FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Oct. 20, 2016
As chairwoman of the city’s Neighborhoods and Public Safety Committee, 5th District Councilwoman Alissia Canady knows sometimes, residents just need a little help to make their neighborhood a better place to live. With organizational assistance from the City and a developing partnership with the faith-based community, Canady thinks the ‘Love Thy Neighbor’ initiative could be the answer. With hammers and paint brushes in hand, volunteers from two churches will make minor repairs on two homes from 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 22.
“The purpose of ‘Love Thy Neighbor’ is to engage the faith-based community to serve the neighborhood where they worship,” Canady said. “Volunteers will make minor repairs and do yard work at homes owned by senior citizens and persons with disabilities who have received citations for code violations, but are physically and/or financially unable to do the work.”
Members of the Paseo Baptist Church and The City of Truth congregation stepped forward to be part of the initiative, but Canady stresses this is a volunteer program and is not funded by the City of Kansas City. She hopes other faith-based organizations will join the movement.
“The ‘Love Thy Neighbor’ effort can only continue if and when other congregations come forward and express interest in volunteering,” Canady said. “This can be an important tool to address blight in our neighborhoods while, in turn, helping the most vulnerable in our community.”
The City has identified 25 owner/occupied homes that could be part of the ‘Love Thy Neighborhood’ campaign — if other churches and community groups want to participate. “’Love Thy Neighbor’ can provide relief to these families while giving churches and other civic organizations the perfect opportunity to reinvest in their community,” Canady said.
For more information, contact Neighborhoods and Housing Services Department Communications/Community Liaison John Baccala at (816) 513-3202; (816) 520-6646 (cell) or John.Baccala@kcmo.org.