Summer Spruce-Up and Transitions at Frank Williams Outreach Center

frank williams outreach centerFrom Sherrie Watkins-Alvey, Senior Director, Housing and Employment Services, Frank Williams Outreach Center:

It’s been almost four years since we dedicated and opened Frank Williams Outreach Center. Working with staff housed at the facility, we’ve identified that it’s time for a general spruce-up and a refocusing of our mission and purpose.

To accomplish this, we plan to close the building to patron access temporarily – from July 27 through August 7. During that time, we will be repainting and reconfiguring some of the design of the front part of the building. When we re-open on Monday, August 10, we will have:

  • A new name and a new logo (pictured above)
  • A refocused mission: guiding people from homelessness to housed to home.
  • New programming

With a greater focus as a housing resource, we will still provide services including free laundry and access to computers. But we will be shifting from Frank Williams Center being a place where anyone can come just to “hang out” to being a resource to help the following persons with housing and other services:

  • Persons who are homeless.
  • Persons who are at risk of becoming homeless.
  • Persons who are clients/consumers of Wyandot Center.

We are communicating this transition to patrons and community partners. We will keep you informed as we approach the date for re-opening.


July Wednesday Walk: Tour an Urban Farm on July 22

splitlog farmUrban farms are flourishing throughout the Kansas City metro area, especially in Kansas City, Kan. Join us for our July Wednesday Walk, which features a tour of Splitlog Farm at 1045 Splitlog Ave.

Meet at noon on Wednesday, July 22 at 11th & Barnett in KCK. From there, we’ll stroll to the urban farm for a tour, then head back to Waterway Park for a quick picnic lunch. Bring a sack lunch if you’d like to join us.

Hope to see you there!

Image via Steve Curtis


New Downtown KCK Pop-Up Gallery Opens July 10

downtown kck pop-up businessWe’ve got big news! The .POP! Shop (pronounced dot pop shop), a fine art gallery and handmade/locally made goods shop, will open at 731 Minnesota Ave. with a gallery show and artists’ reception, “Nice to Meet You,” from 6 to 9 p.m. on July 10.

.POP! Shop is the first pop-up business to open as part of Downtown Shareholders’ Pop-Up! Downtown KCK program, which launched in early 2015. As part of the program, downtown KCK property owners made space available to tenants for lease at free or below-market rates for terms ranging from one to four months so that tenants could test a business concept with minimal risk.

With the help of Downtown Shareholders, .POP! Shop owner, Sarah Preu, located the ideal space inside 731 Minnesota Ave., the former Anchor Savings and Loan building now owned by Martell+Leon, LLC.

For more details about .POP! Shop, click to read the full Downtown Shareholders press release. And make plans to join us for “Nice to Meet You” on July 10!