In the summer of 1957, a group of Reno County citizens gathered together at the Hutchinson Public Library to gauge the viability of securing a shelter for children who were suddenly without a home. With the help of many individuals and organizations, a home was formally opened on September 10, 1958. The house was donated by the Hutchinson Mothers Club. The Shelter's mission is to provide a safe, secure, loving environment to children removed from their homes through no fault of their own.
The Shelter is a large two story residence. The furnishings and daily routine provide a comfortable homelike setting to the children. The home has a fenced backyard and playground equipment. The location of the home is intentionally kept confidential.
The Shelter is licensed by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE). A KDHE representative visits and evaluates the home on an annual basis. KDHE sets the general standards for sanitation, equipment, admission, medical requirements, staffing and gives counsel to the board of directions, administrator and staff.
The Shelter is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization under the direction of the board of directors. The administrator manages the daily business of the Shelter under the supervision of the board of directors and executive director.
The board of directors and staff would like to share their experiences, challenges, and accomplishments of the Children's Emergency Shelter Home. An educational presentation about the Shelter's history, services, and needs is available. Please send us an email to schedule a presentation.
The Shelter receives fees from the Kansas Department of Children & Families and their subcontractors for foster care services provided by the Shelter. The fee for keeping a child in the Shelter is set by the State of Kansas. The Shelter also receives donations and grants from various sources. The Shelter is dependent on these contributions to maintain and operate the home. All donations are tax-deductible.
Our mission is to provide a safe, secure, loving environment to children removed from their homes through no fault of their own.