Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas is celebrating Interpreter Appreciation Week!

Interpreters at Catholic Charities provide an extremely important service, allowing the refugee clients we serve to communicate with our staff in their first language. When a refugee arrives in Kansas City, one of the first people they’ll meet is an interpreter, who’s there at the airport to greet the client, welcome them to Kansas City, [...]

2019-03-07T12:51:36-06:00March 7, 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|


It’s that time of year when the temperature drops down and the tree goes up. It’s twinkling lights and jingle bells. It’s when children across the globe hang their stockings and carefully pen their wish list. It can be a magical time of the year. But, for families struggling financially, Christmas can also be an [...]

2018-12-19T10:26:15-06:00December 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|

Refugee Summer School Program Impacts Students and Volunteers

The following is a reflection written by Andrea Curnes, a St. James Academy high school student who volunteered with our Refugee School Impact (RSI) Summer Program. The program collaborates with community partners, other Catholic Charities’ programs and volunteers to help prepare newly arrived refugee children for school in America. I had an incredible experience working [...]

2018-08-27T14:39:03-05:00August 22, 2018|

JLL Employees Serve as Good Samaritans to Refugee Farmers

You can never have too much of a good thing – unless it’s an over-abundance of fresh produce coupled with a shortage of storage. That’s the dilemma faced by two New Roots for Refugees graduate farmers. Fortunately, JLL, a firm that specializes in real estate and investment management, stepped in to help out. The JLL [...]

2018-08-27T15:59:31-05:00July 26, 2018|

Foster Grandparents Program Celebrated at National Service Day Event

On April 3, the Foster Grandparent Program (FGP) federal funders, Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), sponsored a special event recognizing the impact of  AmeriCorps and Senior Corps programs in the KC Metro. The event was a celebration reception for National Service Day of Recognition. Grandma Betty Jean Walker shares a few stories [...]

2018-04-04T14:29:59-05:00April 4, 2018|

The Boy on the Bridge

Guest story from Susan Straub, friend of Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas. It was dusk on a surprisingly warm Saturday on January 27th. I was running late, headed home. I knew Ernie was waiting for me to get home so we could go to a charity event. I have a habit of running a little [...]

2018-03-06T10:12:56-06:00March 5, 2018|

Donated Items Put to Good Use at TurnStyles Thrift Stores

Gently used items are donated daily to TurnStyles Thrift Stores. Thanks to these donations, individuals and families on a limited budget have an affordable place to shop.  Best of all, by shopping, they are impacting the lives of others who are struggling to make ends meet. TurnStyles is a volunteer-driven ministry of Catholic Charities of [...]

2021-02-18T10:53:41-06:00December 6, 2017|