For many individuals, it's just the beginning of another day of struggle
For others, the recently disabled or unemployed, it is a new way of life as they learn how to navigate a system they never thought they'd need. Their average annual income of $3,000 to $9,600 is immediately consumed with the basic needs of survival for themselves and their families…shelter, utilities and food. Many of the Center's clients are the "working poor" who live so close to the edge of poverty that a minor obstacle such as a car breakdown can lead to a downward financial spiral that's impossible to reverse. They are trapped in a cycle of dead-end jobs without benefits or opportunities for advancement, and every day is a struggle to simply survive. Without assistance, they will be facing eviction, utility shut-offs and worsening medical conditions. They will fall behind with little hope of catching up.
Star light, star bright, we thank the wonderful people who donated these much needed items to the Center!
Did You Know?
The Center provides assistance for 8 of the top 10 most requested needs as reported by United Way's 2-1-1 Information and Referral Line for people in need. The Center is their 2nd most referred agency.
The Center is the only agency providing multiple client assists to 31 Kansas City zip codes from a single site.
Legal: The Center partners with a group of attorneys who provide free legal counsel to all clients of the Center.
Volunteers: 175 volunteers assist the Center on a regular monthly basis averaging 562 ½ hours each month. We couldn't open our doors without them!
Transportation: The Center is the only agency providing both the one-ride bus tokens at half price and the reduced fare 31 day bus pass.
Food: The Center is the only agency providing bi-monthly food assistance that includes fresh produce and fresh meat/poultry. This is critical with so many individuals unemployed. Many children don't get the free meal program when schools are closed during the summer and holidays adding to the parents' financial burden of needing to provide additional food.