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Ami’s Hope Story: Couch Surfing No More

My name is Ami. I am 18 years old and came to Catholic Charities last spring literally looking for shelter. You see I graduated high school in May, despite being homeless for the majority of my senior year. I couldn't keep couch surfing at friend's houses and sleeping in parks. I knew I needed a [...]

Ami’s Hope Story: Couch Surfing No More 2017-10-19T09:58:40+00:00

Jeremy’s Hope Story: A Savings Account

I'm Jeremy and this is my hope story... A friend told me that Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas offered a financial education program, Family Financial Transformations, and strongly encouraged me to enroll. I didn't think I could afford enrolling in the program and also, because I wasn't Catholic I didn't think I could go to [...]

Jeremy’s Hope Story: A Savings Account 2017-10-17T08:50:46+00:00

Dave’s Hope Story: 40 Years in the Making

A birth father, Dave, reached out to us. He wanted confirmation that someone who contacted him was actually his daughter he placed for adoption 40 years ago. Dave felt in his heart that she was his daughter but he wanted to be sure. We walked Dave through the steps he'd need to take and he [...]

Dave’s Hope Story: 40 Years in the Making 2017-10-13T06:50:38+00:00

Donors Provide Back‐to‐School Supplies to Those in Need

Hope Hero Shout Out! Sacred Heart parishioners helped collect and distribute back-to-school supplies. The average cost of school supplies in 2017 topped well over $100 per child and that doesn’t take into account back-­to-­school clothing shopping or computer hardware and software. For families living in poverty, purchasing pencils, notebooks, tissues, hand sanitizer and [...]

Donors Provide Back‐to‐School Supplies to Those in Need 2017-09-26T13:59:58+00:00

Neil and Rose’s Hope Story: Family Financial Freedom

Hi, I'm Rose and this is my family's hope story... My husband, Neil, and I, made an appointment to see a Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas case manager about our outstanding payday loan about nine months ago. We enrolled in Catholic Charities' Kansas Loan Pay-Day Project (KLPP). Our family had been struggling with limited income [...]

Neil and Rose’s Hope Story: Family Financial Freedom 2017-09-26T13:47:13+00:00

Carlos’ Hope Story: Job Joy

Our Shalom House Case Manager, Joe Domko, shares Carlos' story... Carlos spent 247 days in our Shalom House Men's Shelter program. A 24 year-old immigrant from Puerto Rico, Carlos struggled with chronic health issues from severe malnutrition in his youth and a significant language barrier. For months he languished to get his health back, and [...]

Carlos’ Hope Story: Job Joy 2017-09-22T17:08:55+00:00

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 [...]

Looking for a way to give back locally? 2017-08-08T15:07:58+00:00

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 [...]

Press Release: Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas Welcomes Heather Harper to Leadership Team 2017-08-25T18:07:48+00:00

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 [...]

Pet Therapy with Catholic Community Hospice 2017-06-01T14:46:49+00:00

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 [...]

Press Release: Catholic Charities’ Mobile Resource Bus to Serve Emporia Community 2017-08-25T18:07:52+00:00