M Providing Help. Creating Hope. Summer, 2008 HOPE A Publication for Friends and Supporters of Catholic Charities of Kansas City-St Joseph, Inc. atters IN THIS ISSUE REUNITING A FAMILY Community Responds To Catholic Charities’ Mission MATTERS OF DISTINCTION I t was Jarrod’s turn. Task #2: Bring $1100 in utility payments up to date. The foster care case managers of Solution : Jarrod advocates Page 2 Catholic Charities of Kansas City- on Margaret’s behalf to work . St. Joseph rotate the addition of cases MOONLIGHT RUN to their work load. A case assigned in out a payment plan. January was particularly heart breaking. Task #3: Stock an empty cupboard SENIOR COOLCARE to feed six growing kids. Margaret [name changed] had five Page 3 children ranging from 18 months to Solution: Send a request to Catholic Charities’ St. Anthony of Padua SAY HELLO... 15 years and worked nights to provide Society and students at St. Pius X for them. At the cusp of the new Page 4 High School to fill Margaret’s pantry. year - nine months pregnant with her sixth child – Margaret’s world HEART OF MISSOURI Jarrod describes the evening when all was turned upside down. Domestic the kids were reunited with their mom. GOLF TOURNAMENT violence resulted in a very damaged home. This was quickly followed by “There were a lot of tears and hugs. AS FOR ME her labor and delivery of a healthy baby. I was so proud that night to be a case AND MY HOUSE While recovering at the hospital Jarrod Sanderson delivered food donated by worker for Catholic Charities. It was a team effort - above and beyond the Page 5 with her newborn, Margaret’s other the St. Anthony of Padua Society and St. Pius X call of duty - to reunite this family. children were taken into foster students to a reunited family. Without the help and donations from THANKS TO care to ensure their safety and well the Padua Society and the staff of BBGC DONORS being. The case was assigned to Jarrod As the family’s case worker, Jarrod Catholic Charities, this family would Sanderson at Catholic Charities. worked diligently to find a way to Page 6 still be in separate homes.” reunite Margaret and all the children With her children in state custody and and support her efforts to return to . FR. HIX CENTER Today, the family remains intact - the supervision of Catholic Charities, work. It was a steep hill to climb, and although they struggle financially Margaret checked herself into a domestic complying with court orders and tackling - Margaret continues to work PLANNED GIVING violence shelter upon release from the challenges that would ensure the hard to provide for her family. the hospital, and began the process best possible outcome for this family. Page 7 of putting her family back together. “This case has a happy ending because Task #1: Each child needed his/her of a group of caring, motivated WISH LIST Within a month, Margaret’s life stabilized own bed, as much of the furniture individuals,” explains Jarrod. “I can’t Page 8 and she was able to regain custody of had been damaged and thrown out. say enough about how influential her three youngest children, provided Solution: A flurry of emails between simple acts of kindness can be. In she remained at the shelter. Though co-workers and supporters of Catholic this instance, it saved a family.” thrilled to have the youngest children Charities in search of bedding. back, the shelter did not provide Two beds here. childcare in the evenings. Having used Three mattresses there. The foster care staff of her maternity leave and unable to A baby crib from a friend. Catholic Charities has work, Margaret was concerned about Extra bed linens gathered from closets. mounting bills and loss of income. A truck and a couple of strong backs. been responsible for the safety and care of more than 130 children To learn more about the St. Anthony of Padua Society and ways you can make a difference, this year. visit catholiccharities-kcsj.org or call 816.756.1858, ext. 563. MattersDistinction GET IN TOUCH CATHOLIC CHARITIES On The Web www.catholiccharities-kcsj.org of For information about Catholic Charities services in your area, Tiger and Nicklaus. please call: Emeril and Rachel. 816.221.4377 in Kansas City Gates and Buffet. 800.875.4377 Toll Free Catholic Charities in Missouri. Catholic Charities in Kansas. TO MAKE A CONTRIBUTION Catholic Charities Foundation I n the world of sports, culinary arts, big business – and even social service – the players strive for an excellence unique unto themselves. More than 301 E. Armour Blvd., Suite 620 competitors, each is a collective complement to the work that defines them. Kansas City, MO 64111 For the Catholic Charities organizations in Missouri and Kansas, we share in www.catholiccharities-kcsj.org the mission of caring for the most vulnerable in our communities. Yes, we are more alike than different, though most folks are generally surprised to learn: TO VOLUNTEER • There are two Catholic Charities: one in the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph (that’s us!) and one Contact: in the Archdiocese of Kansas. Teresa Sosinski • Each raises funds independently.* Savor the Flavors is the work of Catholic Charities in Missouri. 816.756.1858, ext. 561 The Snow Ball is the work of Catholic Charities in Kansas. The proceeds of each event benefit 800.246.1850, or needy children and families on their given side of the state line. www.catholiccharities-kcsj.org • Catholic Charities of Kansas City-St. Joseph provides services through much of the state of Missouri. • With more than 1700 Catholic Charities organizations, we comprise Catholic Charities USA, LOCATIONS the nation’s largest network of social service providers! Catholic Charities Main Office To learn more about the work of Catholic Charities of Kansas City-St. Joseph, I invite you to visit 1112 Broadway catholiccharities-kcsj.org. Or feel free call any of our associates at Catholic Charities Foundation (listed Kansas City, MO 64105 below). 816.221.4377 To each and every one of our supporters – from Missouri, Kansas, and places beyond – we thank you for 800.875.4377 Toll Free sustaining our important work, and hope for your continued goodwill. Northwest Missouri Office 902 Edmond Street, Suite 204 Gratefully, St. Joseph, MO 64501 816.232.2885 888.629.2886 Toll free Heart of Missouri Office 118 Hout Street, Suite F Rozanne Prather, Executive Director Catholic Charities Foundation Save the Date Warrensburg, MO 64093 660.747.2241 888.626.4245 Toll Free LATE NIGHT Southern Missouri Office with Catholic Charities! 426 S. Jefferson, Suite 202 Springfield, MO 65806 A Benefit for Catholic Charities 417.865.0050 of Kansas City-St. Joseph 866.604.9494 Toll Free *Catholic Charities in Missouri and Kansas team up for needy Celebrating 10 Years Catholic Charities Caritas Center children in our communities. Cars for KC Kids is a joint effort of Savor the Flavors of Catholic Charities of Kansas City-St. Joseph and Catholic 301 East Armour Blvd. Suite 650 Charities of Northeast Kansas. To donate a vehicle – running Kansas City, MO 64111 or not – visit cars4kckids.com or call 866.430.9499. Saturday, November 1, 2008 816.931.9399 6 p. m. 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When runners and walkers take to the moonlit Friday, August 1 streets of St. Joseph, the fury of logoed feet along the Maple Leaf Parkway is a beautiful 9 p.m.. start sight - especially for women and babies who benefit from the ever-growing Grace Maple Leaf Parkway Evangelical Moonlight 5K Run/Walk. St. Joseph, MO Unlike most charity races that kick off first thing in the morning, this unique event begins after dusk with participants of all ages and fitness levels. Serious runners, not-so-serious runners, walkers and families take to the starlit parkway to benefit Catholic Charities’ Services for Pregnant Women in northwest Missouri. As part of their mission to honor the sanctity of human life, Grace Evangelical Church To register or volunteer, contact Marianne Brachman of St. Joseph sponsors and organizes this annual run – one of the largest in northwest at 816.232.2885 or firstname.lastname@example.org Missouri. Marianne Brachman, case worker for the Services for Pregnant Women program, is appreciative of the extraordinary stewardship expressed by the Grace Evangelical congregation and the St. Joseph community. In its four years of planning the run, the church has raised over $17, 000. That means the needs of these women and babies – from diapers and baby wipes, to food, rent and utility assistance – are fulfilled in a very practical sense, tempered with dignity and compassion. “The hard work and dedication the Grace Evangelical congregation gives this event is reflective of the servant-driven social ministry that exemplifies both organizations,” explains Marianne. “We at Catholic Charities are humbled by their trust and ongoing commitment to our program.” Mike Halterman, CEO (L) and Martin Geodken, Associate Director (R) of Catholic Charities, expressed appreciation to race coordinator Jeanette Marriott and Pastor Darrell Jones of Grace Evangelical Church in St. Joseph. SeniorCoolCare Senior Coolcare Benefits Elderly In St. Joseph and Northwest Missouri Help keep our seniors cool – and even save lives - with a tax-deductible donation to Catholic Charities’ Senior CoolCare. The summer heat jeopardizes the health – and even lives – of senior adults. Your gift provides an energy-efficient room-size air conditioner to qualified persons age 65 or older.* We also put $50 in the resident’s electric account to ease the financial burden to operate the unit. True to our mission, people of all faiths are served. *Limited service area in northwest Missouri. Donate to Senior CoolCare All proceeds benefit seniors in Northwest Missouri Mail your check to: Catholic Charities of Kansas City-St. Joseph Senior CoolCare PO Box 410445 Kansas City, MO 64141-0445 SAY Hello to... What they need for gainful employment is for somebody to Pat Lorenze take a chance on Job Developer for the TurnAround Program them. A former corporate attorney, Pat Lorenz has found In addition, Pat educates and recruits prospective Pat encourages people to look beyond fact of his second calling with TurnAround, a program employers willing to hire persons with a record of conviction to the reason for conviction. “Can we of Catholic Charities which supports men and convictions. He explains that not only are there really afford to write off 25% of the population women coming out of prison to make a successful tax incentives and federal bonding programs in without giving them a second chance?” transition into their communities. place for employing ex-offenders, but studies show that given a chance, these men and women The Rewards His Job: make very dedicated and consistent workers. “It’s hard to describe the feeling of satisfaction To assist ex-offenders with their search for when a client calls to say they got the job. You employment. The Challenges: know you gave them the tools they need to A huge challenge is changing society’s mindset succeed. You can hear in their voice that it means “Upon release, these men and women come to about offenders. In fact, the typical ex-offender is more than a paycheck – it’s a second chance at us with nothing except a record, the clothes on not somebody who is intrinsically bad, but rather life.” their back and a few cents in their pockets. They someone who has made bad choices. A conviction need food, clothes, a place to stay, and a means does not define who they are. of financial support. My job is to match our clients SPECIAL NEEDS OF THE with potential employers,” explains Pat. Pat states that recent statistics reveal one out of TURNAROUND PROGRAM four persons will have a conviction sometime in •Cash Pat works with the clients on the fundamentals their life. “I don’t mean to minimize the acts that •Men’s new or gently used jeans, necessary for a job search such as writing a resume ultimately sent these men and women to prison,” sizes 32-38 and cover letter, interview skills and presenting he explains, “but last year Missouri incarcerated •Hygiene items themselves with confidence. “Most of our clients 18,000 people. After serving their sentence, have a high school diploma or GED. While in 17,545 will be released to their communities. •Clothing/shoes for service jobs prison, many took training in basic trades such The key to a successful transition upon release is •Bus passes as welding, carpentry and food service,” explains finding suitable employment and allowing them to •Household items Pat. “What they need for gainful employment is use their skills and talents to become contributing To donate items, call 816.561.1835. for somebody to take a chance on them.” members of society.” To contribute to the Challenge Grant, Challenge: send your tax-deductible gift* to: $100,000 To Turn Lives Around! Catholic Charities Foundation 301 E. Armour Blvd., Suite 620 Kansas City, MO 64111 *Please notate TurnAround Program on your check. Consider the 5:1 return on investment (ROI) of the TurnAround Program: it costs Missouri taxpayers $25,000 to house each person imprisoned per year. For just 20% of that cost, the TurnAround Program of Catholic Charities of Kansas City-St. Joseph is: • assisting former offenders in finding jobs, securing stable housing, seeking treatment, and developing healthier lifestyles • helping men and women remain out of prison. The TurnAround Program currently boasts a recidivism rate of just 8%, meaning 92% have made positive changes to stay out of prison • contributing to the overall safety of our communities C atholic Charities has the opportunity to continue its development of the region’s top re-entry program for men and women leaving the prison Please consider a gift to the TurnAround Program. Once Catholic Charities raises $100,000 in designated gifts, a grant of equal amount will be system. A challenge grant in the amount of $100,000 has been pledged contributed. For more information about the TurnAround Program, visit from a donor who requests anonymity. That’s $100,000 for the TurnAround catholiccharities-kcsj.org or call 816.561.1835. Program – an awesome opportunity to change lives for the better, and make our community safer for all. Hunger… it’s not just an urban problem! As for Me and My House That is why Catholic Charities, in partnership with other organizations in Along with the convenience and central Missouri, is teaming up for the Heart of Missouri Hunger Coalition many resources of the internet, Golf Tournament. there is also a darker side to cyberspace. A recent 30-day The coalition is joining forces to survey by the Western Missouri raise awareness of hunger in the Cyber Crimes Task Force found Warrensburg area and to provide more than 700 computers in support for the food pantries Kansas City, MO were using of Bates, Carroll, Ray, Henry, peer-to-peer software to trade Johnson and Lafayette counties. pornographic images. Harvesters, Sodexo Services, the University of Central Missouri Student To combat the pervasive problem of pornography which affects so many Services, The Food Center Pantry, and St. Mary’s and families, Catholic Charities is collaborating with the Diocese of Kansas Sacred Heart parishes are working alongside Catholic Charities to City- St. Joseph in a new initiative called “As for Me and My House”. bring food, support and hope to central Missouri. It will provide families, schools and parishes with pertinent information, support and resources to confront this issue. Formerly Catholic Charities’ Heart of 2008 ugust 9, test Missouri Golf Tournament, the new Counseling Solutions, the mental health services division of Catholic A Charities, is one of the resources for those seeking help with this type Saturday,. putting con golf event focuses specifically on hunger relief efforts. If you have of addiction. 9 a.m otgun start participated in this tournament in . sh ntry Club 10 a.m es Cou the past, please join us again! For For information regarding this initiative or other information or to register, contact Hidden Pinensburg, MO the Heart of Missouri Catholic counseling services, call 816.333.2040. W arr Charities office at 888.626.4245 or www.catholiccharities-kcsj.org. Many Ways to Give Wanting to help children and families for his Eagle Scout project prompted Mark Raya of Troop There are many ways for people to engage in the 284 to conduct a collection drive mission of Catholic Charities to help those in need. for disposable diapers, wipes, baby clothes and blankets at his Here are just a few examples. church, Cure of Ars and in his neighborhood. The hundreds of donated items brought in helped to fill the supply closet for the Caylee Thornhill just celebrated her seventh Services to Pregnant Women birthday, but Catholic Charities received the program is well-stocked. gifts! Friends donated a bounty of items in Caylee’s honor. This kind and selfless act will benefit several families and individuals served by Catholic Charities. For more ideas on how you can engage in Catholic Charities service to others, contact Teresa Sosinski at 816.756.1858, ext. 561, or email@example.com. Members of Soroptimist International of Kansas City Northland recently delivered a donation of suitcases to Catholic Charities of Kansas City – St. Joseph, Inc. From left to right are Michael Halterman, Chief Executive Officer of Catholic Charities, Dixie Brown, Club President, Barbara Palmisano, Treasurer, Nettie Agnew, President-Elect and Pat LaCalamito, Secretary. The suitcases were gathered for children in foster care who often move several times, transporting their belongings in grocery sacks or trash bags. The new or gently used luggage is more than a means of toting necessities – it is a way to honor the dignity of these young lives. BISHOP BOLAND’S CATHOLIC CHARITIES GOLF CLASSIC Thanks to our many sponsors for being a driving force behind this successful event! GOLD SPONSOR DONORS Sioux Chief Manufacturing Agao, Inc Mr. & Mrs. Robert V. Alldredge BRONZE HOLE SPONSORS Mr. & Mrs. Brent Arensberg Archie’s Cinema Service Carrabba’s Italian Grill Carondelet Health Coca-Cola Left: Ned Harris tries to drop a putt CBIZ Commerce Bank for the Avila team. Country Club Bank Wes Condron County Beverage County Beverage I. Donnelly Company Mr. & Mrs. E.L. Courville McGilley State Line Chapel Mr. & Mrs. Gerald Haake Muehlebach Funeral Home Charles B Heiman UMB Bank, N.A. Jerome W. Heiman Yarco Companies Mr. & Mrs. James Ketter Mark Elling Insurance Agency TEAM SPONSORS Pat Meyers Andrews McMeel Universal Mick Mithelavage America’s Community Bank Muehlebach Funeral Home Avila University Mr. & Mrs. Gregory Ringel Bears Printing & Bindery Brian Savlin Right: Co-Chairs (l to r) Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City William B Schmidt Pat Concannon, Steve Pierce Catholic Charities Seigreid, Bingham, Levy, Selzer & Gee and Don Allen take a moment of Kansas City-St. Joseph, Inc. Daniel J. Welsh to thank Bishop Boland Diocese of Kansas City- St. Joseph Mr. & Mrs. Patrick Concannon for his support. Pyramid Pipe and Supply Roger Williams Straub Construction Dan Murphy Thomas McGee LLC Mr. & Mrs. Scott Cook Mr. & Mrs. Donald Allen Custom Truck and Equipment Franke, Schultz & Mullen Above: Making sure that golfers had plenty of snacks and beverages was the job of volunteers Jordan and his mom, Nicole Pierce. Above: Sioux Chief is a perennial supporter of the Bishop Boland Golf Classic. Playing on one of the Sioux Chief teams were (left to right) Frank Julian, Joe P. Ismert, Ken Cummings and Scott Sitas. FORE! Above: Enjoying a beautiful day on the links were (left to right) Pat Purcell, Dan Wall, Louis Sill and Bob Kelly. Catholic Charities FatherHix Center I “ ’m not really ‘giving up’ my Saturday to help, but giving my time to a project that is going to make a difference and bring hope to people in the neighborhood.” With that upbeat attitude and generous spirit, eleven volunteers (college and grad students, a teacher, a lawyer, a nurse and a business owner) came to the new Catholic Charities’ Fr. Hix Center at St. Anthony Church in northeast Kansas City on the last Saturday of May. The center is a collaborative effort of Catholic Charities, the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph, St. Anthony’s Parish, the former St. Aloysius Parish and staff, and strong supporters of social services. No “extreme makeover” was needed for the former classroom in the old school building, but rather a “TLC” cleaning and a coat of paint. With the volunteers’ work, the Fr. Hix Center will open with a fresh new look. Volunteers brought cleaning supplies, paint brushes and rollers. Some cleaned the wooden floor after removing carpet tacks and staples. Some washed window blinds and the ceiling-tall windows. And then everyone picked up a brush or roller and painted the walls with warm and welcoming colors. The Fr. Hix Center, named after the late Father John Hix, beloved pastor of St. Volunteer painters Chris Bugler (descending ladder), Aloysius from 1986 to 2001, will offer utility and rent/mortgage assistance and an Michelle Bugler and Nathan Waddell spent a recent expanded food pantry. Saturday giving the Fr. Hix Center a clean start. Catholic Charities Father Hix Center 318 Benton Boulevard, Kansas City 816.931.9399, ext. 110 PLAN Whether your estate rivals a Wall Street tycoon – or not! – your assets can leave a lasting legacy to the values you hold most dear. Catholic Charities of Kansas City-St. Joseph welcomes planned gifts of any amount. In life – and even in death – we have an extraordinary opportunity to share our care, concern and hope for the world. for the As you plan for your future, here are some things to keep in mind: 1. Consult an attorney to make a will or other estate plans and regularly update these documents. Future 2. Choose a knowledgeable person or financial firm to manage your estate. 3. Consider a memorial gift to a charity or other institution in honor of a loved one. 4. Use the proper legal name of the recipient of your gift(s). For example, our legal name is Catholic Charities of Kansas City-St. Joseph, Inc. 5. Consider designating alternate beneficiaries if your loved ones do not survive you. PLAN 6. Consider including other assets such as life insurance, annuities or real estate. For more information about a planned gift to Catholic Charities of Kansas City-St. Joseph, Inc., for a please contact Rozanne Prather, 816.756.1858, ext. 563. Gift! Visit catholiccharities-kcsj.org/waystogive for a range of estate WWW planning tools, quizzes, tutorials, gift calculators and more. Waystogive HOPE M atters Non-Profit Org. U.S. Postage Paid Columbia, MO Permit #353 A Publication for Friends and Supporters of Catholic Charities of Kansas City-St Joseph, Inc. 301 E. Armour Blvd., Suite 620, Kansas City, MO 64111 CHECK OUT WHAT’S NEW! www.catholiccharities-kcsj.org Providing Help. Creating Hope. www.catholiccharities-kcsj.org WISH List Wouldn’t you like to fulfill the wishes of some very Senior Care Services would appreciate donations The new Father Hix Center needs food donations, dedicated social workers helping families in need? of hygiene items such as Depends, gentle soaps gift cards to groceries/dollar stores, computers and Here’s how…. and lotions. Contact Lynne Serrano at816.221.2178, subscriptions to Dos Mundos or the Kansas City ext. 346, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Star. Contact Janel D’Agata Lynch 816.931.9699, The Services to Pregnant Women program needs ext. 110, or email@example.com. diapers, baby wipes, new clothing – sizes newborn The T-CAP program (after school teen program) to 18 month and gift cards for gas. in St. Joseph needs storage shelving and supplies The Caritas Center needs bus passes, gas cards, Angela Shipley at 816.931.9399, ext. 113, or for crafts. They would also appreciate paper goods calculators, resume paper and envelopes and gift firstname.lastname@example.org. (plates, towels, cups) and household cleaning certificates for haircuts. Contact Janel D’Agata Lynch supplies. Contact Debra King at 888.629.2886 at 816.931.9699, ext. 110, or email@example.com. Services to Pregnant Women in St. Joseph needs or firstname.lastname@example.org. diapers, baby wipes, laundry detergent, 13 gallon kitchen trash bags, crib sheets and durable baby The housing programs of Catholic Charities in both picture books. St. Joseph and Kansas City could use bus passes, Contact Marianne Brachman at 888.629.2886, grocery cards, lawn mowers, weed eaters, gas cards, ext. 39, or email@example.com. toilet paper, full and twin size sheets, and electric fans. In St. Joseph, please contact Laura Moore Foster Care Services is in need of grocery gift at 816.232.2886 or firstname.lastname@example.org. In cards, furniture for a young mother and her baby Kansas City, contact Nicole McCrory at 816.931.9399, and size 5 1/2 – 6 soccer cleats. ext.109, or email@example.com. Contact Melissa Meyer at 816.221.2178, ext. 332, or firstname.lastname@example.org.