About Us

50% of homeless Kansans live in a rural county.



I tripped, I stumbled, I fell

I reached out my hand to the Lord

He picked me up & He brushed me off

And He held me close to His heart


I looked up at Him with tears in my eyes

And a quiver on my lips

And He said to me, child don’t be afraid

For I am the Savior of all.


Now I walk by His side, holding His hand

Looking so proud & feeling so grand

For I fear no evil with God by my side

I walk with Him now, day & night


7/12/2011      Daniel Dieudonne


Our Story

Home, Sweet, Home ~ Homeless Ministry is a Limited Liability Company under the 301(c)(3) of the Independence First Christian Church.  (HSH, LLC has no debt.)  With full occupancy (eight men), the weekly budget is around $400/week or $22,000/year.  Currently, partial funding is provided by an ESG (Emergency Shelter Grant*).  With future government funding sources uncertain, we are attempting to make HSH self-sustaining through community support.


The men's shelter at Home, Sweet, Home is named after Alan Runyan, a homeless man who resided briefly in Independence a few years ago.  Alan awakened the hearts of the First Christian Church to understanding the plight of the homeless and to begin a ministry to them, which eventually led to our men's shelter on Laurel Street.


HSH ministry has an advisory committee which consists of community and church representatives.  A director was appointed who provides organic facility focus and arranges admission and behavioral compliance.  The committee meets monthly (1st Thursday) and reviews director's report, budget and expense report.


* What ESG does/how it works http://www.kshousingcorp.org/




Christopher Mitchell, Director


 Barbara Owens, Administrative Assistant - First Christian Church


Advisory Board


Micah Fogelman, Chairman - Four County Mental Health - Class of 2018


John Wilson, Vice Chairman - First Presbyterian Church - Class of 2018


Terry Hatfield, First Christian Church - Class of 2016


 Gayle Holum, Treasurer - Local Businesswoman - Class of 2017


Susie Kleinbeck, First Presbyterian Church - Class of 2016 


Liz Schwatken, Secretary - Montgomery County Sheriff's Office - Class of 2017


Ethel Landis, Financial Secretary - First Christian Church - Class of 2016


Melanie Adams, First Methodist Church - Class of 2017


Jerry Bright - Local Businessman - Class of 2016


Beverly Collins - First Baptist Church - Class of 2016


Jurgen Hanke - Local Businessman - Class of 2018


Bill Henson - Crossroads Community of Christ, Homeless Peer Representative - Class of 2016


Carol Henson - First Baptist Church - Class of 2018


Lois Mahlan, Local Resident - Class of 2017


Ned Stichman, First Christian Church - Class of 2017







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Shelter Address: 212 1/2 West Laurel, Independence, KS  67301

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