I was blind but now I see

I was inspired today by several things but two things in particular. I have been watching the movie “The Color Purple” and was able to take time and see it to the end today. Secondly I received an email from a dear friend with this terrific message produced by Cameron Burnett. Called “The Bench”. (I pray you can open it and watch it to its conclusion). I asked myself how would you describe what you see if you were not blind, if you were not a slave to anyone or anything. You see, I believe in God almighty creator of heaven and earth; and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. etc. (Please take time to read the Apostles Creed to its conclusion). But, I would like to set GOD aside long enough to recognize that although I draw strength in knowing God directs my life and leads me through his word and I am persuaded by the the presence of the Holy Spirit,who lives within my soul, that for me to sustain myself, I must physically put food and drink into my body. I am no longer a baby who is fed without any effort except to swallow. I must be physically strong and work to survive. But each of us has limitations. In these examples that I have pointed out, that being the movie and this clip, the stars in the presentations have limitations for which they have no control. There is pain and suffering within the individuals life; some assumed and never shown. But in spite of the challenges in the end what is portrayed is contentment and gratefulness. {What is evident is a peace beyond understanding}. I would like to take you to real world situations where having a place to lay down, a place to bath, a place to put your stuff is just not there. Imagine being blind and in that situation. Imagine being deprived of someone to help you find a park bench. Imagine having a smoke alarm beeping 24-7 because you have no one to call on to replace the battery. Imagine having no food because a twenty year old refrigerator quit working in the night and you have no way to save the contents. As great as this country is and continues to be; there are folks suffering gravely everyday. There are folks that don’t know what they don’t know because no one has reached out to help them. Someone to show them where the support is and how to make contact with that help. How would you describe that situation? More importantly what advise could you offer to help eliminate it? How can you help today? You tell me…You who know these situations and these individuals exist, please tell me.

There is an organization called HPLA (Habitaciones Para Latinos Association) that is trying to help by providing minor home repair and education to folks that don’t know, what they don’t know. This is our website. It is so small and so underfunded that the difference it makes is minimal at best. However, recently for several individuals, that little difference kept the power company from taking the family off a payment plan and forcing them to come up with hundreds of dollars immediately. It helped water run-off from coming into a basement and causing more damage and mold growth. It reset a garage door opener for safer access. It provided some used furniture to help furnish a place for one that was homeless. How big of a difference did these acts of charity impact those few people. I believe it was huge. Picture yourself handcuffed and unable to do for yourself due to no fault of your own and please if you can please contribute to HPLA but, also seek out and find folks who are needy and direct them to HPLA or other charities you know are there for them. Be the conduit to get them the help they don’t even know exists. End your day with contentment and gratefulness for what you do have and what you do. Blessings.

Climate Change August 2019

Climate change can be defined differently by each of you. But, what does it really mean? In the heat of politics it is the feud between clean energy, fossil fuel energy and green energy. (Those all can be hard to define). For you as an individual it may mean how the environment, you exist in, impacts your health. For many it is clean fresh untainted air that has the fragrance of nature in its most perfect form.

Looking through the lens of reality however, clean air is a luxury. For the low income individual it is a luxury to have a central air conditioning system and new filters. The fact is that pollution is in every breath of air that most of the US population takes in. As for living in the most pristine areas of the country the cost of living will take most folks out of contention. Living and working in a suitable location for months, year after year, will not exempt the general population from the negative effects of climate change.

For many years it has been predicted that the ice caps will melt and the level of the oceans will rise. We are seeing evidence of that with the recent flooding & with the shifting of the tectonic plates which are causing tsunami’s and earthquakes. We have seen recent earthquake activity in California and Alaska. Is it important that we not live in fear of these catastrophic occurrences which effect a very small part of the population? Yes, of course. But, let’s see what goes on in the life of the low income homeowner who is concerned with the increasing cost of basic physiological needs including food and water. We have had a tremendous influx of calls from folks who not only cannot keep up with their homes but the rising cost of all goods and services which are making them fearful of going bankrupt or being homeless.

The effects of climate change and the effects of raising cost to the average homeowner have little correlation simply because of the probability of which will come first. Life in the Midwest and specifically Kansas & Missouri where all of our charitable work is done currently has been impacted by flooding but, the thought of the sea raising and flooding us out is way beyond the realm of probabilities. The probability of an earthquake is also fairly farfetched since the New Madrid fault might impact neighboring states more so than Missouri. However the 1811-1812 event was significant and needs be remembered and monitored. These events, though significant, are insignificant for the clients we serve.

Climate change has a greater impact on what it is doing to impact the cost of living for those people we serve. The cost of water, gas, electricity, phone service and healthcare to start. Business is impacted by the same things but has the ability to trickle their costs down to the consumer or through reduced cost of operation. Good “Business Acumen” suggest both channels should be scrutinized always. But, for example, Mr. X and neighbor Mrs. B who are both retired and are still able to do for themselves with little need to purchase outside help. The ability to bring in more revenue is impossible. A 2% increase in social security income (COLA) does not overshadow the 10-20% increase in cost of living including basic physiological needs. Doing without is no longer an option and at an all-time high. The next choice is to eliminate maintenance of their living quarters and further to their healthcare. HPLA Charities is doing all it can to fill in the gaps. We do it with volunteer labor and your donations to buy supplies. No overhead is paid out of your donations. All your donation dollars go to benefit the low income homeowners we serve.

Picture yourself self being hit with a $1000.00 unexpected or planned sewer line clog. Picture yourself having a rainstorm breach your roof and bring gallons of water into your bedroom, kitchen or bath. Picture your self-having a grease fire and your insurance deductible requires you to pay $500.00. The fire department may send you a bill.

HPLA Charities will do the work we do for free, to those who qualify. But we cannot provide all the labor and all the materials. We need you to please help us with the cost of materials at the least. Please go to our donate tab in the ribbon above and give a large donation. That may be $5.00 to you. That might be $25.00 for another but, together it adds up to hundreds of dollars which allows us (HPLA) to help someone stay in their own home one more month or one more year. Your day is coming and I pray HPLA Charities will still be there for you. If you can only offer to help by adding your name to our volunteer list than we are grateful and will praise God for you. Just call Bob 913-269-4450

Be Blessed.


In lieu of opinions to the contrary I would wager that if you were born and bred in the USA you agree this is the greatest country in the world.

Our organization “Habitaciones Para Latinos Association” is not pulled by political bias but no doubt the folks we help and the individuals who volunteer are. There are differing views from the people we serve. I don’t believe any of the families we help feel like they are entitled to our help. In most cases they have tried several organizations which offer help for which they qualify and found the resources are just not there right now. These folks keep asking, all the while doing all they can for themselves. But, I pray that folks in need never stop asking for help. Do I feel they are entitled to help. Yes, yes I do. But why are these folks entitled. My catch all statement at HPLA is the people we help are “hurting through no fault of their own”. The list is very long of examples. Birth defected individuals, mentally challenged, disabled veterans, unexpected health issues, the aged, etc.

I was recently in the hospital to undergo some testing in hopes of finding what ails me. I left the hospital with two stints in my coronary artery and a third to be added very soon. The week before I went in for testing I was working and doing pretty well for my age. Then I found myself bedridden for 24 hours and told not to lift anything more than 5 pounds for days later. I had to walk very gingerly in that a misstep might cause me to fall & bleed out very quickly should my incision break open. I was even pushed around in a wheelchair for awhile. Without resources or loved ones to care for me I could have ended up at home alone without help.

Do you know someone that lives alone? Do you know someone that went in for a routine exam and ended up begging for resources to just get back home. We all have heard the stories if not experienced it ourselves. These are folks that are hurting through no fault of their own and this great country of ours not only provides resources to help folks but, has thousands of back up charities to cover when resources get lean. Unpaid volunteers who recognized there is more to do than resources to do it. Our volunteers give of their time and they contribute part of their assets but, resources do get lean for us too and that is when we call on you to help cover costs incurred which we don’t have funds for. Emergency situations which need to be taken care of now. HPLA is at a place where projects are on hold and the backlog increasing due to the fact we have used up all our resources and any backup support.

So I ask you to help by donating to our charity. Would you sacrifice giving to your local library one time and give to us so we can help fellow human beings, who are hurting through no fault of their own. Would you defer your donation to a cause that may not be impacted as badly as a needy fellow American.

Two Hundred and Forty Three Years as a free republic this Fourth of July. We are and will continue to be the greatest country in the world because we love who we are and what we, as a nation, do to help people that are hurting through no fault of their own. Please use the donate button on our banner to contribute now. Thank you & God Bless You.

March Hare & March Madness

“Have some more tea” said the March Hare, but, “I have not had any so how can I have more”.

Funny how improper messaging can get even the most graceful people in trouble. To try and petition you my friends and followers of HPLA I can’t help but worry that the proper messaging is not being lost. Either in the writing or in the reading. But to insure we don’t lose our theme please know that we blog to inform you of the challenges we face and the solutions we conger to over come the challenges. In all that we portray, via the written word, the bottom line is we are asking for your donations, Yes, we are asking you to take your charitable contributions and redirect them for a time or forever to our work.  You see, at Habitaciones Para Latinos Association we use volunteers to give of their leisure time to help people in need. Our mission is to help low income homeowners with minor home repairs. We have been given a set of tools to accomplish our mission. We are also blessed by the gifts of our staffs and other volunteers whose craftsmanship allows us to complete the work. But, in all cases there is never enough money to also provide the supplies and materials to complete all the tasks. For that gift we ask you to give us your contribution dollars. Yes you will be able to deduct the money you give us on your taxes but more importantly you will be giving a fellow American a chance to restore his/her dignity and get a leg up at a time when things look the most grim.

Without getting to graphic HPLA was confronted with a situation where a home, through no fault of the owner, was left inadvertently to two dogs and two cats. Due to a very serious illness of the homeowner the animals were left to fend for themselves for two to three days. After the owner/patient was recovered and treated the house still remained in the hands of the pets. It has been sometime since the animals have been contained without intervention and the cats are still on the loose. The end result is a major cleaning job of the home and some minor repairs which were long overdue.

It is very difficult to ask volunteers to come in and work in an environment such as this and even more so to do it without any resources. Heavy Duty trash bags are very expensive and equipment and supplies to scrub & shampoo walls & floors require special apparel. But big hearts and a few dollars turns a disastrous environment back into a home.  Clean disinfected and livable.

We are going to be facing the need to replace furniture and carpeting in this project. Some work will require specialty contractors. Handicap rails and chairlifts. But because of you and the help of other charities, this family will be able to once again live in a peaceful and healthy environment.

In another case this past week, we were able to find a homeless man a men’s shelter to take him in & out in the cold. He had been living in a van on the side of the road. He was starting the van just enough to keep from freezing. With the help of other charities and food and gas from HPLA he is on the mend and may have a home to rent by the first of March. We bought a battery for his van as well. He now faces renewing license tags and paying property tax on the van which he hopes he can earn enough money to do very soon. A young Son & Daughter have been cared for by good Samaritans. The prayer now is to bring them all back together and start anew.

Please find our donation tab on this web site or if it is more user friendly cut & paste http://www.habitacionesparalatinos.org/donate into your browser to support our work with your contribution dollars. We are always in need of volunteers. If you or a group of your associates would like to help us please contact us at 913-269-4450. Ask for Bob.

We ask that God would bless our work.  We are to often reminded that our hands and feet is Gods way of answering prayer. And that maybe true. Although we may never meet the definition of a perfect servant of God we believe he directs us to those in our area who need help. We continue forward with the gifts he gives us and the financial support he provides through you.

Get ready for March Madness and watch for the March Hare to share with your next cup of tea. Blessings


The Plus and Minus of the 2018 Holiday Season

As an American we are reminded on many fronts, of how rich we are.

America as a whole is a very rich country with resources very few countries around the world have, The abundance of those resources may be what makes us rich. I will leave that discussion to the sociologist and economist who work to document that data.


In a recent trip to the infamous “Plaza” of Kansas City, Missouri I was reminded of the beginning of the holiday season. The City has a tradition of lighting the buildings that make up the Plaza in strings of multicolored Christmas lights. Thanksgiving Day evening is the designated time of the flipping of the switch. Some visitors walk several blocks to get to the main stage so this serves as a great way to walk off the over consumption of food and drink of the traditional “Thanksgiving Feast”. The result of the event is breathtaking and an event everyone should experience at least once. The shops, of the area, use the time to encourage gift buying in preparation for the gift giving that will take place Christmas Day. Some of the most expensive items available to the world might be found in this area of the City. The evidence of the wealth of American is displayed by the many shopping bags being carried out by visitors to the area. There are many other instances where the wealth of America is displayed. When emergency supplies are delivered to devastated areas of not only our own country but to countries all over the world. When folks are seen, taking time to line up & give blood for others to survive. There are monthly donations for the children in the Congo, medical supplies to war torn countries. Yes, we even give to countries that would rather see us as a failed country.  We do so much good for ourselves and for strangers around the world everyday that no one in America should be cold or go hungry. No one!

At HPLA Charities we understand and appreciate the gifts that we have been given. As individuals and as Americans we are lucky to be here. It is through the sacrifice of others that we are where we are today. The good news is we are doing very well. The bad news is there are folks still living in conditions that are deplorable. They may be living longer than expected, they may be victims of abuse, they maybe children of parents dependent on drugs. The list is long but when someone is hurting it is our mission and our prayer at HPLA that we are able to help them. Our mission is to help keep homes functional and safe. We do all we can do with the help of donations from you and with volunteers that share our concern. We deal with conditions that need to be cleaned and with household furnishings that are way past needing to be discarded. We deal with kitchen and bathroom facilities that are hardly working and that wastes limited resources for families. It is disgusting.

We are asking that you please share our story. The amount spent for the smallest Christmas gift can allow a family to have that drafty hole in the floor repaired. The leaky faucet replaced and so much more.

This holiday season there is a fund raiser being sponsored by Facebook through our Facebook account that will allow us to purchase a dump trailer. This trailer will be used to haul materials for our building projects but more importantly to remove furnishing from houses that are a danger to the occupants. We need for you to please give just a little. Just as importantly we need for you to share our story and let others know we are doing good things and the right things. The donations are not to increase our personal wealth but to help folks in our cities that are hurting horribly, through no fault of their own, in the richest country in the world.

Look for our donate button above or join us on Facebook.  May you have a very Happy Holiday and please remember, there are many minuses in the neighborhoods of our area that you can turn into positives. God Bless



The Snow Flies Early in Kansas-October 2018

The Snow Flies Early in Kansas-October 2018

This article is dedicated to you my readers. You know what we do at HPLA. Habitaciones Para Latinos Association is active and doing good things because of you. For that reason we pray for prosperity and good health for each of you everyday. But lets review why it is that you support us. Lets review why we need your continued support and why we need others to join us. Let’s review why it is that I am asking you to help others understand fully what we do. To you our dear friends:

  • Our donors are far from wealthy. At best I know that you are able to pay your bills every month with little left over.
  • Our donors know what it is like to go without. Whether now or in times past. You have stressed over paying past due bills or have gas money to go to work.
  • As a homeowner, our donors, have let that dripping faucet or leaky toilet go because there was no money for a plumber
  • As a homeowner in American you have seen or heard of the hard times of the depression or experienced war times when we all had to do without.
  • As a homeowner & neighbor you have seen sadness delivered to your friends. A loss of a job or loss of a loved one. The loss due to fire.
  • As a homeowner & as a christian you have blamed God for your peril.

But with all the pitfalls that life delivers everyday there is a place in your heart to sacrifice and to do for others who are in worst shape than you. As a donor we know that it is a big decision to step out of your world and peer into someone else’s world and realize how fortunate you are.

The attitude that “It’s all about me” and the attitude that I got mine by working hard so you have to do the same or just hurt, is absurd. Are there fellow human being out there who should be treated this way? People who are undeserving and just deliberately using the system. Yes, there probably is. But just like the super wealthy, those folks are few. Just like our own peril, which often comes through no fault of your own. God does not bring peril into your world. Things just happen.

But you, our most valued asset and caring individual, are who understands best what we do. We remain so grateful and honored by your trust & your faith in us.

We have received funds to hopefully complete a young coupes home and get them utilities before the end of the year. Our goal to get them into their home before winter is no longer possible. A freeze warning is out in our area as you read this post. We still need plumbing help, electrical help and construction help to make their house livable. We also need your donations for other projects. We have a roof that needs to be replaced. We need sump pumps installed. etc, etc. But we know we need to be grateful for all you have done so far.

From where we started with this project for the young couple, we have made huge advances. Volunteer help has saved thousands of dollars in labor cost. But, are we done? No! But, one thing is for sure, the folks who take the time to read this post are the ones who have & will give money and support our charity. To those who read this post we pray that God will bless you 10 fold for your sacrifice. For those that read this post we pray no harm will come to you but, instead I pray that your eyes will be open to the wealth you already have and that you will receive by paying it forward through HPLA.

If you have time to volunteer and that is all you can do to help, please understand your labor is worth hundreds of dollars. Please Call Us.

Happy Halloween & Day of the Dead. Remember Latino Recognition Month just ended October 15, 2018

Again please accept our sincere gratitude to those of you who have donated and those who will. God Bless You. God Bless America

Bob Flores Chairman

Back to School-Fall 2018

The time is here again when teachers gather and plan there lessons and learn how best to communicate with students and accomplish the requirements mandated by their plan & the school boards direction.

For HPLA this time of the year means trying to stay connected with all the demands put on our charity to provide safe and habitable shelters for the family of school aged children. And we don’t forget all the other families we help. Seniors living alone who have outlived their children and relatives.

Currently we are dedicating our resources to a family expecting their third child. They have been trying to move into their first home before baby arrives. The opportunity to have a place of their own is so exciting and the time to get it done seemed doable. But the pride of ownership does not come cheap and some opportunities come with serious consequences or pitfalls. Life’s lessons can be brutal.

It is the opinion of experts that this house was not inhabitable and should have never been sold. But “hindsight is much clearer than foresight.” This hardworking couple had agreed to make it work and signed the commitment. Well it has not worked. “Buyer Beware”

They have come up short in many ways but fortunately have been directed to call out for help. And they did. It took some persuasion but they let some of us privileged people in. Yes, we are privileged to help a fellow human being who has few resources and are hurting through no fault of their own. In this case there are language barriers we have to over come and few resources to draw from. Secondly they want to do it themselves and can but,they need lots of help. God is good and so is the generosity of our community. Praise be to God.

HPLA in co-operation with other charitable organizations is helping re-build the property and the blessing is that the head of household is an experienced handyman. He has basically remodeled the interior of the main house but the most expensive of tasks remain. The bathroom needs all new plumbing. The kitchen needs all new plumbing. The electrical system needs to have new circuits added along with cost of a final inspection by a licensed electrician. Water lines will be less of an issue but non-the-less an issue. And there is much more.

This house will provide adequate shelter and has already improved the appearance of the neighborhood. HPLA is helping reduce blight, keeping properties on the tax roles, helping provide affordable housing for low income families and keeping children in school.

We are privileged in that we receive a tremendous blessing by giving back to our community. It ignites corporations desire to contribute. (An aside: For you local business owners, please note that the salary paid for one employee for one week keeps us working for months). We recently took $20.00 and one hour of volunteer labor to fix an outdoor hydrate which had froze last winter. Now the homeowner can keep her flowers growing and grass green & improve the appearance of the neighborhood. Charity has also allowed for the dusk to dawn light in the back yard to be repaired and now the area is also more secure.

We have some volunteers that will help who are willing to give up time if you, dear reader, can help us provide the parts, materials and supplies to fix the issues we face.

Our sincere gratitude this month goes to D&R Services, Inc. http://www.handyman24-7kck.com for providing HPLA with new drills, screw guns & chop saw which are all battery powered to proved excellent portability and productivity. Thank you.

Help us keep doing the great work we do please. Please donate at https://habitacionesparalatinos.org/donate/

God Bless You
Bob Flores Chairman

Fallen Officers of Wyandotte County Sheriffs Office June 2018

It is with deep regret that I begin this message with such sadness. The most recent lost of first responders lives in Wyandotte County only adds to one of the most tragic years in our history among law enforcement staff in this area and begs the question. Why?
I am humbly including the names of those two officers in this publication and offer our sincere condolences to the families and their fellow officers: Wyandotte County Sheriff’s Deputies Theresa King and Patrick Rohrer

HPLA has been attending a monthly meeting in Wyandotte County for some time. As a group, in these meetings, we are privileged by being addressed by some of the counties senior executives and to sit side by side with them & other county & city leaders. We get insight on their dedication and in the case of the judicial system offers we get insight on the dangers they face and the threats they live with. You can imagine some of the horror they experience.

The meeting is directed at informing the Neighborhood Resource Center staff on current conditions in our area as well as provide a platform for education and our need for unity as a group. The group is made up largely of charities that are trying to provide services to our citizens, spot and eliminate danger, eliminate blight, support low income homeowners, insure equality and support fundraisers for each charity. Of course the networking and understanding of each organizations goal & mission is vital.
The major building project, HPLA is currently supporting, was brought to our attention by a fellow organization which met us and networked with us at the NRC meeting.They are part of the medical community.

But as I have listened intently to Sheriff Ash & Chief of Police Ziegler, or there representatives at times, it is very clear that these folks want law breakers off the streets and are acutely aware of the extreme danger certain law breakers pose. These two officers, we just lost, were lost while trying to respectfully deliver a violator of the law for further processing. It is hard to imagine how any fellow officer was able to try to subdue this individual instead of just taking his life on the spot. God Bless these heroes for their self control.

For those of you reading this post I hope you know we appreciate your time. Our coalition of loving people, that are wanting to do good deeds, needs your financial support, your physical support, your talents & your good deeds. But now we also need your financial support for these fallen heroes and their families.There are many ways to contribute directly to these families. The following one is a good one. You can choose another. https://www.kc-crime.org/safe/

Habitaciones Para Latinos Association is dedicated to helping low income homeowners with minor home repair. We are currently asking for a one time grant to hire a full time handyman to assist our current volunteer staff though 2018. Please call if you have any questions or suggestions. We need to accelerate our projects as the list keeps growing longer and longer.

Blessings to each of you and prayers for all our fallen heroes but most especially to these two most recent losses.


Habitaciones Para Latinos Association (a 501c3 Charity)


The supply of craftsmen appears to be dwindling as well as those of licensed professionals. With the temperatures raising and working outdoors a pleasure, for some of us, getting those honey-do projects complete with a little help is stalled. No help available.
Even worse the quality of building materials is going down while the cost are going up. Honey-Do’s can be stalled or even procrastinated but for low income homeowners needing repairs to keep the gas, water, electricity or appliances going it is an emergency.  There is no way to wait.

You can come to your own conclusions on why we are incurring these high cost but, in our world of providing free labor for low income homeowners it is disastrous. HPLA (Habitaciones Para Latinos Association) relies on donations to provide the building materials and supplies necessary to do our work. A short supply of volunteers is also an issue but volunteers are of no value when you can’t afford a piece of lumber.  So yes, larger and increased donations are required. These donations are the life blood of our charity and by your continued support and donations we can do so much more.

Currently HPLA is involved in several projects that are in serious need of support. HPLA has recently upgraded one young couple to priority one.  After a loss of revenue and an unexpected pregnancy their first dream home, which was a fixer upper and inhabitable is no where close to being lived in. In the good time these kids had been sold this home, that was inhabitable, at a ridiculously high price.   They were forced to pick up back taxes and assume responsibility to pay back the loan with none of the utilities acceptable to inspectors.

This finance company should be investigated by CFPB  (Consumer Financial Protection Bureau).

As most young married couples, they don’t know what it is they don’t know. It is even more daunting that no one even hinted to them the tremendous cost involved in bringing the property up to modern standards. Another loan equal to the initial cost of the property will be required to make the house ready for occupancy in the time frame required by this family. Otherwise they will be years paying rent and making payments to a house that will continue to deteriorate. Our volunteers and your donations will overcome their problems and help the neighborhood from having a house in blight.

It is exciting to see these young families working so hard to live the “American Dream” but so saddened to see them blindsided by an American business acumen who stand behind “buyer beware” as their excuse to earn revenues in this shameful manner.

The good news is that as we help this family bring their home into compliance with building codes. As we help them with inspections and licensed contractor fees. As we bring their taxes up to date. We can then go back and file complaints and hopefully stop this kind of business practices from continuing in our county.

What is this family doing for themselves. The head of house is working long hours and coming home to set toilets, bathtubs, sinks and put up walls. Yes, he is helping all he can. We want to accelerate his efforts. But we do need your donations for materials and to help defer costs of licensed plumbers and electricians who even working at a discount are still ridiculously high. Please use our donate button to give something. Just one dollar from a few hundred people makes our charity successful. God Bless You.

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Opening Day at the “K”- America’s favorite past time 2018 season gets started today in KC

Baseball. What a wonderful institution this game has been all these years. I personally don’t know of anyone that does not have a favorite baseball team. Kansas City is no doubt a baseball town. We are proud to have the Kansas City Royals reside here in our metro. Although the Kansas City Royals officially reside on the Missouri side of the Metro we still claim the Royals on the Kansas side as our team.  In a large percentage of Kansas City the dividing line between the two states is one street called Stateline which has Missouri business and residents on one side and Kansas businesses and residents on the other side of the street. To improve safety, when an emergency occurs on Stateline, both Kansas and Missouri first responders react. Very creative and responsible use of resources. In times past Missouri responders might arrive on scene only to realize it was on the Kansas side of the street and the process slowed until Kansas responders arrived.  No more of that. Hooray.

With all the wonderful history and wonderful heritage of Kansas City, like many other river side cities, Kansas City is going through the evolution  of bringing business back to the intercity. Long standing empty buildings are being renovated and loft style apartments are going in. Old federal building which were replaced by new building are being used for housing as well. And the neighborhoods of the avarice which had become decrepit are being revitalized and rehabilitated. The craftsmanship revealed.

As all these changes take place the demographics change and the location of the have’s and have not start coming full circle. The rivers edge will once again become a vital source to transportation and commerce. The home of the most wealthy. In total it will be a 200 year cycle (approx.) but society and our American culture & norms will remain. We can all agree that we love our county and only want the best for all with a level playing field for us all.

For HPLA the winds of change take some folks out of harms way and bring others in. We have been able to help many clients going through transition both up and down in their mobility. We can do it through you and your faith in our organization. Donations are coming slow but steady and we are now able to start the design work for a shower enclosure for an elderly couple that only has an old cast iron tub to work with. Updates will be provided to you and again these tremendous opportunities to help people that are hurting are only possible with your help to provide the materials & supplies. We celebrate the successes and work hard to overcome and support those who are failing. Most of which, might be failing through  no fault of their own. And we celebrate the sacrifice of our volunteers whose labor embellishes your gifts and make our work possible. May God Richly Bless them. This couple we are helping now have lived here all their lives and contributed greatly to the economy only to find there home going down faster than they can keep it up There ability to pay for increased cost of living impossible. There are to many hard working folks who will out live their savings and their income. Every month we at HPLA can keep these folks in  their home is one more month of dignity and one less month living on medicaid. These folks will be here, in their home, for many more months and be able to stay clean and healthy too.

So as we see additions in the inner city such as the Negro League Museum nlbm.com and add street cars like those of yesteryear. As we bring high tech industry and jobs back to downtown there are transitions happening and some folks losing jobs struggling until they can reload their resources to catch up and need our help. There are those whose neighborhoods are needing to be renewed and the governments are demanding properties be kept up or better yet renewed to meet the demands of the winds of change and to draw more businesses. Property values will go up and those Seniors who can keep going will have more money to sustain themselves without your assistance. Win Win. But there will be times when just a little help will payback exponentially. God Bless You and please give via our donate page.

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