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Expressing Faith Through Service

In every faith community, there is a strong desire to live out one's faith in a tangible, helpful way. People want to be part of something life-giving and meaningful for the poor and mentally ill in our community.

We understand that solving the issue of poverty and reducing the stigma of mental illness in Wichita can feel overwhelming. It's not easy to find the right opportunity to help. One may ask, "Which act of kindness provides the help we hope to offer?"

ESS has 35 years experience serving and empowering the poor and mentally ill in Wichita. We know our model of services is effective and we know the services at ESS can make a real difference in individual lives, and in the health of our city. It's our job - and our joy - to make it easy for you to understand and get involved in the challenges of eliminating poverty and supporting those effectively who wish to have quality of life beyond severe mental illness.

Share your talents, commit time to volunteer, make a charitable gift or be an advocate of our mission in your own community.

Our roots came from a vision and leap of faith on the part of individual Episcopal Church members and the Diocese of Kansas. We began as an small organization that looked out into the community and found ways to address the needs they saw. We know that other faith communities are doing the same thing today, and we choose to partner with all faith communities in addressing the needs of our community as they exist now. Our "Parish Outreach" occurs each summer and we are available to speak to faith communities across the city.

The resources below are offered to educate, inspire and invite congregants to walk with us in our mission. You may direct inquiries to the Development Office 316-665-8605 or email Rachel Newell, Development Director at rachel.newell@esswichita.org.

  • The Kindness In Action tour is an opportunity to be immersed in our daily programming, share in a hosted lunch forum, and tour our facilities - all over the noon hour. We've scheduled 20 open tours in 2019. Reserve your seat and join us for a conversation at our 'house'. The tours are especially helpful if you're looking for a place to volunteer and would like to learn more before making a decision.

  • Make a donation online, or send us your donation in the mail at PO Box 670, Wichita, KS 67201

  • -Find out what is going on at Breakthrough
    -Receive useful information about our upcoming events
    -Learn more about our innovative programs & services

  • You can help us make a difference! Contact Jacquette Thompson, Volunteer Coordinator.

  • Name Breakthrough as the beneficiary of memorial gifts for someone special who has passed away, or make a gift honoring the work or the life of service of someone special.

  • Employee Matching Gift Programs

    Employers will often match your donation to local charities. If your employer has a matching gift program, please let us know!

  • Visit the website for the Episcopal Diocese of Kansas.

Resources for faith communities

  • Speaker's Bureau

    TOPIC: What Every Church Member Should Know About Poverty / 2-4 hour Workshop
    TOPIC: What Every Church Member Should Know About Poverty / 10 minute Mission Presentation
    TOPIC: What Every Church Member Should Know About Mental Illness / 2 hour Workshop
    TOPIC: The Clubhouse Coalition / Advocacy / The Clubhouse Model

  • 35th Anniversary
    35th Anniversary
  • United Way
    United Way