Peace Connections is a community-based non-profit that began humbly and heartfully in 1983 as the Newton Area Peace Center and opened its first office above Druber's Donut Shop in downtown Newton, Kansas, a Midwestern town of just over 18,000 residents.
To visitors from larger metropolitan areas it might seem a bit unusual that a relatively small population center (our entire county has fewer than 35,000 persons) has an organization dedicated to peace and social justice. Peace Connections operates under the assumption that peace on earth must begin right where we live, especially wherever poverty or other forms of inequity are evident.
Our Mission and Initiatives
Peace Connections recognizes the relationship between poverty and peace, and works to develop resources, educate our community and inspire change. Our major investments in this focus area are Harvey County Circle of Hope and the Summer Enrichment Activities for Kids (SEAK) program for kids 6-10.
As our leadership, location and programs have altered in response to changing needs over the last three decades, peace and social justice remain central to the vision, while simplicity and sustainability continue as the touchstones of our operational philosophy. This quality of intention has resulted in several awards:
- 2011 Kingdom Class Award to Circle of Hope from Missional Church Network
- 2010 Woman of the Year award to Peace Connections Director, Myrna Krehbiel, The Newton Kansan
- 2009 Friends of Education Award in the Partner Activity category, South Central Kansas School Public Relations Association
- 2008 Award for Collaborative Excellence, Kansas Association of Community Action Agencies (KACAP)
- 2007 It's All Good, Sierra Scott, KPTS TV
Peace Connections is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization
209 S. Pine / P.O. Box 1147 / Newton, KS 67114
Office Hours: Monday-Friday 10 am - 4 pm
©2017 Peace Connections