Brotherhood Presbyterian CHR assistance programs.

Brotherhood Presbyterian CHR serves Sedgwick County residents and transients who are in financial crisis due to causes beyond their control. They administer the Emergency Assistance Program, provide food, access to holiday help, and more. An assessment done by staff determine services offered in to the respective family.

Once an applicant has submitted all required documentation, any financial assistance or basic needs are provided on a first come, first served basis. The support can include free food, temporary financial assistance with rent and utilities; household products; and other necessities.

Residents of the city of Wichita can use the food pantry. At the location they can receive free groceries at most once a month, provided they qualify. The hours of the Brotherhood Presbyterian center are Monday to Friday. Especially high demand items include Tuna, Coffee, Sugar, Coffee, Boxed Dinner's including Chicken or Hamburger, Taco Kits, rice, and potatoes. More donations of surplus food are always welcome as well, and the charity can also refer clients to other free food pantries in Kansas.

The Brotherhood Presbyterian Caring Clothes Closet is a program that focuses on children as well as adults that need critical items for school or work. There are bags containing comfort items, critical supplies and necessities to people seeking work or children going to school.

The service was created due to a need to provide clothing in a more suitable carryall than a grocery bag. The assistance program from the charity has grown to also include smaller comfort bags of free clothes. The goods given out are kept on hand at the clothing bank or they can even be located at offices of social workers.

Brotherhood Presbyterian CHR Emergency Assistance Program – This service is used to help at-risk families experiencing crisis situations by providing emergency help. Much of this is offered with partners, such as soup kitchens retailers such as Wal-Mart in Wichita, community action agencies, and social services. Aid may be as follows. Any funds are limited and will often be under $50.





-Referral to the state of Kansas Coalition for the Homeless.
-Food Vouchers, EBT cards as well as Referrals to Food Pantries.
-Brotherhood Presbyterian arranges Housing-Search Assistance as well as Grants for Security Deposits.
-One time Housing, Rental, and Utility Bill Assistance.
-Basic Needs such as gently used Clothing, Winter Coats, and used Household Items.

There may be rent provided for housing assistance, food, and other vital services. Case managers identify and distribute available funding from sources such as United Way Emergency Food and Shelter Rental/Mortgage Assistance to provide critical services and immediate financial help, with the goal of helping families avoid shelters. They explore alternatives such as helping the Sedgwick County family find new housing or retain their current homes.

Self-Sufficiency seminars and training is a must for everyone in need of basic nutrition, debt help and budget counseling. Brotherhood Presbyterian will arrange this using counselors. The client will get help in creating budgeting strategies, menu planning, use of coupons, and goal setting are some of the many topics covered. Sessions are held throughout the year.

The clients to all of these programs come from various backgrounds. Some are poor, others are unemployed or have had a reduction in their work hours. But each and every application will be closely reviewed.

As noted, the money available from the charity is issued in small amounts. The Brotherhood can be contacted at (316) 263-5360. The main location is 2328 E 13th St N, Wichita, Kansas 67214.




By Jon McNamara

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