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Looking for a way to give back locally?

Looking for a way to give back to your Kansas City community? Join us in helping neighbors in need! We're seeking additional volunteers to serve in all four of our metro-area food pantries during business hours: 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, KS 1708 Steele Rd., Kansas City, KS 9806 W. 87th St., Overland Park, KS [...]

Press Release: Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas Welcomes Heather Harper to Leadership Team

(Overland Park, Kan.) – Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas (CCNEK) announced today that Heather Harper, an experienced development professional with a history of running successful fundraising events, has joined the organization’s leadership team as Vice President of Events and Community Engagement. Harper, a former Campaign Director at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS), brings a [...]

By | August 7, 2017|In the News, Press Releases|

Pet Therapy with Catholic Community Hospice

Marty Letourneau always had an interest in doing pet therapy work, so when Stanton came into her life, it was the perfect opportunity to begin this journey. Stanton is a 10-year-old black Lab/Golden cross with a very calm and comforting demeanor. Together, they have been doing pet therapy and R.E.A.D. (Reading Education Assistance Dog) visits [...]

By | June 1, 2017|Hospice Care|

Press Release: Catholic Charities’ Mobile Resource Bus to Serve Emporia Community

(Overland Park, Kan.) -- Beginning Wednesday, August 2nd, Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas will serve Lyon County residents through its Mobile Resource Bus. The bus, equipped with basic essentials including food and clothing, will be parked at St. Catherine’s Catholic Church, 205 S. Lawrence, from 9:30 am – 2:00 pm., twice a month. A case [...]

By | May 26, 2017|Emergency Assistance, In the News, Press Releases, Resource Bus|

In the news: Long road leads to new home, jobs for refugees

by Moira Cullings moira.cullings@theleaven.org OVERLAND PARK — They escaped violence, discrimination and relentless fear. They fled their homes and all they knew on only the hope of a better life. Now, the refugees at Aspire Cleaning Service, a Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas social enterprise program, have a doorway to the American dream. A second [...]

Annie’s Hope Story: Strength for Our Future

My name is Annie and this is my hope story... I first met with a case manager at Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas over a year ago with my daughter, Ellie. At that time, we were staying in a domestic violence shelter. My physically, emotionally and financially abusive husband had changed the locks on our [...]

By | May 22, 2017|Emergency Assistance, Hope Stories|

Johnny’s Hope Story: A Place at the Table

In late September, I knocked at the Shalom House door looking for shelter. This was a big step for me. See, I had spent a lifetime living on the streets, selling drugs and surviving as best I could. I never had a “real” job, and had never had a legit address - I never lived [...]

By | May 3, 2017|Emergency Assistance, Hope Stories, Shalom House|

Check Out Catholic Charities’ Section in Osage City Library

With over 12,500 square miles, the service area of Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas is vast.  And because those in need can't always travel to one of our eight Emergency Assistance Centers, we take our services to them through our Mobile Resource Buses. For the past four years, a Catholic Charities' case manager, aboard one [...]

By | April 19, 2017|Emergency Assistance, Resource Bus, Volunteers|

“They Inspire Me!”

Nearly 1,200 volunteers walk through the doors of Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas each month with the purpose of helping others.  What they often find though, is that it is nearly impossible to lift someone else up without feeling a little inspired themselves. This is the case for Karen Camarata, a volunteer tutor since January 2015 [...]

By | April 19, 2017|Refugees & Immigrants, Volunteers|

Benedictine Students Provide Tax Help

Three Benedictine College students are using the knowledge they've gained in class to give back to the Atchison community.  As volunteers for Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas' Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, they are providing basic tax preparation services free of charge. The VITA program is available to those who make $54,000 or less [...]

By | April 13, 2017|Emergency Assistance, Get Involved, Volunteers|