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Catholic Charities of Southwest Kansas joins national campaign to promote the life-giving work
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Catholic Charities of Southwest Kansas is joining with the Catholic Charities network around the country to participate in “We Are There,” a national awareness campaign highlighting the life-giving services Catholic Charities agencies provide in their local communities.

“This campaign is a tremendous opportunity for us to showcase the impactful work we do every day. By joining forces with Catholic Charities agencies nationwide, we can amplify our message and reach more people who need our support,” said Debbie Snapp, executive director of Catholic Charities of Southwest Kansas.

For almost 60 years, Catholic Charities has brought comfort, hope, and relief to our neighbors, regardless of their faith, in southwest Kansas. Its services include infant adoption, pregnancy support, counseling, food and emergency assistance, housing, immigrant and refugee services, and disaster response. Last year, through its Housing and Assistance programs, the agency screened 848 people for food assistance and housed 106 individuals across multiple counties. Its Behavioral Health services provided 3,223 therapy sessions, a 46% increase over the previous year. They also facilitated six births and four adoption finalizations through the Pregnancy and Adoption services. CCSK filed 453 immigration cases with United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and welcomed individuals from various countries, including Afghanistan, Congo, and Guatemala. They assisted 74 refugees in their Reception and Placement Assistance Program and provided English language training for 382 refugees. “We strive to make an impact by alleviating poverty and fostering hope within our community,” Snapp said.

The work that Catholic Charities does in southwest Kansas is mirrored by services provided at Catholic Charities agencies around the country. There are 168 independent Catholic Charities agencies and 3,900 collective locations spread out across the United States and its five territories.

Collectively, the Catholic Charities network served more than 15 million people last year and provided more than 30 million meals to those in need. The dedicated, selfless staff of Catholic Charities agencies are aided in this work by the indispensable contributions of more than 215,000 volunteers nationwide. The services offered by each local Catholic Charities agency differ because they are tailored to the specific needs of the vulnerable members of their individual communities.

Catholic Charities USA, the national membership organization for Catholic Charities agencies, organized and launched the “We Are There” campaign. Over the coming months, the campaign will raise awareness for the work of Catholic Charities through a variety of national media outlets. Here in southwest Kansas, Catholic Charities will continue to highlight the different ways we aid and accompany our neighbors in need.

To learn more about the “We Are There” campaign, visit WeAreThere.US. To learn how to volunteer or make a gift supporting the work of Catholic Charities of Southwest Kansas, visit