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AIRR is striving to create a network that supports and empowers the undocumented immigrant community in the greater Kansas City area. The network provides tools and resources for people to be able to navigate their lives with confidence and pride. No person should live in fear of being torn apart from their family or home.
Communities Concerned for Immigrants and Refugees is open to health, social services and other community members interested in strengthening the health and well-being of refugee and immigrant communities. CCIR strives to become a recognized welcoming community for all who live in the Greater Kansas City area.
The KU School of Law Medical-Legal Partnership (MLP) is a collaboration between the KU School of Law and two health systems: The University of Kansas Health System at KU Medical Center in Kansas City, and LMH Health in Lawrence. Under the supervision of experienced MLP attorneys, students assist in providing free transactional legal assistance to low-income patients and their families.
Della Lamb Community Services has played an important role in the development of Kansas City. During its 120+ years in an ever-changing world, Della Lamb has developed a network of services which move children and families out of poverty and toward an improved quality of life and, ultimately, to self-sufficiency. DLCS serves the needs of more than 1,500 low-income or vulnerable families in northeast Kansas City, Missouri and the urban core. This includes rent and utility assistance, food, and other emergency services. These are among the most vital and the most basics human needs.
Avenue of Life shares in the city and county-wide mission to end homelessness for families and children in Kansas City. It also shares in the belief that all persons should be linked to mainstream resources and that strong collaboration and community partnerships with other local agencies who serve the same target population are key in providing comprehensive wrap-around services and ensuring that children and families have every resource they need to better their situation.
The mission of El Centro, Inc., a not-for-profit corporation, is “strengthening communities and improving lives of Latinos and others through educational, social, and economic opportunities.” Their programming includes the Senior Day Program, The Academy for Children (a dual-language Pre-K program), workshops on money-management and home ownership, health education and healthy living outreach through Promotoras de Salud (Health Promoters) volunteers, health navigation and intervention, and policy and advocacy efforts for issues of special interest to the community.
JVS immigration counselors work one-on-one with refugees and immigrants to complete family-based immigration applications, applications to adjust to permanent resident status, and naturalization applications. They also assist with applying for some humanitarian-based immigration benefits. Their citizenship services fully integrate immigrants into Kansas City’s society so they can have all the rights and responsibilities of U.S. citizens.
The Kansas City, Kansas Family Support Center is available to low-income individuals and families who need food or assistance with basic utility payments, housing, clothing or medical prescriptions. But the help goes beyond meeting immediate needs. An on-site case manager works to identify solutions and resources that will lead to long-term change and refers clients to the Asylum Clinic on that basis.
Innovation Law Lab was founded to harness the power of technology, law, and activism all in a single organization to end the mass incarceration of children and mothers in secret jails and inhumane conditions. Innovation Law Lab leverages the work of coders, lawyers, and activists in order to end isolation and exploitation of immigrants and refugees, build permanent pathways to immigrant inclusion, and advance justice.
The mission of Vibrant Health is to provide access to respectful, empowering, culturally sensitive and appropriate high-quality health care for the community, regardless of socio-economic obstacles. They pursue this mission through the delivery of equitable, “whole” person care for children and adults. In addition to primary medical, dental, behavioral health and women’s health services, Vibrant Health provides community outreach services, school-based preventive oral health services and school-based behavioral health services.
Global FC (Futbol Community) originated as a community development project as the hysteria around refugee resettlement was brewing in our country and around the world. Global FC became a response in Kansas City on how to bridge the gap between debating, protesting and actually implementing action in the local community.
KC for Refugees welcomes and supports those who have fled their home countries and settle here in the greater Kansas City area. The organization unites individuals, groups and institutions whose goal is to welcome refugees and assist them to become new Americans. Their primary goal is to walk with refugees so they become independent, secure and self-sufficient as quickly as possible.
The mission of Refugee & Immigrant Services & Empowerment (RISE) is to connect immigrant populations with the quality services, resources and lifelong learning opportunities of the Library through outreach, education, and advocacy.