United Way of the Plains strengthens homeless coalition with three new team members

WICHITA, Kan., Monday, July 19, 2021 — United Way of the Plains has added three new team members who will enhance the effectiveness of the Impact ICT-Continuum of Care, a coalition of 170+ people representing nonprofits; faith-based organizations; federal, state and local governments; businesses and community advocates. The coalition works to resolve homelessness by identifying and addressing barriers to permanent housing, coordinating resources and managing an annual grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

Cole Schnieders has joined United Way as a Housing Navigator who will facilitate access to housing for homeless persons. Karmen Lewis will ensure the accuracy of the Management Information System as a Database Entry Clerk. Melissa L. Reeves is a Homeless Management Information Service (HMIS) Database Specialist. She will help homeless service providers with technical support for their information management and various reporting requirements.

All three positions reside within the Community Impact & Services team that identifies our community’s most critical needs and then develops and implements strategies to help achieve community-level changes. The roles are funded by a HUD grant.

Reeves, Schnieders and Lewis will report to Lesa Lank, Continuum of Care Planning Manager. Lank joined United Way in 2019, and is looking forward to the additions to her team. Lank said, “All three of our newest team members are committed to our mission and looking forward to the opportunity to serve some of our community’s most vulnerable citizens. They bring a great deal of experience to their roles and will enhance our collaboration with our partners.” The three new team members started their roles today.


MEDIA CONTACT: Angie Prather, Vice President of Marketing and Chief Community Engagement Officer, (316) 267‑1321, ext. 4105, aprather@unitedwayplains.org

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United Way of the Plains is a nonprofit and for-impact organization that focuses on health, education and financial stability – the building blocks for a good quality of life and a strong community. Our mission is to improve lives by harnessing the caring power of our community to advance the common good in south central Kansas. Follow us on these social media channels: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and TikTok.


Published On: July 19, 2021


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