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ICT S.O.S. has new home at Mead's Corner

11/09/2012 2:24 PM

11/09/2012 2:53 PM

WICHITA — ICT S.O.S., which is a grassroots effort to fight human trafficking, is getting a new home.

The group has been located in founder Jennifer White's house, but as of next week it will be in an office on the second floor of Mead's Corner at Douglas and Emporia.

"They've been kind of looking at how they want to rework the coffee shop both from an operations standpoint and a ministry outreach standpoint," White says.

First United Methodist Church owns Mead's Corner.

White says the church wanted to take on a cause that the coffee shop could support.

"We've now formed a partnership with them ... to kind of be that signature ministry for them," she says. "I'm a huge fan of Mead's anyway."

White says the move is coming at a good time for ICT S.O.S., which she formed in March 2011.

"We're kind of in this spot where we're trying to figure out, OK, what's the next step for us?"

She says she likes that Mead's is centrally located.

"It's a place that people come and work and have Bible studies and book clubs, so it makes sense for us to be someplace we can be more visible and more connected to the community."

Without a public space, White says, "We're not as accessible to people as we can be if we have an actual location." She adds, "This will allow us to kind of expand as well."

In addition to the office, there's a conference room on the second floor, or the group could meet downstairs in the coffee shop.

White admits it's not only the space that has her excited. There's a side benefit to locating there, too.

"What's better than having a work space that has amazing coffee downstairs?"

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Carrie Rengers joined The Eagle's Business team in 2002 despite her inability to even balance a checkbook. Fortunately for her, and readers, her Have You Heard? blog is about business scoops and contains lots of news but almost no math.

A Michigan native, Carrie’s father was quite tragically transferred to Little Rock, Ark., in the middle of her sophomore year of high school. To make matters worse, her parents put her in a girls school. She recovered, though, and went on to enjoy being an English major at Hendrix College (the Harvard of the Ozarks, don’t you know). She worked for the weekly Arkansas Business and the statewide daily Arkansas Democrat-Gazette before moving to Wichita to be with her favorite writer and cook, husband Joe Stumpe.

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