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- Wilhelmina Gill Multi-Service Center -

Ondra O. Newton-PennOndra O. Newton-Penn has been the Facility Manager of the Wilhelmina Gill Multi-Service Center since January 29, 1997, where she is responsible for the Center Management and Operations. Ondra has been employed by MCRC since November 1, 2002 and has thirty-eight (38) years of mid-management experience utilizing those skills in not-for-profit environments, focusing on Human Services.

Ondra earned certifications from Florence Cook Practical Nursing Program at the University of Kansas Medical Center in 1974 and was awarded a Kansas nursing license in 1975. Ms. Newton-Penn was featured in The Kansan Newspaper column, “Face of the City” in 1988.

Ondra was recognized as “Woman on a Mission” in 1991 and “The Outstanding Woman of the Year”, in 1998 by the Mt. Carmel Church of God In Christ. She was also recognized as, recognized as a “Christian Woman of The Year” in 2002 by Alpha Epsilon Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority.

Email: openn@mtcarmelrc.org

Telephone Voice (913) 621-4690, Ext.223

Fax (913)621-4695

Mt. Carmel Redevelopment has managed the Wilhelmina Gill Service Center at 645 Nebraska since 2002.

Willa Gill Center provides Strengths-Based Case management, which provides personalized support to assist homeless persons accomplish their goals and reduce homelessness. The center provides a telephone voice mail center for homeless and/or phoneless persons of Wyandotte County, giving them increased access to employers, potential employers, family and agencies to conduct positive business.   We also offer Mail slot service for homeless clients, allowing them to secure critical community services coupled with client interviews to determine needs and resources.

Other available services at this location includes Gap Food Pantry, Personal Hygiene Kits, Clothing, Information and Referrals, and job Leads. In addition, on-site free lunch is provided 7 days a week by Hot Lunch Service, Inc.

The WGC provides on-site learning opportunities and community education.

Service Provisions


Strengths-Based Case Management

Strength’s Based Case Management to assist homeless persons desiring to make a lifestyle change and crisis intervention (up to 18 months). Bilingual capabilities in English/Spanish)

Food Service

Free lunch is provided 7 days a week by Hot Lunch Service, Inc. Grab n' Go Food Pantry for persons/families experiencing homelessness. Stop n' Go Food Pantry for persons/families that can prepare food at their home.

Telephone Mailbox Services

The center provides a telephone voice mail center for homeless and/or phoneless persons of Wyandotte County, giving them increased access to employers, potential employers, family and agencies to conduct positive business. We also offer Mail slot service for homeless client, allowing them to secure critical community services.

On-Site Agencies

Hot Lunch Service, Inc., Mt. Carmel Redevelopment Corporation, Inc.(MCRC) “Managing Agent”, Turtle Hill Neighborhood Association and Unified Government Support-Police Security of which U/G owns the Willa Gill Center building. MCRC is a United Way of Wyandotte County, Kansas agency.

Facility Rental

The Wilhelmina Gill dining room is avaible for rental for Non-alcoholic events.

Advocacy

We refer clients to partner agencies that assist in eliminating the client’s barrier or address their need. We also assist with documents completion, fax services and offer assistance in applying for mainstream services such as public housing.

Health Screening & Education

In partnership with healthcare providers, MCRC provides health screenings and education. Free mammograms are offered through St. Luke Hospital’s Mobile Mammography Unit at Mt. Carmel Place annually each September.

Survival Skills for Women

Survival Skills for women is a ten-workshop series that addresses issues and life skills that affect women, i.e. assertiveness, personal health, nutrition, money management, child management, self-advocacy, coping with stress, legal rights, community resources and re-entry/employment. Transitional housing participants and persons in case management are required to attend life skill classes.