Holy Ghost Social Ministry Office
In an often dark and broken world, the Holy Ghost Social Ministry Office attempts to be a source of light and healing to the most vulnerable in society. We envision a community and world where people's basic needs are met and where God's peace, love, compassion, truth, and justice are experienced by all people through their relationships with one another.
To be a source of hope and empowerment to the underprivileged in the community through our commitment to carrying out the Gospel message of love and service, by providing material and spritual assistance in a caring and respectful way.
Who We Are:
A History of Service to Those in Need
Holy Ghost Church, a "spiritual oasis in downtown Denver," has long been a source of hope and help to those seeking both material and spiritual assistance. The church's long-standing tradition of service to the needy began early in the last century. More recently, beginning in 1978, Fr. C.B. Woodrich, better known as "Fr. Woody," reaffirmed Holy Ghost's stance for and with the poor in society by becoming a "champion of the poor and homeless in Denver." By opening the church's doors to the homeless, he opened the hearts of people whose generosity later made possible our annual Christmas dinner for the needy, the daily sandwich line, and other services of our office. On July 8, 2001, Holy Ghost welcomed the Oblates of the Virgin Mary, who promise to sustain and renew the church's commitment to the poor with their emphasis on the spiritual needs, as well as the material needs, of those we serve.
The works of the Holy Ghost Social Ministry Office are inspired by the teachings of Jesus found in the Gospels, as well as over 100 years of Catholic Social teachings contained in the documents of Vatican II, papal documents, and the work of the United States Catholic Bishops. We are called to share in Jesus' mission of care and concern for the poor and outcast in society. Taking seriously Jesus' promise in the Beatitudes that the reign of God belongs to the poor and those who put the needs of the poor ahead of their own, we invite others to join us in carrying out the Works of Mercy each day, through our multiple services to the poor.
Catholic Social Teachings ("best kept secret of the church"): Opting for the Poor - At the Holy Ghost Social Ministry Office, we are guided by our belief that each person who graces our doors is precious and has inherent dignity. In a society that is broken by increasing divisions between the rich and the poor, we attempt to place the needs of the poor and vulnerable first. Our services help those in need to meet the basic requirements for a life with dignity. We believe that each human being has a fundamental right to food, clothing, housing, education, health care, security, employment, and social services.
Catholic Social Teachings: Calling All to Participate - The Holy Ghost Social Ministry Office operates thanks to the generosity of parishioners and others in the community. Those who give of their time and money to help the needy at Holy Ghost take seriously the call to participate in the building of the Kingdom of God on earth. We believe that we all have the duty to participate in society in order to seek, together, the common good and well-being of everyone in society. We are able to continue Holy Ghost's Social Ministry program because many see our work as the work of all baptized people, and not just the work of a few in the church.
How We Serve: Following Jesus' Example (Luke 8:26-38) - The Holy Ghost Social Ministry Office attempts to meet some of the material as well as spiritual needs of the poor and vulnerable in our community. Luke writes of an encounter Jesus had with a man who, "...for a long time...had not worn clothes or lived in a house, but had lived in the tombs" (Lk. 8:27). Located in downtown Denver near other agencies that serve the homeless and the city's poor and vulnerable, Holy Ghost finds itself truly among the "tombs," where the outcast of society can be found. Many who come to us seeking food, clothing, or other material assistance, make their homes among the "tombs" of our city streets. Jesus asked the suffering man, "What is your name?" (Lk. 8:30). We, like Jesus, attempt to provide tose we serve with more than material assistance, by making the effort to get to know each person who comes to us for help. As we begin to develop a relationship with each person, we, like Jesus, hope to help each person to identify, confront, and overcome the "demons" inside of him or her, whether those "demons" have internal (addictions, depression, mental illness, etc.) or external (racism, social stigma, lack of affordable housing, etc.) sources. Our goal, both through our own ministry, as well as the work of those to whom we refer many who are seeking assistance, is to help each of those we serve to move further along the path toward being "...dressed and in his (or her) right mind" (Lk. 8:35), or, in other words, to help meet both the material as well as the emotional and spiritual needs of those we serve.
Holy Ghost Social Ministry Office
1900 California Denver, Colorado 80202
phone: 303-297-3441 • fax: 303-292-5378
firstname.lastname@example.org • www.holyghostchurch.info
Services Available: M-F 8:30-3:30 (in basement)
Sandwich Line: M-Sat. 10:00-10:30 a.m.
Services We Provide
• Sandwiches served (usually in front of church; see schedule above)
• Socks (available year-round); hats & gloves (October-April)
• Personal care items (soap, razors, shampoo, toothbrushes, etc.)
• $$ for work tools/shoes (must have regular employment)
• $$ for vital records (birth, death, and marriage certificates)
• $$ for Colorado I.D. cards and driver's licenses
• Assistance filling out forms (no bilingual staff available)
Referrals only available for: food banks, food lines, shelters, mental health assistance, clothing banks, medical services, and showers.
We do NOT provide: gas vouchers, rent assistance, bus tokens/passes, $ for travel, food baskets or motel vouchers.
In addition to limited material assistance, we provide clients with guidance, support, and referrals in order to meet a wider range of client needs more effectively.
Donation Information: Currently, we gratefully accept personal care items, new hats, socks, gloves, some snack items (enough to serve at least 150) to be served in the sandwich line and financial contributions.
If a group would like to donate pre-made sandwiches or snacks for our sandwich line, please call first (303-297-3441).