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Homeless to Hope: Preventing Child Abuse by Stabilizing Families
Effective July 1, Junior League of Wichita launched a new two-year partnership program with Family Promise of Greater Wichita (FPGW). Junior League of Wichita members will aid in creating a stable and secure foundation for FPGW families as they adjust to living on their own.
Junior League of Wichita Partners with Family Promise
Junior League of Wichita committed $50,000 and volunteer leadership to support Family Promise of Greater Wichita in launching a new program that aims to stabilize families who are at risk for homelessness. “It is a big challenge for many families to remain in housing, even after they obtain temporary shelter and help with immediate needs. Without continued support, coaching and mentorship, families are still living paycheck to paycheck and are only one more crisis away from plummeting back into homelessness,” said Stacia Thompson, Executive Director of Family Promise of Greater Wichita.
The new Stabilization Program, a successful model that has been implemented in other communities, is designed to provide homeless families with an opportunity to receive ongoing case management and support with obtaining long-term housing, employment, counseling, and a variety of other life skills. Families will also build savings and work towards financial stability.
Junior League of Wichita has worked with the community for the last eight years to combat child abuse through awareness, prevention, and intervention. During that time it has become clear that there are a wide variety of factors that contribute to cycles of maltreatment and abuse, including unstable housing. We are excited to partner with Family Promise of Greater Wichita to break these powerful cycles and support families in creating a healthy, stable environment for their children.
Family Promise will work with Junior League members over the next two years to launch and grow the program. The Stabilization Program will be key to our ability to meet the evolving needs of the Wichita community.
“What we do for ourselves dies with us. What we do for others remains and is immortal.” -Albert Pine
Junior League of Wichita operates under a form of policy governance and operations management. Its Governing Board focuses on the longterm, such as a strategic plan, investment and funding strategies. The Management Team focuses on the day-to-day operations, which includes a work plan of what it hopes to accomplish within a 12-month year.
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