First Call for Help

607 E 13th St., Hays, KS  67601

Phone: 785-623-2800
Fax: 785-623-4590 

Monday , December , 09 2019
You are here : What We Do
Programs and Services

Information & Referral

Provides individuals who are in a crisis situation with a vast array of community resources to meet their needs.  The program collaborates with local social service agencies.  People who are in need of services complete an intake form and are referred to the appropriate agency for assistance.


Emergency Financial Assistance


Vouchers for emergency assistance are issued to provide for such needs as rent and utilities.



Meals on Wheels


In collaboration with Hays Medical Center, First Call for Help provides a healthy meal to elderly or home-bound individuals on a daily basis.  The meals are delivered directly to their door.



Backpacks for Kids


Provides backpacks with school supplies and personal hygiene items to low-income Ellis County children each August.  The backpacks are distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis.  For more information or to reserve a backpack for your child use the link here or contact us at First Call for Help.



HEART (Hays Emergency Assistance Response Team)


HEART is a team of volunteers and staff members who respond to the emergency needs of travelers passing through Hays who are in a crisis situation.  Assistance is provided to meet needs such as shelter, food, gas, or limited transportation.  In order to receive assistance, individuals must go/call the Hays Law Enforcement Center.



New Directions

Professional staff works with individuals and families on a long-term basis with the ultimate goal of moving them from poverty to self-sufficiency.

Funded in part by the following: City of Hays United WayECMA