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Project Starfish 

Project Starfish goal is to help low-income students and their families move from crisis to stable, with emphasis on stable housing, to improve student’s ability to learn in school. Services are available at these Children 1st Resource Hubs.

Children 1st Resource Hubs



Located in: Atwater Neighborhood Resource Center

Address: 2755 E.19th Street North

Hours: 10 am to 1 pm, Tuesday through Friday

Services: Community outreach and housing supports



North End

Located in: Woodland United Methodist Church

Address: 1100 W 15th St N, Wichita, KS 67203

Hours: By appointment only

Services: Beef Up the Pantry and Christmas Store




Located in: Adorers Wichita Center

Address: 1165 Southwest Blvd.

Hours: Monday- Friday 8 am to 6:30 pm, Saturday and Sunday 8 am to 5 pm.

Services: Donation drop off center only


Family Assistance

To improve school attendance, Children 1st helps families. If funds are available, could include rent, utility, and other supports.


Bridges Out of Poverty is a construct created by Dr. Ruby Payne and Mr. Phil DeVol to understand poverty through the lens of class and its hidden rules. Children 1st is providing 5 branches of programs. (Click the link for more information.)

For more information, contact Cerae (


Student Assistance

Identified by the Children 1st social workers and their team, the organization provides direct assistance to low-resourced students with Back-to-School support (clothes and school supplies), Christmas Store(Click the ink for more information) (parents self-select gifts and wrap them), and Shoe Night (students self-select new shoes that fit).


Beef Up the Pantry

Beef Up the Pantry addresses food insecurity for working poor parents who are unable to access traditional food pantries or have an emergency that includes: 1) Crisis Food Boxes that are microwaved for homeless families staying in a motel and 2) Emergency Food Program. designed to provide working poor families with food during times of crisis and includes home delivery.


Getting Ahead in a Just-Gettin’-By World (Getting Ahead) provides a pathway out of poverty. It is for low-resourced people (those living in poverty) to move from a just-getting-by world to a getting-ahead world. There are no lectures, but co-learning through “investigating” the past and a future life to solve problems, with discussions about resources.

For more information, contact Cerae (

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