Utilities/Rent


Jesus said, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment.

And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” (Matthew 22:36-40)

We Love God and We Love our Neighbors!

HOW? Jesus Christ taught us in Matthew 25: “for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.” (Matthew 25:35-36)

“Truly I tell you, just as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me” (Matthew 25:45)

West Side Baptist Church loves our neighbors by sharing:

  • Food with the Hungry – Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Food Pantry
  • Water with the Thirsty – City of Topeka Water Utility Bill Assistance
  • Housing for the Stranger – Rental and Emergency Housing
  • Clothing for the Naked – Baby Closet, Kids Closet at Westside Christian Church, and Adult Clothing at Doorstep, Inc
  • Medical Care for the Sick – Local hospitals, GraceMed Capitol Family Clinic, and prescription copay assistance
  • Visitation for the Incarcerated and Institutionalized

RENT ASSISTANCE

The City of Topeka has changed the process to request RENT ASSISTANCE starting November 1, 2022. All requests need to go into the City of Topeka for Rent only: Call (785) 368-9533 to start the process. The City will do an intake survey, determine the eligibility and prioritize the callers’ requests based on a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) survey. Once a person is determined eligible, the City will send a ticket to the local social service agencies (e.g., Doorstep Inc., Let’s Help, Salvation Army, etc.) in Topeka to take over the request. Applicants will probably get a recording, so leave one message, not multiple messages, and the City will call them back ASAP.


UTILITY ASSISTANCE

Ward Meade Neighbors – Persons and families living in the historic north-central Ward Meade Neighborhood of Topeka, Kansas, should contact the Church Office at (785) 233-4241 to schedule an appointment to complete an Application for Assistance in person. The Church shares limited funds per request as donations are available. The Church promises no assistance or support without prior approval of the Benevolence Committee. No cash will be paid to any person(s). The Church does not discriminate but complies with the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and all other federal, state, and local laws. A check will be mailed or paid directly to the agency, company, and/or landlord in approximately ten (10) business days. No assistance or applications are accepted over the phone. Donate to the Benevolence Fund at https://west-side-baptist-church.square.site.


Topeka / Shawnee County Neighbors – The Church partners with an area community resource network, government agencies, health care providers in Shawnee County, landlords, religious (churches, mosques, synagogues, temples, etc.) organizations, and/or social service agencies in the Topeka area to help persons and families living in the City of Topeka, Kansas and the Shawnee County area. Please contact one or more of our area partners who manage benevolence funds to better serve all of our neighbors in the City of Topeka and Shawnee County Area.

Doorstep Inc.
1119 SW 10th Ave, Topeka, KS 66604
Phone (785) 357-5341
https://www.doorsteptopeka.org/

Harvesters Community Food Network
215 SE Quincy St, Topeka, KS 66603
Phone (785) 861-7700
https://www.harvesters.org/

Habitat for Humanity Topeka
121 NE Gordon St, Topeka, KS 66608
Phone: (785) 234-4322
https://www.topekahabitat.org/

Let’s Help
200 S Kansas Ave, Topeka, KS 66603
Phone: (785) 234-6208
https://letshelpinc.org/

Housing and Credit Counseling, Inc.
1195 SW Buchanan, Suite 101, Topeka KS
Phone: 800-383-0217
https://housingandcredit.org/

Topeka Metropolitan Transit Authority
820 SE Quincy Ave, Topeka, 66612-1114
https://www.topekametro.org/


Persons and families outside of the Topeka / Shawnee County area should contact their local ministerial alliance, house of worship, or community assistance network. The Church cannot provide transportation assistance (including gas) for nonresidents or persons/families traveling through the area.