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Colorado Disaster Update: Catholic Charities Digging In

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Larry Smith, CEO and president of Catholic Charities of Denver, expressed gratitude for the generosity of so many people. Foundation donors have contributed more than $127,000 since the disaster relief aid campaign began last month.

“The support has been steady, but we definitely need more funding,” said Smith. “We are working closely with interfaith groups and community councils. The need for food, clothing, housing and supplies is growing every day.”

From all sources to date, close to $350,000 in cash and $400,000 in in-kind services and products have been received. Even at that, Smith is seeking additional assistance from Catholic Charities USA.

“Our concern is not only the immediate situation, but the long-term needs, which could easily approach up to $4 million over the next 3-5 years for case management, temporary housing and other services,” he said.

“The cleanup is done, but families in Lyons, Loveland and the mountain communities are just now getting back to their homes. For some it is almost too late, given the damage that has occurred.”

To help Catholic Charities with this emergency need, please contact Deacon Steve or send a check to The Catholic Foundation, 3801 E. Florida Ave, Suite 725, Denver, CO  80210 (put “CC Disaster Relief Aid” in the memo line of the check) or visit the Disaster Response Efforts link at Catholic Charities.