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Truman Medical Centers' Healthy Harvest Mobile Market Brings Fresh Produce into the Food Desert

Kansas City's Truman Medical Centers is dedicated to improving the health of residents in our community and is helping provide fresh fruits and vegetables to neighborhoods that don't have easy access to full-service grocery stores. The Healthy Harvest Mobile Market operates on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Cash, credit/debit cards and SNAP are accepted.

TMC is currently raising funds to add a full-service grocery store to Kansas City's urban core. Plans call for the store to open in late 2014, or early 2015.

Troost, Jazz and Soul Experience, a Benefit for Reconcilation Services

Honorary Co-Chairs Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, II and Mrs. Dianne Cleaver invite you to the Troost, Jazz and Soul Experience on June 1, 2014 to benefit Reconciliation Services. The evening will feature cocktails, live and silent auctions, live jazz by Mutual Musicians Foundation artists, and dinner catered by local soul food restaurants. Reconciliation Services provides emergency assistance and therapeutic services to individuals and families in the Kansas City Metropolitan area.

Sunday, June 1, 2014
5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Enroll Now for Summer Reading Programs

Summer reading programs help students retain what they've learned during the school year and improve their reading skills in time for the upcoming school year. There are three summer reading programs to choose from in the Urban Neighborhood Initiative Troost Corridor. Please contact the organizations below for information about their programs.

Upper Room at Macedonia Church: 1700 E. Linwood Blvd.
Enrollment Information: http://www.upperroomprogram.org/summer/enrollment/.
(816) 363-3819

NHS Celebrates 40 Years

In celebration of its 40th anniversary, NHS is hosting a lunch at Sheraton Hotel – Crown Center on June 5, 2014 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The featured panel presenters include Michael Collins, KC Port Authority – CEO; Allison Bergman, Hardwick Law Firm LLC – Senior Counsel and LISC Board Chair; Shomari Benton, Benton, Lloyd & Chang LLC – Partner; Jason Swords, Sunflower Development Group – Principal; and a representative from NeighborWorks America.

Ivanhoe Neighborhood Council to Host Meeting on Underage Drinking

The Ivanhoe Neighborhood Council is presenting "Where's the R.U.S.H?" (Recovering Unity, Safety and Harmony), an opportunity to come together in order to discuss the impact of underage drinking and to develop possible solutions. The meeting will be held Thursday, May 22nd, 2014 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Robert J. Mohart Multipurpose Center, 3200 Wayne, Kansas City, Missouri, 64109.

The event will feature a panel discussion, interactive activity booths, and a youth-friendly happy hour. For more information, contact the Ivanhoe Neighborhood Council at 816-921-6611.

Blue Hills Community Services Receives Capstone Award

Congratulations to Blue Hills Community Services for receiving the Capstone Award for Community Impact for its 5008 Prospect building. Blue Hills Community Services is a not-for-profit community development corporation and a catalyst for neighborhood development, educational programs and community services. Founded in 1974, BHCS set out to battle social and economic challenges faced by residents of the Blue Hills neighborhood in Kansas City, Missouri.

Urban Neighborhood Initiative gets boost from Connecting for Good

Efforts to bridge the digital divide are underway in Kansas City’s urban core. Thanks to partnerships with Arvest Bank-Kansas City and Connecting for Good, Inc., the Urban Neighborhood Initiative will be part of an engineering and feasibility study to develop a plan and budget to provide a community based high speed wireless network to the area.

The engineering and feasibility study by Connecting for Good is made possible through a $5,000 donation by Arvest Bank.

Hiring Fair Draws More than a Thousand Job Seekers

The Urban Neighborhood Initiative joined forces with the Green Impact Zone and the Urban League to host a September hiring fair targeting residents who live in the Urban Neighborhood Initiative area: from 22nd Street to 52nd Street, and from Troost to 71 Highway.

Each of the prospective employers was serious about hiring. They all had immediate job openings and were able to meet face-to-face with candidates on the spot.

Blue Hills Community Services Opens, Brings Investment and Community Improvements

Doors have opened at 5008 Prospect Avenue, where the former DiCarlo Construction site was renovated as a multi-tenant facility housing Blue Hills Community Services.

The property features the Blue Hills Contractor Incubator, which provides training and resources for small business construction contractors to improve their business performance and a training and meeting space for community partners and neighborhood groups to engage residents in community-based programs.

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