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Outreach Ministries of First Congregational Church

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The Baby Closet
Serving Lyon County families of infants through 5 years old with basic necessities: clothing, diapers & wipes, formula, food, toys.  Open every Tuesday 10am-noon; and Thursday 3-5:30pm. Everything is free.  No requirements other than must be parent or guardian who shops.

Salvation Army
The Salvation Army is a major Christian denomination that draws support from a wide array of churches and individuals. They provide a variety of social services to help people in need in the community, including food, disaster relief, and other emergency forms of assistance. 

Emporia Rescue Mission 
Started in 1998 ERM provides free housing for men, a community food kitchen, and a free clothing boutique. The mens' shelter has the capacity to house 18 men, has 3 programs available to assist with needs, and is located at 1119 Merchant Street.   Abundant Harvest Food Kitchen, 1028 Whittier Street,  provides free, hot meals for persons in the community Monday through Thursday at 5:30pm. It also provides free boutique clothing for men, women and children Monday through Friday, 9am-noon; and boxed food (when available) Monday through Friday, 9am-noon.

Emporia High School Spartan Stop
Emporia High School assists students living on their own without family support. The Spartan Stop, a private pantry that will ​provide food, personal hygiene products, some clothing and access to laundry facilities for students lacking those supports outside of school.  The project extends services offered through the Student and Family Resources Office at Mary Herbert Education Center.  It also supplements the Food for Students Program, which provide food for students on weekends and school breaks.

Heather Wagner, Student and Family Resource specialist for the district, works to acquire the needed items and arrange for long-term financial support through grants and donations. Protocols are established to assure confidentiality for students who need assistance. Students are referred to the services by staff members and through the enrollment process.  Anyone who is interested in learning more about the Spartan Stop or making a donation can contact Wagner at 341-2392.

Lyon County Restricted Emergency Fund (LCREF)  is a 501C(3) public charitable organization founded in 1988 (approximate date), for the purpose of providing emergency assistance to residents of Lyon County.  This non-profit organization receives funding from United Way and public donation, designed to be a safety net for our community members, which help people with their basic needs when they are facing a crisis. LCREF is administered through Emporia State Bank, and is supported by other local churches. Most of the funds are used to help keep families in their homes - covering costs like rent, utility bills, and related expenses.

Family Promise of the Flint Hills
was started to assist homeless families in our area, gain secure housing. We believe that every child deserves a home and every family deserves a chance.
Family Promise is a national, faith-based homeless shelter whose mission is to help homeless and low-income families achieve sustainable independence through a community-based response. There are more than 200 affiliates located across the United States.
Emporia’s shelter officially launched in 2021, more than four years after efforts to establish a local program first began. We have continued to stay busy helping families in our prevention program. We are still waiting to hear back from the grant we applied for, but in the meantime, we are using our limited funds to help families.
We would again like to thank our donors. Without you we wouldn’t be able to continue helping families! If you would like to donate to our prevention program, you can mail a check to the following address. Your donation
will help a family in need while our case managers help them with a plan to get back on their feet.
Mailing address for donations:
Family Promise of the Flint Hills
PO Box 1336
Emporia, KS 66801

Emporia Christian School 
Emporia Christian School is a place where students receive a distinctively Christian education, focused upon strong academics. The ultimate goal is to graduate students who continue their education into high school, thinking Biblically, serving the Lord, and demonstrating Christian character and servant leadership through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Emporia Christian School exists for the purpose of educating children in spirit, mind, and body. The school’s primary goals are to develop academic excellence, moral integrity, and spiritual depth. Christian precepts and teachings are presented as an integral part of the curriculum. 

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