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Hear from Executive Director Denny Bender sharing highlights from the Mission's 2017 accomplishments.

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Curtis was getting high again, but this time, he was haunted by images of his grandchildren. 

“I thought of my children telling my grandkids that I was in a rehab or dead. I didn’t want them to have to tell that story.” 

Curtis started experimenting with drugs when he was 27, eventually walking away from his relationship with the Lord. “Over 23 years, my use went from experimental to recreational to a dependence,” he says. “I lost many jobs, my marriage and good relationships with my kids.” 

One night when he needed a place to stay, Curtis came to the Mission’s Emergency Shelter. It was then he learned of our New Beginnings life-change program and decided it was for him. “I had had enough. I was whipped. I said, ‘I must change.’” 

Graduates of the Union Rescue Mission’s discipleship and recovery programs will have a smoother transition back into society when the Mission completes its recently-announced Faithfully Forward campaign.

Mission leaders unveiled plans for a 24-unit housing complex, known as Eagles Wing, that will be built on URM’s six-acre campus on North Hillside.  The $3.5 million project will include one-bedroom and studio apartments for men who complete one of the Mission’s many rehabilitation programs.  The project also includes new administrative offices and a community room that will double as a storm shelter.


Darryl Burton's powerful story rattled us as he shared how a life sentence for a murder he never committed set him on a path that would eventually help him find true freedom in the arms of Christ.  If you were unable to attend, or would like to watch Darryl's story, please follow the Youtube link Here.

But with no money for a formal education, he was honing his culinary skills as best he could in fast food restaurants or wherever he found work as a cook. So when he learned that the Union Rescue Mission had a culinary job-training program, he jumped at the chance to take part.

Soon, under the tutelage of our Mission chefs, “I wasn’t just making burgers and hot dogs anymore,” he explains. “I was cooking new dishes like Mexican lasagna and beef stroganoff for the first time, and the guys here were telling me I was doing a good job.”


And with the continued encouragement of our staff and guests, he says his life has changed dramatically. “I’ve been in a position where I was ready to give up, to throw in the towel,” he shares. “But with God’s help, the Mission pulled me out of that hole.”


When Greg was young, he wanted nothing more than his father’s approval. “I was always trying to get my dad to tell me I did a good job, but he never would,” Greg says. “I felt like he was ashamed of me.”

Greg was saved when he was nine years old, but he grew up believing God was ashamed of him, as well. Along the way, he began abusing alcohol, magnifying his sense of shame. “I tried every possible remedy I could to stop drinking – church, treatment centers, Bible studies – but nothing worked,” he says. “When you love God, but you can’t get rid of a sin, you live in turmoil.”

We want to address your church group and leadership about the wonderful things God is doing at URM.  Email Caleb at caleb@urmwichita.org to schedule a date and time!


Monday, August 14, we celebrated four more success stories!  Congratulations to these program graduates. We look forward to seeing how God uses you and your future accomplishments to further His kingdom.

Here are just a few pictures from our celebration.

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NewLeaf Book Mercantile has a solution for all those unused books, CDs, DVDs and video games gathering dust or taking up shelf space! Between Monday, July 24 and Friday, July 28, gently used books, CDs, DVDs and video games may be dropped off at Exploration Place between the museum’s hours of 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. In exchange for three items, donators will receive a coupon for three dollars off admission to Exploration Place that is redeemable through December 31, 2017. 



David’s family moved around a lot when he was young, forcing him to leave his friends again and again. “In my mind, it became a bad thing to make friends so I became a loner and isolated myself. I wasn’t happy,” he says.

In his teens, David turned to alcohol to numb his pain, an addiction which controlled his life for the next 35 years. “I’d tell myself it wasn’t a problem because I could hold a job, pay my bills, had money in the bank, and a nice car,” he says.

Then, one night, David was hospitalized for alcohol-induced respiratory distress. “They told me I should be dead because you don’t drink that much, pass out, stop breathing and wake up, but I did.”