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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|

Passion for Healthy Food Turns into Volunteer Opportunity

Sarah Borisky is a dietetic student. While shadowing a Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas social worker for one of her classes, she had the opportunity to experience volunteering at our Overland Park food pantry. Over the years, Sarah had been a supporter of Catholic Charities. Now, she saw a whole new way to give to our agency [...]

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|