St. Michael's Veterans Center and Catholic Charities Announce Service Provider Partners

KANSAS CITY, MO – Catholic Charities of Kansas City-St. Joseph announced an unprecedented coalition of service providers for St. Michael’s Veterans Center Tuesday. The innovative campus in east Kansas City will offer permanent, affordable housing and comprehensive support services for homeless and at-risk veterans when it opens in June.

“Working together, this team will be able to truly transform the lives of men and women who served our country, but returned home to face new challenges,” said Catholic Charities CEO Deacon Dan Powers. “Homeless and at-risk veterans in our area have never had a community like this before – a true, permanent home combined with on-site coordinated services they need to enhance their lives. We’re proud to introduce this team to Kansas City.”

These are the on-site service providers and their roles at St. Michael’s Veterans Center:

•Jewish Family Services will provide transportation, care and professional management programs. •Knights of Columbus will provide peer-to-peer counseling and an active corps of campus volunteers. •Legal Aid of Western Missouri will provide custom-designed legal aid based on the specific, assessed needs of residents. •Linwood Family YMCA will provide healthy living classes and hands-on instruction to residents. •Manpower Group will provide resume writing, interview preparation and job placement services. •Metropolitan Lutheran Ministrywill offer GED education referrals and job skill training through the Learning to Earning Program. •Prosperity Center of Kansas Citywill provide employment services, financial education and coaching and income support access. •Research Center for Human-Animal Interaction (University of Missouri) will engage veterans with companion animals for stress reduction, support and physical activity. (more) •Team Red, White and Blue will provide one-on-one physical training, group physical education classes and opportunities to participate in community fitness events. •US Bank will provide financial literacy classes. •VA Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment will provide higher education assistance and job placement services. •Wound Warrior Project will offer supplemental support resources including peer support, economic empowerment, family support and combat stress recovery.

St. Michael’s Veterans Center is being developed through a partnership of Catholic Charities of Kansas City-St. Joseph and the Yarco Company. Phase one includes 58 one-bedroom apartment units. Qualified residents have already been identified for those units. The building also also includes a computer lab and library, an exercise room, laundry facilities on each floor, community and meeting space and support service offices.

“Of all the apartment communities Yarco has developed, owned and managed since our founding in 1923, St. Michael’s Veterans center will be the most satisfying because of who we will be serving,” said Jonathan Cohn, President and CEO of Yarco. “We will be providing housing for those who deserve it most – our nation’s veterans who were willing to protect us. Now it’s our turn to protect them.

Construction on phase two of the St. Michael’s Veterans Center is tentatively set to begin this fall, with a third phase planned for next year. St. Michael’s Veterans Center will ultimately include 180 apartment units, supportive services and an honor garden commemorating each branch of the military.

The campus is located near 39th and Emanuel Cleaver Boulevard at 3838 Chelsea Drive in Kansas City, Missouri. A ribbon-cutting ceremony is scheduled for June 30, 2014.

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