Passageways Outreach Center seeking public help finding spot to relocate
WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) - After months of dealing with the threat of losing power, and actually losing it twice, one nonprofit in Towne West Square is asking the community for help looking for a new location to relocate.
Passageways Outreach Center has been dealing with an unusual issue since June.
“Lights on, lights off. Emotional whiplash,” said Jennifer Garrison.
The emotional whiplash comes after months of uncertainty, and late payments to Evergy, not from Passageways, but from the owners of the mall it is located in.
“The owners of the mall are in New York and they don't have a grasp on what these nonprofits and what the stores in this mall do for the community, which is disappointing. It's not the mall management here that's making the decisions or not paying bills. It's all coming from New York. I had Michael Cohen on the phone the other day and he hung up on me. I know many other people that have called and just leaving countless messages and just no response,” said Garrison.
Passageways Outreach Center has been located in Towne West Square for three years, with a mission.
“The mission of passageways is to reach as many homeless veterans as we can on the streets of Wichita and surrounding areas and give them the opportunity to get back on their feet and connect them with resources throughout the community that can help provide housing and then we furnish everything for them free of charge,” said Garrison.
But now they are turning to the public to look for suggestions on another new location to continue their important work for veterans.
“We are hoping that there is somebody in the community that would be willing to donate a space to us, or will work with us on purchasing a space so that we can be stable in one spot,” said Garrison.
Owners are seeking a facility that is at least 5000 square feet to ensure they can store all the home goods and furniture necessary for veterans in need.
“From January 1 until today, November 9, we've given out more than $360,000 worth of items from this outreach center, to veterans in need. It's imperative we keep going,” said Garrison.
If you know of a potential new location for Passageways to reside, call 316-721-1316.