The Gathering 2017-11-08T14:15:29+00:00


Benefiting Catholic Charities Foundation of Northeast Kansas
and the New Roots for Refugees program

Thank you to all the attendees and supporters of the 5th Annual Gathering event!  Your efforts raised over $24,000 for the New Roots for Refugees program! Please make plans to join us for the 6th Annual Gathering event next fall.  Date to be announced.

This year’s Gathering host home has a rich history. Completed in 2007, the house was custom built utilizing artifacts collected from the world travels of the original homeowners. Each heirloom, brought together, creates an eclectic, yet harmonious, experience to be savored.

In many ways this reflects our New Roots for Refugees program. Refugee families come to the United States bringing with them trades and farming techniques of their culture. They offer produce indigenous to their native countries blended with local foods to create an appetizing fare for all to enjoy.

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 [...]

Gathering Commitee

  • Dori Boers
  • Jan Knopke
  • Trish Cattron
  • Missy Kuklenski
  • Julie Clarkson
  • Lynn O’Leary
  • Debbie Dellinger
  • Martha Poduch
  • Shelley Howe
  • Kris Townsend


Thank you to our generous and supportive 2017 sponsors!

Market Sponsors

  • Larry and Jeanne Gates
  • Ryan and Gretchen Hembree
  • Bob and Judy Hoehn
  • Evan and Shelley Howe
  • Kelly Family Foundation
  • Ed and Missy Kuklenski
  • John and Marny Sherman

Seedling Sponsors

  • Anonymous
  • Mark and Renny Arensberg
  • Brad and Elizabeth Bergman
  • Brad and Dori Boers
  • Brady and Associates
  • Maureen McMeel Carroll
  • Julie Clarkson
  • Keith and Bonnie Connell
  • Country Club Bank
  • Lauri Jones
  • Dave and Jan Knopke
  • Terry and Lynn O’Leary
  • Ken and Diane Williams

What is the New Roots for
Refugees Program?

New Roots for Refugees was started by Catholic Charities in partnership with Cultivate Kansas City to help refugees start small farm businesses growing and selling fresh, locally harvested produce.

Using their agricultural knowledge and experience along with their eagerness to put down roots in Kansas City, through the New Roots program, refugees are empowered to learn the processes and skills of farming in the Midwest by managing, marketing and selling the produce grown with their own hands.

On September 26, 2017, The Gathering will celebrate its 5th anniversary. As in previous years, The Gathering will offer an opportunity for ladies to learn how to incorporate fresh, local produce, like that grown by the New Roots’ farmers, into healthy meals for their families.

Funds raised from The Gathering support the New Roots for Refugees farmers by supplying them with the tools they need to successfully build and manage a farming business and prepare them for self-sustainability after they graduate from the program.

Produce grown by the farmers will be used in the meal preparation for the event and will also be on sale the night of.

Learn more about the NEW ROOTS for Refugees Program