Keeler Women's Center

 Calendar of Programs and Services

EMPOWERING THROUGH EDUCATION

Click this link to download a copy of the Keeler Calendar for September 2016:
Keeler Calendar September 2016.pdf

Knowledge helps increase self-efficacy, a key ingredient for empowerment. Come learn with us…

The following Parenting Support Group will resume after a summer break.   Watch for dates.

Parenting Support Group: provides education and support on Thursday afternoons, 1:30-2:30 p.m. The group leader will be Matt Brandmeyer, LMSW, LAC. Certificates of attendance will be given at the end of every 4 week series, as needed. The curriculum for this series will include: 

    • How to connect and form strong bonds
    • What to do when you don't always agree
    • Solving problems together
    • Helping each other heal from past hurts  

Healthy Relationships: an education and support group for survivors of domestic violence and other women wanting to improve their ability to form positive relationships, is a weekly series for women offered Tuesdays from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m..  At this time we are pleased to be able to offer this weekly series also on Tuesday evenings:  6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m..  The program is offered in partnership with Friends of Yates/Joyce Williams Shelter. The facilitator is Chandra Green. For those mandated to attend, a letter verifying attendance is offered. Please tell a Keeler staff member when you arrive that you need a letter for that session.

Nutrition programs are offered on the 4th Tuesday of each month, 1:30-3:00 p.m. The program is offered in partnership with K-State Extension and taught by Pat Callaghan, master food volunteer. Women and men are welcome.  

The next offering will be:  "Healthy Nutrition:  Cooking For One or Two,"Tuesday, September 27, 1:00-2:30 p.m.

We also offer nutrition classes in Spanish in partnership with K-State Extension and Research. Teresa Moreno is the teacher.  Childcare is available.   Next class will be Thursday, July 21, 10:00-11:00 a.m.   

Programs are offered in partnership with Heartland Habitat for Humanity to help men and women better understand finances and issues related to home ownership.

Next class is "Vacation on a Budget,"  on Thursday, July 14.  A light supper will be served at 5:30.   Class will be 6:00-7:00 p.m.

Education for Life: programs are offered monthly in partnership with K-State Research and Extension. The presenter is Chiquita Miller. 

Grupo de mujeres, con enfermeras Mary Ellen Rodriguez y Ana Maria Sauer. Estas reunions serán informales y tendrán lugar los martes. Las clases comienzan a  las 10:00 AM y vamos a terminar a las 11:00 AM.  Llame al 913.906.8990 para registrar. 

Easy English classes are offered by volunteers to women who wish to learn English. Tutors meet once each week for 90 minutes each session. Tutors usually meet with individuals, but some tutors work with small groups. Sessions are scheduled at the convenience of the tutors and take place at Keeler or at a public library. Call the Center to volunteer or to be placed on the waiting list to receive services. 

Library opportunities at Keeler Women's Center and Catholic Charities. We've been chosen by the Kansas City Kansas Public Library to be a regular stop for the new bookmobile.  The bookmobile is essentially a moving mini library, a 37' bus that will house a few thousand books, movies, and other materials for patrons to check out, plus 6 laptop computers with high-speed internet powered by TV White Space. We are hopeful that by making computer classes and books easily accessible, this partnership will help close the digital divide and encourage life-long reading. All will be welcome to come to the bookmobile which will be parked in front of Keeler Women's Center every other Thursday afternoon, from 2:30-4:30 p.m.

  • Thursdays,  July 7 & 21,  2:30-4:30 p.m.

Register online for any of these offerings.
 

EMPOWERING THROUGH ADVOCACY

Greater access to resources in our community helps us take action. Come move in a positive direction with us…

We are privileged to work with many non-profits that share a common desire to empower those living in poverty. We try periodically to offer programs for young, emerging leaders of small agencies who don’t have large budgets for staff development.  We have three opportunities at this time:

Help with job searches: We are pleased to welcome Bishop Sullivan Center to the Catholic Charities building and to partner with them in assisting men and women who are serious about finding employment.  Two staff members are available Monday - Thursday to assist with Job Counseling and Job Lead Assistance.

Job counseling consists of:

  • Conducting an initial assessment to discuss what type of work you have done and what type of work you are seeking;
  • Discussing any problems that might be getting in the way of obtaining and keeping a job and assisting you in overcoming these problems;
  • Assisting with developing a resume, references, cover letter, etc.;
  • Staying connected weekly and offering support until you obtain employment;
  • Providing contacts to see how your job is going.
Job lead assistance consists of:
  • Providing use of the resource area to assist with on-line applications, internet job search, faxing and emailing employers;
  • Assisting with computer training that will aid your job search;
  • Contacting employers to find out about their job openings;
  • Referring to job openings that are appropriate to your qualifications.

To reach Bishop Sullivan Employment Services, call 913.906.8940.

We offer the services of a job coach by appointment. Judy Nies assists women who have special challenges to finding employment. Examples of obstacles might be a history of incarceration, an older women returning to work after an extended time out of the workforce, someone who is wanting a change but is not sure what she would like to do. If you are interested in meeting with our job coach, please call the Center and ask to talk to one of the Sisters.

Outreach to the Wyandotte County Detention Center: S. Bridget  visits women in the WyCo Detention Center twice each month. Upon release, women are welcome to visit Keeler to attend programs or receive assistance finding resources in the community.

Register online for any of these offerings.
 

EMPOWERING THROUGH PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT

Personal development helps increase self-esteem, self-confidence, and self-efficacy; key ingredients for empowerment. Come grow with us…

In partnership with Mercy and Truth, Dr. Alex Kieu, gives a monthly presentation at Keeler Women's Center.  In August, Dr. Alex's presentation will be, BACK TO SCHOOL:  5 Ways to Keep Children Healthy.  August 2, 1:00 - 2:00 pm.

Pregnancy and Infant Loss, a facilitated support group for families who have recently, or some time ago experienced the heartache of miscarriage, stillbirth, or infant loss. Join us every first Tuesday of each month, 6:30-7:30 p.m.  Next session will be August 2, 6:30-7:30.

A  popular program, Pretty Nails, is offered on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month by appointment. Ana Maria Price will pamper women by shaping and polishing their nails. Call for an appointment.

  • Thursdays, July 14 & 28, 10:00 a.m.-noon. By appointment.

Create Beautiful Cards will offer men and women a creative outlet. Make beautiful homemade cards - they say it all with love.  Supplies will be furnished. Carole Thrasher is the facilitator. Reservations are needed. Space is limited. This program is offered on the 2nd Wednesday of each month, 10:00-11:30 a.m.

  •  Wednesday, July 13:  make cards for your choice of occasions. 
Take a venture in the creativity of cookie and/or cupcake decorating with  Rachel Van Stratton teaching the classes:
  • Cupcake Decorating with Sweet Ideas, Thursday, July 14 at 6:00 p.m.
  • Cookie Decorating with Sweet Ideas will be Tuesday, July 26 at 6:00 p.m.

Counseling: Professional counselors and counseling interns available by appointment to meet with individuals and couples to address communication and general life issues, including issues of depression, stress, abuse, addictions, etc. Men and women are welcome. Call 913.906.8990 to do a short intake.  A counselor will then call you to schedule an appointment. We are also able to offer mental health assessments on a limited basis if there is a referral from a partner agency.


Counseling for survivors of torture and abuse: S. Esther Fangman, OSB, Ed.D., LCPC, provides psychotherapy to survivors of torture and war. According to the Center for Survivors of Torture and War Trauma, "In many cases, daily traumatic incidents of torture and violence have left lasting symptoms of paralyzing anxiety, grief and hopelessness, as well as flashbacks, night terrors, and intrusive memories. These extremely debilitating and disempowering symptoms often impede survivors' ability to properly manage their new family life in America." We welcome referrals from agencies that work with refugees from countries torn apart by war. S. Esther provides therapy one day each week at the Center. Survivors make amazing progress with her skilled help. 

MOCSA (Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault) provides a weekly group support and education at Keeler Women's Center for Spanish-speaking women who are survivors of sexual assault. "Grupo de salud emocional para la mujer" on Tuesday afternoons, 1:00-2:30 p.m.  Los eventos del pasado a veces tienen efectos en nuestras vidas de hoy. Los grupos y educación de "MIST" le dan apoyo y enseñan habilidades para afrontar las dificultades. Para información de servicios a Keeler, llamar a  MOCSA, Marie a 816.285.1357. MOCSA se especializa en el tratamiento de la violencia sexual. 

Temas: Por favor llame para obtener los temas y las fechas.

 

A weekly Support Group for Caregivers, is offered on Tuesdays, 1:30-3:00 p.m. Our facilitator is Jackie Tigges, MSW, LSCSW. Caring for a loved one who is ill or dying is very difficult and it helps to be supported by others. Call 913.906.8990 to register. Men and women are welcome.

Theatre at Keeler:  The workshop director is Deb Campbell, executive director of Kansas City Senior Theatre, and is offered in partnership with KCST. We are taking a break as we seek additional funding for this program. We hope to re-start it again in the near future; check back for new dates.

Affirmations Growth Group for Women meets weekly on Mondays from noon to 1:00 p.m. How a woman thinks about herself plays a role in how effective and happy she is in her life. This group helps women change the way they think about themselves and their lives.  Women are offered information, inspiration, motivation, support, life planning, and positive and affirming connections with others. Marla Looper facilitates. (This group assists those dealing with addictions. If you are mandated to attend, contact one of the sisters on staff as you arrive to indicate you need verification of attendance.)

 

Monthly Book Club meets on the 2nd Tuesday of each month from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. Women read books written by and about women. Therese Bysel facilitates. A limited number of books are available for club members.

  • Tuesday, July 12:  I Still Dream About You, by Fannie Flagg 

A Knitting and Crocheting  Group which ordinarily meets each Tuesday evening from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.  will resume after a short summer break.  Come to learn or to teach. On the first night, learn a basic stitch and decide on a project; then join the circle of women to have fun, relax with new friends, and weave away. Needles, hooks, and yarn are provided. (Donations are always welcome!) Quilting is offered on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays. Sandae Custard and Kari Szabo are instructors, and everyone shares their expertise.  Women sharing and supporting one another.

Knitting & Crocheting will resume on Tuesday, September 6, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.

Women Writers Group meets on the 1st Thursday of each month from 1:00 to 2:15 p.m. Women who enjoy writing and sharing with other women meet to improve their writing skills and share stories, poems, and journal entries. Liz Birky facilitates.   August meeting:  August 4, 1:00-2:15


Massage is offered on Mondays by appointment.
On Monday afternoons Sandy Karcher, PT, and Jan George, RN, LMT, work together to offer massage.   Call 913.906.8990 to check the times and schedule an appointment. 

 

Register online for any of these offerings.
 

EMPOWERING THROUGH SPIRITUAL DEVELOPMENT

A deep spiritual connection can show us our life's purpose. Come explore with us.

Gospel Non-Violence: Living the Way of Jesus, which meets throughout the year will not meet in July.   The presenter throughout the year is Peg Burns Kerbawy, developer of Our Golden Thread, Gospel Nonviolence Curriculum Materials. In a world where bullets enter homes and violence disrupts our neighborhoods; where the news seems to report more and more killings and hate crimes, come and experience the message of non-violence that has been preached by Jesus and wise people through the ages. (Men and women are welcome.)

 

Scripture Study: Bible Sharing and Reflection, Lectio and Journaling is facilitated by Heather Neds, pastoral minister, each Wednesday, 9:30-11:00 a.m. This weekly Bible study group focuses on the upcoming scripture readings from the Common Lectionary, used in Catholic, Episcopalian and some other Protestant churches for the Sunday readings. There will be time for reflection, sharing, and journaling. Women of all faiths are welcome and will find it inspiring.

 

Spiritual Direction is helpful for those seeking greater awareness of God's actions in their lives or who are discerning a life change, those who wonder if God is still with them or who simply seek a stronger relationship with our loving God. Women and men meet with a spiritual director for one hour each month, by appointment. Call 913.906.8990 to be matched with a trained spiritual director. At times we have a waiting list for this service. We currently have openings.

 

Join us for daily Liturgy of the Hours at 11:50 a.m. most days, Monday - Thursday.

Register online

 The mission of Keeler Women's Center is to empower women in the urban core of Kansas City through education, advocacy, personal and spiritual development.

 

We have no boundaries.  Any woman who wants to come to any of our programs is welcome.  We make decisions based on needs of women, but some of our programs are open to men. Call if you want more information about a particular program.

We are sometimes able to provide childcare. Please inquire when you call to make a reservation or schedule an appointment.

Because we rely on professional volunteers and partnerships, all programs and services are offered at no charge.  Donations are always appreciated and we ask for a donation based on ability to pay for those coming for counseling. Our offerings change as we gain new volunteers or form new partnerships. 

 
Call 913.906.8990 to register for any program or register online.

Office hours:

We are open Tuesdays:
8:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. 
Monday, Wednesday and Thursday:
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
We are closed Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
 
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