Care & Prayer

Our Care & Prayer ministry is committed to serving our people in becoming everything Jesus has called them to be.

Need Prayer?

If you need prayer for any reason, please let us know. Prayer requests will be given to our prayer warriors to pray for you. Your requests will be kept in confidence. If we have been praying for you, and your issue has resolved, send us a praise report as well!

Community Services

Vanguard desires to love our community well and connect people with organizations and services that are best suited to help. Below you’ll find a list of services to help with various needs.

Do you need food?

Mercy’s Gate

Mercy’s Gate offers our neighbors access to a food pantry that supplies healthy, nutritious food as well as meal suggestions and nutritional resources. Our Food Pantry is organized much like a small market and our Volunteer Team works with neighbors as they make food selections. Neighbors can visit our food pantry up to four times annually.

To qualify for this program:

  • Household must reside within El Paso County
  • Must present a valid driver’s license or photo ID

Hours of Operation: 

Monday: 4:00pm – 7:00pm
Wednesday: 9:00am – 12:00pm
Thursday: 9:00am – 12:00pm, 1:00pm – 4:00pm
F
ridays (food pantry only): 4:00pm – 7:00pm

Address: 4360 Montebello Drive, #300 Colorado Springs, CO 80918
Contact Information: (719) 277-7470


Crossfire Ministries

Crossfire Ministries is a faith-based, non-profit organization seeking to put God’s love into action, dedicated to offering hope and encouragement for a better day and furnishing the necessities of daily living to those in need. Crossfire provides a variety of services: Food Pantry, Clothing Bank, Household Voucher, Toiletry Bank, Bible Distribution, Volunteer Empowerment, Frugality Training, Life Skills Education and Spiritual Growth Opportunities.

To qualify for this program:

  • Picture ID for the Primary Adult
  • Social Security Card or Alternate ID for ALL Family Members
  • Proof of Address
  • Boxes and /or Bags to Take Home Items

Hours of Operation: 

Tuesday: 10:00am – 7:00pm
Wednesday & Thursday: 10:00am – 4:00pm

Address: 2120 E LaDalle St, Colorado Springs, CO 80909
Contact Information: (719) 447-1806


Springs Rescue Mission

Samaritan’s Kitchen opens its doors to feed anyone who is are hungry. We provide a hot meal to people who are homeless, the working poor, families in poverty, in a welcoming environment to anyone else in need. Please come join us! You can see our current dinner schedule here. 

Once a month, struggling families or individuals can pick up a free box of food containing all of the ingredients required to prepare meals at home. During the holidays, we also supply ingredients to prepare a special meal to enjoy as a family.

For up-to-date information regarding food distribution, go here.

Hours of Operation: 

Everyday: 4:00pm, 4:30pm, and 5:00pm

Address: 5 W. Las Vegas Street, Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Contact Information: (719) 314-2361


Marian House Soup Kitchen

Since 1985, the Marian House Soup Kitchen has been serving people who are hungry in downtown Colorado Springs. Hot, nutritious meals are provided for more than 600 people most days.  Towards the middle and end of the month, the number of meals served increases to 700+ on most days.

Hours of Operation: 

Monday – Saturday: 10:30am – 1:00pm
Sunday: 8:45am – 10:00am

Address: 14 W. Bijou St, Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Contact Information: (719) 475-7314

Do you need a place to stay?

Springs Rescue Mission

Springs Rescue Mission Homeless Shelter is now have a low-barrier, year-round shelter with 168 beds available. This shelter operates 7 days a week, 365 days of the year. There are no requirements for entry (no breathalyzers, no background checks, etc.—we want you to be safe), but your ability to stay will be determined by your behavior.

They will also provide you with a hot breakfast the following morning. In addition, we offer kennels for your pets. During certain times of the year, our shelter becomes full. To ensure fairness, we use a lottery system. Names are drawn at random and the list of those who will be sheltered is posted at Samaritan’s Kitchen each afternoon.

To qualify for this program:

  • Good behavior determines ability to stay

Hours of Operation: 

Evenyday: 5:00pm

Address: 5 W. Las Vegas Street, Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Contact Information: (719) 632-1822


The Family Day Center

The Family Day Center (FDC) a collaboration between Family Promise of Colorado Springs and Catholic Charities of Central Colorado, provides services for families experiencing poverty, and who are homeless, or on the verge of homelessness.  The FDC offers families a safe haven with opportunities  to participate in adult and child enrichment activities throughout the day, receive services, and referrals to other agencies as needed.

Hours of Operation: 

Monday – Friday: 9:00am – 5:00pm

Address: 14 W. Bijou St, Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Contact Information: (719) 578-1222

Do you need rent/utility assistance?

Mercy’s Gate

Mercy’s Gate’s Rental Assistance Program provides limited, temporary assistance to those struggling to pay their housing bills. The goal is to help neighbors remain in their homes and to avoid the compounded costs and hardships associated with eviction or families entering the shelter system or government housing. Our Mentors will assess a neighbor’s housing needs and provide access to financial assistance or referrals to additional community housing resources.

Our Rental and Mortgage Assistance Program currently offers a maximum of $200 per household per calendar year.

To qualify for this program:

  • You must be listed on the lease or mortgage
  • You must only need help with most current month due
  • Rent and mortgage assistance is only available on Mondays.*
  • Applicants must arrive at 4pm during public service hours. 
  • Applicants must provide a copy of the lease that shows rent amount and signatures, or mortgage statement

Hours of Operation: 

Monday: 4:00pm – 7:00pm
Wednesday: 9:00am – 12:00pm
Thursday: 9:00am – 12:00pm, 1:00pm – 4:00pm
F
ridays (food pantry only): 4:00pm – 7:00pm

Address: 4360 Montebello Drive, #300 Colorado Springs, CO 80918
Contact Information: (719) 277-7470 or Submit Message Online.