Hillcrest Ministries is a 90-day transitional housing program that helps a homeless family achieve self-sufficiency through a high accountability budgeting and life skills educational curriculum while living in a fully furnished, rent-free apartment. Families that enter our program have over a 95 percent chance of being self-sufficient upon graduating the program and over an 80 percent chance of remaining self-sufficient after 5 years.
Lee's Summit Subaru has donated over $135,000 to Hillcrest Transitional Housing since 2008, as of 2021. Making a positive impact in the peoples lives in the community in which we live and work is our pledge. Not because it's good for business, but because its the right thing to do
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Kathy was a single mom who had a simple dream - to have a normal life for her and her seven-year-old son Jake. But past sexual abuse and a life of drugs had closed many doors. Even an attempt at getting a college education had ended in failure, leaving her with no degree and a student loan that would take over thirty years to pay off, even if she had a job. Then she heard about a program searching for families in her situation in Eastern Jackson County that might help her. Kathleen and her son applied and moved into the Hillcrest Ministries of Eastern Jackson County transitional housing program. And though she wished for the best, she really didn't have hope that her life would significantly change for the better.
First came the job. With help from her Case Manager, Kathy found work at a printing company. Next she needed to learn how to manage that new income, and though it was difficult at first, she became proficient at creating a weekly budget and reconciling her financial transactions. Her son, who had been struggling at school, began to experience academic growth simply from living in a more stable environment. Meanwhile, with help from her budget counselor, Kathy began formulating a debt-repayment plan. Though it would take several years to become completely debt-free, she had a workable plan. For the first time, Kathy had hope that she could achieve a normal life again…but there was one piece missing. In the last week of her stay at Hillcrest, that final piece fell into place - Kathy became a "soccer mom." Being able to afford putting her son on a youth soccer team was the embodiment of normalcy for Kathy and her cries of joy were heard throughout the office when she came home to celebrate, crying "I'm a soccer mom! I'm a soccer mom!" For this mom and son, a simple dream of soccer punctuated a far greater accomplishment of self-sufficiency that will last far beyond the end of the soccer season.
As a family-owned new car dealer in Kansas City (link new car dealer in Kansas city to /inventory/new, Lee's Summit Subaru is proud to be a part of the Kansas City community, and we think it's important to give back to our friends and neighbors. That's why we support a variety of community outreach programs, including Hillcrest Transitional Housing of Eastern Jackson County.
Hillcrest Transitional Housing is a 90-day transitional housing program that not only gives homeless families a safe and comfortable place to stay, but also helps them to achieve self-sufficiency. How do they do it? Through a nationally-recognized and award-winning program of high-accountability budgeting and life skills education that has a 37-year record of repeated success. In fact, families who enter Hillcrest Transitional Housing's program have a 95% chance of being self-sufficient at graduation, and an 80% chance of remaining so in 5 years' time! That's an impressive track record, and Lee's Summit Subaru is proud to help support the fantastic work that Hillcrest Transitional Housing is doing in Eastern Jackson County and across the region!
Homelessness isn't something that only affects adults. In fact, 53% of the homeless population of Kansas City is made up of children, with an average age of seven. That's why Hillcrest Transitional Housing helps families, not just adults, to get the shelter, resources, and education they need to be successful and self-sufficient. Through Hillcrest Transitional Housing, homeless families receive housing in a fully renovated apartment, food and toiletries, budget counseling, and training in everything from goal setting, problem solving, and life-skills. They also have access to dental, medical, and vision care, as well as children's programming and volunteers who provide services like haircuts, auto repair, and more!
Hillcrest Transitional Housing has been nationally recognized by the National Alliance to End Homelessness, and was awarded the 2004 Stuart Whitney Award for Advocacy from the Homeless Services Coalition of Kansas City. While they're proud of their national credentials, their focus is on helping families in the Kansas City area, and they're even more proud of the fact that they manage to graduate 42 local families every year!
Helping families means more than just getting them into secure and comfortable housing and helping them find ways to remain self-sufficient in the future; it means breaking the cycle of poverty for future generations by helping homeless kids reach new opportunities!
Lee's Summit Subaru is proud to support Hillcrest Transitional Housing in their quest to help Kansas City area families break the cycle of poverty, become self-sufficient, and stay that way. But we can't do it alone. If you'd like to help Hillcrest Transitional Housing, you can do so by donating here. Or contact Lee's Summit Subaru at (877) 693-1347 to learn about other ways that you can get involved today!