How many people are experiencing homelessness, anyway?

Each year, in the last ten days of January, communities across the United States participate in what is called a “Point in Time Count,” or PIT Count. During the PIT Count, shelters and transitional housing programs tally how many people are experiencing sheltered homelessness in their community. This count is done using each community’s HMIS (Homeless Management Information System) . . . [Read More]

November 22, 2023|Tags: , , , |

What are the root causes of homelessness?

Homelessness is often the result of someone experiencing a combination of complex issues and difficult situations. Housing availability and affordability barriers, traumatic personal events, substance abuse and behavioral health issues are some of the primary root causes of homelessness.

Affordability and Accessibility

Affordability and accessibility are currently the most pressing and prevalent barriers to ending homelessness. According to the . . . [Read More]

June 13, 2023|Tags: , , , |

Get to Know…Danette Tipton, 211 Database Manager

Describe your role with United Way of the Plains.

I am in a new position for United Way as the 211 Database Manager. I update our 211 database to make sure that when someone calls 2-1-1, they receive the best quality information. I also help our 211 referral specialists continue to maintain a trusted, diverse database to meet Kansans’ needs by . . . [Read More]

February 13, 2023|Tags: , |

Ride United: A Caseworker’s Guide to Free Meal Deliveries

Access to food in Wichita can prove difficult in some neighborhoods and households. Barriers vary from lacking access to nearby grocery stories to mobility issues and limited transportation options. Ride United: Last Mile Delivery is a program that can help.

Ride United: Last Mile Delivery is a partnership with United Way of the Plains, Open Door Food Ministries, Bank of America, . . . [Read More]

January 5, 2023|Tags: , , , , |

Which to call: 211 vs. 988 vs. 911

Who do you call for a mental health emergency?

Health involves physical, emotional and mental wellbeing. It’s important to ask when help is needed and many times there is a timely element. If you are having a medical emergency, you know to call 911, but there has always been a pause when it comes to a mental health crisis. Who do . . . [Read More]

September 27, 2022|Tags: , , |

Evergy’s Community Impact Program provides grant for United Way’s 211 Information and Referral Service

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United Way of the Plains has accepted a generous grant from Evergy’s Community Impact Program to help fund the organization’s 211 Information and Referral Service. The funding will help cover some of the costs associated with providing the free, confidential service that is available 24/7 to connect individuals with a . . . [Read More]

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