Meat donations needed for Hillcrest

January 22, 2014 

Lu Ann Blankman who coordinates Lee’s Summit branch of Hillcrest Transitional Housing and Hillcrest volunteer, Dan Hall. Behind them the Hillcrest freezer is near empty. Meat donations are welcome year round.

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Lu Ann Blurkman, Case Manager for the Lee’s Summit Hillcrest Housing Site, said that one item that residents are continually in need of meat for distribution to residents. Lee’s Summit Hillcrest Housing residents are taught to cut up whole chickens and other ways to reduce food costs. “Meat Protein is vital to the health of residents particularly growing children.” She said that, “The average age of a homeless person is seven years old. They are the children of homeless parent or parents.”

Each year at Christmas, members of “The Summit” downtown Lee’s Summit Methodist Church bible study class have donated money to buy whole chickens for Hillcrest. This year, Lee’s Summit Wal-Mart’s meat department matched two to one these needed meat donations.

Blurkman said that Hillcrest Transitional Housing offers homeless families, singles and youth a disciplined educational program within a caring, supportive environment. She said that, “Unlike many organizations whose focus is a one-time or emergency care, Hillcrest’s primary objective is to move clients from homelessness to self-sufficiency within 90 days by addressing the total life situation of the homeless families they serve. This unique program offers free housing and supportive services for up to 24 months. In exchange for rent/utility-free housing, adults are required by written agreement, to find full-time employment, obey program guidelines and attend weekly volunteer-taught classes in life skills, employment, community living and budgeting.”

Individuals, church groups, and others are encouraged to make meat donations which are stored in on site freezers. For more information please contact: Lu Ann Blankman, Case Manager, email, lblankman@hillcrestkc.org, or call 816-600-2681.

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