Friends of Yates

Rating: 4.5 stars   4 reviews

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Location: Kansas City KS 66104 USA

Mission: To continuously provide services and a sense of identity to children, youth, adults and senior citizens that facilitate safe and productive lives. 
Target demographics: Assists women and their children who are victims of Domestic Violence (all ages)
Programs: Della Gill/ Joyce H. Williams Center for Battered Women and their Children Black Men & Women of Distinction Program (Black History Month) Youth Programs Emergency Food & Clothing Distribution Black Family Conference Alverta McField Nursing Home Support Group Judge Meeks Jr./ Burks/ Atty. Jackson/ Robinson Library Orientation, Assessment, Referral Service (OARS) B.R.I.D.G.E./ S.P.A.N. Healthcare Program Crime Awareness Coordinating Effort (C.A.C.E.) Keep A Clear Mind (Substance Abuse Program) Community Outreach/Education

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Rating: 4 stars  

I have had the opportunity to work in Friends of Yates for over a year now as a Spanish interpreter and translator. In this time I have had the opportunity to learn about the vital role which this organization has had in this community for many years. The fact that the organization has sought to have someone like me come on board reflects their desire to continously reach out to help people from many different backgrounds, in my case working directly with Spanish-speakers.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

working with clients who have not only benefited from the services we provide but are now in positions to live independent lives and share their experiences with others in order to help them improve their own lives.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

find ways to continue expanding services and getting the word out about this organization. This includes getting the younger generations in our community and beyond, who now from many different ethnic backgrounds, to become more involved in improving their own community.

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

Friends of Yates, Inc. has been a vital part of the community for many years. My children attended summer youth camps at the Center when they were young. I left them each day feeling confident that they were in good hands. The many services that Friends of Yates has provided for the community makes them more than a "service" agency. Friends of Yates is family...Community family.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Through Friends of Yates I personally have learned how to give...not just monitary, but from the heart to other people including: the staff, the volunteers, the residents, the childcare programs and many events that require intellectual knowledge. The benefits of the agency are too many to name...some are seen and some are not seen for many years to come. I always leave feeling like I haven't given or done enough. That feeling keeps me coming back!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would expand the services and programs so that MORE people could benefit. There is a great need for MORE job coaching, MORE youth programs, MORE training classes...More, More, More!

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

FOY has served Wyandotte County for many years now, and we hope to further strengthen our presence in the community. Everyone here has a strong passion for social justice and progression. Along with responsibilities at the shelter with our clients who reside here, we also have a responsibility to the community. I am constantly collaborating with KCKPD and the Wyandotte County Court System. I act as an advocate at the shelter, and the victim advocate at the Wyandotte County District and Municipal Courts. Other advocates at FOY are also very involved with collaborating with other members and groups in the community to spread our services across the Kansas City Metropolitan area.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

This organization provided a venue for me to use my legal knowlege to help women in need navigate through the court system. The court system can be complicated, especially when faced with issues such as filing for protection orders, and testifying against an abuser in a criminal battery case. The organization has a presence in the court system, and our local law enforcement community. We have all worked together to empower women, and given them the confidence to live and prosper independently.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Expand the organization. But I understand there are limitations provided that we are a non-profit.

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 4 stars  

I have worked with Friends of Yates for almost 12 years. I have been an advocate for domestic violence victims for more years. I know FOY to be a great advocacy agency for victims of domestice violence, offering services beyond shelter to help victims become survivors and able to go into the community and live normal lives without the abuser. Support for young people has always been a part of their mission and they have initiated many new programs which reach out to many people in our community. The group of people who work with and for FOY are from many ethnic/race groups - very diverse. I continue to work with them because I work with victims each & every day.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Seeing them expand to a new building which needed extensive remodeling. This new building allowed them to offer more services to more victims.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I am not in a position to say at this time.

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