Grand Valley Catholic Outreach began more than 40 years ago
when two Franciscan sisters offered bag lunches to the homeless and hungry from their back door. Recognizing one’s right to food, clothing, and shelter, the valley’s four Catholic parishes – St. Joseph and Immaculate Heart of Mary (Grand Junction), Sacred Heart (Fruita), and St. Ann (Palisade), – with a view to reduce administrative costs, formally established Grand Valley Catholic Outreach in 1988. Today, with the support from interfaith and civic communities, the organization offers resources along with respect, dignity, and hope to those in distress.
Grand Valley Catholic Outreach provides our facilities and services and invites others to join us in service on a non-discriminatory basis with regard to race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, handicap, religious beliefs, familial status, or national origin.
To proclaim the dignity and worth of each person,
respond to human needs,
and strive to show the compassion of Christ.
Support the homeless in their quest for safe and decent housing by offering services at the Day Center and emergency, transitional and permanent housing.
Provide emergency services to individuals and families in need.
Invite participation from all denominations in this quest to support human life.
Feed those who are hungry in our valley.
Letter From the Director
Whenever people hear the name Grand Valley Catholic Outreach, they immediately think of those who serve or receive services as being Roman Catholics. However, Grand Valley Catholic Outreach is “catholic” in its truest sense. “Catholic” means universal and those who volunteer, those who donate, and those who receive the fruits of gifts from others are from many denominations and walks of life. No one is denied the opportunity to request service or to serve.
Thanks to a very generous community—individuals, churches, organizations, foundations,— Catholic Outreach is able to open its doors each day and respond to the gospel imperative: “The gift you have been given; give then as gift”(Matt 10:8).
Thank you for your interest in Catholic Outreach and for joining us in helping meet so many emergency needs experienced by our brothers and sisters in this valley.
Sr. Karen Bland
Sister Karen is a member of the Benedictine Sisters of Chicago
Catholic Outreach is governed by a fifteen-member
board who are elected to serve two 3-year terms.
Gary Snyder – President
Bernie Buescher – Vice President
Fr. Henry Wertin – Secretary
Norma West – Treasurer
Sr. Karen Bland, OSB – ex officio
Fr. James Plough (deceased)