ROCHELLE SCHLORTT

ROCHELLE SCHLORTT

A Look Back: Disaster Response

Catholic Charities of Central Colorado: 50 Years of Hope 1968-2018
November 2, 2018  |  By ROCHELLE SCHLORTT
COLORADO SPRINGS. Over the years, Catholic Charities of Central Colorado has responded to disasters throughout its 10-county service area, going back to 2005 when the agency helped refugees from Hurricane Katrina by staffing the Red Cross Disaster Recovery Center with case managers. At the other end of the spectrum, Catholic Charities has been there time after time, helping families in the aftermath of house fires in rural and metro communities. In between are localized emergencies, like restocking food pantries in Kit Carson County in 2014 after they experienced a four-day power outage that destroyed their food supplies, or responding to apartment complex fires in Colorado Springs.
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October 5, 2018  |  By ROCHELLE SCHLORTT
COLORADO SPRINGS. You may not have known this, but the Marian House Complex is more than a soup kitchen:  it is also a showcase for numerous forms of art.  Over the years, various artists, individuals and groups have donated art to be displayed throughout the facility. For those we serve, art galleries and museums are usually not experiences that are readily available or in the budget, so this brings the beauty and experience of art to everyone.
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August 3, 2018  |  By ROCHELLE SCHLORTT

COLORADO SPRINGS. Most of the time, we don’t think about how charity work impacts people other than those receiving the charity.  But for many — staff, volunteers, and donors, being involved in a meaningful charity can impact, and sometimes change the course of their lives.

Here are some stories from people who have been associated with Catholic Charities over the years that describe the impact charity work made on their lives: 


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July 6, 2018  |  By ROCHELLE SCHLORTT
COLORADO SPRINGS. The Life Support Center started as a standalone agency in 1976 as a pro-life, parish level crisis pregnancy hotline for low income women in response to Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion. Originally operated entirely by volunteers, it provided emergency services to pregnant women and families with young children, particularly low-income families.  Appropriate services were offered to encourage these families to continue with an unexpected pregnancy by providing supplemental support of high-cost items that might lead a cash-strapped family to consider abortion. 
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June 1, 2018  |  By ROCHELLE SCHLORTT
COLORADO SPRINGS. Some of the people who come to Catholic Charities Marian House need a meal to live.  Others need a meal to survive — directing food dollars saved to rent or other necessities to remain in their homes. It has been that way from the beginning, when in 1970, Steve Handen began feeding people who were hungry out of his own home.  Thirteen meals were served that first day. 
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May 4, 2018  |  By ROCHELLE SCHLORTT
COLORADO SPRINGS. Five short years ago, Catholic Charities of Central Colorado began providing basic emergency services from a single small office at St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Castle Rock, helping a handful of people each week. From this humble beginning, yet with a strong vision of what the office could become, the Castle Rock office has grown substantially and today is doing much more than providing emergency services.
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March 2, 2018  |  By ROCHELLE SCHLORTT
COLORADO SPRINGS. The St. Patrick’s Day Gala has become an integral part of Catholic Charities, raising funds to provide direct assistance to the people we serve. From its humble beginnings in the gym at St. Mary’s High School, to being held at some of the largest venues in Colorado Springs, it is known as the “fun” fundraiser in town.
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