Saint Francis Migration Ministries (SFMM) hosted a celebration yesterday in Wichita to commemorate World Refugee Day, a day set aside each year to honor the courage, sacrifice, and resilience of refugees around the world.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.