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REACH, Prime Health Grants Improve Care

reStart Receives Two Grants To Improve Health Care for the Homeless

March 9, 2017

reStart, Inc. has received a $40,000 grant from the REACH Healthcare Foundation and a $15,000 grant from Prime Health Foundation, both aimed at improving access to health care for homeless men, women, youth and children.

The REACH Foundation grant is part of its Care Connectors program, which is aimed at improving access to care for those who are uninsured or medically underserved, with a goal of reducing health disparities. The Prime Health Grant will also be used to link residents at reStart with the appropriate health care services they need.

“Untreated chronic disease is the leading cause of death among homeless individuals, and health in general is an ongoing challenge for this population,” says Evie Craig, president and CEO for reStart. “Thanks to these two important grants, we will be able to address many of these challenges directly and help ensure that our residents are able to recognize their health issues and navigate the health care system to secure the care they need.”

This is the first year that reStart has received a grant from Prime Health, whose mission is to support organizations, programs and initiatives that demonstrate potential for improving the health of the Kansas City metro area. The grant from REACH is a continuation of the foundation’s past support for reStart’s efforts to improve access to care for those who often face significant barriers in receiving the health care they need. The REACH grant to reStart was one of nine grants the foundation awarded to local projects that use care coordinators and other types of connectors to improve access to health care.

For more information contact: Evelyn E. Craig
Cell: 913.706.1469

Point in Time Homeless Count

Homeless Count Begins Today!

January 24, 2017

Beginning at 3 p.m. today, more than 150 volunteers will spread out through Jackson County, MO and Wyandotte County, KS to get an updated count of the number of homeless men, women, teens and children in our community.

The 2017 Greater Kansas City Point in Time homeless count, a federally mandated survey, will be conducted from 3-9:30 p.m. today (Wednesday, Jan. 24) and from 7 a.m.-3 p.m. tomorrow (Jan. 25).

Point-in-Time (PIT) counts are unduplicated counts of both sheltered and unsheltered homeless persons and are conducted nationwide by Continuums of Care. The data help determine the prevalence and characteristics of persons experiencing homelessness. Here in Greater Kansas City, trained volunteers will take to the streets, shelters, outdoor camps, churches, libraries, soup kitchens and many other locations to conduct one-on-one PIT surveys.

“Knowing the number and nature of persons who are homeless and understanding the trends can help Kansas City as a community better understand the scope of the problem, improve homeless system efficiency, target scarce resources strategically, and promote effective interventions,” said Evelyn E. Craig, president and CEO of reStart and PIT Committee co-chair.

For the first time this year, volunteers will collect the data electronically; Kansas City is one of only a few cities nationwide using the electronic survey.

“The ICA PIT Portal includes web-enabled, customizable data collection tools created by Institute for Community Alliances specifically to support communities in conducting their homeless-related point-in-time and housing inventory counts. The Greater Kansas City continuum of care is one of the earliest adopters of these cutting edge instruments, striving to ensure the most efficient, comprehensive and high-quality data collection possible during the HUD-required surveys,” said Kristine Frakes, director of community impact for the Institute for Community Alliances.

Communities like Kansas City that receive federal Continuum of Care (CoC) dollars are required to complete the PIT count.  The required information is sent to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and combined with count information from other communities and then reported to the United States Congress in order to inform policy-making and funding allocation.

For more information contact: Evelyn E. Craig
Cell: 913.706.1469

reStart Receives Mental Health Grant from Health Care Foundation


Sept. 7, 2017

reStart Receives Mental Health Grant from Health Care Foundation

Kansas City, MO — reStart Inc. has received a $157,630 grant from the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City, focused on providing and expanding comprehensive client-centered mental and behavioral health services for the homeless adults, youth and families served at reStart.

The grant will provide support for therapists and mental health professionals to offer reStart residents with on-site, integrated mental health care services to improve functioning, stability and self-sufficiency. This is the second grant supporting mental health services that reStart has received from the Health Care Foundation in 2017.

“We are so grateful to the Health Care Foundation for understanding the importance of providing this type of service for our most vulnerable populations,” said Evie Craig, president and CEO at reStart, Inc. “So many homeless people also are dealing with mental health issues, and this grant is a huge help in allowing us to meet those needs.”


For more information contact:
Evie Craig
Phone: (816) 472-5664

About reStart, Inc.

reStart is a non-profit organization that aims to end homelessness in Kansas City. reStart works with all populations of people experiencing homelessness and collaborates with various  local, regional, and national – corporate, civic, foundation, and community based – partners to carry out its mission: to provide shelter and supportive services to move homeless men, women, youth and families toward self-sufficiency with the goal of ending homelessness in our community.

For more information, please visit

About the Health Care Foundation

The Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City provides leadership advocacy and resources that eliminate barriers and promotes quality health for the uninsured and underserved. Since it began grantmaking in 2005, HCF has awarded over $218 million to agencies addressing health needs in the community. For more information, visit

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Crawfish Festival 2017

Above, reStart President and CEO Evie Craig and reStart Board Chair Leslie Sims (right) celebrate the announcement of this year’s proceeds, which brings the total amount raised by the Crawdaddies for reStart over the past three years to $125,000!

A huge thank you to the Secret Order of the Crawdaddies, whose fun-filled Village Crawfish Festival on Saturday, May 13 raised $35,000 to benefit the programs at reStart. Thanks to all the event sponsors and volunteers who made the evening such a great success.