WELLINGTON — Amanda Feiock, director of Family Tree Resource Center, said God put the thought in her brain and her heart to help people.
In the winter of 2019, while at Life Church in Wichita, she heard a sermon by Bob Goff, who wrote the book "Love Does."
"He said something along the lines of ’just do it,’ " Feiock said. " ’Stop waiting around.’ So here we are."
Last February, she started Family Tree Resource Center, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping low-income families. In May, the organization attained its nonprofit status.
"We live in a low-income community," Feiock said. "There’s not a lot of support for healthy families, and that’s what we’re here to do."
A lot of people confuse FTRC with Birthline, but Feiock said there is a distinction. Birthline is a pregnancy resource center that works with women while they are pregnant. FTRC helps the families after children are born. The organization has helped everyone from teen moms with infants to families with teenagers.
Currently, there are four employees, five volunteers and three people on FTRC’s board of directors. Feiock works from her home on Jefferson Street, but she expects to have an office in the post office, where other businesses are located.
The coronavirus pandemic has affected every business and nonprofit in town, but FTRC maintains contact with all local churches, although it is not affiliated with any single one. Local businesses have also helped.
There are three questions FTRC asks people when they call the organization for help: Are you safe? Do your children have enough to eat? Are you employed?
"Those three questions can help us assess the situation and see what these parents need help with," Feiock said. "Let’s get you safe and let’s get you fed and then we’ll figure out your long-term needs."
In some instances, FTRC has helped women and children who were getting away from domestic abusers.
FTRC helps a lot of single mothers. At least one woman in that situation calls the organization every week, usually at a time when she’s feeling at her worst.
"We’re very encouraging," Feiock said. "I think they almost feel like they owe us something, sometimes, and they don’t. We make that very clear. We’re here to help."
Currently, FTRC is presenting a 12-week class for unwed pregnant mothers, and all ages are welcome. The "Embrace Grace" class is free and held every Thursday, except on Thanksgiving, at 7 p.m. at No. 7 Coffeehouse, 115 S. Washington Ave. FTRC also encourages fathers and will offer some parenting classes in the spring for single dads.