When it was founded in 1975, CAPA ran a crisis and information hotline, but quickly expanded to include treatment programs for survivors of child abuse. Today, it serves children and families with three levels of programming—education, family support, and counseling services—all designed to prevent and treat child abuse. The programs help strengthen family relationships through problem solving and communication-based activities, and reinforce self-esteem through educational presentations. Art therapy, play therapy, and individual counseling are all available for children who have experienced trauma or been abused, and a women's empowerment group provides enrichment for adult survivors of abuse.
Sheffield Place helps up to 30 families each year through its residential-services program, which includes housing for up to two years and supportive services for the mothers, who all have experienced mental-health or addiction problems. Each family lives in a private two-room space with a private bath, with a shared kitchen and laundry room on each floor. Prior to their arrival, the families' beds are prepared with new, clean blankets, sheets, and pillows to help them feel welcome and establish a comfortable, fresh start in their new home. When the families are ready to move into permanent housing, the bed linens and blankets are theirs to take with them.
Philanthropy and fashion coalesce at the second annual Spring into Hope fundraiser, which will donate every cent of its proceeds to the Marian Hope Center for Children's Therapy in support of children with autism and special needs. During both days, guests can peruse vendor booths brimming with upscale clothing, accessories, and home décor from some of Kansas City's finest boutiques, before munching complimentary samplings from local restaurants and enjoying a fashion show that refreshingly lacks the alligator-filled moat that traditionally surrounds runways. They can also partake in frequent raffles, shopping sprees, and giveaways throughout the two-day event, as well as attend a health fair with live demonstrations on Saturday.
Harvesters' Project STRENGTH program empowers participants with education about how to make the most of their food resources to prepare healthy and tasty meals. Participants in Project STRENGTH attend nutrition classes where they can learn how to effectively budget for food and create affordable, appetizing meals for their families. At the end of each class, participants receive a bag that contains a week's worth of groceries so they can practice their new skills.
Founded and exclusively run by practicing theater artists, the Kansas City Actors Theatre brings peerless artistry to carefully curated seasons of theatrical classics. Eschewing such crutches as flashy effects, ornate costumes, and post-show hypnotists that tell the audience they enjoyed themselves, the Theatre relies foremost on the talent of its actors to bring plays to life.
The Junior League of Kansas City has donated more than $14 million and 2.2 million hours of time since its founding in 1914. Spearheading these efforts are the nonprofit organization’s now 1,400 female members, all of whom are committed to their volunteer work and to encouraging others to donate their time as well. Their sheer numbers allow the ladies to form 700-on-700 pickup basketball games and to spread out across the community to get a pulse on current issues in need of attention—currently, children’s nutrition and fitness. To help support their efforts, these stalwart altruists host fundraisers throughout the year. Since it began in 1988, Holiday Mart has helped to raise more than $8 million for Kansas City community projects.