Ballard Center is a non-profit organization that provides a high quality, affordable early education program and essential basic life assistance for families and individuals in need. Programs include:

  • Food security
  • Clothing assistance, including professional clothing for those transitioning back into work through our Suitable for Work closet
  • Assistance with rent and utilities
  • Holiday assistance for families through the Adopt-a-Family program
  • Bi-Monthly Mobile Food Distribution in partnership with Harvesters held at the Douglas County Fairgrounds every 2nd and 4th Tuesday.
  • An early childhood program that provides affordable quality education for children ages two through five in a daycare setting with a trauma-informed curriculum. If you’re searching for an affordable preschool in Lawrence, KS, look no further!

In 2020, Ballard Center impacted 204 children & families with our early childhood education program. Ballard’s services reached the community in other ways, too, as 1,188 household members were impacted by rent, utility, and stabilization resources. We also had 3,386 household members impacted through our pantry services, 10,460 mobile food distribution household members that received food assistance, and 728 household members found joy through our holiday Adopt-a-Family program.

By Appointment only: Monday through Friday at 708 Elm.

News & Info

  • Spring Updates & Happenings!

    And now….….the Grand Opening of our updated Workwear Closet! We’re very excited about this dedicated space reserved for anyone in need of work apparel and shoes. If you’ve got scrubs, hospitality wear, steel-toed boots, or anything business casual, give us a call to set up a drop off! 785-842-0729   An extra special thank you

    April 13, 2021
  • Gettin’ it done in 2021!

    Our Quarterly e-newsletter is out and it’s full of good stuff! If you want to stay up-to-date with Ballard news and activities, you can subscribe at the bottom of our home page. We know you probably get a lot of e-mails, so we try to stick to quarterly updates, news about events, or other time-sensitive

    January 28, 2021
  • Ballard + EatStreet’s “Eat to Earn” Dec 8-18!

    Thinking about what to do for lunch? Order EatStreet delivery DEC 8 until DEC 18, use the code BALLARD at checkout, and do a little good while eating some good food. Order from a local biz and look at that, the trifecta of Good Stuff! Spread the word, friends!

    December 8, 2020

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