In partnership with New Beginnings, Inc. Seen But Not Heard, is a 1-year documentary project advocating for positive change in the health of Kansans. The project consists of the following goals:
Giving voice to the unrepresented
Those who have fallen through cracks in the system such as, unhoused persons or families, low-income individuals and families, families with children in foster care, the recovery community, the LGBTQ+ community, farmers and ranchers, the recently uninsured, and more will be able to voice their needs as Kansans without being diminished.
Hospitals, nonprofit organizations, governmental organizations, and mental health providers are just a few of the service organizations which will be provided an opportunity to discuss what is currently lacking in the system, to provide not only better but necessary services to the people of Kansas.
Advocacy for more Kansans
A baseline of 20 communities from across the state will be utilized to ensure the needs of more Kansans are shared. Interviews with multiple individuals and service organizations from each of these communities will be included in the edited documentary. Communities will be chosen for either lack of services, immanent threat of losing services or strained services.
2-Hour advocacy documentary
A documentary chronicling calls for activism will be given back to the people of Kansas at no cost to them. The copywritten documentary will be available to all interested parties for showing across the state of Kansas. The completed project will also be accessible on a You Tube channel for individual viewing. With proper funding, the documentary will be shown and streamed on KPTS 8.
www.seenbutnotheard.org has been created for tracking and supporting the documentary project. Donors and interested parties may track the progress of communities visited, see short video clips from recent interviews and track funding. Links are provided for submitting letters of support, donations, suggestions, and requests for interviews. Other options for tracking, include Facebook and You Tube.
On the move...
Jerome Bernard, Manager of Noel Lodge, moved to Hutchinson for the same new start as sought by those who receive assistance through New Beginnings. Jerome is intimately familiar with the challenges faced by the displaced, having grown up in a battered women’s shelter in Chicago, IL. As a person in recovery, Jerome also spent time in the emergency shelters of Colorado. Jerome uses these life experiences to guide and assist those who are facing the challenges he has overcome in a compassionate manner. When not serving the community, Jerome enjoys spending time with friends and is a talented vocalist. Jerome uses compassion-based principles to guide and assist those in crisis and has brought valuable lived experience to the shelter and its guests.
Kylee Branton is the daytime staff for Noel Lodge extended hours, and hails from Hutchinson originally. As a person in recovery, Kylee finds service work and helping others to be a crucial part of her recovery and faith. When not serving the community, Kylee enjoys spending time with staff, doing crafts, and enjoying time with her son, Denver, and her cat, Daisy. Kylee assists Noel Lodge guests with setting and achieving goals daily in order to meet their needs and find long term solutions for housing and work. Kylee uses her compassion based principles learned from her background as a medical professional to guide guests to continue pushing forward in achieving these goals.
Meet Lana McCarthy, New Beginnings Life Coach at Fox Run Transitional shelter. Lana shares that "Offering hope while coaching individuals to find their needs, overcome barriers, set goals and determine their strengths is very rewarding. Using patience to rebuild human lives comes from a family of like-minded peers who love and assist each other is what brought me to New Beginnings."
Meet Tyronne Woodson, New Beginnings Facility Manager at Fox Run Transitional Shelter. Tyronne is a "proud family man, Christian and US Veteran." Tyronne brings with him "core values of dedication, loyalty and commitment to help Hutchinson and New Beginnings build a better tomorrow.
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