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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
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    Demasiado Joven

    Demasiado Joven is a 5 minute, informative, candid, emotionally hopeful, and uplifting video that explores teen pregnancy in the Latino community, as told by Latino teen parents. Read More
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The Home is the Foundation, CCUSA

The Catholic Charities Housing Assistance Program is funded by two grants that we receive from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD): A Continuum of Care grant and an Emergency Solutions grant.

Continuum of Care

Most of the housing assistance that we provide comes from a Continuum of Care grant (COC). For admission into this program, an individual or family may be homeless, but the grant also allows us to assist those who are imminently at risk of homelessness and those who are fleeing or attempting to flee from domestic violence. 

Our primary goal when helping these individuals and families is rapid rehousing. The Rapid Rehousing model is based on evidence showing that individuals and families have better outcomes if they spend more time in permanent housing. Thus, we strive to minimize the time that these individuals or families spend being homeless and help them move quickly into permanent housing before any other services are offered.

This past year, Catholic Charities provided assistance for 30 households including 81 people (40 adults and 41 children) through our COC Rapid Rehousing Program. Eighteen households including 53 people (21 adults and 32 children) exited the program. Of those who exited the program, 91.1% exited to permanent housing and 34.78% increased their income.

Emergency Solutions

A smaller portion of the housing assistance we provide comes from an Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG). For those who qualify for this part of our housing program, we focus on rapid rehousing and homeless prevention. If an individual or family is homeless, we provide rapid rehousing assistance. For those who are at risk of becoming homeless, we provide housing relocation and stabilization services and short to mid-term rental assistance as necessary to prevent them from moving to an emergency shelter or a place not meant for human habitation.

This past year, Catholic Charities provided rapid rehousing assistance for five households in Finney County (seven adults and six children) and two households in Ford County (two adults and three children). Four of the households in Finney County exited the program with three of them exiting to permanent housing. Both households in Ford County exited the program to permanent housing. 

Homeless prevention services were provided for one household (two adults and one child) in Finney County and one household (one adult and two children) in Ford County. Both of these households have exited the program to permanent housing.

Finally, we followed up with the six households (seven adults and six children) who exited from the Emergency Solutions program in 2016. We are pleased to report that after six months, 100% of these households have maintained permanent housing. 

Contact

Since space and resources for the Catholic Charities Housing Program are limited, there is a waiting list. Nevertheless, Catholic Charities is committed to working with housing partners throughout southwest Kansas to provide the best options and resources for those in need. To learn more about the Catholic Charities Housing Assistance Program, to start the application process, or to inquire about housing assistance, please contact:

Marci Smith
Director of Family Services
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620-272-0010

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  • Partner Spotlight: United Way

    United Way is a significant partner for Catholic Charities of Southwest Kansas. Because we cover a lot of ground in the 28 counties of Southwest Kansas, we are a member of three different United Way agencies: United Way of Central Kansas United Way of Dodge City United Way of Finney County All three of these agencies kick off their 2019 campaign in August. United Way provides important funding for our agency, we hope you'll support their efforts in this year's United Way campaign. Whether they are supporting member agencies like Catholic Charities or coordinating member agency activity for an even Read More
  • Annual Wine Tasting Event Raises Second Highest Amount to Help Those in Need

    This past spring marked our 17th year for this annual Catholic Charities Wine Tasting Event. Since our early days at the Stone Ridge Country Club, when we had to suck our breath in to get around tables, we have grown to fill the Great Bend Event Center quite nicely! This year we had almost 400 guests register for the event, and despite those who were not able to come, we still had our largest turnout. In addition to local friends, it is exciting that we also hosted quite a few guests from around the Read More
  • The Surprising History of Father's Day

    By Emily Basil Every year, we set aside the third Sunday in June in celebration of fatherhood. We honor our dads with barbecues, picnics, cards, and gifts. In 2016, U.S. consumers are predicted to spend over 12 billion dollars on Father's Day, making it a powerful commercial success. But the surprising truth is, Father's Day has only been officially recognized in the United States since 1972, nearly 60 years after Mother's Day became a holiday. The story of Father's Day is, in fact, one of a nearly century-long struggle to recognize dads' contributions, often by the daughters who loved them Read More
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  • Catholic Charities Receives Long-Term Disaster Recovery Grant

    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
  • Update on Disaster Recovery in Kansas

    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
  • Update: Catholic Charities Hurricane Relief

    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
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  • Speak Out to Stop Family Separation

    The ongoing practice of separating children from their parents has already, as of May, left nearly 2000 children separated from their parents. As Bishop Vásquez, Chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee on Migration, and Sister Donna Markham OP Ph.D., President, and CEO of Catholic Charities remind us - as a nation and people of faith, we can and must do better. Join USCCB/Migration and Refugee Services and Catholic Charities USA today to help make a difference. For information and questions, please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Read More
  • The Homeless Among Us: Everybody Needs Help Sometimes

    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
  • January is Poverty Awareness Month

    "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
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  • Lydia's Story

    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
  • Tobacco Cessation Program for Pregnant Women

    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
  • @text4baby Keeps You and Your Baby Healthy!

    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
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  • Finding Family

    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
  • The 2018-2019 Adoption Education Schedule is Available Now

    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
  • Congratulations Ross and Tracy!

    "Hello World!" Ross and Tracy wrote on their Facebook Page in June. "We're excited for you to meet Layton Anthony, born May 25, 2018, weighing 9 lbs 7 oz. We were very blessed to be there at his birth. He's been such a blessing to us already!!"He has the most amazing birth mother, who he will know and idolize for her courageous actions that speak far louder than any words. We are eternally grateful for her selfless decision that allows us to be called Mom and Dad!" Ross and Tracy started working their way through the Catholic Charities Infant Adoption Read More
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  • Barton Community College Announces GED Orientation Dates

    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
  • I was homeless, and you gave me shelter

    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
  • Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program Sign-Up

    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
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