The Shepherd’s Center’s mission is to promote the dignity, independence and continued productivity of older adults. It encourages personal and spiritual growth through its programs and services, and is dedicated to helping older persons live in their homes and community for as long as possible.
One of the services that the Shepherds Center provides to its communities’ seniors is Meals on Wheels in which volunteers deliver hot nutritious meals five days per week to those requiring assistance with their dietary needs without sacrificing their ability to remain independent in their own homes. Wheels that Care is another service in which volunteers transport seniors to medical appointments Monday through Friday if they are unable to drive or transport themselves. The Shepherds Center also offers programs to keep seniors active such as a monthly Book Club, Bridge and Card group, Exercise Class, Computer Classes and many more. There are six services and nine different programs available.
River of Refuge is a non-profit organization that transitions homeless families, who have jobs, from high rent motels and shelters into permanent housing. Our mission is to break the cycle of homelessness and restore dignity to individuals and families by providing transitional housing, education, food, budgeting classes and permanent housing to qualified families in a loving and caring environment.
River of Refuge is located at 5155 Raytown Road, Kansas City MO 64133, just outside the city limits of Raytown, in the Kansas City, Missouri metro area. The 150,000 square foot former Park Lane Hospital is being converted from a community eyesore to a community asset that helps needy working families move to a “place of dignity.”
Volunteer projects are planned on a weekly basis. Some of our larger projects can be coordinated specifically for churches, businesses, or other large groups of volunteers. Arrangements to volunteer can be made by calling the River of Refuge office at 816-737-5100.
Project 51 is partnership pledge with River of Refuge. The name Project 51 comes from the 51st Psalm which is a Psalm about redemption. The address where our families will be housed is 5151 Raytown Road. Project 51 pledges can be made in amounts ranging from $5.10 a month up to $510 a month. Other options for support are available on our website, www.riverofrefuge.com including monthly as well as one-time giving.
Corporate sponsorships allow River of Refuge to organize numerous fundraising events throughout the year. Corporate sponsors are recognized at River of Refuge events. For more information, you can call River of Refuge directly at 816-737-5100 or contact Jaimee Blake, Media Director for River of Refuge at JaimeeBlake@RiverofRefuge.com.
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Raytown Crime Watch
The Raytown Crime Watch organization is comprised of dedicated volunteers, who take pride in their community and dedicate both time and talent to deter crime by serving as “extra eyes and ears for the police department“.
The Raytown Crime Watch organization is working to maintain crime at a low level keeping Raytown a desirable community in which to live. Watch for the RAYTOWN CRIME WATCH signs on the sides of our vehicles in your neighborhood.
If you are interested in becoming an involved citizen and you have a few hours to spare please contact Crime Watch information line at 816-984-6790 for more information and to leave us a message.
The Raytown Amateur Radio Club, Inc. (as it is officially known,) is a non-profit, 501(c) corporation organized under the laws of the State of Missouri, and is governed by its Board of Directors consisting of a President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Member at Large.
Raytown ARC has recently grown to a membership of over 80 members. As one of the most active organizations of its kind in the region, we have come to be known as a Radio Club that “Gets out and does things!” The Raytown Amateur Radio Club has consistently placed among the top five amateur radio clubs in its class nationwide at the annual ARRL Field Day Event.
The Raytown Amateur Radio Club is affiliated with the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) The National Association for Amateur Radio.
The Raytown Tree Board is a volunteer organization established in 2000 operating under the umbrella of the Raytown Parks and Recreation Department in Raytown, Missouri. Parks is proud to have a certified Municipal Specialist Arborist on staff. Currently, there are only seven in the entire state of Missouri who have earned this level of certification from the lnternational Society of Arboriculture.
The Tree Board and our website is a resource for government and citizens of Raytown regarding the care, selection and planting of trees on public lands and rights of way. Alerts will be posted as we become aware of any potential threats to Raytown’s trees.
Free Respite Care through Breaktime Club of Shepherd’s Center of Raytown
The Breaktime Club program invites older care recipients with some limitations to enjoy a program which engages the body, mind and spirit. Caregivers are able to find comfort in the fact that their loved ones are enjoying a day of social interaction. The Breaktime Club provides respite for caregivers each Monday, empowering them to respond to their own needs and enhancing their ability as caregivers.
The Breaktime Club meets every Monday at the Blue Ridge United Methodist Church 5055 Blue Ridge Blvd., Kansas City, MO from 9:30 am to 2:00 pm and includes a hot lunch. There are no cost or residency requirements to participate in this program. Funding is provided by Shepherd’s Center of America and Mid America Regional Council Department of Aging.
A Caregiver’s Support Group meets the second Monday of each month at 9:30 at the Blue Ridge United Methodist Church. Caregiver resources are shared by professionals in the field of aging to assist in caregiving knowledge. Each month a different speaker is featured. For additional information please contact the Shepherd’s Center of Raytown at 816-356-9000 or Program Director Dianne Morris at 816-353-3155.
The Breaktime Club is one of several programs and services of the Shepherd’s Center of Raytown. The Shepherd’s Center of Raytown offers many programs that enable older adults to discover opportunities for continuing intellectual, social, and spiritual growth. These programs include: Adventures in (Lifelong) Learning, Exercise Group, Book Club, Bridge/Cards Group and Tai Chi Chih. In order to assist in aging in place for older adults, Shepherd’s Center of Raytown also provides the following services: Meals on Wheels, Senior Companion/Respite Care, Telephone Reassurance, Handyman Repair and Wheels that Care transportation assistance.