Plans are Underway to Rebuild After December Fire
ST. JOSEPH, MO – Catholic Charities of Kansas City- St. Joseph is operating in two temporary sites in St. Joseph, following a fire at the agency’s new location at 1123 S. 10th Street. As plans are made to rebuild, Catholic Charities continues to offer emergency assistance and services to people in need in Northwest Missouri.
People in the St. Joseph community seeking help with food, rent, utilities and other urgent needs should call 816.232.2885 to schedule an appointment with a Catholic Charities Emergency Assistance Coordinator. People with appointments will be seen at InterServ’s Wesley Center, 200 Cherokee Street.
Northwest office staff will also be located at Midland Empire Resources for Independent Living. They will schedule appointments with all other clients at MERIL’s office at 4420 S. 40th Street, St. Joseph. To make an appointment, call 816.232.2885. Individual staff members can also be reached via email.
“We recognize that need for Catholic Charities in St. Joseph is greater than ever,” CEO Deacon Dan Powers said. “We’re grateful to the partners who opened their doors to us when we were in need – InterServ, MERIL, our Catholic parishes and the United Way of Greater St. Joseph. They prove what a compassionate community this is.”
Renovations to the new Catholic Charities home in St. Joseph were underway when a fire that began on the second floor swept through the building Sunday, December 27. It was unoccupied at the time, but damage was extensive.
Catholic Charities provides poverty-reduction assistance to nearly 5,000 St. Joseph area households every year. Services include emergency assistance, housing, workforce development, adoptions and parenting support. The agency also offers one-on-one case management for individuals, families, veterans and former offenders. Services continue without interruption at the main Kansas City office at 850 Main Street.
“We look forward to opening our doors and welcoming people to our permanent home in 2016,” Deacon Powers said.
About Catholic Charities of Kansas City-St. Joseph
Founded in 1879, Catholic Charities of Kansas City-St. Joseph is a nationally accredited, non-profit agency dedicated to human services across Central and Western Missouri. Inspired by the Gospel mandate, Catholic Charities transforms lives and communities through hope-filled care, services and advocacy.
The impact of Catholic Charities of Kansas City-St. Joseph is felt every day in the communities it serves. Annually, the agency directly serves more than 72,000 people of all faiths, and helps thousands more through a network of neighborhood emergency assistance sites.
For more information about Catholic Charities of Kansas City-St. Joseph, visit http://www.catholiccharities-kcsj.org.
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