Our waiting couples have been through an extensive review and education process before they are approved for infant adoption. In their profiles, they share a little bit about themselves and what is important to them. Read More
We offer FREE pregnancy support regardless of age, income, marital status or religious affiliation. Emotional support helps you work through emotions and feelings; information helps you know all of your options; and we help you develop skills to make the best decisions for you and your baby. Read More
As it happens every year in most dioceses across the country, the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) national collection will take place on the Sunday before Thanksgiving. In Southwest Kansas, we don't have a specified collection, but it's still a good opportunity to remember our diocesan contribution and involvement in this annual campaign. The fact of the matter is that for over 43 million Americans, there is a thin line: between unemployment and work between anxiety and stability This line is the Poverty Line. For a family of four, that line is ,257 a year, according to the US…Read More
By Debbie Snapp, Executive Director for Catholic Charities of Southwest Kansas I see many of my friends struggling today; they have worried and prayed over this election for months and some have not gotten the result that they hoped for. As the Executive Director of Catholic Charities of Southwest Kansas, I have seen presidents come and go, each bringing different philosophies, values and political agendas. No matter who our president is, we continue our work. The different aspects of this work are both more challenging and more hopeful under presidents of both parties. I remain committed to lead this agency…Read More
March is National Social Workers Month. There are more than 600,000 social workers in the United States including the six who work here at Catholic Charities. Social work is also one of the fastest growing professions in the nation, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Each day social workers help people overcome life’s challenges so they can live more fulfilling lives. That is why this year’s Social Work Month theme, “Forging Solutions Out of Challenges,” is so relevant. It is almost certain a social worker has empowered you or someone you know. That is because there are social workers…Read More
Catholic Charities of Southwest Kansas recently received a ,000 grant from Catholic Charities USA to assist those impacted by recent flooding in Southwest Kansas. On August 10, 2017, two storms moved through Seward County, dropping more than six inches of rain in 24 hours. About seventy homes received significant damage. “Many of those who were affected are home owners, but they did not have flood insurance and they do not have the resources to repair their home, and make it safe and livable once again,” said Amy Falcon, Disaster Relief Case Manager. “We applied for assistance when we learned that…Read More
Throughout the country, Catholic Charities agencies anticipate and respond to the elevated risks and challenges of vulnerable populations impacted by disasters. We are supported by Catholic Charities USA which provides training in disaster preparedness, response, recovery and mitigation. Our common goal is to help people through both the immediate and the long-term process of recovery and restoration. Over the last 10 years, the Catholic Charities ministry has helped more than 6.5 million people affected by all kinds of disasters: floods, hurricanes, mudslides, tornadoes, ice storms, droughts, wildfires, explosions, violence, and environmental damage. In 2015, thanks to the generosity of its…Read More
Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA) continues to monitor the impact of Hurricane Irma and is working with Catholic Charities agencies in the affected communities to assess their needs. Please remember in your thoughts and prayers the workers in Catholic Charities in Florida, the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico who are working to respond to the needs in their communities. Last weekend, the CCUSA's Mobile Response Center was in Victoria, Texas distributing supplies to over 300 families. CCUSA, the official domestic relief agency of the Catholic Church, will continue working with the local Catholic Charities agencies to assist families and individuals impacted…Read More
Recently, we've shared a few announcements about the Consulate of Mexico being available in a few of our local Southwest Kansas communities to meet with interested individuals and families. So what IS the Consulate of Mexico, and what do they do? Who should be interested in these announcements, and why? Jessica Soto-Botello, our Safe Release Support Program Specialist who works in our Garden City office had this to say:
You have rights regardless of your immigration status. You may be at risk of being deported if you are undocumented, if you are a non-citizen with a criminal history, if you are on parole or have a prior deportation order. To protect yourself, your family and your community you must know your rights. Knowledge is power. Act now. Do not wait. Be prepared. On November 17-19th, Saint Francis Community Services and the Consulate of Mexico in Kansas City are hosting three Know Your Rights Workshops in Dodge City, Garden City and Liberal. Important topics to listen for include: What you…Read More
At Catholic Charities, we stand in solidarity with our immigrant brothers and sisters. We believe that there will be positive change, and we advocate for fairness, justice and compassion on their behalf. We do this in partnership with Catholic Charities agencies across the country, the U.S. Catholic bishops' Justice for Immigrants Campaign, and Pope Francis' Share the Journey Campaign. The framework for the Justice for Immigrants Campaign began in January 2003 when the bishops in the United States and Mexico issued a joint pastoral letter (Strangers No Longer: Together on the Journey of Hope) to address the ongoing migration that…Read More
Catholic Charities is teaming up with the American Lung Association to offer proven-effective tobacco cessation classes to help pregnant women who smoke, quit for good. The agency is offering the 6-week class in Great Bend on Wednesday mornings at 10 am from Oct 5 to Nov 9th; in Garden City on Thursday mornings at 10 am from Oct 13 to Nov 17th; and in Dodge City on Mondays at 10 am from October 5th to Nov 14th, excluding Halloween. For more information about these classes, or to sign up, call 620-227-1562. “For both a healthy mom and a healthy child,…Read More
Once again, Catholic Charities is partnering with Text4baby, the largest mobile health initiative in the nation, to provide critical information to pregnant women and mothers with infants under age one, along with their partners and loved ones. Text4baby uses the power of cell phone technology to help new mothers and expectant women keep themselves and their babies healthy. Around 89 percent of young women carry their smart phones at all times, so Text4baby delivers the information moms and expecting women need most through free text messages and an app. “Catholic Charities is excited about participating in the 2016 Text4baby State…Read More
I know there have been stories like mine and women who have been where I’ve been. I haven't met many birth mothers, but . . . we don't exactly wear a label on our shirts do we? I was the age of 19 when I found out I was pregnant. I remember I was scheduled to have my first college freshman final that morning, but instead I took a different kind of test. My knees hit the floor, I became numb and tears rolled down my cheeks from mixed emotions. My parents were shocked when I was finally able to share my news.…Read More
By Lori Titsworth, Adoption Social Worker for Catholic Charities of Southwest Kansas --- Most people have little reason to think about the subject of adoption. However, for those facing an unplanned pregnancy, or couples who are unable to conceive or maintain pregnancy, or an adoptee longing to find his or her birth parent, the topic is always in the back of their mind. I had always dreamed of being a mother, but after several years of trying to conceive and each and every time being heart-broken, my husband and I came to the realization we were going to have to try…Read More
Replacing anonymity with empowerment
by Dave MeyersSouthwest Kansas Catholic
Brianna was sweet 16 when Roberto “Beto” Morales walked into Burger King and into her life.
Seventeen years later, the couple, who will be married 10 years in December, held their infant child—their first—whom they adopted through the Catholic Charities of Southwest Kansas Infant Adoption Program.
“This is Julian,” Brianna said as she cuddled the 8-week-old child. After a time she handed the child to her husband, Beto, next to her on the couch . . . .
Adoption is a beautiful and loving expression of how God hand-picks and unites families together. Taking the first step on your adoption journey, however, isn't easy! It's likely that you've already wrestled with untold struggles and emotions about starting your family. Once you start to consider infant adoption, how do you know if you and your spouse are ready? When should you make that first call? Here are some things to consider: Your marriage is strong and you have similar ideas about how to raise children and have learned to compromise and communicate. You are not embarrassed because you are…Read More
Do you want to know how to create a budget? Have you ever tried tracking your spending? Are you interested in strategies for paying down your debt? If any of these apply to you, or if you're interested in finding new ways to meet your financial goals, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's (CFPB) Get a Handle on Debt Boot Camp is for you. Starting in November, CFPB is offering a free email course to help those who want to get their finances in shape. The 21-day course is designed to help you set financial goals, handle money emergencies, cut down…Read More
It's not always easy to find help when you need it when you live in a rural area. Social programs are spread out far and wide, and case managers and social workers often travel many miles to meet with those who need help. One solution that is available in Kansas is the 211 Helpline. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) reserved the 211 dialing code for community information and referral services in July 2000. The intention was that 211 would be a memorable and universally recognizable number to connect individuals and families in need with the appropriate community-based organizations and government…Read More
If you are homeless, or at risk of losing your home because of a disability, we want to talk to you! The Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) are disability income benefits administered by the Social Security Administration (SSA) that also provide Medicaid and/or Medicare health insurance to eligible individuals. We know that the application process for SSI/SSDI is complicated and difficult to navigate. Nationally, only about 28 percent of individuals who apply for these benefits are approved on initial application, and appeals take an average of one year to complete. The application process for SSI/SSDI…Read More