Support for Places for People Plan

By Ann Fox, Executive Director The Wichita City Council gathered on Nov. 24, 2020, for a workshop on the implementation of the Places for People plan.  After serving on the Urban Infill Committee to develop recommendations I was able to speak on behalf of Wichita Habitat for Humanity to support the implementation of the recommendations.   Non-profits can’t meet the …

Bob helps us build houses, one yard at a time

By Kathy Lefler/Communications and Marketing Manager Next time you complain about cutting the grass, consider Bob Lochner who volunteers to mow our 18 vacant lots. Oh, and Bob is 82. “It’s good exercise and a good reason to get up in the morning,” Bob said. “I don’t pay a penny in gym fees.” If you’re thinking that Bob is a …

“Hidden Work” Holds Great Meaning for ICM Team Member

When Joe Wary frames a Wichita Habitat for Humanity home he sees beyond the 2x4s, nails and his hammer. Instead, Joe sees an excited family who can hardly wait to purchase their new home. Joe and the team from ICM were framing Baraka and Francine’s home in the Rock the Block neighborhood this week. Joe is the corporate manager of …

Remote Learning is not Pajama Day – Tips for success from KWCH

WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) – Students learning on a remote or hybrid model have to learn a new lifestyle. It’s different from the structure they’ve had since kindergarten. Bishop Carroll Catholic High School students have hybrid schedules. They’re at school for half the day, alternating morning and afternoon. The other part of the day, they’re attending classes online. Wednesdays are fully …

Volunteers head home with new skills!

By Kathy Lefler/Communications and Marketing Manager People who volunteer on our construction sites often gain skills to use on their own home improvement projects. That’s what Jace and Solomon, two students from Bishop Carroll Catholic High School discovered. “I learned how to hang drywall and I did some painting when I volunteered last year,” Jace said. “And, conveniently I was …

Sonya is building a bright future for her family

By Kathy Lefler/Communications and Marketing Manager Sonya’s building more than a safe, affordable home for her five children. She’s building a bright future. “My oldest is 15 and in high school and it’s time to start looking at colleges,” she said. “Having an affordable home will help us with saving for college.” The home also will provide her four sons …

Habitat’s housing advocacy work more important than ever before

By Ann Patterson Ann is the Advocacy Chair for Wichita Habitat. She also is a member of Habitat’s U.S. Council Advocacy Committee. Here she shares an update on the committee’s work. I recently virtually attended my first U.S.Council Advocacy meeting which included members from all over the country. We were briefed on the status of the next COVID-19 relief package. …

ReStore draws customers from miles away!

By Kathy Lefler/Communications and Marketing Manager I discovered just how popular and useful ReStore is when I stopped off in Peabody and saw how Linda Miles Martinez had furnished and decorated The ManeStreet Beautique with her ReStore finds. My husband and I were on our way home from Cottonwood Falls a few weeks ago and visited Peabody. (I highly recommend …

United Way taking appointments through July 24 for Help Center’s August session

WICHITA, Kan., Tuesday, July 21, 2020 — United Way of the Plains is now taking appointments this week through July 24 for its Help Center’s August session. The center will assist individuals who have been laid-off or furloughed or self-employed individuals whose personal income has been severely affected by the pandemic or aviation-related layoffs. To set up an appointment, individuals …