At Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas, the health and safety of our staff, volunteers and those we serve are of the utmost importance in fulfilling our mission. With the outbreak of COVID-19, each of our unique programs have developed and implemented sanitization processes and measures to help reduce the risk of spreading the virus while continuing to respond to those in need during this difficult time. Because of the local business closures, many of those we serve have been placed in financial hardship and many will be without food. Our top priorities, over the next few weeks, are to ensure our food, shelter and healthcare ministries remain intact including: Family Support Centers, Resource Bus, Shalom House men’s shelter, Catholic Community Hospice and In-Home Support.

Effective 3/18/2020 through the next 2 weeks

  • All office locations, with the exception of our Family Support Centers, will be closed to the public.
  • Family Support Centers will offer services 3-days a week: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday (with Wednesdays and Fridays devoted to deep cleaning).
  • All TurnStyles Thrift stores will be closed for shopping and donation drop-offs.

Safety remains top-of-mind as we operate some of our essential services to help our neighbors in need. We will continue to follow the protocols of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and local health departments while continuing to provide help, hope, and hospitality to individuals and families in need.

Many in our community are looking to Catholic Charities for disaster relief. Therefore, we remain in need of food. Volunteers are also needed for our distribution efforts, as well as within our Friendly Visitors/Ring-A-Day program to provide phone calls and letters to the elderly experiencing isolation within many of our nursing facilities. If you are interested in helping our neighbors in need at this time, please visit:  https://catholiccharitiesks.org/covid19/

If you volunteer with Catholic Charities and are uncomfortable serving with us, we encourage you to refrain from volunteer service at this time. If you are experiencing any form of illness (i.e. cold, cough, etc.), please suspend your volunteer service with Catholic Charities immediately. Also, if you are returning from international travel, you are required to stay at home for 14 days, monitor your health, and practice “social distancing” by limiting in-person interactions with others. Please update us about your status by contacting our volunteer department at ccnekvolunteers@catholiccharitiesks.org or 913.433.2081.

Thank you for your support during this difficult time. We pray for those impacted by the virus and that everyone will follow the recommended precautions to prevent further spread of this disease in our communities. If there is any change in our services going forward, we will provide an update on our website, https://catholiccharitiesks.org/, and our social media channels:

https://www.facebook.com/CCNEK/

https://twitter.com/CCNEK

Just as our Lenten penance is meant to deepen our relationship with God and our solidarity with all who suffer as the Lord did, we can allow these inconveniences in our daily lives to direct our prayers toward those who have died, our loved ones, those who are ill or facing financial hardships, and our actions toward strengthening the common good. Both at home and abroad the coronavirus poses a threat that knows no borders, as Christians, neither does our love and concern for our neighbors.