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1 City of Refuge- “Who refreshes will be refreshed”-Proverbs 11:25 Butler Homeless Initiative

2 The Mission of The Butler Homeless Initiative is to provide homeless prevention and family preservation. We will do this by way of establishing a place in which programs such as educational opportunities, employment opportunities and community relationships will be utilized for individuals and families throughout Butler County. The Mission of The Butler Homeless Initiative is to provide homeless prevention and family preservation. We will do this by way of establishing a place in which programs such as educational opportunities, employment opportunities and community relationships will be utilized for individuals and families throughout Butler County.

3 Who Are the Homeless? In the “Point in Time Count” done in 2009 for Butler County there are at least 120 homeless individual who are residents of Butler County.In the “Point in Time Count” done in 2009 for Butler County there are at least 120 homeless individual who are residents of Butler County. * The Salvation Army of Butler County has seen an increase of families and individuals who are Homless -45 families in 2011 and for the first six months of 2012 there has already been 32 families considered homeless according to the HUD definition.

4 Statistics on butler county homelesness (8/12) Safe House (not domestic abuse calls) 2010 – 56 calls from homeless 2011 – 39 calls from homeless from Jan-Oct. Mid-cap 2009 – 44 homeless families, no individual count 2010 – 51 homeless families, or 129 individuals 2011 – 25 homeless families Jan-Sept, or 113 individuals 2012 – 12 homeless contacts per month *Mid-caps Transitional Housing program can provide for 6 families/2 individuals per month

5 Statistics on butler county homelessness S Salvation Army 2010 – 38 homeless 2011 – 45 homeless families 2012 – to date, 32 homeless families SRS 2010 – 100 open cases for homeless. Given month DCF will take approximately applications for homeless with 9-10 for families with children South Central Mental Health Currently 2 homeless 5 in precarious living situations 1 placed child in SRS custody due to becoming homeless

6 Children and Family Services 2012 – 1 referral per month for families with children

7 First Baptist Church, El Dorado 2011 – 58 one night motel vouchers one night motel vouchers “Decrease in number of 2012 vouchers is due to stricter guidelines for help given. Requests for help far exceeds ability to help. First Presbyterian Church, El Dorado $502 given for housing assistance

8 Section 8 Housing – 2012 Currently Quail Ridge 1 year waiting list 1 bedroom 1 year waiting list 2 bedroom 3 bedroom waiting list varies Silverwood 59 people on waiting list 1 bedroom 76 families on waiting list 2 bedroom 44 families on waiting list 3 bedroom calls per month for housing

9 Definition of Homeless According to HUD An individual or family sleeping in a place not meant for human habitation (examples-on the street or in vehicles)and or in an emergency shelter for at least 1 year. OR at least 4 episodes of homelessness in the past 3 years.- An individual or family sleeping in a place not meant for human habitation (examples-on the street or in vehicles)and or in an emergency shelter for at least 1 year. OR at least 4 episodes of homelessness in the past 3 years.- HUD website as of July 2012

10 Butler Homeless Initiative desires to provide housing with Administration, Safety/protection and Collaborations/ministries for the El Dorado and Butler County area. Our Long term Goal for Butler Homeless Initiative.- to provide a place (transitional housing) in which to fulfill our mission.

11 Goal Point #1- Administration of facility The need for rules and regulations regarding a homeless preventative and family preservation housing unit will be established prior to it’s inception. The need for rules and regulations regarding a homeless preventative and family preservation housing unit will be established prior to it’s inception. BHI will have rules such as a 5 to 7 day emergency residents, then a work detail will begin for those who remain in residence. BHI will have rules such as a 5 to 7 day emergency residents, then a work detail will begin for those who remain in residence. There will always be a trained staff and/or trained volunteer on duty during operating hours. There will always be a trained staff and/or trained volunteer on duty during operating hours. There will be policies in place for length of stay after emergency shelter time is used up for all clientele. There will be policies in place for length of stay after emergency shelter time is used up for all clientele. A set of rules, guidelines and regulations will need to be signed by client and staff or volunteer prior to overnight stay. A set of rules, guidelines and regulations will need to be signed by client and staff or volunteer prior to overnight stay.

12 Goal Point #2-Safety and Protection Staff and volunteers will be trained in all hazardous weather procedures, emergency evacuation procedures, basic first aid procedures, basic Human services.Staff and volunteers will be trained in all hazardous weather procedures, emergency evacuation procedures, basic first aid procedures, basic Human services. All clients will need to be vetted by the Butler County Sheriff department and or local police departments prior to entering the shelter. Random drug testing and personal property search's will be conducted by trained staff and or volunteer on a regular basis.All clients will need to be vetted by the Butler County Sheriff department and or local police departments prior to entering the shelter. Random drug testing and personal property search's will be conducted by trained staff and or volunteer on a regular basis. All medications will be placed under lock and key by staff or volunteers, all weapons will be confiscated prior to a clients entering the shelter. No alcohol, weapons and drugs will be permitted!All medications will be placed under lock and key by staff or volunteers, all weapons will be confiscated prior to a clients entering the shelter. No alcohol, weapons and drugs will be permitted!

13 Goal Point #2-Safety and Protection There will be two staff and/or trained volunteers on duty during operating hours to insure their safety and the safety of the clients.There will be two staff and/or trained volunteers on duty during operating hours to insure their safety and the safety of the clients. Clients/residents will have designed meal times, and curfews to insure safety for them and their families. As well as outdoor time, computer usage will be designated.Clients/residents will have designed meal times, and curfews to insure safety for them and their families. As well as outdoor time, computer usage will be designated. All personal belongings of clients/residents will be placed in storage lockers/or baskets but BHI will not be held liable if anything would be lost or stolen.All personal belongings of clients/residents will be placed in storage lockers/or baskets but BHI will not be held liable if anything would be lost or stolen.

14 Current house rules and Operation plan are tentative and Evolving. Best plans include Meeting with all community Partners for input prior to Open, once a location has been Established.

15 Administrative Executive Board for BHI As of July 1 st, 2012 Krystal Wallace-mothers against Methamphetamine South Central Kansas Trisha Menadue- technical illustrator, Excel industries, Inc. Marilyn Hall-retired RN Macy Gaines-Independent Living Specialist,RCIL Sandy Bell-Community Aid Network Pastor Danny Chappell-New Friends Bible Church, Augusta Melody Gault-RSVP Program Manager, Butler County Department on Aging Marilyn Roberts-BHI Board member Judy Scribner-retired teacher Kelsey Stone-student at Newman University Yvonne Yee-retired teacher USD 490 and finance office WSU Ron Eisenbise-ex-Board member Pastor Bill O’Connell-ex Board member, Pastor 1 st Presbyterian Church

16 Wikipedia Definition of a Homeless Prevention Shelter Homeless prevention shelters “are designed specifically to be temporary homes providing for those that have fallen on hard times and need an opportunity to get back into the workforce…they are created not just to provide shelter, but also offer a variety of services including job training, community building and family preservation”

17 Vision Statement portion regarding why BHI choses to keep all Safe and Protected “ The Butler County Homeless Initiative, City of Refuge Shelter understands the inherent value of every human being. We offer a caring base for temporary shelter based on a plan to offer success with minimum budget requirements. We formed with the idea that everyman deserves to be treated with compassion, respect and dignity. We believe that trauma, a lack of wisdom or experience in decision making, impaired ability and prior negative environments do not have to determine and individual’s value; each individual can determine his own value on any given day. We believe in God’s plan, and that we are the hands and body-the tools for His work. We would hope to reflect God’s love, providing and incubator for faith, trust and hope through relationship, action and provision.” –Krystal Wallace, president of Butler Homeless Initiative 2012 “ The Butler County Homeless Initiative, City of Refuge Shelter understands the inherent value of every human being. We offer a caring base for temporary shelter based on a plan to offer success with minimum budget requirements. We formed with the idea that everyman deserves to be treated with compassion, respect and dignity. We believe that trauma, a lack of wisdom or experience in decision making, impaired ability and prior negative environments do not have to determine and individual’s value; each individual can determine his own value on any given day. We believe in God’s plan, and that we are the hands and body-the tools for His work. We would hope to reflect God’s love, providing and incubator for faith, trust and hope through relationship, action and provision.” –Krystal Wallace, president of Butler Homeless Initiative 2012

18 Butler Homeless Initiative Coordinates and promotes throughout County as a member of : El Dorado, Augusta and Andover Chamber of Commerce National Coalition for the Homeless as well as having petitions regarding community support with more than 450 signatures.

19 Ministries, Programs and Collaborations There is tremendous potential to plug the clients and residents of this shelter into the community of El Dorado and Butler County. Such potential programs could be : 1. Bench making and gardening for the City of El Dorado 2. Thrift Store needed volunteers at The Salvation Army of Butler County 3. Cooking and/0r set-up help with the Homeless meals in El Dorado 4. Food Pantry volunteers for 12 Baskets for Loaves and Fishes. 5. Cooling Center volunteers for set up and clean up THE SKY is the LIMIT for how this Homeless Prevention and Family Preservation shelter can aid in the bonding of this entire community.

20 Letters Of Support There have been letters of support from the year from various Human Services organizations in Butler County, Cities in Butler County, Churches in Butler County, Service Clubs of Butler County. These letters are from those who recognize the tremendous need and value to care for our current Homeless population as well as care for those families with the potential to become homeless in the future. There have been letters of support from the year from various Human Services organizations in Butler County, Cities in Butler County, Churches in Butler County, Service Clubs of Butler County. These letters are from those who recognize the tremendous need and value to care for our current Homeless population as well as care for those families with the potential to become homeless in the future.

21 Letters of Support Agencies, Cities and Churches List as of July 31 st, 2012 The City of Andover The City of Andover The City of Towanda The City of Towanda The Salvation Army of Butler County The Salvation Army of Butler County The Family Life Center (El Dorado Safehouse) The Family Life Center (El Dorado Safehouse) South Central Mental Health South Central Mental Health Butler Community College Butler Community College The Resource Center The Resource Center Soroptomist of El Dorado Chapter Soroptomist of El Dorado Chapter El Dorado Charity Auxiliary El Dorado Charity Auxiliary Ministerial Alliance of El Dorado Ministerial Alliance of El Dorado Ministerial Alliance of Leon Ministerial Alliance of Leon

22 Letters of Support Continued The El Dorado Church of the Nazarene The First United Methodist Church of El Dorado The First Presbyterian Church of El Dorado New Life Fellowship Church of El Dorado First Baptist Church of El Dorado Trinity Episcopal Church of El Dorado Numana Harvey County Homeless Shelter Midcap New Beginnings Inc.

23 Questions or Comments? Please share your thoughts, questions and opinions regarding the Butler Homeless Initiative and it’s future plans to prevent Homelessness and preserve the families in the butler County area and more specifically in El Dorado. Please share your thoughts, questions and opinions regarding the Butler Homeless Initiative and it’s future plans to prevent Homelessness and preserve the families in the butler County area and more specifically in El Dorado.

24 Thank you for your time and God Bless From the Butler County Homeless Initiative


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