Welcome! One simple word that can mean so much.

Our Refugee and Immigration Services team hosted “Welcoming Week,” as part of a national effort to bring together and build strong connections among immigrants, refugees and long-time residents. Due to the pandemic, the event shifted from being in person to a drive-thru style event held at Bishop Ward High School in Kansas City, Kansas.

“Welcoming Week is an important event that brings immigrant and refugee communities together, making them feel comfortable in their new homeland,” explained Kasey Featherston, Director of Refugee and Immigration Services.

Several parishes partnered with Catholic Charities providing donated items, as well as event volunteers. Together, they served 150 families! Food, hygiene products, cleaning supplies, backpacks, school supplies, diapers and wipes were among the items distributed.

“We wanted to provide families with help, hospitality, and hope in a safe environment,” added Kasey. “It was also a wonderful way to give parish volunteers insight to our refugee and immigration programs through service to our immigrant neighbors.”