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.


Open Doors

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 striving to show the compassion of Christ.

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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.

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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 CatholicOutreach 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

Our Board

Catholic Outreach is governed by a fifteen-member

board who are elected to serve two 3-year terms.

Anthony Prinster – Chair

Gary Snyder – Vice Chair

Jean Seawell– Secretary

Norma West – Treasurer

Fr. Carlos Alvarez

Fr. Samuel Auta

Lisa Bickley

Sr. Karen Bland, OSB – ex officio

Jody Briner

Bernie Buescher

David Edwards

Julie Elliott

Cindy Enos-Martinez

Deacon Luke Konantz

Fr. Chrysogonus Nwele

Paige Storheim

Honorary Members

Bob Garcia

Fr. James Plough

Carolyn Prinster