Since 1945, Saint Francis Community Services has been dedicated to the needs of children and youth. We advocate for them and work to protect them. We do our best to ensure that every child we serve gets a chance at a happy and fulfilling life. As a non-profit, faith-based organization, we place great stock in the value of both traditional and non-traditional families. We believe strong families make children’s lives better.
What began as a home for boys on the Kansas prairie is now a multi-faceted child and family services ministry serving over 31,000 people in Kansas, Mississippi, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Texas, El Salvador and Honduras with a broad range of programs and services. We help strengthen and heal families while providing for the health and security of children.
Though rooted in the Episcopal tradition, Saint Francis Community Services is an independent not-for-profit organization dedicated to the protection, nurturing, and healing of children and families in body, mind, and spirit. To that end, while partnering with government agencies in supporting children and families in crisis, Saint Francis Community Services honors religious freedom and is also committed to allowing children and families in its care to participate in religious activities on a voluntary basis.
The Rev. Robert Mize Jr., an Episcopal priest, founded Saint Francis Boys’ Home nearly seven decades ago in Ellsworth, Kansas. Fr. Bob had seen too many troubled youths disappear forever into the juvenile justice system, and he wanted to help them reclaim their lives and their futures. He offered hope.
Over the years, the scope of our ministry has grown, encompassing foster care, therapeutic foster care, adoption, family preservation, residential care, and community outreach services. We provide child welfare services in Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Texas, and adult developmental disabilities services in Mississippi.
Saint Francis Boys’ Home began with 12 boys; today Saint Francis Community Services serves thousands of children and youth. Yet, we still do the same work begun by Fr. Bob – helping children and youth find a more hopeful future.
Starting with the founder and first president of Saint Francis, The Rev. Robert Mize Jr., Episcopal priests have led our ministry, and we have maintained that tradition for over 70 years. Our sixth and current president is The Very Rev. Robert Nelson Smith.
A senior executive team works closely with Fr. Bobby under his leadership, while a Board of Directors - comprised of clergy, businesspersons, and community leaders - oversees the ministry of Saint Francis.
Saint Francis Community Services has been Joint Commission accredited since 1974, earning the Gold Seal of Approval by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for healthcare quality and safety in behavioral health care.
An independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation’s oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care.