Making the Future Possible

The St. Rita Program, a ministry of Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas, is designed to remove barriers for those who are unemployed or underemployed. It is for those who are motivated to break the cycle of poverty and change their lives through educational and career advancement.

The St. Rita Program provides support and assistance needed to earn a certificate or degree as well as obtain and retain employment. The overall goal is for graduates to find success in a high-demand skilled labor field, healthcare, or life sciences professions.

Services Include

  • Assessments and Screenings
  • Financial Coaching & Support
  • Goal Plan Development
  • Job Essential Skills Training
  • Career Readiness Support
  • Case Management
  • Possible internships, apprenticeships and other resume-building activities
  • Connection to livable wage jobs and career opportunities
  • Resume and interview assistance


Individuals who meet the following criteria are eligible to apply to the St. Rita Program. Candidates must:

  • Be currently unemployed or underemployed
  • Display an interest in, an be eligible for, a degree or certificate program in a skilled trade, healthcare, IT or life sciences career
  • Be committed to engaging in intensive case management with Catholic Charities staff
  • Heave at least an intermediate literacy in the English language

Blog Posts about the St. Rita Program

Community Health Services

‘As I have loved you, so you also should love one another’

by Lauren Solidum Special to The Leaven God commands us to love one another. What does that mean for each of us? At Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas, love goes beyond our deep emotion for God and those we hold dear. It is an action. It is willing the good of others by engaging in

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Breaking Bread

St. Rita Program Helps Nurse Fulfill Her Passion

April’s desire to become a nurse began when she was 20 years old. A supply clerk in a nursing home, she dreamt she was holding the hand of a resident who was dying. She knew then that she had a special calling to nursing. After becoming a full-time nurse, her passion for caring for patients

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Hope Notes - Enewsletter

Skills Mismatch — a Root Cause of Poverty

by Lauren Solidum Special to The Leaven “The strong job market isn’t benefiting all Americans,” according to an article by McKinsey & Company. It illustrates a point that is incredibly necessary to understand as we navigate the modern  world. Many Americans face persistent barriers to finding a job, even as employers are struggling to fill

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Hope Notes - Enewsletter

St. Rita Program Helps Remove Barriers to Success

The bright room is filled with excited chatter and tables of sewing machines. Lined along with the colorful fabric in the Rightfully Sewn seamstress training center walk three women—two in matching gold chiffon hijabs and their mother, who is wearing a pearl-decorated hijab. Mashuta Wak, along with her daughters Tirina and Injilla, graduated from Ri