Continuing the Wren Project
Blessings for The Wren Project
God has already blessed the Wren Home project in several ways. Recently, we announced that the project was approved for a Tax Credit Grant from the State of Kansas. With the new approval, the tax credit benefits donors or businesses that donate $250 or more to the Wren Project. Those donors are eligible to receive a state tax credit for 50% of their contribution.
YH still needs to raise $253,700 to deplete the remaining $126,850 in tax credits. YH has until Dec. 31, 2021 to do so.
Kansas Community Service Tax Credit Program
Please note: tax credits are limited on a first-come, first-served basis, so please make your donation as soon as possible to ensure your tax-credit benefit.
To redeem a tax credit:
- The donor will send a donation to Youth Horizons (YH).
- YH will call the donor to obtain a SSN# and address (if not listed on check).
- YH will input donor data into the Kansas Tax Credit system.
- The State of Kansas will send the donor a Tax Credit Certificate Letter through YH.
- YH will send the Tax Credit Certificate Letter to the donor.
- During tax season, the donor must file a Kansas form K-60 to receive the tax credit.
A tax credit received in 2020 must be redeemed on 2020 tax return.
If you have already pledged, your tax credit is reserved. Please call (316) 262-8293, if you have questions. For tax questions, please call your accountant or the Kansas Department of Revenue.
The Wren Project:
The Wren Home is scheduled to open in early 2022, a first-of-its-kind project in Sedgwick County featuring two residential homes and a multi-purpose facility. There is a growing need for such a facility in Sedgwick County, which lacks a residential home only for girls and young women. According to the State of Kansas, more foster care is needed for girls.
The Wren Home will be a 24-hour residential facility providing housing, mentoring and other services in a nurturing and safe environment. The home will offer programs designed to help its residents function at higher levels, avoid missteps and setbacks through earlier intervention and enjoy a continuum of care that helps them eventually transition into independent living. The first phase will create capacity for 12 girls.
Where will these girls come from?
Girls and young women trapped in tough circumstances endure among us. They roam in daylight and in the shadows, often lacking access to resources, trusted networks, and other support necessary to build a better life. They are preyed on by perpetrators, ensnared in a cruel cycle of abuse, and rank among our community’s most vulnerable. To address this community need, YH is building the Wren Home on 40 acres donated by late philanthropist Keith Wren. Mr. Wren requested his gifted land be developed in a way that provides for girls and young women who are at-risk of human trafficking.
Youth Horizons currently provides housing for at-risk boys at Kinloch Price Boys Ranch in Valley Center. We pray that the Wren Home will be a place of protection for at-risk girls and young women wanting to heal and learn the power of God’s love and redemption.
How it will be used to serve
The Wren Home will serve as a key partner in a collaborative local effort to combat teenage runaways, early alcohol and substance addiction, prostitution, and other forms of physical and mental health abuse. The Wren Home process has included research, engaged many stakeholders and featured a diverse task force that continues to provide counsel. Project partners include Hope Ranch, St. Francis Child Services, and the Wichita State University Center for Combating Human Trafficking. The collaboration will produce a Wren Home Advisory Board, comprised of leaders and other advocates who will help ensure success.
If you would like to Donate and contribute to our mission to save girls that are at risk, please use this Link.