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Catholic Charities assistance programs in Northeastern Kansas.

Crisis and emergency assistance is offered to residents in northeastern Kansas from the Catholic Charities Emergency Assistance Program. Some of the cities and counties covered include Leavenworth, Wyandotte, North and South Johnson, and other nearby locations. The goal of Catholic Charities is to provide self-sufficiency and to help families meet their basic needs and living expenses.

The Emergency Assistance Program offers a number of services to the needy and low income. While aid is limited, some of the resources offered have played a role in establishing a safety net for people of all faiths and religions in the community. The assistance provided can help families and individuals with low income meet short term needs and also identify long-term solutions that lead to self-sufficiency.

The agency can try to provide enough free food to help people feed their families and children. Housing assistance offered can include shelter or transitional services, or emergency rent money to help Kansas families avoid eviction and the resulting homelessness. Funds from the Emergency Assistance Program can pay for utility bills, such as gas to heat homes, electricity to pay for lights, and water expenses as well. Transitional housing assistance can both provide shelter for the short term, and also help people find a more permanent solution.

Services offered by Catholic Charities are run from their Emergency Assistance Centers. All of the centers and application sites are located in fully accessible buildings in northeastern Kansas. They allow clients to either walk-in or make an appointment over the phone. While there are no fees for services provided, applicants will need to meet certain conditions and eligibility criteria.

Many programs rely on donations. The contributions allow Catholic Charities the ability to provide emergency assistance to low income people in need of help. Many corporations, foundations, churches, individuals, and charities donate money. In addition, volunteers play a vital role in delivering services and some of these emergency programs. Some of the heating and utility assistance also relies of government grants and funding.

Family stabilization and counseling is a key service. When an individual or family in Kansas hits hard times (maybe from a job loss or unexpected expense) they may need help getting back on their feet and gaining self-sufficiency. Many people in today’s challenging economy need basic necessities like clothing, food, rent help, or just basic housing. While some need financial assistance, others need a listening ear and access to resources that can lead to long-term success. So Catholic Charity family stabilization programs and referrals can assist with helping people get back on their feet.




Legal assistance for immigrants can provide affordable and high quality legal services to low-income foreign-born people in Kansas. It is offered for both the individual and their families. Assistance and legal aid can help with matters before the Department of State and the Department of Labor, the United State Citizenship and Immigration Service, or get help with the Executive Office for Immigration Review.

Catholic Charities offers immigrant and refugee assistance across the nation and Kansas. The assistance they provide can help reunite families separated by many years and thousands of miles, it can mean the difference between life and death for those fleeing persecution, can help people secures permission to work in the United States, which will enable immigrants to supports themselves and their families. Legal aid and case workers can also assist individuals in Kansas with seeking help from the police, doctors, and school officials without fear of removal. The goal is to provide people with a reliable source of representation, legal information, free advice, and support from an experienced and highly trained professional staff. Some of the specifics of the legal services provided include Family-based petitions, Naturalization, Asylum, Applications for Temporary Protected Status, Adjustment of status applications, Relief from removal (Immigration Court), Self-petitions for battered spouses and children, U Visas, Tourist visas, and Referrals as appropriate.

Locations for the Catholic Charity Emergency Assistance Program in Kansas are.

North Johnson County, 9806 West 87th Street, Overland Park, KS 66212, phone 913.384.6608
Wyandotte County, 2220 Central Avenue, Kansas City, Kansas 66102, call 913.621.1504
Lawrence, 1229 Vermont, Lawrence, KS 66044, dial 785.843.0109 x327
South Johnson County, 333 East Poplar, Olathe, KS 66061, phone 913.782.4077
Leavenworth, 716 North 5th Street, Leavenworth, Kansas 66048, main number is 913.651.8060




By Jon McNamara

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