TOPEKA – Kansas Department for Children and Families Secretary Phyllis Gilmore and some of her leadership staff toured the Topeka Rescue Mission Thursday afternoon and witnessed first-hand the work being done to bring hope to area families who have fallen on hard times.
“If I wasn’t at DCF, this is where I’d want to be,” Secretary Gilmore said about the Topeka Rescue Mission. “This is where my heart is; this is reality.”
Close to a dozen DCF officials visited the Mission’s distribution center and other facilities designed to house and feed an estimated 250 to 300 per day. According to Topeka Rescue Mission Executive Director Barry Feaker, a record number of residents at the shelter are women and families.
“The Administration in place believes in the work we do; that wasn’t always the case with previous administrations,” Barry Feaker said. “We believe with DCF collaboration, we can help many people who are currently un-served.”
Feaker believes with a stronger DCF presence at the mission, residents there will be able to get the help they need to get back on their feet and care for themselves and their families.
The tour wrapped up with a round table discussion between Topeka Rescue Mission program leaders and DCF staff. The group listened to a presentation about the obstacles the Mission is facing, including a growing population of families and persons with disabilities. The group also heard from three of the Mission’s success stories.
Topeka Rescue Mission Director Barry Feaker describes programs for
A local family calls the Topeka Rescue Mission home
DCF staff hear a presentation about Topeka Rescue Mission programs.