A groundbreaking ceremony for the new Metro Lutheran Ministry Northland Service Center will be held at 9 a.m.Wednesday, Dec. 2 at St. James Lutheran Church, 1104 NE Vivion Road, Kansas City, Mo., 64118.
For more than 30 years, a small home on the church campus has served as a Northland resource for homeless and low-income residents. Thousands of Clay and Platte County residents have visited the center for food, emergency supplies and other assistance that helps them regain independence and self-sufficiency.
A fundraising campaign was recently completed in order to renovate another building at the church to replace the cramped home. Challenge grants from Kansas City foundations were met with the help of Northland contributions.
“The capital campaign to expand our Northland center has been a success,” MLM Executive Director Jim Glynn said. “We are extremely grateful to announce the campaign reached its goal and the project will be completed with no debt.”
Dozens of Northland churches representing several denominations utilize the center to help families and individuals. Throughout Metropolitan Kansas City, MLM has been a critical resource since its founding in the 1960s. Along with emergency food and other necessities, MLM focuses on helping to rebuild lives through job-skills training and financial literacy programs. MLM has also helped create other organizations, including its 1979 effort that led to Harvesters Community Food Bank.
MLM operates almost exclusively on contributions, grants and individual donations to serve residents of Greater Kansas City at seven locations in Clay, Jackson and Wyandotte counties. Programs include food, emergency supplies, utilities and rent assistance, along with job skill and readiness training, personal finance programs and more.
For more information, call (816) 931-0027 or visit www.mlmkc.org.