Over the last 11 weeks, it’s been incredible to watch our community rally around kids and families during the COVID-19 crisis. CSL had a goal to show neighbors that our community safety net is strong enough to withstand this crisis. We’ve truly been a metro-wide relief...

Ten years ago this month, I started with Community Services League as the Director of Development, and I’d like to thank you for 10 great years, seven as the President & CEO. But, this is not the time for an exhaustive reflection of my 10 years at CSL. What has persist...

On Friday, February 28, months of work and planning culminated in NASB (North American Savings Bank) presenting a check to CSL for $100,000. With NASB’s support, CSL is launching Next Step KC: Home, a new loan product. The formal launch will occur in June 2020.

NASB, on...

For Christina Jacks, she has a story that is, unfortunately, too common. She found herself a single mom when she had two kids in diapers, and her American Dream had evaporated. See, she was a homeowner, and after her marriage dissolved, she couldn’t afford anything.

T...

September 17, 2019

Community Services League (CSL) is pleased to announce that it is the recipient of an additional $390,000 in United States Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) funding to help kids, families, and single adults find permanent and stable housing. With this new...

Almost every month, I sit down and write a few hundred words about the work you support at CSL. Through words and images, I try to bring our programs to life, so that you have a better understanding of how CSL is working to make meaningful and lasting change in our nei...

If you've followed CSL closely in the last five years, you know our commitment to helping families access credit at reasonable rates. In 2014, we partnered with Holy Rosary Credit Union to develop our Small-Dollar Lending Program. Here's a quick recap of some of the mo...

In 2018, I was approached by Fort Osage School District Superintendent Dr. Jason Snodgrass about utilizing a soon-to-be vacant building as a way to better support Northeast Independence and Northeast Jackson County families. Fort Osage maintained an Early Childhood Cen...

CSL has made a major commitment to bringing "asset and wealth development" into the conversation about helping low-income families break the cycle of poverty. Too many of our neighbors just can't get ahead. Until families can develop assets and wealth, it's hard to mov...

Robots and robotics are everywhere. Just in the last few years, it's become hard to not hear the phrase AI (Artificial Intelligence) at least a few times a day. In fact, there's a website that assesses the likelihood that a robot will take your job. While that's kind o...

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