At the end of each year, lots of people look back and take stock. But no one has a 2013 story to tell quite like Billy Ray Harris.
Harris went from panhandling on the Country Club Plaza in Kansas City, Mo., to being a national media sensation after he returned a lost engagement ring that was accidentally dropped in his panhandling cup.
When we first met Patricia (Trisha) Porsche, she was working her way out of homelessness for the second time. Back in February she was just several weeks into her residency at Freedom House, a transitional home for women run by the True Light Family Resource Center in Kansas City, Mo.
That residency is for only one year and for Trisha that year ends in December. She talks with Steve Kraske about how her job search led her to a very familiar place and where she will be in 2014.
Exercise is generally supposed to make you feel better, but one running club effort is aiming a little bit higher.
In the second part of Thursday's Up to Date, we take a look at how Anne Mahlum's Back On My Feet running clubs for homeless people are changing the way we look at those who live on the street and how they see themselves.
The last time Patricia Porsche was with us we learned why she became homeless by choice. When we left off Trish had just worked her way back to being employed and out of a women's shelter. Today we hear the rest of her story.
Being raised to be self-sufficient, gaining the rank of Sergeant during six years of military service and maintaining employment as an experienced office worker doesn't add up to homelessness for most of us. Before 2007 Patricia Porsche probably would have agreed with you.
Central Standard takes a close look at the most recent homeless count in Kansas City and explore the implications of these findings on these often overlooked residents of our communities. Our guests are Vickie Riddle, Executive Director of Homeless Services Coalition, Ehren Dohler, Kansas City 100,000 Homes Campaign manager and James Ponder, a former client of Dohler's who was once homeless and now lives in an apartment.
A new transitional living program opened for women this fall, built almost entirely on small contributions and the work of volunteers. The Freedom House on 31st and Charlotte in midtown will provide a home for four homeless women who are trying to get their lives back together. KCUR's Susan B. Wilson paid a visit in early November, when the first residents moved in. For those two women, it was their first chance in a while to be a part of a real “home."
Until 1 a.m. every day, Kar Woo, a slender man with dark shoulder length hair that’s greying around his ears, drives around this brightly painted mini-van, with the Gandhi quote, “Be the Change,” printed in big red letters on the side. He drives it between hospitals, domestic violence shelters, schools, bridges, treatment centers, and even jails, helping people who are homeless.
Kansas City, Mo. – For years, Downtown Kansas City businesses hated the image of the throng of homeless walking the streets. It hurt attracting conventions. It kept away commerce. Until agencies got together to take daily needs of the desperate to the area where they spent their nights.