Jul 17, 2020
Barry Feaker has held the Executive Director position at the Topeka Rescue Mission for more than three decades. During that time, his organization has made a huge impact on the community and the people that need support. He’s seen a lot of change through the years, including the most recent shift that COVID-19 has caused. Join us as we learn more about the TRM.
Show notes & additional resources: https://kansasbiztalk.com/podcast/ep-9-supporting-the-homeless-and-impoverished-of-topeka-with-barry-feaker/1159/
About our guest: https://www.trmonline.org/about/about-trm-ministries
1:21 – Background on our guest today, Barry Feaker
2:53 – Why did he leave the mental health field to TRM?
6:37 – Benefits and challenges for an organization like this.
8:16 – How COVID changed funding.
8:59 – Has the government tried to get involved at any point?
10:54 – Every rescue mission is different.
12:06 – How many people do you shelter each year and how COVID impacted that.
14:14 – They’ve lost a lot of volunteers due to COVID as well.
15:00 – Processes they use to manage these large numbers of people.
16:47 – The process for homeless coming in.
24:14 – Scary moments he’s had on the job.
27:50 – Does he have a favorite failure?
31:31 – The anti-human trafficking division
33:45 – Human trafficking in Topeka
37:07 – Is there a program he’s most proud of?
40:43 – What do you wish knew early on?
42:13 – Best way to get plugged into the Topeka Rescue Mission.