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
From pregnancy and adoption to support for families, refugees and the homeless it was a busy year for Catholic Charities. We invite you to read more in our 2017-18 Annual Report. Two of our couples realized their dream of starting their family through infant adoption. Ten refugee families who got caught in the middle of travel sanctions were reunited with their loved ones. And 118 homeless individuals were not just housed; most were also able to achieve permanent housing, and almost half were able to increase their income for greater self-sufficiency.
Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship (en Español) is a teaching document on the political responsibility of Catholics prepared by the Catholic bishops of the United States. The document provides guidance for Catholics regarding the exercise of their rights and duties as participants in our democracy. More specifically, the document seeks to form consciences, instruct, contribute to civil and respectful public dialogue and to shape political choices in the coming election in light of Catholic teaching. As faithful Catholics and American citizens, we are participants with rights and duties in the civil order. So what does it mean to vote according…Read More
Lessons Learned and the Way Forward to Promote Family Unity Washington, D.C.—Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Office of Migration and Refugee Services (USCCB/MRS) released a report today entitled Serving Separated and Reunited Families: Lessons Learned and the Way Forward to Promote Family Unity. The report documents the work of Lutheran and Catholic agencies who assisted the Administration with reuniting separated families during the month of July and provides recommendations for a more humane way forward. “I am tremendously proud of how quickly LIRS, USCCB/MRS, and our Lutheran and Catholic partners nationwide, stepped…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
By Charlene Scott-Myers There are many reasons why people become homeless, according to Marcie Smith, director of Family Services for Catholic Charities in Garden City, and a workshop leader at the recent Stewardship Conference in Dodge City. “The homeless are our friends, our community members,” she said. “Seventy percent of people live by paycheck to paycheck. Medical problems can devastate a family. Poverty is the main reason we see a lot of mental problems. “I worked with a lady with mental health problems, but she told me she couldn’t come any more [for counseling] because she couldn’t pay for it.”…Read More
"In our own day, whole peoples suffer hunger and thirst, and we are haunted by pictures of children with nothing to eat. Throngs of people continue to migrate from one country to another in search of food, work, shelter and peace. Disease in its various forms is a constant cause of suffering that cries out for assistance, comfort and support. Prisons are often places where confinement is accompanied by serious hardships due to inhumane living conditions. Illiteracy remains widespread, preventing children from developing their potential and exposing them to new forms of slavery. The culture of extreme individualism, especially in…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
I didn't give you the gift of life,
But in my heart I know.
The love I feel is deep
As if it had been so.
For us to have each other
Is like a dream come true!
No, I didn't give you
The gift of life,
Life gave me the gift of
Meade couple celebrate life while awaiting (a bundle of) joy By Dave MyersSouthwest Kansas Catholic When you meet Tyler and Rachel Bennett, there are two things you will discover right off: 1) they have a warm and welcoming spirit, and 2) they love cheese. On their kitchen table sat a platter filled with crackers, salami, and three kinds of cheese. There was also a platter of freshly baked chocolate chip cookies and two pitchers, one with water, the other, tea. “Are you hungry? Help yourself!” Tyler said. The Catholic gratefully helped itself. The Catholic loves chocolate chip cookies and cheese…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. To help you plan, we have just published the 2018-19 orientation and class schedule! If you, or someone you know is struggling with infertility and would like to learn more about growing your family…Read More
General Educational Development (GED) tests give a student the opportunity to earn a Kansas State High School diploma. This credential is recognized as a key to employment opportunities, advancement, further education and financial rewards. One way that you can earn your High School Diploma is through the Barton Adult Education Program: Receive one on one and small group instruction in all subjects. Classes are free but participants are responsible for the materials fee. Scholarships available for fees and tests – additional application required. Two classes available (morning and evening) Orientation Dates July 9 – 12, 2018 September 10 – 13, 2018 November…Read More
By Dave Myers, Southwest Kansas Catholic For 19 years, Marci Smith closed doors. It was part of her job. And it broke her heart. “One of the worst things was locking people up,” she said of her nearly two-decade job in juvenile probation. Today, she works for Catholic Charities of Southwest Kansas where her job is to open doors — to find homes for the homeless, a sense of security for those escaping violence, a new start for those recently released from prison. “Here, we work with a lot of the same people, and we don’t have to lock them up,”…Read More
Have you wondered how to make your grocery dollars stretch and enjoy the great fruits and vegetables from the farmers’ market? The Kansas Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program may be the answer for local seniors. The Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program is a federal program that will provide checks for income-qualifying seniors age 60 and older to purchase locally grown fresh vegetables and herbs, fruits and honey at a local farmers market. To qualify, seniors can earn up to 72 per month for one person. Interested qualifying seniors may apply at any of the following locations: Barton County Residents Barton…Read More