October 2015 Newsletter

northland holiday mart artGet your Shop on, Raise Money for River of Refuge!
River of Refuge is fortunate to be the benefactor of a terrific annual event in Kansas City this year.

The Northland Holiday Mart, an annual shopping and entertainment fundraiser organized by Save Place for Kids, selected River of Refuge this spring following the great media attention surrounding the Rooftop Blues fundraiser promotion.

The two-day shopping event at Harrah’s Casino, North Kansas City, Mo. features premium local boutiques from 5 – 11 p.m., Friday, Nov. 7 and 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. Sat. Nov. 8.

Friday night is “Ladies Night featuring food, drinks and live music by Jimmie Bratcher. The first 100 shoppers will be entered into a free raffle for chances to win great prizes!

Tickets are $15 in advance from www.northlandholidaymart.com or $20 at the door.


A River of Success
Thanks to everyone who attended and/or sponsored this year’s River of Refuge annual gala and helped make it another successful event. As we grow, this gala becomes a critical fundraising element to the success of our mission.

The theme this year, Raise the Roof, invited all those involved to donate to help us open River of Refuge in the coming year to serve KC families currently living in pay-by-the-week motels so they can transition to homes of their own. And we’re proud to announce that we were able to raise $151,500 toward the opening of River of Refuge!

We want to spotlight a few very special gifts donated at the gala. These are Legacy Pledges of $37,000 and fund the complete construction of one of the first 11 apartment units in the inaugural wing of the River of Refuge transitional housing complex to be located in the former Park Lane Hospital at 5155 Raytown Rd. in Kansas City, Mo. These donors include:

A Safe Place for Kids, Graceway Church, and the Guenther Family.

And this is just the beginning. River of Refuge is seeking additional Legacy Pledges and other significant campaign gifts for the final construction phase of the first wing of the complex.

We’re Home!
That’s what Elyshia Cole’s six young children shouted recently when River of Refuge was able to partner with another local organization to help her get out of a pay-by-the-week motel and into a permanent home.

Elyshia Cole and family

Elyshia and Darius Savage and their six children under the age of seven lived in a motel for several months while they got back on their feet. Elyshia took the bus to her job at Walmart and juggled the kids’ schedules with school and child care. Just last week with the assistance of River of Refuge working with Community LINC, they are now living in a rental home and out of the motel.

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