Sparking a Community of Hope
- An ember ignites, creating a spark, symbolizing a life is ready for change. After the fire fades, an ember burns waiting for the chance to spark. An ember is the first breath. If there is an ember – there is hope.
EmberHope Youthville is a nonprofit, faith-based agency providing resources and support to inspire hope in thousands of at-risk youth and families each year. Through our foster care, residential, and counseling programs, we use trauma-informed practices focused on the needs of the individual allowing them to become a 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.
I-Care Values :
Integrity – 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 regulatory bodies.
Respect – Honor the dignity and basic rights of all people
Excellence – Perform all work and services with exceptional standards
Provide a safe and supportive environment for those we serve and employ through knowledge, sensitivity and respect for the impact of trauma with a focus on resilience and recovery. Provide a quality driven organizational climate where clients served are safe and stable and successfully complete their program. One in which stakeholders, staff and clients are satisfied, valued and respected. Maintain a defined financial position that will ensure long term sustainability and growth through focused adherence to budget, diverse programming and renewed philanthropic giving.
Program and Person-Centered Philosophy :
The foundation of service is based on trauma informed care designed to meet every client at their level of need. Persons served will provide the primary direction in guiding their services and developing their plan of care. Service is founded on the following principles:
- Services must be driven by the client.
- Services are individualized based on strengths and vulnerabilities.
- Services are delivered in a manner that reflects personal preferences and choices.
- Services are provided within the context of nurturing relationships.
- Services includes parents, caregivers, and other significant adults in a child’s life, whenever possible.
- Services are developmentally, culturally and spiritually relevant to the child and their family.
EmberHope Youthville respects the youth we serve and their families and caregivers. Our goal is to protect the rights of our clients. We will provide care in a manner intended to be respectful of personal values and beliefs and sensitive to cultural, racial, religious and other differences. We will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, or disability.
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.
An ember ignites, creating a spark, symbolizing a life is ready for change. After the fire fades, an ember burns waiting for the chance to spark. An ember is the first breath. If there is an ember – there is hope.
Change Kansas’s adoption
EmberHope Youthville is excited to be implementing Wendy’s Wonderful Kids (WWK), a signature program of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption that will bring children waiting to be adopted from foster care one step closer to safe, loving and permanent homes.
The Foundation provides grants to adoption agencies to hire and train WWK adoption recruiters who implement the Foundation’s Child-Focused Recruitment Model. In 2011, a rigorous five-year national evaluation by Washington, D.C.-based Child Trends revealed that a child referred to the Wendy’s Wonderful Kids program is up to three times more likely to be adopted, especially older youth groups and children with special needs.
Each year, many children in foster care turn 18 and leave the child welfare system without permanent families. Through the Wendy’s Wonderful Kids program, EmberHope Youthville can focus dedicated time to matching children waiting in foster care the longest with families planning to adopt. Every day, we strive to find forever homes for Kansas children.
EmberHope Youthville is proud to be a Wendy’s Wonderful Kids grant recipient. Every day, we strive to find forever homes for Kansas children.