The former Sunshine Inn in Wellington will be re-opened next year as a residential group home, meant to provide children's shelter services in Wellington.
For people who have been wondering what has been going on inside the now-closed Sunshine Inn, you’re not alone. For the past several months, there have been workers toiling away both inside and outside the former motel.
It is currently being renovated to accomdate Aahn’s Place, Aahn means ‘the foundation of traditional values. Family always takes priority in life.
It is the newest residential group home meant to provide emergency children’s shelter services in Wellington. According to their documentation, they ‘are eager and ready to help children in our community and across the state of Kansas by providing a safe and nurturing environment.’
If there was one thing we want children to know, it would be that no child should have to go through difficult family times alone. We want them to know that they do matter and that they are not alone in their efforts to find hope. It will get better.’
They continue to offer that ‘the city of Wellington provides a unique advantage for youth by offering a supportive and close-knit small town community. In addition, the community will also benefit by being recognized as fostering a safe and loving environment where children can easily overcome challenges of the past and start restoring hope for their future. They provide child mental health services and teen counseling during this transitionand help to provide a safe and nurturing space for children.
Nissa Rohrer, office manager for Aahn’s Place says she is “hopeful that construction will finish up either at the end of this month or early next month. We are shooting for a tentative mid-February opening.
The owner, Derrick Pritchard, did not respond to requests for interview by press time.