A decade of service and growing

Catholic Charities of Central and Northern Missouri marks the end of its 10th anniversary by responding to the Bible’s call to serve those in need.

After a decade of service, the charity is not sitting on its laurels. Instead, it continues to expand its programs, serving even more people in different ways.

Catholic Charities is the outreach arm of social services in the Catholic Diocese of Jefferson City. It serves 38 counties, one-third of the counties in Missouri.

The agency embarked on new initiatives, including behavioral health and counseling services; a state-of-the-art pantry; and the expansion of services in the areas of refugee and family immigration have prompted the agency to recruit a talented and diverse group of staff to work directly with those it serves.

He has consulted with parishes, schools and individuals and sees a need within the community and in the counties he serves to provide these services.

Next spring, the agency will open the Health and Nutrition Services program, a pantry of the client’s choice. It includes a storage capacity of 60 pallets of food and a demonstration kitchen for learning opportunities. When customers are shopping, their children can visit an interactive children’s corner.

Catholic Charities has also responded to an increased need for refugee and immigration support. Catholic Charities Refugee Services has resettled more than 240 Afghan refugees over the past eleven weeks. This exceeds the previous record of 229 refugee resettlements in 2016.

He also added key administrative staff: Sister Kathleen Wegman will strengthen the Catholic identity and mission of the agency in everything it does; Dan Kempker is the senior director of finance; and Ashley Wiskirchen recently started as Director of Communications. She joined the agency from the Diocese of Jefferson City, where she served as Deputy Director of Communications.

We love the way Catholic Charities puts its faith into action to serve fellow human beings. We wish him another decade of success and beyond.


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