Annual Community Events



 February 8, 2020


March 28, 2020

August 16-17, 2019




August 25, 2019


November 8, 2019

 October 27, 2019

December 7, 2019






The following is a list of local organizations that St. Thomas More supports in a number of ways: goods (coats, food, toiletries, etc) and/or monetary donations, volunteer time of various groups and individuals from STM, as well as resources to refer those seeking assistance of all kinds.  Whether you are looking for resources for a particular need or want to volunteer these are all wonderful organizations to consider.  Below a brief description is provided along with contact information, hours, and location.  Click the logo for more information.

A printable summary sheet of assistance organizations is pdf HERE (124 KB) .

Catholic Charities Provides COUNSELING for children, adolescents, adults, families, marriage/couples, divorce adjustment; FINANCIAL rent/utilities, prescriptions/medical supplies, predatory debt relief, and more; IMMIGRATION visa petitions, residency renewals, citizenship, work permits, notary, etc; ADOPTION licensed child placing agency, works with birth parents and adoptive couples; PREGNANCY counseling and support, pregnancy and infant items, limited financial assistance, help locating resources. Click the logo for more information.  212 S. 4th St. Suite 120 785-232-0644 M-Th 8am-5pm; F 8am-12pm.

Drug When a debilitating substance habit consumes someone's life, they often look to a higher power to help them get better.  A spiritually inclined treatment process helps thousands of addicts each year find the motivation necessary for recovery.  Click the logo for more information. 24/7 Help 877-589-4784

 The Families in Transition (FIT) Closet and Clothing Exchange is USD383's means of providing many of these necessary essentials (i.e., school supplies, shoes, clothing, coats, toiletries, hygiene products, laundry detergent, and emergency food). so homeless children can attend class and integrate successfully. Click the logo for more information. pdf Brochure (265 KB) . Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 1609 College Ave M 9am-12pm W 9am-12pm, 6pm-8pm; Th 9am-12pm, 3-5:30pm.

Flint Hills Breadbasket To minimize hunger and poverty through the distribution of available food and to nurture projects that will help alleviate hunger and poverty.  Hunger is an oftentimes invisible tragedy. Since 1983, the Flint Hills Breadbasket has been collecting and distributing donations and food to ensure that no one in the community goes hungry. Click the logo for more information. 905 Yuma st. • 785-537-0730 • Various

 Flint Hills Community Clinic provides services to those in our community who have no health benefits. Outpatient Services – acute care, minor injuries, illnesses • Ongoing Treatment – diabetes, high blood pressure, asthma, heart disease • Patient Education - weight loss, smoking cessation • Preventive Services – well child check-ups, adult physical examinations. Click logo for more information. 401 Houston st, suite C 785-323-4351• T,W,F 5:30-7:30pm; Th 1-4pm

Life Choice Ministries exists to meet the needs of women & families dealing with issues of sexual activity & pregnancy related crisis.  Provide free pregnancy testing, clothing/baby supplies, post abortion help, emotional support, facilitate private adoption, education classes. Click logo for more information. 1445 Anderson Ave • 785-776-9406

Manhattan Emergency Shelter, Inc. believes that all people are valuable members of the human family, and when treated with respect and dignity, they are more likely to respond positively toward themselves and the community.  It is with this spirit that Manhattan Emergency Shelter, Inc. promotes self-sufficiency and community integration by providing a safe and nurturing transitional shelter environment, supportive housing programs, and housing stabilization services for the homeless of Manhattan. 416 S 4th St. • 785-537-3113 • Open 24 hours

Neighbor to Neighbor St. Thomas More Parish has joined with the Common Table in providing a meal and a nutritious sack meal to the food insecure in the Manhattan Community.  Common Table is an entity of several local churches that provide meals to those in need in the Manhattan area throughout the week.  St. Thomas More provides a meal every Friday at 1st Lutheran.  Food donations are always needed.  Click the logo for the ongoing needs. Contact the Parish Office to join a team 785-776-5151

Seven Dolors Food Pantry  with the Manhattan Bread Basket cares for the citizens of Riley County that are in need.  Needs of the Food Pantry are listed in the STM weekly bulletin.  Donations may be dropped off in the STM Gathering Area basket on weekends or brought to the Parish Office.  Click image to see current bulletin with pantry needs.  731 Pierre St • 785-565-5000 • Thursdays 1-4pm

Seven Dolors Budget Shop The Family Center Budget Shop sells used items donated from the Community. Funds are dispersed by the board to assist different organizations (including the Flint Hills Clinic). Donations may be left at back of the  building Monday through Friday 9 am to 5 pm. Items are also shared with other service organizations and a South Dakota Indian reservation. Vouchers for special needs are available. Click logo for more information. 728 Colorado St • 785-565-5010 • T-F 12-3pm, Sa 10am-1pm

Shepherd's Crossing began as an idea of local pastors involved with the Manhattan Ministerial Association. It was evident from the number of people asking for financial assistance from local churches, that something must be done by the faith community to take care of our brothers and sisters in need. Shepherd's Crossing is an ecumenical ministry that offers: budget counseling, referrals, financial support (for utilities, rent and prescription medication) for residents in Riley County and St. George. Our mission is to provide compassionate and caring assistance to those in need of a listening ear and financial support. Click logo for more information.  621 Humboldt Ave 785-776-1470 • T 10am-2pm; Th 2-5:30pm

Sunflower CASA Court-Appointed Special Advocates are volunteers from many different backgrounds who give their time to advocate for abused and neglected children in the court system. Our program is based on the principle that each child deserves a safe, permanent, nurturing home where they can thrive.  Our volunteers are the difference between abuse and hope. Sunflower Bridge is the Riley County Child Exchange and Visitation Center.  Sunflower Bridge exists to ensure the safety of children during supervised visits with their parents or during exchanges for unsupervised visitation. Click logo for more information. 115 N. 4th st. 785-537-6367 • M-F 9a-5p  

Thrive! Works to alleviate generational poverty in our community by building skills and relationships that strengthen families and individuals. STM Tuesday every third Tuesday of the month a STM committee/group provides a meal and a few extra hands for the meeting.  Click the logo for more information. 612 Poyntz Ave. 877-376-0032


Supporting Our Military

~ By Kelli Brewer from

It’s easy to say we support veterans and military families, but the best way to truly show your appreciation for their service is through action. Our service members and their families give so much of themselves that we owe it to them to give back however we can. Whether that’s your time, talent, or treasure, there are many ways to get involved and make a positive impact in someone’s life.

Reach Out

One of the best ways to help in your local community is to reach out. If you know a family where one partner is deployed, you can show immense support by being there for the spouse who is home. Lend an ear, invite their family to dinner, or take them out for coffee. If you know a veteran who is returning to civilian life, reach out and provide emotional support. This can be a difficult transition, and knowing you’re there to provide emotional and spiritual support can help them cope.

If you know a senior who is a veteran, they may be going through some different challenges. Look in on your senior veteran neighbors from time to time to make sure they’re ok. Some senior veterans get confused trying to figure out their healthcare, and they may even neglect their health if they don’t know where to turn. This can be tricky, because Medicare and VA benefits aren’t coordinated. What this means for vets is that they can only use VA coverage at a VA hospital or medical facility, and they can only use Medicare coverage at a civilian hospital or facility. You can help them navigate these systems and even drive them to appointments to make sure they get the care they need.

Provide Hands-On Help

If you don’t personally know any service members or veterans, there are many amazing organizations that are in need of volunteers for hands-on work. Mental Floss recommends getting involved with Hire Heroes to help vets develop job skills, or help build a house for an injured vet through Building Homes for Heroes. If you aren’t sure which organization is active where you live, or you want to find one that fits your interests or talents, the Code of Support Foundation has an extensive list of organizations you could work with.

Make Connections

Current service members and their families need our support just as much as veterans do. Even if you don’t know someone who is currently serving, there are organizations that coordinate sending cards of encouragement and thanks to deployed soldiers. If you do know someone who is deployed, send them a care package filled with their favorite non-perishable foods, entertainment, and special reminders of home. recommends sending pictures, either by making prints or sending a digital album on a USB drive. Do you know a local professional photographer? Ask that person if they would help out by donating their time to photograph the person’s family members. If you have a talent or skill, giving your expertise to help a soldier or veteran is one of the best ways to give back.

Get Friends and Neighbors Involved

Individual actions make a huge difference in the lives of those you help, but you can multiply that effect by getting other parts of your community involved too. Start with your church community by recognizing the service members there. Your church community is also an excellent resource for writing letters and coordinating donations, such as a care package drive. Consider the other spaces that are part of your life too, such as thanking veterans at work or helping a neighborhood school with a veteran appreciation project.

When you extend your efforts into your wider community, the positive impact you can make will be that much bigger. The great thing is these are actions that anyone can take. Whether your help stays close to home or is felt halfway around the world, any amount of time you can give is sure to make a difference.

Protective Home

Become a PPC Protective Home!

Police Protective Custody (PPC) occurs when law enforcement encounters a child that is unable to care for him or herself, and take custody for the protection of the child.  Situations that may lead to a child being in PPC vary.  Examples of situations that have led to a child being placed in PPC include: a car accident which injures both of a child's parents, the arrest of the child's parents or caregivers, or even when a toddler is found wandering on the street with no adult supervision.  

In the past, children who were in PPC were taken to the police station where they stayed for hours while Juvenile Intake & Assessment staff members tried to find a safe person with whom to place the child.  If no adult was found to care for the child, the children were often transported to emergency shelters. Most often, the staff and child traveled for at least two hours to get a placement.  The children would then have to be transported back to Manhattan or Clay Center for their Court hearing to determine a long-term placement.

The situation is less than ideal.  Agencies involved with the children and families met to see if a better solution could be found.  Riley County Community Corrections, CASA, the Joint Corrections Advisory Board, Westview Community Church, and the CarePortal joined together to develop the Police Protective Custody Homes (Protective Homes or PH).

The WHO, WHAT, HOW information can be found pdf here (112 KB) .

Upcoming Information Meetings and pdf Training Timeline (111 KB) .

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