Melanie Boykin, KVC Prairie Ridge Hospital

“When I heard that the girls [at KVC] didn’t get their hair done regularly I knew from being a woman that how you look on the outside has a lot to do with how you feel on the inside. So we decided to give them a place [at New Urban Barber & Beauty] to get…

Melissa Bynum, Sheperd’s Center

“I love this job and I’m the only staff member. This is a testament to the power of The Shepherd’s Center to do as much as we do with one staff member. The only reason that happens is because of the group of people that you surround yourself with.” “The programs are generated by our…

Eloise Mills, RSVP Volunteer

“I had been coming to Bethel since my kids were little. When I retired I knew I wanted to help more and another friend  was also retiring at the same time started a crafts class with me. It seemed like the thing that the ladies liked the most and what the most need for was…

Diane Maddox, Shepherd’s Center Volunteer

“Shepherd’s Center can draw people in that are just sitting at home watching what I call the idiot box. You need to get out and be among people.” “One thing I really like is Shepherd’s Center’s senior program with learning how to do the computers, the phones, the tablets and any social media. Each time I go…

Ken Carlson, American Red Cross

“It’s nice to be able to help people after a disaster like a house fire where they have lost everything and might not have insurance. We provide emergency services such as shelter, food and clothing. We also do a lot of case work and referrals to things that they might not be aware of. We…

Demetria Spencer, Delight Ahead

“By using SPARK as a [childcare] center we feel less isolated. Before if we needed help, we weren’t really sure where to turn to. Because of SPARK and the technical assistance that they provide, we feel like we have a support system.”  “Project SPARK has helped us to recognize what is current as far as…

Vitula Lungren, Shepherd’s Center

“As we got older and our house got older I did need some help doing some things. Melissa at Shepherd’s Center worked up a huge crew to help clean my basement. I couldn’t get up and down my stairs very easily because they were so steep. It was quite a project. “ “I recently had…

Special Spotlight: In memory of De’Andre Goodson

One of the trainees participating in the YouthBuild KCK program was 5 years old when he saw his first murder in Juniper Gardens, the area where the YouthBuild KCK facility is located. After years of seeing such senseless violence, YouthBuild trainees show a range of emotions– apathy, defeat, depression, anger. That was until their friend…