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Homeless Services

Residents are single women and families with children working toward financial independence, family stability, employment and permanent housing.


The Salvation Army believes that no one should have to go without basic supplies and we are committed to expand the possibilities how we can serve through our community partnerships. Continued financial support with donations allows us to sustain our supplies to maximize our deep cleaning to maintain a healthy and safe environment to serve in.

As of today, The Salvation Army is open and serving those in need. We have been declared an Essential Community Resource, during the Stay-At-Home decision for the City of Wichita and Sedgwick County. (Refer to our direct COVID-19 Response and Updates for the latest activity to help those in our own community.)

The Homeless Shelter remains in operation. Should need arise for emergency shelter please contact our Intake Office: 316-263-2196.  In our Homeless Shelter, we are working to provide activities for residents due to their isolation. Any donation of games with plastic pieces, coloring books, crayons, family friendly movies would be appreciated.

To simply state our mission . . .

The Salvation Army Homeless Services in Wichita is dedicated to ending homelessness among families and single women.

Homeless Service residents are single women and families with children who are working with Salvation Army staff toward financial independence, family stability, employment and permanent housing.  All participants are treated with respect and in a non-judgmental manner. Every effort is made to empower them to reach their personal goals. Providing free shelter in a safe place for women and children.


Emergency Shelter

The Salvation Army's Homeless Services operates a seven bedroom, 28 bed emergency shelter for families and single women who are without other resources. Upon admission, the participant is assigned a case manager, who works with the family to develop a housing plan designed to address the barriers which caused them to become homeless.

Areas helping restore hope may include, but are not limited to: securing an income, developing a budget, accessing community support services for mental health/substance use issues, domestic violence, parenting, etc.  Every effort is made to stabilize the family and end their homeless situation as quickly as possible.  Maximum length of stay is 30 days.

Transitional Housing Rapid-Rehousing Program

This amazing program opened in July 2018, providing facility based transitional housing (6 units/12 beds), scattered site rental assistance and supportive services for 61 persons (families and single women) during a program year.

The program may help support moving costs, bus passes, and education/employment/child care assistance in order to reduce barriers to obtaining/maintaining permanent housing that may be available to those in need for up to a year.


“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat,

I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink,

I was a stranger and you invited me in…” Matthew 25:35



How can you help?

We are looking for volunteers to serve these families.

  • Bring your family
  • Get a group of co-workers together
  • Schedule a service project for your church small group

Here are some of our volunteer opportunities...


  • Transport clients for case plan activities, such as job interviews, doctor appointments.
  • Schedule “Story Hour” and read to children (and their parents!)
  • Grow and cultivate a garden (flower and/or vegetable) with residents


  • Conduct lessons on landlord/tenant rights
  • Throw a holiday-related party for residents
  • Decorate the facility for a holiday
  • Assist with moving when resident is transitioning into permanent housing
  • Prepare meals, snacks and dessert for residents
  • Work with adult residents on interviewing skills, resume development and appropriate interview attire
  • Teach computer skills to assist residents in job search activities

Please contact or email our Volunteer Coordinator, Brenda Awtrey directly at 316-425-6133, or by email at: brenda.awtrey@usc.salvationarmy.org.


Making a monetary contribution helps us sustain our shelter services. Help support a night, a week or month for a safe place for a child or family in crisis.  Give our office a call at 316-263-2769 for more information, or CLICK HERE to make a donation

If you know of someone in need of shelter, please be a blessing to them and have them contact our Emergency Homeless Services Intake Office team anytime (24/7) at 316-263-2196!