The Community Outreach division was created in response to the drastic need to build relationships between law enforcement and the community, as well as to create safe environments for families to socialize. With specific focus on high-crime and low-income communities, family friendly events are held regularly during the summer, with movies, carnival nights, entertainment, and themed food included.
In response to the Joplin Tornado that killed 163 people, the Disaster Relief division was founded as a way to deliver meals, water, and mobile restroom facilities to first responders, volunteers, and those affected by disasters within a 600 mile radius of Kansas City.
Through the Disaster Relief work it became clear that first responders needed additional support during on-scene emergencies or events. Support is provided for roughly 75-100 events per year which includes providing food, hydration, as well as mobile restroom facilities. Our longest activation was 14 days of 24/7 on-site support after a large structural building fire and collapse which killed two first responders.
Homeless and Family
For decades Taking it to the Streets has been supporting the homeless in the Kansas City area, servicing 500 people a week for over 20 years. This includes providing food, clothing, and blankets. More importantly, our message of hope, love, and support has focused on rebuilding broken relationships. Since 2018 we have reunited over 85 homeless with a family member or friend, with 100% of that population remaining off the streets.
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International service work has been conducted since 1989, well before Taking it to the Streets was formally founded, and has been a thread of the work conducted since. This has included building homes, orphanages, medical clinics, and roads for low-income communities, as well as houses of worship. Current work in this area is comprised of our founder and associates speaking internationally on how to build effective community outreach programs.
Counseling and Chaplain
Today’s data states that the average first responder sees 800 critical incidents in serving their communities during a 20 year period, as compare to the 1-2 incident rate for the average citizen. As the organization has grown, the need to provide emotional and spiritual support to first responders became evident and the Chaplain division was formed in 2018 as a way to help families and first responders during tragic events and beyond.