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The Miller Family’s Hope Story: Welcome to Kansas

The Millers came to live in a town in our 21 county service area two months ago fleeing hardship in Tennessee. They came here with nothing but the clothes on their backs and a hope to achieve a better life for their children and themselves. The mother, Gabriella, had just found a job but her [...]

By | March 7, 2017|Emergency Assistance, Hope Stories|

Michelle and Tim’s Hope Story: Refinancing Rollercoaster

Michelle and her husband, Tim, had taken out a loan with an interest rate of 1325%. They had been struggling on getting out of the predatory lending cycle. Recognizing that predatory lending such as payday and title loans contributes to hardships, Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas offers a loan refinance program in partnership with Country [...]

By | February 27, 2017|Financial Education, Hope Stories|

The Lopez Family Hope Story: Financial Freedom

The Lopez family graduated from our Family Financial Transformations™ program recently. They are a family of four with both parents working full time, but when they started our program they were still living paycheck to paycheck. They also were continuing to accumulate debt. Once they began our program they started tracking spending and realized how [...]

By | February 27, 2017|Financial Education, Hope Stories|

Bernard’s Hope Story: A Welcomed Walker

Bernard is a neighbor in need. He is someone that one of our staff met on a day off near her neighborhood. They struck up a conversation in the parking lot of a big box store and a friendship began. That was several months ago and many conversations have taken place in various places in [...]

By | February 21, 2017|Hope Stories, Hospice Care|

Frank and Maria’s Hope Story: Self-Sufficiency Success

Frank and Maria first came to one of our Emergency Assistance Center's because they were living in their car. A friend had told them that Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas might be able to help them. Maria wasn’t able to work due to an illness and had filed for disability but was denied. Frank was [...]

By | February 9, 2017|Emergency Assistance, Hope Stories|

Selma’s Hope Story: A Cozy Home for Nana’s Nietas

Our two mobile Resource Buses provide direct assistance to those living in rural, outlying areas in our 21 county service area. Each bus is equipped with basic essentials including food and clothing. In addition, a case manager is on board to provide rent, utility and medication assistance, as well as community referrals. As the temperatures [...]

By | January 16, 2017|Emergency Assistance|

‘May an angel guide your path’

PHOTO: Sisters Therese Bangert (left) and Judith Jackson, Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth, have been long-time friends and shared many life experiences – including one they didn’t realize until a later conversation. This article was written by Therese Horvat, Director of Communications for the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth and first appeared on the Sisters [...]

By | January 4, 2017|Emergency Assistance, Hospice Care, TurnStyles|

A Christmas Message from Ken Williams, CEO

One of my favorite Christmas carols is "O Holy Night".  The song implores us all to fall on our knees to worship Jesus, our newborn King.  This famous verse is known to bring many to tears or at a very minimum, sends chills up the spine of most.  I like this verse too: "A thrill [...]

By | December 19, 2016|Get Involved|

Thanks Be To Those Who Help Us Help Others

At Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas, our volunteers are vital to the success of our programs and services.  Nearly 1,200 people volunteer each month serving in a variety of ways--from hosting food drives to sorting donations at TurnStyles to providing companionship and support as a Friendly Visitor or Hospice volunteer.  Last year, our volunteers logged 225,323 [...]

By | December 19, 2016|Get Involved, Volunteers|

Atchison High School Senior Service Project Gets Merry

The Atchison community received its share of Christmas cheer thanks to a local high schooler. As part of a service project for National Honor Society, high school senior, Julia Fassero, contacted our Atchison Emergency Assistance Center (EAC) manager, Holly Black, to help determine specific community needs. Julia enlisted the help of students from St. Benedict's elementary [...]

By | December 19, 2016|Emergency Assistance, Get Involved, Volunteers|