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Marta's Hope Story: Budget Know How
Marta is the college educated single mom of 10 year old, Isa and 12 year old, Grace. She has been employed at a local school district as a full time substitute teacher while she also worked a part time job three evenings a week. With three in the family, and the way they were handling their finances, there wasn’t enough income to cover all the expenses. Marta felt alone with no family or friends to help her. Her ex-husband was not proving financial help and she had been left with all the debt that accumulated during their marriage. 

Marta came to us needing help with her electric bill and rent. We were able to pay the electric bill and part of her past due rent. She was fortunate enough to have a landlord that was willing to work with us to ensure she and her girls would not become homeless. The landlord even waived the late charges and set up a payment plan. 

Our case manager worked with Marta on creating a budget that will allow her the opportunity to get out of debt. With the two pressing debts (electric bill and rent) under control, the case manager then took Marta through our food pantry and explained how she could come to us monthly to reduce her grocery bill. After 3 months working with our case manager, we are happy to share that Marta is on her way toward self sufficiency. #hopestory  
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In this Year of Mercy, are you looking for a corporal work of mercy the whole family can do? How about clothing the naked?

Drop off your gently-used clothing and shoes at the Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas clothing bins at these convenient area parishes: Curé of Ars in Leawood, Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Lenexa, St. Ann Catholic Church in Prairie Village, Holy Cross OP in Overland Park, St. Agnes Catholic Church in Roeland Park, Prince of Peace Catholic Parish in Olathe, Holy Spirit Catholic Parish in Overland Park, Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church in Shawnee, Church of the Ascension in Overland Park and St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Parish in Leawood OR drop off at our TurnStyles Thrift Store in Overland Park at 9750 W 87th St.

100% of all proceeds go toward helping your neighbors in need!
Interested in getting a bin for your church or school? Email: info@catholiccharitiesks.org
#YearofMercy   #kansascity   #donations  
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Thank You Thursday Shout Out to the Presidential Ambassadors at Benedictine College for raising $1500 at their Holly Ball for us to help our neighbors in need! 
#thankfulthursday   #goravens   #loveinaction   #YearofMercy  
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Lily's Hope Story: My Phone is My Lifeline.

A staff member at one of our Emergency Assistance Centers was made aware of a situation regarding an elderly woman, Lily, living on the edge of town, far from community services. Lily recently had to spend a good percentage of her limited income to repair her propane tank. This left her unable to pay her telephone bill, which was in jeopardy of being disconnected. Lily used her phone primarily to connect with a relative but even though the relative lived in a nearby county, the calls were considered long distance. This daily conversation was Lily’s primary social connection. Due to an ongoing illness, Lily had called 911 twice in the previous two weeks. Because of the high monthly telephone rate and her recent propane expense, Lily had fallen behind on her telephone bill payment and her landline provider was threatening to disconnect her service.

It was at this point that our staff member was introduced to Lily. She was feeling a great amount of anxiety and afraid she would need emergency services without being able to contact anyone. “I’m going to die all alone out here”, she said. Lily was also looking at losing what little social connection she had. Eventually, after more than several conversations with the landline provider and some emergency assistance, Catholic Charities was able to keep Lily’s phone from being disconnected.

Lily was very grateful for the help, but far more than just preventing a disruption in her telephone service was achieved. A relationship with our staffer was established that gives Lily a sense of support and well being, and has given our staffer more than he could have imagined. This experience helped him understand the obstacles that many of our elders face every day.   #hopestory  
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We are celebrating The Bishop Sullivan Center's 1 Year Anniversary at our 2220 Central Office with this fantastic Friday Fact: Over the last year, 143 people found work through The Bishop Sullivan Center housed in our Central office!
Know someone in Kansas City, KS job hunting? Refer them to The Bishop Sullivan Center: 
Location: 2200 Central, Kansas City, KS 66102
Telephone: 913-906-8940
Hours: 8:00am to 4:30pm Monday to Friday
#fridayfact   #kansascity   #jobseekers   #jobs  
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Does it seem like there's a whole lot of busyness and worry about the week ahead? Take a moment to pause and breathe in 2 Corinthians 5:7 and remember to follow our Savior, one step at a time. #motivationmonday  
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One of our new dietetic volunteers visited our Hope Distribution Center Food Pantry and demonstrated how to make a tasty, nutritious salad using the available produce in the pantry. The salads she made had kale, mixed greens, dried cherries, black beans, garbanzo beans and canned pears. She also made an oil and vinegar dressing in addition to the poppy seed dressing that was on the shelf. Many of the people that came in to shop at the pantry tried the salad and discussed its nutrition benefits. ‪  #FoodPantry   #FridayFun  
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"love one another, as I have loved you..." - John 13:34 ‪#‎wednesdaywisdom‬ ‪#‎YearofMercy‬
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This week we are kicking off Monday with this New Testament motivational verse:
Faith is the realization of what is hoped for and evidence of things not seen. - Hebrews 11:1
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Jalissa's Hope Story: A Place to Call Home
One of our Emergency Assistance Center's was able to provide stable housing for a young mother, Jalissa, through a federal grant we were awarded. She and her toddler son were experiencing homelessness which resulted in his being removed from her care. She had been walking during the night and sleeping in libraries and McDonald's during the day.

Jalissa had no family or friends for support but she was determined to make it. Her Catholic Charities Case Manager found an affordable apartment where Jalissa is working toward self-sufficiency. She now has a place to call home and has been reunited with her young son. #hopestory  
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"Here is what we seek: a compassion that can stand in awe at what the poor have to carry rather than stand in judgment at how they carry it." - Father Gregory Boyle, Tattoos on the Heart
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Providing help, hospitality and hope to more than 85,000 people every year
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Our Vision: Our Neighbors who are challenged by poverty of mind, body and spirit find the open door of Catholic Charities in our communities and are met with help, hospitality and hope.