In the beginning
On April 6, 1944, Catholic Social Services (CSS) was established with a focus on placing children for adoption. The agency also had some limited family counseling services. Following the end of World War II, assistance to returning veterans became a priority.
As the decades progressed, CSS added more programs, including marriage and personal counseling, assistance for unmarried parents, and money management services.
Time of growth and change
In 2000, the agency changed its name to Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Pueblo, Inc. (CCDP) to reflect that the organization was part of the larger Catholic Charities USA network of independent Catholic social service organizations.
Over the last twenty years, the agency has continued to grow and develop new programs to best meet the needs of the community.
April 6, 1944
Catholic Social Services was established in Pueblo, CO
Catholic Social Services, Inc. changed its name to Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Pueblo
Today and looking forward
In 2021, Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Pueblo underwent a name and logo change to better represent the community of people that the agency serves - southern Colorado.
As Catholic Charities of Southern Colorado, the agency has three general focus areas for its programming which include Prevention & Stabilization, Family Strengthening, and Opportunity Building. Although much of the agency’s current programming focuses on Pueblo and Pueblo County, CCSoCo is building relationships and identifying areas of expansion into more of southern Colorado.
Keep an eye out to see how the history of this agency continues to unfold.
Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Pueblo moved its headquarters into 429 W. 10th Street.
Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Pueblo celebrated its 75-year anniversary
Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Pueblo became Catholic Charities of Southern Colorado. This name change also prompted the creation of a new logo for the agency that better emphasizes growth and flourishing.