Legacy began with the vision of Christian singer-songwriter Rich Mullins to reach hurting kids with hope and creativity. When he died in 1997, his friends began Legacy Ministries as a way to continue his work.
Legacy came to Wichita in 2004, and began partnering with Church of the Savior to provide art and music camps for youth in juvenile detention.
Then, in 2011, we became a separate non-profit, and purchased the Legacy House, which launched us into year-round ministry to youth and families in our neighborhood in South Central Wichita.
GardenWorks began with a neglected community garden and the dream to employ young people who faced barriers to getting jobs elsewhere. We took over the Growing Together community garden in 2013, and began producing all kinds of vegetables with teams of young people hired seasonally.
PotteryWorks builds on the youth employment model, employing youth for longer and teaching more precise skills. And CoffeeWorks, still in development, will be our third avenue for youth employment.