Church Board of Directors Agrees to Explore Sharing Space with Drumm Farm for Children

The First Christian Church Board of Directors voted (Aug. 27) to enter into a formal consultation with Drumm Farm for Children to share space in the church building.

Here’s the motion that was approved:

The Board of First Christian Church of Independence agrees to enter into a formal consultation with Drumm Farm for Children on sale of the building to Drumm Farm to provide housing for unaccompanied youth while providing separate dedicated space for First Christian Church functions.

The consultation would determine whether it was appropriate to proceed in developing formal plans and appropriate documents that would be subject to approval by both Drumm Farm and First Christian Church.

The core idea is Drumm Farm would purchase the building to create up to 20 apartments for youth needing short-term housing and make major capital improvements in the building. The church would have dedicated separate space for worship, education and other church-related activities.

The church is basically two building - the historic sanctuary built in 1926 and an educational wing built in 1957. Combined there is 38,000 square space. Outside assessment recently found the church needs less than 10,000 square feet for its functions.

Here’s the presentation given at the board of directors meeting at which all members were invited. Download the presentation.

The consultation may take six months or longer and frequent reports and updates will be provided the congregation.

If you have questions about the proposal and want additional information please contact David Ross, the church moderator.

The church in May began operating a drop-in center for unaccompanied adults (homeless youth) in partnership with Drumm Farm. The drop-in center provides the young people a meal, hygiene products and a chance to get help for adults. Many of the young people are working, attending high school but do not have a regular place to sleep at night.

This effort is part of Drumm’s Street Outreach program which serves young adults 14 to 19 years old in eastern Jackson County. The apartments within the church building would be part of Drumm’s COMPASS program which provides independent living for young adults (ages 17-22) that are homeless or aged out of foster care.

First Christian Church was founded in 1835. Drumm Farm for Children is currently celebrating its centennial.