Grant will allow Wichita Catholic Charities to connect to Pittsburg office

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Catholic Charities counselors in Wichita will soon be assisting clients in Pittsburg face to face – electronically.

Southeast Kansas Services at Catholic Charities received a $47,058 grant Tuesday, May 15, to establish a telecommunications center to provide Catholic Charities services to Pittsburg clients from Wichita.

The telecommunication equipment at both sites will be installed and will be operational by the beginning of July as a result of the grant from the Leon V. and Dorothy M. Skubitz Foundation.

“We are honored to be the recipients of this year’s Skubitz Family Grant in support of our work to improve the lives of those living in Crawford County,” said Wendy Glick, executive director of Catholic Charities.

“With this support we are able to bring a menu of services to those in need in the area that otherwise were not easily accessible.”

Southeast Kansas Service Program Director Casey Brown said the telecommunication equipment is HIPPA compliant.

Services provided at SEK Catholic Charities’ offices, located in the Wesley House in Pittsburg, include Cana Counseling for family and marriages; Supportive Services for Veteran Families which help keep veterans and their families housed; and a program for people who are victims of abuse called the SAFE Project which include safety planning and responsible parenting and healthy relationships. Other services include mental health counseling and financial literacy.

Mr. and Mrs. Skubitz, longtime Pittsburg residents, left their estate in trust with BMO Harris Bank to create a foundation that would award annual grants to be used exclusively for charitable purposes, with strong preference given to Crawford County, Kansas.