Family Promise extends into Wichita

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) - Across Wichita, organizations are trying to help the homeless. Here in Wichita, Family Promise is opening its third location in Kansas.

The group relies heavily on faith communities to house the homeless and then transports them to their newly opened dayhouse. There, families receive one on one attention and work with a case manager to help them get back on their feet and to get a job if they don't already have one.The primary goal of the organization is to ensure families stay together.

"Our national organization came and did a survey in Wichita and said that we were very much in need of additional shelter for families in the community," said Jacqueline Cook Green, executive director of the Greater Wichita program. "Most of the family shelters tend to stay full."

In order to participate in the program, people have certain qualifications they must fulfill. They have to be a family with children, employable, no warrants, cannot be fleeing a domestic violence situation, and be willing to participate in case management.

"The program is designed to work with existing resources," said Cook Green, "so what resources are available in the community are those that we will focus on making available for our families."

The group initially approves families for a 30 day stay and allows them to extend their time based on the progress they've made on goals with case management.

They'll be able to help up to 14 people, or 3 to 4 families, at a time. The program also has locations in Johnson County and Lawrence.

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