People of Hope
At Saint Francis Ministries, it is always about the people – from those we serve to our employees to donors who support the care we give. Being a support for struggling families requires not just the work of Saint Francis Ministries and its employees. It requires collaboration and connection with multiple systems: judicial; emergency responders, including police and juvenile justice; behavioral health; local, state, and federal leaders and legislators; education; and many others.
Transportation services, job services, English as a Second Language services, food banks – all of the services that can impact a family intertwine with the work we do to change futures.
The people who work in each of those systems have the ability to change lives, and it takes all of us to make it happen. We hope you enjoy meeting some of those who have found their joy in helping others.
“Helping one kid get well is priceless.”
Black Chaffe, a retired businessman in Louisiana, was hesitant to talk about why he has supported the work and mission of Saint Francis Ministries for 36 years. Not because he doesn’t believe in his decision
Fr. Ed: God Wants Us to Take Care of These Children
Last April, the Very Reverend Edward Fellhauer summed up his tenure as president, CEO, and dean of Saint Francis Community Services more succinctly than anyone else could. “God wants us to take care of these
Once you’re hooked, it’s hard to wiggle off
John Wells attended his last Saint Francis Community Services Board of Directors meeting in May (2015), ending more than 50 years of service to the ministry he says gave him the happiest years of his
Sharing the Word and Sacraments of Our Faith
Larry Steadman was just ten years old when he met a charismatic Episcopal priest on the banks of the Smoky River near Salina. Steadman and his family were members of Grace Episcopal Church in Hutchinson,
A Career Noted for Learning, Sharing, Growth, and Community
Cory Rathbun graduated from college in 1977. Within weeks of taking off his graduation cap, he began work as a counselor at what was then St. Francis Boys’ Home in his hometown of Ellsworth, Kansas.
A simple dog tag becomes a reminder of the healing mission
It was a dog tag, held in the hands of a young man who years before had been a patient at the Psychiatric Residential Treatment Center in Salina, Kansas. But the simple treasure that he