My name is Jim and this is my hope story. I arrived at Shalom House with my fair share of challenges. Middle aged and with a less-than-capable body, my ability to pursue the labor-intensive jobs of my youth was limited. Compounding things further, I have a criminal history which rendered most other employment opportunities impossible. [...]
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My name is Nicki. I'd like to share my Hope Story with you... My two daughters and I came to Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas in November of 2016. My husband had passed away suddenly in the summer and after his death, the girls and I were barely getting by. We were homeless, living in [...]
The New Year will bring a new location for another TurnStyles Thrift, as well as new volunteer opportunities! A more spacious store is scheduled to open for shopping in March. Situated in a small strip center at 11310 West 135th Street (135th & Nieman) in Overland Park, Kansas, it will replace the Olathe TurnStyles, which [...]
Stuart has led a pretty rough life; however, his smile wouldn't lead on to all of his trials. I'm his case manager and we meet once a month. See, Stuart was diagnosed with bi-polar years ago, but struggled to afford his medications. He has instead learned to regulate himself to the best of his abilities. [...]
My name is Kari and I was homeless. The first time I walked into Catholic Charities I had been homeless for five months. It was around the holidays and it was getting colder. I had been locking myself in the bathroom at the park to sleep at night, but I was caught by the police [...]
The holidays were a little brighter for Fran and her family. Fran, is a widowed mother of two. She is currently unable to maintain a job due to severe migraines and is living solely on her family’s survivor benefits from the death of her husband. Fran came to Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas looking for [...]
Last year, Catholic Charities of Northeast Kanas provided food, clothing, shelter, and utility, housing and rent assistance over a half a million times to neighbors in need! In addition, we helped families break the cycle of debt and poverty with financial coaching and employment services right here in our region. Our Refugee and Immigration team welcomed [...]
Each month, nearly carry out the mission of Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas. Our volunteers generously give both their time and talent in a variety of ways---from hosting food drives to sorting donations at TurnStyles to helping with English language classes or providing companionship and support as a Friendly Visitor or Catholic Community Hospice volunteer. [...]
Christmas arrived a little early for 312 Atmos Energy customers in Basehor and Olathe, Kansas. The natural gas company teamed up with Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas, paying off gas bills for neighbors in need -- totaling $58,604! The assistance comes as a result of Atmos Energy's Share the Warmth program. Customers are given the [...]
This Thanksgiving, 2,721 families were able to celebrate with a turkey on the table thanks to the countless volunteers and supporters at Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas. One in seven people in the state of Kansas are food insecure--meaning they struggle to put food on the table. While that can be a tense situation to face [...]