Kansas Legal Services to move to former Rainbows United space downtown

WICHITA — The Wichita office of Kansas Legal Services is moving to a new home not far from its existing one.

The organization, which is based in Topeka, has offices in 11 counties throughout the state and offers a variety of legal aid to a variety of people and groups.

Currently, the Wichita office is in 7,000 square feet at 200 N. Broadway.

The new office is at 340 S. Broadway where Rainbows United used to be.

“This building is better suited for our needs,” says Rhonda Sullivan, managing attorney.

The new 8,400 square feet will offer more storage space and a conference room, which she says “makes me really happy.”

Sullivan says Kansas Legal Services has been in its current space a dozen years.

“We’ve changed a lot in those years.”

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New Central Branch YMCA will have a restaurant with grab-and-go items from the Hyatt Regency Wichita

WICHITA — Somewhat against Dennis Schoenebeck’s better judgment, there’s going to be a restaurant in the Greater Wichita YMCA’s new Central Branch when it opens in December.

“We just kind of have been reluctant to do it,” says Schoenebeck, who is general executive of Y system.

“People have asked for it,” he says of food at all the Y branches. “I always felt that if you can’t do it well, we’d rather not do it.”

He relented in part because the Hyatt Regency Wichita will run the restaurant, which will be something of a grab-and-go service instead of a full-fledged restaurant. There will be sandwiches, salads and smoothies along with some seating.

“This is going to be, I think, a learning experience for us,” Schoenebeck says.

If it goes well, food service is a possibility at other branches as well, he says, although “there’s no great master plan.”

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“While I was working this weekend it was so hot I had to play some Christmas music.”

Greater Wichita YMCA general executive Dennis Schoenebeck, speaking to the Rotary Club of Wichita today, on how singing “White Christmas” can be a survival tool in this heat