Front Porch Alliance-Kansas City

Rating: 5 stars   9 reviews

Issues: Economic Development

Location: 3210 Michigan Kansas City MO 64109 USA

Mission: Create partnerships to improve lives, build relationships and revitalize neighborhoods within Ivanhoe and surrounding communities. In simple terms, the mission of the Front Porch Alliance is to partner with the residents of an urban neighborhood that has long been forgotten and give them the hope and determination to take back their community from the crime and blight and drugs that have consumed it over the past 35 years and made it a less than acceptable place to live and to raise a family. The first step in accomplishing this mission was to sit down with the residents and have them identify their priorities - we were willing to do whatever we could to help them create a more livable neighborhood but quite honestly we could not begin to understand what it felt like to walk in their shoes so it was evident we needed to listen first. After the priorities were identified - education, beautification, economic development and health - we were able to move forward, working alongside them to develop programs that addressed these concerns. As for our ultimate goals, we would like to see the crime rate measure at zero, to see each child receive an excellent education, to see each able resident have a job, to see each home be well-maintained, and to see each family thrive in a wholesome, nurturing environment. We''ve made great strides but there is still much to be done.
Results: We offer a multitude of programs to assist the residents in taking back their community - life skills classes, tutoring, family support, computer classes, health initiatives, minor home repair - but the greatest accomplishment is that we have given them hope, combined with the knowledge that they deserve a better life than they have been living and the tools to make that happen.
Target demographics: The people we serve are the residents of an urban Kansas City neighborhood. The majority of these residents are senior citizens, many of whom are raising their grandchildren, and the rest are mostly single moms with a number of children. Nearly 45% of these children live below the poverty level.
Direct beneficiaries per year: 500
Geographic areas served: Urban neighborhoods in urban Kansas City, Missouri
Programs: 6-week summer program for youth ages 14-16 in which they learn economic education skills that help them develop their own businesses. They write a business plan, conduct market research, determine what product they wish to produce, develop a budget, buy their supplies, and then create and sell their products at different venues in the neighborhood. After repaying the loan they took from the Front Porch Alliance to purchase production supplies, the members of the companies divide the profits from their sales. This year, two of the five companies provided a service rather than a product. One did tuck pointing and landscaping for the residents of this urban neighborhood (at an affordable price) and the other painted houses under the direction of a qualified adult coach. In 2009, 56 youth participated in the program, a 27% increase from the previous summer.
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Rating: 5 stars  

13 people found this review helpful

I came to know this wonderful organization and church when I was assigned to the Ivanhoe Neighborhood Council 9 years ago as a community organizer for Project Neighborhood. I was facing a hugh challenge, because my assignment was to assist the Ivanhoe Neighborhood Council in reorganing their neighborhood. Project Neighborhood choose Ivanhoe because of the high crime, numerous drug houses, littered streets and illegal dumping sites and the small number of involved residents. Front Porch Alliance came to the rescue by assisting the neighborhood in all of their initiates to revive the neighborhood. Their first task was to fund and assist in organizing clean ups, because they recognized that the apperance of neighborhood was the first phase of revitalization. Front Porch Alliance has since vitally saved the lives of many residents and youth by providing numerous services and programs that were not available for them before the Front Porch Alliance partner with the Ivanhoe Neighborhood Council

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

Saving the lives of residents

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

Change nothing

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Having a place to refer residents who are in need

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Wonderful

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Expand to other community

Ways to make it better...

I could spent more time assist Front Porch

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Having enough funds

One thing I'd also say is that...

I can always count on Front Porch Alliance, when I have no one else to turn to.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2000-9-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

16 people found this review helpful

Front Porch Alliance works to enhance the lives of the residents of the neighbrhoods it serves by providing mentoring and tutoring programs, minor home repair, nutrition and health programs, life skills programs, job training, parent training and support groups. It gives the people it serves access to the Kansas City cultural community. It encourages students to stay in school and provides them many opportunities for fun and learning. It builds bridges between people of different Kansas City neighborhoods by connecting volunteers and residents. By doing that, it makes volunteers more aware of the problems of people who live in poverty as well as what we have in common.

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

the trust it has developed with the residents of the neighborhood and the staff and faculty of the school it serves.

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

create a program for high school students that would direct them to the best high schools, teach them study skills, offer ACT/SAT prep classes, mentor them through the college process, offer a place to study a couple of afternoons a week, and hold them to high academic standards.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

working directly with the residents in the neighborhood.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

extraordinary, committed, dedicated, faithful and hardworking. One of the reasons FPA succeeds is that its staff and volunteers stay the course.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

build a facility where we could train residents of KansasCity for employment, tutor the children after school, provide a gym for the youth to play and have a safe place to hang out. On Saturdays all of our programs would be held under one roof. More residents of the urban core could be served.

Ways to make it better...

I can't imagine my experience being better. The staff supports the volunteers, the residents have embraced me, and the work is satisfying. My work with Front Porch has changed my life.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

resolving our space issues and hiring more staff. Both of these require more funding.

One thing I'd also say is that...

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-8-01

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