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Urgent Request — Help Feed Our Neighbors in Need

Above: Our Hope Distribution Center is completely out of much-needed items such as canned meat (August 2022). Our food pantries are in urgent need of food – with the rising cost of food, supply chain issues, and an increase of those accessing our food pantries (up 25% since February 2022) the need to feed our [...]

2022-08-26T09:16:21-05:00August 26, 2022|

School Serve Projects Impact Families in Need

Hope Hero Shout-Out School may be out, but students are still impacting neighbors in need. This academic year, eight Catholic grade schools dedicated a day to help those served by Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas. The students, with help from their families, collected items most needed by Catholic Charities’ programs. They generously arrived at school [...]

2022-07-05T21:54:58-05:00June 29, 2022|

St. Rita Program Helps Remove Barriers to Success

The bright room is filled with excited chatter and tables of sewing machines. Lined along with the colorful fabric in the Rightfully Sewn seamstress training center walk three women—two in matching gold chiffon hijabs and their mother, who is wearing a pearl-decorated hijab. Mashuta Wak, along with her daughters Tirina and Injilla, graduated from Rightfully [...]

2022-07-05T21:43:37-05:00June 29, 2022|

The Lord Invites Us to Welcome the Stranger

Throughout salvation history, or the history of God’s people towards Him, fleeing homelands and journeying towards new ones are common themes. The people of God are regularly immigrants and refugees. They flee due to violence, floods, exile, and due to the Lord inviting them somewhere else. We even find the Holy Family fleeing to Egypt [...]

2022-08-22T10:05:54-05:00June 21, 2022|

Afghan Refugees to the Area Met with Outpouring of Support

by Lauren Solidum Special to The Leaven “Thank you for all of your efforts to protect me and my family.” These words of gratitude came from an Afghan man, who left Kabul as the Taliban began its violent takeover. He is one of the 231 Afghan refugees who Catholic Charities has had the privilege to [...]

2022-05-18T11:38:36-05:00May 18, 2022|

St. Joseph Models the Dignity of Human Work

St. Joseph, the foster father of Jesus, was a silent saint entrusted with the task of caring and watching over the Virgin Mary and Jesus. He now cares for and watches over the Church and models for all the dignity of human work. He is the patron saint of worker. On May 1st, the Church [...]

2022-05-18T11:34:19-05:00May 18, 2022|

Farm Share CSA Season Begins

Enjoy fresh vegetables and herbs all summer long with the New Roots for Refugees Farm Share! Register for Early Summer or Late Summer shares and pick up your produce at one of our four convenient locations: Plexpod Westport Commons, Midtown-Westport KCMO, Wednesdays 11:30am-1pm Black and Veatch World Headquarters, 11401 Lamar Ave, Wednesday 4:30pm-6pm The Merc [...]

2022-05-06T13:28:58-05:00May 6, 2022|

Understanding the Ukrainian Refugee Crisis

Understanding the Ukrainian Refugee Crisis Update: May 31, 2022—In response to the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, Congress has passed the Ukrainian Aid package that authorizes the enrollment of specific Ukrainian populations and other non-Ukrainian individuals into Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) funded services and programs.Who is eligible?·     Citizens or nationals of Ukraine, and non-Ukrainian individuals [...]

2022-05-31T09:37:38-05:00April 5, 2022|

Ukrainian Aid

UPDATE as of April 5, 2022: Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas is offering direct assistance and legal support to Ukrainian families in need in our service area. Please click here to learn more about our efforts and how to support our work. ____ We are receiving questions about helping Ukraine and Ukrainian families. These agencies [...]

2022-04-06T10:52:22-05:00March 7, 2022|

Featured Catholic Charities Hope Story Films—Snow Ball 2022

At the 48th Annual Snow Ball gala benefiting Catholic Charities Foundation of Northeast Kansas, we premiered four films highlighting the impact that our programs have made in our communities. Each film was produced by Sistine Films and features inspiring stories of hope. St. Rita Program: Zipporah's Story Zipporah was born in Kenya. The oldest of [...]

2022-02-01T14:00:31-06:00February 1, 2022|