Urban Village was established in 2014 to support community outreach initiatives within our parish boundaries, which extend from Wornall Road to Prospect Avenue, and 59th Street to Gregory Boulevard.
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.Urban Village Ministry Information Sheet 2018
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 2017-18 school year, St. Peter’s volunteers will read with students from Troost Elementary School. Learn more about Lead to Read at http://www.leadtoreadkc.org/. If you are interested in volunteering, please email Charlie Murphy.
In 2016, Kansas City was the first city in the U.S. to host REFRESH, a community-building/interior-painting program brought to KC from 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 in the urban core that are chosen through an application process. Volunteers bring the paint and supplies, (furnished by Refresh KC) and the homeowner supplies the lunch. It’s a great way to build community and lend a hand to our neighbors. More than 60 St. Peter’s volunteers took part in Refresh 2017, and we will soon start gearing up for Refresh 2018, scheduled for June1-2.
St. Therese Little Flower Senior Center
Thanks to our special relationship with St. Therese Little Flower Parish, St. Peter’s parishioners have the opportunity to share in the events and activities at the St. Therese Senior Center. Volunteers from St. Peter’s assist in checking on the well-being of homebound seniors through daily phone calls, and help out at the many meals, activities, and holiday celebrations the Senior Center hosts.
GET INVOLVED-VOLUNTEER NEEDS
We are looking for volunteers to make phone calls to check on the welfare of homebound seniors. Phone calls are made from the St. Therese Senior Center from 10-11 a.m. every weekday. Please find a day that works for you and sign up here.
Please enjoy this short video featuring Urban Village Council member Marty Seaton, speaking at Mass about his experience as a volunteer with the Refresh KC project. We hope it inspires you to volunteer and become part of St. Peter’s Urban Village!