Catholic Charities of Central Colorado received a $70,000 grant from the Colorado Department of Health and Human Services that will help the nonprofit expand services to families in a 10-county region of Colorado.

“We are one of 10 in the state to receive the money for family services,” said Rochelle Schlortt, spokeswoman for Catholic Charities. “We have more than 25 programs that address the needs of families — not just homeless families, but families across the board. Those in poverty, those who need additional help. We offer financial literacy classes, counseling. The grant will allow us to beef up our programs across the board.”

Catholic Charities saw 45,000 family-member visits in the past 12 months, Schlortt said. The visits include eating at the Marian House or teaching reading to kids, she said.

For instance, Schlortt said Catholic Charities recently expanded to Douglas County, and is providing English-as-a-Second-Language classes to people there.

“We have programs to help families in poverty,” she said. “But we do a lot more than that through the Family Resource Center model.”

Through the new grant, Catholic Charities of Central Colorado can enhance and increase the coordinated family case management currently offered at its community based center, part of the Family Resource Center program established in 1993 by the General Assembly.

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