The Leavenworth Interfaith Community of Hope received The Ad Astra Award for Innovative Housing from Kansas Housing Resources Corporation on Sept. 12 during its annual conference in Topeka. The awards presented at the Kansas Housing 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 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,” says Sister Vickie Perkins, executive director of Leavenworth Interfaith Community of Hope. “From the very beginning, we have relied on the goodwill and generosity of countless persons to serve those with a variety of needs. Our model has worked because of the continued outpouring of community support.”

Kansas Housing Resources Corporation (KHRC) is a self-supporting, public corporation whose mission is to increase the availability of affordable, decent and accessible housing for Kansans. The Leavenworth Interfaith Community of Hope connects clients with the services they need while creating a safe place for everyone who comes to the facility at 311 Kiowa, Leavenworth, Kan.