As a faith-based organization, we are inspired by God's love and compassion to provide unconditional love and necessary help to people of all faiths by stabilizing and strengthening individuals and families in need across the 21 counties of Northeast Kansas.
Founded in 1956, Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas provides a wide range of programs and services to those in need in our 21 county service area. We believe in offering our neighbors in need a hand up, not a hand out by giving them the help and resources needed for long-term change.
Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas has nine Emergency Assistance Center locations, multiple outreach offices and two mobile resources busses to assist reaching our more rural neighbors in need. These programs are supported by 132 full-time and 17 part-time employees as well as numerous PRN employees, interns and volunteers. Last year alone, an average of 1,178 volunteers per month contributed over 18,777 hours per month to help bring to life the mission of Catholic Charities. The estimated in-kind contribution of these volunteer hours reaches over $4.7 million for the 2014-15 fiscal year.
The agency has a long-standing reputation in the community and as developed a robust network of community partners, including United Way and Harvesters; federal, state and local government agencies; and other community providers. The agency benefits from two successful fundraisers—an annual Golf Tournament and Snow Ball Gala. The additional revenue from these events, as well as individual contributions, are vital for offsetting budget deficits among programs.
Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas is able to achieve its impactful work in the community thanks to the countless number of individuals and corporate supporters. There are many ways to support the mission of the agency. Donations of food and personal dignity products can be made to any of the agency's nine Emergency Assistance Centers. Clothing, furniture and small household item donations are also accepted at our agency’s thrift store, TurnStyles. Still, other supporters choose to make a monetary donation or to give of their time and talent as a volunteer.
Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas has helped people in need of every faith in our community for close to 60 years. This milestone achievement could not have taken place without the scores of dedicated volunteers, staff, and other community organizations that work together to serve those less fortunate. On a daily basis, Catholic Charities faces the growing needs of the sick, elderly and the working poor who come to us for assistance. With eight locations in northeast Kansas, this organization provides unique services to each community including emergency and utility assistance, case management, foster care, adoption services, home care and hospice care. Catholic Charities has separated the Board of Directors into a governing Board to oversee the management and mission delivery of the organization and launched a Catholic Charities Foundation to fulfill the funding needs of the organization and to provide prudent oversight of charitable revenues. Through our work, Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas will continue to fulfill community needs.
Assistance Programming originated in 1974, meeting immediate
survival needs while providing case management to emphasize avenues to
self-sufficiency and escape from generational poverty through asset development
and debt reduction. Through intensive case management, families are extricated
from cyclical poverty, equipped with tools for self-sufficiency and infused
The program’s outcomes for asset development center on reduction of financial stress and the number of times financial issues have created a crisis that could lead to homelessness. An underlying programmatic goal is that through financial literacy, individuals served become less reliant on financial assistance from the agency.
As her case manager dialogued with Rhonda, she asked Rhonda how she was affording groceries. Rhonda responded that she was taking her kids to their local church for meals. It became very clear to the case manager that Rhonda was putting all of her energies into feeding her children—and not feeding herself.
Her case manager escorted Rhonda down to the food pantry where she selected food that would sustain them for the next two weeks. As she emerged from the food pantry, one of her children exclaimed “Mama, we have food!”—a clear indication of how long the family had gone without.
Shalom House is Kansas City, Kansas’ sole shelter for homeless men. In fiscal year 2016, 122 men received shelter at Shalom House. On any night, up to 25 men from all walks of life find refuge at Shalom House. In the late afternoon, Guests are welcomed with dinner. Meals are generally provided by volunteers at significant cost-savings to the program. Guests have access to showers/laundry facilities and storage for their belongings. They are served breakfast prior to their morning departure.
In addition to these basic services, compulsory case management was incorporated into Shalom House in 2012. As Catholic Charities gained more experience administering Shalom House, it became clear a number of guests were utilizing the shelter as a transitional living environment, some staying at the shelter for up to a year. Case management was incorporated as a reflection of the agency's core competency in the discipline and to provide adequate services to guests to support them in transitioning away from the shelter and onto stable, permanent housing.
The program defines short-term success as meeting Guests' immediate needs of shelter and food. The following programmatic outcomes address these goals.
Outcome 2: Homeless men receive breakfast and dinner.
Outcome: Guests overcome personal barriers to stability (literacy, substance abuse, employment, housing, etc.)
Douglas is one of hundreds of men who benefited from Shalom House since its case management approach was incorporated. Douglas benefited from in-depth case management that equipped him to transition from chronic homelessness to being permanently housed.
Douglas was a resident at Shalom House for over 12 months--a longer stay than normal due to his age and disability. His case manager invested extensive time helping Douglas with his Social Security Insurance Claim--an available source of income for him that would help his stability.
While working in case management, he served as an "assistant" at Shalom by opening the home on weekends and assisting with orientation of new guests.
Douglas has been approved for SSI and is next on the waiting list for assisted public housing. He and his case manager are working to prepare for the move. He would like to remain a volunteer at Shalom in order to give back to what he says is "a home" that has blessed me in so many ways.
To illustrate the earning potential and long-term impact of appropriately targeted job development, consider the trajectory of Sisters Beh Paw Gaw and Pay Lay who moved to Kansas City from Burma in 2006. They started growing at the Juniper Gardens training farm in 2008 and 2009, and emerged as leaders that mentored new farmers and were open to new crops and technologies. Upon graduation, they decided to start farming together. In 2012, Beh Paw used savings from her farm business to purchase 2.5 acres of land in Kansas City, Kansas and branded it as Ki Koko Farms ('Two Sisters' in their language). Program staff helped the two leverage additional funds that were used for water tap installation, equipment and site development. In 2014, they sold over $31,000 in vegetables, primarily through three weekly farmers’ markets and CSA subscriptions with very minimal support from program staff.
Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas is proud to provide vital assistance to those in need in our community. Our Emergency Assistance program continues to be an important safety net in these turbulent economic times despite double digit increases in requests for help. In FY 2015, 63,302 people received assistance such as food and financial support to pay rent and utilities through this program. In addition to this short-term support, our Case Managers work with those in need to identify long-term solutions to return families to financial stability. As an organization, we also support the frail and elderly in the community with our In-Home Support services. Our Hospice program provides comfort and support to those dealing with end-of-life issues.
The agency is under the leadership of Ken Williams who has more than 25 years of executive level experience in finance, business development, marketing, project management, operations, and strategy development. Most recently, Mr. Williams was the Senior Vice President and Global Treasurer for Black & Veatch where he led investor relations and managed the company’s relations with its global financial partners. Prior to his role with Black & Veatch, Williams was the Chief Financial Officer of World Vision International. Mr. Williams also spent 10 years at Fluor Corporation, a $25 billion global engineering, construction and consulting firm where he held a number of senior executive roles in strategy, finance and corporate development. He holds a bachelor and master’s degrees in aerospace engineering from the University of Kansas and an executive MBA from the University of Tennessee.
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