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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Homeless & Housing, Homeless Shelters

Mission: Restart, inc. Is an interfaith ministry with homeless persons

Programs: Restart began providing homeless persons with beds and meals in 1981 and has evolved over 30 years of service to address the underlying causes of chronic and generational homelessness and to work toward ending homelessness in our community. Restart is the only homeless agency in kansas city serving all homeless populations - singles, couples, gay, straight, and trans-gendered individuals, and unaccompanied youth ages 12-18, as well as non-traditional families, persons with hiv/aids and individuals recently released from prison or from psychiatric hospitalization. It offers the full continuum of care from outreach and emergency shelter to transitional living and permanent supportive housing. The organization provides services free of charge, admits clients with active substance abuse disorders or mental health problems as long as they are not a danger to themselves or others, and does not require clients to participate in religious services as a condition of housing. In 2014, restart served a total of 24,504 homeless individuals, including 9,311 children and youth. Current programs and services are provided at five sites in kansas city's urban core. These are emergency services which include a youth emergency shelter which can house 10 youth ages 12-18 per night, overnight emergency shelter for 90 adults per night and family shelter for 11 families per night. The street outreach services program targets youth and young adults and also chronically homeless individuals and families. Restart provides transitional housing for 8 youth and 4 pregnant and parenting teens up to 21 months and 37 single adults for up to 24 months. It also operates 31 units of permanent supportive housing for adults with persistent mental illness and co-occurring disorders and 25 units of scattered site permanent housing for individuals and families with disabilities.

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1 Story from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

7 Mary Y.

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Rating: 1

Be very careful before volunteering at this agency. reStart works on a crisis level at all times. The staff turn over is horrific There are other shelters and homeless programs that are much more client orientated and volunteer friendly. Don't commit until you investigate. I worked there for seven years so I am very aware of all of its aspects.