Locally

Bringing God's love and hope across borders in the Kansas City area.

Mission Adelante

Mission Adelante does outreach to immigrant and refugees in Kansas City, KS through:

Kids programs (Tuesday and Thursday evenings)
Youth programs (Wednesday evenings)
After school mentoring (Monday through Wednesday afternoons)
Adult ESL (English as a Second Language) (Tues and Thurs evenings)
Arts (coming January 2018 on Monday nights)

To volunteer at Mission Adelante: http://www.missionadelante.org/serve/

Adelante Thrift Store

Mission Adelante has a thrift store to serve and enhance its community from Monday – Saturday, 9 AM-7 PM. A variety of simple ways to serve are available such as sorting and pricing clothing, assembling food baskets and so much more. For you or your group to serve, visit http://www.adelantethrift.com/volunteer/

Freedom Fire Urban Ministries

Freedom Fire Urban Ministries provides tutoring, reading, mentoring, and Friday night youth outreaches in Kansas City, Missouri. They also have a church that meets on Sunday mornings and primarily serves the homeless population. To volunteer at Freedom Fire, visit http://freedomfire.org/volunteer-opportunities/

Youth
There are five youth outreaches (four meet on Friday night) where volunteers are needed to assist with games, meals, and various activities.

1-on-1 leaders are needed to meet with youth on a weekly basis after school. This could involve tutoring, mentoring, spiritual encouragement, and fun activities.

Homeless
Meals are needed every Sunday at our local church. Over 60% of the congregation are homeless and do not have access to another meal on Sunday. You can also volunteer at Worship Wagon Sunday afternoon or Monday night (a mobile church). See http://worshipwagon.org

Projects
There are numerous opportunities to help by providing some labor either at their ministry center or their camp located about an hour south of Kansas City.

Refugee Ministry

The mission of Voice of Love, our missions partner, is “to proclaim good news to the poor… bind up the brokenhearted and set the captives free” by equipping and sending the local church community to reach out to refugees in the Kansas City area.

Share your skills:
Conversational English
Job placement
Driving instruction
Budgeting

 To volunteer for Voice of Love, visit http://voiceoflovekc.com/

 Mentoring and ministry to inmates

Prison Alpha – Leavenworth Penitentiary

Christian male and female volunteers are needed. Prison Alpha—like Alpha in general— is a respectful introduction to Christianity. The main difference is that the meeting place is in a federal prison and prison inmates are the guests.  Prison Alpha meets weekly for 14 weeks, and two Alpha courses are offered per year. Alpha evenings are Wednesday evenings, and carpooling is available from Overland Park. Departure is at 4:30, and arrival at the penitentiary at 5:30, where it takes about a half hour to go through entrance security procedures. The inmates join the volunteers in the chapel at 6 PM. The course begins with a brief greeting followed by prayer and a song or two. The DVD is shown and then small group discussions follow. There are usually five or six small groups including a Spanish-speaking group as well. At the end of the group discussion time, the evening is closed in prayer. Brief conversations follow before saying goodbye until next week. The inmates are always kind and appreciative. Some are returning from a childhood faith abandoned. Others are dealing with bad experiences with Christians but nevertheless recognize they need God in their lives. Others are genuinely searching for the first time. All have committed crimes and lived a criminal lifestyle. Some are overwhelmed with their predicament and are looking desperately for a new way to live. Good friendships develop over the time spent together. The men discover Jesus coming to visit them, and volunteers discover Jesus there waiting for them to join alongside Him serving the men He loves very much.If you sense that Jesus is calling you to join us as a volunteer or have questions, feel free to call.

Mel and Becky Bockelman: 913-634-1955; 913-544-6634
Steve and Karen Graf: 913-327-7721
Dana Despain: 816-838-2365

The Federal Bureau of Prisons requires volunteers to fill out an application and security check followed by a three-hour orientation meeting. The whole process may take several weeks but you will be welcomed by volunteers and inmates alike.

Life Connection Program – Leavenworth Penitentiary

Christian male volunteers are needed. Leavenworth Federal Penitentiary holds approximately 2,000 male inmates. Within three years of being released from prison, over 75 percent recidivate and return. The Life Connections Program (LCP) is a voluntary faith-based re-entry program that prepares inmates for return to the community. Research over the last ten years has found that prisoners who attend this extensive program recidivate at less than 10 percent—ninety percent never return to jail. The Life Connections Program prepares inmates for a successful return to the community. It consists of 18 months of classes that teaches inmates how to think differently, change their values, manage their emotions and behavior, re-connect with their families, and connect with God. Toward the end of the program, each inmate is matched with a mentor who meets with them one-on-one outside of those classes to learn to have a healthy relationship with another adult, to share their hopes and dreams, to receive assistance on making changes in their lives, and also to realistically prepare them to return to their homes and communities. Available mentoring times are Monday mornings from 8:45 to 11:15 AM or Tuesday evenings from 5:30 to 8:15 PM. After going through entrance security protocol with about 10-15 other volunteer mentors, all the mentors meet individually with their mentees in the chapel and spend an hour with that same person. Most mentors choose to stay and meet with a second mentee for the second hour. Over the months, you are able to develop a good relationship with those you mentor. You share casual conversations, serious sensitive conversations, times of laughter and time to pray and read the Bible together, too. LCP participants are so grateful for the time you take to be with them. Some mentors have said that their mentoring relationships have been among the most meaningful experiences of their lives. For more information contact:

Mel Bockelman: 913-634-1955
Steve Graf: 913-327-7721

The Federal Bureau of Prisons requires volunteers to fill out an application and security check followed by a three-hour orientation meeting. The whole process may take several weeks but you will be welcomed by volunteers and inmates alike.

Brothers in Blue Re-entry Program – Lansing Correctional Facility

Brothers In Blue Re-entry is an in-prison program designed to heal the heart wounds and restore men’s ability to make positive choices by teaching values from a biblical point of view. Statistical results of this program are showing that fewer men are returning to prison and more men are contributing to family, work, community, church and society. Brothers in Blue is an intensive, voluntary values-based program of work and study within a supportive community that promotes transformation from the inside out by providing a cognitive, faith-based curriculum that prepares men for re-entry into the community. Learn more: www.brothersinbluereentry.org

Gracious Promise

The Gracious Promise Foundation, serving the greater Kansas City metropolitan area, provides material and spiritual assistance to the families of the incarcerated and to ex-offenders in the effort to rebuild their lives. The Gracious Promise Foundation is a 501c3 not-for-profit organization that was founded in 1995.

Currently Gracious Promise is undergoing a transition. They will be moving to a fully volunteer-led organization. Their 100-plus volunteers are the backbone of the organization; together they generously contribute almost 10,000 volunteer hours every year. Mentoring and  volunteers are needed to sustain this foundation. Volunteer opportunities include connecting with families by phone, letter-writing, office and technical assistance, fundraising, resource research, and in-jail/prison programs. Click here to learn more about this volunteer-led organization.

Mentoring for Success

This community-based statewide initiative delivers mentoring services to help offenders safely and successfully return to communities. Nearly 4,700 offenders leave prison each year and many need help finding employment/housing, getting connected to services/treatment and reuniting safely with neighborhoods/families. Mentors support the work of correctional case workers and service/treatment providers by assisting offenders in reaching their re-entry plan goals. Mentors are also instrumental in helping offenders establish a life of pro-social activities and meaningful engagement within their communities.

Mentors from this area of the state are trained and matched with either male inmates at Lansing State Prison or women inmates at Topeka State Prison. Men mentor men; women mentor women; and married couples have the option to mentor as a couple either men or women. The match and mentoring begins about six months to a year prior to release to  help the inmate prepare for planning to return to the community. When the inmate returns home, the mentoring continues monthly or more frequently for six months.

Services are also continually monitored and evaluated to ensure the most effective mentoring practices are used. For more information: www.doc.ks.gov/help-out/mentoring


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Local Missions 

Adam McClun | Local Missions Team Lead |