Success Stories

A Happy Ending for 456 N. 17th Street

January 8, 2021

CHWC extensively rehabbed this home in the St. Peter’s neighborhood. When we acquired it, it had suffered fire damage after being vacant for a period of time. After undergoing the dramatic transformation you see in this video, 456 N. 17th is now the envy of the neighborhood! Video by Matt Maassel

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A Place to Bloom

November 25, 2020

A Stressful Search Years ago, a new family moved into a home in the Riverview neighborhood. Their mother, a CNA and home health aide, had had trouble finding quality housing for her family. “I had a [Housing Choice] Voucher,” she says. “I was living in a bedroom with me and my three kids, and I…

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10 Years “On the Corner”

August 7, 2020

posted by Rebekah Shackelford & Rebekah Swank Years ago, when Rachel saw a beautiful house under construction on the corner, she stopped to stare and daydream about it becoming her own. Little did she know that with the help of CHWC’s House to Home Program and her own determination, she would soon move into that…

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A man and a woman sitting in a car and smiling.

Stronger Together

May 21, 2020

What do you do when your ability to provide a home for your family is threatened? Jim and his family had to answer this question for themselves. They’re a true Kansas City family. Although they now live in Johnson County, Jim grew up in Kansas City, Kansas. For over 60 years, his mom continued to…

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Building a Foundation

March 26, 2020

Are you waiting to buy a home because you’re not sure the time is right? Homeownership can be a smart choice for people of all ages, and depending on your situation, it can be really smart to buy when you’re young. Read on to learn why. When Valeria and Jesus got married about a year…

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It Takes a Partnership

March 13, 2020

CHWC serves a highly diverse population, and it’s our mission to be a resource for the whole community. All of our services are available on a regular basis in English and in Spanish. To help extend the reach of our services, CHWC partners with Catholic Charities each year to teach a homebuyer education class that is translated into…

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A Dream Realized

January 10, 2019

Buying her dream house once seemed like an unattainable goal. But on December 26, Claudia Flores and her family celebrated their first anniversary as homeowners. If you haven’t read the Flores’ full homeownership story, click here for a recap. Claudia and her husband Eddy had always wanted a home of their own. They especially wanted to provide…

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“I Still Can’t Believe It”

January 8, 2019

“I still can’t believe it.” Those were some of Karen Marcel’s first words when Claudia Flores and I sat down to talk with her about her new home. Karen moved into the house in mid-June. Since then, it’s evident that she has been busy making it her own. As she greeted us and led us…

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New Home, Old Traditions

December 14, 2018

The St. Benedict neighborhood is now home to six new residents, and this family couldn’t be happier with their new home. The Rais, a Bhutanese family who immigrated to the US in 2014 from a refugee camp in Nepal, closed on a CHWC-built new home on Thursday, November 29. The Rais’ journey to having a home of…

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Hard Work Pays Off

November 2, 2018

Saha and his family lived in Nepal for over 20 years before moving to the US in 2012. Saha, his wife and four children lived in an apartment in Kansas City, Kansas before purchasing their home. Like other immigrant families, the Biswas had many questions about the home buying process. Saha turned to his family for…

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