WICHITA, Kansas – Inter-Faith Ministries of Wichita does a lot of things. Two “emergency” homeless shelters and a transitional homeless shelter are just part of what the organization does.
But one of the the homeless shelters may have to go.
“It is a shelter, truly, for people who do not have a place to sleep,” says Inter-Faith Executive Director Anne Corriston. “They can be people passing through town, they can be a person who has just received an eviction notice or just someone homeless who needs to come in for the night.”
Corriston says the Inter-Faith Inn may have to close.
“You know, that’s up in the air. I don’t want to do that. I don’t think anyone wants that to happen,” says Corriston. “It is one of the few shelters in this community that takes women who are not fleeing domestic violence and they can’t stay in a family shelter. There are some other shelters but if this one closes, there’s forty to fifty people a day who wouldn’t have a shelter to sleep in.”
Corriston says the shelter needs about $220,000 a year to operate. They are hoping for a corporate donor to step up and help.
“We love volunteers. They are incredibly valuable,” says Corriston. “But it takes a full-time staff to operate a 24-7 homeless shelter like we have.”
Corriston says the Inter-Faith Inn offers people at the facility help with finding work and finding permanent shelter.
“We have a couple of people staying here who found part-time work this month and that’s a big deal,” says Corriston. “We are doing all we can. This is a great facility.”
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