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Jim and Dee’s Hope Story: Volunteering Leads to Friendship

Keith and his wife Shelly were paired with Jim and Dee for over eight years through Catholic Charities’ Friendly Visitors program. Jim and Dee never had children. Each was the last remaining sibling in their families. This foursome would enjoy visits and monthly dinners together. Shelly and Keith helped when it was time to [...]

Jim and Dee’s Hope Story: Volunteering Leads to Friendship2019-09-17T11:33:57-05:00

Adoption Hope Story: A Story of Love

We had an adoption finalize recently.  While every adoption finalization is a hope story of God’s divine intervention, God’s grace and beauty, and God’s love for all his children including adults and children; this adoption was no different.  The timing of how the couple, birthmother, and child met was quick.  The turnaround time was [...]

Adoption Hope Story: A Story of Love2019-09-17T11:20:55-05:00

Mary’s Hope Story: Becoming Financially Stable

Mary is a bus driver and only receives steady income during the school year. A Program Specialist has been working with her for the last 7 months through our Family Financial Transformations™ Program. Mary is also receiving housing assistance through Catholic Charities. At the beginning of the program, Mary was not able to pay [...]

Mary’s Hope Story: Becoming Financially Stable2019-09-17T11:21:34-05:00

Brent’s Story — St. Rita Program Highlight

Brent, age 40, was raised on a farm in Basehor, KS. Like many hard working families, both of his parents worked full-time jobs. Growing up, Brent spent many hours with his grandparents. His grandfather was his role model, and would be instrumental to a major decision Brent would make later in life. After high [...]

Brent’s Story — St. Rita Program Highlight2019-09-17T11:14:21-05:00

Featured Volunteer Opportunity: Shalom House

Ways to Make a Difference Are you looking for a way to give back to your community? Do you want to participate in meaningful work with a bigger purpose? Consider volunteering with Catholic Charities! Shalom House – Groups of volunteers that are 18 years of age and older are needed at Shalom House through our [...]

Featured Volunteer Opportunity: Shalom House2019-09-05T13:40:36-05:00

Bukaty Companies Help Foster Grandparents Navigate Healthcare Options

Foster Grandparents Program (FGP) participants beat the summer heat earlier this month as Carl Simonie, with the Bukaty Companies, was joined by Eddy Scanlon, with Humana, to hand out ice cream. This wasn’t the first time, however, that Bukaty Companies stepped up to serve this group. Since 2018, Bukaty Companies has partnered with FGP [...]

Bukaty Companies Help Foster Grandparents Navigate Healthcare Options2019-09-05T13:28:28-05:00

Summer of Service

They sorted food. They hung up clothing. They served! This summer, we were blessed to have eight youth groups put love into action and volunteer at our Hope Distribution Center and all three of our TurnStyle Thrift stores: Youth Volunteer Corps Greater Kansas City Jewish Community Center All Saints Catholic Community from Northern Iowa Catholic [...]

Summer of Service2019-09-05T13:24:52-05:00

School Supply Drive Equips Kids and Provides Relief to Families

Parishes and community partners showed their love for the kids in our community with back-to-school drives to benefit those served by Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas. This year, Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church, Shawnee, donated 120 completely filled backpacks for students in grades K-5 at New Chelsea Elementary, Kansas City, Kansas. Additionally, they donated [...]

School Supply Drive Equips Kids and Provides Relief to Families2019-09-05T13:31:02-05:00

Friendly Visitors Have Your Number — and They’ve Got You Covered

Beulah Carrington of Topeka has never let her own disability get in the way of helping others. One of Catholic Charities’ Friendly Visitors for 22 years now, Carrington is pictured above in her Topeka home calling one of her clients. Seven days a week, she has provided them with companionship, support and, sometimes, reminders [...]

Friendly Visitors Have Your Number — and They’ve Got You Covered2019-09-03T16:47:19-05:00