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A beacon of light for those who struggle

CEO Chris Ice The cross identifies human suffering at its worst, but it also proclaims Christ’s victory over death Another lesson of the cross Today we celebrate the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross. This feast traces its origins to the discovery of the true cross in 320 by St. Helena in Jerusalem,…
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Why lower unemployment rates bring more need for employment services

By Kathy Ficcadenti Even with unemployment rates at 4 percent and below, we’re seeing more people at our classes now than we did in the spring What’s behind the paradox With unemployment rates at 4 percent or below, one might think the Employment Services department at Catholic Charities of Kansas City-St. Joseph would be on…
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Higher utility bills bringing new sticker shock

By Susan Walker Utility help requests are a symptom of a larger problem The Welcome Center can help According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the United States set a new three- month record for the hottest summer. In the Kansas City area specifically, temperatures for June, July & August averaged just over 88°…
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Keeping babies safe

By Marianne BrachmanCall our office to learn more on how to protect your precious baby with basic safe sleep education The ABCs every caretaker should know If you love and care for a baby, you must know the ABCs of safe sleep. Their lives depend upon you knowing safe practices during all sleep times: A…
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When does a booming housing market bring bad news?

By Jan Motl In Kansas City, on average, one family or one individual every single day in each county we serve experiences eviction. Think about that When it brings more evictions In the first installment of this series on the four obstacles to housing stability – conviction, eviction, low income and disability – director of…
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