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Developing Potential, Inc. (DPI) recently received a grant for $399,000 from the eitas Developmental Disability Services of Jackson County to provide quality day habilitation services to adults with developmental disabilities, and support those individuals to reach their potential and achieve a dignified, adult lifestyle. Developing Potential provides services that enable individuals to live in, belong to, and experience quality of life in the community. DPI works with program participants to design individualized plans that support the development of skills that include self-advocacy, activities of daily living, forming and maintaining relationships, and achieving and maintaining good health and emotional well-being.

Baptist Trinity Lutheran Legacy Foundation recently received a grant for $75,000 from the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City to provide emergency and crisis related medical services on a comprehensive scale to Kansas City’s Medicine Cabinet (KCMC) clients. The goal of Kansas City's Medicine Cabinet (KCMC) is to improve the health of low-income and under-served individuals in the Kansas City Metropolitan Area by providing emergency or crisis related medical assistance.  With the support of the Health Care Foundation, the Baptist-Trinity Lutheran Legacy Foundation will assist KCMC in providing direct client support for medically under-served individuals in this region.

CASA of Johnson and Wyandotte Counties recently received a grant for $25,000 from the John W. Speas & Effie E. Speas Memorial Trust to support CASA’s recruitment, training, and supervision of more volunteer advocates to identify victims’ needs, advocate for appropriate services for the children, and inform the courts regarding identifying a safe, permanent home. This year, CASA will focus on addressing our program’s quality assurance components by improving data collection and program evaluation, with special emphasis on Teen Advocacy services. Teen Advocacy is tailored to address the unique needs of older youth in foster care. Volunteers serve as advocates and mentors to help teens attain critical life skills as they prepare for independent living.

KidsTLC recently received a grant for $15,000 from the Courtney S. Turner Foundation to support their Street Outreach Services (SOS) program.  This program provides transitional aged homeless, runaway, and at risk youth with crisis intervention, case management, and housing services, as well as connections to other critical community services. KidsTLC operates a 24-hour crisis hotline where youth can reach a staff member day or night. Staff utilize crisis intervention interactions with youth to build trust and offer them services. SOS staff then work to transition youth into case management. Case managers come alongside the youth to help them identify and meet specific goals.

Metro Lutheran Ministries (MLM) recently received a grant for $75,000 from the Hancock Family Foundation to support the Learning to Earning program. Learning to Earning is a client-focused education and employment services program for those without basic job readiness skills.  Clients work with a Program Managers in three main areas, including Education, Employment, and Finances.  Clients work to get their GED, doing preparation work in balance with their work schedule and family commitments.  They work with Program Managers who design an individualized process for each client to guide them through employment services, focusing on resume assistance, life skills, and assistance with leads and interviewing.  They work to develop an individualized financial plan, focusing on needs versus wants, the benefits of bank accounts, and develop a monthly budget.

Comprehensive Mental Health Services (CMHS) recently received a grant for $500 from the Harley Davidson Foundation to support the Welcome Home Program.  This program assists adults with Severe Mental Illness in transitioning to safe and dignified housing by providing necessities such as sheets, towels, cookware, and other household items.

Genesis Promise Academy recently received a grant for $152,767 from the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City to support the partial salaries of four counselors and the time of a Family Resource Specialist. The Genesis Counseling Program provides individual, group, and psycho-educational group therapy to approximately 290 students per year ages 5-14 at the school. The goal of the program is to help children cope more effectively with the impact of trauma and psychosocial stressors at home and in the community.