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
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
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