Catholic Charities of Central Colorado, a faith-based organization that offers local services for the needy and homeless, announced it will be expanding at a new location. Beginning Dec. 4, Catholic Charities' Family Connections programs will move from the downtown Marian House to the Helen Hunt Campus in the Hillside neighborhood. Those programs include: the Family Day Center, where families in crisis can drop in and start moving toward stability; the Family Mentor Alliance, which pairs families experiencing homelessness with local congregations and other community partners for support; and Life Support Services, which provides emergency services and ongoing case management to families needing help caring for their young children's needs.
Colorado Springs School District 11 sold the shuttered Helen Hunt Elementary School — two large buildings at 917 E. Moreno Ave. — to the Lane Foundation last year for $1. The Lane Foundation promised to spend $2 million renovating the property, turning it into a campus for nonprofits. It's now called the Helen Hunt Campus, and is also home to other organizations that work with families, healthy living and food access. About the move, Catholic Charities CEO Andy Barton said in a press release, "The opportunity to secure space in the new Helen Hunt Campus came just at the right time. With the expansion of family programs, as well as the rapid growth of the Life Skills and Career Development Center (LSCDC), the Marian House was becoming overcrowded."