The Downtown Council, in cooperation with the reStart Incorporated and Episcopal Community Services work together to address homelessness in Downtown Kansas City. Through the partnership, the Downtown Council’s Development established a 501 C3 corporation and purchased a building in close proximity to overnight emergency shelters. The DDG raised the $1.6 million through private and philanthropic donors. The DDG provided construction management as well as community engagement to facilitate service relocation. This Center provides showers, laundry, physicians, counselors, and housing referrals. Additionally, our newly opened state of the art kitchen service meals to over 2,500 men, woman and children each week. The Center is self-sustaining and 100% debit free.
- Center provides Emergency Services to over 3,500 men, women and children annually
- Provided over 300,000 meals in first two years of kitchen operation
- Established 501c3 Not-for-Profit to own and manage the property
- Phase II calls for the creation of an additional 25,000 square foot structure to house employment and mental health services.
- Proposed Phase II is approximately $5 million project budget.
- More clients are entering programmed services.