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Refugee Community Sponsorship

HELPING OUR NEIGHBORS IN NEED! How You Can Make a Difference From our eNewsletter   Refugee Community Sponsorship: As part of a group, support refugees by choosing from a level of sponsorship: Level 1 (Housing Helper) - Collect donations for setting up a family’s home, participate in a home set-up, and (optional) welcome refugees at the airport. [...]

2021-10-26T15:33:56-05:00October 26, 2021|

Grade School Answers the Call to Welcome the Stranger

Hope Hero Shout Out! St. Joseph Catholic School in Shawnee combined prayer with action during a week devoted to “Welcoming the Stranger.” After learning about Catholic Charities’ resettlement efforts for those arriving from Afghanistan, Fr. Scott Wallisch, pastor, led a discussion about Scripture and what each of us are called to do. The students and [...]

2021-10-26T15:24:03-05:00October 26, 2021|

Work is Valuable and Dignifying

Almost every day we work. Work can take many forms and will look different from person to person. It is, however, a universal aspect of the human condition. We work. Throughout history, we have learned that work should be dignifying and the rights and dignity of the worker should be upheld. This is one of [...]

2021-10-21T14:19:07-05:00October 21, 2021|

The Seemingly Simple Tasks Prove Challenging

A Story of Hope from our Pregnancy Counseling Program So many times and in so many circumstances, I feel I take for granted the ease with which I can accomplish a task – refilling a prescription at a pharmacy, calling a doctor and asking for clarification regarding a diagnosis or treatment protocol, or even being [...]

2021-10-21T13:48:18-05:00October 21, 2021|

Homeland Security Awards Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas Citizenship and Integration Grant

Atchison Globe on NewsPressNow OVERLAND PARK— The Department of Homeland Security awarded approximately $10 million in grants to 40 organizations in 25 states to help prepare lawful permanent residents for naturalization. Of the $10 million, a grant of $250,000 has been awarded to Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas. With this grant, Catholic Charities of Northeast [...]

2021-10-04T15:04:20-05:00October 4, 2021|

Catholics Mobilize to Aid Afghan Refugees

Afghan refugees walk to a bus taking them to a refugee processing center upon their arrival at Dulles International Airport in Dulles, Virginia, Aug. 25. (CNS photo/Kevin Lamarque, Reuters) by Joe Bollig for The Leaven Read at The Leaven MISSION — The recent images of chaos and desperation in Afghanistan have stirred in Catholics across the [...]

2021-10-04T15:50:07-05:00October 4, 2021|

Thrift Store Manager Finds Purpose in His Profession

Special by The Leaven October 1, 2021 Dave Brewer, manager of one of the three TurnStyles Thrift stores in the archdiocese, sorts through inventory at the store at 5304 Martway in Mission. LEAVEN PHOTO BY KATHRYN WHITE Editor’s note: Although Protestants generally use the term “minister” to refer to a member of the clergy, not every [...]

2021-10-04T14:56:53-05:00October 4, 2021|

Catholic Charities Resource Bus Brings Hope to Communities in Need

by Therese Horvat Special to The Leaven Above: Unpacking and organizing items inside St. Dominic Parish hall before clients in need arrive are: from left, Erin Ressegieu, mobile resource bus coordinator for Catholic Charities; Annette Bentzinger, outreach coordinator for Catholic Charities; and Dan Scherrer, a volunteer from Holy Spirit Parish in Overland Park. LEAVEN PHOTO [...]

2021-10-08T10:51:54-05:00September 30, 2021|