Nov 24, 2021 2:10 PM

Family Crisis Center open again in downtown Great Bend

Posted Nov 24, 2021 2:10 PM

By KEN CARPENTER
Great Bend Post

The Family Crisis Center has returned to its former home in the old post office building at Broadway and Main Streets in downtown Great Bend. The organization had to move last June when the building's ceiling collapsed. Employees worked from home and provided services at other locations.   

The Center's employees recently welcomed members of the Great Bend Chamber of Commerce to see the reopened building. Kasey Dalke, program director for the organization's Child Advocacy Center, told the visitors that the staff is thankful to be back in the building but said they are still looking to relocate. 

"The Family Crisis Center has outgrown this space for the last couple of years now,” Dalke said. “We’ve had some major discussions on wanting to move to a larger space to be able to encompass more staff as our numbers continue to increase, but then COVID hit...and the building situation. So we’ve been put back just a little bit, but it would be lovely to have a larger space to have more staff to continue to provide these services to those who need it most.”  

The Family Crisis Center provides support to survivors of domestic and sexual violence, child abuse and neglect. It is comprised of two social service programs: the Child Advocacy Center and the Domestic and Sexual Violence Center. 

The Family Crisis Center shelter is always in need of a number of donations including small blankets for children, stuffed animals, toys, hygiene products and gift cards. Those items can be dropped off at the Center's headquarters.