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Ballard Community Services
PO Box 7
Lawrence, KS 66044
785-842-0729 - Ballard Center
785-842-0440 - Penn House
Ballard Center Food Pantry Hours: 1:00 - 5:00 pm M - F

Penn House Hours: 8:30 - 4:30 M - F
The Leadership Lawrence class of 2014 invites you to participate in our 2nd annual Party with a Purpose on December 7 at 12:00! This event is a fantastic way to not only party, eat, and have fun, but also do something amazing for your community.

Sponsored by Independence, Inc. and Integrity Midwest Insurance, LLC. Your $35 entry fee gets you beer and wine and food. But that comes after you and your teammates go shopping for a family you've adopted for the holidays. 

If you'd like to help a family for the holidays, but find the pricetag of adopting an entire family daunting, this is a way to really contribute to hope for a family in not only a happy Christmas but a productive and hopeful 2015.

Pay your entry fees in advance and the organizers will assign each team of 10 people a family. Your team of 10 will meet at Fatso's and then depart to shop. After shopping, bring the gifts back to Fatso's to wrap. Enjoy food, drink, and fellowship while you see the results of your efforts roll in!

Each person we adopt gets a shirt, pants, and a gift, and they also will receive Strengths-Based case management at Penn House over the next year in order to find a path to self sufficiency. By 2015 most of these families will not need assistance at the holidays, thanks to the "dream team" at Ballard Community Services.

If you'd like to be on a team, just email megan@ballardcenter.org and we will match you with a group!

If you would like to be a team captain, all you need to do is rally nine of your friends to join you in this Party with a Purpose! Please let Megan know if you are interested! 842-0729
Making it Work

Ballard Needs Your Help! 


Dear Ballard Friend,


Jennifer came to Ballard Community Services in tears with her blonde-haired, blue-eyed boy in tow. She needed care for him so that she could rejoin the workforce after 9 years in an abusive marriage. This mother of three, without money, family, or recent work experience, needed more than childcare. She needed skills in budgeting, job-hunting, bill paying, and resource acquisition. Mental health care, stable housing, and many other things that many of us take for granted were unavailable to her. Most of all, Jennifer needed to know that someone who cared would listen. She found all of that and more at Ballard Community Services.


It is because of donors like you that Ballard is able to help over 7,000 individuals and families a year, all of whom have a story much like Jennifer’s.

We have had an exciting year of changes, and we are delighted to report that we are offering many new programs, serving more people, with more success than ever.

  • Because of your continued support, we have been able to engage the services of a new Family Connections Coordinator who has done extensive work on setting up a high-quality, research-based home visitation and developmental screening program that meets standards and reports outcomes to the Kansas State Children’s Cabinet. Our participation in this type of programming not only only enriches the lives of our children and their parents, but contributes to the overall understanding of “what works” for children ages 0 – 6 state-wide.
  • Our Strengths Based Case Management Program, operated out of Penn House, saw more clients, engaged more volunteer case managers, and made a difference in more lives than ever. Penn House is successfully moving toward a vision of not only giving a hand out, but giving a hand up to individuals and families. We will continue to provide emergency relief in times of crisis, but are working more and more to offer services to those who can use help in moving out of crisis and toward a fulfilling life without need of outside aid. 
  • The word is out! Families know about Ballard and believe in our ability to provide affordable, high-quality early education. Our enrollment has been at capacity this year, which is testimony to our efforts to constantly increase quality. This year, for example, we have been chosen as a Positive Behavior Supports Training Site. Our efforts at staff training and retention have been successful and our children’s lives are daily affected by the constant work our teachers do to make sure our children are kindergarten-ready!

Ballard is doing the work of changing lives. With your help, we are changing our community and working with many other community partners to be sure we are doing it effectively and efficiently. We invite you to Ballard and Penn House to and see our changes for yourself. We are operating on a smaller budget and smaller staff than ever. We do more with less every day, and we do it all as a labor of love. We can only continue to make a difference, to see these successes, and to support our community with you as our partner.
Your donation will make a difference. We are proud to be Douglas County’s grassroots community center. Your continued generosity is appreciated, respected, and valued
Sincerely, 

Megan Stuke

Director of Development and Administrative Services

October 13, 2016
Dear Ballard Friend,
Jennifer came to Ballard Community Services in tears with her blonde-haired, blue-eyed boy in tow. She needed care for him so that she could rejoin the workforce after 9 years in an abusive marriage. This mother of three, without money, family, or recent work experience, needed more than childcare. She needed skills in budgeting, job-hunting, bill paying, and resource acquisition. Mental health care, stable housing, and many other things that many of us take for granted were unavailable to her. Most of all, Jennifer needed to know that someone who cared would listen. She found all of that and more at Ballard Community Services.
It is because of donors like you that Ballard is able to help over 7,000 individuals and families a year, all of whom have a story much like Jennifer’s. 
We have had an exciting year of changes, and we are delighted to report that we are offering many new programs, serving more people, with more success than ever.
Because of your continued support, we have been able to engage the services of a new Family Connections Coordinator who has done extensive work on setting up a high-quality, research-based home visitation and developmental screening program that meets standards and reports outcomes to the Kansas State Children’s Cabinet. Our participation in this type of programming not only enriches the lives of our children and their parents, but contributes to the overall understanding of “what works” for children ages 0 – 6 state-wide.
Our Strengths Based Case Management Program, operated out of Penn House, saw more clients, engaged more volunteer case managers, and made a difference in more lives than ever. Penn House is successfully moving toward a vision of not only giving a hand out, but giving a hand up to individuals and families. We will continue to provide emergency relief in times of crisis, but are working more and more to offer services to those who can use help in moving out of crisis and toward a fulfilling life without need of outside aid.  
The word is out! Families know about Ballard and believe in our ability to provide affordable, high-quality early education. Our enrollment has been at capacity this year, which is testimony to our efforts to constantly increase quality. This year, for example, we have been chosen as a Positive Behavior Supports Training Site. Our efforts at staff training and retention have been successful and our children’s lives are daily affected by the constant work our teachers do to make sure our children are kindergarten-ready! 
Ballard is doing the work of changing lives. With your help, we are changing our community and working with many other community partners to be sure we are doing it effectively and efficiently. We invite you to Ballard and Penn House to and see our changes for yourself. We are operating on a smaller budget and smaller staff than ever. We do more with less every day, and we do it all as a labor of love. We can only continue to make a difference, to see these successes, and to support our community with you as our partner.
Your donation will make a difference. We are proud to be Douglas County’s grassroots community center. Your continued generosity is appreciated, respected, and valued.
Sincerely,

Megan Stuke
Director of Development and Administrative Service