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Kurt and Megan’s Hope Story: Christmas Joy

Last week, three days before Christmas Eve, our office received a frantic call from a local church. The pastor was working with a couple, Kurt and Megan, who were stranded in town due to car problems, a lack of money and few resources. The pastor was in search of whatever resources were out there to [...]

Kurt and Megan’s Hope Story: Christmas Joy 2017-12-11T16:25:11+00:00

Regina’s Hope Story: La Luz, My Light

My name is Regina and this is my hope story. Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas recently came to the high school where I work as an interpreter. They were sharing with the students and their families about all the ways Catholic Charities might be able to help them or their neighbors. As I was helping [...]

Regina’s Hope Story: La Luz, My Light 2017-12-11T10:24:10+00:00

Donated Items Put to Good Use at TurnStyles Thrift Stores

Gently used items are donated daily to TurnStyles Thrift Stores. Thanks to these donations, individuals and families on a limited budget have an affordable place to shop.  Best of all, by shopping, they are impacting the lives of others who are struggling to make ends meet. TurnStyles is a volunteer-driven ministry of Catholic Charities of [...]

Donated Items Put to Good Use at TurnStyles Thrift Stores 2017-12-06T15:34:26+00:00

Children’s Book Drive

We really need your help! Each child that comes into our Emergency Assistance Centers (EACs) typically picks out a book from our library to take home. These little tokens bring so many smiles to the faces of our youngest neighbors in need! Our EACs have been very busy and our bookshelves are completely empty... If [...]

Children’s Book Drive 2017-12-05T14:43:02+00:00

Every Minute of Every Day, We’re Helping Neighbors in Need

Every 60 seconds, Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas provides assistance to local families and individuals in need. Oftentimes, that help is in the form of food, clothing and shelter. Our eight food pantries serve as a grocery store for families who have no other options. Last year, food assistance was provided over 302,000 times! Once [...]

Every Minute of Every Day, We’re Helping Neighbors in Need 2017-12-04T09:17:01+00:00

Meredith’s Hope Story: How AmazonSmile Helped Our Family

Hi, my name is Meredith. I walked into Catholic Charities' Emergency Assistance Center with little hope that they could help me. I wasn't Catholic so I just wasn't sure. I was very skeptical but I needed help paying my utility bill. The person at the front desk assured me that Catholic Charities services are free [...]

Meredith’s Hope Story: How AmazonSmile Helped Our Family 2017-11-15T17:17:41+00:00

Snow Ball is a Labor of Love

Pictured above: Snow Ball Table Committee Chairs, Joe and Melissa Valenciano, and Patron Committee Chairs, Mary and John Campbell. The dust had barely settled on the 43rd annual Snow Ball, when John and Mary Campbell, Patron Committee Chairs, and Joe and Melissa Valenciano, Table Committee Chairs, began garnering support for the next year’s event. The [...]

Snow Ball is a Labor of Love 2017-11-15T15:56:44+00:00

Summer Food Program Fills Gap for Hungry Kids and Adults

Moms and dads in Northeast Kansas worried 13,633 less times about whether or not their children would eat lunch this past summer. That’s the number of times this year that Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas’ Summer Food Program provided meals to hungry kids. A lot has changed since the program started three years ago. The [...]

Summer Food Program Fills Gap for Hungry Kids and Adults 2017-11-08T16:06:10+00:00

Brigid’s Hope Story: Understanding Spending Leaks

Hi, I'm Brigid. I entered the Kansas Loan Pool Project (KLPP) program last winter. I had been struggling with my payday loan as well as other expenses as a single mother of three boys, and my bank account was consistently negative every single month. Once I entered the program and started working with my Catholic [...]

Brigid’s Hope Story: Understanding Spending Leaks 2017-11-15T09:28:53+00:00