PITTSBURG — Getting new identification cards and birth certificates can be difficult for those in unstable environments.
This month marks one year of Wesley House’s ID program. The program assists people in getting birth certificates, identification cards and driver’s licenses.
Since July 1, 2016 the program has helped 29 people with birth certificates and 26 with identification cards or driver’s licenses — making it possible for them to gain employment and housing.
The program is funded by the Community Foundation of Southeast Kansas.
“We greatly appreciate the Community Foundation for supporting us,” Wesley House Executive Director Marcee Binder said.
The program helps gather information needed to get new ID cards and birth certificates and provides transportation to the DMV and the Social Security Office.
The program pays up to $50 of the cost to get these documents.
Individuals must be at or below the 185 income percentile to receive this service.
People who do not have their birth certificate or identification card may not have them for many reasons — ID cards may have expired because they could not afford to renew them or they could have had their card stolen or lost.
Obtaining a new ID requires more documents.
The documents must prove who that person is — this can be a birth certificate, passport or other documents that fit the requirements.
An ID card is needed to get a birth certificate and social security card and a birth certificate is needed to get an ID.
Binder said getting ID cards and birth certificates can be an overwhelming experience for people in an unstable environment and with the program, they don’t have to experience it alone.
“We have a case manager who has background in ID capturing,” she said. “Kelly can come in and navigate the system for them.
“She goes to DMV with folks to get ID or a driver's license.”
The Wesley House has connections with another agency, which helps people navigate through the process of getting social security cards.
“They never have to walk through the process alone,” Binder said.
— Stephanie Potter is a staff writer at the Morning Sun. She can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow her on Twitter @PittStephP and Instagram @stephanie_morningsun.