855.260.HOPE info@emberhope.org
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Sparking a community of hope.

An ember ignites, creating a spark, which symbolizes the point at which a life is ready for change. Long after the fire fades, an ember burns waiting for an opportunity to spark a new flame. An ember is the first breath. If there is an ember, there is hope.

EmberHope is a nonprofit, faith-based agency providing infrastructure and support to inspire hope in thousands of at-risk youth and families each year. Through our programs – Youthville residential and foster care, STRIVE independent living and FCS Counseling services – our employees use evidence based practices focusing on the needs of the individual so they can be the catalyst of change.

Sparking change to improve lives.

Improve the lives of at-risk youth and families by offering innovative programs rooted in faith to inspire hope.

– Maintain high ethical standards with honesty and reliability
Culturally Sensitive – Recognize and integrate cultural differences, values and attitudes
Accountable – Achieve results efficiently with fiscal responsibility and compliance with the law
Respect – Honor the dignity and basic rights of all people
Excellence – Perform all work and services with exceptional standards

Innovative programs and services in a caring environment.


Church Support

Our agency began in 1927 by the United Methodist Church as an orphanage and has evolved into a 501(c)3 nonprofit, faith-based agency committed to developing innovative programs that inspire change in at-risk youth and families.  Throughout the years, EmberHope, previously named Youthville, has maintained strong ties to United Methodist Church. We are supported by and continue to partner with the Great Plains Conference of the United Methodist Church.

We are blessed with support from the following congregations:

Great Plains UMC

UMC District Offices:
Dodge City District
Five Rivers District
Flint Hills District
Hays District
Hutchinson District
Kansas City District
Parsons District
Salina District
Topeka District
Wichita East District
Wichita West District

Community of Hope Partners:
Dodge City First UMC
Garden City First UMC
Great Bend First UMC
Hays First UMC
Hutchinson First UMC



“I like working here because there is never a dull moment! Our staff embrace innovative thinking that sparks change in many ways.”

What makes us unique

We recruit, hire and attract the best talent in our communities. As a mission focused agency, our success depends entirely on the strength of our people. Our benefits, flexibility, growth opportunities and values are a few of the reasons employees like it here. Diversity and inclusion allow us to understand each others’ individual skills, values and traits, enabling behaviors that lead to a culture of innovation. No matter where you work in our agency, we are focused on making a difference. View our job listings to see if there is a position that is right for you.
EmberHope, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, or any other protected status. 316.529.9100


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In the early 1920s, the United Methodist Church recognized the need for a residence for homeless and abandoned children. The mission was adopted to provide shelter and care to these children. The church’s mission quickly became a reality when Mr. Edward P. Libbey of Newton left the bulk of his estate to the project, and the City of Newton followed by leading fundraising efforts. These efforts led to the purchase of 20 acres of land for an orphanage, which became the site of the Kansas Methodist Home for Children.

Libbey Hall, named after Mr. Libbey, was built in 1929. The campus also included an orchard, barns, a farmhouse, stables, granaries, cow lots and chicken houses. Over the next three decades, a chapel and residential cottages were also built.

In 1960, the board of trustees changed the agency name to Methodist Youthville. They also approved a plan that focused on providing services to adolescent youth with emotional or social adjustment problems. That same year, our organization was asked to assume management of the Bronco Busters Boys Ranch in Dodge City.

In 1971, the board of trustees officially changed the agency name to United Methodist Youthville, Inc.

In 1972, the agency began a family foster home program in the Newton community.

In 1996, Kansas became the first state in the nation to fully privatize its adoption, foster care and family preservation services. Our agency also began serving youth and families as part of the Region 5 foster care/reintegration contract.

Our organization expanded into mental health services in 2007 by acquiring Family Consultation Service.

In 2011, we began serving families in Washington state through a parenting support contract with the state.

In 2012, Youthville Family Consultation Service became FCS Counseling.

After eight decades of providing quality services to children in foster and residential care, Youthville was renamed EmberHope in 2013 to encompass our expanding services in counseling and behavioral health, as well as the launch of a new program, STRIVE independent living.

Our Youthville foster care program also expanded in 2013 by adding services in the state of Texas.

All of our programs aim to spark change and enable people of all ages to improve their lives. We are supporting a community of hope.

In 2016, our Functional Family Services expanded from Sedgwick County to include Western Kansas.



Leaders are represented throughout our agency, providing a rich tapestry of knowledge, skills, experience and expertise. Our board of directors and executive leadership team use a faith base, mission-driven, strategic approach for identifying opportunities to serve.


  • Chair – Rev. Pam Bauer Nolan, Shawnee Mission, Kansas
  • Secretary – Michael Shockley, Wichita, Kansas
  • Treasurer – Evan Stewart, Kansas City, Kansas

Board members

  • Kent Melcher, Winfield, Kansas
  • Judge Kevin Moriarty, Overland Park, Kansas
  • Alan Edelman, Leawood, Kansas
  • Rev. Evelyn Fisher, Wichita, Kansas

Ex-officio members

  •  Rev. Donald Hasty, District Superintendent, Dodge City, Kansas
  • Bishop Ruben Saenz, Jr., Wichita Kansas

Executive Leadership Team



Nickaila Sandate
Interim Chief Executive Officer


Todd Wright
Chief Financial Officer

Tanja Heinen
Senior Vice President Advancement

Lori Gonzales
Vice President Business Development

Amy Tuttle
Interim Vice President Foster Care – Kansas

Kim Seal
Senior Executive Assistant



Based in Wichita, Kansas, EmberHope’s programs have multiple locations in Kansas, as well as one in Washington and one in Texas.

Agency Headquarters
Programs: Youthville | FCS Counseling | STRIVE
4505 E. 47th S. South | Wichita, KS 67210
T 316.529.9100 | F 316.529.9351

FCS Counseling

  • Performance Health
    10111 E 21st St., Wichita, KS 67206 | 800.593.1950
  • Wichita
    4505 E. 47th St. South, Wichita, KS 67210 | 800.593.1950
  • Dodge City
    P.O. Box 1394 | 11200 Lariat Way, Dodge City, KS 67801 | 620.225.0276

STRIVE Independent Living

  • Wichita
    4505 E. 47th St. South, Wichita, KS 67210 | 316.529.9100

Youthville Foster Care

  • Garden City
    1106 N Main St., Garden City, KS 67846 | 620.271.7458
  • Hays
    205 E. 7th St., Ste. 248, Hays, KS 67601 | 785.623.4424
  • Olathe
    405 S. Clairborne, Ste. 2, Olathe, KS 66062 | 913.390.7816
  • Wichita
    4505 E. 47th St. South, Wichita, KS 67210 | 316.529.9100
  • Hutchinson
    201 N. Whiteside St., Hutchinson, KS 67501 | 316.665.9486
  • Dodge City
    711 5th Ave., Dodge City, KS 67801 | 620.225.0276

Youthville Residential

  • Newton | Secure Care
    900 W. Broadway, Newton, KS 67114 | 316.283.1950
  • Newton | YRCII
    900 W. Broadway, Newton, KS 67114 | 316.283.1950

Healthy Relationships

  • Dodge City 
    P.O. Box 1394 | 11200 Lariat Way Dodge City, KS 67801 | 620.225.0276

Child Specific Adoption Recruitment
Wendy’s Wonderful Kids

  • Olathe, KS
    405 S. Clairborne, Ste. 2, Olathe, KS 66062 | 913.390.7816
  • Marysville
    3505 136th St. NE, Ste. A, Marysville, WA 98271 | T 360.651.4444 | F 360.653.8320
  • San Antonio
    3201 Cherry Ridge, Suite C-304, San Antonio, TX 78230 | T 210.441.0625 | F 210.541.0545



Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT) Certified


The ChildTrauma Academy acknowledges that this provider has completed NMT Training Certification through the Phase II level. For more information on NMT Training Certification and the NMT Assessment Process, click here. More information on the ChildTrauma Academy is available on The ChildTrauma Academy website at: http://www.childtrauma.org/