Richie’s House will provide the resident families with a full array of support services

Numana Inc. is continuing its commitment to community service. They will soon be launching Richie’s House, a two unit, fully furnished, self-contained residential facility, established to help families transition out of poverty with dignity through a continuum of housing linked to and enriched by supportive services.

There will be an open house and dedication from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Feb. 10 at 200 S. Washington.

Richie’s House will provide the resident families with a full array of support services. By balancing housing costs with basic needs, supportive services to increase self-sufficiency, parenting and life skills training, and holistic case management, parents can establish goals for rebuilding their lives, achieving self-reliance and enhancing relationships with their children. Here parents can regain the tools they need to break down barriers to stable housing, whether those barriers are related to employment, legal or health issues.

Numana Inc., based in El Dorado, is a non-profit 501(c)(3) public charity formed in August 2008, as an international hunger relief organization. The first food-packaging event was held in El Dorado in December of 2009.  Since then they have packaged more than 29 million meals from coast to coast with the help of more than 170,000 volunteers.

In addition to Richie’s House, Numana continues service to the surrounding area through the Numana Gardens, a community program in place to give people an opportunity to volunteer and serve the hungry in their immediate area. Numana Garden regularly serves: Prospect School - Hundreds of starter plants were raised by Prospect students and purchased for planting at Numana Gardens; Kids Need to Eat Program – 60 children received lunch through the summer at Skelly school on a daily basis; El Dorado Salvation Army - Serving 35 families in El Dorado per week; Senior Center - Boxes of fresh produce dropped off weekly for Seniors; Towanda Food Pantry (Moms In Prayer) – Serving 15 families per week in the Towanda community; and providing opportunities for volunteerism through partnerships with Butler Community College, churches, K-State Extension office, and others.

Numana and Richie’s House staff are grateful for strong partnerships and cooperation with Mid-Kansas Community Action Program, Inc. and the Butler Homeless Initiative. They are looking forward to partnering with interested individuals, churches, and organizations for future enrichment and sustainability of this homeless initiative within the El Dorado community.