This comprehensive program meets the basic needs of individuals facing chronic poverty; the low income; the elderly; the homebound and the homeless; the newly and long term unemployed. It provides direct assists at critical times with shelter, utility and medical expenses, food, clothing and transportation, educational and work related needs. The program goal is to provide a stabilizing force in the lives of individuals and families in crisis by giving them access to life-sustaining needs. It has multiple components in order to best respond to the ever-changing needs of the individuals and community we serve.
The program focus is to improve and maintain the quality of life for the elderly. It includes Saturday Meal Delivery to the homebound; minor home repairs; emergency assistance services; free legal counsel and health and wellness screenings. The Center is the only agency offering this program for the elderly.
The Center partners with a group of attorneys who provide free legal counsel to all clients of the Center such as public entitlement; applications and appeals; landlord/tenant issues; lessening of function and end of life issues, etc.
A free ongoing program staffed by area health care professionals including Swope Parkway, Truman Medical Center, Truman Eye Clinic, UMKC School of Dentistry, St. Luke's Hospital and GivingtheBasics.org. This program offers assistance in locating community resources to support ongoing medical need; nutritional and disease prevention education; home health assessment for the homebound; flu shots. It also provides basic human dignity products that are not covered by government assistance (Food Stamps) such as soap, toothpaste, shampoo, toilet paper, etc.