About Us

Ministry history, mission, leadership

About Us

About Us

Deeply rooted within the Episcopal tradition, the ministry of Saint Francis Community Services is dedicated to the protection, nurturing, and healing of children.

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Mission/Vision

Mission/Vision

Our Mission and Vision Statements guide us as we work to provide the children we serve with a more hopeful future.

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Our Story

Our Story

Our work began with the vision of one man, “Fr. Bob” Mize, who refused to give up on troubled youth and saw promise in every young person.

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Leadership Team

Leadership Team

Inspired by Fr. Bob’s vision, our leadership team guides the work of hundreds of dedicated employees in four states.

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About Us

Since 1945, Saint Francis Community Services has been dedicated to the needs of children and youth. We advocate for them and work to protect them. We do our best to ensure that every child we serve gets a chance at a happy and fulfilling life. As a non-profit, faith-based organization, we place great stock in the value of both traditional and non-traditional families. We believe strong families make children’s lives better.

That’s why we care for children through community-based means, serving 10,000 children in Kansas, Oklahoma, and Nebraska with a broad range of programs and services. We help strengthen and heal families while providing for the health and security of children.

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Mission Statement

Our mission is to be an instrument of healing for children, youth, and families in spirit, mind, and body, so they live responsibly and productively with purpose and hope.

Vision Statement

To be the leading provider of a continuum of preventive, therapeutic, and educational services for children, youth and families.


Our Stories

Our Story

The Rev. Robert Mize Jr., an Episcopal priest, founded Saint Francis Boys’ Home nearly seven decades ago in Ellsworth, Kansas. Fr. Bob had seen too many troubled youth disappear forever into the juvenile justice system, and he wanted to help them reclaim their lives and their futures. He offered hope.

Over the years, the scope of our ministry has grown, encompassing foster care, therapeutic foster care, adoption, family preservation, residential care, and community outreach services. We provide child welfare services in Kansas, Oklahoma, Nebraska and adult developmental disabilities services in Mississippi.

Saint Francis Boys’ Home began with 12 boys; today Saint Francis Community Services serves thousands of children and youth. Yet, we still do the same work begun by Fr. Bob – helping children and youth find a more hopeful future.

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Leadership Team

Starting with the founder and first president of Saint Francis, The Rev. Robert Mize Jr., Episcopal priests have led our ministry, and we have maintained that tradition for 70 years. Our sixth and current president is The Very Rev. Robert Nelson Smith.

A senior executive team of eight vice-presidents works closely with Fr. Bobby under his leadership, while a Board of Directors - comprised of clergy, businesspersons, and community leaders - oversees the ministry of Saint Francis.

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Leadership Team