Bringing help and hope to our homeless and impoverished neighbors in Topeka.


Statement of Faith

We believe that the Bible is the word of God, fully inspired and without error.

We believe that there is one God who fully exists in three Persons: God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.

We believe in the miraculous Virgin Birth of the Lord Jesus Christ, his sinless humanity and perfect life, his sacrificial death, his bodily resurrection, his ascension to the Father’s right hand and his future return to this earth in power and glory to rule.

We believe that all of humanity has fallen short of God’s glory and because of our sin we are deserving of eternal punishment and separation from God.  However, we believe that God loves the world so much that He gave His only Son, Jesus Christ and that whoever believes and receives God’s gift of His Son, Jesus Christ, will have eternal life.

We believe that it is our commission to share the love of Jesus Christ whith every person we encounter.


The Topeka Rescue Mission began its work in 1953 as a small room which provided shelter and food for homeless men. In 1959 a small storefront building was acquired which housed approximately 20-30 homeless men every night. In 1991, a new building was built to house over 100 homeless men, women and families. In 2000, an additional new shelter was built to house over 100 additional homeless women and families. In 2004, a Distribution Center was opened which allowed the Mission to expand their outreach to meeting the needs of the poor in the community. In 2011, Operation Street Reach was created to reach out to unsheltered homeless individuals not currently receiving Mission services. In 2013, a sister organization “NET Reach” was created by the Mission to further expand services into areas of the community experiencing homelessness, hunger, poverty and crime. The “Children’s Palace” which opened in 2017 provides education and care to children aged zero to five.

In 2016, Topeka Rescue Mission sheltered 2,142 un-duplicated individuals. Of the 2,142 individuals: 1,128 were Men, 672 were Women and 342 were Children. Combined, these persons totaled 91,202 nights of shelter provided with an average each night of 250 individuals sheltered. The highest number of guests on a given night was 300 people on Dec. 19th, 2016.


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Executive Staff:

Barry Feaker, Executive Director
(785) 354-1744 x 315

“Quiet, everyone! Shh! Silence before GOD.
Something’s afoot in his holy house. He’s
on the move!” Zechariah 2:13 MSG

Frank Henderson, Deputy Director
(785) 354-1744 x 311

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do
not depend on your own understanding. Seek
his will in all you do, and he will show you
which path to take. “ Proverbs 3:5-6

Mark DeGroff,
Director of Resource Development
(785) 596-3105
“We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just
a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be
less because of that missing drop.”
Mother Teresa
Doris Foster,
Business Administrator
(785) 354-1744 x 316
 “I can do all things through Christ who
strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13
Mike Foster,
Director of Ministry Operations
(785) 354-1744 x 339
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares
the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to
harm you, plans to give you hope
and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11
Jessica Hosman,
Director of Children’s Ministries
(785) 354-1744 x 325
“Don’t you see that children are God’s best gift?”
Psalms 127:3
Terry Hund,
Director of NET Reach
(785) 783-2535 x 130
“Before you speak, it is necessary for you to listen,
for God speaks in the silence of the heart.”
(Mother Teresa)
Kay Ireland,
Director of Distribution Services
(785) 354-1744 x 365
 “I can do all things through Christ who
strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13
Wayne Ireland,
Director of Human Resources
(785) 354-1744 x 367
“Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be
discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen
you and help you. I will hold you up with my
victorious right hand.” Isaiah 41:10
Guillermo Pena,
Director of Facilities
(785) 354-1744 x 319
“Dear children, let us not love with words
or speech but with actions and in truth.
This is how we know that we belong to the
truth and how we set our hearts at rest
in his presence.” 1 John 3:18-19
Chris Penny,
Director of Services for Men
(785) 354-1744 x 308
“Let me now remind you, dear brothers and
sisters, of the Good News I preached to you
before. ……Christ died for our sins, just as
the Scriptures said. He was buried, and
he was raised from the dead
on the third day,” Cor. 15:1-5
Nell Ritchey,
Director of Program Development
(785) 354-1744 x 338
“For the eyes of the Lord range to and fro
throughout the whole earth, to strengthen
those whose hearts are fully committed
to Him.” 2 Chronicles 16:9
Debra Sabb,
Director of Hope Center
(785) 354-1744 x 337
”Now all glory to God, who is able to keep
you from falling away and will bring you
with great joy into his glorious presence
without a single fault. All glory to him who
alone is God, …..” Jude 24-25
Mike Shinkle,
Director of Food Services
(785) 354-1744 x 322
“I have been crucified with Christ and it is
no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in
me; and the life which I now live in the flesh
I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved
me, and delivered Himself up
for me .” Galatians 2:20
Kimberlee Turley,
Director of Volunteer Services
(785) 354-1744 x 305
“…This is my command – be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.…” Joshua 1:9
Ryan Wynne,
Director of Doxazo
(785) 354-1744 x 402
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for
righteousness, for they will
be satisfied. “ Mathew 5:6

Board Members:

Hal Smith, President
Clark Johnson
Kevin Swift
Lino Munoz
Dr. Aarion Gray
Penny Moylan
Michael Rinehart
Joan Rucker

Financial Information

Link to 990
Link to 501c3