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WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – The non-profit Women Aspire has helped many women in Wichita with resources like education, mentoring, child care and housing. The latest KSN News 3 Hometown Hero is the organization’s founder Stephanie Stovall. She is using her "Share The Love Campaign," to improve the lives of many Kansas women.

Many years ago Stephanie was in a tough situation. She was young, divorced, with a son. She had to move back in with her parents for help. She was able to get her education and find work. But, Stephanie soon realized there were other women who didn’t have that luxury, that’s when she decided to pay it forward.

It certainly is a labor of love for volunteers at the Urban Preparatory Academy in Wichita. Stephanie and other volunteers, with Women Aspire, are making sure things are perfect for the group’s new preschool soon to open in the building. Stovall says this project is one of many helping women get a second chance.

"Our goal is to provide resources for women and their children. They may be homeless, they may be aging out of foster care, victims of human trafficking or just need help getting on their feet," said Stovall.

According to Stephanie, helping her clients means a lot to her. But, there is one resource that really touches her heart.

"But, sometimes if they need housing, that’s going to come first to feel like you’re in a safe place. They said to have a safe place for me to lay my head at night," said Stovall.

Women Aspire’s "Share The Love Campaign," is still working on a full-time housing solution. The organization plans on using proceeds from the child care to help fund it.

"We will provide child care services for two shifts, is what we want to do. Parents can work one shift and then go to school or pick up a trade for the second shift," said Stovall.

Women Aspire needs to raise $20,000 to finish the preschool project.

Stephanie says she has even bigger plans for helping women in our community. This Hometown Hero has one request for them.

"But, to give back to help someone else, once you have made it and reached your goals. Then, come back and help another woman to reach her goals," said Stovall.

Right now, the Women Aspire: "Share The Love Campaign," needs donations. If you would like to help you can go to their website.

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Noelle Sosa