reStart Inc. - Our Most Recent Facility Renovations
New Multipurpose Room Enhances Services for Our Clients
The most recent phase of our ongoing expansion and renovation program is our new Multipurpose Room and an adjoining conference room, which opened in March, 2012. The rooms give us the ability to provide numerous classes and workshops for our clients each day, as well as meeting space for staff and a large enough space for family activities, such as our recent ice cream social:
The next phase of renovations will involve reconfiguring our highest need programs--the family emergency shelter and our overnight emergency shelter for single adults. These renovations will expand our capacity and enhance the health, safety and security of the facilities we provide for the families and individuals who come to us.
When reStart began providing shelter in the early 1980s, our residents were adult men and some women – single persons visible on the streets of downtown Kansas City. Our focus has expanded as the number of children and youth sheltered at reStart rose from 6 in 1996 to nearly 5,000 children and youth in 2011. Our emergency and transitional families live on one floor, in each family in a single dorm room. They families share a communal bathroom with 10 other families. The rooms are small and the windows are drafty in the winter and blistering in the summer. The current facility, lacking adequate heating, ventilation, plumbing and security, does not provide for the safety, security, and comfort of the children we serve who range in age from newborns to young adults.
Your Support can Help!
If you are interested in making a donation to the campaign, please contact Evelyn Craig, Executive Director at (816) 472-5664 x.252 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org - Tax credits are also available.
Some of our major donors include: the Hall Family Foundation, the JE and LE Mabee Foundation, JE Dunn Construction Company, City of Kansas City, Missouri – Community Development Block Grant, the Missouri Housing Trust Fund, the Sunderland Foundation, the American Century Foundation, H&R Block, the WT Kemper Foundation, Gary Dickinson Family Charitable Foundation and many more generous individuals.
The Honorary Chair of the Renovation project is Mr. William Dunn, Sr., President Emeritus of JE Dunn Construction Company in Kansas City and one of the top philanthropic leaders in our community, well experienced in major capital campaigns. The Chair is Robert P. Dunn, of JE Dunn Construction and the Dunn Family Foundation. Bob Dunn has provided countless hours of work to help ensure this project is a success and will meet the needs of homeless citizens --neighbors sharing our community.