Updated March 30, 2020

Catholic Charities Exempt from Stay at Home Order

As a social service agency that provides food, shelter and social services within our communities, Catholic Charities is exempt from the stay at home order issued March 28 for the state of Kansas.

We will continue to keep our programs open and offering services in the best way that we can while practicing social distancing, medical screening of staff and clients as advised by the CDC, additional sanitation and hygiene practices required of staff and our clients, and for our facilities.

1. Our Daily Bread Food Pantry

Our Daily Bread Food Pantry is a drive thru pantry. Clients will receive a pre-packed bag or box of food items based on the size of their household and check-in is streamlined. Click HERE for hours.

2. Harbor House Hotline Remains Open

Harbor House Domestic Violence Shelter Hotline will remain open and staffed 24/7 for those who feel worried by a relationship or have concerns for friends or family during these times of crisis. Please call 316-263-6000

3. Wishlist items

At this time we encourage cash donations so we can purchase the most needed items and limit contact between community members and our staff. Donate HERE.

We are not accepting inkind donations at this time. We will reconsider this decision after the State of Kansas stay at home order expires April 19.

4. Until April 30:

  • Visits to St. Joseph Pastoral Center are by appointment only. Please call (316) 264-8344.
  • Staff from Immigration Services, SAFE Project, Supportive Services for Veteran Families, Rapid Re-Housing and Southeast Kansas Services will speak with clients via telephone only; no in-person meetings at this time.
  • We will ask all clients, volunteers and staff screening questions regarding symptoms and recent travel to areas with COVID-19 outbreaks.
  • We are suspending outings for our Adult Day Services ministry participants and no communal meals are being taken.
  • We are expanding the waiting room area for Cana Counseling to allow for greater social distancing.
  • No tours and outside visitors at Harbor House Domestic Violence Shelter and St. Anthony Family Shelter.
  • We are conducting regular wellness check-ins withour Foster Grandparents.
  • We have canceled our upcoming in-service training for our classroom Foster Grandparents. In addition, Foster Grandparents are encouraged to stay at home if they have a chronic health condition that places them at higher risk.
  • We are asking new volunteers and groups to patiently wait a few weeks for an assignment. Current volunteers will be asked screening questions about symptoms and recent travel to areas with COVID-19 outbreaks.

5. Agency Cleanliness

We have asked all our staff and volunteers in all our ministries, to follow guidance from the CDC regarding frequent handwashing and cleansing of surfaces, and covering their coughs and sneezes. Clients, volunteers and employees who are sick are asked to remain at home.

It is now and always has been, Catholic Charities mission to provide long term recovery assistance in times of disaster. In response to President Trump’s national emergency declaration due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are gathering data and planning for what actions we should take to help in the long-term recovery efforts within the 25 counties in the Diocese of Wichita.


You can help us respond swiftly and provide assistance to those in need by donating to our Faithful Servant Fund.

We will use contributions to the Faithful Servant Fund in the ministries and for the people that can most benefit from them. Please visit our response page to learn more about how you can support our efforts.

We will continue to update the information on this page for clients, volunteers and donors.

Contact Us

We would like to hear from you! Call 316-264-8344 or Email us:

St. Joesph Pastoral Center
437 North Topeka st.
Wichita. KS 67202-2431

(316) 264-8344

Catholic Charities, Diocese of Wichita is a 501(c)(3). All gifts are tax-deductible.

Need donation support?
316-264-8344 ext. 1262

Wichita Diocese

The Wichita Diocese covers 20,021 square miles and includes 25 counties in the southeast corner of the state. It is home to over 114,000 Catholics in 90 parishes.

Wichita Diocese

The Wichita Diocese covers 20,021 square miles and includes 25 counties in the southeast corner of the state. It is home to over 114,000 Catholics in 90 parishes.