September 10, 2020
By Grant DeMars
WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) - Wichita middle and high schoolers began remote learning this week. For some, not being in the classroom has been a big adjustment. Now, organizations throughout the community are stepping to help students who need it.
September 8, 2020
VIRTUAL LEARNING PROGRAM FOR TEENS IN FOSTER CARE MADE SAFE THANKS TO FIDELITY BANK
Wichita, KS – It Takes a Village, Inc. is providing a safe return to school for 15 students in foster care thanks to a generous sponsorship by Fidelity Bank.
The contribution allowed It Takes a Village to hire four paraprofessionals to provide instruction to students in the virtual learning environment the organization created in the Dellrose United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall. Fidelity’s sponsorship also helped the nonprofit to secure equipment, conduct sterilization and cleaning of the learning space and provide hand sanitizers and masks to the students and educators.
“With our new virtual school environment, our partnership with Fidelity Bank is essential to the success of our foster care teens,” said Terry Atwater, CEO/Executive Director. “We appreciate the corporate partnership and help of everyone as we embark on this new way of doing school.”
It Takes a Village, Inc. provides transitional homes, structured support, life skills development and educational and employment opportunities to youth in the foster care system.
“I’m in awe of the dedication shown to every teenager served by this organization,” said Aaron Bastian, Fidelity Bank’s President/CEO. “After talking with Terry about his students’ needs, especially during this pandemic where learning is undoubtedly going to be different, we felt this provided a great opportunity to help.”
August 12, 2020
It Takes a Village, Inc. is thankful to Fidelity Bank for its generous contribution in support of our mission. As we prepare for the challenges of the upcoming school year, our partnership with Fidelity Bank ensures that our Foster Care Teens are equipped for the next steps in their educational attainment!
July 29, 2020
It Takes a Village, Inc. is honored to be among grant recipients of the Evergy Community Investment Fund at the Wichita Community Foundation.
Our grant application focused on providing programs aimed to improve self-sufficiency, education, life skills and preventive and health behaviors.
Read the full release here.
March 21, 2020
The Corona Virus (COV ID 19) has caused challenges for many, including It Takes A Village, Inc. We would like to say THANK YOU to the many individuals who continue to donate cleaning/safety supplies to our 7 Group Homes. We are fortunate to live in a community that understands the strength of the village.
March 10, 2020
Thank you to Christina Long and "Create Campaign" for allowing me to discuss the Foster Care Business and Entrepreneurship. Create Campaign was very instrumental in the startup of It Takes A Village, Inc. as their team provided valuable consultation as we began our vision implementation of It Takes A Village, Inc.
February 4, 2020
Thank You to David and Lynn Gilkey and their organization, Rise Up For Youth! they provided us with these canned goods from their canned food drive to It Takes A Village, Inc. for our teens at our 7 Group Homes and 25 Teens!
January 24, 2020
A huge Thank You to "Giving The Basics Organizations that provides "Personal Care Products for Human Dignity" for our male and female residents. We appreciate the generous donations to our Non-Profit Organization.
December 20, 2019
Thank You to Cindy Egan and her wonderful team of "elves" who shopped, assembled and wrapped over 250 gifts....in one night for our teens to enjoy on Christmas Day! A special Thank You to Jodee Bradley (Jodee B's Catering) for catering a wonderful meal for the entire team who wrapped all the gifts!
December 16, 2019
Thank You to our friends at Cox Business for providing our youth at It Takes A Village, Inc. with wonderful gifts, gift cards, food and many other wonderful presents for our teens at It Takes A Village, Inc.....for the 3rd straight year!!
December 13, 2019
Thank You to Meritrust Credit Union for their generous donation to It Takes A Village, Inc. to ensure that our teens have a wonderful Christmas. We are proud to partner with Meritrust Credit Union.
November 18, 2019
It Takes A Village, Inc. is honored to be a partner with League 42 and partners Visit Wichita, Wichita State University, and the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame to host the 150 for 150: A Celebration of Wichita's Best High School Athletes! This event will take place at Charles Koch Arena on Saturday, August 15, 2020. This celebration will be in conjunction of Wichita's 150th Birthday!
November 10 and November 16, 2019
Super Proud of two of our young men at It Takes A Village Inc. who saved enough money during the summer with the current jobs to both purchase their first car! Never understimate the perseverance of a teen in foster care!
October 17, 2019
Thank You to the Wichita Regional Chamber of Commerce for featuring It Takes A Village, Inc. on their "Member Minute" Blog. We are proud to be a member of the Wichita Regional Chamber of Commerce. To view the full article, click on the link:
October 5, 2019
Believing in a vision to keep families together and youth out of the foster care system. Planning to see it through to fruition by collaborating with community resources to provide a comprehensive "one-stop shop" with an array of services to assist with keeping families intact. Thank you to Kansas State Senator Oletha Faust-Goudeau for your constant support and encouragement!
September 12, 2019
Thank you to Wichita Federal Credit Union for their generous donation which allowed It Takes A Village, Inc. to purchase winter coats for our 25 teen boys and girls!
August 9, 2019
So proud to announce the opening of our 7th Transitional Living Home for Male and Female teens! We will now house 25 teens (13 Boys/12 Girls) as we strive to equip them with the skill set to allow them to exit foster care system and become productive in our community! All things are possible when you have a great team!
July 31, 2019
It Takes A Village, Inc. is SUPER PROUD of our first two teens to graduate from high school and are headed to college! Thank you to Cindy Egan for raising the money from generous donors to ensure that our teens dorm rooms are cozy and welcoming!
June 28, 2019
Thank you to Dalando Baker for your generous donation of women's clothing that made our 12 teen girls feel special with your generous gift of women's apparel! Thank you for being a part of Our Village!
June 26, 2019
Thank you to the ladies of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. for their generous donation of hygiene products for our 12 girls at It Takes A Village Inc. Transitional Living Homes! We appreciate you taking the time to make our to make our girls feel special!
June 10, 2019
It Takes A Village Inc. is humbled by the generosity of the Leadership Team at Smithfield Meats in Wichita Kansas for their continuous support by providing quality meat products to our 25 teens at our 7 Transitional Living Homes. Thank you for being a part of our village!
June 3, 2019
A huge thank you to the distinguished ladies of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. for allowing our teens from It Takes A Village Inc. with the opportunity to meet and spend time with 4-time Grammy Award Winner Yolanda Adams before her concert at the 2019 Wichita Riverfestival!
June 3, 2019
THANK YOU to 4-time Grammy Award Winner Gospel singer Yolanda Adams for taking time to visit with our young ladies from It Takes A Village, Inc. And thank you to the ladies of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. and Carla Williams for extending an invitation for our young ladies to meet Yolanda Adams prior to her performance at the 2019 Wichita River Festival.
May 21, 2019
THANK YOU to our friends at Safelite AutoGlass for providing all 21 of our residents and staff with 2019 Wichita RiverFestival Buttons! Their generosity ensured that all of our youth could attend the Wichita RiverFestival again this year.
May 15, 2019
We are so proud of our 2018-2019 High School Graduates from USD 259 - Wichita Public Schools! Our It Takes A Village, Inc. team assisted our "graduate eligible" Seniors, as we graduated 91% of our senior male and female residents who were a part of It Takes A Village Inc. during the school year! We look forward to August as we have residents enrolled in Universities throughout Kansas, as well as attending Wichita State University Technical University!
May 1, 2019
PROGENY - Advocating for Kansas Youth touched by the Juvenile Justice System
"We recognize the impact of homelessness in our community. We applaud organizations like It Takes A Village, Inc. who recognize that we need to build beyond the bridge of that transition of youth into adulthood especially for kids raised within the Foster Care System. Thank you Mr. Terry Atwater and Team for not throwing youth into the ocean to drown, but teaching them how to swim and survive!"
April 15, 2019
Thank you to Lynn Gilkey and Rise Up for Youth for inviting us to their annual event "Courage to Conquer"! What a wonderful experience for our ITAV girls to learn and grow.
April 11, 2019
Enjoyed the opportunity to visit with Kansas David Toland, Secretary of the Kansas Department of Commerce. Enjoyed visiting with Mr. Toland regarding Kansas Economic Development and the Foster Care System in the State of Kansas.
April 11, 2019
Enjoyed the opportunity to visit with Kansas Governor Laura Kelly regarding our goal to eradicate the plight of homeless teens in Kansas. It Takes A Village Inc. enjoys the opportunity to collaborate/brainstorm with the experts at the Department of Children and Families and St. Francis Ministries to address this need. Our goal is to "to get homeless male and female teens off the streets and put a roof over their heads."
April 9, 2019
No Teens should be homeless in Kanas or the United States! Just because they leave the Foster Care System, teens should still have a roof over their heads. It Takes A Village, Inc. will continue to collaborate with local organizations and elected officials to ensure no Kansas teen falls asleep.....with no roof over their head tonight!
March 25, 2019
IT TAKES A VILLAGE, INC. is proud to be a Co-Sponsor of the 2019 Wichita River Festival Gospel Fest featuring 4-Time Grammy Award Winning Gospel Recording Artist YOLANDA ADAMS! Yolanda Adams will appear at the Wichita River Festival on June 3, 2019 at the Century II Kennedy Plaza Stage. Festivities will begin at 6:00 P.M. You don't want to miss this concert guaranteed to inspire!
March 19, 2019
Blessed to accept this award "Men Standing 4 Christ MoMENtum Award" from Grant Chapel Church on behalf of our team at It Takes A Village, Inc. Our team continues to provide our boys and girls teens with the foundation to prepare them for life once they exit the foster care system. Impacting lives one teen at a time!
MARCH 13, 2019
In light of National Women's Month, I wanted to highlight and thank Christina Long, Cindy Siedoff Egan, Jennifer White, Stephanie Bahre Merritt, and Twanda Hamilton who are a constant source of support and selfless giving to our Non-Profit, It Takes A Village, Inc. Thank you to 5 of our "ITAV Angels"!
Thank you to Christina Long, Founder of Create Campaign and Founders Grove for building and supporting our website, and always being there for support and constructive conversation!
A HUGE THANK YOU to my friend Cindy Siedoff Egan for coordinating, donating, shopping and wrapping gifts (along with her wonderful team) for ITAV Christmas in 2016, 2017 and 2018! Her energy and creativity, and her constant blessing to It Takes A Village, Inc.
Thank you to Jennifer White and her organization ICT SOS for providing our teens with hygiene products and many other essential items that are greatly appreciated. She delivers!
Thank you to my friend Stephanie Bahre Merritt and her volunteer team at ICT Food Rescue for providing healthy food to our 21 teens, lowering our food cost dramatically!
Thank you to my friend Dr. Twanda Hamilton who continues to donate her service at her salons, Tangles Unlimited to make our female teens look and feel beautiful!
February 11, 2019
At It Takes A Village, Inc. we currently have 6 Transitional Living Homes for teen boys and girls where we house 13 boys and 8 girls. We provide our youth with a structured environment as they prepare for life after foster care. Our goal is to enhance their personal skill set as they strive for academic success, and employment opportunities...while they reside in a safe place to call home!
WANT TO KNOW HOW YOU CAN IMPACT THE LIVES OF 21 FOSTER CARE TEENS TODAY? Simply pick up a gift card from these or many other fine stores! Mail it to: It Takes A Village, Inc. at P.O. Box 8172, Wichita, KS. 67208! Did you know that a gift card can teach a teen financial literacy? Foster Care Teens deserve our best! Thank you for your consideration of kindness!
What happens when you have an empty freezer and 21 teens...ready to eat? You reach out to "YOUR VILLAGE"! Thank you to ICT Food Rescue and so many companies, organizations , churches and individuals who consistently ensure that "our future" does not go without! It Takes A Village, Inc. appreciates the ongoing support of so many, who selflessly give of their time, talent and treasures!
It Takes A Village, Inc. is proud to announce that we are a new member of the Wichita Regional Chamber of Commerce! We look forward to our partnership and ongoing business and networking opportunities!
Christmas at It Takes A Village, Inc. 2018! Over 200 gifts wrapped in one night for our 18 teen boys and girls! Thank you to Cindy Siedhoff Egan for organizing this wrapping party! Special thanks to Nicki Swan, Jamie Wright, Pam Armor, Sally White, Angie Urenda, Lou Parkhurst, Katie Coleman, Lexi Coleman, Kelli Copeland, Allison McNerney, Sally Monty, Laura Singer, SAbrina Esterline and Tammy Atwater for wrapping over 200 gifts in one evening!
Thank you to Great Image Designs and Patricia Hoover for donating Wichita State University shirts to our youth at It Takes A Village, Inc. for Christmas, 2018.
Thank you to the Beacon of Hope Missionary Baptist Church "Circle of Hope Mission Department" for providing all of the youth and staff at It Takes A Village, Inc. with Thanksgiving Goodie Bags!
On behalf of our entire team at It Takes A Village, Inc., I was honored to accept the Wichita Branch NAACP "LEGACY AWARD" on October 27, 2018! Thank you to the Wichita Chapter of the NAACP for bestowing this award to me on behalf of the dedicated work of our team at ITAV, Inc. on behalf of Foster Care Teens.
Ever wonder what happens to food donations at It Takes A Village, Inc.? Currently with 18 teen male and female residents...you get the picture! Thank You to Senior Pastor Scott Snow and the congregation at Holy Cross Lutheran Church for their ongoing donations to It Takes A Village, Inc.
When you strive to make the external beauty, as wonderful as the internal beauty, you reach out to your village! Thank you Dr. Twanda Hamilton and Tangles Unlimited Inc. Salon Hair Spa for donating your time and talents, to make a youth at It Takes A Village, Inc. feel special!
Our team at It Takes A Village Inc. (ITAV) strives to meet the specific needs of each of our male and female residents. It is wonderful when you get to hear it from the mouths of one of our former residents. Our goal.....is to assist youth with identifying and achieving their goals.
Thank you to ICT SOS for continuing to provide hygiene product donations to our teens at It Takes A Village, Inc. These toiletries assist in the daily hygiene of our residents.
Thank you to these companies who continue to make contributions to It Takes A Village, Inc. each week to ensure that our teens eat healthy meals daily! You are a part of our Village!
IT TAKES A VILLAGE INC. IS PROUD TO PARTNER WITH ICT FOOD RESCUE, PROVIDING HEALTHY FOOD TO ASSIST THOSE WITH A NEED.
It Takes A Village Inc. is proud to be the initial partner with ICT Food Rescue, who "rescues healthy food" from local restaurants that is headed to the trash dumpsters. ICT Food Rescue volunteers then deliver this food from restaurant refrigerators to organizations that can use the healthy food. We are proud to be the launch partner with ICT Food Rescue!
It Takes A Village Inc. Food Drive for The Lords Diner During the 2018 Wichita River Festival Gospel Fest.
It Takes A Village Inc. organized a food drive with all proceeds going to The Lords Diner in conjunction with the 2018 Wichita River Festival Gospel Fest. Thanks to Tads Locker Room for allowing us to collect food donations at their East and West Store locations. We collected food during June, 2018 and at the River Festival Gospel Fest. Our team was able to raise over 1,000 pounds of food, and delivered it to The Lords Diner. ITAV holding true to our theme of "Moving Forward By Giving Back".
IT TAKES A VILLAGE INC. TEAM WAS PROUD TO BE A CO-SPONSOR AT THE 2018 WICHITA RIVERFESTIVAL GOSPELFEST ON JUNE 4, 2018 AT CENTURY II IN DOWNTOWN WICHITA KS.
It Takes A Village, Inc. is honored to be a charitable donation recipient at the I'M EVERY WOMAN LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE on Saturday, July 28, 2018 at the Hughes Metropolitan Complex from 10:00 A.M. - 3:00 P.M.
It Takes A Village, Inc. was presented with the Golden Eagle Award for Community Service Activities on May 5, 2018 by Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc.
It Takes A Village, Inc. was honored with the Golden Eagle Award by Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. for our Community Service on May 5, 2018 through It Takes A Village, Inc. Transitional Living Homes for Teen Youth. Our team strives to prepare male and female youth with life skills in preparation for independent living.
It Takes A Village, Inc. is proud to partner with Tad's Locker Room in a Food Drive to benefit "The Lords Diner" from May 4 - June 3, 2018. Food can be dropped off at Tad's Locker Room East or West locations.
IT TAKES A VILLAGE INC. is proud to be a Co-Sponsor of the 2018 Wichita River Festival Gospel Fest on June 4, 2018 at Century II Kennedy Plaza!
IT TAKES A VILLAGE INC. is proud to serve as a Co-Sponsor of the 2018 Wichita River Festival Gospel Fest on June 4, 2018 at Century II Kennedy Plaza, featuring John P. Key! At It Takes A Village, Inc. we operate Transitional Living Homes for Foster Care Teens (Ages 17-23) as they progress towards independent living. As part of our mission to “Move Forward by Giving Back”, we are sponsoring a Food Drive for “The Lord’s Diner” during the Wichita River festival Gospel Fest! “The Lord’s Diner” provides nearly 1 Million Free Meals each year to Wichita’s Homeless and Less fortunate populate, including many families. We are asking your support for donations of “Bulk Size Bags of Beans, Rice, Pasta and Canned Goods” that you can drop off at our tent at the 2018 Wichita River festival Gospel Fest, and enter for a chance to win Meet and Greet Passes to Morris Day and the Time, and also The Devlon Lamarr Organ Trio! We are very excited to partner with the Wichita River Festival to help further our mission of serving others in our community!
WINGS AND THINGS DONATION TO IT TAKES A VILLAGE INC. March 22, 2018
A big THANK YOU to Wings and Things owner Kamerion Wimbley and the Wings and Things Team for their generous donation to It Takes A Village Inc. to be used to enhance the Independent Living Skills Program for our teen boys and girls at our Transitional Living Homes!
It Takes A Village Inc. Sock Drive - March 17, 2018
It Takes A Village Inc. partnered with I Got Sole SneakerFest to receive donations of new socks to be distributed to Homeless Individuals.
"Moving Forward by Giving Back!
YUR HOMETOWN WICHITA INTERVIEW
January 7, 2018
Enjoyed having the opportunity to visit Brett Hart and Sierra Scott on Yur Hometown! Enjoyed the wonderful job that Team ITAV (It Takes A Village) is doing to enrich the lives of Foster Care Youth.
January 7, 2018
KAKE CHANNEL 10 / IT TAKES A VILLAGE INC INTERVIEW December 22, 2017
It Takes A Village, Inc. Executive Director Terry Atwater visits with KAKE 10 News Personality Shane Ewing discussing the impact our organization strives to make on teens in the Foster Care System in Kansas. It Takes A Village was also received a KAKE Wins For Kansas $500 Grant to further our efforts to assist with our Life Skills and Financial Literacy Skills Program.
Christmas at It Takes A Village, Inc. 2017!
Just wanted to give a huge THANK YOU to "Our Village" for providing an unforgettable Christmas for our young men at It Takes A Village, Inc.. From Cox Business: Steve Egan, Shelley Reyes Gard, Jason Sullivan, Cynthia Billhorn Cross, Carrie Holzman, and Matt Jackson! Also Cindy Siedhoff Egan and Ed Egan (and many others, I wish I knew all the names) for providing gifts for Christmas, for the 2nd year in a row. Maricar Umayam Harris and Chris Harris for their generous donation. and Laquita Lugrand Clark and Michael Clark for your generosity. I am humbled, because it shows that "It Takes A Village"! #HappyHomeForChristmas #GivingIsLiving
Dec. 15, 2017
YUR HOMETOWN WITH BRETT HARRIS AND SIERRA SCOTT
It Takes A Village Inc. was featured on the Yur Hometown Show with Brett Harris and Sierra Scott, discussing upcoming opportunities in 2018. Discussion also centered around 2018 donation needs for It Takes A Village Inc. which included: (1) Company Vehicles, (2) Additional Homes, and (3) Complete Home Furnishings. These donations would assist with providing Foster Care Boys and Girls (Ages 17-23) with a structured environment, educational and employment opportunities, life skill development and a place to call home! The Live Show will air on Jan. 7, 2018 at 9:00 P.M. on Cox Cable Channel 2022!
Nov. 15, 2017
KAKE WINS FOR KANSAS/DEVAUGHN JAMES DONATION AWARDED TO IT TAKES A VILLAGE INC.
KAKE Wins for Kansas and Devaughn James Injury Attorney's presented It Takes A Village Inc. with a $500 donation to further assist our young men with life skills development and educational attainment.