Mid-March - May 2020

10 Ways Catholic Charities is Making an Impact
During the COVID-19 Pandemic

During COVID-19, Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas made a commitment to keep serving. Priorities were shifted to our food, housing and healthcare ministries. With our offices closed to the public, we offered drive-thru food distributions and accelerated our Kids Summer Food program to start months in advance; continued case management remotely; and conducted virtual financial classes. Throughout all the difficult days, we have been inspired by the outpouring of prayers, food drives and financial contributions for our agency and the essential work that we do to support families in need. 

Food, Clothing,
Hygiene Kits
& Diapers

Food assistance was provided 13,028 times and 301 clothing items and 7,559 hygiene kits & diapers were distributed to individuals and families across our Hope Distribution Center, seven Family Support Centers and monthly mass food distribution sites. Additionally, more than 600 boxes of fresh produce are distributed weekly to individuals and families throughout the rest of the year.

Kids Summer Food

12,790 meals were served starting in the spring to children who depend on free and reduced school lunches. Service sites include our Overland Park and KCK Family Support Centers, the Osage City Library and six housing projects in KCK.

Housing, Utilities & Direct Financial Assistance

904 individuals and families were provided housing, rent and utility assistance via remote case management. We anticipate direct financial assistance for housing, rent and utility assistance will significantly increase in the coming weeks and months as stay-at-home orders are lifted and temporary holds on eviction notices and utility disconnects are no longer honored.

TurnStyles Thrift

Our 87th Street TurnStyles Thrift Store averaged $2,797 in daily sales since re-opening on May 11th. Our three thrift locations offer afforable shopping for families in need and provide financial support for our 20+ programs and services.

St. Rita/Workforce

Since March 1st, we have enrolled 15 new participants in the St. Rita workforce program and we continue to work with a total of 30 participants. We also helped counsel, connect and place 10 participants with new job opportunities.

Mobile Resource Bus

Food assistance was provided 735 times, and  31 clothing items and 198 hygiene kits & diapers were provided to individuals and families who live in our 15 rural counties

Shalom House

18 men experiencing homelessness were welcomed and safely resided in our Shalom House Men’s Shelter in KCK.

Asset Development

Our asset development program conducted 220 remote case management appointments and eight virtual classes (5 adult and 3 children’s classes) to help individuals and families manage their finances and unexpected hardships in these difficult times.

Catholic Community Hospice

We served 110 patients with compassionate end-of-life hospice care despite having limited access to our patients and their families.

Volunteer Workforce

We experienced an 82.3% reduction in our volunteer workforce in April 2020 (391 volunteers) versus April 2019 (2,200 volunteers). Catholic Charities staff were asked to dedicate their time to courageously serve on the frontlines. TurnStyles and our Family Support Centers remain our greatest areas of volunteer needs.

Above: a volunteer helps deliver food into vehicles

Your gift helps Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas serve our brothers and sisters in need during the coronavirus pandemic.

In this time of trial, we are reminded of our common humanity—and our calling to support those in need.

As COVID-19 continues to affect our daily routines, our neighbors in need require our support more than ever.