Snow Ball Celebrates 45th Year

Photo (L to R): Honorary Presidents, Don and Patty Kincaid and Presidents, Neil and Fran Douthat. It started as a small, potluck supper. Over four decades later, Snow Ball has become one of the area’s largest philanthropic galas. Although it has grown considerably, its purpose and passion has remained – to help the poor and [...]

2018-11-19T17:15:59-06:00November 19, 2018|

I Hereby Declare…the Pursuit of Citizenship

At 72 years old, learning a new language and studying civics three days a week for several months, is no small feat. Palak, a refugee from Bhutan, did that and more. He passed his naturalization exam, took the Oath of Allegiance and became an American citizen! Palak is among the more than 250 students who [...]

2018-11-19T17:11:29-06:00November 19, 2018|

Rounding out my first 60 days…

Lauren Solidum, President & CEO "Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others.” 1 Peter 4:10 Rounding out my first 60 days at Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas, I reflect on why I am called to this vocation. The answer is summed up in two words – to serve. There [...]

2018-11-19T17:02:28-06:00November 19, 2018|

Summer Food Program Partners with Rural Libraries

While food and drink might be frowned upon at some libraries, it certainly wasn’t the case this summer at the Pottawatomie Wabaunsee Regional Library in St. Marys, Kansas. There the staff encouraged eating -- handing out sack lunches three days a week as part of Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas’ Summer Food Program. It was [...]

2018-11-19T16:59:49-06:00November 19, 2018|

Lack of Financial Understanding Costs Families

Tom and Sue have 12 credit cards totaling $34,000 in debt. All have a balance due each month. With a three- year-old child to raise and a second baby due soon, the couple knew they needed help. Like many who walk through the doors of Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas’ emergency assistance centers, Tom and [...]

2018-11-19T16:54:43-06:00November 19, 2018|

Prayer for a More Generous Heart Leads to Major Gift

Michael Shirley grew up with humble means. His parents were the product of the Great Depression and barely had the resources to care for their family. “They taught me early to save everything that I could,” says Michael. “They taught me to be frugal.” It was his mother, Irene, who grew up in an orphanage [...]

2018-11-20T16:37:53-06:00November 19, 2018|

Breaking Bread Spring 2018 – Earthly Angels Provide Comfort at the End of Life’s Journey

Although it can be hard to accept, death is a stage in all of our lives. Through the Angel Vigil program, Catholic Community Hospice provides around-the-clock bedside volunteers, so that patients and their family members don't have to go through these final hours alone. Catholic Community Hospice Volunteer Director, Bonnie Krause, provides training to those [...]

2018-07-11T10:42:35-05:00July 11, 2018|

Breaking Bread Spring 2018 – Turnstyles Thrift Opens New Store

TurnStyles Thrift, a ministry of Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas, celebrated the grand opening of its second Overland Park location. Fr. Jerry Volz, Pastor at Prince of Peace Catholic Church, blessed the store, which directs 100 percent of its proceeds to helping families in need. The Overland Park Chamber of Commerce conducted the ceremonial ribbon [...]

2018-07-11T10:17:47-05:00July 11, 2018|

Breaking Bread Spring 2018 – Something to Smile About

Then Jason arrived at Shalom House, Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas’ men’s shelter, he was in very rough shape. Years of hard living, poor nutrition and drug abuse had wreaked havoc on his teeth, and within his first month at the shelter, he had the remainder removed. To make matters worse, he endured an emergency [...]

2018-07-11T10:09:14-05:00July 11, 2018|