Share in the Harvest
Each year, The Gathering supports Catholic Charities Foundation of Northeast Kansas and the New Roots for Refugees program. This year, we invite you to support us from your home. Although we can’t gather in person, we can still share in raising much needed funds.
Double Your Impact!
Thanks to a generous challenge match gift from the Raskob Foundation for Catholic Activities, ALL gifts to The Gathering will be matched up to $20,000 this year! Double your impact today!
Mediatrice is from Africa. It is the place where she learned about farming. It is also where she became a refugee.
Originally from Burundi, Mediatrice and her family lived in a refugee camp in Tanzania. She was resettled by Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas five years ago. She came to the United States, along with her husband and two children.
Although her journey was hard, it was made a little easier with the support of Catholic Charities. The agency helped with the necessities of housing, food and clothing. In 2019, she joined the New Roots for Refugees training program, which empowers refugees to start farm businesses. For Mediatrice, it was an opportunity to continue a profession that she loves.
“I want to encourage people to love farming, like I do,” she said. “It is a really good job where I have met so many different people from so many different backgrounds.”
Mediatrice grows and sells African vegetables. She does that in part so that her children do not forget their African culture. She is also embracing her new culture by taking English classes at Kansas City Kansas Community College. She is very proud of how much of the language she has already mastered. The idea of someday taking other classes excites her.
“In my country, there is no opportunity for a mother to go to school. A mother has to take care of her family,” she said. “But here, a mother can still take care of her family and get an education.”
Her greatest hope for the future is to leave a legacy for her children.
"I want to be able to leave my kids their own house. A house which I bought myself."
Support Refugee Farmers like Mediatrice
The New Roots for Refugees program empowers families to start farm businesses growing produce according to organic standards. For the past decade New Roots for Refugees has supported families from the refugee community in establishing their own farm businesses primarily selling through farmer’s markets, CSA (community supported agriculture), and wholesale to local restaurants.
2020 Gathering Committee
2019 Market Sponsors
Mrs. Jeanne K. Gates
Mrs. Gretchen Hembree
Mrs. Shelley Howe
Mrs. Missy Kuklenski
Ms. Maureen McMeel Carroll
Mrs. Marny Sherman
2019 Seedling Sponsors
Mrs. Renny Arensberg
Mrs. Dori Boers
Country Club Bank
Mrs. Angela Evangelidis
Mrs. Kathy Jantsch
Mrs. Patricia M. Lisson
Mrs. René Meara
Mrs. Lynn C. O’Leary
Mrs. Caroline Reintjes
Mrs. Barclay H. Ross
Mrs. Donna Teahan
Terrasi Living & Scandia Home
Provides one single-language interpreter for all farmer workshops for one year. Sponsorship also recognition in the event materials for the 9th Annual Gathering in 2021.
Provides one farmer with a Market Start-Up Kit consisting of a table, tent and the cost of one season’s booth rental at area markets. Sponsorship also recognition in the event materials for the 9th Annual Gathering in 2021.
Provides one farmer with seeds and supplies necessary to begin farming. Sponsorship also recognition in the event materials for the 9th Annual Gathering in 2021.
Double your impact! This year, ALL gifts to The Gathering will be matched by The Raskob Foundation for Catholic Activities up to $20,000!
Remember: your impact doubles this year as all gifts to The Gathering are matched up to $20,000!