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


St. Rita Participant Sews Masks During COVID-19

Above: Liliane and her refugee apprentice sewing masks. Image from the video by Stellar Image Studios. Liliane, the woman in the video below by Stellar Image Studios, has recently started sewing masks as a way to keep her business, African Designs, running during the COVID-19 Crisis. She had just signed a lease on a new

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Future is Bright for St. Rita Participants

Lavaunte has always been passionate about auto technology. Without the proper training, that passion unfortunately couldn’t translate into income. He needed more education, but as the youngest of five, no one in his family had ever had the option of attending college — until now. Lavaunte was among a group of six participants who participated

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