Catholic Charities of Kansas City-St. Joseph Ushers in New Year with Innovative Programs

January 6, 2014


KANSAS CITY, MO – For thousands of people living in poverty in Kansas City, the New Year begins with the same heart-breaking choices: Buy food or medicine? Pay the rent or pay the utility bill? There are no simple solutions, but Catholic Charities of Kansas City-St. Joseph begins 2014 with bold new initiatives to fight poverty in our community.

January is Poverty Awareness Month. Nationwide, 46.2 million people live in poverty. Nearly twenty percent of the Kansas City population falls beneath the poverty line. This month and throughout 2014, Catholic Charities of Kansas City-St. Joseph will continue to offer emergency assistance, case management, and education and job training programs to more than 150,000 neighbors in need regardless of faith. In addition to our signature programs:

•The first phase of St. Michael’s Veterans Center will open, offering permanent housing and support services to homeless or at-risk veterans on one convenient campus; •The Women’s Economic Empowerment Program will promote financial education, self-sufficiency and economic stability for women ages 16 and up ; •Welcomed and Valued, a community mental health education program, will be offered at parishes in Kansas City and St. Joseph beginning in February; •And in the newly-created position of Outreach Specialist, a trained social worker will connect people who come to Catholic Charities for help with the best services to fit their needs, part of our new client-centered service model.

“We are aiming for high-impact, successful sustainability for our clients,” said Sunny Jones, Director of Organizational Development. “It’s a shift from short-term intervention to more long-term, holistic support. Our model is based on a person’s readiness, and our services will be specific to their situation.

As one of the region’s largest social service providers, the mission of Catholic Charities of Kansas City-St. Joseph is to transform lives and communities through hope-filled care, advocacy and services.

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