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A Family’s Determination he moment Shelly and her children left her abuser and entered Harbor House, she felt intense anxiety. She was in tears the entire first week and worried she might never come out of the darkness. But what happened next started a transformation that Shelly said allowed her to be present in the moment and to have hope that her family would thrive again.

When Harbor House received Shelly’s crisis call, the staff immediately made plans to accommodate the family in two rooms due to the size. But Shelly wanted to make sure there was room for others, and the six of them found a way to fit into one room.

Jessica learned that Shelly and her family had no car and had special medical needs. The staff at Harbor House had to become very creative with resources. They found transportation for the children to and from school thanks to a collaboration with USD 259. The youngest child had a milk allergy and Jessica was able to send a staff member to obtain food items that met dietary stipulations.

“As a mother and as a family, this has been one of our most beautiful journeys yet – our journey in togetherness.” -Shelly

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“My children and I were able to share both love and laughter together in that small living space.” Shelly told Adult Counselor, Jessica Wingler, LMSW. “I could be a Mom again. There were still days it was hard to imagine how this was all going to be okay. But, at Harbor House it was clear that they would help us facilitate the change process for my children and restore our lives together.”

A Family’s Determination Cont. This rapid resolution was only possible due to the support and resources given to Harbor House by donors, volunteers and friends; support and resources that families so often lack. As the family overcame their barriers, the moments of joy, peace and health increased. Shelly said, “Without programs like Harbor House, a lot of people would have no other option. I would not be alive today.” Shelly and her children were able to find permanent housing. On moving day Jessica was by their side, making sure things went smoothly. “It was the best thing to have the staff right next to me, offering me words of encouragement. They went the extra mile.” Shelly said, “We created a family at Harbor House, with each staff member holding a special role.” Together we are providing healing and hope for families and meeting their unique needs.

Depression in Older Adults and The Elderly By Sally Beck, LSCSW


epression has become a problem for many adults and the elderly. As we grow older, we face life changes with retirement, losing loved ones, medical problems, and increased isolation. Although we all age, it is important to know the signs so we can make the needed changes to continue enjoying our lives or help our loved ones to enjoy their lives. Knowing the difference between grief and depression is important. Grief involves more than one emotion and goes up and down like a roller coaster, leaving you with feelings of gladness and sadness. Depression feels more like hopelessness and gloom.

Signs of Depression in older adults: · Side effects of many commonly prescribed medications, especially taking multiple medications

· Sleep patterns change – too much or not enough · Feelings of loneliness and isolation, hopelessness and helplessness

· Unexplained or aggravated aches and pains

· Markedly diminished interest or pleasure in people, or most activities, most of the day · Feelings of worthlessness or excessive or inappropriate guilt

· Diminished ability to think or concentrate, or indecisiveness

· Recurrent thoughts of death, recurrent suicidal ideation without a plan, a suicide attempt, or a specific plan for committing suicide Some seniors deny feeling sad, but may complain of lack of motivation or energy, unexplained aches and pains, memory problems, and irritability. They may neglect eating or taking their meds, or skipping hygiene routines.

Causes of depression in the elderly: · Living alone, lack of mobility, including

loss of ability to drive, loss of family members, friends, or pets · Healthy problems, mental decline with dementia or Alzheimer’s, chronic pain · Feeling the loss of identity or purpose due to retirement or limitations · Loneliness · Medications There is no evidence that says after a certain age you are not able to learn new skills; in fact the brain never stops changing so adults are just as able to learn new skills or adapting to change as younger people. So laugh, get exercise, spend time with others, volunteer, learn a new skill, and find the help you need to feel better about your life. Cana Counseling at Catholic Charities is a full-service counseling and mental and behavioral health program with locations and Wichita and Hutchinson. The program accepts Medicare and Medicaid and most commercial insurances, as well as private pay clients on a sliding fee scale.

For more information contact Cana Counseling at Catholic Charities, (316) 263-6941, or toll free at 1-866-4327 or visit

Winter Wrap-Up Harbor House Needs: - Large diapers - New household linens - Toiletries - New car seats - New duffle/tote bags Donations are accepted Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. at 437 N. Topeka St., or email to schedule a donation delivery.

Santa’s Workshop gave both parents and children in shelter an opportunity to personally choose Christmas gifts for their family.

Bishop Carroll and Kapaun Mt. Carmel Catholic High School students collected over 29,000 food items for Our Daily Bread Food Pantry.

Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) What is it?

Veteran families work with a case manager to develop a housing stabilization plan based on the household’s strengths, barriers and priorities. The SSVF outreach is committed to helping veterans make the most of a fresh start.

Wendy Glick Executive Director

Heather Welch,

Program Goals:

Communications and Marketing Director

- Prevent homelessness among veterans and their families. - Enhance independent living skills - Obtain housing through Rapid Re-Housing Program

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New Director for Southeast Kansas Services


SAFE project improves the safety and employability of domestic violence and sexual assault survivors. Case managers assist with - Safety planning - Domestic violence and child abuse education - Conflict resolution - Responsible parenting and healthy relationships Call today to learn more

(316) 263-6000

or toll free at 1-866-899-5522

asey Brown is the new program director for Southeast Kansas Services at Catholic Charities. He will work to prevent homelessness in Southeast Kansas by assisting children and families in maintaining stable housing. Specifically, he and a small staff will assist families with rent, utilities, transportation and prescriptions through individualized case management. In addition, financial literacy, supportive services for veteran families and healthy relationship education is available through Southeast Kansas Services. Brown was formerly the operations manager of Wesley House, the building where Southeast Kansas Services is also housed at 411 East 12th Street. He previously worked for the Southeast Kansas Juvenile Detention Center. Contact him at (620) 235-0633 or

Catholic Charities, Inc. 437 North Topeka Street Wichita, Kansas 67202-2413 Telephone: (316) 264-8344 Fax: (316) 264-4442 Website:

Board of Directors Melissa Grelinger, Board Chair Sister Vicki Bergkamp, ASC, Newman University Arlin Beer, Risk Consultants LLC. Scott Bergkamp, Bergkamp Construction Joe Dellasega, Founder - The Dellasega Group Christopher J. Goebel, Star Lumber & Supply Co. Mark Humphrey, Koch Industries Most Rev. Bishop Carl A. Kemme, D.D., Bishop of Wichita Mary Alice Johnson, Kuman Learning Center

Foster Grandparents are mentors and so much more for thousands of area children. For Christmas they enjoyed a talent show showcasing grandparents, family, and staff.

Dennis Kerschen, The Law Company Rev. David Lies, Vicar General Jeff Leonard, Triplett, Woolf and Garretson, LLC Ed Mikesell, Duckhorn Properties LLC Kevin Mullen, Ritchie Associates, Inc.

8th Grader, Sierra, has been hosting drives in her school for 3 years. This Christmas she donated socks, blankets, gloves and coats to those in need at St. Anthony Family Shelter.

Lisa Oehmke, Community Volunteer Matt Onofrio, GT Midwest Rev. Sherman Orr, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish Christina Ricke, K•Coe Isom The annual Adult Day Services concert delighted one and all as clients and staff donned reindeer antlers.

Jason Searl, Management Consultant Andrew Thengvall, Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers Mary Jane Wooten, Wesley Medical Center Judy Worrell, Berry Companies, Inc.

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