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New Day Dawns at Northland Service Center

MLM Northland Ribbon Cutting (1)
Volunteers, supporters and staff of Metro Lutheran Ministry were on hand May 20 for a ribbon cutting to open a new Northland Service Center. Located adjacent to St. James Lutheran Church on Vivion Road, the center now officers an efficient and modern area for emergency food and other services to help the area’s needy, as well as a job-skills training area.

With the cutting of a ribbon, Metro Lutheran Ministry’s services for Clay and Platte counties took a major step forward May 20.

A new Northland Service Center has opened adjacent to St. James Lutheran Church, 1100 N.E. Vivion Road, Kansas City, North. Volunteers and staff now have a spacious and efficient location to help the Northland’s often overlooked needy families, including homeless families with children that are frequently all but invisible in this northern section of Kansas City.

Like MLM’s services in Jackson and Wyandotte counties, the Northland location has included a food pantry and other emergency help since opening. But for 30 years, the location in a nearby, older home required boxes of food to be carried up flights of stairs and long lines of people waiting on a 50-foot raised walkway.

The newly remodeled, former church section now includes a large pantry and space for a walk-in freezer on the same floor as administrative areas. A large basement has been neatly finished to serve as a brand new Northland Learning to Earning Center. There, people who are unemployed can hone their job skills and use center computers to complete job applications.

“It’s like I’ve died and gone to heaven,” exclaimed Jeani Wells, who has managed the site almost from its inception. “This is going to be so much better, not just for our volunteers, but the clients as well.”

Utilized by many Northland churches representing numerous denominations, the new center was built when a successful capital campaign allowed for remodeling a portion of the church.

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MLM operates almost exclusively on contributions, grants and individual donations to serve residents of Greater Kansas City at six locations in Clay, Jackson and Wyandotte counties. Programs include food, utility and rent assistance, job skill and readiness training, permanent supportive housing for homeless individuals with disabilities, Saturday hot breakfast programs, minor home repair for low income seniors, personal finance programs and more.

For more information, call (816) 931-0027 or visit www.mlmkc.org.

Dale GarrisonArticle courtesy Dale Garrison of DGInform.com.

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