Hands Across Our Community

HandsAcrossLogo-WEBLaunched with a “pilot class” of four families in February 2013, this community-wide and all-volunteer effort is designed to help families who are struggling financially but who are determined to become self-sufficient. We’re looking for people sincerely determined to make positive changes for you and your children.

Hands Across Our Community is a series of individualized weekly meetings for the participating families and their community coaches. The program is FREE to participating families.

Topics are customized to meet the family’s needs, and generally cover issues like budgeting, goal setting, time management, meal planning, nutrition, school and work opportunities.

Participating families are recruited from throughout the community, and are interviewed before being accepted. The family must make a one-year commitment, pledge to meet with their coach regularly and take an active role in all aspects of the program.

The purpose of the program is to provide mentoring and support in areas of need.



One man’s testimonial, from October 2013. The short speech one man gave during the “closing ceremony” for his family’s class.

“New program pairs families, mentors” from the January 2013 issue of The Messenger

Volunteer director Christina Brodie: Redefining the quality of her life (Dec. 20, 2012)

Brodie to speak at Relay for Life from the Concordia Blade-Empire, Aug. 8, 2014

A Healing Journey, from the Winter 2014 issue of the HealthBeats newsletter

Mentor Jean Shankle: Why I volunteered (posted June 20, 2013)


 For information on Hands Across Our Community,
contact director Christina Brodie at
cbrodie@csjkansas.org or 785/275-2101