Thank you to our Grantors!
2015 started off with tremendous challenges when an Encryptolocker ransom virus was planted on the Center's computers. It destroyed all files, programs (including our accounting program), hard drives and back-up storage. Grant funding from the W.T. Kemper Foundation along with several generous private donations enabled us to completely rebuild our entire system under the expert guidance of Chaz Kerchner who now heads our IT. We were able to finish 2015 on a positive note by assisting over 15,000 individuals in need with shelter, utility and medical payments; food, clothing, transportation; health maintenance and legal needs; education and work related needs.
The Center's Mission is to prevent a temporary crisis from becoming a permanent tragedy. Everything we accomplish in pursuit of our mission is made possible by the generous support we receive from foundations, individuals and businesses. We thank the following for believing in and supporting the Center's mission: WT Kemper Foundation; Oppenstein Brothers Foundation; FEMA; Laclede Gas Energy; KCP&L; Health Care Foundation of Kansas City; Judge Cleveland Moulton Christmas Poor Fund Trust; William G. McGowan Charitable Fund; McGee Foundation; Hartford Financial Services Group; Curry Family Foundation; Frank & Margaret McGee Foundation; United Way of Greater Kansas City; Jackson County; W.J. Brace Foundation; Massman Foundation; Life & Justice Campaign.
The Center is fortunate to receive in-kind rent and utility support for the building that houses our agency. This enables us to apply even more received funding directly to our programs of assistance. Our Clothing/Housewares room relies completely on donations. Our annual Sock It To Poverty drive for new socks & underwear supplies our clients with these much needed items. The Center's self-select food pantry receives donations from area grocery stores and food distributors, and Notre Dame de Sion High School's annual food drive benefits the Center.