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  • It Takes A Family To Support Kansas City's Neighborhood Families

    While other agencies have come and gone over the past 17 years, the Front Porch Alliance (FPA) has remained steadfast in its commitment to helping families grow and thrive. Its board of directors comes together as a family of engaged supporters and participants in direct services to dozens of poor-and-needy families living in the Kansas City, Missouri urban core each year.

    2017 Front Porch Alliance Board of Directors

    Seated: Betty Crooker, Lisa Schellhorn (President), Charlotte Hall

    Standing: Errol Riggins, Gregg Gimlin, Joe Sweeny (Treasurer), Samm Skare,

    Michael Hunt, Stacy Benson, Barb Brown, Sandy Jiles, Suzanne Willey, Carol

    Thrane (Vice President), Sheri Levingston

    Not pictured: Claudia Roshto, Charlotte Davison, Brandon Laughridge, Scott

    Sturgeon (Secretary)

    OUR CORE PROGRAM: Neighborhood Families
    The FPA's Neighborhood Families is a parent education and home-visiting program supporting low-income families in urban Kansas City, MO. Neighborhood Families is designed to help teach adults to become healthy parents, build protective factors, reduce family stress, access resources to meet basic needs, and reduce risks for traumatic childhood events and abuse/neglect. Ultimately, the program's purpose is to help families become healthy environments where children are safe, thriving, and receiving the best start possible to their lives.

    FPA's program stands out due to the cultural competency and experience of both the board and the staff. Through welcoming, non-threatening dialogue, FPA's family support parent educators engage parents in conversations about the program and access to essentials such as free books, diapers, car seats and cribs. Their focus always is on building relationships over time that starts with these initial conversations. Ultiately, it's the focus on basic family needs that builds family capacity for resiliency, health, wellness, and educational attainment by developing a network of community resources, social supports, and educational support.

  • Fish Fry and Potluck for Neighborhood Leaders!

  • Supporting KC Families with a New Leadership Network on the LAMP Campus

    Supporting families in Kansas City's urban core is a vital mission for a variety of core institutions and service-based agencies. The Front Porch Alliance (FPA) has always believed that collaboration and trusting partnerships yield the best results when it comes to the stabilization and care for low-income families living in Kansas City's eastside neighborhoods. We are thrilled to announce a new leadership structure designed to make a broader network of resources available to help support the many and varied needs of our neighborhood families.

    Tom Esselman, CEO of Connecting For Good, a non-profit dedicated to bridging the digital divide in KC's urban core, and a partner tenant with the FPA in its headquarters at the Linwood Area Ministry Place (LAMP) campus, is the new Director of the FPA's Collaborative Leadership Team. His role is to oversee the staff and programs of the Front Porch Alliance, and to work closely with FPA's board of directors to advance the sustainability and growth of FPA's mission to make positive and lasting changes to the lives of Kansas City's eastside residents. Joining Esselman in this mission is Angela Underwood, Chief Programs Officer for Connecting for Good, and new Associate Director of the FPA's Collaborative Leadership Team. Underwood has previously served as an urban school principal in Nashville, Detroit, and Kansas City, including Faxon Elementary, where she partnered with the FPA in leading its PALs (Partnership in Active Learning) program.

    Esselman and Underwood began leading the FPA programs in April, with their top priority being to recruit and hire a new Programs Director who could serve as an actively engaged participant-leader for the Front Porch Alliance programs. They succeeded in doing just that--starting on July 10, in her new role as FPA's Program Director, is Brooke Taylor, an early childhood certified Instructional Coach, who also worked in the Nashville, Detroit, and Kansas City urban school districts. Brooke will manage FPA's Parent Educator staff of Makeda Peterson and Kimberly Miller, and will supervise the volunteer-led programs that the FPA has developed as a continuum of support for vulnerable families in the east of Troost KC neighborhoods.

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