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16th Annual Village Crawfish Festival Benefits reStart Inc.

Crawfish Festival LogoOn a scale from 1 to 10, the fun meter hovers around a 9.5 all night long.

16th Annual Village Crawfish Festival

We’re a group of guys that get together, have some fun and put on a party for charity. Laisser le bon temps rouler!

The 16th Annual Village Crawfish Festival will benefit reStart, Inc., and be held Saturday, May 13, 2017 (6:00pm-11:00pm) at St Pius X Church, 5500 Woodson (55th and Woodson, 2 blocks west of Nall St) Mission, KS. Signs will be prominently displayed indicating area for convenient parking.

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2016 Homeless Count Begins Wednesday, January 27

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 24, 2016

For more information contact: Evelyn E. Craig Phone: 816.472.5664 ext. 252 or Cell:913.706.1469

Email: ecraig@restartinc.org

2016 Homeless Count Begins Wednesday, January 27

 Kansas City, MO (January 24, 2016) – The 2016 Greater Kansas City Point in Time (PIT) homeless count, a federally mandated biennial survey, will be conducted in Kansa City from 3:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 27 and 7:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 28.  More than 100 trained volunteers will take to the streets, shelters, outdoor camps, churches, libraries, feeding, and other locations to conduct personal one-on-one interviews.

The PIT survey is used to help determine the prevalence and characteristics of persons experiencing homelessness. “Youth experiencing homelessness is a growing population” said Evelyn Craig, President & CEO of reStart, Inc. “For a third year, Youth Counts will mobilize volunteers and pool staff resources from youth-serving programs to support efforts to get unaccompanied youth accurately counted,” said Craig.

HUD: In January and July of each year, the U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) office requires each community to count the number of unduplicated sheltered and unsheltered homeless persons in efforts to support strategic planning on behalf of homeless reduction in the country.

To sign up for a volunteer spot, please visit PIT here.

2015 Homeless Count Begins Wednesday, January 28th

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 26, 2015

For more information contact: Evelyn E. Craig Phone: 816.472.5664 ext. 252 or Cell:913.706.1469

Email: ecraig@restartinc.org

2015 Homeless Count Begins Wednesday, January 28th

 Kansas City, MO (January26, 2015) – The 2015 Greater Kansas City  Point in Time (PIT) homeless count, a federally mandated biennial survey, will be conducted in Kansa City from 3 pm – 9:30pm on Wednesday, January 28th and 7 am – 3 pm on Thursday, January 29th .  More than 100 trained volunteers will take to the streets, shelters, outdoor camps, churches, libraries, feeding, and other locations to conduct personal one-on-one interviews.

The PIT survey is used to help determine the prevalence and characteristics of persons experiencing homelessness. “Youth experiencing homelessness is a growing population” said Evelyn Craig, President & CEO of reStart, Inc. “For a second year, Youth Counts will mobilize volunteers and pool staff resources from youth-serving programs to support efforts to get unaccompanied youth accurately counted,” said Craig.

HUD: In January and July of each year, the U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) office requires each community to count the number of unduplicated sheltered and unsheltered homeless persons in efforts to support strategic planning on behalf of homeless reduction in the country.

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reStart received a $4,800 2014 Catalyst grant from the 2014 ArtsKC Fund. The Arts at reStart project will serve at least 250 homeless youth and children. Project activities will introduce homeless children and youth to Kansas City’s professional arts community, improve access to professional arts experiences for an under-served population and encourage positive self-expression and build self-esteem in children and youth traumatized by homelessness. ArtsKC support will provide opportunities for homeless youth and children to engage in multi-disciplinary arts experiences, participate in hands-on projects for artistic creation, and conduct public presentations of their work.

The ArtsKC Fund is a united arts fund that provides a way for metro area residents to easily invest in the arts and artists and enrich the lives of everyone who lives in the Kansas City region.  Visit ArtsKC at: www.artskc.org

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reStart Clients & Staff Visit Missouri State Capitol for Advocacy Day

Thanks to a sponsorship from Hallmark Cards, reStart was able to host our 2nd annual Advocacy Day for reStart! Residents, volunteers and staff of reStart traveled to Jefferson City April 29th, to visit the Missouri State Capitol and learn about issues affecting homelessness. They were able to meet with State Legislators and leaders from State Agencies talk about Medicaid and made visits to the Department of Mental Health and Department of Social Services.

A big thank you to Secretary of State Jason Kander, Senator Kiki Curls, Senator Ryan Silvey, Senator Jolie Justus, Senator Jason Holsman, Representative Randy Dunn, Representative Gail McCann-Beatty, Representative John Rizzo, Representative Jeremy LaFaver, Representative Brandon Ellington, Representative Judy Morgan, Representative Kevin McManus, and Representative Noel Torpey for taking their time to meet with our clients. And thank you to Senator Paul LeVota for hosting us for lunch.

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reStart Launches New Online Volunteer Management Tool

We are very excited to finally launch our volunteer management site through VolunteerMark! Volunteers now can sign up for opportunities online and receive updates and reminders of their schedule. This mobile-friendly software is exciting for us as we can now store and track volunteer data. Last year reStart had 4,214 volunteers provide 15,477 hours of service and now we will be able to maximize the volunteer experience through better communication. Sign up today!

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reDo reStart: Youth Emergency Shelter

reDo reStart was inspired after we gave Swiss Re a tour of our facilities and they realized how many areas needed improvement. After naming us Charity of the Year for the next three years, they have decided to focus the first year on fundraising for our Youth Emergency Shelter, along with volunteering throughout the year. We are very excited for this opportunity and are truly thankful for Swiss Re’s commitment to reStart! The below video they produced for us highlights some of our youth residents and ideas of what’s to come!