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Catholic Charities receives $1.8 million for flood relief

Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Denver, one of the primary early responders to the state’s Front Range flooding this fall, has been named recipient of a $1.8 million grant from Catholic Charities USA to support ongoing relief and recovery efforts.

Last September a series of massive storms devastated portions of northern Colorado with flooding and mudslides damaging or destroying nearly 20,000 homes. Twenty-four counties in Colorado—more than 4,500 square miles—were impacted, with Boulder, Larimer and Weld counties experiencing the greatest damage.

“We are grateful for the opportunity to expand our program capabilities in an ongoing effort to assist victims in regaining and sustaining their physical, social, economic and spiritual well-being,” said Larry Smith, president and CEO of Denver’s Catholic Charities.

Even with the grant, he noted, the need is still great to support their three-year flood relief program, along with Charities’ other ministries.

“While this $1.8 million grant is great news,” he said. “Catholic Charities still faces a shortfall.”

The agency seeks to raise an additional $1 million to fund all 30-plus ministries by the end of the year. For more information or to donate visit www.ccdenver.org or call 303-742-0828.


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