Walmart Grant — Hope Story During COVID-19

John, a single father of two came to one of our Family Support Centers for assistance after being laid off from his job because of COVID-19. He stated that this summer would be difficult for his family. Since John is not working, he is unable to provide for childcare, and is unsure how he [...]

2020-07-27T16:26:44-05:00July 27, 2020|

Name Change Reflects Move Toward Holistic Services

“It is not enough to offer someone a sandwich unless it is accompanied by the possibility of learning how to stand on one’s own two feet. Charity that leaves the poor person as he is, is not sufficient. True mercy, the mercy God gives to us and teachesus, demands justice, it demands that the [...]

2019-07-31T15:34:12-05:00July 31, 2019|

St James Academy Builds a Way to Help Feed the Hungry

It may have been cold outside, but inside St James Academy the annual Canstruction competition was heating up. For weeks prior, students brought in canned food, cereal and boxes of Mac & Cheese in preparation for the event. Then, each school community banded together to erect a structure from their food contributions. With every "canned [...]

2019-02-28T09:18:56-06:00February 28, 2019|

Food Drives Like St. Patrick’s Critical to Pantries

Volunteers from Catholic Charities load up donations from St. Patrick Parish in Kansas City, Kansas, on Dec. 15. PHOTO BY PAULA FROST by Bob Hart Special to The Leaven KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas provides food assistance for thousands of families and individuals each year. But the cold winter [...]

2019-01-14T17:22:38-06:00January 14, 2019|

Catholic Charities Resource Bus Brings Hope to Rural Communities

by Jan Dixon Special to The Leaven MOUND CITY — Neighbors helping neighbors. That’s what was happening when the Catholic Charities Resource Bus parked in the lot of Sacred Heart Parish here recently. And it’s what happens every Tuesday and Thursday when the Resource Bus takes goods and services to the rural communities of the [...]

2018-10-15T11:10:02-05:00October 15, 2018|

Job is a calling for new Catholic Charities CEO

Originally publish in The Leaven By Carol Cowdrey Special to The Leaven Lauren Solidum takes time out of her tour of Juniper Gardens, the training farm for the New Roots for Refugees farmers in Kansas City, Kansas, for a photo. New Roots is one of the many programs of Catholic Charities that Solidum will [...]

2018-09-07T10:43:16-05:00September 7, 2018|


For weeks, families have been out doing the traditional back-to-school shopping. With lists in hand, they’re buying new backpacks, pink erasers, crayons, binders and more. But for parents struggling to feed their children, purchasing new school supplies isn’t always an option. Every year, Catholic Charities’ Emergency Assistance Center (EAC) in Leavenw orth hosts a back-to-school [...]

2018-08-27T14:49:44-05:00August 13, 2018|

KCK Emergency Assistance Center Expands to Meet Growing Needs

During an average day, 80 to 100 families walk through the doors of our Emergency Assistance Center (EAC) in Kansas City, Kansas. Some need aid feeding their families or paying rent or utilities. Others are there not just because they’re needing help, but they’re looking for hope. Up until recently, that EAC, which included a [...]

2018-08-27T15:44:52-05:00July 27, 2018|

More Sites In Kansas Offering Free Meals To Kids This Summer

Originally posted to By AVIVA OKESON-HABERMAN • June 12, 2018 Elizabeth Quinn feeds Eliyahu Mazer applesauce at the Johnson County Central Resource Library on Monday.AVIVA OKESON-HABERMAN / KCUR 89.3 Michael Kraft likes to joke that he’s under pressure to come to the summer lunch program at Johnson County Library, Central Resource. Last year, his kids [...]

2018-06-14T14:48:22-05:00June 14, 2018|

Laura’s Hope Story: Settling In

Laura is the mother of five children. Her husband is currently incarcerated and is not due to be released for at least two years. She had a hard time keeping up with bills while trying to juggle a job and taking care of her kids. She ended up losing her job because her car had [...]

2018-05-21T09:33:30-05:00May 17, 2018|