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HumanKind Ministries announces Dawn Shepler as new President and CEO

17 May

HumanKind Ministries announces Dawn Shepler as new President and CEO   Following an intense four-month search, the Board of Directors of HumanKind Ministries is pleased to announce Dawn Shepler as the next President and CEO of our organization.   “We put a great deal of emphasis on finding a strong organizational leader with regional experience, […]

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Community Spotlight – Plymouth Congregational Church

17 October

  Plymouth Congregational Church     “We rise by lifting others.” This powerful message by Robert Ingersoll, author, and lawyer, is a sentiment that resonates with Plymouth Congregational Church.   Each year, they serve hundreds of Wichitans in need in our community through HumanKind–collecting items for Operation Holiday, serving meals in our shelters, and cleaning […]

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Volunteer Spotlight – Ed and Jane Frederick

29 September

      Operation Holiday is a staple in Ed and Jane Frederick’s lives. They’ve been longtime supporters of the holiday assistance program, and HumanKind for more than 15 years.     It all started when Jane took on the volunteer role of volunteer coordinator for the organization in the early 2000s and has continued […]

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Volunteer Spotlight – Dasa and Nalini Gangadhar

13 July

  Dasa and Nalini Gangadhar are some of our most dedicated volunteers.   Dasa and Nalini’s relationship with HK began through volunteering—they have tirelessly given thousands of hours to serve the community. They say, “When we moved to Wichita, we thought homelessness was just a big city issue, we quickly learned that we had fellow […]

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Community Spotlight – Goodwill Industries of Kansas

27 June

  For the last 60 years, Goodwill Industries of Kansas has been an advocate and supporter for people with developmental disabilities, offering various programs including job training, life skills classes, and targeted case management. Not only does Goodwill advocate for people with disabilities but they also help those who are experiencing homelessness in our community, […]

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Community Spotlight – Lowe’s

23 May

  Giving back to the community is an integral part of Lowe’s culture. Through charitable donations, volunteerism, and partnerships with nonprofits, Lowe’s is dedicated to making their community a better place for all. In Wichita, Lowe’s stores join forces to maximize their impact on the community—from refreshing flower beds at Century II to volunteering at […]

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It Takes a Village – Client Spotlight

12 May

  Raising children is no easy task, especially when you’re a single mom struggling with housing insecurities.   Kelly, a single mom with two children, found herself without a home after leaving an abusive relationship. After spending more than 30 hours on a bus, Kelly and her children arrived in Wichita without a place to […]

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Volunteer Spotlight – Kelsey Beckman

9 March

  Why do you volunteer at HumanKind?   Longtime volunteer Kelsey Beckman, sums it up in 5 words, “I can make a difference.” For years, Kelsey has donated her time and resources to HumanKind and her simple acts of kindness have generated incredible outcomes for our clients.   Kelsey first got involved with HumanKind when […]

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Community Spotlight – ICT Food Rescue

14 February

  Collaboration.   Collaboration is at the heart of our work, at HumanKind­—one of four core values it is a critical piece of our success. We know that organizations that join forces are capable of anything. Collaboration is also at the heart of ICT Food Rescue–a local agency that rescues surplus food from restaurants, grocers, […]

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Volunteer Spotlight – Linda Doll

12 January

  Who is your hero? At HumanKind, we work with hundreds every year. They dedicate hours upon hours to help our clients get through some of the most challenging times of their lives. They give hope to those in the community who often feel hopeless. Our heroes are volunteers like Linda Doll.    Linda’s love […]

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Community Spotlight – The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

23 November

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has been serving the greater Wichita community and our vulnerable neighbors for many years. Headquartered in Salt Lake City, the church has congregations throughout the United States, including one in Wichita. The Wichita church’s, nearly 10,000 members devote themselves to serving one another and their community–HumanKind and […]

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Volunteer Spotlight – Maryon Habtemariam

21 October

  Maryon Habtemariam has dedicated her service to HumanKind for many years as a former member on our Board of Directors and a current volunteer. Maryon works as a nurse and nursing instructor for Wichita State and has been volunteering to help people in need for years. She spends the coldest months of the year giving […]

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Client Spotlight – Sparing a Thought For Homeless Parents

17 June

Parenting is hard for the most privileged among us, and we see first-hand how much more challenging it can be for our families experiencing homelessness.  As Father’s Day approaches, we would like to take the time to recognize houseless fathers who continue to fight and persevere through the challenging task of raising children without a home.

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Community Spotlight – Thrive Restaurant Group

16 May

Local restaurant group Thrive is dedicated to serving the community one meal at a time and HK is lucky to benefit from this mission. When Chief People Officer Ryan Bond learned of HK from a friend, he was immediately intrigued and impressed by our mission. Since then, Thrive volunteers have been integral to some of our most utilized programs.

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Partnership Spotlight – Hunter Health

6 April

HumanKind is fortunate to work with many partner agencies, which enables us to offer truly wraparound care. One of those agencies is Hunter Health. HumanKind’s relationship with Hunter Health dates to the 1990s and since then, the HumanKind clinic on our campus has become an essential resource, seeing 1,100-2,000 unique patients in a typical year, both from HumanKind and the surrounding community. 

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Volunteer Spotlight – Karla Zerr

12 January

A true servant leader, Karla Zerr has done everything for HK From providing meals to building furniture! Karla started volunteering through St. Thomas Aquinas church and the Catholic Diocese. For ten years she served at the Men’s Emergency Winter Shelter, before doing the same at the women’s shelter. This summer she also helped us host […]

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Volunteer Spotlight – Tiffany Smith

22 December

“We’re all on this earth to help each other— I’d rather give than get.” Tiffany Smith first became involved with HumanKind by donating items but always wanted to donate her time, too. When she realized our volunteer opportunities extended beyond regular working hours, she was excited to sign up for the clothing closet at our […]

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Community Spotlight – Spirits Aerosystems’ Good Neighbor Fund

7 December

At HK, we are privileged to work alongside some truly extraordinary Wichitans. This month we are pleased to celebrate and introduce you to three individuals and groups that go above and beyond to help support our clients.

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Volunteer Spotlight—Christince Vumai

8 November

“Giving kindness and compassion directly is very beautiful.” Christince Vumai is a regular and much-valued HumanKind volunteer—more than that, she is a calming presence that both clients and HK staff appreciate being around.

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July Spotlights

21 July

At HK, we are privileged to work alongside some truly extraordinary Wichitans. This month we are pleased to celebrate and introduce you to three individuals and groups that go above and beyond to help support our clients.

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Community Spotlight—Bonnie Toombs and the Catholic Diocese of Wichita

26 April

“Our relationship with HumanKind is one we really treasure—we’ve enjoyed being able to work together to make things happen.” Since childhood, Bonnie Toombs of the Catholic Diocese of Wichita's Respect Life and Social Justice Office has held the belief that “You share what you have, even if you don’t have a lot, and you pay things forward.”

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What You Probably Don’t Know About HumanKind House and Case Managers

8 April

HumanKind House and Case Managers provide some of the most the most valuable and basic needs your donations fund. Take a look at life from their perspective.

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Fundraising Tips for a Successful Sleep Out

13 March

We really want you to enjoy your Sleep Out fundraising experience, so check out our tips to help you hit your fundraising goal (*bonus tip: people are more likely to help you meet your goal if they know what it is).

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Raising Empathetic Humans: Four Tips for Talking to Kids About Homelessness

12 March

Teaching kids about homelessness and other social issues not only impacts their individual development, it has huge implications on the world around them.

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Flush Away Poverty FAQs

1 March

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