Owner Spotlight – Artists Helping the Homeless

Kar Woo has been a client of Home Rental Services for more than a decade.  We are thankful to have his business and proud of his efforts in our community.  Kar is the President of the Not For Profit organization called Artists Helping the Homeless.  Visit their web site to learn more.

Artists Helping The Homeless is a non-profit 501c3 public charity organization that seeks to reduce the need and cost of homeless care in several ways.  The BE THE CHANGE Van provides transportation and assistance in accessing resources to get off the street.  Two meal programs, one in Kansas City, another in Olathe, each serve one night a week.  Their goal is to serve the homeless in their environment, a setting more comfortable to them.  They raise money through art to help individuals who need a new beginning.  Be sure to watch for different art events throughout the year to help raise awareness for this important cause.

We thought we would pass on the wonderful message that we received from Kar a few days ago.  It is a great lesson in celebrating the previous year while planning for the new year.  A lesson that can be applied to your personal and professional life!

For the young couple jumping freight trains that were beaten up in Kansas City, who we gave a safe place to stay, linked up with family and working with other services assisted with medical care and transportation, THANK YOU
For the businessman who developed dementia, lost his business, home and family, who we, working with the VA, assisted in getting the treatment needed, THANK YOU
For the senior in high school that aged out of foster care, who working with the school and other services we sheltered, tutored and took to school, that got his diploma and is now attending college, THANK YOU

Artists Helping the Homeless Accomplishments

  • Fed 43,130 meails on Thursdays and Sundays
  • Provided 7,363 rides to 1,574 people
  • Assisted 83 youth in staying or getting off the street
  • Assisted 33 chronic homeless get off the street
  • Saved the Kansas City Community over $1,750,000 in ambulance, hospital, police and judicial fees

Artists Helping the Homeless Goals for 2012

  • Open an emergency intervention center
  • The center will also serve as the new headquarters

We would love to hear from you if this story has touched you in some way!  Please tell us YOUR story in the comment area below!