Helping Afghan Refugees in Kansas—Interview on “The Shepherd’s Voice”

Archbishop Naumann interviews Lauren Solidum, President and CEO of Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas, about the Catholic Church's  efforts to relocate Afghan refugees here in our community, and how people can help in this crucial work of mercy. Recently in response the humanitarian crisis caused by NATO withdrawl from Afghanistan, the U.S. Conference of [...]

2021-11-02T09:00:16-05:00November 2, 2021|

Homeland Security Awards Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas Citizenship and Integration Grant

Atchison Globe on NewsPressNow OVERLAND PARK— The Department of Homeland Security awarded approximately $10 million in grants to 40 organizations in 25 states to help prepare lawful permanent residents for naturalization. Of the $10 million, a grant of $250,000 has been awarded to Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas. With this grant, Catholic Charities of Northeast [...]

2021-10-04T15:04:20-05:00October 4, 2021|

Catholics Mobilize to Aid Afghan Refugees

Afghan refugees walk to a bus taking them to a refugee processing center upon their arrival at Dulles International Airport in Dulles, Virginia, Aug. 25. (CNS photo/Kevin Lamarque, Reuters) by Joe Bollig for The Leaven Read at The Leaven MISSION — The recent images of chaos and desperation in Afghanistan have stirred in Catholics across the [...]

2021-10-04T15:50:07-05:00October 4, 2021|

Welcoming Week Proclamation

The Board of County Commissioners of Johnson County, Kansas, issued a proclamation today for the recognition of Welcoming Week 2021, which is designed to bring neighbors of all backgrounds together, and build welcoming places for all. Lauren Solidum, President & CEO, and Denise Ogilvie, Chief Missions Officer, accepted the proclamation on behalf of the commitment [...]

2021-09-30T11:07:08-05:00September 9, 2021|

We’re Moving!

We're Moving! Our ministries located at our Central location at 2220 Central Avenue are relocating to 600 Minnesota Avenue, Kansas City, Kansas. Services Temporarily Closing Wednesday, June 17th Refugee & Immigration Services, La Luz Clinic and our Family Support Center and food pantry will be closed due to the move. Reopening Monday, June 29th Services, [...]

2020-06-17T11:08:28-05:00June 12, 2020|

Farm Share with New Roots for Refugees

Do you enjoy cooking with fresh, locally grown food? Would you like to help empower refugees living in the Kansas City area to start businesses growing organic produce? Consider signing up for a Farm Share with our New Roots for Refugees program! Photo from Feast Magazine, featuring New Roots for Refugees Previously [...]

2020-02-21T13:38:13-06:00February 21, 2020|

Plans Underway to Transplant New Roots Farm

After 11 years, New Roots for Refugees has outgrown its space at Juniper Gardens. Soon, it will move to a new spacious location which will allow for program expansion, employment opportunities and an increase in volunteer engagement. The new site, which is being leased by Catholic Charities, is owned by the Archdiocese of Kansas [...]

2019-12-19T15:13:20-06:00December 19, 2019|


Eat seasonally and locally through the New Roots for Refugees Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program. This year, instead of buying directly from one farmer, customers will purchase a New Roots CSA share, allowing them to enjoy produce from multiple farmers in our training program. “We’re excited about this new model,” says Meredith Walrafen, New Roots [...]

2019-03-28T14:06:24-05:00March 28, 2019|


“I feel that I belong to this country, and I am so happy!” exclaimed Akram Karimino. Akram was among the 24 students from Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas’ Citizenship Preparation Program who became an American citizen last week. They represented Burma, Bhutan, Guatemala, Iran, Iraq and Mexico. A total of 423 people from 69 countries [...]

2019-03-28T14:09:30-05:00March 28, 2019|