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 Farming 2018-06-18T11:30:49+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 Dream 2018-06-13T10:29:07+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 reality 2018-05-03T14:41:21+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 Done 2018-03-27T14:31:49+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 Home 2018-02-20T16:24:28+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 Light 2017-12-11T10:24:10+00:00

Diego’s Hope Story: Freedom From Fear

My name is Diego. I'm a proud dad of two boys who are now enrolled in Kansas City schools. We are safe but six months ago, I didn't know if we'd make it another week. I was a victim of human trafficking in Georgia where I was forced to work in the tobacco fields from [...]

Diego’s Hope Story: Freedom From Fear 2017-11-27T13:11:56+00:00

The 5th Annual Gathering Garners Record Support

Five years ago a group of women with a passion for helping refugees in the community came together with a plan. From that meeting, "The Gathering" was born. The Gathering is a ladies event held each Fall to celebrate the New Roots for Refugees farmers and their season's harvest. More than 130 guests attended The Gathering [...]

The 5th Annual Gathering Garners Record Support 2017-11-08T14:11:49+00:00

Refugee Children Learn about American Schools

Starting a new school can be difficult for anyone. It’s especially challenging for refugee children who must become familiar with another country’s school rules and culture. To help get the children ready for school in America, Catholic Charities’ Refugee and Immigration Services offered a four day, back-to-school camp. Twenty-eight students attended, with the majority being [...]

Refugee Children Learn about American Schools 2017-10-30T09:59:36+00:00

Listen: Attorney Greg Boles, La Luz Immigration Clinic

Archbishop Naumann interviews attorney, Greg Boles, about La Luz Immigration Clinic, a legal advice ministry of Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas on the latest episode of The Shepherd’s Voice. La Luz provides inexpensive professional legal services to low-income, foreign-born individuals and their families. The Shepherd’s Voice airs on KEXS 1090 AM, Sunday at 8:30 am, [...]

Listen: Attorney Greg Boles, La Luz Immigration Clinic 2017-09-07T15:16:10+00:00