2:28 pm - Tuesday November 21, 2017

Catholic Charities of Central Colorado Receives Expedited Reaccreditation from the Council on Accreditation

Catholic Charities of Central Colorado has received reaccreditation by the Council on Accreditation
(COA). In addition, Catholic Charities was expedited through the Pre-Commission Review Report
(PCR) process as a result of not receiving any out of compliance ratings in any of the fundamental
practice standards. To receive 1’s and 2’s across the board and be expedited is extremely rare. “The
process has been intensive and thorough, but we are very proud that it is now complete and
accreditation has been continued for our agency,” said Mark Rohlena, President and CEO of
Catholic Charities.
COA’s commitment to maintaining the highest level of standards and quality improvement is
designed to identify providers that have set high performance standards for themselves and have
made a commitment to their constituents to deliver the highest quality services. “While the process
of maintaining COA standards is rigorous, it is well worth the effort in terms of maintaining
standards of excellence and ensuring continued improvement. The benefit to both staff and clients
is evident,” said Rohlena.
In the case of Catholic Charities, COA reviewed and reaccredited the entire organization, not just
specific programs, so volunteers, staff, donors, and clients have the confidence in the credibility,
integrity and achievement of the entire organization. Catholic Charities of Central Colorado is
the only organization in Colorado Springs which has agency-wide accreditation under the
comprehensive 8th Edition Private Standards. Two other Colorado Springs agencies are
accredited under COA’s more limited After School Program standards.
The reaccreditation process consists of multiple steps: application, intake, self-study, site visit, precommission
review, accreditation commission, and final accreditation report. Along the way, the
commission identifies areas of concern/improvement. The agencies then address these concerns
with new processes/procedures and re-submit to the commission. Once the agency is in full
compliance, accreditation is issued. The process usually takes a minimum of 18 months to complete.
Catholic Charities received its original accreditation in February 1997, and agencies that go
through the accreditation process must be reaccredited every four years.

Catholic Charities of Central Colorado is a non-profit organization serving people in need. Catholic
Charities provides compassionate, competent and professional services that strengthen and support
individuals, families and communities based on the value and dignity of human life.
Catholic Charities provides numerous services within a 10-county area for the working poor,
homeless, low-income and vulnerable populations.
 Marian House Soup Kitchen provides a hot, nutritious meal to more than 600 people most
days, 365 days a year
 Marian House Community Outreach Services distributes food, household items,
clothing, etc. and provides information, referrals and case management to those who can’t
come to the Marian House due to issues such as transportation, child care or disability.
 Marian House Client Services meets emergency needs through case management and
provides services for employment, financial education, parenting education, nutrition
education, medical care, clothing closet and emergency supplies & services, and health &
hygiene services.
 Marian House Life Support Services provides case management services, distributes
baby food, formula, diapers, children’s and maternity clothes, new toys, and some furniture
to children and families in need. The average family income of our clients is $7,400 per year.
 Life Connections provides counseling services for families, couples, and individuals,
adoption services, pregnancy support services such as pregnancy and relinquishment
counseling, parent & childbirth education, cradle foster care, RealCare© program, Project
Rachel, as well as ongoing support for adoptive and birth families.
 English language and cultural literacy education for adults and children are available
through our Family Immigration Services. Naturalization and Immigration services are
also offered to help immigrants achieve legal residency, green cards, and citizenship status.
 Parish Social Ministries provides support for parishes, and is responsible for Catholic
Campaign for Human Development, Catholic Relief Services, and networking with the
Colorado Catholic Conference.
For more information, please contact:
Catholic Charities of Central Colorado
228 North Cascade Ave.
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Phone: (719) 636-2345
Fax: (719) 636-1216



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