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Got Milk? New Program Delivers Milk to Pantries

Although milk is one of the most sought after nutrient-rich items, it's one of the least available at most food pantries. In fact, it's rarely donated due to strict regulations and a short shelf life. Fortunately, that's changing at a few of Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas' food pantries, thanks to the Milk2MyPlate pilot program. [...]

By | May 19, 2017|Emergency Assistance|

Tracy (Fuller) Forbush Receives Prestigious ‘Making Democracy Work’ Award

Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas' Citizenship Program Manager, Tracy (Fuller) Forbush, was this year's recipient of the 10 th Annual Making Democracy Work Award. Presented by the League of Women Voters of Johnson County (LWVJoCo), the award celebrates outstanding leaders who help make local government strong, vibrant, fair and responsive to the needs of all [...]

By | May 19, 2017|Emergency Assistance, Refugees & Immigrants, Volunteers|

Helping Break the Cycle of Debt

Nearing the end of his career as an accountant, Vince Nowak was searching for a way to use his professional skills to give back. He found it as a mentor for the Family Financial Transformations™ program. The strengthening program is offered by Catholic Charites of Northeast Kansas in partnership with CommunityAmerica Credit Union Foundation. Mentors [...]

Giving Seniors an Extra Hand

In-Home Support has been Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas' cornerstone service to the elderly since 1993. The licensed home health program provides non-medical services to seniors 60 and older. “We strive to help our elderly live independently and in their own homes for as long as it’s safely possible,” explains Betsy Holzworth, RN, BSN, Director, [...]

Kids Summer Food Program Expands

As the end of the school year draws near, many parents are starting to feel anxious. The school lunch programs they relied on to help feed their children for the last nine months, soon will take a break. “More and more families turn to our food pantries during those summer months,” says Nickie Daneke, LMSW, [...]

Services Grow as the Face of Homeless Changes

A victim of domestic violence, Felicia knew that she and her daughter needed to get out. While that meant they could be safe, it also meant that for the first time in their lives, they would be homeless. “The face of homelessness has dramatically changed over time,” explains Dustin Hardison, Director of Stabilization and Housing. [...]

By | May 3, 2017|Emergency Assistance, Financial Education|

In the News: Lawrence Coalition for Peace and Justice Recognizes Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas

By Conrad Swanson May 1, 2017 When she answered her phone and heard that she had won an award recognizing her work in the community, Sara Taliaferro said she hung up. Then came the tears. “My initial reaction was embarrassment because I thought there has to be a list of hundreds of people who are [...]

By | May 1, 2017|Emergency Assistance, In the News|

Strengthening Programs Set Course for Achieving Self-Sufficiency

At Catholic Charities, case workers provide screening tools that look at work experience, skills and education. In Jack’s case, his skill set was in carpentry. It was a field he wanted to pursue, but lacked the resources. After setting him up with the Carpenters District Council of Kansas City, Jack signed up for the apprenticeship program and had a contractor willing to hire him if he could pass his OSHA 10 certification.

By | April 26, 2017|Emergency Assistance, Financial Education|

A History of Welcoming Refugees

While many of us may think refugee resettlement has been one of Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas’ newer programs, it might be surprising to learn that the organization has been doing it for more than 40 years. It started long before that, however, within the parish community. “I am proud of the long history in the Archdiocese of welcoming refugees. Originally, [...]

By | January 6, 2017|Refugees & Immigrants, Volunteers|

Food rescue program tips the scales at one million pounds!

(Overland Park, Kan.) -- One million pounds. That’s $1.7 million worth of perishable food that area grocery stores have donated to Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas’ food rescue program, since its start nearly two years ago. It wouldn’t have been possible without the help of 48 volunteer drivers who have logged over 2,000 hours to [...]

By | November 7, 2016|Press Releases|