Sunflower Journeys Program 1508

Sunflower Journeys Program 1508

  • $ 1000

County Poor Farms: Explore how local governments once dealt with poverty with a look at county poor farms in Kansas. Sunflower Journeys learns what the conditions were in these institutions, how and why people came to live there, and why changing attitudes about the poor eventually forced them to close their doors. Security Benefit Association: Before it housed the Menninger Foundation, the pastoral acreage in northwest Topeka was home to the men, women and children of the Security Benefit Association. The self-sustaining farm included a hospital, a retirement home and an orphanage. Sunflower Journeys looks at the history of this institution and learns what life was like on SBA Hill. Cornerstone of Topeka: Sunflower Journeys examines one private relief effort at work today. Cornerstone of Topeka Inc. helps families move from the streets into affordable housing. Sunflower Journeys talks with both the employees and the benefactors of this program and learns what challenges the poorest Kansans still face today.

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