The Whole Person (TWP) will use the grant money to support the Mental Health Services program providing individual counseling, group counseling, psycho-educational group counseling, and independent living services. Funding from the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City will pay for 25% of the Director’s time, 50% of the licensed professional counselor's time, and 50% of two advocates’ time in providing individual, group, and psycho-educational group counseling. Independent Living Services are already supported by a State Independent Living Grant from The Missouri Office of Adult Learning and Rehabilitation Services.
In 2015, a new Service Center for MLM will be built to increase MLM's ability to serve the Northland community. The new Northland Service Center will be a visible and strong anchor in Kansas City North, and a beacon to those in economic crisis who need a lifeline. The new Service Center will be created through a renovation of the former sanctuary of St. James Lutheran Church. This Service Center will have locations for food storage, multiple offices for case management, a reception and waiting room for clients, a bathroom, additional storage space, and room to grow. Case management at the Northland location will be expanded so that MLM will be able to serve the increasing numbers of families and individuals in crisis. This includes food, permanent supportive housing, rent and utility assistance, and some of the emergency needs of families in crisis that have consumed the program manager on staff at the Northland location. The basement will be renovated to accommodate the Learning to Earning Program as it expands into the Northland. Learning to Earning is a client-focused education, financial literacy and employment services program for those without basic job readiness skills or financial stability. Annually the program provides highly individualized instruction, GED preparation, employment services and case management support for approximately 300 committed individuals looking to improve their lives.
Metro Lutheran Ministries (MLM) recently received a grant for $15,000 from the Jacob L. and Ella C. Loose Foundation to support direct services to poor and needy children and families in Jackson County/Kansas City, Missouri through MLM’s Community Care Program.
Community Care provides food, emergency assistance, and case management to help families break the cycle of poverty in two locations, Midtown (3031 Holmes Street) and Northland (1104 NE Vivion).
Metro Lutheran Ministries (MLM) recently received a grant for $25,000 from the Goppert Foundation to support the development of a new Northland Service Center.
A new 4,300 square foot Service Center will be created through a renovation of the former sanctuary of St. James Lutheran Church. Over 3,460 square feet of the former sanctuary will be renovated for the new Service Center and an additional 840 square feet will be added through construction to the existing space. This Service Center will have locations for food storage, three offices for case management, a reception and waiting room for clients, a bathroom, additional storage space, and room to grow. A dock and ramp will be added to aid food deliveries.
Funding will be used to support program areas, including: Troop Leader Training; Community Partner Programs; Camp Programming; and the Outreach Program. Major costs associated to provide these core program areas include: program supplies, program center hosting, and staff salary and benefits. Staff are integral to the STEM Program. For example, the STEM Program manager's expertise is critical for guiding and creating program curriculum, training volunteers, and developing STEM activity guides for the four camp properties.