COVID makes Snow Ball more vital than ever

by Carol Cowdrey Special to The Leaven In the summer of 2019, Craig and Karen Gaffney, parishioners of Holy Angels Church in Basehor, were invited to serve as presidents of the 47th annual Snow Ball benefiting the Catholic Charities Foundation of Northeast Kansas. When they accepted, they had no idea that they would become the [...]

2021-01-19T18:43:06-06:00January 19, 2021|

Blessed To Be Part Of The Solution

Larry Pentlin, left, and Phil Goss of Midway Auto Parts, Inc., in Kansas City, Missouri, pose with some of the company’s trucks. Midway has been partnering with Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas and Catholic Charities of Kansas City-St. Joseph for the Cars4KC program since the summer of 2019. PHOTO COURTESY OF MIDWAY AUTO PARTS, INC. [...]

2020-12-27T22:40:40-06:00December 27, 2020|

Putting Love Into Action

After reading Refugee by Alan Gratz, eighth graders at Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic School wanted to get a better understanding about refugees. They reached out to Catholic Charities and connected with Melissa Lukes, from the Refugee and Immigration Services department. Melissa spoke with the students and gave them an overview of our refugee program and [...]

2020-12-27T22:27:56-06:00December 27, 2020|

Giving Thanks And Hope

Although many things have changed this year, our commitment for feeding the hungry remains the same. Every year, we distribute turkeys to those we serve with the hope that these individuals and families will be able to enjoy a Thanksgiving meal. This year 2,500 turkeys are being distributed through our programs and our Family Support [...]

2020-11-24T14:45:37-06:00November 24, 2020|

Families Rely More On The Hospice Team

    It has always been an honor for the Catholic Community Hospice team to care for patients at the end of life. It has become an even greater one now, as families are restricted from spending time with their loved ones due to the health pandemic. “Families are grieving because they can’t visit. They’re [...]

2020-11-24T14:02:05-06:00November 24, 2020|

Difficult Decision Made Out of Love

In August, we found ourselves working with two women contemplating adoption. The journey for each of them has been unique. One woman, Jane, reached out to us in the spring and has been wavering for many months between the decision to place for adoption or to parent. It has been a very emotional journey for [...]

2020-11-23T07:01:39-06:00November 23, 2020|

Support Catholic Charities With Amazon Smile

Amazon Prime Day is coming up October 13-14! This is an opportunity to take advantage of some great online shopping deals, while supporting Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas. Shop at and Amazon will donate 0.5% of eligible purchases to our agency year-round, with no fees or added costs to you. To sign up go [...]

2020-09-29T09:51:03-05:00September 29, 2020|

Making Our Immigrant and Refugee Neighbors Feel Welcome

Welcome! One simple word that can mean so much. Our Refugee and Immigration Services team hosted “Welcoming Week,” as part of a national effort to bring together and build strong connections among immigrants, refugees and long-time residents. Due to the pandemic, the event shifted from being in person to a drive-thru style event held at [...]

2020-09-29T09:30:27-05:00September 29, 2020|

Starting The School Year Right

Returning to school looked a little different this year. Although some kids were starting back in-person, while others were doing classes virtually, one thing remained the same – all needed school supplies. Our Leavenworth Family Support Center was able to bring smiles to 174 children in need through its annual school supply drive. Leavenworth is [...]

2020-09-29T09:31:14-05:00September 29, 2020|

Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas to Take Refugee Entrepreneurs to the Next Level

Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas is a recipient of the prestigious Heartland Challenge Grant awarded by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. Only 17 organizations from across a four state region were selected to receive the grant, designed to improve business prospects for entrepreneurs with traditionally difficult access to financing gatekeepers. The Heartland Challenge grantees will [...]

2020-09-29T09:10:46-05:00September 29, 2020|