SafeCare Colorado provides weekly home visits with direct skill training and resources for parents. Families with children 0-5 years of age receive support managing child behavior, visit keeping their home free of safety hazards, visit web and taking care of their child’s basic health care needs. This program is evidence-based and participation is voluntary. SafeCare serves families living in Pueblo, case Custer, Huerfano, and Las Animas Counties. To learn more information about this program, please call 719-543-7739 ext. 114.
Family-centered parenting courses to build positive parent-child relationships. Provides families with children of all ages the skills and resources to incorporate positive experiences in daily family life and builds strong character, a sense of self-worth and a nurturing home environment for both the children and the parents. The program classes are available in the Tuesday and Thursday evening and on Saturday. Parents and children attend together and receive free meals and childcare. Class options include Nurturing Parenting for families with children 0-12 years of age, Nurturing Fathers, Circle of Parents in Recovery, Parents and Teens, Teen Parents, Nurturing Teens, Co-Parenting for families facing separation or divorce and parents who are incarcerated. Serving Pueblo, Crowley and Huerfano Counties. Classes available in Spanish. For class schedules or information call 719-586-8634 or visit www.nurturingparenting.com
Catholic Charities offers a parenting class that provides practical tools and techniques that help adults achieve respectful, healthy relationships with their children. The authors of “Parenting the Love and Logic Way® (Charles Fay, PhD. and Foster Cline, M.D.) state that Love and Logic is a way for parents to take control of the home, while at the same time teaching kids to be responsible, think for themselves and be prepared for the real world. Class participants (including parents, grandparents, foster parents and educators) learn many parenting skills in the class through the use of education, interactive discussion, videos, assignments and role-modeling. For class schedule or more information call 719-543-7739 ext. 114.
Provides assistance for individuals or families on immigration processes. A certified counselor advocates for families through services and education on Immigration Reform. 586-8621
Provides direct assistance to improve housing stability and prevent homelessness through rent/mortgage and utility assistance. We strive to Increase self-reliance through financial education, care coordination, and advocacy. These combined efforts reduce home foreclosure, rental eviction and utility disconnection and prevents economic losses and disruptions of lives associated with these actions. Services are available in the English and Spanish languages. Call 719-544-4233 for more information on that following services:
An accident, unexpected medical or auto repair bill, job loss, or death of a loved one can cause personal disaster in a person’s life and make it impossible to pay for basic needs, forcing a family to choose between paying routine bills like rent and utilities – or buying life’s basic necessities, like food and life-saving medication.
Our program provides assistance to families and individuals to pay their housing or utility bills to mitigate the circumstances of those experiencing a state of emergency. Catholic Charities is one of the few agencies that can help. Many of our clients are weeks – even days – away from eviction. Fortunately, with just a little help, they can get back on track.
By helping families pay their utility, rent or mortgage bills, we are essentially preventing homelessness. Our brief and relatively small assistance is often all they need to regain stability. Each month, we receive hundreds of phone calls from families seeking help. Though we receive grants and donations, the need out weight the resources and many are turned away; with more resources we will turn away fewer families.
Catholic Charities has been providing this service since 1957. Provides financial management for Social Security and SSI beneficiaries who need assistance to manage their benefits. A budget is developed for the client and Catholic Charities manages the monthly responsibility for bill paying to ensure all are paid. After the bills are paid, weekly checks for the remainder of the month’s income is dispensed back to the client for personal expenses. This reduces the chance of eviction or utility disconnections or clients becoming victims of crime. This service is vital to keeping clients experiencing disabilities living independently in the community.
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) (This is under Health & Wellness)
Assistance is provided for completing Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) enrollment or recertification. SNAP is food assistance that helps low-income people buy the food they need for good health. SNAP benefits are not cash. SNAP benefits are provided on an electronic card that is used like and ATM or bank card to buy food at most grocery stores.
A Housing and Urban Development (HUD) certified counselor is available to assist with budgeting, homebuyer education classes to learn about intricacies of mortgages, down payments, taxes, insurance and the host of their issues involved in purchasing a home. For Current homeowners, we can help with mortgage modification, mortgage forbearance and delinquency or foreclosure education and mitigation negotiations.
Individualized counseling sessions with an experienced financial counselor is available. We work with our clients to determine realistic goals and create a personalized plan of action to create healthy financial habits. We provide support, education, and encouragement to help clients achieve personal financial goals.
DollarWorks 2 Budgeting Class
Trained and certified personal financial educators teach this class. Basic economic concepts to strengthen people’s skills in managing their personal finances and making sound decisions with money are taught. People understand and use money within the context of their culture and life experiences. While there is no “right” or “wrong” way to handle money, some ways of managing money and expenses are more likely to increase financial control and independence. In this class, participants learn how to make changes in managing their personal finances.
Provides family support, advocacy and resource development, to strengthen families. Utilizing the Standards of Quality, families receive the knowledge and resource tools to become self-reliant. 586-8629
The Alliance to Combat Human Trafficking – Pueblo (ACHT-Pueblo) was formed in November of 2013 in response to a Catholic Charities USA report released in September of 2013 on human trafficking, recommitting its efforts to offer employment services, family counseling, and legal advocacy to trafficking victims. The report indicated that In 2012, twenty-nine Catholic Charity agencies throughout the country reported services to 239 victims of sex, labor, drug, and organ trafficking. The report calls for collaboration with local service providers to confront the issue and improve the quality of services provided to those affected by human trafficking.
The YWCA and seven other local service agencies were the initial founders of ACHT-Pueblo, now composed of various non-profit social service and health care providers, law enforcement representatives, and prosecutorial organizations who are working to create a network of support for survivors in the community.
The mission of ACHT-Pueblo is: 1) Raise public awareness of theHuman Trafficking issues;
2) Encourage networking and partnerships with social service and medical providers, educators, prosecution, and law-enforcement.
ACHT-Pueblo sponsors many awareness meetings throughout the year including panel discussions, conferences, documentary viewings, and more. The organization is also available to conduct group presentations about the issue of human trafficking.
Office number 719-281-3056
To report a case of human trafficking or get help, contact these confidential hotlines
National hotline 1-888-373-7888
Colorado hotline 1-866-455-5075
Txt number 233733 (Text “HELP” or “INFO”)
Great story from koaa.com!
Pueblo business leaders promote reading to kids
By Lena Howland
A new campaign that encourages parents to read to their children was unveiled in Pueblo Wednesday.
The campaign, cheap led by Executives Partnering to Invest in Children, is called “15 minutes. Every child. Every parent. Every day.” The organization’s goal is to spread the word about the importance of reading to kids from birth.
Dozens of business, community, and school district leaders came together for the EPIC Spring Summit where the new campaign was announced.
Organizers said it’s important to equip kids with necessary tools and skills before starting kindergarten.
“We want parents to understand that reading to your child everyday is just as important as brushing your teeth,” EPIC chairman Burnie Zercher said. “It’s part of a successful future for the child.”
The nationwide 15-minute campaign is sponsored by ReadAloud.org.