Bartley on a mission to create hope

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* Name: Kurt D. Bartley

* Organization: Catholic Charities of Colorado Springs

* Position: Executive director

* Hometown: Jasper, Ind.

* How long have you lived in Colorado Springs: Initially from 1988 thru 1996, currently reside in Parker, Colo.

* Education: MBA, Denver University; master’s in community leadership, Regis University; bachelor’s in industrial engineering, Purdue University

* A few words about your company: Catholic Charities, an organization founded on Catholic social teaching and a ministry of the Diocese of Colorado Springs, is a social service agency serving the poor and vulnerable through emergency and transition services, a soup kitchen, pregnancy counseling, adoption services and English as second language classes.

* Recent accomplishments: Celebrated a one-year anniversary mid-March and received approval for the Marian House Soup Kitchen site development plan from the City of Colorado Springs

* Biggest career break: Being invited to apply for my current position

* The toughest part of your job: At the end of the day I am able to fill my car with gas to go home. Many of the individuals we visit with each day may not be able to afford gas for a car, let alone own a car, and in more challenging situations don’t have a home.

* Someone you admire: I admire a former pastor whom I have worked for recently – Father Dennis Dwyer. He taught me to trust more deeply in God as I am not the one in control.

* About your family: Catherine and I will celebrate our 15th anniversary on June 30 and we are the proud parents of a 12-year-old sixth-grader, Sarah.

* Something else you’d like to accomplish: Following Sarah’s graduation from high school, Catherine and I would like to pursue a mission opportunity in another country.

* How your business will change in the next decade: Social services agencies will work more intently to not only provide help through emergency assistance but to create hope through transition services leading to stability, sustainability and maximized self-sufficiency.

* What book are you currently reading? “God’s Politics: Why the right gets it wrong and the left doesn’t get it” by Jim Wallis

* What is the one thing you would change about Colorado Springs? I believe that Colorado Springs can be a much stronger community when individuals and groups choose to work together in partnership for the greater good rather than for self-interest. Everyone is an important piece of the whole puzzle.