Join us in Celebrating 10 Years

Share in the Harvest

Ten years ago, a group of friends gathered to learn more about the New Roots for Refugees training program at Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas. A decade later, The Gathering continues to spread a welcoming message of hope. It is amazing to witness the impact one small seed has made in the lives of refugee farmers and their families.

Through a generous matching grant in honor of this special anniversary year, all funds raised for this year’s Gathering will be matched 4 times. Quadruple your impact with each gift and multiply your support for New Roots for Refugees!!

Biak Par's Story

This fall, Biak Par will proudly graduate from the New Roots for Refugees training program. Her journey to this point has not been easy, but it has been one filled with determination and hope.

Born in Hmah Phial, a small village in the forest of Burma, Biak Par is from the Chin ethnic group. She grew up in Myanmar, where she specialized in making peanut oil. After living in a refugee camp for years, she, her husband and two children were resettled by Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas in August 2013. Six years later, she joined the New Root for Refugees training program after learning about it from relatives who were also participants.

Through the New Roots program, Biak Par has strengthened her farming skills. She has received support in setting up and selling her homegrown produce at Church of the Nativity in Leawood, and at local farmers markets. She is also a farmer participant in the New Roots Farm Share program, which provides subscribers seasonal vegetables and herbs.

“It has helped our family with daily income, and we can help out our family back in Burma,” said Biak Par. “Even if it’s not much, we can provide them with what they need.”

Since resettling to Kansas, Biak Par and her husband have expanded their family to include two more children. In 2020, the couple became U.S. citizens. Her dream is to someday purchase land near her home that she can farm.

Support Refugee Farmers like Biak Par

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 farmers markets, CSA (Community Supported Agriculture), and wholesale to local restaurants.

Your sponsorship or donation will support the New Roots for Refugees program and helps refugee farmers find self-determination and self-sufficiency.

Above: Biak Par displays vegetables from a recent harvest

Sponsorship Opportunities

Interpreter Sponsor

Provides one single-language interpreter for all farmer workshops for one year. Sponsorship includes recognition in the event materials for the 11th Annual Gathering in 2023.

Includes 6 tickets.


Market Sponsor

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 includes recognition in the event materials for the 11th Annual Gathering in 2023.

Includes 4 tickets.


Seedling Sponsor

Provides one farmer with seeds and supplies necessary to begin farming. Sponsorship includes recognition in the event materials for the 11th Annual Gathering in 2023.

Includes 2 tickets.


The Gathering is SOLD OUT! Thank you so much for your interest in supporting this special anniversary year. 
We hope you will consider making a donation to further the New Roots for Refugees Program.

Please reach out to Lindsay Smither with questions, 913.433.2068 or


Join us at The Gathering and celebrate 10 years of support for New Roots for Refugees and Catholic Charities Foundation of Northeast Kansas. A beautiful evening of fun, friends and great food from Páros Estiatorio in Mission Farms awaits.

The 10th Annual Gathering will be hosted at the home of Bridget Lee on October 4, 2022 from 6:30-9:00 PM. Kindly RSVP by September 23, 2022.

Would you like to QUADRUPLE your impact? Are you unable to join us at The Gathering? Donate to The Gathering benefitting New Roots for Refugees and Catholic Charities Foundation of Northeast Kansas.

Thanks to a generous matching grant, your donation will be matched four timesThank you for your support!

2022 Gathering Committee

Dori Boers

Sherri Burke

Angela Evangelidis

Shelley Howe

Missy Kuklenski

Lynn O’Leary

Maddie O’Leary

2021 Interpreter Sponsors

Elin Murphy

Theresa Murphy

2021 Market Sponsors

Kathy Atha

Dori Boers

Jeanne Gates

Gretchen Hembree

Judy Hoehn

Shelley Howe

Missy Kuklenski

Bridget Lee

Marny Sherman

Terrasi Living & Scandia Home

Connie Tompkins

2021 Seedling Sponsors

Renny Arensberg

Nancy Baker

Dorothy Barnthouse

Maureen Bukaty

Trish Cattron

Country Club Bank

Sarah Evans

Karen Gibbons

Jeanne Haake

Ann Hays

Kathy Jantsch

Patricia Lisson

Melodi McAnany

René Meara

Cheri Milligan

Brenda Moore

Lynn O’Leary

Lynn Reardon

Caroline Reintjes

Mary Reintjes

Roys Thedinger

Gretchen Vosburgh

Leslie Whitaker

Sabine Whitehouse

Stories of Hope

Biak Par’s family, like dozens of others, has found hope and a path to self-sufficiency through the New Roots for Refugees program.

In the past 10 years, The Gathering has featured farmers in the New Roots for Refugees program. Read their inspiring stories below. 


M25: Mercy Multiplied

Our mission follows the Gospel of Matthew, verse 25: “Whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.”

As a monthly donor to Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas, you have the opportunity to receive a free t-shirt for yourself and another member of your household.

We will be in touch once you sign up. Questions? Please reach out to Gary Pratt,