Welcome to the team: Steven Burt, HMIS Administrator

Please help us welcome Steven Burt, MA to United Way of the Plains as the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) Administrator. Burt is responsible for the maintenance and quality of the HMIS database, which is used to collect and store confidential data on the service needs of those who are homeless. HMIS reports are used by Impact ICT – Continuum . . . [Read More]

September 8, 2022|Tags: , |

United Way News You Can Use: August 2022

Announcing $100,000 for innovative solutions to community issues

Nonprofits, think you have the next bright idea to advance the common good? United Way of the Plains is hosting Impact on the Plains, a “Shark Tank”-style competition in pursuit of bold solutions to complex community issues. Up to $25,000 will be awarded to entrepreneurial nonprofit programs that transform . . . [Read More]

Wichita-Sedgwick County 2022 Point-In-Time Homeless Count Data Released

The annual Point-In-Time (PIT) Homeless Count is a national effort undertaken once a year by professionals and volunteers to count those who are currently homeless in communities across the United States. The results provide a snapshot of persons encountered during the one-day count and are used to identify resources needed to address this important issue, make local funding decisions, study . . . [Read More]

July 28, 2022|Tags: |

Water for the homeless in Wichita

If you are looking to donate water or in need of water in Wichita, read this. 

Water is a basic need. It doesn’t matter what path you take in life (or where life takes you), you need access to water to survive.

In the hot summer months, that need becomes more important for all our neighbors.

People who are experiencing homelessness, or struggle . . . [Read More]

July 7, 2022|Tags: , |

Get to Know…Jaraya Reynolds, Continuum of Care Housing Navigator

Describe your role at United Way so a third grader could understand it.

My role at United Way is to coordinate with different homeless providers to ensure people on the Coordinated Entry – By Name List are being filtered by severity and their needs. I also navigate through all referrals being made to different homeless providers and conduct weekly case conferencing . . . [Read More]

March 31, 2022|Tags: , |

Get to Know…Community Impact Manager for Basic Needs Matt Lowe

Describe your role at United Way so a third grader could understand it.

I support programs in the community that provide basic human needs, such as food, shelter, safety and rent or utilities help. I also manage the team who leads our community’s efforts to end homelessness.

Share about your career history and how you made your way to United . . . [Read More]
January 29, 2022|Tags: , , |


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