Snow Ball 2019 Program Highlight: St Rita Center

St. Rita works with Kansas City Kansas Community College’s Technical Education Center, assisting with enrollment. In addition, the participants must commit to attending sessions offered by St. Rita including intensive financial education classes. Professional skills training for job seeking, job retention and job success including full resume and application service, interview coaching and principles of [...]

Snow Ball 2019 Program Highlight: St Rita Center2019-02-28T14:47:10-06:00

VITA Program Hits the Road

When Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas’ Mobile Resource Bus rolls into some of our rural communities over the next couple of months, there will be a new service on board – free income tax help for families in need. “The IRS has emphasized that the rural communities have very limited resources for tax support,” explains [...]

VITA Program Hits the Road2019-02-28T09:29:57-06:00

VITA Program Renews Hope and Eases Burdens

In our VITA program, we are fortunate to partner with Benedictine College. We have a great group of volunteers and interns from the school. VITA gives them an opportunity to hone their accounting skills while serving their community. As volunteer tax preparers, they have seen first-hand the extreme poverty some of our brothers and sisters [...]

VITA Program Renews Hope and Eases Burdens2019-01-24T11:27:27-06:00

Taxes Filed FREE – VITA

Catholic Charities is offering a FREE tax preparation service to anyone with household income of $54,000 or less. IRS-certified volunteers will prepare your tax return at our offices. Appointments ONLY Tax preparation services available at the following locations and times: Leavenworth Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays February 11th thru April 12th 9:00 – 4:00 Call [...]

Taxes Filed FREE – VITA2019-02-12T17:29:40-06:00

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 [...]

Lack of Financial Understanding Costs Families2018-11-19T16:54:43-06:00

Beth’s Hope Story: Achieving Goals

Hi, my name is Beth and this is my hope story... I started the Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas Family Financial TransformationsTM program back in December. I am a single mom of three kids and had been struggling with my finances for the past few months. In December, I came to Catholic Charities to enroll [...]

Beth’s Hope Story: Achieving Goals2018-08-27T16:00:00-06:00

Breaking Bread Spring 2018 – Future is Bright for St. Rita’s Inaugural Class of 2018

Lavaunte has always been passionate about auto technology. Without the proper training, that passion, unfortunately, couldn’t translate into income. He needed more education, but as the youngest of five, no one in his family had ever had the option of attending college – until now. Lavaunte was among a group of six students who participated [...]

Breaking Bread Spring 2018 – Future is Bright for St. Rita’s Inaugural Class of 20182018-07-11T09:55:18-06:00

Savings Program Helps Refugees Achieve The American Dream

Ramesh Karki looks comfortable, leaning on a desk in his new office in Kansas City, Kansas’ Argentine neighborhood. He’s sporting a fashionably cut beard and a blue button down. When he landed at KCI in July of 2012, he had every reason to feel scared, defeated and nervous. He was a refugee, in debt to the International Organization of Migration (IOM) for the cost of his flight from Nepal, where he was living in a refugee camp along with thousands of other members of ethnic minorities expelled from Bhutan. But he was not scared. Instead when he arrived, he says, he had been “already thinking about the land of opportunity.”

Savings Program Helps Refugees Achieve The American Dream2018-06-13T10:29:07-06:00

Mari’s Hope Story: Faith in Me

My name is Mari and this is my hope story... I've worked with my case manager as part of the Kansas Loan Pool Project (KLPP) program for almost a year. It's been a process. Nothing easy about it. By being an active participant in the KLPP program (attending classes, meeting regularly with my case manager, [...]

Mari’s Hope Story: Faith in Me2018-05-08T11:41:50-06:00

Editorial: Payday loans thrive without legislative action

Originally posted to CJOnline.com  /   Posted Apr 20, 2018 at 3:38 PM This session, the Kansas Legislature failed to consider legislation imposing restrictions on payday lending. In effect, that points to a failure among legislative leaders to protect vulnerable citizens of this state. A recent account on CJOnline.com told the sad tale of Bill Coffman, a veteran who struggles with [...]

Editorial: Payday loans thrive without legislative action2018-04-23T14:48:36-06:00