• Statement from Saint Francis Ministries on Refugee Resettlement in Kansas

    December 4, 2019 · Ministry News

    Saint Francis Ministries would like to offer our sincere appreciation to Gov. Laura Kelly for her continued support of refugee resettlement in Kansas. Gov. Kelly’s announcement Wednesday that Kansas will continue to accept refugees upholds the values and beliefs of Saint Francis Ministries, as we seek to protect, support and offer services for vulnerable populations, said Angela Smith, Saint Francis vice president of International Ministries.


    Saint Francis driver delivers children and hope

    November 26, 2019 · Ministry News

    Bill Troester began driving for the Saint Francis Transportation department just over a year ago, leaving a “mind-numbing” job driving an airport shuttle bus to begin driving children throughout Kansas. “It’s been impactful. It’s been a godsend to me,” Bill said. “I spent my adolescence as a juvenile delinquent and later on went on to become an alcoholic and drug addict. I’ve been clean and sober for about 24 years. Now when I see young people starting to tread down the road I went down, I do my best to let them know that is a nowhere road. I let them know that God gives us all the drugs we need at birth – adrenaline, serotonin, endorphins – all you have to do is know how to trigger them.


    Love is what drives them, sometimes in two cars

    November 22, 2019 · Foster Family Features

    The view through the Kishpaugh front window rolls clear to the horizon, over ochre Kansas hills lit by autumn sunshine. Chad’s eyes glisten as he recalls another “bright and sunny day,” when he and Amanda lost their son among these hills, in a collision with a truck and trailer at an unmarked rural intersection just a mile from home.


    Building Bridges, Forming Relationships

    November 15, 2019 · Foster Family Features

    Travis and Marie Clem received their first foster care placement just days before Thanksgiving, and they doubt they’ve had a full night’s sleep since. But that’s just fine with the Shady Point, Oklahoma, couple because they believe the blessings they’ve received through foster parenting more than make up for a few lost ZZZs. For the Clems, fostering is both a family and a community effort, as well as a Biblical mandate.


    Transition Act proposed to support FFPSA implementation

    November 6, 2019 · Advocacy,Ministry News

    Congressional champions for the Family First Prevention Services Act, who are working in a bi-partisan and bi-cameral manner, this week continued to demonstrate support of a successful FFPSA implementation. On Nov. 5, 2019, the House and the Senate introduced the Family First Transition Act, which has provisions designed to help states and stakeholders ease the transition to the federal child welfare financing structure in the FFPSA.


    Hi-Lites 2019: Fall

    October 24, 2019 · Hi-Lites,Newsletters

    Social Justice Program, Foster Family of the Year, HOPES Project, Moran staff visits The Mount, Texas & Nebraska News, U.N. Designation, KidzKamp, World Refugee Day, Employee Spotlight. Hi-Lites 2019 Fall edition is available for download.


    “A different lens”: Kansas announces Family First grants

    October 1, 2019 · Ministry News

    Saint Francis Ministries is excited to announce the receipt of two grants that will help Kansas work toward stabilizing vulnerable families and keeping children out of foster care. The Kansas Department for Children and Families on Oct. 1 announced the award recipients of its grants in support of the Family First Prevention Services Act. Saint Francis, based in Salina, Kansas, received awards of $729,267 for a Seeking Safety initiative and $2,871,371 to begin offering Family Centered Treatment in the state. The DHHS grant period for these awards is Oct. 1, 2019, through June 30, 2020.


    Saint Francis to create new future for St. John’s Military School campus

    September 26, 2019 · Ministry News

    Leaders of Saint Francis Ministries and St. John’s Military School on Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019, announced a collaboration that will create a positive, empowering future for the school’s Salina campus. Saint Francis Ministries, the long-time Salina-based nonprofit that provides child welfare and adult services in six states and internationally, has agreed to take over the St. John’s campus and will lead a collaborative effort to establish future plans for the property.


    Being a military family means material, spiritual support for foster family

    September 10, 2019 · Foster Care / Adoption,Foster Family Features

    Military families posted far from home often must rely on each other for support. This is especially true for those who serve children in need, along with serving their country. Nicole Berry knows this firsthand. She considers her Army friends and neighbors as much of a family as any connected genetically. The same goes for her spiritual family at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church.


    Reduce adversity, strengthen families: Jodie Austin to lead Omaha-area team

    August 19, 2019 · Ministry News,Press Releases

    Community support and involvement are crucial elements necessary to meet the needs of children and families in Omaha and throughout Nebraska. Those words from Jodie Austin, who joins Saint Francis Ministries as the regional vice president in the Omaha, Nebraska, area, come from the heart of a leader who has worked in child welfare for more than 20 years. Her vision – to work herself out of a job – is a bold one.


    New Regional Vice President starts work in Texas

    July 23, 2019 · Ministry News

    On July 15, 2019, Garcia joined Saint Francis Ministries as a Regional Vice President, serving in the West Texas area where the organization recently received a new contract to implement Community-Based Care in 41 counties. Although Garcia began his career in finance, he quickly followed his calling to work with children from “hard places,” he said. For the past 11 years, he’s worked in a variety of positions in the foster care system.


    Hi-Lites 2019: Spring

    June 7, 2019 · Hi-Lites,Newsletters

    New Brand Revealed, Saint Francis at The Mount, Services begin in Gulfport, MS, Secure Care Launched, A Place for 'Bubby', KYAC Youth Conference, General Convention, Mthr. Susanne Serves, Outstanding Appointment. Hi-Lites 2019 Spring edition is available for download.


    Saint Francis Celebrates ‘Forever Families’

    November 19, 2018 · Ministry News

    Dozens of Kansas children received their forever families last week as their adoptions were finalized at National Adoption Day celebrations hosted by Saint Francis Ministries. Of the nearly 400,000 children in foster care nationwide, more than 115,000 are awaiting adoption. Traditionally scheduled on the Saturday before Thanksgiving Day, National Adoption Day helps raise awareness about the need for adoptive parents and honors those who make the decision to welcome a child into their family.


    A Place to Call Home

    November 17, 2018 · Ministry News

    Landon was the only child to walk through the Beltz door with a suitcase in his hand. He arrived at their Wichita home with his little red suitcase, packed and ready to leave again at a moment’s notice. That had, after all, been the pattern up to now. “He was very shy and reserved,” said Melanie Beltz. “He didn’t say much at first, but he was polite and helpful. I remember that he had a slip of paper with his grandmother’s phone number on it. He kept in his shoe, and that just about broke my heart.”


    Fostering Is a Family Affair

    November 9, 2018 · Foster Care / Adoption,Ministry News

    Lydia Lund prayed for eight years that her husband, Tyler, would share in her desire for them to become foster parents. Thanks to a career in social work, she knew firsthand the effect a good foster parent can have on the life of a child. Although not completely opposed to the idea, Tyler just wasn’t sure if it was a good option for them. He and Lydia had recently started their own family and already had two little girls, ages five and two. Then one day, following a conversation with friends who are foster parents, something clicked with Tyler. Three weeks later the Salina couple were in a foster parent training course. “I knew that once he decided, we would go all in,” said Lydia.


    Hi-Lites 2018 Fall

    November 8, 2018 · Hi-Lites,Newsletters

    New Brand Revealed, Saint Francis at The Mount, Services begin in Gulfport, MS, Secure Care Launched, A Place for 'Bubby', KYAC Youth Conference, General Convention, Mthr. Susanne Serves, Outstanding Appointment. Hi-Lites 2018 Fall edition is available for download.


    Teach Them to Realize Their Worth

    October 22, 2018 · Ministry News

    It took an empty nest and a baby girl to show Lynda Cantu her life’s vocation. Four years ago, her mother called and asked her to take in Lynda’s six-months-old niece for a while. The child was about to be placed in foster care, and Lynda was the only family member qualified to keep her. She agreed, little realizing how that decision would affect her family and her life.


    Fostering in Faith: Gage

    August 13, 2018 · Ministry News

    Gage was left with a sense of abandonment. That’s why this energetic, eager, and affectionate 7-year-old desperately needs a family to love and accept him unconditionally.


    KYAC Conference Teaches There’s “No Place Like Home … Make Yours”

    August 2, 2018 · Ministry News

    Nearly 100 young people gathered in Lindsborg, Kansas, a few days ago for the Kansas Youth Advisory Council’s (KYAC) annual Summer Youth Conference, No Place Like Home … Make Yours. Hosted this year at Bethany College, the conference is for current youth in foster care, as well as those who have “aged out” and are receiving Independent Living services.


    KidzKamp wraps up another great weekend

    June 29, 2018 · Ministry News

    Nearly 70 kids had a blast last weekend during three fun-filled days at the 2018 KidzKamp in Salina, Kansas. Once again, Saint Francis staff and volunteers hosted children from all over the state at the Webster Conference Center, bringing smiles to the faces of children in need of a few days of carefree summer fun.


    ‘our hope is always to help those who need it most’

    June 15, 2018 · Ministry News

    This spring, at Schlagle High School in Kansas City, Kansas, Debra McKenzie gathered a small group of students around her to discuss the health risks of cigarette and marijuana smoke on their lungs. One 18-year-old student moved in close to McKenzie and whispered that he had already quit smoking marijuana because he’s on probation. When she asked why he started using it in the first place, he said he had been depressed ever since his cousin was shot and killed. He just wanted the pain to go away.


    Saint Francis Migration Ministries will celebrate World Refugee Day, and you’re invited

    June 8, 2018 · Ministry News

    In honor of World Refugee Day 2018, Saint Francis Migration Ministries, Saint Francis Community Services’ Wichita-based Refugee Resettlement program, will host a free celebration featuring live music and dancing, food, crafts, family-friendly activities, children’s soccer games and more on Wednesday, June 20, from 4 – 8 p.m. at Saint Christopher’s Episcopal Church, 2211 S. Bluff St.


    ‘if you help them, if you care for them, you will grow to love them’

    June 6, 2018 · Foster Care / Adoption,Ministry News

    Lately, we've been celebrating Saint Francis foster parents who provide security, care, and love every day to children in need. Foster parents see firsthand the remarkable ways children respond to structure and acceptance. They know well the transformative power of love to heal broken lives and families. Today, we share the story of Gabriel and Christ, who were recently named Saint Francis' Kansas Foster Family of the Year for 2017. Once you hear their story, you'll know why.


    Love is the whole point

    May 25, 2018 · Ministry News

    May is National Foster Care Month, so we're taking time to celebrate some special Saint Francis foster parents who have opened their hearts and their homes to children in need. Foster parents see every day the remarkable ways children respond to structure, security, and acceptance. They witness firsthand the transformative and life-affirming power of love in the lives of the children they serve. Saint Francis provides foster care in Kansas, Oklahoma, Nebraska, and Texas. Nebraska foster parents Adam and BryAnna Brock are moved to foster in large part by their faith. Here is their story.


    ‘This is what we signed up for’

    May 18, 2018 · Ministry News

    May is National Foster Care Month, so we're taking time to celebrate some special Saint Francis foster parents who have opened their hearts and their homes to children in need. Foster parents see every day the remarkable ways children respond to structure, security, and acceptance. They witness firsthand the transformative and life-affirming power of love in the lives of the children they serve. The Ramirez family has seen it, and it has enriched their lives. Here's their story.


    Hi-Lites 2018 Spring

    April 29, 2018 · Hi-Lites,Newsletters

    Years of Dedication, National Adoption Day, A Fresh Start, A Boy’s Life Changed, Hope Knows No Borders, Couple Expands Family, Development Council. Hi-Lites 2018 Spring edition is available for download.


    Let’s talk about autism

    April 28, 2018 · Ministry News

    If you’re reading this, there’s a good chance you know someone with autism. Perhaps, that someone is a member of your own family. Since April is Autism Awareness Month, we thought we we’d take a moment to … well, raise awareness.


    Whatever you do, don’t look the other way

    April 25, 2018 · Ministry News

    Every April, we’re reminded that hundreds of thousands of children suffer abuse or neglect each year in the United States. The purpose of National Child Abuse Prevention Month is to raise awareness about the causes and conditions that contribute to an abusive relationship between caregivers and children. It’s also an opportunity to educate ourselves about how to identify and hopefully prevent abuse or neglect when we come across it.


    Today we wear blue

    April 6, 2018 · Ministry News

    You might be seeing lots of blue today as Saint Francis staff and many of our community friends and partners dress to raise awareness about child abuse prevention. This month marks the 35th anniversary of the first Child Abuse Prevention Month, and today is Wear Blue Day, just one of the ways we try to shed light on the many every day actions we can all take to help prevent child abuse.


    Love calls you by your name

    April 2, 2018 · Ministry News

    Easter Blessings! All Lent, we’ve been sharing weekly reflections by members of The Saint Francis Foundation’s Church Relations team. The Rev. Benjamin Thomas, Th.D., has written a few thoughts for today, The Feast of the Resurrection.


    Looking past token restrictions

    March 23, 2018 · Ministry News

    This Lent, we’re sharing a series of weekly reflections provided by members of The Saint Francis Foundation’s Church Relations team. The Rev. Benjamin Thomas, Th.D., has written a few thoughts for this Friday.


    More to it than shenanigans

    March 16, 2018 · Ministry News

    This Lent, we’re sharing a series of weekly reflections provided by members of The Saint Francis Foundation’s Church Relations team. The Very Rev. Chas Marks has written a few thoughts for this Friday.


    Match Madness will match donor gifts made to Saint Francis

    March 9, 2018 · Ministry News

    Match Madness, a one-day event designed to generate new gifts to The Saint Francis Foundation endowment, is just a week away. Sponsored by the Greater Salina Community Foundation, every donation made to Saint Francis during the event will be matched, up to 50 cents for each dollar, with a cash grant for immediate needs.


    Looking for common ground

    March 9, 2018 · Ministry News

    This Lent, we’re sharing a series of weekly reflections provided by members of The Saint Francis Foundation’s Church Relations team. The Rev. Benjamin Thomas, Th.D., has written a few thoughts for this Friday.


    For them, stewardship is a way of life

    March 2, 2018 · Donor Stories

    They began teaching their children at an early age, with a 50-cent weekly allowance paid in nickels. One nickel always went to the church, the rest to spend as they pleased. As each child grew older, the allowance – and the tithe – increased. Their hope was that their children would carry the spirit of stewardship into adulthood.


    Take a moment, be still

    March 2, 2018 · Ministry News

    This Lent, we’re sharing a series of weekly reflections provided by members of The Saint Francis Foundation’s Church Relations team. The Very Rev. Chas Marks has written a few thoughts for this Friday.


    Forgiveness, the truest gift

    February 23, 2018 · Ministry News

    This Lent, we’re sharing a series of weekly reflections provided by members of The Saint Francis Foundation’s Church Relations team. The Rev. Benjamin Thomas, Th.D., has written a few thoughts for this Friday.


    Let’s ‘add on’ this Lent

    February 16, 2018 · Ministry News

    This Lent, we’ll share a series of weekly reflections provided by members of The Saint Francis Foundation’s Church Relations team. The Very Rev. Chas Marks has written a few thoughts for this first Friday of Lent. People often think of Lent as a time for “giving up” something. While fasting and self-denial are an important aspect of this holy season, Lent is also a time for us to “add on” practices that help us better live out our Baptismal call to be the Body of Christ in the world.


    Hi-Lites 2017 Fall

    January 17, 2018 · Newsletters

    Saint Francis in Nebraska, Sharing Human Trafficking Expertise, Ties to South Africa, Couple Says Love Is the Whole Point, Former Foster Youth Take Positive Action in D.C., Helping Men Become The Dads Their Kids Need, Spiritual Wellness Team Helps Employees Cope With Stress, Expanded Services, Renowned Visitors. Hi-Lites 2017 Fall edition is available for download.


    How you build community while spreading Christmas cheer

    December 14, 2017 · Christmas for kids

    Dozens of Saint Francis employees and volunteers recently loaded, transported, and sorted 4,000 toys destined for children served by Saint Francis Community Services this Christmas. In what has become our largest Christmas for Kids toy collection, Saint Francis staff and Great Plains Manufacturing employees loaded thousands of donated toys Tuesday in Salina, Kansas, and delivered them to Sankey Auto Center for sorting and distribution to children in foster care this Christmas. By Shane Schneider.


    Adoption, when children change everything

    November 29, 2017 · Foster Care / Adoption

    Ricardo and Sonja Torres tried to have their own children for years. Yet, when friends told them about fostering to adopt, they didn’t jump right in. They discussed it. Again and again. They also prayed. They had lived so long together, just the two of them, that they wanted to be sure this was exactly what God intended for them. Finally, they took the leap. Licensed with Saint Francis Community Services in 2016, the Wichita couple began taking care of children in police protective custody (PPC). By Shane Schneider


    Saint Francis celebrates adoptive families

    November 16, 2017 · Ministry News

    This Saturday, more than 30 children will formally receive “forever families” during Saint Francis’ annual National Adoption Day celebration at Exploration Place in Wichita. Saint Francis staff, along with judges, attorneys, and clerks from the 18th Judicial District, will gather with adoptive parents and children to finalize adoptions and celebrate adoptive families.


    How to navigate Halloween safely

    October 31, 2017 · Ministry News

    Streets and sidewalks in communities across the country will be filled with all kinds of odd little creatures hauling sacks and buckets door to door in a quest for bite-sized sugary treats. - By Shane Schneider


    Hi-Lites 2017 Spring/Summer Edition

    June 23, 2017 · Newsletters

    New Team Members, CEEP Impact, Heal Through Creativity, China Exchange, Foster Family of the Year, New Inroads for Treating Trauma, Let Us Pray for You!, Connecting Through Story, New Foundation Website, Bridgeway Receives Honor Hi-Lites 2017 Spring/Summer edition is available for download.


    How a Garden City couple fosters with just two rules

    June 21, 2017 · Foster Care / Adoption

    “We’ve been lucky,” says Patsy. “By the time they leave, I’d say at least 50 percent of our kids have paid their fines and saved enough money to go out on their own. They’re not perfect, they make mistakes. But you can say the same about any kid. They become like our own, and we celebrate their success. Most of ours have also graduated from high school. Let me tell you, there’s nothing like seeing a kid walk down that aisle to get that diploma. If that’s the only reason I do this, it’s worth every minute.”


    Sharing their love with children in need

    April 11, 2017 · Donor Stories

    The idea was Sylvia’s. Driving home to Austin after a day trip to Comfort, Texas, she turned to her husband and said, “When one of us passes on, the other should see that it goes to Saint Francis.” That was in 1995, and Sylvia passed in 2007. A few months later retired Air Force Colonel Joe Brown donated the 18-inch tall bronze statue “Dancing Saint Francis” to Saint Francis Community Services, the ministry Sylvia and he have supported since 1969.


    Getting a brother back

    March 13, 2017 · Foster Care / Adoption

    “I just lost it and started crying,” said Christine. “This was in October, and from that point, I was allowed visitation at the hospital, through Saint Francis. The first time I saw him, he was five months old, still in ICU. As soon as I saw him, I knew he belonged to me. I just held him and adored him.”


    Hi-Lites 2017 Winter Edition

    March 13, 2017 · Newsletters

    Good stewardship requires a thoughtful, experienced, and energetic team that is passionate about providing healing and hope to children and families. Meet the people of The Saint Francis Foundation. Hi-Lites 2017 Winter edition is available for download.


    Rosemary Burroughs

    March 6, 2017 · Donor Stories

    Sometime in 1961, Geoffrey and Grace Noakes of Fresno, California, traveled to Manhattan, KS, to visit their daughter and son-in-law, Rosemary and Albert Burroughs. It was the Noakes’ first visit to Kansas; their daughter had only recently moved to Manhattan where she and Al had accepted positions on the faculty and staff of Kansas State University.


    Telling our Story at the 2017 Consortium of Endowed Episcopal Parishes Conference

    February 24, 2017 · Ministry News

    Saint Francis Community Services has been helping children and families since 1945. But it’s never had a dedicated giving arm. That changed in 2016 with the creation of The Saint Francis Foundation. We recently had the privilege of telling our story in the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. Our audience: the 2017 Consortium of Endowed Episcopal Parishes (CEEP) conference.


    House Blessing Video Post

    November 4, 2016 · Clover House

    Clover House, a residential program for teenage girls who are survivors of sexual trafficking is more than a safe place. It’s a sacred place. And a home. We recently blessed this home in preparation of our first arrivals.


    Girls come home to healing at Clover House

    August 4, 2016 · Clover House

    As experts in child welfare and a provide of diverse services to at-risk youth, Saint Francis Community Services had already taken steps in response to the threat of human trafficking to children and youth in Kansas and across the nation.


    A True Champion – Paying it Forward

    June 26, 2016 · Equestrian Therapy

    JT Burnley’s father once beat him so badly, he broke JT’s arm. When the vice principal at his south Louisiana high school saw the 15-year-old’s swollen, purple limb, he must have made a call. Shortly afterward, authorities picked up JT and placed him in a juvenile detention center where he spent the next two months.