13: Heartland

One of the most incredible days of my life

A beautiful day in Owatonna MN became one of the most incredible days of my life. I traveled from Illinois to participate in a banner presentation ceremony with Diana, Co-Founder of the Silver Star Families Of America Organization. As we arrived at the American Legion it was overflowing with people. After the introduction I read the Governor's Proclamation for the Veterans Day Ceremony, Diana gave a speech and read a poem. Each name was called as the banners and certificates were presented to the past war's wounded veterans.

United Way of the Plains fights every person in south central Kansas.

United Way of the Plains fights for the health, education and financial stability of every person in south central Kansas.
In pandemics or in personal crises, United Way is there to help. When you support United Way of the Plains, you join the fight.
• United, we fight to help everyone get – and stay – healthy. This spring, United Way’s 211 hotline partnered with the Sedgwick County Health Department to answer questions about the coronavirus and screen individuals for COVID-19 testing. In the first four months, 211 took over 42,000 calls.

Helping Community Pets in Need

The Great Plains SPCA, HERO program serves 555 families and more than 2,000 pets annually in the Kansas City metro region. Clarence lived outside before arriving at our shelter. With a non-judgmental approach, our HERO team works in the community to help vulnerable pets in need. Through our HERO outreach program, we distribute pet food and supplies, provide dog houses and straw in the winter time, and rescue individual pets in need. Great Plains SPCA is committed to providing quality care for all shelter pets in need.

Staff, families and community pull together to keep Operation Breakthrough open for children

Except for five days in March, Operation Breakthrough has been open throughout the pandemic. The center, located at 31st and Troost, continues to provide 11 hours of care and education each weekday to hundreds of Kansas City children from low-income families, thanks to the efforts of many to limit exposure.

Caleb's Success

“My name is Caleb. I am in the third grade. I go to public School. I am 10 years old. This year I started in the red, but finished in the green. My score went up 259 points in reading, math, spelling and comprehension. Thank you to the tutors for helping me this year.”

Story of Hope- Jordan's Story

Jordan lights up a room with her gentle, humble, and joyful presence. When Jordan first came to the mission, she was much quieter and kept to herself. As Ms. Debra connected with her and Jerri continued to meet her with a hug and a smile, Jordan came out of her shell. She reflected on that point in time saying, “The old Jordan would have thought “Look where you are!” But I came to know the Lord before coming to the mission and knew God gave me strength.