A Salina organization will celebrate 60 years of helping those in need.
Catholic Charities will host a 60th Anniversary Celebration this evening. The event will be at their office located at 1500 S. 9th Street in Salina. Social time begins at 5:00pm and at 5:30pm.
According to the organization, Bishop Gerald Vincke and Executive Director Michelle Martin will unveil exciting news about the agencies future. Tours will be offered at approximately 6:00pm. The theme for the 60th is year is Cherishing our Past. Strengthening our Future.
When the Catholic Charities opened in 1959, they offered assistance to pregnant women in crisis, counseling, adoption services and operated a receiving home for neglected children out of the former Mowery Clinic at 425 W. Iron Street in Salina.
Catholic Charities of Northern Kansas now has offices in Salina, Hays and Manhattan and serves 31 Kansas counties. In addition to counseling and pregnancy and adoption services, Catholic Charities offers emergency rent and utility assistance, relief from predatory lending, homeless prevention programs, legal immigration services and partners with Salina Adult Education Center to offer a 6-week employment boot camp, Partners 4 Success, and ESL Classes.
In 2015, Catholic Charities started a Mobile Outreach Program to assist the underserved rural communities by providing food, clothing, blankets and hygiene items. Each month, Catholic Charities Mobile Outreach vans travel to Ellsworth, Lincoln, Wilson, Sylvan Grove, Minneapolis, Concordia, Osborne, Beloit. Russell, WaKeeney, Norton, Colby, Junction City, Ogden, Clay Center, Herington and Abilene.
Catholic Charities doors are open to all people living in poverty and crisis, regardless of religion.