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

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 Rightfully

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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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