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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 [...]

2022-06-21T16:10:13-05:00June 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|