The Wichita Family Crisis Center, a non-profit in our community that keeps thousands of victims safe each year from domestic and sexual abuse, as well as human trafficking, plans to go before the County Commission tomorrow to ask for additional funds.

The building that the administrative office and the shelter are both in, are older, and the center says are inadequate for what the center needs to do. The organization is close to its financial goal for relocating and renovating a new space, but is hoping the county will lend a hand Tuesday.

"We can't serve up to 40 or 50 survivors a month. We will put them in hotels and shelter them elsewhere, but due to space constraints and some of the dilapidation issues around this building, it just really isn't serving its needs," Amanda Meyers, the Executive Director of the Wichita Family Crisis Center told KAKE Monday.

Tuesday, Meyers, plans to go before the county commission to ask for funds. The meeting will take place on the sixth floor of the Ruffin building at 9 a.m.

"We have raised about 6.5 million dollars towards an 8-million-dollar goal for a new facility. This is what we need in this community to keep people safe in this county. The city has been incredibly generous with us, they've given us 1.2 million dollars. The state has chipped in and we know that this issue is front and center to the county. This is basically their mission to keep the community safe and stable," Meyers said.

Meyers knows it's going to be a challenge, but she says it's important work.

"We are not just a charity. The police bring us victims. There is nowhere else for them to go, if they want people to be safe. They recognize that that's a community-wide issue," she added.

The county says it did give the WFCC money back in 2019.

"This organization received 29,000 dollars," County Commissioner, Jim Howell shared. 

Howell says the funds the center received in 2019 were supposed to be a one-time thing.

"I appreciate what they do and I wish them the very best, but I am not sure the taxpayers is the right place to get the revenue," Jim Howell, the Sedgwick County Commissioner for District 5 said.

Howell says, while yes, their work is important, the county is also trying to take care of itself too.

"We are looking at deficit spending this year, just to balance our budget, as is. We don't really have enough money for 911, EMS and our sheriff deputies....," he said. "We have to find a way to make this budget work, but the idea that we are going to find an extra $100,000 in this budget to give away to a non-profit organization is really not reasonable at this time."

Meyers says the need for additional shelter space and their services has increased.