Homeless charities hold joint monthly outreach to better serve those in need

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Lines of people packed the parking lot at the corner of Topeka and 3rd street in downtown Wichita Saturday.

The lines wrapped around tables full of free clothing, shoes and personal hygiene items available to take home.   

Not only were their material needs met, but they also received free food and could get a free check up on their health. 

“We work with those individuals to provide them not only free medical screenings but also free medications as well. And so we try to provide the full spectrum of care for individuals from beginning to end,” said Joshua Reed a nurse practitioner and founder of ICT Street Team. 

A homeless outreach event bringing multiple groups together that were doing similar events of their own all over town.

“The Deuteronomy 15:10 ministry was underneath the Kellogg bridge every Saturday, the street team was here every Saturday, the Coalition we used to meet at Seneca Park one Saturday a month,” said Allen Stoker with The Coalition ICT. 

And now, they’re all here in one place to better serve those in need. 

“If we can have everything in one place, take care of everything at one time it makes it a lot easier on those that are receiving help,” said Stoker. “If you have to walk everywhere you go your feet get tired so lets take it to them instead of making them come to us.” 

The collaborative effort didn’t go unnoticed. 

“Knowing these people are taking time out of their day especially on the weekends when they could spend time with their family, but they call us family too that’s what makes me feel happy,” said Jessica Nelson who took home several clothing items. 

“They do a real good job,” said Misty Leary who utilized the mobile health clinic. “They like to help people.”

“It’s hard enough living on the streets, we’re just trying to make it a little bit easier for them to stay alive, stay healthy that way they can make the progression from homelessness back to whatever their goals are for the future,” said Stoker. 

Organizers say this joint event will take place every first Saturday of the month from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the corner of 3rd Street and Topeka. 

If you would like to volunteer or donate to one of the first Saturday events contact The Coalition ICT through its website TheCoalitionICT.org.

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