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reStart Receives Mental Health Grant from Health Care Foundation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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.”

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For more information contact:
Evie Craig
Phone: (816) 472-5664
Email: ecraig@restartinc.org

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 www.restartinc.org.

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 www.hcfgkc.org.

Point in Time 2017 Results

The Greater Kansas City Coalition to End Homelessness recently announced the results of this year’s Point in Time Homeless count.

Evie Craig explains PIT results at a press conference

The numbers have been fairly consistent over the last three years, but the drop is encouraging, said Evie Craig, the president and CEO of reStart Inc. and co-chair of the 2017 Point in Time count.

“We look at the numbers, and I say to the community, ‘This is manageable. We can do this,’ ” she said.

Click here to see the Kansas City Star’s story about the encouraging results.

Click here to see details of Point in Time statistics.

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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.

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.

Village Crawfish Festival

15th Annual Village Crawfish Festival Photos on Facebook

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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