Why we exist:

In 2010 our community became aware of a growing and unmet need – homelessness. A few churches and people were trying to meet some of these needs by making food, showers, and a place to come in out of the weather available during part of the day … while others either housed some in homes or churches.

Out of this growing concern came a group of people from several walks of life that felt called to minister to these people and their needs. Since that time the need has never gone away, even though we have helped hundreds find jobs and get back on their feet.

Our Mission and Goal is:

Help restore people who have fallen into homelessness that are willing to follow a path to wholeness by providing housing, mentoring, spiritual direction, and encouragement as they pursue finding a job and housing.

Our vision:

  1. Help homeless people re-establish their lives.
  2. Continue to acquire and develop more family and women’s crisis housing
  3. Find people, churches, and groups that are willing to join us in our ministry of restoration.

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

Advisory Board


John Penrose, President

Jürgen Hanke, Vice President

Carol Henson, Secretary

Renita Butler, Treasurer

Melissa & Debbie, Financial Secretary Team


Ned Stichman, Bill Henson, Debbie Malone, Annrene Brau, Melinda Miller, Melissa Summer


About 40% of Homeless Men in the U.S.A. are Veterans


The name of this organization shall be: Home, Sweet, Home Homeless Ministry LLC


The mission of Home, Sweet, Home Homeless Ministry LLC is to provide short-term shelter for the homeless with the goal of assisting our guests obtain long-term housing, establish mentoring relationships, and secure stable employment.


The goal of the Home, Sweet, Home Homeless Ministry LLC (also referred to as HSH) will be to provide individuals with the necessary resources and support they need to gain self–sufficient living in an atmosphere of dignity, integrity and respect. The Ministry will serve adult men, 18 years old and older.

Believing most adults have the ability to achieve independent living, we will call our guests into high accountability for their actions or their failure to act. Adults benefit from this philosophy, as does the entire community.

With the increased awareness of the value that community plays in helping to reshape the lives of those in need, we will be working to form partnerships and strong relational ties with individuals and community organizations throughout Independence and the surrounding community. We realize that those who need us most belong to the community, and as such, it is the community joining together that is best able to meet their needs. Our goal is that through the ongoing involvement and support of others, our guests will continue to receive the care and services they need to enable them to fully participate in the community of which they are a part.

We believe that the community will embrace the services of Home Sweet Home Homeless Ministry LLC. The ongoing support of community organizations, associations and individuals will be the community’s contribution to the joint effort required to serve the needs of the homeless individuals in the community.


The Ministry will include three areas: housing, mentoring and employment.


Home, Sweet, Home Homeless Ministry LLC has a short–term transitional housing located at 212 1/2 West Laurel Street in Independence, Kansas. The house will shelter up to eight adult men. The standard length of stay may range from one night to ninety days depending on the commitment level of the guest. Basic living necessities will be provided for guests and will include three meals a day, toiletries, clothing, and laundry facilities. Residents will participate in cooking, cleaning, lawn care, house maintenance, laundry and self-care. Long-term housing needs for guests will be addressed with staff, volunteer workers, social workers, and community organizations to identify available options for either private living or publicly supported housing programs.


Volunteer mentors will be utilized to promote a person’s physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional health. The basic goal is to help a person readjust and become established within their community. This mentoring relationship will ordinarily extend beyond the time a guest lives at HSH. Home, Sweet, Home Homeless Ministry LLC will provide community entry points for former guests and be a resource as each person reconstructs a social network and builds core support relationships.


Employment is the establishment of any sustainable income allowing a person to live independently. For some this may be working a job. For others it may include receiving a disability check.

Home, Sweet, Home Homeless Ministry LLC will work with the State Employment Office, local business’, industries and educational institutions to prepare the guest to seek employment and cultivate employable skills.

Home, Sweet, Home Homeless Ministry LLC will assist disabled guests with the process of applying for disability assistance.

Home, Sweet, Home Homeless Ministry LLC will work with people of all abilities and disabilities to identify a means by which to survive.


It Only Takes About $10.00 a Day to Feed, Clothe, House and Begin to Heal the Hearts and Souls of Each Homeless Man We Serve


First, we need your prayers and a commitment from you to pray for our homeless men’s ministry. Secondly, we accept volunteers for: Mentoring, House Supervision, Maintenance, Fundraising, Recruiting, and Advisory Committee.For more information call: (620) 331-0956.  


Our ministry, “Home, Sweet, Home Homeless Ministry”, is a Limited Liability Company under the 501(c)(3) of the Independence First Christian Church, Inc. (a tax exempt non-profit organization). Tax Exemption Identification Number 48-0675247, Group Exemption #1125.Half of the funding for the shelter currently comes from a state Emergency Shelter Grant, the other half from matching donations.

Home, Sweet, Home Homeless Ministry LLC P.O. Box 315Independence, KS 67301

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For more information call: (620) 331-0956


Christopher Mitchell – Director

Home, Sweet, Home ~ Homeless Ministry, LLC, P.O. Box 315, Independence, KS 67301

Admissions and Counseling Office: 319 West Laurel Room 212, Independence, KS 67301

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

Phone Phone: (620) 331-0956
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Our ministry, Home, Sweet, Home Homeless Ministry, is a Limited Liability Company under the 501(c)(3) of the Independence First Christian Church, Inc. (a tax exempt non-profit organization).

Tax Exemption Identification Number 48-0675247, Group Exemption #1125.

Half of the funding for the shelter comes from a state Emergency Shelter Grant, the other half from matching donations. Tax Exemption Identification Number 48-0675247, Group Exemption #1125.