Jim and Dee’s Hope Story: Volunteering Leads to Friendship

Keith and his wife Shelly were paired with Jim and Dee for over eight years through Catholic Charities’ Friendly Visitors program. Jim and Dee never had children. Each was the last remaining sibling in their families. This foursome would enjoy visits and monthly dinners together. Shelly and Keith helped when it was time to [...]

Jim and Dee’s Hope Story: Volunteering Leads to Friendship2019-09-17T11:33:57-05:00

Adoption Hope Story: A Story of Love

We had an adoption finalize recently.  While every adoption finalization is a hope story of God’s divine intervention, God’s grace and beauty, and God’s love for all his children including adults and children; this adoption was no different.  The timing of how the couple, birthmother, and child met was quick.  The turnaround time was [...]

Adoption Hope Story: A Story of Love2019-09-17T11:20:55-05:00

Mary’s Hope Story: Becoming Financially Stable

Mary is a bus driver and only receives steady income during the school year. A Program Specialist has been working with her for the last 7 months through our Family Financial Transformations™ Program. Mary is also receiving housing assistance through Catholic Charities. At the beginning of the program, Mary was not able to pay [...]

Mary’s Hope Story: Becoming Financially Stable2019-09-17T11:21:34-05:00

Brent’s Story — St. Rita Program Highlight

Brent, age 40, was raised on a farm in Basehor, KS. Like many hard working families, both of his parents worked full-time jobs. Growing up, Brent spent many hours with his grandparents. His grandfather was his role model, and would be instrumental to a major decision Brent would make later in life. After high [...]

Brent’s Story — St. Rita Program Highlight2019-10-08T10:12:52-05:00

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 Burdens2019-01-24T11:27:27-05:00

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 [...]

Prayer for a More Generous Heart Leads to Major Gift2018-11-20T16:37:53-05:00

No Gift – or Giver – Too Small

Hope Hero Shout Out! Four-year-old Joslyn bounced through the doors at Catholic Charities pulling a wagon twice the size of her small frame. Days earlier, Joslyn had been pulling that same wagon through her neighborhood collecting food to donate to our Emergency Assistance Centers. Quiet and unassuming, Joslyn didn't quite know why all the fuss [...]

No Gift – or Giver – Too Small2018-10-01T17:10:33-05:00

Afghans for Hospice Patients are a Labor of Love

Jane Godar Kreiter, a member of Church of the Ascension in Overland Park, has made more than 200 lap afghans for hospice patients. LEAVEN PHOTO BY JOE MCSORLEY by Carol Cowdrey Special to The Leaven OVERLAND PARK — Jane Godar Kreiter, a parishioner at Church of the Ascension here, learned to knit when [...]

Afghans for Hospice Patients are a Labor of Love2018-10-01T15:41:57-05:00

Barbara and Steve’s Hope Story: Asking for Help

Barbara and Steve are a couple in their 60s, and both are disabled. Steve was a social worker, but had to retire early due to heart disease. Barbara is a retired school teacher struggling with cancer. Together, they owe over $50,000 in medical fees, and are behind on those payments. They’ve tried to sell their [...]

Barbara and Steve’s Hope Story: Asking for Help2018-09-10T11:32:36-05:00