Celebrate World Refugee Day 2023

World Refugee Day is an international day designated by the United Nations. It falls each year on June 20 and commemorates the strength and courage of people who have been forced to flee their home country to escape conflict or persecution. Every year, Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas hosts a World Refugee Day event in [...]

2023-05-17T13:30:53-05:00May 17, 2023|

Become a Mentor for Refugee Youth with ReCONNECT

Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas has been resettling refugees since 1975, but one of the newer ways we have engaged with displaced refugee youth is through a refugee mentorship program, known as ReCONNECT. The program originated as a plan to help refugee youth gain assurance to achieve their educational and career goals. Our main objective is [...]

2023-04-27T14:34:36-05:00April 27, 2023|

Sign up for an Early Summer Farm Share!

New Roots for Refugees Farm Share is a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program that provides subscribers with 5-7 locally-grown, seasonal vegetables and herbs each week (AKA a “share”). Produce in each share is grown by farmers currently in our 4-year training program as well as graduates of the program. Shares are picked up weekly, beginning May [...]

2023-03-17T09:10:51-05:00March 17, 2023|

Catholic Charities Celebrates 10th Annual Gathering Event

Earlier this month, Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas held its 10th Annual Gathering Event, at the home of Bridget Lee. Support from The Gathering sponsors and attendees helped Catholic Charities secure more than $160,000 to support the New Roots for Refugees program! In 2008, Catholic Charities, in partnership with Cultivate KC, began New Roots for [...]

2022-10-18T09:18:13-05:00October 17, 2022|

Music: the Universal Language

Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas's Refugee School Impact (RSI) Program Partners with Local Music School Every country has its own unique language, but one universal language is spoken, or rather sang, among all cultures. That language is music.  Children from Catholic Charities’ Refugee School Impact (RSI) Program spent their last few weeks of summer learning [...]

2022-08-23T13:26:41-05:00August 22, 2022|

Enjoy Locally Grown Produce and Support Refugee Farmers

Support local farmers and refugee families by becoming a member of the New Roots for Refugees Farm Share! By purchasing the Late Summer Season farm share, each week you will receive naturally-grown vegetables familiar to a Midwestern palate as well as vegetables that are traditional to the farmers’ countries of origin. Produce is available for [...]

2022-07-25T14:50:51-05:00July 25, 2022|

The Lord Invites Us to Welcome the Stranger

Throughout salvation history, or the history of God’s people towards Him, fleeing homelands and journeying towards new ones are common themes. The people of God are regularly immigrants and refugees. They flee due to violence, floods, exile, and due to the Lord inviting them somewhere else. We even find the Holy Family fleeing to Egypt [...]

2022-08-22T10:05:54-05:00June 21, 2022|

Afghan Refugees to the Area Met with Outpouring of Support

by Lauren Solidum Special to The Leaven “Thank you for all of your efforts to protect me and my family.” These words of gratitude came from an Afghan man, who left Kabul as the Taliban began its violent takeover. He is one of the 231 Afghan refugees who Catholic Charities has had the privilege to [...]

2022-05-18T11:38:36-05:00May 18, 2022|