58 Blue Springs City Guide
• Community Services League
• Salvation Army Crossroads Shelter part of campus at Salvation Army
Main address: 404 N. Noland Road, central ceadquarters Phone: 816-254-4100 (main) Website: www.cslcares.org Social media: Twitter, @cslcares; Facebook, www.facebook. com/pages/Community-ServicesLeague/100641951530 Part of the community since 1916 Role in community: To empower families to move from poverty to self-sufficiency. More about CSL: CSL is the oldest and largest emergency services provider in Eastern Jackson County. In many communities, CSL is the only option residents have for emergency food, clothing, shelter, utility or medical assistance. CSL has three umbrella programs: Work Express (training individuals to re-enter the workforce and helping them gain employment); Emergency Assistance (help with most basic needs of food, clothing, medical services and utility bill assistance); and Housing (assisting the homeless and those at risk of becoming homeless through counseling, budgeting, homebuyer education and other efforts). CSL helps clients living at or below 150 percent of the Federal Poverty Level. Funding: In-kind donations, direct assistance, special events, government contracts, United Way, grants and other contributions. Major fundraiser: Formerly known as Outpouring of Hope, the 2012 Ooh! fundraiser was a food, drink and music extravaganza in May. The fall gala event will take place Nov. 3 at the Independence Hilton Garden Inn. Contact: Bruce Bailey, site man-
Address: 14700 E. Truman Road, Independence Phone: 816-252-3200 Website: http://www.usc.salvationarmy.org/usc/www_usc_kan.nsf/vw Role in the community: The Salvation Army is a worldwide organization serving those in need. In Independence, the Salvation Army satisfies many needs, including after-school programs, a bread pantry, a community food pantry, and emergency assistance with money for utilities and prescription medications. More about the Salvation Army: At the Independence branch, the Crossroads Shelter has 62 beds for those individuals and families that need them. It is the only one of its kind in Eastern Jackson County. The shelter is open 24/7, 365 days per year. Residents are permitted up to a 90 day stay, and they also have the opportunity to take life skills classes and participate in a required support group. Funding: The Salvation Army operates primarily by donations and fundraising means. Major fundraisers: Several fundraisers are held throughout the year. Contact the Salvation Army directly for more information. Contacts: Captain Butch and Lisa Frost; store staff can be reached at 816833-8881 – Jeff Martin
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Distributing school supplies in backpacks is an annual event at the Community Services League.
ager, Noland Road. Donations: 816-912-4484; volunteer, 816-254-4100; hire CSL clients, 816-912-4491; advocate, email email@example.com to arrange a presentation at your church, workplace, school or civic organization. – Adrianne DeWeese To learn more about the Community Services League, visit www.cslcares.org or call the main office at 816-254-4100. To receive assistance from the league, visit any of its local locations: u Blue Springs – 200 S.W. 10th St., 816-229-0033. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays 9 a.m. to noon, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. u Grain Valley – 207 W. Walnut,
816-355-0328. Wednesdays 9 to noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. u Independence (main office) – 404 N. Noland Road., 816-2544100. Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. u Fairmount – 800 S. Hardy Ave., Independence, 816-2540446. Tuesdays and Thursdays 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. u 39th Street – At Christ United Methodist Church, 14506 E. 39th St., Independence. 816254-8209. Wednesdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. u Buckner – 1001 S. Sibley St., 816-249-5820. Wednesdays 8 a.m. to noon. u Oak Grove – 1408 S.E. Austin St., 816-690-8213. Tuesdays and Thursdays 8 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.