Legacy pledges help propel River of Refuge’s mission to open the first wing of River of Refuge transitional living center  

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Raise the Roof, an annual gala fundraiser for River of Refuge, raised $151,000 to put safe roofs over the heads of homeless working families.

Funds benefit the campaign to open the city’s first-of-its-kind comprehensive transitional housing dedicated solely to providing shelter and services to homeless working families living in motels. The new apartments will offer free temporary refuge for working parents and their children in one single location. Located in the former Park Lane Hospital at 5155 Raytown Road, the facility sat vacant for more than a decade before River of Refuge purchased it and began rehabbing the building.

The event on Sept. 13 was the third annual for River of Refuge, and this year included dinner, a silent auction, raffle and entertainment by nationally recognized blues artist “The Electric Rev,” Jimmie Bratcher. Jeff Adams, Sr. Pastor of Graceway Church in Kansas City, Mo., provided a motivational address in support of River of Refuge. The event also featured personal testimonial from a recipient family who benefitted from River of Refuge services.

“We’ve been in the planning and rehabbing stages for River of Refuge for a couple of years, while helping homeless working families living in motels find housing one at a time,” said John Wiley, founder and president of River of Refuge. “Many of these families are hard-working people who simply want the best for their children. They’re forced into one-room shabby motel rooms because they have no options.”

Legacy donors were also spotlighted at the gala. Each $37,000 Legacy sponsorship will fund one apartment in the first wing of the River of Refuge transitional living complex and includes naming rights for each space.

“We’re appreciative of every dollar raised and delighted to report that we ‘blew the roof’ off our original goal to raise $105,000 at this year’s event” said Wiley. “Special thanks to the faith and commitment of our Legacy donors – Graceway Church, A Safe Place for Kids, and the Guenther Family. Their generous contributions put us that much closer to making the bricks-and-mortar part of River of Refuge a reality.” Additional Legacy pledges and campaign gifts are sought for the final construction phase of the first wing in the complex.

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