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Manhattan victim service organization recognized for service to crime victims

Release Date: Apr 11, 2019

AG Derek Schmidt and Deb KluttzWICHITA – (April 11, 2019) – Homestead Ministries was recognized for its service to crime victims during this week’s Crime Victims’ Rights Conference in Wichita.

Homestead Ministries was presented the Outstanding Victim Service Organization Award by Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt during an awards ceremony today.

Homestead provides services to sex trafficking victims that truly help them to get out of the cycle of abuse. Homestead has been in operation for seven years and has had 250 applicants, served 50 survivors, and has had 15 graduates of the one year to 18-month long program. Homestead operates out of one group home and has seven host homes for survivors who bring a child with them, or for aftercare for Homestead graduates. Homestead is free of charge to survivors and provides holistic care and career training. Homestead operates with only five paid staff. To adequately provide their services, they have developed a very successful team of 150 volunteers.

Homestead works with many community partners to provide professional services for survivors. They operate a matching grant fund for graduates who encounter financial challenges. In addition to their care for survivors of human trafficking, Homestead also provides a monthly strip club outreach.

Homestead’s success in collaboration with community partners to meet the needs of those they serve has them poised to expand through Homestead Chapters in neighboring communities. Homestead is victim-centered and, consequently, respected and adored by those it serves.

“My turning point was going to Homestead,” one graduate of their program said.

The Kansas Crime Victims’ Rights Conference was hosted by Attorney General Schmidt and Governor Laura Kelly. The conference featured a number of speakers and trainers focused on raising awareness of emerging crimes and offering new approaches to respond to enduring crimes, such as child abuse, domestic violence and human trafficking.

Photo caption: Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt presents the Outstanding Victim Service Organization Award to founder and executive director Deb Kluttz, who accepted the award on behalf of Homestead Ministries, at the Crime Victims’ Rights Conference in Wichita.

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