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New Roots for Refugees – The Gathering

October 4th was the date for The Gathering, a benefit for New Roots for Refugees. Bridget Lee was the host of the 10th annual event. Guests enjoyed remarks from Lauren Solidum, Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas; and Kristin Selby, New Roots for Refugees; along with delicious fare from Páros Estiatorio, and an opportunity to shop for fresh produce from a pop-up farmstand created by the farmers from New Roots for Refugees. The organization is a training program offered by Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas which helps refugees start their own small farm business.

(Seated) Jan Kramer and Claire Kramer (standing) Pam Kramer, Kerry Gentry Hartnett, and Lauren Solidum, Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas


Carolyn Powers, Jen Carson, Mary Campbell, Erin Chandra, and Janelle Campbell

Featured in the November 26, 2022 issue of The Independent.


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TRAILBLAZING: National Congress of Black Women – Kansas City Chapter

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