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One of our Father Ed’s alumni is working to send her teen daughter on a school trip to Washington DC! This student has worked hard in school, and her whole family has been working hard to raise money for this trip- baking cookies, garage sales, all sorts of things. The trip is being supported through WISE (West Initiative for Scholastic Excellence). During this trip, she will be learning about the government system, the Holocaust, geography, and history. As well as travel skills that are of practical use.

The school says, “Through educational travel, we are able to live our mission n in a way that would otherwise not be possible. Our vision of travel at West Leadership Academy aligns directly with our school vision. Educational travel will embed the tools necessary for students to strive toward global citizenship, understanding how to be caring and socially conscious citizen who respect linguistic and cultural diversity.”

Donations can be made payable to The Denver Foundation with the memo indicating FEJH (this is protecting confidentiality as well as allowing the funds to go directly to our student rather than the entire pool of participants).

The checks should be mailed to:
Carrie A. Olson, WISE
754 South Ivy Street
Denver, Co 80224

Please let us at Father Ed’s know as well if you are able to make a donation- we’d love to be able to pass along the good news to this family!

Happy New Year!

January & February 2016 Wish List

  1. Drying Rack for clothes
  2. Electric Pencil Sharpener
  3. Baby Wipes
  4. 2 Gently Used Area Rugs
  5. 1 Bar Stool that can hold 350lbs
  6. RTD Bus Tickets
  7. Kid Friendly Thermometer
  8. Piano Bench

November 2015 Wish List

Ed’s Top Eight
November2015

1. Tampons and pads
2. Deodorant
3. Gift cards (especially for gas)- $10-$15 increments
4. Pictures/inspirational quotes to hang on the walls
5. Nail/manicure sets (we have lots of teen girls right now!)
6. RTD bus tickets
7. TV/DVD player
8. Pilates/Zumba DVDs- the moms want to exercise together! (Thus the need for a working DVD player…)

*9* Email Theresa at FEJHVolunteers@ccdenver.org for info on holiday volunteer opportunities!

Ed’s Top Eight-

The Top Eight Things We Need Each Month at the Shelter

The support of the community is invaluable to us! Because we are often asked what we need, here is our current wish list (updated monthly.)  Please call us (303) 866-7641 if you would like to donate any of these items and we would be happy to arrange a time to meet you!

July 2015 Wish List

    • Fans- this summer will be hot!
    • Shampoo, conditioner, and body wash
    • Gently-used plus-sized women’s clothing
    • Hair brushes
    • New tupperware, to store our dinner leftovers (plastic, please!)
    • Gas gift cards ($10/$15)
    • Cleaning products for our alumni
    • T-ball set!  (We had so much fun at the Rockies game, that now we need to practice our baseball skills!)
  • Bonus item!  We want to play in the water on the 4th of July!  We’d love a little pool to splash in!

June Wish List

Ed’s Top Eight-

The Top Eight Things We Need Each Month at the Shelter

The support of the community is invaluable to us! Because we are often asked what we need, here is our current wish list (updated monthly.)  Please call us (303) 866-7641 if you would like to donate any of these items and we would be happy to arrange a time to meet you!

June 2015 Wish List

    • Fans- this summer will be hot!
    • Shampoo, conditioner, and body wash
    • Plus-sized women’s clothing
    • Hair brushes
    • New tupperware, to store our dinner leftovers
    • Bathroom shelf (similar to this)
    • Trikes/bikes for younger kids (ages 3-10)
    • T-ball set!  (We had so much fun at the Rockies game, that now we need to practice our baseball skills!)

Also- did you see us in the Denver Catholic Register?  http://denvercatholic.org/rebuilding-families/#.VWzRG9Tna4l

Ten years ago right now, the first families at the Catholic Charities Father Ed Judy House were tucking their kids into bed.

The families were settling into their bunk beds, staying in rooms that still hold the same names that they do today- named after Colorado fourteen-ers, representing the challenge that it is to take the road out of homelessness. The named bedrooms also show that the rooms, and the families who stay there, aren’t just numbers. There is a sense of dignity to staying in the Elbert room, instead of in Room 8. The moms and their children are much, much more than that.

Over 400 families have come through our doors these past 10 years, and over 700 children. These numbers are huge. We’ve also had amazing support from donors and volunteers each and every year- these numbers are huge, too. But we know that at Father Ed’s, the numbers aren’t what we really count. We count on the relationships that we build and foster, the trust that develops that helps families succeed in housing and reach their goals.

We’ve lost touch with those first families who stayed in the Elbert, Colombia, Capital, and Humboldt rooms. But we’ve stayed in touch with many more, both through our alumni program and through less-formal catch-up phone calls and visits. We’ve been blessed to see an amazing amount of success stories, and blessed too, to walk with families through some really tough struggles. We’ve seen families through new births, through GED graduations, through cancer treatment, through new apartments, through moving again, through new jobs, through returned abusers, through new healthy relationships, through baptisms, through middle school, and through bravery that impresses me every day.

So as we celebrate all that has happened over these first ten years, please know that our numbers are great, but YOU are more than the numbers.

  • You are more than a checkmark on our statistics; you are a mom, an alumni, with amazing children and a spirit that impresses us all.
  • You are more than two bottles of shampoo, a case of diapers, or a table and chairs; you are a donor who listens to our needs and responds with a full heart.
  • You are more than a prayer partner; you hold our stories dear to your heart, no matter their weight, and you lift us all up.
  • You are more than a dinner donation; you take the time to shop, chop, plan, and deliver, all with care for our families and their needs.
  • You are more than the hours you spend volunteering with the children here; you remind these social-service-weary families that people care and will look them in the eyes, supporting them beyond the bare minimum of what they need.
  • You are more than a past employee; you dedicated hours of time to really listen to the families here, rarely during regular business hours, and always bringing your best self and best practices to the work here.

Please join us to celebrate YOU, and all that you have done to support the Father Ed Judy House these past ten years. We invite you to join us-

Friday, May 8th, 2015

3:00-6:00 pm

(Speakers begin at 4:00)

There will be an open house, tours from alumni, snacks, and a bounce house.

Let us know if you can make it- 303-866-7641, or FEJHVolunteers@ccdenver.org

Thank YOU, for everything.

April’s Wish List

  1. Car seat with stroller for a baby- due soon!
  2. Baby bath tub
  3. Diaper bag (over-the-shoulder strap)
  4. Gift cards for our summer book club (Qdoba, Noodles, etc.)
  5. Laundry soap for our alumni
  6. Baby monitors
  7. Sidewalk chalk!  Or other outside games
  8. Tickets to a Rockies game!  We are hoping to honor Father Ed, who was a big Rockies fan, for our 10-year anniversary by taking our in-house families to a Rockies game in May.  Please call staff for more info about this!
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