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The mission of 12 Blocks West is to collaborate with community partners and residents in western Independence, Sugar Creek, and Blue Summit, building upon existing strengths, to promote safe, stable, multi-income neighborhoods where families, schools and businesses thrive.


We value stable neighborhoods

We value economic opportunity and vitality for all

We value a well-educated community

We value a community of health and well being.

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Rebuilding neighborhoods to empower the poor.

Dr. Bob Lupton, president of Atlanta-based FCS Urban Ministries, visited Kansas City to share his extensive experience in how churches can help rebuild neighborhoods and empower the poor.

Lupton discussed clothes closets, food pantries, housing, crime, creating mixed-income neighborhoods, and the suburbanization of poverty. He cited building community, as opposed to building programs, as a way to address real need.

Lupton commented:

"A community that is not economically viable won’t remain healthy. A community that gets disconnected from the economy won’t get healthy. We can do all the programs in the world and it won’t get healthy. It has to grow up from vested neighbors who are willing to become personally involved in each others’ lives, accountability, address the issues on the street right in front of their houses, essentially building community as opposed to building programs."

Listen to Dr. Lupton's presentation.

Dr. Bob Lupton - Part 1 | Lupton discusses U.S. city trends, the challenges and opportunities of gentrification, mercy or justice ministries, one-way charity, creating services that include and value the poor and real examples from his work in Atlanta. (Time 1:18)

Dr. Bob Lupton - Part 2 | Avoiding dependency, the wealth of the church, the market economy as a “gift of God”, how communities solve problems, the church at a crossroads in ministry to the poor, what makes communities health, programs are not always the answer (Time 1:25)

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