The Salvation Army Emergency Lodge of Wichita, Kansas, which was established in 1985, was designed to assist families and youth who were in crisis, homeless, and without other resources (financial, family, community). The original 24 bed facility was renovated in 1993 and the facility’s capacity was expanded to 40 in order to respond to the growing community demand for services for this population.
In 1995, The Salvation Army, in cooperation with Episcopal Social Services and Mennonite Housing, established a Transitional Housing Program for Families and single Women. Currently, 18 beds are allocated for emergency shelter, while the remaining 24 beds are designated for the longer term transitional housing program.
The Emergency Lodge offers an environment where families can begin to move beyond the crisis they are experiencing and begin to regain control over their own lives. While at the Emergency Lodge, families are taught the skills they will need to live independently, given the opportunity to secure an income, offered the time to develop (or re-develop) a community support system and be empowered to reintegrate into the community.