Wichita Family Crisis Center to open new facility this year
WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) - The Wichita Family Crisis Center is set to open its new emergency shelter facility for clients in 2023.
The non-profit, which helps victims of domestic violence and human trafficking, will more than triple its capacity with the move. It's been in its old building since the 1990s.
“The numbers are there,” Executive Director Amanda Meyers said. “It's just that now we aren't going to be sending them to shelters throughout the state. We're not gonna be putting them in random hotels.”
Meyers said the new facility has 23 rooms, with a possibility for growth, along with a bathroom in each, an expanded kitchen, and a medical room. Its current facility only has eight rooms.
“Those of you who have been to our former facility know that it was…it just for years was willfully inadequate,” Meyers said.
The new facility comes as the Wichita Family Crisis Center has raised over $7.2 million, including funds from the City of Wichita.
“These folks do God's work,” Wichita Mayor Brandon Whipple said. “They truly are in it to help survivors, and the fact that the city could be a small part of that by giving $1.2 million, I think is also just a moment of pride for us.”
Whipple said he wishes Wichita did not need shelters like this. The Kansas Bureau of investigations 2021 Domestic Violence, Stalking, and Sexual Assault in Kansas report did show a decrease in the reported incidents of domestic violence in Wichita.
"These decisions that people are making to take themselves and their children out of these hostile, abusive, environments...these are ones that aren't taken lightly, so once they do make that decision, we’ve got to make sure we get the services needed,” Whipple said.
Clients will also have access to resources, like legal aid or financial help, all on-site at the new facility. Meyers said it will benefit everyone in the Wichita community.
“We looked in Dallas, we looked at Overland Park, we looked at Nashville, we looked at San Diego, we were looking everywhere to see what they had done and then also what they would do differently if they could have,” she said.
If you or a friend are in need of help, you can reach the Wichita Family Crisis Center online, just click here.