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Fill Buckets for Change

June 1, 2017

Volunteers will be at major intersections in Wichita to collect donations from drivers to benefit the Wichita Children’s Home on June 24. This event will occur at 25 major intersections from 10 am to 2 pm. You can visit Texas Roadhouse to make a donation from June 16-25. Donations will go to help the Wichita Children’s Home continue to provide care for children in our community who have faced abuse, neglect, homelessness, and exploitation. Help fill the buckets for change and make a difference for children in our community! Learn more here.

Pledge in Swinging for the Stars

May 31, 2017

On Monday, July 31, Nate Robertson, Wichita Wingnuts owner and former Detroit Tigers pitcher, will throw five pitches to Adam LaRoche, former Washington Nationals infielder, before the Kansas Stars Game at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium. You can make a pledge per foot (the distance in feet that the ball is hit from home plate) or give a flat monetary donation. For example, if a person pledges 10 cents per foot and the farthest hit was 400 feet, they would donate $40! Pledges must be made by July 24. Learn more and make a pledge here.

National Foster Care Month

May 1, 2017

May is National Foster Care Month. This is a month to acknowledge the people and families who help meet the needs of children in crisis while in a stable, family atmosphere. At Wichita Children’s Home, our Foster Care Department trains, supervises and supports these families who care for children.

Foster families serve an important role by giving personal attention and nurturing children in need. They provide supervision, physical care, transportation and nutrition, while our Wichita Children’s Home professionals focus on ensuring the child’s safety.

For more information about our foster care services, please go here.

Join us for our Young Leaders Networking Event

April 17, 2017

Join us for the Wichita Children’s Home Young Leaders Networking Event on Tuesday, May 2 from 5:15 to 6:30 pm at e2e (110 S. Main, Suite 101, Wichita, KS 67202)! There will be complimentary snacks and drinks provided. This event is the perfect opportunity to meet other young leaders in Wichita! Please RSVP at 316-681-6702 by April 28 or RSVP here.

National Child Abuse Prevention Month

April 10, 2017

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. This month is a time to acknowledge the importance of families and communities working together to prevent child abuse and neglect. At Wichita Children’s Home, we work to promote the social and emotional well-being of children and families by offering 24/7 emergency, temporary and residential care for children in our community.

We understand that child abuse, family dysfunction and substance abuse problems can never be completely eliminated, but we continue to raise awareness and advocate for healthy families. Help us spread the word this month and raise awareness about child abuse in order to create healthier futures for children in our area.

For more information about National Child Abuse Prevention Month, please go here. To learn about the Wichita Children’s Home programs that help combat child abuse and neglect, please go here.

Thank You For Voting

March 2, 2017

Shocker fans are the best! Thank you to everyone who helped Coach Gregg Marshall advance to Round 3 and win $10,000 for the Wichita Children’s Home in the 2017 INFINITI Coaches’ Charity Challenge. Coach Gregg Marshall was one of 48 coaches competing in the challenge, and fans voted once a day, every day to help him advance each round. ShockerNation and Coach Gregg Marshall showed what true champions they are and are helping us create a healthier environment in our community for children and youth in need. Thank you!

34th Annual Fore the Kids Tournament

February 1, 2017

Get ready for the 34th Annual Fore the Kids Golf & Tennis Tournament on May 22, 2017 to benefit the Wichita Children’s Home!

The Fore the Kids Party will be held on Friday, May 19 at Crestview Country Club from 6 to 9 pm. It will be open to the public, and tickets are $30 (or free to players in the tournament). There will be a live band, complimentary beer and wine, a cookout dinner, activities and a live auction. The live auction will feature a Lexus Champions for Charity golf tournament at Pebble Beach.

The Fore the Kids Golf & Tennis Tournament will take place on Monday, May 22 at Crestview Country Club. Lunch will be provided and morning players will receive a continental breakfast. Tickets are $300 per player for golf and $75 per player for tennis.

To make reservations, please contact Terry Calloway at tcalloway@wch.org or 316-684-6581. We hope to see you there!

Vote Coach Gregg Marshall in INFINITI Coaches’ Charity Challenge

January 4, 2017

Wichita State University Men’s Basketball Coach, Gregg Marshall, is one of 48 coaches competing in the 2017 INFINITI Coaches’ Charity Challenge. The coaches are competing to win up to $100,000 for their charity of choice, and Coach Gregg Marshall has chosen the Wichita Children’s Home! Fans are encouraged to vote once a day, every day to help advance their favorite coaches and charities.

As each round advances, the coaches earn more money for their charity. Ultimately, the winner will win $100,000. The rounds and dates for each round are listed below.

  • Round 1 (48 Coaches) = $1,000 per charity
    Voting Jan. 2 - Jan. 22
  • Round 2 (24 Coaches) = $7,500 per charity
    Voting Jan. 23 - Feb. 12
  • Round 3 (16 Coaches) = $10,000 per charity
    Voting Feb. 13 - Feb. 26
  • Round 4 (4 Coaches) = $15,000 per charity
    Voting Feb. 27 - March 12
  • FINAL (1 Coach) = $100,000

Voting starts fresh each round, so it’s important to vote daily to help Coach Gregg Marshall advance. To vote, follow the instructions below:

  1. Visit ESPN.COM/INFINITI
  2. Scroll down and select “VOTE” under Coach Gregg Marshall’s picture.
  3. Log in or sign up to create an ESPN account.
  4. You’ll reach a “Thanks for Voting!” page and can see where Coach Gregg Marshall is ranked on the list.

Don’t forget to vote once a day, every day to help Coach Gregg Marshall advance!

Join Us For Our First Ever Pickleball Classic

December 14, 2016

Join us on Sunday, February 19, 2017 from 6 to 9 pm at the Wichita Country Club for our first ever Pickleball Classic. It’s a big dill! Attendees can compete, learn to play and wa tch an exhibition match by National Pickleball Champions. There will also be heavy appetizers, beer, wine and a silent auction.

WSU Coach Marshall Competes in Support of Wichita Children’s Home

November 23, 2016

Wichita State University Men’s Basketball Coach, Gregg Marshall, will be participating in the 2017 ESPN Infiniti Coaches’ Charity Challenge. He has again chosen the Wichita Children’s Home as his charity of choice. Similar to last year, the challenge will kick off during the beginning of January and will run for 10 weeks. Wichita Children’s Home will receive the amount listed below based on how far Coach Gregg Marshall advances in the competition:

  • First Round (48 coaches): $1,000 for each charity
  • Second Round (24 coaches): $7,500 for each charity/coach that advances
  • Third Round (16 coaches): $10,000 for each charity/coach that advances
  • Fourth Round (4 coaches): $15,000 for each charity/coach that advances
  • Final (1 coach): $100,000 for the winning charity/coach

When the competition begins, fans are encouraged to vote daily in order to help advance Coach Gregg Marshall to the next round and win up to $100,000 for the Wichita Children’s Home.

Join us for Project Fashion

November 3, 2016

Join us for Project Fashion at Johnston’s (12111 E 21st St N) to benefit the Wichita Children’s Home on Thursday, November 3 from 5 to 8 pm! There will be food, drinks, live music as well as silent and live auction items. It is sure to be an evening of fun, so reserve your tickets here.

Join us for a Roast of Coach Brent Kemnitz

September 23, 2016

Join us for a Roast of Coach Brent Kemnitz to benefit the Wichita Children’s Home on Thursday, November 10 from 5:30 to 9:30 pm at Wichita Marriott East! This roast will spotlight Coach Brent Kemnitz’s life accomplishments and offer plenty of laughs. Attendees will hear from his former players and those that were influenced by him. Learn more and purchase tickets here.

Join us for the Young Leaders Networking Event

September 8, 2016

Join us for the Wichita Children’s Home first Young Leaders Networking Event on Tuesday, September 20 from 5:15 to 6:30 pm at Builders Plus Construction (formerly Big Dog Motorcycles)! There will be complimentary snacks provided by the Monarch and complimentary drinks from Central Standard Brewing. This event is the perfect opportunity to meet other young leaders in Wichita! Please RSVP at 316-681-6702 by September 16 or RSVP here.

Wichita Children’s Home Has Immediate Needs

August 4, 2016

Nearly two thousand children come through our doors each year, many with only the clothes on their backs. We also help hundreds more through our outreach programs. When you include us in your giving, you are helping us to change lives and meet the needs of each child to ensure their safety and well-being.

We are currently in urgent need of the following items:

  • School supplies (all ages)
  • Hair brushes
  • Ear buds/headphones
  • Teenage clothing (great condition)
  • Tennis shoes
  • Feminine hygiene products

Donations are accepted at our main location at 7271 E. 37th St. N. in Wichita, Kansas.

The Wichita Children's Home: New Home... Same Heart

April 22, 2016

Now that we've moved into our beautiful new campus at 7271 E. 37th St. N., we wanted to show you how far we've come, and give you a glimpse of where we are going.

Click here to download the full PDF.

Wichita Children’s Home Relocates

Feb 22, 2016

The Wichita Children’s Home relocated to 7271 E. 37th St. N. on February 22, 2016. Included in Monday’s move were its emergency shelter, foster care services, transitional living program for teens, counseling services, classroom and business offices. The work of the Home was not interrupted; six more children were admitted before 5 pm.

Residents were transported Monday morning by Party Express Bus to the new campus, where they participated in a ribbon cutting and were greeted with cheers by members of the Board of Trustees. Board President Kathy Rosell told residents that she hopes they will “feel the love that has gone into creating this new Home.”

Also on the 13.6-acre site is the Home’s transitional-living apartment building for young adults and their children, which opened in November of 2014. Construction is still underway on some portions of the $12.5 million project, including the Downing Learning and Activity Center. (Dondlinger Construction is the contractor; architect was SJCF Wichita.)

Debbie Kennedy, CEO of the Wichita Children’s Home, noted, “The new Home was designed with the children in mind.” Among the key features:

  • Protected entrance for children who arrive in police protective custody (more than 1,200 children a year)
  • Colorful and comfortable living quarters
  • Indoor and outdoor play/fitness spaces
  • Counseling wing

Barbara Ray, co-chair of the Home’s “Make It Better” Capital Campaign along with her husband, Stuart Ray, said, “Everyone who contributed and worked to make this day possible is part of the Home’s 128-year history of community support.”

Just $800,000 remains to be raised to complete the $12.5 million Capital Campaign, and naming opportunities are still available. For more information, contact Development Officer Kim Pennington at 316-681-6702 or KimPennington@wch.org.

The Wichita Children’s Home was founded in 1888. It is dedicated to providing safe shelter and therapeutic care to abused, neglected, homeless and exploited children. It is home to more than 1,500 each year, with additional services to thousands more through outreach programs.

For more information, contact L. Kelly, Director of Community Relations.

Office: 316-684-6581, Ext. 234
Cell: 316-650-2274
Email: lkelly@wch.org

Wichita Children’s Home participates in listening session panel

Jan 26, 2016

The federal Administration for Children and Families, a division of the United States Department of Health and Human Services, has invited the Wichita Children’s Home to participate in a listening session panel marking National Trafficking Awareness/Prevention Month. Today’s listening session is an audio presentation that will focus on runaway and homeless youth and human trafficking issues. WCH is honored to be selected along with two other organizations.

Listeners will consist of federal employees, grantees, grantors and other interested individuals who want to learn more about the work that is being done nationally to battle human trafficking and care for victims. Panel selection was based on who has demonstrated "best practice" in their response to human trafficking of children and youth.

Wichita Children’s Home visits Wichita State practice

Jan 15, 2016

There often visitors at Wichita State basketball practices — high school or junior college coaches, recruits, fans with a golden ticket.

Friday, the guests brought a different kind of feel. It was all about basketball, yet it wasn’t about basketball.

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WSU Coach Marshall competes for Wichita Children's Home

Jan 13, 2016

It's part of the ESPN Infiniti Coaches Challenge. For the next 10 weeks, people across the nation will vote for their favorite coach. Each coach has selected a charity to donate the winnings to.

The challenge is set up into four rounds running from January 4th until March 13th.

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New Collaborative Mentoring Program For Young Mothers Begins In Sedgwick County

Jan 11, 2016

Three Wichita organizations are working together to provide teen mothers and young mothers-to-be a positive role model and the opportunity to learn life skills.

The Young Moms Mentoring Program is a collaboration between Senior Services of Wichita, the Wichita Children’s Home and Treehouse.

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Wichita Children’s Home providing many kids a happier Christmas

Dec 24, 2015

Dozens of children removed or turned away from their homes will open Christmas packages at one of Wichita’s oldest charities on Friday, thanks to an influx of donations that have come into its doors this month.

For the past three weeks, a near-steady stream of gifts, clothing and other necessities have flooded into the Wichita Children’s Home, ready either to be wrapped and placed under Christmas trees or stowed away for use over the next year.

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Wichita Children’s Home hosts open house at new campus

Dec 20, 2015

Bright colors, lots of Christmas decorations and spacious rooms greeted hundreds of visitors this weekend at the new campus of the Wichita Children’s Home.

Although the move won’t be officially made until mid- to late February, the doors at the new campus, 7271 E. 37th St. North, were open to the public Saturday and Sunday for visitors to see the results of the agency’s $12.5 million campaign.

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You’re Invited to Our Open House

Nov 30, 2015

We are hosting an open house on Saturday, December 19 and Sunday, December 20 from 1 pm to 4pm. Join us and see the new 13.6-acre campus at 7271 East 37th Street North!

The new campus includes a crisis care residential center, transitional-living apartments, a multipurpose building and outdoor play facilities. Additionally, we have added a more private, separate entrance where law enforcement officers can bring children who are entering the Home. Our new campus will allow us to better provide comprehensive intervention services that our community’s traumatized children and young adults desperately need.

We hope you are able to join us and see the new campus!

Homecoming Reunion

Nov 4, 2015

We are hosting a Wichita Children’s Home Homecoming on Saturday, December 12, at 9 am. We invite our former residents and staff to say goodbye to the old home on Holyoke and hello to our new campus currently under construction. We’ll start off the day at the Home on Holyoke and end with an exclusive tour of the new facilities. Stay tuned for more details.

A special message for former residents:
So many children are walking the path you’ve already travelled. If you’d like to bring a pair of new shoes with you to the Homecoming Reunion, we’ll make sure they get to a child who really needs them.

Perry Ellis Credits Wichita Children’s Home for Integrity and Hard Work

Jun 1, 2015

Perry Ellis' parents, Fonda and Will, have worked at the Wichita Children's Home for over 30 years. Ellis, a Wichita native and starting forward for the University of Kansas men’s basketball team, spent many afternoons at the Home and credits it for his integrity and hard work on and off the court.

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Wichita Children’s Home Has Immediate Needs

May 5, 2015

Last year alone, more than 1,600 children came through our doors, many with only the clothes they were wearing. With the support we receive each year, we are able to ensure the safety and well-being of each child.

We are currently in urgent need of the following:

  • Diapers (especially sizes 4 & 5)
  • Baby formula: Similac Advance and Similac Sensitive (in sealed containers)
  • Sippy cups
  • Body wash, shampoo, conditioner, and deodorant (full size and travel size)
  • Hairbrushes
  • New underwear (all sizes, from little kids’ to bikini-style for teen girls, boxers for teen boys)
  • New socks (youth and adult, white athletic)
  • Feminine hygiene products (tampons and maxi pads)
  • Sunscreen (30 SPF and higher)

Donations of care and comfort items are accepted at our main location (810 North Holyoke) every day from 9am to 6pm.

#MarshallHelpsKids Challenge

April 3, 2015

We are all thrilled with the news that Coach Gregg Marshall is staying in Wichita. We have a great way to turn your enthusiasm into meaningful action.

Help Coach Marshall help kids by making a gift to his chosen charity. As you recall, fans #votedangry for Coach Marshall, who won $15,000 to help the Wichita Children’s Home care for abused, homeless and exploited local children.

While $15,000 is good, it’s far short of the $100,000 prize fans and Coach Marshall were shooting for. We are issuing a challenge to you and all our fellow basketball fans:

Let’s raise the rest of that $100,000 and help raise the roof on a new Wichita Children’s Home emergency shelter and therapeutic center as part of its Make It Better Capital Campaign.

Your gift, and those of other donors, will create the solid foundation and loving environment that these traumatized children and youth deserve—and need to break the cycle of abuse.

Learn More about the Make it Better Capital Campaign

Thanks for Voting!

March 17, 2015

Shocker fans are the greatest! They helped Coach Gregg Marshall win $15,000 for the Wichita Children’s Home in the ESPN.com/Infiniti Coaches’ Charity Challenge. ShockerNation and Coach Marshall show what true champions they are as they help us create a healthier environment for our community’s abused, neglected and abandoned children. Thank you!

Benefit WCH by shopping at Dillons!

January 28, 2015

The Wichita Children’s Home can “earn” donations from your purchases at Dillons, if you update your Plus Card account to benefit WCH. It's really simple. First, register your card at Dillons.com, or ask for one from a cashier if you don't already have one.

To enroll in the Community Rewards program:
1. Plus Card holders can visit the Dillons website
2. Sign in or create an account
3. Click "Enroll Now"
4. Search for "Wichita Children's Home" or enter our 5-digit number (87782)
5. Select "Wichita Children's Home" and click "Enroll"

Get Started

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Children’s Miracle Network grant application approved!

September 11, 2014

Wichita Children’s Home received its own miracle this week. Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals approved our grant for $4,860. This grant will help provide critical treatments, equipment and charitable care for kids with little to no means. Via Christi Hospital in Wichita is our local network hospital providing expert, state-of-the-art care. Pediatric patients are served by the Grant and Norma Davis Child Life Center and its Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, both at Via Christi Hospital on St. Francis.

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Debbie Kennedy selected as a 2014 Women in Business Honoree

August 29, 2014

The Wichita Business Journal is recognizing female leaders who are involved in local businesses, nonprofits, and community initiatives. Our executive director, Debbie Kennedy was deservedly honored!
Photo courtesy: Kellen Jenkins, WBJ

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WSU Men's Basketball Coach Gregg Marshall presented us with $15,000

June 24, 2014

Wichita State University men's basketball coach Gregg Marshall was one of four finalists in the Infiniti Coaches’ Charity Challenge this spring, raising $15,000 for Wichita Children's Home. He presented the check to Wichita Children’s Home on June 24, meeting with fans and autographing copies of "Winning Angry.”
Photo courtesy: Kellen Jenkins / WBJ

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Poker Tournament

Scotch and Sirloin to host a high-roller poker tournament

Jun 12, 2014

Mike Issa, owner of Wichita’s premier steakhouse Scotch & Sirloin, is hosting a high-roller poker tournament on Friday, June 27. Food and soft drinks will be provided with an available cash bar. Proceeds will be donated to Wichita Children’s Home. Seats in the tournament are $500 each and the field will be limited to 50 players. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top 3 finishers, including $7,000 for first prize. A poker dealer will be provided at ever table.

The tournament starts at 6:30, but get there early around 5:30 for registration and to enjoy the food. The tournament will feature 30-minute blinds and players start with a 15,000 chip stack.

If you would like to play in the tournament, call (316) 871-3413 to reserve your seats.
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Wichita Children’s Home recognized for service to crime victims

May 14, 2014

On May 14, we were presented the Outstanding Victim Service Organization Award (along with the Exploited and Missing Children’s Unit) by Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt! Photo courtesy: (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

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Construction starts on $2M apartment complex for Wichita Children’s Home

May 9, 2014

Construction has started on a $2 million apartment project for the new campus of the Wichita Children’s Home near 37th Street North and Rock Road.

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SPLURGE! Tee Off Party

Splurge! Tee-Off Party to Benefit Wichita Children’s Home and Human Trafficking Awareness

April 9, 2014

Join us for an evening of indulgence and charity at the 5th Annual SPLURGE! Tee-Off Party. The party will be held at Crestview Country Club on June 13, and will kick off the Air Capital Classic golf tournament benefiting Wichita Children’s Home and its programs to promote awareness of human trafficking. Tickets are $60 and can be purchased online at aircapclassic.com or call (316) 267-3675.

What 5th annual event, presented by Volvo of Wichita
When 6:30 pm, Friday, June 13
Where 18th hole, north course, Crestview Country Club,
1000 N. 127th St. E.

Tickets $60 each

Join the event on Facebook!
Purchase tickets

See you there!

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April is National Child Abuse Awareness Month

April 1, 2014

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to help spread the word.

New Campus Construction to Begin Next Month

October 25, 2013

Our anticipation at the Home only increases with our groundbreaking ceremony quickly approaching, marking the beginning of construction on our new, state-of-the-art, centralized campus. To meet the changing needs of our community's children and young adults, new facilities are being built on 13.6 acres of land between Woodlawn and Rock.

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Celebrating 125 Years!

July 18, 2013

It's our 125th Anniversary! You can catch us on the FRONT PAGE of The Wichita Eagle!

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Interview on 99.7 LITE FM

2013

Melanie Garrett from WCH demystify the shelter and its services.

Interview with KMUW

April 15, 2013

Listen in as Executive Director Sarah Robinson shares an intimate look into the history and current role of The Home in providing immediate comfort to “kiddos in crisis” and continued care through specialized programs.

Listen to the Interview