KidsTLC, Inc. was recently awarded a $60,000 grant from the John W. and Effie E. Speas Memorial Trust to grow and improve our current technology infrastructure that will help us provide better care for our low income/underserved young clients. The grant funds will directly support a portion of our 2020 Technology Improvement project, which includes replacing/upgrading staff laptops and desktop computers, a facility management solution software, security cameras, and a payroll/HRS system.  Use of up-to-date laptops, enhanced technology and upgraded cameras will give these staff the flexibility and mobility they need to document client information on the spot and ease their administrative burden. This also gives all staff the option to work and document at home or anywhere they desire, so they can be more focused on direct services to clients while they are on the floor. Moreover, this capability will also give supervisors more access to real-time data on clients, so they can address issues faster, have more insight and information during treatment meetings, and coach staff appropriately.

KidsTLC, Inc. recently received a grant for $50,000 from the REACH Healthcare Foundation to support core operating expenses. Core operating support from the REACH Foundation allows KidsTLC to use the funds where they are most needed and keeps our programs operating and sustainable. KidsTLC is well-equipped to serve and impact the lives of vulnerable youth and their families. At the heart of KidsTLC’s core values is the drive and desire to constantly improve programming, especially when a gap in services presents itself in our community. We increase access through partnerships in the community and by continuing to seek out ways we can extend our expertise and services into the community (both by placing providers at off site locations and offering training to youth serving professions such as medical professionals and educators).

United Inner City Services (UICS) was recently awarded a $75,000 grant from the H&R Block Foundation and/or Marion and Henry Bloch Family Foundation to support the infant and toddler program at Metro Center. For more than 50 years, United Inner City Services (UICS) has served the Kansas City community by addressing challenges facing families in the urban core. Today, UICS carries out its mission of “Building Bridges. Inspiring Minds. Impacting Futures.” through the St. Mark Center, UICS’s primary service and one of Kansas City’s leading early education programs. The licensed and accredited St. Mark Center serves 150 children, along with their families, annually through early childhood education and wrap-around services.

Comprehensive Mental Health Services, Inc. was recently awarded a $50,000 grant from the REACH Core Operating Grant to support their core operating expenses. Funding from the REACH Core Operating Grant will support CMHS’s goal to help individuals and families who experience emotional and coping problems (inability to handle everyday...

KidsTLC, Inc. recently received a grant for $50,000 from the H&R Block Foundation to support staff training, consultation, and supplies focused on our agency’s “Philosophy of Care,” Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP). KidsTLC will purchase much needed workbooks, video cameras for consultation, and set up an AV room for live and video supervision.  Fees will be paid for DDPI Agency Certification as well as consultant-in-training/trainer-in-training fees for the two lead DDP senior staff. Throughout the year, staff will participate in various tele-video consultations with Dr. Hughes and Mr. McKellar while our seven therapists continue their practicum work.

The YMCA of Greater Kansas City recently received a grant for $15,000 from the Prime Health Foundation to create healthy living strategies that meet the needs of their members. The Y seeks to deliver a weight-loss program with a research-based curriculum that helps individuals get moving, eat healthy, and make lasting lifestyle changes in order to lose weight and reduce the risk for developing chronic diseases.