Community Involvement

Community Service

Community service is an integral part of the Friends University educational and extracurricular experience. The Office of Community and Residential Development offers several programs/initiatives for students interested in giving their time and talents to local, regional, national and even international causes/organizations.

Salvation Army Service Day

Each year since 1992, Friends University staff, faculty, and student groups join together to serve at the Salvation Army, as part of their Angel Tree Project. The University assists the charity group with donation pick-ups, sorting gifts, assembling bikes, and decoration the facility for the families.


Director of Community Service

Center on Family Living

The mission of the Friends University Center on Family Living (CFL) is to provide compassionate and affordable therapeutic services to individuals, couples and families. We believe that clients are best understood and supported in the context of their relationships. We do not discriminate or refuse services to anyone on the basis of their socioeconomic status, age, culture, ethnicity, gender, religion or sexual orientation. We respect the rights of clients and safeguard client confidence as permitted by law.


2100 W. University Ave.
Wichita, Kansas 67213
Phone: 316-295-5638
Fax: 316-295-5115

To schedule an appointment, use the contact information above. Flexible services are provided to accommodate all work schedules. Most clients can be contacted within 24-48 hours to schedule an appointment. If you receive our voicemail, please leave your contact information and your call will be returned as soon as possible.

Therapy Services

The Center on Family Living provides the following therapeutic services:

  • Premarital therapy
  • Marital therapy
  • Step-family concerns
  • Divorce adjustment
  • Sexual concerns
  • Communication problems
  • Life transitions
  • Work and school stress
  • Parenting concerns
  • Child behavior problems
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Grief and loss issues

History of the Center on Family Living

In 1978, the Center on Family Living was founded with a grant from the Lilly Foundation to create a regional resource center promoting family life education primarily in church settings. In the early 1980s, the Center experienced a lull following the end of the three-year grant and the untimely death of the founding director, Dr. Sheldon Louthan.

When Friends University launched the Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy degree program in 1986, the Center on Family Living was revived as the degree’s training agency, with a new focus of providing the community free or low-cost therapy services through student interns under faculty supervision.

In October 2000, the Wichita CFL moved to the new Marriage and Family Therapy building, with nine therapy rooms matched with four separate observation rooms, five support staff work areas, seven faculty offices, a separate public entrance and two classrooms. The new Wichita CFL facility links all therapy rooms, observation rooms, classrooms and conference rooms for live observation of therapy for training purposes. In July 2002, Wichita’s CFL placed a major emphasis on play therapy, both for treatment services and professional training, by equipping four therapy rooms for play therapy and initiating specific play therapy training opportunities.

Today, the Center on Family Living in Wichita continues to serve as the training facility for graduate interns in the advanced stages of their degree in marriage and family therapy. All graduate interns are supervised by clinical faculty members within the Friends University Marriage and Family Therapy graduate program.

Run with Friends

Friends University’s historic clocktower building, beautiful campus and surrounding Delano neighborhood will welcomes runners and walkers of all ages as part of the Annual Friends University President’s Run each April. Friends University’s Freddy Falcon is joined by many other area mascots to cheer participants on and mingle after the races.

Races include a Falcon 5K Competitive Race (timing and race management by Clark Ensz) and the Mascot Mile Fun Run/Walk. Come check out our great 5K course, which is part of the Prairie Fire Spring Half Marathon in May! Following the races, participants and spectators enjoy live music, vendor booths and refreshments. Race participants receive a short-sleeve tech T-shirt and other goodies in addition to prizes for all age levels. Come out and discover why Friends University is known for its friendly, welcoming and supportive atmosphere.

Wichita Community Children’s Choir

The Wichita Community Children’s Choir is dedicated to leading children to learn and perform beautiful choral music. Directed by Mrs. Karen Sims, the WCCC is a select group of treble singers in grades 4-8 from Wichita and surrounding communities. Members of the choir strive to achieve the highest level of choral artistry and to discover the joy of singing together through energetic, challenging rehearsals and inspiring, joy-filled performances.

The choir was founded in 1992 by Marilyn Killian and Barbara Bowers. Past performances of the choir include performances with the Wichita Symphony Orchestra, with opera legend Samuel Ramey, and at state, regional and national music conferences. Friends University has been the host institution since the choir’s inception.

Rehearsals are Thursdays from 4:45 to 6:15 p.m. in the Riney Fine Arts Center on the Friends University campus in Wichita.

For more information, visit, call 316-295-5570 or email Friends University Director of Choral Music, Dr. Mark Bartel at