Church will host drop-in center for homeless youth

The church will provide a drop-in center for Independence homeless youth who are still attending school working in partnership with three major non-profits.

A pilot program, starting in May, was approved by the Administrative Cabinet and the Trustees during a joint meeting April 7.  Mission Committee members also participated.

The drop-in program will be a couple of hours after school on Thursdays during May while school still in session.

The church will provide space, food and hygiene products. Program support will be provided by Drumm Farm Center for Children, reStart and Synergy. The three groups support similar drop in efforts in Blue Springs and Kansas City and were looking for an Independence location.

The opportunity for the church emerged out of a “new beginnings” discussion held with Drumm Farm.

Funding has been secured for May. Other funding may be available from the Mission Committee. If the pilot is successful, the Finance Committee will consider long-term funding options to support the program.

The church was very successful in securing community support and funding for Tabitha’s Closet - the children and youth program which provided shoes and clothing to over 2,000 children and youth in the Independence School District.

The homeless youth served by the drop in center will be considerably smaller with initial estimates of 15 to 30. Staff from the non-profits will be at the church during the time the drop-in center is open.

If there are questions please share them with moderator David Ross or other church officers.