Family day center set to open in Colorado Springs
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Bishop Michael Sheridan, right, and other dignitaries, watch as a sign in unveiled at a press conference Tuesday, March 17, 2009, announcing that the Marian House Self Sufficiency Center will be named after Bishop Richard Hanifen. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

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A day center will open Sept. 1 geared towards families living in poverty, on the streets or on the brink of homelessness.

The day center will be located inside the Hanifen Center at Marian House, 14 W. Bijou St., and will operate as a pilot project between Catholic Charities of Central Colorado and Family Promise of Colorado Springs, formerly Interfaith Hospitality Network.

The new family day center will offer myriad services, including literacy support, a computer lab and referrals for affordable housing. Visitors also can receive baby food, diapers and clothing.

Normally, the center will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Mondays through Fridays.

However, during its first two weeks in operation, it will only be open on Sept. 1, Sept. 3-4 and from Sept. 8-11.

Volunteers are being sought to staff the center, and anyone interested can call 866-6514.

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