The ESS program provides basic needs to low income and poverty level families and individuals on an emergency basis. This program divides Sedgwick County into three areas by zip codes. A social service office is located in each of these three areas: Citadel Corps Community Center serves the east area; Downtown Social Services (City Command) serves the downtown and northeast area; West Orchard Corps Community Center serves areas to the west.

Recipients may receive basic needs items such as food, utility assistance, clothing, baby items, transportation assistance, winter clothing and blankets, medication, etc. Our focus is to provide assistance to people in need.

Annual Special Programs

"Tools For School" - Families & Teachers

In August, basic school supplies are provided to school aged children for families with low income. These supplies are distributed at our two Corps Community Centers in Sedgwick County. West Orchard Corps (1910 S. Everett) and Wichita Citadel (1739 S. Elpyco).

Warm Hearts winter clothing program

Coats, winter clothing and blankets are distributed from the downtown Emergency Social Services site in October of each year.  Anyone in need of warm clothing is eligible for this program.


Christmas assistance program


Each year, Christmas assistance is provided to families and individuals in need.  Families are given food assistance for a CHristmas meal. Toys are provided to children 16 and younger through the Angel Tree program.

Star of Hope is an additional part of the Christmas assistance program designed to provide food and gifts for senior citizens.

Volunteer at Angel Trees at Towne East Square and Town West Square: Contact Brenda Awtrey at 316-425-6133 or email:

Host an Angel Tree at your business or organization: Contact Dulcy Palnau at 316-425-6142 or email at: 

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