ESS Representative Payee Program
There are different types of benefits available to persons in distress, those living in poverty and those receiving disability income. It's often the only income our program participants receive and live on. The average income for our clients is approximately $734 per month.
Recipients, because of disabilities ranging from insecure living situations, mental illness, physical disabilities, substance abuse, or developmental disabilities, are required by the SSA to have an assigned Payee to receive and manage their income. In addition to Social Security, examples of other benefits include VA benefits, Railroad Retirement, private pensions and widow annuities.
We operate the largest Organizational Representative Payee program in the state for vulnerable recipients of Social Security benefits
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The primary goal of the Payee program is to help the beneficiaries obtain financial security. In addition to assisting the beneficiary with a stable disbursement of their funds, ESS / Venture House staff and volunteers are a positive influence in helping the beneficiary in other areas of their lives. We foster independence by providing social support, serving as a role model and providing community referrals. Payee volunteers ensure that the beneficiary's day to day needs for food, shelter and personal needs are met.
The Organizational Representative Payee program has served hundreds in our community throughout the last 20 years and currently serves more than 450 clients from Wichita and across the state. Our staff and 45 volunteers work to provide each client with assistance in maintaining an independent lifestyle.
Venture House's Payee Program is partially funded by United Way of the Plains. As a partner with United Way, we also operate Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program that is available to payee clients and the general public. Referrals to the program are made by United Way.