Thank you to everyone who participated (in-person or virtually), volunteered, or donated to support our 1st ever Homeless For A Day Challenge! We are pleased to report we raised nearly $28,000, which will directly fund IFM services. This amount will cover roughly 3 weeks of all costs associated with running our three homeless shelters, including shelter, utilities, food, clothing, case management and more to ~150 homeless individuals and families each night. Thank you to everyone for your support! Together we are building a stronger Wichita community where everyone can get ahead.
I want a better life for my kids than what I had. I know now how my lack of education is hurting not just me but them too. I'm training to be a CNA - and I'm really good at it! I even dream about getting my RN one day, but for now I'm happy knowing I'll be able to get a good job. I'm teaching my kids that school is important and it isn't too late to have big dreams. Thanks to IFM I have a place to live and support while I work on my goals.”
I was a resident at Inter-Faith Inn and at IFM's Emergency Winter Shelter. Now I'm working at IFM's Safe Haven as a weekend house manager and living in an IFM apartment. I'm grateful for the opportunity to rebuild my life. I didn't always do the right thing - in fact I was exited from the Inn for not trying hard enough to meet the goals I'd set for myself. They didn't give up on me, and now I'm so happy to be able to help others regain their footing. ”
I'm homeless and I'm an alcoholic. I haven't felt good in such a long time that I've almost forgotten what it was like. I'm at Inter-Faith Inn right now, I'm working, and I'm attending AA meetings. My IFM case manager encourages me and pushes me. I have hope. ”