Helping serve neighbors in need

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Partner Agencies

American Red Cross of Southeastern Colorado

Provides relief to victims of disasters

Helps prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies by providing national and community-based programs

Assist worldwide military and their families with emergency communication

Care and Share Food Bank for Southern Colorado

The team at Care and Share Food Bank believes that no one should go hungry

 Distribute nearly 24 million pounds of food to more than 300 partner agencies (community-based pantries, soup kitchens, and shelters) throughout 31 Southern Colorado counties

Support nutrition programs for children, the elderly, and many others at risk of hunger because well-fed communities are better for us all

Catholic Charities of Central Colorado

Success to us is helping families and individuals move from crisis to stability.  We do this through 75 programs and services, offered throughout a 10-county area.

Last year we served over 31,000 unduplicated individuals, including over 207,000 hot, nutritious meals.  The meal is offered daily to meet the most basic of needs and serves as a portal to Catholic Charities’ stability services.

Our Life Skills & Career Development Center has helped fill almost 400 jobs since opening, including 145 placements just last year.  We also served 4,903 people in our Family Services program.

CPCD…giving children a head start

Provides 2,022 children living in poverty or challenged by special circumstances with an early childhood education

Three core programs: Head Start, Early Head Start, the Colorado Preschool Program

Collaborates with the community to bring a comprehensive set of services to the children and families, including health, behavioral health, dental, nutrition, transportation, and family support services

Ecumenical Social Ministries

Prevents families from becoming homeless and/or jobless and helps them meet basic life needs

Assists with payment of prescription medications and medical needs for low-income and indigent clients

Meets immediate needs through food pantry, clothing closet, showers and haircuts

Griffith Centers for Children Chins Up

Mission Statement: Strengthening Colorado Communities One Family at a Time

Provides academic, therapeutic, and counseling programs to children, youth, and families

Offers short-term residential and group homes for youth and teens with individual and family support, and family preservation programs

The Home Front Cares

Provides emergency and responsive support and grants for Colorado’s service members, veterans and family members, who have been impacted by deployment in harm’s way

Case workersprovide referral services to other non-profit and referral agencies, military installations, the VA and other veteran service organizations

Programs Include: Grants to Families, Energy Assistance, Adaptive Housing and Welcome Home Heroes

Lutheran Family Services Rocky Mountains

LFS has been extending a hand to vulnerable children and families in the Rocky Mountain Region since 1948.

Programs Include: adoption, foster care, pregnancy counseling, care management for older adults, refugee & asylee programs, disaster response, child abuse prevention, teen pregnancy prevention

One of the largest private foster care providers in the state and the largest refugee resettlement agency in the Rocky Mountain region

Mercy’s Gate – Serving People from Hope to Crisis

Meeting the physical, financial, emotional, and spiritual needs in Colorado Springs

Provide assistance with rent, utilities, medical costs, food, and transportation

Provide seasonal services & programs that include our Thanksgiving Basket Drive, Home for the Holidays Rental Assistance, and tax assistance for low income families

Partners In Housing

Helps homeless families and individuals achieve self-sufficiency, not just one-year housing

Provide services such as case management, life skills training and budget counseling

Operate 60 transitional housing units

Peak Vista Community Health Centers

Provides exceptional primary medical, dental and behavioral health care in a collaborative setting for people of all ages

Serves more than 92,000 patients through 26 Health Centers in the Pikes Peak and East Central regions, providing care for many underinsured and uninsured children and adults

Provides over $10 million in uncompensated primary care

Pikes Peak Hospice & Palliative Care

Helps thousands of patients and their families face the physical, emotional and spiritual demands of life-limiting illness

Provides its own inpatient care unit equipped to manage more serious care needs

Is a Level 4 national partner of We Honor Veterans, which recognizes a commitment to providing the highest level of care to those who have served our country

The Salvation Army of El Paso County

Operates the city’s largest year round homeless shelter for 222 men, women and children

Feeds 700 meals each day to the homeless, seniors, and others in need

Offers family & social services, support, and programs that lead to self-sufficiency for men, women, youth, and seniors

Feeds, Shelters and Restores the lives of more than 20,000 individuals in our community each year

Silver Key Senior Services

Committed to helping the elderly age safely with dignity and independence

Assists with housing, medical needs, personal care and home improvements

Delivers meals, provides transportation to elderly and offers companionship


Provides immediate safety at their confidential Safehouse for women, children, and other victims escaping abuse

Empowers survivors through programs and support such as Advocacy and Counseling

Creates a safer future through Education and Outreach to schools, businesses, and other organizations

The Resource Exchange

Builds independence for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) such as Autism, Down Syndrome, and Fragile X

Provides a wide variety of supports and services across the life span to increase the quality of life for 4,400 people with IDD in the Pikes Peak Region; and potentially an additional 3,100 who are not currently enrolled

Innovates to fill gaps in service for people with IDD in early childhood development, healthcare access, and career development

Tri-Lakes Cares

Provides emergency, relief and self-sufficiency programs to the economically disadvantaged

Is the only food pantry and human services organization located in and serving the northern region of El Paso County

Operates a free medical program and Neighborhood Nurse Center for the uninsured and underinsured

Services around 2,000 individuals per year

Urban Peak

Serves homeless and runaway youth by encouraging them to turn their lives around

Offers drop-in services, street outreach and intensive case management

Stabilizes youth by helping them acquire skills to obtain education, jobs and housing

Has a transitional housing program with supportive, expanded services in the community

Westside CARES

Help working poor on the west side of El Paso County remain self-sufficient

Provides emergency assistance with rent, utilities, food, clothes, bus passes, eye exams and glasses, school supplies and laundry

Offers nursing care, medications and guidance for congregational health programs

Assists with referrals for services not provided in-house

YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region

Serves military families in enlisted ranks with crisis prevention and stress reduction

Provides low cost or no cost memberships and programs for families of deployed military

Offers programs and classes on budgeting, parenting, healthy cooking and wellness

Partner with military morale, welfare and recreation programs

Upcoming Events

To help meet the significant need in our community, the campaign partners with dozens of local businesses and organizations to hold fundraisers for the Fund.


‘Tis the season for treasure hunts!

The treasure hunt for southern Colorado’s Empty Stocking Fund is back for a second year. In 2016, the organization exceeded its goal of raising $1 million and hopes this year it will raise even more. All day, the old Ivy Wild School has been filled with hundreds of...

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