For over 20 years, StepStone, a sponsored ministry of the congregation, has provided help and hope to survivors of domestic violence in Wichita by providing safe homes where they and their children can begin again without fear. On September 7, StepStone expanded the number of homes available for survivor families with the grand opening of Bluffview Place, a 28-unit apartment community in Wichita. The celebration included remarks by Sister Janet Fleischhacker, CSJ, Director of CSJ Ministries followed by a ribbon-cutting ceremony. A tour of the new apartments and other areas of the complex rounded out the day.
“As a sponsored ministry of the Congregation of St. Joseph, we are especially proud of this new chapter in StepStone’s development,” said Sister Janet. “Our partnership with Mennonite Housing to create Bluffview Place not only expands the number of women and families that can be served, but ensures a safe, comfortable place for them to heal, grow and thrive. We are grateful for all the people who helped to make this vision a reality, providing a future full of hope for so many vulnerable women and children.”
We congratulate StepStone on the realization of this ambitious project, and pray for healing for those who will soon call Bluffview Place home, and all survivors of domestic violence.