How this wonderful program works: Westside CARES works directly with the school counselors of 16 west-side elementary schools. Each counselor is invited to submit families who have been identified and recommended as being in need of assistance this Christmas. The counselors fill out a family information form on each family, listing the names of the parents and children in the household. This form is then returned to Westside CARES. Please note: it is not unusual for these families to have extended family living with them--our program is designed to help and support them as well. They are also asked to list the gender an ages of each child and the address and phone number of each family. Sometimes the counselors will alert us to special circumstances- such as terminal illness, language barriers, etc. 

Once Westside CARES receives the paperwork, a team of volunteers contacts each family to make sure they understand and are comfortable participating in the program and to verify information listed on the sheet. They also alert the family in need to the fact that they will be contacted directly by their adopter. At that point, Westside CARES staff will review the list of interested adopters and match a family (or two or three depending on the request) with each of them. Westside CARES staff will then contact the adopter and share the family information. 

Adopter Responsibilities:

  • As the adopter, you are responsible for contacting the family in need and discussing with the parent the needs of the family/children. Please make sure to introduce yourself and that you are affiliated with the Westside CARES Adopt-A-Family Program. 

  • It is also your responsibility to coordinate a time to drop off the gifts to the family. Please be sensitive to the privacy of the families and the fact that it may be difficult for them to be receiving assistance. Sometimes families may not be as appreciative as we would like. Please give with an open mind, an open heart, and for the sheer pleasure of touching another's life. 

If you are interested in participating in this program, please contact Lee Jeffers at 719-964-1909

Homebound Ministry Updates:

*The Bishop has started an initiative to address getting Communion to those who are in nursing homes and assisted living facilities throughout the diocese. We are pleased to report we have a large number of Catholics that our ministry serves in this area. 

*Home Care Assistance presented at our Ministry retreat, and they have offered ONE free session of Cognitive Therapeutics for a parishioner that we serve through out Ministry. This session will comprise of exercises to improve the brain, which can be affected by cognitive aging. 

*We ordered some Divine Mercy booklets as a request for some parishioners to follow along. If you have people interested, we have them at the Parish Office.



Social  Concerns Outreach

Did  you know that anyone from our parish can volunteer? Just send an email to  Social Concerns Outreach Chairperson, JoAnn Ward at jdward1937@msn.com   to  receive a list of volunteer opportunities and contactsOur ongoing projects are:

Adopt-a-Family:  To  assist those in financial need at Christmas by helping whole families attain  gifts, food and clothing.  Contact:  Melissa at mhodston@gmail.com

Catholic  Relief Services (CRS) Operation Rice Bowl:  Each  year, during Lent, our parish participates in Operation Rice Bowl, that calls  us to pray with our families and faith communities; fast in solidarity with  those who hunger; learn more about our global community and the challenges of  poverty overseas; and give sacrificial contributions to those in need.  Contact: Carol Beckman, 527-1384.

Catholic Relief Services (CRS) Work of Human Hands Catalog  SalesProvides a market for farmers and artisans living in needy areas around  the world, where they receive a fair price for their products so that they can  support themselves and their families.   Order products anytime at www.serrv.org.  Contact: Carol Beckman, 527-1384 .

Food Pantry: Collects food each week for  Sacred Heart Lord’s Supper, B Street and/or Silver Key Food Pantries and holds a  big Food Drive in November.   (Donations  are accepted in the shopping cart located in the church vestibule.)  Contact: JoAnn Ward 475-7146 or jdward1937@msn.com

Fostering  Hope: A  group that partners with churches to assist foster parents with their  responsibilities regarding children in their care.  Contact: Fran at fgleason101@msn.com

Funeral Meals:  Provides  a meal or reception after a funeral held at St. Paul’s.   Coordinator/s Needed.  Please contact JoAnn Ward at (719)475-7146.

Giving Tree: Giving Tree has tags for seniors  that are homebound and children from a neighboring school that are in financial  need. Seniors Contact:  Alice Musch at (301) 481-9677 or alice.musch@gmail.com  ; Youth Contact:  Carol Burkard at  219-2716

Homebound Ministry:  The Homebound Ministry visits people  in health care facilities or private homes within the parish boundaries to  bring Holy Communion and helps arrange a monthly Mass, Confessions and/or  Anointing of the Sick.   For information contact: Alice Musch at (301) 481-9677 or alice.musch@gmail.com 

Meals Ministry This ministry provides meal to  families or individuals during times of crisis. Contact: Fran at fgleason101@msn.com

Respect  Life/Life Support Center:  Collects items such as diapers,  food, blankets and other things to meet the primary needs of families for the  Life Support Center, Catholic Charities of Central Colorado. Provides information  regarding respect life issues. (Donations are accepted in the playpen located  on the east side of the church vestibule.)   Contact: Bernadette Johnston at 576-1140 or johnstonbernadette63@gmail.com

Soup Kitchen:  The Marian  House Soup Kitchen, Catholic Charities of Central Colorado, feeds between 450  and 700 people a hot nutritious lunch each day.   St. Paul’s is responsible for providing volunteers between 7:00 a.m. and  1:30 p.m. on the 1st, 3rd, and 4th Thursdays there are 5  in the month.  Contact: Nancy Daly at 635-7087  or nsjdaly@msn.com

Westside  CARES:  An agency where St. Paul Parish  joins neighboring churches to assist those in financial need.  Contact Melissa Hodsdon at (719) 536-9770 or mhodsdon@gmail.com