While many businesses and organizations have been forced to close their doors due to COVID-19, Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas continues to serve. Our Family Support Centers (FSCs), mobile resource bus, Shalom House men’s shelter, and Catholic Community Hospice/In-Home Support operations remain a top priority.
Our monthly mass food distributions held on the 3rd Saturday in Kansas City, Kansas at Harmon High School, and the fourth Tuesday at the Olathe Family Support Center, are continuing. “We experienced an incredible 30 percent increase in the number of individuals and families served at our last mass food distribution in Wyandotte County,” says Lauren Solidum, President and CEO. “The demand for food and basic necessities is great right now, but we remain hopeful that we will meet those needs thanks to the abundance of generosity that we have witnessed.”
In addition, to help bridge the food gap in the community, Catholic Charities is starting Kids Summer Food programming early at some of our sites. Children up to 18 years of age can receive free sack lunches at our Central and Overland Park Family Support Centers. https://catholiccharitiesks.org/kids-summer-food-program-begins-early/
All nonessential ministries, including our TurnStyles Thrift stores, are currently closed. TurnStyles is not accepting any donations at its three locations or at the clothing bins located at parishes and area businesses.
“We are so grateful for the outpouring of support that we have received. I cannot thank everyone enough, for it is only with your help, that we can continue our mission of serving the most vulnerable among us,” adds Lauren.
How You Can Help
  • Serve with us on the resource bus, sorting food at Hope Distribution Center, or within an FSC. There are opportunities with limited exposure and risk. https://catholiccharitiesks.org/volunteer/
  • Share our social media posts and promote our request for disaster support. We remain in need of food, hygiene items, diapers, etc. https://catholiccharitiesks.org/covid19/
  • Pray. The implications of this virus will have a lasting impact on those we serve far after the quarantine, and Catholic Charities will be asked to respond.

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