Agency History

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. 

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Important Dates:

April 6, 1944

Catholic Social Services was established in Pueblo, CO

January 20, 2000

Catholic Social Services, Inc. changed its name to Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Pueblo

Today and looking forward

March 1, 2006 

When Elizabeth Paulhus took the helm as Executive Director of CCDP in June 2021, she noticed that the existing name of the organization seemed to lead people to think that Catholic Charities only served Pueblo. Since the agency’s mission is to serve people and communities within 29 counties across southern Colorado, Liz pushed for a new name that would more clearly reflect the geographic areas served by the agency. And so Catholic Charities of Southern Colorado (CCSoCo) was born. 

CCSoCo’s general program areas currently 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. 

April 6, 2019

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Pueblo celebrated its 75-year anniversary

December 1, 2021 

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.