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Cross-Lines Community Outreach Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Emergency Assistance, Human Services

Mission: To provide people affected by poverty with basic services and opportunities that encourage self-confidence and self-sufficiency.

Programs: Emergency assistance programs: the emergency assistance program provided housing stability through rent and utility assistance, homeless rehousing, and provided basic needs. In 2014, cross-lines provided rent and utility assistance to 564 households consisting of 735 children and 852 adults. Through the rapid rehousing program, 20 households, consisting of 30 adults and 22 children, were moved from homelessness into permanent housing. In addition to these housing services, cross-lines provided family basic needs such as diapers, clothing, and toiletries. In 2014, cross-lines provided diapers to 1,662 babies, clothing to 2,063 individuals, and bags filled with toiletries to 1,395 households.

hunger relief: the hunger relief program offers food to low-income seniors, individuals, and families. In 2014, the don bakely community annex served 16,195 breakfasts, 39,829 lunches, and 6,909 sack lunches to the community. The food pantry provides food for families to take home and prepare. In 2014, the food pantry provided food to 1,796 families, consisting of 1,670 children and 5,344 adults. The commodities food distribution program provided 1,200 seniors with a monthly distribution of usda commodities food. The hunger relief programs are supported by the cross-lines community garden. In 2014, the garden produced 4,667 pounds of fresh produce. This produce was distributed through our food pantry and prepared in meals at the community annex.

highlight programs: the highlight programs are designed to meet needs of low-income families and help restore the dignity and respect that are often stripped away due to stress of poverty. The two primary highlight programs are back-to-school and the christmas store. The back-to-school program provides new backpacks filled with school supplies to area children before they start a new school year. Uniform tops and clothing is also provided to children. In 2014, 890 children received backpacks and 110 children received uniform tops. The christmas store provides parents with the opportunity to 'shop' for christmas for their families. Many families struggle to provide for the basic needs of their families, let alone the extra expense of christmas presents. Each parent gets to choose what gifts they will give their children. In 2014, 500 families received new clothing, toys, household goods, and food for christmas.

Community Stories

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Linda V.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Markie you really do show you do care about the people you help and belive me when i say i really do appreciate everything you have helped me with you helped me with life changing things that means the world to me thank u agian iam able to smile agian and not hide my teeth and ican actually see that smile as well now ... Thank you so much. The whole staff very friendly and really helps you with your needs...

Guitarthur L.


Rating: 5

Hey Outreach! I am Guitarthur and I am a local Kansas City Musician who has been donating all my gig money to random causes. I met somebody at my gig last Sunday who told me about you guys and so I donated $31.00 I donate to all types of causes but it would be nice to keep showing local love. Take care and reach out to me if you have any ideas for someone like me or need a helping hand one of these days. Take care -Guitarthur

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been associated with Cross-Lines for over 25 years,however I joined the board three years ago. The organization serves such a valuable role in providing help to the poor in Wandotte County. A variety of services are provided from emergency rent/utility assistance to commodity assistance to the elderly to a thrift store. Since the organization has been around nearly forty years, its success rests on the shoulders of the many who have come before. I am especially pleased with Cross-Lines' efforts to provide programic assistance while maintaining the client's dignity. I am proud that our organization works hard to maintain "best practices" while providing services with a low overhead. I am proud to recommend Cross-Lines as a "GREAT" Non-Profit.