The Neighborhood Networks program is a network of friends, who meet twice monthly to receive food that is most often purchased by faith based and non-profit organizations from the Harvester's Food Bank.
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.
Students, teachers, parents and community leaders with the City of Independence and LINC celebrated the completion of a new sidewalk around Fairmount Elementary School in early December. The sidewalk also leads from the school to Fairmount Park and increases access for all children to utilize the park. The celebration signals the end of an almost two year project to get the new sidewalk.
Buying a home is one of the largest investments that one may make in their life. So why not be prepared and be educated before beginning the process? A new homebuyer education class will be offered to help prospective homebuyers learn more about managing their money, what they can afford, mortgages and loan products, and understanding credit scores.
Twelve blocks west of the Truman Home is what most refer to as western Independence. And now that the area is part of the Independence School District, Independence school and civic leaders are coming together to ask themselves how can western Independence be revitalized.
Community partners who make up the nonprofit organization 12 Blocks West gathered at 710 S. Overton Ave. and witnessed the demolition of a three-story, 12-unit vacant, foreclosed apartment building. Independence School District officials called the demolition overdue, adding that the building had created safety and security concerns for neighboring residents.
Bob Spradling is pastor at Maywood Baptist Church in western Independence. He not only worked to successfully annex schools in western Independence into the Independence School District from Kansas City, but has also been active in programs such as Extreme School Makeover, Project Shine, YouthFriends and 12 Blocks West.