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Ashby House housing programs

The Ashby House is involved is addressing the housing as well as other basic needs of a diverse population in Saline County. There is support for substance abusers from the Bridge House, the Light House for many single women, and an emergency shelter to name but a few of the assistance programs. Assistance is available to address the crisis and to get the client back on the track to stability.

Almost all components of what Ashby House offers will require the client to go through so called Life Skills training. This will help get the individual on track to a stable living environment. There will be, among other things, help for employment needs, credit repair, and much more.

The free men’s, women’s, and family emergency shelter from Ashby House is open 365 days a year, and it is staffed 24 hours per day. The location can both feed and house people. The site will provide a warm, safe place to sleep for people in crisis. It also coordinates related social services.

Guests of the shelter strive towards getting back to self-sufficiency as well. This is done as a meal as served and as people have a roof over their heads. Staff from the charity work alongside the guest/homeless person to ensure they never have to return to for another stay. They try to help the person find long term, permanent housing.

The thrift or free store has a wide array of merchandise available for sale at low prices, or many people are given the goods for free. The location at Ashby House attracts shoppers from all income levels, local towns, and walks of life in Saline County. The store may not only have high-end, vintage, brand-name goods (for lower prices) but also classic styles of shoes, clothing, shoes and accessories. All types of clothing may be sold. It is open daily from 9am until noon.

Furniture and household goods are also available. There are items to use that can build out your home, from small appliances, chairs, electronics, couches to glassware and linens. There are also mattresses and items for babies, such as car seats. There is more too, as other free stuff for struggling families may be available as well.

Since Ashby House either gives away or sells items at an affordable price from the free store at 342 N. Santa Fe, the result is that it will enhance the community. Shoppers can save money, which they can then allocate to other needs or bills they have. There are also special promotions on some items, and these can attract bargain hunters to those seeking a unique item in Saline County.




The Workforce Development Program known as Opportunity Knocks is an initiative that helps the low-income unemployed or homeless in the shelter find work or gain new skills. This is met through vital job training and work-readiness services that includes some or all of the following.

Employment Counseling including Case Management from Ashby House, which includes Job-Skills Training. There is also Career Counseling and Career Awareness arranged by the staff. Workforce Development also includes referrals to other Ashby House programs, such as fuel bill assistance, housing services and child care. They also help the homeless avoid scams, offer debt assistance and financial management advice, and even computer classes in Microsoft. As many as ten other topics are covered, including assistance with resume or cover letter writing and job seeking.

Other resources from the charity are as follows. Legacy House will support pregnant women, including single moms, that are homeless or having housing challenges. There is even a small house with a few apartments that the client can live in as they stabilize their situation.

Substance abusers, including those with drug or alcohol issues, can try the Bridge House for assistance. Ashby House offers help that is paid for using grants from Medicaid or federal block grant (AAPS). A trained specialist will partner with the substance abused person to get them on the path to a clean life.

Clients seeking long term support will be enrolled into a Case Management Program. The benefits available in the community can assist the women, low income and elderly persons as well as children from households in poverty.

Through referrals to the DSS centers, assistance can be provided in obtaining Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid Health Care, Cash Assistance, SNAP Food Stamps, and Employment. Since housing is always a barrier, the case managers can also help families in locating affordable housing in the Salina County region.





How to apply for housing resources from Abby House

Ashby House is located at 204 S 8th St, Salina, KS 67401. Call the non-profit at (785) 826-4935.


By Jon McNamara

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