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Metro Lutheran Ministries (MLM) recently received a grant for $35,000 from the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation – Linscomb Foundation to provide funding and support for the Community Care Program at MLM Northland. For over 30 years, MLM Northland has provided emergency assistance to poor and needy families and their children who are facing financial crisis and live in Clay and Platte counties. This assistance includes food and commodities to help feed these children and families as well as emergency payments to landlords or service providers for families facing eviction or who are in imminent danger of losing their utility services.  Through these payments, which are issued directly to landlords and utility service providers, families are able to stay in their homes, keep their utilities on and keep their children safe.

Developing Potential, Inc. was recently awarded a $5,000 grant from Truman Heartland Community Foundation to equip DPI’s Independence location with new and improved multi-sensory equipment. This equipment will provide sensory stimulation, relaxation, and a greater sense of well-being to DPI's clients. A greater sense of well-being will cause DPI's clients to feel more comfortable overall at DPI, and will allow clients to better achieve their personal goals in reaching their full potential.

Metro Lutheran Ministries (MLM) was recently awarded a $68,650 grant from Corporation for National Service and Community, AmeriCorps to support five AmeriCorps members who will provide financial literacy service, employment services, housing repair, housing repair education, nutrition education, community gardening, and food delivery services in Kansas City, Missouri and Kansas City, Kansas. The mission of Metro Lutheran Ministry (MLM) is to affirm the right of all people to food, clothing and shelter, while promoting self-sufficiency and hope through direct services and advocacy.  AmeriCorps members (Members) will address the root cause of poverty, the root causes of sustained employed poverty, and one of the most basic symptoms of poverty.

Metro Lutheran Ministries (MLM) was recently awarded a $5,000 grant from Kansas City Power and Light (KCP&L) to provide emergency utility assistance for families in imminent danger of losing their utility services. MLM has provided Emergency Assistance for over 40 years to people in financial crisis. This assistance includes emergency payments to utility service providers for families in imminent danger of losing their utility services. These families are existing at or below the 150% of the federal poverty guidelines. Beyond immediate resources to stabilize families in financial crisis, MLM helps clients manage limited resources efficiently, and given them hope and a helping hand to break the cycle of poverty.

Comprehensive Mental Health Services, Inc. (CMHS) was recently awarded a $50,000 grant from the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City to implement a Crisis Services Case Management Program. The overall goal of the Crisis Services Case Management program is to ensure individuals in crisis are able to maintain stability between their initial appointments and connect to services which will begin to address their non-mental health needs, which may be exacerbating their mental health condition.

Comprehensive Mental Health Services, Inc. (CMHS) recently received a grant for $70,000 from the Jackson County Community Mental Health Fund (JCCMHF) to provide individual, family, and group therapy; case management; crisis intervention services; evaluation/assessments; and referrals for IEP designation.

Developing Potential Inc. (DPI) recently received a grant for $399,722 from Eitas to support the training of quality staff and programmatic needs of DPI’s day services. DPI provides on-site and community-based services for adults with developmental disabilities. DPI strives to improve individuals’ abilities to live, work, and develop relationships in their communities.  DPI’s goal is to provide service and support to meet each individual’s needs.

CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) recently received a grant for $5,000 from the Dreiseszun Foundation to support their General Advocacy program. The General Advocacy program provides advocates for children involved in the court systems of Johnson and Wyandotte counties due to abuse, neglect, and divorce-related issues. CASA’s mission is to empower abused and neglected children with a volunteer’s voice in court by seeking a safe and permanent home for each child. CASA’s volunteers ensure that the court system holds paramount children’s best interests, and that children are placed in safe and caring permanent homes.

CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) was recently awarded a $2,000 grant from Ash Grove Foundation to support their General Advocacy program. The General Advocacy program provides advocates for children involved in the court systems of Johnson and Wyandotte counties due to abuse, neglect, and divorce-related issues. CASA’s mission is to empower abused and neglected children with a volunteer’s voice in court by seeking a safe and permanent home for each child. CASA’s Volunteers ensure that the court system holds paramount children’s best interests, and that children are placed in safe and caring permanent homes.

Developing Potential, Inc. was recently awarded a $53,066 grant from the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City to allow adults with developmental disabilities to actively participate in health care programs where they can progress toward self-care and the highest level of independent living possible. HCF funding will provide compensation for the registered nurse who provides oversight, direct service and training and education to more than 150 clients, their families and caregivers at three locations.  Funding will also be used to cover a portion of the costs for a certified yoga instructor, who will help clients improve both their physical and mental health by learning to focus on their body, their breathing, and stress reduction.  The Increase Access to Services program serves DPI clients through annual health screenings, education, and care for clients’ daily medical needs.