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 [...]

2019-09-17T11:21:34-05:00September 17, 2019|

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 [...]

2019-10-08T10:12:52-05:00September 11, 2019|

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 [...]

2019-01-24T11:27:27-06:00January 24, 2019|

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|

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 [...]

2018-10-01T17:10:33-05:00October 1, 2018|

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 [...]

2018-10-01T15:41:57-05:00October 1, 2018|

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 [...]

2018-09-10T11:32:36-05:00September 10, 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|

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 [...]

2018-08-27T16:00:00-05:00July 25, 2018|

Laura’s Hope Story: Settling In

Laura is the mother of five children. Her husband is currently incarcerated and is not due to be released for at least two years. She had a hard time keeping up with bills while trying to juggle a job and taking care of her kids. She ended up losing her job because her car had [...]

2018-05-21T09:33:30-05:00May 17, 2018|