About Our Ministry:
In 2010, our community became aware of a growing and unmet need – homelessness. Area churches and individuals were trying to meet some of the needs by making food available, providing showers and a place to come in out of the weather for parts of the day…while others housed some in their homes or churches.
Out of this growing concern, *Home Sweet Home Ministries (HSH) was created by a group of people from several walks of life, who felt called to minister to the homeless and their needs. And, over the years, we have helped hundreds of men to find jobs and get back on their feet.
Today, HSH continues to grow the ministry to address needs in the community. In 2018, the ministry opened “Hope House” Family Crisis Home to assist displace families – primarily women and children.
Our ministries provide more than shelter, food, and clothing. We also provide opportunities for lasting change through vocational assistance, transportation services, medical assistance, spiritual encouragement and mentoring.
- Help homeless people re-establish their lives.
- Continue to acquire and develop more family and women’s crisis housing.
- Find people, churches, and groups that are willing to join us in our
ministry of restoration.
Chris Mitchell has been the HSH Director since 2013. He has dedicated himself to helping men of the homeless shelter to restore themselves to a productive place in society and to help displaced families pick up the pieces and move to a permanent home.
Men’s Homeless Shelter:
The HSH Men’s Homeless Shelter offers temporary housing for up to eight residents. Men who are accepted into the shelter are not only economically poor, but spiritually poor as well. HSH provides residents with the necessary resources and support they need to gain self-sufficient living in an atmosphere of dignity, integrity, and respect. The shelter serves adult men 18 years old and above.
The Men’s Homeless Shelter prepares residents for success by:
- Providing ongoing mentoring.
- Requiring all residents complete the “Momentum” program. (Momentum is a 14-week program whose mission is to inspire individuals to realize their dreams and achieve self-sufficiency by providing hope, resources and a plan.)
- Providing assistance in acquiring employment.
Family Crisis Home:
The Hope House Family Crisis Home was donated to HSH by the Community Mission for Improved Housing, Inc. of Independence. It was opened in January of 2018 and residents were placed immediately. The Hope House offers up to 6-months of temporary housing for displaced families – primarily women and children. Residents of the home live there at no cost. HSH provides:
- On-going mentoring.
- Assistance in acquiring employment.
- Food, clothing, and household living needs.
“Home, Sweet, Home”, or officially, HSH Homeless Ministry, INC is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization EIN#81-4589851. It was started as a shelter and recovery ministry for homeless men. With full occupancy (eight men), the weekly budget was around $400/week or $22,000/year.
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. We became our own 501(c)(3) organization in 2017, we will always be grateful for the use and help from the First Christian Church of Independence, Kansas for this ministry.
We now have a Family Shelter (primarily for mother’s and their children) called “Hope House”. A second shelter is being worked on called, “The Henson House”, it will also be a shelter for families. With this new growth our current fiscal year spending is, $60,000. We continue to be funded by local donations and charitable organizations. We are committed to being a community-driven, financially stable ministry.
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.
Total Men Residents: 104
Men Moved to Housing: 44
Found Jobs: 38
Are Local Residents: 27
Total Men Residents: 207
Men Moved to Housing: 56
Found Jobs: 98
Are Local Residents: 129
Christopher Mitchell, Director
John Penrose, President
Jürgen Hanke, Vice President
Carol Henson, Secretary
Renita Butler, Treasurer
Melissa Summer & Debbie Malone, Financial Secretary Team
Ned Stichman, Sister Annrene Brau, Melinda Miller, Jerry Bright, and Matt Alford
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 (Written by one of our first residents.)
*(HSH Homeless Ministry, INC is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization EIN#81-4589851.)
Matthew 25:40 New International Version (NIV)
“…Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”