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Couples Waiting to Adopt
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
On Tuesday, December 12th, Sister Donna Markham and Catholic Charities were featured on the show, Jeopardy! The fact that "Jeopardy" included Sister Donna and the Catholic Charities ministry on their program demonstrates the visibility and increased awareness about Catholic Charities and the work we do. No doubt, the efforts of the entire network, following the devastating hurricanes this fall prompted "Jeopardy" to contact the national office. While we certainly don't serve in order to get noticed, the high visibility from outlets like "Jeopardy" may result in opportunities to serve more of our brothers and sisters in need. Here is a…Read More
From pregnancy and adoption to family support and disaster relief, Catholic Charities is here for you, your family, and your community. Please help us continue to be here for those in need with your generous gift to the 2017 Catholic Charities Annual Appeal. After revamping our infant adoption program to provide better service and an easier profile program for couples who wish to adopt, we now have a diverse pool of families who have completed all of the necessary steps and are now ready to grow their family through adoption. After a young couple and their small child lost everything…Read More
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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
Already, climate change is harming vulnerable people throughout the U.S. and around the world. American citizens in Louisiana and Alaska are being displaced by rising sea levels caused by melting glaciers and thermal expansion. Families in Zimbabwe are being devastated by crushing drought amidst some of the hottest years on record. Globally, the World Health Organization warns that “between 2030 and 2050, climate change is expected to cause approximately 250,000 additional deaths per year from malnutrition, malaria, diarrhea and heat stress.” Both at home and abroad, climate change unjustly and disproportionately harms poor and marginalized people who contribute least to…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
I wonder what she is doing right now. Is her sweet mama holding her, kissing her cheeks and telling her how much she is loved? Is her daddy blowing raspberries on her tummy and grinning at the sweet sound that comes from her perfect mouth. Is her big brother, laying on the floor beside her swing, telling her a story? Honestly, it doesn’t really matter what she’s doing. I know that she is loved, and that’s all that matters. My name is Lydia and I placed my perfect little girl for adoption 2 days after she was born. The raw…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
Does your heart ache to start a family? If so, you are not alone, and there are birthmothers who are looking for couples like you who can give their infant child a better life than they can provide. The Catholic Charities Infant Adoption Series is an on-going year-around program that allows couples to enter and proceed at their own pace, at any time throughout the year. The next orientation will be on Friday, January 12th from 1-3 pm at Newman University in Dodge City; if you know couples who are struggling with infertility and who are interested in learning more…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 . . . .
Do you, or someone you know, struggle to make ends meet? Are you having a hard time paying your utility bills so that you can heat your home in the winter, and cool your home in the summer? If so, you may qualify for the Low Income Energy Assistance Program, otherwise known as LIEAP. In Kansas, the LIEAP application process opens on Tuesday, January 16, 2018. Keep reading to learn more about LIEAP and the application process. If you have questions, or you need help with your LIEAP application, please call and we'll be happy to help: In Dodge City…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