The Catholic Charities Emergency Assistance Fund (CCEAF) is a local fund generated within our service area, primarily through a second basket collection held every February in parish communities. All funds raised remain within our 27-county service area and serve to enhance our Welcome Center, supporting a range of services for the most vulnerable members of our community.
No one seeking assistance at our Welcome Center is turned away. Serving as the entry point to Catholic Charities for families in need, the Welcome Center delivers immediate and critical care to those facing crises. It offers emergency food and hygiene products for one day while facilitating connections to our food pantry, ensuring monthly food provisions. Additionally, the center provides rent and utility assistance to prevent homelessness in our community. Many families, with just a bit of help, can maintain their housing, recognizing the challenges of securing housing post-eviction. The center also extends aid in the form of diapers, formula, and baby supplies, along with connections to our Child and Family Services Department, providing ongoing support and resources for families in distress.
Hear how a farmer planted seeds of hope:
A local farmer surveyed his crop and smiled in appreciation. Each season was a delicate dance of careful preparation, praying for rain, and hoping for a successful yield. He knew all to well the sinking feeling of an unsuccessful year, but this year he was blessed by God with a plentiful harvest.
Recognizing how fortunate he was, this local farmer reached out to Catholic Charities of Kansas City-St. Joseph to provide an ongoing donation. With a goal of twice a month, –sometimes more if his crop yields a surplus–the generous farmer provides clients at the South Serve & Lift Center with fresh tomatoes, green peppers, banana peppers and onions. Typically, the South Serve & Lift Center provides families with shelf-stable items, so it is a wonderful gift to receive fresh vegetables for their meals.
Seeing such a high-quality selection of fresh food was overwhelming for Hank, a client at the South Serve & Lift Center. With his dog, Oscar, in tow, Hank came to the South Pantry after not eating for a substantial amount of time. He couldn’t bear to see his loyal dog suffer, so he ensured that Oscar was fed first. Walking into the pantry for the first time was a difficult step, but Hank knew he made the right decision when the volunteers helped him shop for his items. The tears flowed freely when he was handed both fresh produce and canned goods, sharing it was the most food he had in a long time. He was excitedly telling the staff the ways he could meal plan with the two weeks’ worth of food.
St. Paul in the Act of the Apostles shared with the earliest Christians, “In every way I have shown you that by hard work of that sort we must help the weak, and keep in mind the words of the Lord Jesus who himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.”
The faithfulness of one farmer to share in his excess brought forth more fruits that his original harvest and has triggered a series of changes that make a significant impact over time. His efforts have sown the seeds of hope for people like Hank, who faced food insecurity.
St. Paul also encouraged the church at Corinth to be faithful in small and large ways, noting that
“I planted, and Apollos watered, the God made things grow.” We plant seeds of hope. We water the dreams of a stable life – and God truly does make things grow”
No act of kindness is small, no gift is insignificant. Emergencies happen every day, alleviate those struggles, Give a gift to our Emergency Assistance Fund to ensure we can continue to spread those seeds of hope.
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