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- MCRC Community Outreach Services -

Marie FrasureMarie Frasure, Community Outreach Director, has been the architect and driving force behind MCRC's human service department.

Ms. Frasure holds three degrees. A Liberal Arts Degree, Kansas City, Kansas Community College, a B.S. Degree, Human Resource Management, Friends University and a MBA, Baker University.

She has worked extensively on human service and poverty issues at the local, state and national levels since 1986. Her local community involvement has included: long-term Board Member for Harvesters Community Food Network; Member of the Coordinating Committee of the Heart of America Walk for the Hungry; Agency representative for the Wyandotte County Emergency Assistance Coalition; Heart of America Hunger Coalition and Wyandotte County Homeless Coalition. Other involvement includes member of the Mayor's Task Force on Food and Hunger and as the coordinator for the Kansas City Metropolitan Leadership Council of Bread for the World. In 1996, Marie Frasure and Mt. Carmel Community Outreach Ministries were featured on CBS Morning News on Thanksgiving Morning for outstanding service to the needy during the holiday. In 1997, Marie Frasure was featured as a "Profile of Kindness" in The Kansas City, Star.

Ms. Frasure served the nation as a member of a Congressional Advisory Committee on Welfare Simplification and Coordination from April 1992 - July 1993. In 1992, Marie was nominated as a point of light and received a certificate of merit from President Bush for outstanding community service.

Email: mfrasure@mtcarmelrc.org

Telephone Voice (913)621-4111 ex2

Fax (913)621-4448

Mt. Carmel Community Outreach Ministries is designed to go beyond charity to foster social change and to build self-reliance. Community Outreach was born out of Mt. Carmel Church of God in Christ’s desire to expand its ministry to help feed area low-income residents through a joint food kitchen effort. The program expanded in 1987 to become a food distribution system for Harvesters, the local food bank.

Today Mt. Carmel Community Outreach Services is a multifaceted program. This expansion of services was born out of the realization that lack of food was result of turmoil in participants' lives. Thereby, seeking to provide holistic service delivery, Mt. Carmel seeks root causes for problems affecting Kansas City, Kansas families.

In 2001, governance of community outreach services was transferred to the Mt. Carmel Redevelopment Corporation. The Mt. Carmel Community Outreach Ministries is a human services platform by which MCRC™ can fully achieve its mission to improve the quality of life for residents of Kansas City, Kansas, by addressing concerns of the family throughout the complete life cycle - cradle to the grave. The program’s intent is move people beyond poverty into productivity. Services delivery is designed and implemented in a holistic manner to foster dignity and respect, to maintain the greatest level of self-sufficiency and to avoid duplicity.

Service Provisions


Strengths-Based Case Management

Case Mangers are utilized to assist clients with complex problems to improve the overall well being of the family, to prevent homelessness and to assure that basic human needs are met, while maintaining the greatest level of self-sufficiency. The case manager assists clients in setting and achieving their goals, enabling them to move into a more stable lifestyle.

Food Assistance

MCRC’s Mobile Food Pantry Program is a collaborative partnership between Mt. Carmel Redevelopment Corporation and Harvesters Food Network. The program, (formerly known as Mass Distribution), is a distribution program designed to maximize the amount of food distributed in a timely manner by utilizing direct client distribution to large groups. The two agencies have partnered for efficient delivery of perishable nutritious foods to those in need in our community.

Crisis intervention and Homeless Prevention

Short-term subsidies to defray rent and utility arrearages for families that have received eviction and utility termination notices; security deposits or first month’s rent to permit a homeless family to move into their own apartment; mediation programs for landlord-tenant disputes; legal services programs for the representation of indigent tenants in eviction proceedings; payments to prevent foreclosures on a home and other innovative activities to prevent homelessness.

Emergency Assistance

MCRC assists low-income families with utility and emergency food assistance. The organization manages and distributes Warm & Light, United Way and Emergency Shelter Utility Funds. Discretionary Funds are also utilized. Essential services is defined as: assistance in obtaining permanent housing, medical and psychological and supervision, employment counseling, nutritional counseling, substance abuse treatment and counseling, assistance in obtaining other federal, state and local assistance including mental health benefits; employment counseling; medical assistance; veteran’s benefits; and income support assistance such as supplemental security income benefits, Temporary Assistance to Needy Families; general assistance, and food stamps.

Health Screening & Education

In partnership with healthcare providers, MCRC provides health screenings and education. Free mammograms are offered through St. Luke Hospital’s Mobile Mammography Unit at Mt. Carmel Place annually each September.

Advocacy

Assistance is offered to individuals in filling out forms, where there is a literacy problem, e.g. filling out food stamp forms, unemployment forms, etc. If elderly or children are being abused, neglected, referral is made to necessary agencies. MCRC staff members are knowledgeable about legislation that affects the poor, the hungry, and the homeless. Frequently, the case manager is called to testify for clients they have worked with or who have achieved success.

Survival Skills for Women

Survival Skills for women is a ten-workshop series that addresses issues and life skills that affect women, i.e. assertiveness, personal health, nutrition, money management, child management, self-advocacy, coping with stress, legal rights, community resources and re-entry/employment. Transitional housing participants and persons in case management are required to attend life skill classes.

Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program

HPRP is focused on housing for homeless and at-risk households. It will provide temporary financial assistance and housing relocation and stabilization services to individuals and families who are homeless or would be homeless but for this assistance. Resources are targeted and prioritized to serve households that are most in need of temporary assistance and are most likely to achieve and maintain stable housing after HPRP assistance concludes. Households must be at 50% or lower of the Area Median Income (AMI) for Wyandotte County to qualify.