Wichita organizations offer assistance for federal workers during government shutdown


It’s day 24 of the partial government shutdown with no signs that either side is willing to budge, leaving a number of people right here in Kansas left wondering how to make ends meet. But, there are local organizations that are offering help federal workres who need it. 

“We’re here to help those in need in the community,” said Brenda Wasinger with Dear Neighbor Ministries. 

All hands are on deck at several organizations in Wichita. The services they give are available to federal workers who are furloughed or aren’t being paid during the partial government shutdown. 

“We do rent and utilities assistance for people that are struggling to pay their bills,” said George Dinkel, executive director of Center of Hope. “So, the federal employees would qualify.”

Those at Center of Hope are opening their doors to anyone who needs help. You simply fill out and application and workers will take a look at your income for the last month. 

“Some of those federal employees maybe have donated to our program in the past and this is a chance for them to get the help back,” said Dinkel. 

Additional assistance is also available through other project like Project Deserve for help with utilites and Share the Warmth for gas bill assistance. The state also offers help through Low Income Energy Assistance.

Organization like Dear Neighbor Ministries have a simple process to help with food and toiletries, if groceries and other needs get tight. 

“It’s open to anybody in the Wichita community,” said Wasinger. “You can come in every 30 days if you’d like to take advantage of what we have in our food pantry.”

The Lord’s Diner is able to serve dinner through its two locations or its traveling trucks. 

“Everyone gets themselves in a situation where they need a little boost or a little help,” said Jan Haverly, director at The Lord’s Diner. “We happen to be a a boost as far as a meal.”

Regardless of the type of help needed, these organizations want to help in whatever way they can. 

“I think it’s still pretty early for a lot of them,” said Dinkel. “They’ve probably had some funds to be able to get through this tough area, but the longer it stretches on, the more difficult it will be for them.”

For more information about Dear Neighbor Ministries and its services, click here. 

For more information about The Lord’s Diner and its services, click here. 

The Lord’s Diner serves dinner at these locations every evening:

520 North Broadway|Wichita, KS 67214
2825 S. Hillside|Wichita, KS 67216
406 N. Locust|Pittsburg, Ks 66762

The organization’s mobile food trucks are open Monday-Friday 4-6 p.m. at these locations:

The Evergreen Recreation Center

NW of 25th St. N. and Arkansas St.

The Hilltop Community Center
1329 South Terrace in Wichita
The Atwater Community Center
2755 E 19th St. N.

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