Viviano Variety Show’s Farewell Performance Benefits Catholic Charities

The 38th Annual Viviano Variety Benefit Show held its farewell performance in November. For nearly four decades, the holiday production has benefited local charitable organizations, including The Don Bosco Centers, Mayor’s Christmas Tree Fund, Hurtado Scholars Program, and most often our own.  “Catholic Charities has overwhelmingly been the organization of choice. 90 cents of every [...]

2022-12-14T13:34:31-06:00December 14, 2022|

A Christmas Message from Lauren Solidum, President & CEO

The challenges that many families experience today are similar to those that Mary and Joseph faced on their journey to Bethlehem. Families in need are searching for hospitality; someone to welcome them and treat them with love and dignity. They need help to feed, clothe and shelter their children. Most of all, they want the knowledge, skills and [...]

2022-12-14T13:34:26-06:00December 14, 2022|

Ways to Give This Holiday Season

This Christmas, we lift up our hearts with gratitude for generous donors such as yourself. Your compassion, kindness, and trust in our mission enables us to put love into action and fund over 30+ programs that serve the most vulnerable populations in our communities. If you feel so inclined to give back this holiday season, [...]

2022-12-14T13:34:08-06:00December 14, 2022|

St. Rita Program Helps Nurse Fulfill Her Passion

April’s desire to become a nurse began when she was 20 years old. A supply clerk in a nursing home, she dreamt she was holding the hand of a resident who was dying. She knew then that she had a special calling to nursing. After becoming a full-time nurse, her passion for caring for patients [...]

2022-12-14T13:33:53-06:00December 14, 2022|

An Advent Reflection

Only a few more weeks until we get to celebrate the “reason for the season”, our hope, that is our Savior, Jesus Christ. This beautiful season of Advent is an invitation from the Church to set aside time to prepare our hearts to ponder the mystery of the incarnation – or moment when the Word [...]

2022-12-14T13:33:38-06:00December 14, 2022|

Skills Mismatch — a Root Cause of Poverty

by Lauren Solidum Special to The Leaven "The strong job market isn’t benefiting all Americans," according to an article by McKinsey & Company. It illustrates a point that is incredibly necessary to understand as we navigate the modern  world. Many Americans face persistent barriers to finding a job, even as employers are struggling to fill [...]

2022-11-11T14:19:05-06:00November 11, 2022|

A Unique Opportunity to Help a Child in Need

Since 1956, Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas has provided Adoption services as a state-licensed child placing agency. We work with expectant mothers and married couples to place babies with their forever families. This fiscal year, 17 families connected with our dedicated team of experienced staff to enroll in the program.  Couples living within our 21-county [...]

2022-11-11T14:19:14-06:00November 11, 2022|

14th Annual STA Food Drive Raises Critical Funds & Donations

For over a decade Saint Thomas Aquinas Catholic High School has organized an annual canned food drive benefiting Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas. All donations go towards re-stocking our Hope Distribution Center warehouse, which supplies food to all seven of our Family Support Center food pantries and the Resource Bus program that serves our rural [...]

2022-11-11T14:19:25-06:00November 11, 2022|

Year-Round Healthy Meals for Children

Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas’ Kids Summer Food Program (KSF) may be more widely known throughout our agency for distributing and delivering free meals to children. But nutritious meals for children are available year-round through our federally-funded Child & Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). CACFP has been part of our agency’s service offerings since the [...]

2022-11-30T11:07:11-06:00November 11, 2022|

Thanksgiving Turkey Drives Feed Families in Need

Over 2,500 frozen turkeys and holiday trimmings are expected to be collected for families this Thanksgiving, thanks to the generosity of community partners, parishes across the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas, and the wealth management company, Creative Planning! Local parishes and Creative Planning host annual turkey drives the weekend before Thanksgiving. During the drives, [...]

2022-11-11T14:19:33-06:00November 11, 2022|