Catholic Charities of Pueblo Extends Reach During Pandemic
Pueblo's Family Resource Center recognized the impact of COVID-19 on families in this community, and found a way to provide basic needs to those in need
In March of 2020, Catholic Charities of the Pueblo Diocese began a community-wide food distribution service to assist families during the COVID-19 pandemic.
As Pueblo’s Family Resource Center, Catholic Charities recognized a greater need for diapers, food, and other basic needs during these unprecedented times.
“The food and supply distributions over the past year have allowed us as an agency the opportunity to further reach out into our community and serve families,” Lindsay Reeves, Director of Early Childhood Programs at Catholic Charities of Pueblo, said. “We have seen such a large impact through this outreach to ensure families have the supports and resources to help their families thrive.”
Staff and volunteers work tirelessly on the first three Wednesdays of every month for more than a year now in providing this service.
“We have also been able to partner alongside so many other agencies in Pueblo and across the state to bring additional resources to our distributions, including milk, blankets, light bulbs, dog and cat food and diapers,” Reeves said.
CCDP, with the help of many volunteers, has aided approximate 11,500 families with more than 350,000 pounds of food, 150,000 diapers and other necessities all while maintaining its routine programs and services.
A New Way to Connect Families to Resources
“The distributions have also allowed us the opportunity to connect with families who haven’t traditionally been involved in Catholic Charities programs to learn about the programs we provide and how they can get involved in the full menu of supports and resources we are able to offer,” Reeves said.
The food and supply distribution takes place at 11 a.m. each Wednesday (except the last Wednesday of every month) at St. Patrick’s Church, 226 Michigan Street, in Pueblo. Ask about CCDP’s programs and other resources that Pueblo’s Family Resource Center offers.