About Us

50% of homeless Kansans live in a rural county.

 

Fallen

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/

 

     

Staff

Christopher Mitchell, Director

 

 Barbara Owens, Administrative Assistant - First Christian Church

 

Advisory Board

Officers 

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

Members 

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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