Posted on: December 19, 2016

A Fresh Start

Constructing Futures

Zach Godsy speaks candidly about his past. He used drugs, stole cars and committed other thefts. And he went to prison.

“I paid the price,” says Godsy. “Prison was almost a blessing. It got me away from drugs. Having bills to pay was my excuse for stealing...


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Posted on: December 15, 2015

Welcome Home

Shocked Response

Like any other 5-years-olds would, Artis Rollins' daughters marveled at all the presents beneath their Christmas tree, then immediately began to anticipate unwrapping each package. The identical twins’ father, meanwhile, was still overjoyed about the gift...


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Posted on: December 14, 2015

Working On The Future

Working On The Future

Doug Nicholson has a smile worthy of jolly old St. Nicholas. Cheeks dimpled. Eyes twinkling. Gold teeth sparkling. 

And the 53-year-old Kansas City man can hardly contain his merriment as the day Jackson County will be presenting the keys to its s...


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Posted on: July 29, 2015

Clear Title Presented To First Constructing Futures Recipient

Barbara Nelson

Barbara Nelson considers herself blessed. 

Six years ago, Jackson County ended her and her two daughters’ struggle with homelessness, when County Executive Mike Sanders presented them the keys to the first vacant house remodeled through the county...


Posted on: December 15, 2014

'Home For The Holidays' Takes On A Whole New Meaning

Constructing Futures

"I want to live up here! It's gonna be fun!" 

Four-year-old Ranyah couldn't control her joy, smiling broadly as she swung on the swing set in the yard of her new home in the Ivanhoe Neighborhood of Kansas City -- her fa...


Posted on: December 11, 2014

Jackson County Program Teaches Ex-Offenders Job Skills

Connections To Success

With his knee pads and stocking cap, Ter-Rance Yancey looks the part of the construction worker he is becoming. 

On the first Monday in December, Yancey was helping put the finishing touches on a home in the Ivanhoe Neighborhood that Jackson Count...


Posted on: December 19, 2013

2 Families Receive Constructing Futures Houses

Tears of Joy

Latoya Caldwell could scarcely speak. She sobbed, shedding tears of joy. 

"Oh, my God," she cried. "This has been a long time coming."

"Home for the holidays" took on even greater meaning during a special presentation ...


Posted on: May 4, 2012

'Lightning' Strikes Mother & Daughter In A Good Way

Kristie Smith and her daughter

Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders compared all the hardships Kristie Smith and her two daughters have endured to being struck by lightning -- not once or twice, but three times.

First, in 2008 lymphoma claimed the life of Kristie's husband and the girl...


Posted on: August 17, 2010

A Once Homeless Family Has A New Place To Call Home

Mrs. Scott's Daughter Gives Her A Hug

Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders had a surprise for Wayne and Jacqueline Scott and their 12-year-old daughter Symone: a key. The key to their new home. 

The Scotts knew they were being considered possible recipients for a formerly vacant hous...


Posted on: April 6, 2009

Program's Gift Of A Home Changes A Mother & Her Daughters' Lives

Barbara Nelson

A new future began Monday (April 6) for Barbara Nelson and her two daughters. 

Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders and County Legislator James Tindall, Sr. (2nd District) announced that the Nelsons would be receiving the first home rehabilitated...