Constructing Futures Changes Lives Of Two Local Families
There were lots of smiles and more than a few tears shed when Jackson County Executive Frank White, Jr., surprised two deserving Kansas City families who have endured life challenges with new homes at the Ivanhoe Community Center in Kansas City this morning.
The homes were awarded as part of the Constructing Futures program, which Jackson County started in 2009. To date, a total of nine homes
While both families had applied to Constructing Futures, they were surprised to learn they had been gifted with the houses. County Executive White made the announcement by pointing to each family and exclaiming, “You get a house!”
The families were given the keys to their new homes and then, following the media conference, were taken to their new homes for the first time. Both homes are located in the Ivanhoe neighborhood.
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Let Me Get That For You
County Executive Frank White, Jr. helps Dyon Holman and her son Derrion Walker open the door to their new home.
A Happy Family
Robert Lyles, Oscar Lyles, Jasmine Fluker and Kai Lyles share smiles after receiving the keys to their new home.
A Thank You Hug
A Thank You Hug
Delinda Davis of Walmart, right, presents a check to Brad Lambert of Connections to Success. The money was then passed on in the form of gift cards to the two home recipients.
A Special Announcement
Jackson County Executive Frank White, Jr., addresses the crowd before presenting keys to the new home owners. Also pictured from left are Ivanhoe Neighborhood Council Executive Director Margaret May,
Oscar Lyles expresses his gratitude for receiving a new home.
The second home was awarded to Oscar Lyles, who will be living there with his partner Jasmine Fluker, their infant son Kai and Oscar’s 15-year-old brother Robert. Oscar, who grew up in foster care, took guardianship of his younger brother to prevent him from also spending his childhood in foster care.
When making the announcement, County Executive White said, “This young family has gone through experiences that have given them adult responsibilities at an early age. They are ready to take the next step into home ownership.”
Constructing Futures is an innovative program that addresses three key issues: 1) homelessness, 2) the plight vacant houses can be
When completed, houses remodeled through Constructing Futures are presented to families who’ve struggled with being homeless. From the program’s start seven years ago, clients from Connections To Success have done the work necessary to transform each long-neglected abandoned house back into a home ready for a family.
Connections To Success provides training and other support services to individuals who are unemployed, underemployed or seeking to secure steady employment after being incarcerated.
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Jackson County presents the keys to the seventh home remodel through Constructing Futures to a father and his twin daughters. The man was living in his car in 2014, but now he and his 5-year-old girls have a new place to call home. > MORE
The Constructing Futures program does more than help the families who receive homes through the innovative program. The individuals who remodel the houses also get a big reward: new skills that help them secure stable employment. > MORE