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Groundbreaking Launches Metro Lutheran Ministry Northland Service Center Project

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Among those present Dec. 2 for a groundbreaking event at St. James Lutheran Church were (from left) Lori Cross; St. James Council president; Christy Schliesman, Metro Lutheran Ministry Board of Directors and St. James member; Harold Boxberger, MLM board president; David Levendahl, St. James Council member, Tom Schweitzer, MLM board, St. James member; and Jeani Wells, MLM Northland staff.

Metro Lutheran Ministry and St. James Lutheran Church held a groundbreaking ceremony at the church in Kansas City, North on Wednesday, Dec. 2.

The event kicked off construction of a new MLM Service Center to replace one hosted in a small home at the church for more than 30 years. Among the dozens of organizers, supporters and friends was Jeani Wells, who has served at the site since it opened.

“This is a great day,” Wells said. “We are extremely grateful for everyone who helped.”

The center provides food, emergency supplies and other assistance to help individuals and families regain independence and self-sufficiency. A fundraising campaign was completed earlier to replace the cramped home. Challenge grants from Kansas City foundations were met with the help of Northland contributions.

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 1971. 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.

Dale GarrisonArticle and photo courtesy Dale Garrsion, DGInform.com.

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