The Olathe Family Support Center provides services to help meet the immediate survival needs of people of all faiths.
Nearly 65,000 people in Johnson County struggle to get enough food to eat. At times, they’re forced to make difficult choices between feeding their families and paying their rent.
Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas is here to help. Our Olathe Family Support Center is available to low-income individuals and families who need food or assistance with basic utility payments, housing, clothing or medical prescriptions.
The help goes beyond meeting immediate needs. An on-site case manager works to identify solutions and resources that will lead to long-term change.
GIVING HELP. GIVING HOPE.
Although Catholic Charities had been serving Johnson County, it was determined that an on-site Family Support Center (FSC) in Olathe could more directly meet the community’s needs. The Olathe FSC opened in 1981 in the city’s downtown area. We partner with many organizations to provide extensive programs and services including the Olathe Fire Department’s Integrated Health Care Unit which offers monthly screenings; Happy Bottoms diaper program; K-State Extension for monthly nutrition classes; and weekly financial classes through Arvest Bank. On the fourth Tuesday of every month, we team up with Harvesters to host a mobile fresh food distribution of perishable and refrigerated items in the parking lot.
This past fiscal year, demand for services continued to grow in Olathe. We served 12,246 unduplicated individuals. We provided food assistance 30,593 times. Household and personal items increased 147% while the distribution of gently used clothing grew by 15% and the number of financial education participants was 63% higher.
We could not assist our neighbors in need without the support and generosity of individuals, businesses, parishes and foundations who step up to organize food drives, make gifts-in-kind, volunteer in our food pantry and make financial contributions. We are truly blessed.
Olathe Family Support Center Address:
333 East Poplar
Olathe, KS 66061
Call for an appointment to learn what you will need to bring with you to receive services. All services are free and based on need – not religion, race or nationality.
Food Pantry hours:
9:00-4:00 pm (Monday—Thursday)
Clothing Closet Hours:
9:00-11:30 and 1:00-3:30 (Monday, Wednesday)
Hours of Operation:
Monday through Friday – 9:00 am- 4:30 pm
With four hours of your time, you could mentor a refugee or migrant family as they acclimate to their new surroundings. With one evening, you could prepare and serve a dinner meal and socialize with the guests at Shalom House, men’s shelter. With four hours a week, you could greet and direct those in need of assistance at one of our Emergency Assistance Centers.