Laundry & Latte is on hiatus for Spring 2019. Fabric Care laundry is under new ownership and we hope repairs are made to the laundry machines and we can restart the ministry in the Fall.
Thursdays during the school year, 6 pm, at Fabric Care Laundry, 1825 Crawford, Parsons, KS. We provide two free loads of wash and dry for each student. We also provide coffee, tea, or hot chocolate in the cold months, and lemonade during the warm months. Once a month we offer treats to celebrate birthdays of the students. In the Fall we have a cookout, at the laundromat, to welcome students.
Contact: Candy Scarborough, 620-421-4170, firstname.lastname@example.org
About the Ministry: In 2008, St. John’s Episcopal Church in Parsons became involved in college ministry with Labette Community College (LCC). Searching for something they could provide for the students that would enable them to engage the students on a one-to-one basis. Knowing the LCC dorms had no readily available laundry facilities for students to use, the idea of providing a weekly space and help for students to do their laundry emerged. In addition to helping the students do laundry, St. John’s added the extra feature of a latté machine. Laundry and Latté was born.
Over the years St. John’s Laundry and Latté, has added personal touches of love and care along the way. Students receive birthday cards that offer one extra load of laundry at a time of their choosing. Bags of schools supplies have accompanied the first loads of laundry in mid-August along with a cookout at the start of the Fall semester and end of the spring semester.
Through conversation, St. John’s learned students who need to stay at LCC over Thanksgiving break didn’t have a Thanksgiving Day dinner. Now St. John’s hosts a Thanksgiving Day dinner for the students and their coaches. The dinner has grown to include any college student unable to go home for the holiday, residents of the fixed income apartments behind the church, the local youth crisis shelter, and our own parish members. Students are also invited to St. John’s for Christmas dinner and Shrove Tuesday Pancake supper.