Clients in reStart programs are served by staff therapists, substance abuse counselors, a housing and Employment Specialist, a Health/Nutrition Coordinator, a Health Benefits Advocate, and numerous case managers who assist them in developing individualized strengths-based goal plans. We provide supportive services in partnership with numerous community organizations as follows:
- Employment Assistance – In addition to employing current and immediate past residents on-site, reStart partners with the Full Employment Council (FEC), Helping Hand of Goodwill, the Women’s Employment Network, Bishop Sullivan Center, the Turnaround Center (Catholic Charities), and Beyond the Conviction to place clients in permanent positions that pay above minimum wage. An on-site SHARE Network Access Point (SNAP) center provides residents with access to the Full Employment Council’s computer-based job placement programs and career specialists. Earlier this year, we bid for and were awarded a contract to provide daily landscaping and trash removal services for the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT). Thirty of our clients participate in this day-labor program that provides supervision, transportation and work uniforms to participants earning minimum wage while gaining employment experience and skills.
- Job Skills, Life Skills, and Financial Literacy Classes – In partnership with United Services Community Action Agency (USCAA), Urban Financial Services Coalition Kansas City, Literacy KC and United Way, reStart provides job search and placement workshops, life skills classes, monthly budgeting classes, and a new financial literacy program for youth and young adults.
- Substance Abuse Counseling and Treatment – Thanks to 2012 funding from Jackson County’s Community-Based Anti-Drug Tax (COMBAT), reStart has added both a Substance Abuse Treatment Specialist to work with individuals and families battling drug or alcohol addiction and a Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist to educate children and youth in our youth and family programs. In addition, reStart offers weekly AA, NA, and Addiction Recovery Today groups on site and refers clients needing more intensive or inpatient services to Rediscover and Imani House.
- Mental Health Services – In addition to services provided by our two full-time staff therapists, reStart works with the Truman Behavioral Network, Rediscover, Swope Health Services, Samuel U. Rodgers, and other community providers to provide clients with mental health screenings, assessments, therapy, and referrals.
- Health Screenings, and Health, Dental, and Vision Care – Through our Healthy Choices and Healthy Starts programs, reStart partners with numerous agencies and health care providers to provide health education workshops, primary and preventative care, nutritional education, fitness/wellness programs, and health benefits advocacy. 2011-2012 partners include American Lung Association, Good Samaritan Project, Gregg/Klice Community Center, HealthCare USA, Kansas City Community Gardens, Kansas City Free Health Clinic, Kansas City Missouri Health Department, Kansas City Regional Arthritis Center, Legal Aid of Western Missouri, Lincoln University Urban Impact Center, Mid-America Immunization Coalition/Safe Kids Metro KC, Save Inc., Sheffield Place, Swope Health Services, Truman Medical Center, University of Missouri Extension, University of Missouri Kansas City Dental School, and Dr. Yoder, optometrist, & One Sight Foundation.
- Food – Harvesters food bank provides the majority of food for reStart’s shelters and four of our sites are Harvesters programs. Harvesters’ Project Strength is offered on-site to teach homeless individuals and families to prepare nutritionally balanced meals with limited resources.
- Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Prevention and Assistance – The Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault (MOCSA) provides information about sexual assault and services to women in our programs. Rose Brooks, Hope House and Newhouse provide support for victims of domestic violence and training for our staff.
- School Districts – reStart works with homeless service coordinators in all local school districts to enroll students and to accept referrals for the Family Shelter and the Youth Emergency Shelter. reStart works actively with the Kansas City, Missouri School District to ensure that all children and youth in our youth and family programs are enrolled in school and have access to a tutor.
- Children’s Programming – Volunteers from Rockhurst University provide Homework Help twice a week during the school year. The HALO Foundation provides arts and life skills workshops and reStart plans arts-related activities in partnership with local art groups including Artists Helping the Homeless, Arts Tech, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey Dance Studio, Red Star Studios, the Lyric Opera Camp and many others.