Leavenworth housing agency honored

Sister Vickie Perkins (center), executive director of the Leavenworth Interfaith Community of Hope, accepts the Ad Astra Award for Innovative Housing from Kansas Housing Resources Corporation on Sept. 12 at its annual conference in Topeka from Topeka mayor Michelle De La Isla and Kansas Housing Resources Corporation executive director Dennis Mesa.

TOPEKA — The Leavenworth Interfaith Community of Hope received the Ad Astra Award for Innovative Housing from Kansas Housing Resources Corporation on Sept. 12 at its annual conference here. The awards presented at the conference recognize outstanding housing advocates whose contributions make a positive impact on communities in the state.

The presentation to the Leavenworth Interfaith Community of Hope acknowledged the organization’s core services: the night shelter, day shelter and its Welcome Central, the clearinghouse to connect persons who live in poverty with helping agencies. Presenters recognized the collaboration that has characterized the Community of Hope initiative, including volunteer work on the new building, funding from churches and donors, and ongoing volunteer support.

“Receiving this award pays tremendous tribute to the many individuals, churches, agencies and businesses with whom we collaborate,” said Sister Vickie Perkins, executive director of the Leavenworth Interfaith Community of Hope.

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