Saint Francis celebrates three recent retirements representing 105 years of combined service in child welfare

January 2024 · Mission Brief

Saint Francis Ministries considers ourselves fortunate to have leaders so committed to children, families, and the mission to bring them healing and hope. Multiple members of the Senior Leadership Team have served with Saint Francis for decades, providing a wealth of knowledge, expertise, and experience to the work we do. Last year, we bid adieu to three of them, as they retired after a combined 105 years in child welfare.

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Saint Francis restructures senior leadership positions

 · Mission Brief

Former Chief Operating Officer Trish Bryant will retire this year, after nearly three decades of service with Saint Francis Ministries. She began as a youth service worker at the Salina West residential campus. Trish’s impending departure has prompted an organizational restructuring of senior executive staff and departments.

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SFM teams with Scheels for ‘Shop with a Cop’

 · Mission Brief

Saint Francis Ministries partnered with Scheels® Wichita last month to give several youth in foster care a special Christmas. As part of the “Shop with a Cop” event, Scheels gave 10 pre-selected teens a $500 gift card which they used to shop before the store opened on December 10. Each teen was also teamed with a law enforcement officer during their shopping spree.

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Hub City Hangout – It Takes a Tribe

January 2024 · Donor Stories, Mission Brief

Tony Vigil used to throw an annual block party for all his car buddies in Lubbock, Texas. Every year, they’d gather at his mechanic shop, Affordable Auto Repair, to reconnect, have fun, and talk cars. And every year, he’d fork over about $3,000 to pay for that party.

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Rapid Response Teams – SFM’s frontline against human trafficking

January 2024 · Forward in Hope, Mission Brief, Trauma

As people deeply immersed in the field of child welfare and family services, Saint Francis staff offer significant expertise about the wide range of issues and traumas that affect those we serve. One of those issues is human trafficking. Since January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month, we’ve asked Jessica Ristich to share one of the ways in which Saint Francis Ministries works with community partners to protect children and youth from human trafficking.

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