Westside CARES

Westside CARES Providing care and compassion for neighbors in need. Westside CARES programs include 6 food pantries; Free hot meal every Sunday evening in the Parish Hall behind Sacred Heart Church; Financial assistance - rent and utilities; Vouchers for clothing and laundry; Health Care assistance - on-site Penrose/St.
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Francis Faith Community Nurse, referrals, prescription assistance; Seasonal projects - Back Yard Victory Garden Program , Back-to-School Backpacks, Thanksgiving Baskets, Christmas Adopt-A-Family.

Francis Faith Community Nurse, referrals, prescription assistance; Seasonal projects - Back Yard Victory Garden Program , Back-to-School Backpacks, Thanksgiving Baskets, Christmas Adopt-A-Family.

Mission: Westside CARES provides care and compassion to our neighbors in need.

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At Westside CARES, we believe in new year's resolutions. We believe in every-day resolutions. Because each new dawn is a...
01/01/2021
Starting Points & Care Packages

At Westside CARES, we believe in new year's resolutions. We believe in every-day resolutions. Because each new dawn is a new opportunity to move a little differently in the world. Whatever your new year's resolutions might be, may we suggest adding self-compassion and deep self-care to the list? And, if you really want to dive into these ideas, here's a tool we love from our friends at The On Being Project :

Thoughtfully curated collections of audio, essays, and poetry from The On Being Project’s deep archive. Revisit old favorites and find new ones.

A *partial* listing of our gratitude for this year, on this New Year's Eve. We love you all. #blessed  #BelovedCommunity
12/31/2020

A *partial* listing of our gratitude for this year, on this New Year's Eve. We love you all. #blessed #BelovedCommunity

12/31/2020

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We will be closed today, December 31, in observance of New Year's Eve. We thank you for your trust this year, and look f...
12/31/2020

We will be closed today, December 31, in observance of New Year's Eve. We thank you for your trust this year, and look forward to bright beginnings in 2021!

A Westside CARES Thank You moment, from C.Learn more about our impact and how you can make a difference at http://indygi...
12/30/2020

A Westside CARES Thank You moment, from C.
Learn more about our impact and how you can make a difference at http://indygive.com/wc
#belovedcommunity #westsidecares #loveyourneighbor #gratitude

The Westside Community Center is closed today, December 30, and our pantry will unfortunately be closed as well. On beha...
12/30/2020

The Westside Community Center is closed today, December 30, and our pantry will unfortunately be closed as well. On behalf of all the volunteers who make this pantry run smoothly, we thank you for your trust in us and look forward to seeing you in the new year!
If you need food tomorrow, December 31, please visit the Sacred Heart Pantry at 2030 W Colorado Avenue between 10am-12pm!

12/27/2020
U.S. poverty jumps the most in 60 years

"While the nation's headline unemployment rate has fallen to 6.7%, poverty has steadily risen over this period. One explanation is that although fewer Americans are jobless, the official rate of unemployment doesn't capture the millions of workers who've given up looking for a job altogether. Other workers may be employed full time, but have had their hours cut and earn incomes that put them below the poverty line."

Nearly 8 million Americans fell into poverty between June and November, a new analysis shows.

12/25/2020

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This hopeful piece creates more questions than it answers. If a robust, overpriced housing market will speed economic re...
12/24/2020
Pandemic Housing Shifts Will Speed Recovery in 2021

This hopeful piece creates more questions than it answers. If a robust, overpriced housing market will speed economic recovery, we wonder for whom? and at what cost?

A slumping home market dragged out a rebound from the 2008 recession; this time the industry will help, not hinder, the economy.

We regret that we are closed today, December 24. We know this Christmas Eve holiday will be unlike any before or after i...
12/24/2020

We regret that we are closed today, December 24.
We know this Christmas Eve holiday will be unlike any before or after it. No matter where you are, we wish you warmth and health and belonging - today and every day. We look forward to seeing you next week!

A Westside CARES Thank You moment, from J.Learn more about our impact and how you can make a difference at http://indygi...
12/23/2020

A Westside CARES Thank You moment, from J.
Learn more about our impact and how you can make a difference at http://indygive.com/wc
#belovedcommunity #westsidecares #loveyourneighbor #gratitude

12/23/2020

One of the things that makes Westside CARES special is the personal relationships we have with our neighbors - we get to know them deeply so we can better support their hopes and dreams - and they know us too. We believe that relationship is transformational - and we know YOUR support is the foundation of that. Thank you for supporting us in the ways you do, and if you're in a position to support our work during this holiday season, we invite you to join our community in that way. https://indygive.com/nonprofit/westside-cares/

12/22/2020

Birthday shenanigans!!

According to this study, and everything we've seen so far, economic recovery will be a long haul for many Coloradans.
12/22/2020
Colorado may not recover jobs lost this year until 2023, CU forecasters predict

According to this study, and everything we've seen so far, economic recovery will be a long haul for many Coloradans.

Colorado is on track to lose nearly 149,000 jobs in 2020, and digging out of that that pandemic-induced hole will take a couple of years, even with the promising vaccines rolling out in the coming …

"The ultimate goal of the fund is to establish 1,800 homes with support services over the next 10 years, create 500 to 6...
12/21/2020
Here's How Officials Want To Use Denver's New Homelessness Resolution Fund

"The ultimate goal of the fund is to establish 1,800 homes with support services over the next 10 years, create 500 to 600 new units of shelter, housing or catalytic projects, regrow lost homeless shelter space, and continue expanding support services for people experiencing homelessness."

Public input on plan accepted until Dec. 21.

"America’s mom-and-pop landlords, along with their tenants, have been dangling by a thread for nine months. Now, with Co...
12/20/2020
As pandemic lifelines expire, Americans in housing free fall

"America’s mom-and-pop landlords, along with their tenants, have been dangling by a thread for nine months. Now, with Congress still deadlocked over the contours of a second pandemic stimulus package, they are entering a new housing abyss, a perilous period of pandemic limbo as the last of the safety nets are set to expire."

Clarence Hamer doesn’t expect to hang on to his house much longer.

12/19/2020
Joe Johnson Music

Westside CARES is so grateful to the talented Joe Johnson of Joe Johnson Music (and all the beautiful co-creators) who put together this sweet Holiday Hootenany to benefit our neighbors in need. If you need a little sweetness this holiday season, we highly recommend putting this concert on repeat.

Don’t miss this show tonight at 7:00pm Mountain time! It’s a star studded, nationwide live stream affair featuring guest performances by Cary Hudson, Grant Sabin and the Juke Joint Highball, Duane Mark, and Jacob Klock... as well as a rock and roll closing number with my son Bradyn Johnson on drums. It’s gonna be a good way to end the year.

Tips from tonight’s show will be donated to Westside Cares of Colorado Springs, so you get the bonus feeling of helping someone in need!

According to this study, "3 in 4 educators (76%) reported housing-related challenges are somewhat common or very common ...
12/18/2020
Educator Survey: K-12 Students Face Housing Challenges | Enterprise Community Partners

According to this study, "3 in 4 educators (76%) reported housing-related challenges are somewhat common or very common among their students. At the same time, more than 1 in 3 educators (38%) indicate they do not know how to connect students experiencing housing challenges with necessary supports, including housing, academic assistance, mental health services and others." Yikes.

Current economic, educational and societal factors prompted Enterprise Community Partners and The NHP Foundation survey of educators on the connection between housing stability and educational outcomes

12/17/2020

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Today, Westside CARES is so grateful for the Front Porch Giving Circle, whose members bless us with incredible generosit...
12/17/2020

Today, Westside CARES is so grateful for the Front Porch Giving Circle, whose members bless us with incredible generosity - including these much-needed items for our food pantries!

Yesterday, we served over 90 families and 250+ people at our two pantries... and we were able to do that because of our ...
12/17/2020

Yesterday, we served over 90 families and 250+ people at our two pantries... and we were able to do that because of our community's incredible support, in the form of hard-to-find items! Thank you all!!

A Westside CARES Thank You moment, from T.Learn more about our impact and how you can make a difference at http://indygi...
12/16/2020

A Westside CARES Thank You moment, from T.
Learn more about our impact and how you can make a difference at http://indygive.com/wc
#belovedcommunity #westsidecares #loveyourneighbor #gratitude

We thank our friends at @FOX21 News for this beautiful piece about what our community's support makes possible for, well...
12/16/2020
Give! 2020: A tough year for some, means a busy year at Westside Cares

We thank our friends at @FOX21 News for this beautiful piece about what our community's support makes possible for, well, our community:

COLORADO SPRINGS — In the years since Westside Cares began in the 1980s, the need for the help the organization provides has grown then gone away, depending on the bad times and the return of…

We may have shared this before, but it's worth sharing again. Makes us so proud of our Sacred Heart Parish, Colorado Spr...
12/15/2020
Food Pantries Face New Challenges As They Respond To Unprecedented Demand During The Pandemic

We may have shared this before, but it's worth sharing again. Makes us so proud of our Sacred Heart Parish, Colorado Springs, Trinity United Methodist, Stratmoor Hills, and Church in the Wildwood, United Church of Christ , and Westside Community Center pantries and the people and faith communities that keep the latter running: Grace Lutheran Church of Colorado Springs; Gateway Presbyterian Church; and Christ the King Lutheran Church. Plus all the community members who help to keep this pantry - and all our pantries, stocked.

Business at Jewish Family Service’s Weinberg Food Pantry has quadrupled from 40 households per day to 160 per day during the pandemic.

Westside CARES served 280 households at our Westside Community Center Pantry in November - and over 20% of those househo...
12/13/2020
Millions of Hungry Americans Turn to Food Banks for 1st Time

Westside CARES served 280 households at our Westside Community Center Pantry in November - and over 20% of those households were visiting our pantry for the first time. This is real:

As a year marked by coronavirus nears an end, millions of Americans are depending on food banks to stave off hunger.

Make no mistake - recovery will not only be uneven internationally, but within our own states. Those with the least to l...
12/12/2020
Rosy Vaccine Outlook Brightens World Economic Forecast, But Recovery May Be Uneven

Make no mistake - recovery will not only be uneven internationally, but within our own states. Those with the least to lose in this pandemic have lost the most and it is our responsibility at Westside CARES and as citizens to remember them and support them over the long haul.

China is predicted to account for more than a third of global economic growth next year, while the U.S. and European countries will lag behind, according to the OECD.

12/11/2020

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2808 W Colorado Ave
Colorado Springs, CO
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To access services, neighbors must live within the following physical boundary area: West of Interstate 25 to the Teller County Line (includes Green Mountain Falls); South of the Air Force Academy and North of Ft. Carson.

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My prayer for the new year for you is that God continues to rain blessings down on you so you may continue to bless others
Happy Eats Pasta Truck at Westside CARES today to feed those in need! Courtesy of Westside CARES! It was a great turnout!!
I belong to a local embroidery group in town that has been collecting empty medicine bottles, (with the label peeled off) and donating them to EMS who filled with shampoo and stuff for their clients. EMS has closed it's doors so was wondering if you can you use these bottles for something?
THANK YOU! from Wildwood Food Pantry To our wonderful community, Westside Cares, The Church of the Lord of Glory - Manna, Crossfire Ministries and our awesome volunteers as we continue to support Neighbors helping Neighbors in our mission that no one should go hungry! ❤️
Are you taking donations this monday? Memorial day?
THANK YOU! from Wildwood Food Pantry To our wonderful community, Westside Cares, The Church of the Lord of Glory - Manna, Crossfire Ministries and our awesome volunteers as we continue to support Neighbors helping Neighbors in our mission that no one should go hungry! ❤️
Well, this is a start! Although it's not specifically for the homeless, it's aimed at people on the fringe of homelessness
Thank you for ure services and this badge of honor ! God bless you ! 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻
God bless you and thank you for all u do for our community ! 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻
Such an amazing place. I love all that they do for this community. Kind hearted people offering so much!