as family law. The types of services provided are wide ranging. Clients can get help with getting green cards or citizenship certificates. Immigrants who are victims of domestic violence can also get support. Or learn about regional employment and job training programs. The resources provided have been certified and approved by the federal government.

Payee Program and Long Term Credit Counseling is offered from non-profit and is done using highly trained counselors. The client will work with a counselor in order to set up a budget. They also offer a form of debt management plans (DMP) as the agreed payments will be mailed to your creditors on a monthly basis. Some of the clients of Catholic Charities credit counseling are referred by Social Security for the Payeeship Program. Many seniors sign up for this service too. The agency has also been appointed by local Court of Pueblo as Conservator and Income Trust Trustee. Hundreds of clients use the free or low cost credit counseling and debt reduction services that are offered by Catholic Charity.

Free or low cost housing and mortgage delinquency counseling is available. The organization will provide high quality housing counseling services. This can include pre-purchase homebuyer education classes, foreclosure prevention, mortgage modification, general counseling and mortgage forbearance plans as well. The agency wants to keep people in their homes. While funding is limited and may run out, the agency also runs the Homelessness Prevention & Rapid Re-Housing Program for the low income and people facing eviction in southern Colorado.




Direct financial assistance is limited but may be available. Catholic Charities receives grants from the government and non-profits like the United Way. Money can pay for rent, heating/utility bills and mortgages. While the program does cover a wide range and territory, such as Pueblo, Otero and Crowley Counties, unfortunately only a small number of applicants are able to be supported by cash assistance programs due to demand.

Due to program limitations, direct financial assistance is offered in partnership with other government and non-profits, including Energy Outreach Colorado, Pueblo County Department of Housing Human Services, Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, Christ the King and Shrine of St. Therese.

Infants and their moms can get assistance from a program known as Bright Beginnings Southern Colorado. It gives parents free information and support in English and Spanish. Clothing, advice, formula, and more is available in a total of 10 counties in Colorado.

La Familia Fuerte/Strong Families supports school readiness and the healthy parenting of children and young students. It works by using a bi-weekly home visitation service utilizing the national model of Parents As Teachers. This particular child development program is implemented in Pueblo and Crowley Counties Colorado. La Familia Fuerte has also received the coveted Parents as Teachers Losos Prize for Excellence which helps validates home effective it is.

While there are a number of churches and Catholic Charity centers in the region ,including in Huerfano and Costilla County, the main Pueblo Center is at 429 W. 10th St., Pueblo, Colorado 8100. Call 719.544.4233.




By Jon McNamara

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