Serving the human needs of the community.
for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing
Union Rescue Mission
December we will be gathering items for the Union Rescue Mission at 2800 N. Hillside (http://urmwichita.org/programs-services) This is a listing of the items they are currently requesting;
- Winter gloves
- Water Bottles
- Insulated cups (for coffee or cold)
- Disposable Hand Warmers
- Rain Ponchos
- Men’s Boxers (Small & Med are the lowest in the supplies now, but always all sized needed)
- XL Men’s undershirts (again, this is the lowest size we have, but use all sizes)
- Cold Medicine (any kind, tablets, cough drops, etc.)
- Food, any and all canned good items, we feed a lot in just one day.
There are many programs assisting with holidays as well as people in need. A resource for you to give to people or to consider for donations can be found on the Kansas Food Bank web page; http://www.kansasfoodbank.org/finding-help/
Thank you to all of the Human Needs Committee members for their assistance this year. If you have any interest in being part of this elite group of people please let Forrest Ehmke know. We meet infrequently, about 2 times/year, with the first meeting generally in January.
Ministries Throughout the Year
The Christmas Family
2016 was THE WICHITA CHILDREN’S HOME. These items were delivered after December 21.
Souper Bowl of Caring
January’s donations were for Souper Bowl.
Members of Christ Lutheran Church were asked to bring food for sack lunches being bagged and served by our youth to Wichita citizens in poverty. The Soup Pot money collected will go for supplies St. Paul’s Breakfast.
Bags of Blessings
Human Needs collection for February will be the Bags of Blessings program through Partners forWichita.
Food 4 Kids Foodbags
Human Needs collection for March was Food 4 Kids. In the Wichita School District, on Fridays, many children on the free/reduced lunch plans are sent home with a backpack full of food that will help feed them throughout the weekend.
Family Life Center Safehouse
Human Needs collection for April, items were collected for the Family Life Center Safehouse in El Dorado. The Family Life Center Safehouse provides comprehensive services to victims of domestic violence, child abuse, and sexual assault/abuse. They provide special attention to each client’s individual needs.
Baby Care Kits
Members were asked to bring items for Baby Care Kits. Flat fold cloth diapers are the most needed item for baby layette kits for LWR. LWR requests that we do NOT send onesies.
Members were asked to bring items items are being collected for refugees. They will come here with nothing. We are asked to provide anything they might need to set up a home in an apartment.
This organization helps international refugees relocate to Wichita by helping with housing, language, and transitional assistance. We have helped welcome refugees from Burma/Myanmar, Congo, and Ethiopia.
“Filling the Gap Lunches for Kids”
Partners for Wichita is reaching out with lunches for hungry kids before school starts. We are collecting healthy snacks to go with the meals. Here’s how you can help. Please help hungry children now. Your check, written to Partners for Wichita and designated for “Filling the Gap,” may be mailed to Partners for Wichita, 925 N. Waco, Wichita, KS 67203; or you may give securely online at www.partnersforwichita.org.
The Wichita CROP Hunger Walk seeks to educate, inspire and empower the Wichita community to be agents of change in the fight against poverty and hunger through fundraising events with local and international impact. The Walk is an opportunity for Wichita residents of all ages, faiths, cultures and circumstances to join together to demonstrate their concern for those who are poor and do not have enough food to eat, both across the globe and in our own backyard. 1/4 of funds raised stay local (Free Community Breakfast-St.
Paul’s Lutheran Church; Breakfast and Neighborhood Fellowship – City Life Church; Inter-Faith Ministries Wichita – food ministries and United Methodist Open Door Ministries – Food Ministry). 3/4 of the funds raised assist the hungry around the world through Church World Service. For more information about what CROP Walk does review these two videos:
StepStone is a transitional living program for survivors of domestic violence. One survivor/ mother had this to say about StepStone; “They take you in, wrap you in their arms and keep you safe and secure.” Needs for StepStone are typically laundry detergent, personal hygiene and cleaning supplies.
Dear Neighbor Ministries Food Pantry serves the entire community and has struggled with maintaining adequate food to distribute to people in need. They distribute not only food items but also personal care items. People utilizing the Supplemental Nutrition program (SNAP – formerly called food stamps) are unable to purchase non-food items with these benefits. People receiving food stamps typically run out of food by the 23rd of the month.