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 [...]

Refugee Summer School Program Impacts Students and Volunteers2018-08-27T14:39:03+00:00

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 [...]

JLL Employees Serve as Good Samaritans to Refugee Farmers2018-08-27T15:59:31+00:00

Breaking Bread Spring 2018 – New Roots for Refugees Celebrates 10 Years of Growth

It’s been a decade since ground was broken on a nine-acre training farm in Juniper Gardens in Kansas City, Kansas. It is home to the New Roots for Refugees program, a partnership between Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas and Cultivate KC. The urban incubator farm model is an ideal fit for refugees, who often come [...]

Breaking Bread Spring 2018 – New Roots for Refugees Celebrates 10 Years of Growth2018-07-11T10:46:45+00:00

New Roots for Refugees Offers Help to Those Who Need a Chance to Grow

Originally posted Kansas City Star BY ANNE MARIE HUNTER June 27, 2018 12:00 AM Updated June 27, 2018 12:00 AM Carrying his dreams and a gift for growing produce, Dhan Rai came to United States in 2009 with goal of building a better life. After a nine-year journey, the Bhutan native has found a home [...]

New Roots for Refugees Offers Help to Those Who Need a Chance to Grow2018-06-27T15:15:51+00:00

In Kansas City, Kansas, Two Myanmar Natives Have Found Their Own Version of the American Dream Through Farming

Originally published on Feast Magazine / Natalie Gallagher / May 25, 2018 Joseph and Far Thang of Victoria Gardens arrived in Kansas City after fleeing persecution in their native country. Far Thang is a petite woman with a heart-shaped, youthful face. She primarily speaks Hakha Chin, a language found in pockets of Southeast Asia, including Myanmar’s [...]

In Kansas City, Kansas, Two Myanmar Natives Have Found Their Own Version of the American Dream Through Farming2018-06-18T11:30:49+00:00

Savings Program Helps Refugees Achieve The American Dream

Ramesh Karki looks comfortable, leaning on a desk in his new office in Kansas City, Kansas’ Argentine neighborhood. He’s sporting a fashionably cut beard and a blue button down. When he landed at KCI in July of 2012, he had every reason to feel scared, defeated and nervous. He was a refugee, in debt to the International Organization of Migration (IOM) for the cost of his flight from Nepal, where he was living in a refugee camp along with thousands of other members of ethnic minorities expelled from Bhutan. But he was not scared. Instead when he arrived, he says, he had been “already thinking about the land of opportunity.”

Savings Program Helps Refugees Achieve The American Dream2018-06-13T10:29:07+00:00

‘I am very, very proud of him.’ For 919 in Kansas City, college dream will be reality

Originally posted to the KC Star BY MARÁ ROSE WILLIAMS mdwilliams@kcstar.com May 01, 2018 08:00 PM Updated May 02, 2018 09:47 AM Phul Biswa simply could not contain the smile that spread across her face as she watched her son receive a $50,000 KC Scholars award Tuesday at Wyandotte High School, in Kansas City, Kan. [...]

‘I am very, very proud of him.’ For 919 in Kansas City, college dream will be reality2018-05-03T14:41:21+00:00

AmeriCorps Members Help Get Things Done

Alexandra Kolker never imagined at this point in her life that she would have the opportunity to interact with an international population and teach life skills to new immigrants. Thanks to a partnership between Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas and AmeriCorps VISTA, she and others like her, are gaining more than professional experience - they're [...]

AmeriCorps Members Help Get Things Done2018-03-27T14:31:49+00:00

Program Helps Refugees Transfer Skills to New Home

-- REPOST FROM THE LEAVEN -- by Moira Cullings moira.cullings@theleaven.org TONGANOXIE — Sisi was overwhelmed when she fled to the United States from Burma. “I was facing so many difficulties,” she said. Sisi didn’t speak English, couldn’t drive a car and needed to drop off and pick up her daughter from the school bus stop [...]

Program Helps Refugees Transfer Skills to New Home2018-02-20T16:24:28+00:00

Regina’s Hope Story: La Luz, My Light

My name is Regina and this is my hope story. Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas recently came to the high school where I work as an interpreter. They were sharing with the students and their families about all the ways Catholic Charities might be able to help them or their neighbors. As I was helping [...]

Regina’s Hope Story: La Luz, My Light2017-12-11T10:24:10+00:00