Urban Village strives to create socio-economic opportunities within our parish boundaries, working in partnership with other individuals and organizations. We build connections and community by focusing on three areas, including Seniors, Youth, and Housing. Below are a few recent Urban Village initiatives.
Urban Village's Partnership With Lead To Read
In 2016, Urban Village began a new initiative by partnering with Lead to Read, a free program for Kansas City-area urban schools. The goal is simple: to inspire kids to love reading, and to let them know someone cares. Lead to Read connects a caring adult with a child in grades 1 through 4, and for 30 minutes every week during the school year, the pair read together in the elementary school classroom. For the 2016-17 school year, 14 volunteers from St. Peter’s are reading with 2nd graders from Troost Elementary School. Learn more about Lead to Read at http://www.leadtoreadkc.org/. If you are interested in volunteering next Fall, watch our website for more information.
REFRESH KC: It's not about the paint, but it's about the paint, but it's not about the paint.Kansas City was the first city in the U.S. to host REFRESH, a community-building/interior-painting program brought to KC by in Toronto. St. Peter’s Urban Village was one of several collaborators who supported this effort, initiated by our neighbors, the Nazarene Theological Seminary (NTS). The program involves painting the interiors of homes that were determined by an application process through Blue Hills Community Services and the Blue Hills Neighborhood Association. NTS sought funding and donations to cover the cost of the paint and supplies, and also provided a team of their seminarians and employees to manage the operations during the week. Refresh took place Monday-Friday, May 16-20, 2016. In advance of the week, St. Peter’s Urban Village recruited inspectors to ascertain the needs of the 30 homes that were painted. We also recruited 60 parishioners to paint! Many of the homeowners cooked lunch for the volunteers, and helped work as we got to know one another. Here a few photos from REFRESH KC 2016! We were also featured in an article published by The Catholic Key on July 22, 2016.
If you are interested in helping with Refresh KC 2017, contact Marty Seaton at email@example.com.
Urban Plunge 2016
On July 15 & 16, 2016, the 2nd annual Urban Plunge took place at St. Therese Little Flower’s Senior Center. Free comprehensive health screenings were offered to anyone age 4+ over the course of the two days. Last summer, we screened 38 individuals, and this summer, we increased the number to 54. The participants had their vital signs checked, weight, height, and BMI checked, underwent dental and vision screenings, received full physical evaluations by physicians. The evaluation qualified for the physical that schools require before students are allowed to participate in sports.
This event is a collaboration between several organizations, including Cerner’s First Hand Foundation, Medical Missions Foundation, St. Therese Little Flower Parish, and St. Peter’s Parish. Our role in the partnership was to recruit volunteers to help with the events, raise visibility and promote the screenings (to schools, community organizations, libraries and other locations), and help host the events.
Thanks to our friends at St. Therese Little Flower, Sharon Sanders and B.J. Atkinson, for helping us with publicity and offering their help and hospitality. We also appreciate the leadership of St. Peter’s parishioners Pat Polise and Mary Hellings, who took coordinated with First Hand Foundation and STLF to make it such a success.
Enjoy this short video highlighting some of the initiatives we were involved in last year. We hope it inspires you to volunteer amd become part of St. Peter’s Urban Village!
Urban Village Council Members:
If you are interested in finding out more about Urban Village or would like to consider serving on a sub-committee, please contact us!
Pastor: Fr. Steve Cook firstname.lastname@example.org