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CSS hires two to expand Benefit Bank services

Catholic Social Service (CSS) is making it easier for people who are facing financial dire straights to get a helping hand.
The CSS office in Great Bend has hired two part-time, temporary staff members -- Patty Sanders and Gabriela Moreno -- whose job it will be to help individuals obtain access to available financial help through the Benefit Bank system.

Through the CSS Benefit Bank program, individuals and families can learn if they are potentially eligible for financial assistance, health care, or food supplements. These are not hand-outs. They are benefits ready and waiting for those in need.
Sanders and Moreno will work out of the CSS office in Great Bend, and will travel to other locations where they will offer five-minute “pre-screens” to individuals seeking financial assistance.
“We will probably partner with other agencies, such as the Ford County Health Department, once or twice a month to do Benefit Bank,” said Patty McGurk of the Great Bend CSS office. They will also spend time at senior centers, health clinics, libraries, and even host booths at community events, such as the Cinco de Mayo celebration, to reach people who may be in need.
The pre-screening process includes a series of questions pertaining to jobs, income, and citizenship. After the information is gathered, Sanders or Moreno will plug the information into the Benefit Bank computer program at the at one of five sites in the diocese: the Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Dodge City; the CSS office in Dodge City; St. John the Apostle Church in St. John; the CSS office in Garden City; or the CSS office in Great Bend.
The Benefit Bank computer program will indicate almost immediately if the individual is potentially eligible for benefits, or if he or she is over-income.
Sanders and Moreno will then notify the individual of their results. If they potentially qualify for benefits, they will return for an hour-long session at one of the five Benefit Bank sites, during which Moreno or Sanders will lead them through the necessary documentation. That documentation will then be delivered to Social Rehabilitation Services for processing. The entire process is offered at no cost to the individual.
The new positions come as a result of a grant awarded to CSS from AmeriCorps, which each year offers 75,000 opportunities for adults of all ages and backgrounds to serve through a network of partnerships with local and national nonprofit groups. The grant requires the new employees complete 900 hours of service prior to July 31, 2010.
Both the CSS offices in Great Bend and Dodge City are currently awaiting confirmation that funding will be available from AmeriCorps for two additional, full time, temporary positions to be hired through the AmeriCorps VISTA program. Founded as Volunteers in Service to America in 1965 and incorporated into the AmeriCorps network of programs in 1993, VISTA’s primary focus is in battling poverty.
These individuals would be responsible for organizing and initiating the Benefit Bank computer system at locations throughout the diocese, and for training volunteers to act as guides, helping individuals access financial aid through the system.  
If you are interesting in learning more about Benefit Bank, whether or not you qualify for financial aid through the Benefit Bank program, or if you are interested in the full time positions, contact either the Great Bend CSS office at  (620) 792-1393, or the Dodge City office at (620) 227-1562 or 1-800-222-9383.

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KEYWORDS, PHRASES: 2018 Golf Classic; student athletes; physically challenged; Leonard Stegman; Lesson in forgiveness; Sending us on a mission

Sept. 2, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Priest crisis; Scandal; Opioid addictions; Seeds of Suicide; Leightons; St. Anne; Vincke; seminarians; Dominican Sisters; Stewardship Conference; Dead Sea Scrolls; PSR programs; Roe V. Wade

 

August 12, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Prayer and Action; Totus Tuus; Janee Bernal; Diana Ramirez; Heidy Ramirez; Bishop Gilmore honored for 20 years ministry; suicide; contraception and abortion; Dead Sea Scrolls; Humanae Vitae; certification in youth ministry; Chuck Weber; Cathedral rectory chapel; Sister Viola Heichelbech; Adam Urban

July 15, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Immigration Protest/Rally; Faith and Light Fiesta; Seeing the Dead Sea Scrolls; Corpus Christi procession; Prayers for priests; Sisters turn 100; Michael Brungardt; Gerald Vincke; Massacre in San Salvador; Action for Alex 

 

June 3, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Parish Pray for Priestly Vocations; Appeal reaches $10 million; Gangs; Seminarians; Pam Willis; Why I like being a priest; Happy Father's Day; Patricia Lujan; Tyler and Rachel Bennett; Adoption Protection Act.

May 20, 2018
KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Track meet; Beloved Sinners; Benjamin Martin retires; Smiles; Future of Fortune Telling; Hoisington mission; DofI; Getting Equipped; Spring Social; First Communion; Confirmation
KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Track meet; Beloved Sinners; Benjamin Martin retires; Smiles; Future of Fortune Telling; Hoisington mission; DofI; Getting Equipped; Spring Social; First Communion; Confirmation

May 6, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Archbishop Romero; Seeing, Touching, Tasting; Exhortation; Father Patrick Conroy; Happy Mother's Day; A child on your doorstep; Vibrant Ministries Grant; From the heart of a young father; Love Gives Life; Roman Holiday; Smartphone; retirement
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April 15, 2018

 KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Easter Vigil; Angelica Village; Colorado woman; The art of anger; Cimarron Couple; Staats; Adoption; 

Father Ultan Murphy anniversary; Coughlan; Spiritual Advisor to Hoodlums; Woman of Courage; Oration contest; Darcy Feist  

 

April 1, 2018

 

 KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Defending Adoption; Led by the Spirit; Knights; ABC Pregnancy Center;
Memorial of Mary; Homeless; Relics; Down syndrome abortion; Chrism Mass

 

March 18, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: SKYAC; Aleksandr Men; Fasting for Priestly Vocations; Uganda; School for deaf; Rannah Evetts; Oberle; Rachel and Doug Trombley; Oscar Romero; Paul VI; DACA

 

 

March 4, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Fasting for priestly vocations; Father Juan; Fasting and prayer;
Quest Weekend 2018; DACA; With God, anything is possible; Homelessness in our communities; Rhubarb, Kansas;
What's the point of fasting; Rite of Election; same-sex couples

 

Feb. 18, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Catholic Schools Week; Rachel Doll; Ellinwood; Great Bend; Garden City; Ness City; Dodge City; Sister Rita Schwarzenberger; Nigeria; Bishop Hermes; Fasting for Priestly Vocations; World Day for Consecrated Life; 50th Anniversary St. Dominic School; What will life be like in 50 years?

 

 

Feb. 4, 2018

 

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: March for Life; Tracy and Ross Smith; Adoption; Vibrant Ministries; Faith and Light;
Pro-Life; Mortal sin to discard elderly; DACA; Abortion; Dreamers; Human Trafficking

 

Jan. 21, 2018

 KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Louise Korbe; Anne Frank; Miep Gies; Home Heat; Father Solanus

 

Jan. 7, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Good news and kingdom living; dreamers; Sister Teresa Orozco; Infant Adoption; Elderly; a moral conundrum; seminarian; feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

 

 

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