About Us

Who We Are

We are a 501 C (3) nonprofit organization dedicated to impacting the lives of children, teens, and families. For more than 95 years, we led the change for a healthy child, family. and community.

Our core values of faith, integrity, cultural sensitivity, respect, excellence, and accountability are essential to everything we do. We work with hundreds of donors, foster families, volunteers, businesses, churches, and foundations who want to help families inspire positive change to build a brighter future.

Because of our generous donors, hundreds of children and teens have a home environment to move past pain into healing. Our program teams provide consistency, stability, training, and trauma-informed care to help the healing process begin.

Through our supporters’ unwavering dedication and loyalty, we can continue serving more children, teens, and families who need us for years to come. Join us.

“Starting on this campus as a Residential Assistant and now as CEO it is gratifying to continue the long-standing tradition of helping  children, teens and families find hope  and healing.”

Nickaila Sandate,
President & CEO

“And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, 
as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’”

Matthew 25:40  

Our Mission & History

Impacting the lives of children, youth and families by offering innovative, trauma-sensitive programs rooted in faith to inspire positive change.

Leading the change for a healthy child, family and community.

  • Accountability | Achieve agency outcomes efficiently with fiscal responsibility and sustainability
  • Cultural Sensitivity | Recognize and integrate cultural differences
  • Excellence | Perform all work and services with exceptional standards
  • Faith | Commitment to nurturing the heart and soul of others
  • Integrity | Maintain high ethical standards with honesty and reliability
  • Respect | Honor the dignity and basic rights of all people
  • Trauma-Sensitive | Commitment to support and acknowledge how trauma affects self and others

Founded by the United Methodist Church more than 95 years ago, EmberHope Youthville began in the early 1920s with a gift from the estate of Mr. Edward P. Libbey. This gift, combined with funds from the City of Newton, enabled the purchase of 30 acres to build the Kansas Methodist Home for Children. 

Over the next nine decades, we have helped even more children, teens, and families; here are the highlights:

  • In 1929, Libbey Hall, which included a kitchen, library, offices, and dormitories, opened for service. Six more residential cottages were added, including a school, a chapel, and farm facilities.
  • In the 1960s, we added a new name—Methodist Youthville—and a new focus: serving adolescent youth with emotional or social adjustment problems. 
  • In the 1970s, a family foster home program began in Newton.
  • In 1996, Kansas became the first state to fully privatize its adoption, foster care, and family preservation services. Our agency began serving youth and families as part of the Region 5 foster care/reintegration contract in Sedgwick County.
  • 2013 expanded foster care into Texas.
  • In 2013, United Methodist Youthville was renamed EmberHope. This new name better encompassed our agency’s expanded services.
  •  In 2018, the agency underwent another name change. Now operating as EmberHope Youthville, this name change reflects a return to our historical roots and our vision for the future.

Throughout our history, we believe there are times God gathers and scatters his people. We believe He continues to shape our vision, mission, and focus as we hold true to the core values that we live out through every decision. 

As a 501(c)3 non-profit, faith-based agency, we are proud to partner with the Great Plains United Methodist Conference and USD 373, and New Hope Shelter, Inc. to spark change in at-risk youth and families.

Our Locations

From our humble beginnings as the Kansas Methodist Children’s Home to today, where our services span two states, our mission has remained the same: to inspire positive change in the lives of those who need it most.

  • Michael Shockley
  • Judge Kevin Moriarty
  • Rev. Don Hasty D.S.
  • Dustin Jackson
  • Tim Hodge
  • Rev. Richard Shockey
  • Rev. Dave Felps
  • Jennifer Wold
  • Rev. Marsha Haney