The Poor & Vulnerable

For 2000 years, the Catholic Church has manifested a special concern for the poor and the vulnerable. This is a central tenet of our faith. The Church is a provider and supporter of services that help those among us most in need of assistance. In these difficult economic times, those with little, and those unable to help themselves, are in particular need of society’s compassion.



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SRS Hosting Town Halls on Childhood Poverty

November 13, 2011 | Posted in The Issues

The Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services (SRS) will be hosting three town hall meetings the week of November 14-18 on the subject of childhood poverty.  There will be a town hall in Kansas City on Monday, Wichita on Wednesday, and Garden City on Thursday.  Click here for more information. Read More >>

SRS Announces Changes to Welare Programs

September 20, 2011 | | Posted in The Issues

The Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services (SRS) has announced changes to the way it administers the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF), Supplemental Nutrition Assistance (SNAP), and Child Care Assistance programs.  The changes will be phased in over the next few months. Read More >>

Legislature, SRS Debate Office Closures

August 5, 2011 | , , | Posted in The Issues

A legislative committee is seeking further information on the closure of nine offices by the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services.  The Department contends that it is merely complying with the Legislature’s mandate to apply administrative cuts and that the closures are the most cost-effective way to manage reduced funding levels while maintaining access […] Read More >>

House Committee Scales Back Earned Income Tax Credit for Low-Income Workers

March 18, 2011 | , | Posted in The Issues

The House Taxation Committee this week approved legislation scaling back the Earned Income Tax Credit.  The Earned Income Tax Credit is a refundable federal income tax credit for low to moderate income working individuals and families.  The state has its own credit which piggybacks onto the federal credit. When the credit exceeds a person’s tax […] Read More >>

Crisis Pregnancy Funding in Stronger Position Than Past Years

The Catholic News Agency recently took a look at Kansas’ Stan Clark Pregnancy Maintenance Initiative, which provides women facing challenging pregnancies with a support system, including counseling on alternatives to abortion.  Catholic Charities is the primary provider of these critically important services that help women, often low-income, choose life. Read More >>

Kansas Catholic Conference Testifies on Behalf of Crisis Pregnancy Program

February 11, 2011 | , , , , , | Posted in The Issues

Thursday, the Kansas Catholic Conference testified on behalf of the Stan Clark Pregnancy Maintenance Initiative, which provides women facing challenging pregnancies with a support system, including counseling on alternatives to abortion.  Catholic Charities is the primary provider of these critically important services that help women, often low-income, choose life.  The program has come under attack […] Read More >>

Budget Priority: The Vulnerable

The Kansas Catholic Conference has sent a letter to Governor-Elect Brownback describing its budget priorities for the coming year.  In the letter, the Conference urges the governor to protect those programs that serve the neediest among us.  The letter also describes the Conference’s support for crisis pregnancy assistance and strong opposition to taxpayer funding for […] Read More >>