Champions for Catholic Charities
2018 has brought about the next class of Queen Bees. This year there are four. These women have developed unique ways to spread the message about Catholic Charities and to raise funds. One Queen Bee is having a party to raise money for families - Summertime Sparkle - Wicked Murder.
Couple Volunteers at Joyful Adult Day Services
For the last five years, Ron and Jane Longar have shared their time and talents at Adult Day Services. Ron volunteers six to ten hours a week, and Jane assists clients at Christmas time and going to the State Fair.
Foster Grandparents Needed
Foster Grandparents like Grandma Linda McFall volunteer fifteen to forty hours per week in schools and preschools helping children with social and academic skills necessary for success in school.
Grant will allow Wichita Catholic Charities to connect to Pittsburg office
Catholic Charities counselors in Wichita will soon be assisting clients in Pittsburg face to face – electronically. Southeast Kansas services received a grant May 15 to establish a telecommunications center to provide Catholic Charities services to Pittsburg clients from Wichita.
The Importance of Summer Play - Cana Counseling Writes
School is out, summer is upon us, and that means our children are free to play. They might spend their time playing outside, playing sports or other games, going to the pool, or getting creative!
Opening the Door: Taking a First Step Towards a Healthier Marriage
Improving marital health is similar to physical health, and in some ways, they are even connected. We do not need to wait until our physical health has deteriorated to the point of needing intensive treatment to make positive change.
Volunteer Spotlight: Vicky Grow
Volunteering wasn’t an activity that Vicky Grow had in the plans for her retirement. However, when her husband asked for her to help him volunteer at Our Daily Bread Food Pantry, she jumped at the chance.
Cana Counseling Hosting Marital Enrichment Class
Cana Counseling Hosting Marital Enrichment Classes based on Gottman Seven Principles Program for Making Marriage Work. Offered February 22 and March 1, 8 and 15 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at St. Vincent De Paul for $100 a couple.
New Director for Southeast Kansas Services
Casey Brown is the new program director for Southeast Kansas Services at Catholic Charities. He will work to prevent homelessness in Southeast Kansas by assisting children and families in maintaining stable housing. Specifically, he and a small staff will assist families with rent, utilities and prescriptions through individualized case management.
Understanding the Symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder - Cana Counseling at Catholic Charities Writes
Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD, is a form of depression that occurs during a specific time of year, usually the winter, although some report having SAD in the summer. Symptoms of SAD usually begin in October or November and continue until March or April, with the worst symptoms being in the darkest months
Adult Day Services Spreading Kindness with Rocks
Catholic Charities Adult Day Services clients are seeking to spread kindness by painting rocks and hiding them in the community for others to find and enjoy.
River City Brewing Hosting Special Beer Tapping for Harbor House
River City Brewery is hosting a fundraiser to benefit Harbor House domestic violence shelter this Wednesday, October 25.
Family Took Refuge from Hurricane Harvey at St. Anthony Family Shelter
The Halls have seen their share of hurricanes. Six to be exact. Grandma and Grandpa Hall survived Hurricanes Lilly, Katrina and Rita when they lived in Louisiana, and they all experienced Ike, Alicia and most recently Harvey while living in Texas.
Catholic Charities Receives Grant to Assist Veteran Families
Catholic Charities has received a grant totaling $184,300 to serve veterans and their families in 2018.
Aging Adults Partner with Child Daycare in Unique Catholic Charities Project
Seniors attending Adult Day Services at Catholic Charities are collaborating with Adventure Planet in a unique and mutually-beneficial project.
Foster Grandparent Honored with Local Gospel Music Hall of Fame Award
The Wichita Gospel Music Hall of Fame has honored Catholic Charities Foster Grandparent, Albertine Jennings, with its 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award.
Family Finds Special Purpose at Catholic Charities Adult Day Services
Adult Day Services celebrates one year at its second location. The Gordon family has found a special purpose there and is now giving back.
Foster Grandparent Earline Jackson receives Wichita Public Schools Good Apple Award
Catholic Charities Foster Grandparent, Earline Jackson, has received the Spring 2017 Good Apple Award sponsored by Wichita Public Schools.
Children Exposed to Domestic Violence Engage with "Good Guys" of Law Enforcement in Unique Catholic Charities Partnership
We work diligently to understand the trauma that our children have experienced and put services in place to help them thrive and overcome challenges as a result of the domestic violence they’ve witnessed. One of the behaviors staff observed too often was the way in which children spoke about and reacted to law enforcement. Sadly, most of the interactions our children have with police are during unfortunate circumstances like our example above. Harbor House and the Wichita Police Department came together and wanted to change that.
Catholic Charities Continues to Serve and Advocate for Immigrant Families
Immigration Services at Catholic Charities works to keep families together in a spirit of peace and welcome. As it has done for 75 years, Catholic Charities continues to support and solidarity with immigrant families.
Services to Immigrants Continue During Presidential Transition
Immigration Services at Catholic Charities remains faithfully dedicated to serving the immigrant community.
Catholic Charities Served 661 Local Veterans This Past Year
Last year, Catholic Charities was honored to serve 661 veterans in the community, twenty percent of whom were women. The agency assisted veteran clients in nearly all of its fourteen programs and projects. Most notably, a large number of veterans visited Our Daily Bread Food Pantry.
Partner with us to fill "Santa's Workshop" at St. Anthony Family Shelter, Harbor House and The Mount
Catholic Charities Seeks to Save Lives with Domestic Violence Awareness Campaign
In light of several recent domestic-violence related homicides in the community, Harbor House domestic violence shelter, SAFE Project and other Catholic Charities survivor outreach services are asking the community to help raise awareness of the issue this October by participating in the #PurpleThursdayICT social media campaign.
The Mount - A Year in Review
More families are being helped out of generational poverty as the result of a program expansion at Catholic Charities one year ago.
Adult Day Services is Accepting Clients Now
Adult Day Services at Catholic Charities has expanded its programming for adults with disabilities by utilizing leased space as a second, satellite location. The satellite location is capable of accommodating up to 40 adult clients who have Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities (IDD)
Strengthening the Family to Break the Cycle of Generational Poverty
Life Enrichment Activities now offered at The Mount. Last September, Harbor House at Catholic Charities was unable to serve 121 people seeking domestic violence crisis services because the shelter was at capacity. The growth and expansion offered with the opening of The Mount – Extended Stay Shelter and Family Enrichment Complex.
How To Help Combat Sex Trafficking in Kansas
The sad reality is that sex trafficking occurs in Kansas – and throughout the U.S. – on a daily basis, but Catholic Charities, Diocese of Wichita’s SAFE Project is committed to helping combat the grave social problem.
Learning Center Grants Benefit Two Local Catholic Schools
Catholic Charities, Diocese of Wichita, in partnership with the diocesan Catholic Schools office, has received two awards totaling $175,912 from the Kansas State Department of Education to benefit St. Patrick Catholic School ($75,000) and St. Anne Catholic School ($100,912) in Wichita.