Marian House Soup Kitchen

Marian House Soup Kitchen

Caption + Volunteer William Osterfoss mops the floor in the basement of the Catholic Charties Marian House Soup Kitchen Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017, after volunteers had to empty five walk-in refrigerators after the homeless kitchen was out of power for 24 hours because of Monday’s wind storm. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock) The Marian House soup kitchen lost at least $5,000 worth of food after a 24-hour power outage caused by strong, violent winds Monday, said Rochelle Schlortt, a spokeswoman for Catholic Charities of Central Colorado, which operates the facility. The power came back on about 10 a.m. Tuesday, but the damage was done. Marian House employees and volunteers spent much of Monday cleaning out five large refrigerators full of food, filling up all the Dumpsters at the facility and transporting frozen foods still considered usable to a food storage facility. Most of the foods thrown out were dairy products and produce. Related: Colorado Springs Utilities workers go full bore on storm repairs Tuesday as winds lighten A pig farmer picked up some of the spoiled food to feed his pigs. “A lot of people were doing a lot of things to get us back to normal,” Schlortt said. The work is not finished, however. Employees and volunteers are working to restore refrigerators and freezers so food can be placed in them again, while they continue to serve meals. On Tuesday, the soup kitchen handed out 500 sack lunches of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, fresh fruit and bottled waters. The same amount of lunches will be given out Wednesday. Schlortt said the facility hopes to serve hot meals again Thursday. The soup kitchen serves about 600 people a day. Schlortt said the morale of the people who work at the facility is hopeful. “At the Marian House, we pride ourselves on never missing a day of service,” she added. The soup kitchen is seeking cash donations as employees and volunteers work to clean up the damage completed by the power outage, Schlortt said. Anyone interested in making a contribution is asked to call Sarah Tremmel, the chief development officer for Catholic Charities, at 719-238-3258 or STremmel@CCharitiesCC.org.
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Marian House Soup Kitchen

Walter Montoya claps during the first half of the Super Bowl at the Marian House Soup Kitchen on Sunday, February 1, 2015. This is the first year that Montoya has been homeless during the Super Bowl. (JERILEE BENNETT/THE GAZETTE) On one day a year, the homeless of El Paso County can bask for hours in the warmth and endless food helpings at the Marian House Soup Kitchen in Colorado Springs. But that magical day isn’t Christmas or New Year’s – it’s Super Bowl Sunday, when volunteers from the Holy Apostles Catholic Church serve pork chops and pizza to more than 200 people seeking shelter from the cold and a chance to watch the biggest football game of the year. “They get five hours to forget about living on the street,” said Paul Wacker, who works for the church after spending two years on the streets. The Marian House can serve hundreds of people a day, and typically has an “eat and leave” policy that allow guests to stay for 30 minutes to keep the food lines moving. The chance to watch the Super Bowl at the soup kitchen, at 14 West Bijou St., was Wacker’s brainchild and for 12 years has been a wildly popular, he said.Sunday’s game between the New England Patriots and the Seattle Seahawks was no exception – within an hour and half, hundreds of people had claimed all the servings of the main pork chop meal.The volunteers started serving donated pizza instead, and kept several bins full of ice and soda. The soup kitchen’s parking lot was full with more than a few cars packed to the brim with personal belongings – in one, a yellow cat sat waiting on the dashboard.The promise of more food at halftime kept Walter Montoya on his seat in the front row watching the game on a large projector screen. “They just gave us ice cream and apple pie,” said Montoya, who would return to his tent in a southeastern Colorado Springs field at the end of the night. “The guy just said they are going to have more at halftime, so I thought I’d stay.”Montoya has called a tent home since Christmas, and although he just found work, a few weeks being unemployed brought him to the Marian House each day for a meal and warmth, he said. He has never been homeless before and was grateful for the chance to watch the game.”Some people look down on the homeless,” he said, looking at the packed room behind him. “I’ll never do that again.”A native of Colorado Springs, Montoya is a Broncos fan, but he rooted for the Patriots – who won, 28-24 – on Sunday night.”Because Seattle beat up my Broncos last year, real bad,” he joked.
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Marian House Soup Kitchen

The power came back on about 10 a.m. Tuesday, but the damage was done. Marian House employees and volunteers spent much of Monday cleaning out five large refrigerators full of food, filling up all the Dumpsters at the facility and transporting frozen foods still considered usable to a food storage facility. Most of the foods thrown out were dairy products and produce. Related: Colorado Springs Utilities workers go full bore on storm repairs Tuesday as winds lighten A pig farmer picked up some of the spoiled food to feed his pigs. “A lot of people were doing a lot of things to get us back to normal,” Schlortt said. The work is not finished, however. Employees and volunteers are working to restore refrigerators and freezers so food can be placed in them again, while they continue to serve meals. On Tuesday, the soup kitchen handed out 500 sack lunches of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, fresh fruit and bottled waters. The same amount of lunches will be given out Wednesday. Schlortt said the facility hopes to serve hot meals again Thursday. The soup kitchen serves about 600 people a day. Schlortt said the morale of the people who work at the facility is hopeful. “At the Marian House, we pride ourselves on never missing a day of service,” she added. The soup kitchen is seeking cash donations as employees and volunteers work to clean up the damage completed by the power outage, Schlortt said. Anyone interested in making a contribution is asked to call Sarah Tremmel, the chief development officer for Catholic Charities, at 719-238-3258 or STremmel@CCharitiesCC.org.
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But that magical day isn’t Christmas or New Year’s – it’s Super Bowl Sunday, when volunteers from the Holy Apostles Catholic Church serve pork chops and pizza to more than 200 people seeking shelter from the cold and a chance to watch the biggest football game of the year. “They get five hours to forget about living on the street,” said Paul Wacker, who works for the church after spending two years on the streets. The Marian House can serve hundreds of people a day, and typically has an “eat and leave” policy that allow guests to stay for 30 minutes to keep the food lines moving. The chance to watch the Super Bowl at the soup kitchen, at 14 West Bijou St., was Wacker’s brainchild and for 12 years has been a wildly popular, he said.Sunday’s game between the New England Patriots and the Seattle Seahawks was no exception – within an hour and half, hundreds of people had claimed all the servings of the main pork chop meal.The volunteers started serving donated pizza instead, and kept several bins full of ice and soda. The soup kitchen’s parking lot was full with more than a few cars packed to the brim with personal belongings – in one, a yellow cat sat waiting on the dashboard.The promise of more food at halftime kept Walter Montoya on his seat in the front row watching the game on a large projector screen. “They just gave us ice cream and apple pie,” said Montoya, who would return to his tent in a southeastern Colorado Springs field at the end of the night. “The guy just said they are going to have more at halftime, so I thought I’d stay.”Montoya has called a tent home since Christmas, and although he just found work, a few weeks being unemployed brought him to the Marian House each day for a meal and warmth, he said. He has never been homeless before and was grateful for the chance to watch the game.”Some people look down on the homeless,” he said, looking at the packed room behind him. “I’ll never do that again.”A native of Colorado Springs, Montoya is a Broncos fan, but he rooted for the Patriots – who won, 28-24 – on Sunday night.”Because Seattle beat up my Broncos last year, real bad,” he joked.
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Mission Statement To enchance the value and dignity of human life, the mission of Catholic Charities of Colorado Springs is to provide services to people in need, to advocate for justice in social structures, and to call the entire church and other people of good will to do the same. Description Catholic Charities provides services to people in need through 4 main programs as follows:1. Marian House Soup Kitchen-provides a hot,nutritious meal 7 days a week, 365 days a year to anyone who needs it.2.Marian House Poverty Reduction Services-provides material goods, support, information, referrals and case management. Also delivers needed items to people who cannot otherwise access service in the community and accepts and pick ups donated items.3. Family Immigration Services-provides services to the immigrant popultaion to help them better integrate into the community; such as, English as a Second Language classes, workshops, socialization. Also provides Immigration and Naturalization services.4. Life Connections-a licensed and accredited child placement agency, prepares adoptive families to nuture and parent children in need of a stable family home. Provides pregnancy counseling, adoption services, pre-natal nurturing education, post abortion support, relinquishment counseling of parental rights.