Butler County Times Gazette
  • Homeless initiative to host reception

  • Open house reception planned for 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the El Dorado Civic Center
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  • Butler Homeless Initiative is welcoming the community to their open house reception planned for 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the El Dorado Civic Center.
    Real Life Church is hosting the event to allow BHI to thank its many supporters and donors, grant givers and interested public.
    Butler Homeless Initiative has been in operation for several years working to open a type of transitional living shelter for the homeless in Butler County - with its working philosophy of a “helping hand up.” This year, BHI received the federally funded Emergency Shelter Grant, which has housed 13 homeless families within the last six weeks. Included in that number are 23 children within the school system and younger who would have remained homeless without the help of a caring community which supports the efforts and interests of BHI. Many of these homeless are and have been working in the community.
    BHI was successful in working with the City of El Dorado in adding Transitional Housing wording to the zoning plan of the city, which fits in with the city’s comprehensive plan.
    El Dorado was chosen as the site for The Kansas Coalition for the Homeless Summit, supported by the National Homeless Coalition hosted by Mid Kap and Butler Homeless Initiative just two years ago. The merchants of El Dorado hosted an evening of wine and entertainment for the Summit attendees.
    Butler Homeless Initiative also publishes a Resource Guide which is used widely by local social service agencies. This resource guide is available to any individual by calling 316-321-1454.
    Other grants received by the BHI are funding through Butler County United Way and El Dorado Charities. They have also been honored to receive funding through First Presbyterian Church, Pioneer Balloon, Holly Frontier, Stan Stewart Memorial, Marion Nichols Memorial, Graphics Concepts, True Care Pharmacy, Kansas Gas – a division of Oneok and many others. Much of BHI’s support comes from the general population of the community through individual donation.
    The event represents BHI’s attempt to express their gratitude to the entire community for its support through the years, and to give the public a view of its current status toward the goal of opening a shelter.
    For questions regarding the reception contact Debra at 316-321-1454 or visit www.butlerhomelessinitiavitve.org.
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