As we begin another week we go forward trying to continue our mission. There is a big void in available resources due, mostly, to lack of understanding and in some cases lack of interest. We are making every effort to tell our story to as many folks as possible. The intention is to bring attention to the people of our community which are in need. As we have demonstrated through previous publications and as is commonly known, there are families in dire need of help. Some just temporarily and others permanently.
Our goal is to expand our outreach to other communities surrounding the Kansas City Metropolitan Area but currently we have been able to only provide limited help to Kansas City Kansas and Wyandotte County. As donations and other resources become available we will work hard to reach everyone eligible for our support.
Folks like UPS has set up a work day where volunteers from one of there facilites will help do things to help the non-profit organizations. This takes tremendous planning since projects in the works don’t always have funding available to take full advantage of this great resource when it becomes available. Volunteers are the backbone of any non-profit.
At this time of the year when weather allows for outdoor activity; attention to jobs that can only be done in fair weather become a high priority. Trash hauling, tree trimming, exterior painting, roof replacement, roof repair, window work and wood rot removal all are things which those in need have issues with. One eight hour day from a volunteer can accomplish so much when teamed up with the resources necessary for the fix. One of the greatest assets are the professional tradesmen that can manage and direct a team of volunteers to insure the job gets down properly. Nothing is more discouraging than to find sheet rock in place before electrical circuits are run or junction boxes installed and especially when no insulation was hung. Many times these folks require they be paid. Understandingly so. They are in great demand. Try finding a second story painter or a tree trimmer also in high demand.
Habitaciones Para Latinos Association has the mission to help those in need and we have tried to insure a Latino family does not fall through the cracks. To date the Latino community remains one of cultures less likely to ask for help. We search for them and ask the community to bring them to our attention. In the mean time we do not turn down anyone that has a need. When HPLA has resources and time to address them we do. It is through your generous contributions, the volunteers and the spiritual support we get that keep us going. Please don’t hesitate to lend your support to our cause and keep our grassroots efforts alive and well for the sake of Kansas City and its surrounding communities. One dollar can make such a huge difference for a person in need.
Do you need help? Do you know someone who could really use some help? Let us know. Call or e-mail or write please. Our contact form can be found at:
Habitaciones Para Latinos Association
6354 Stevenson Street Shawnee, Kansas 66218