November 4, 2016

Thanks to a generous contract from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), CSL will be able to move a dozen or more families from local shelters and into permanent housing. Most families that we are helping have been chronically homeless, and have very few personal possessions. We expect to house all these families before Christmas, but we need your gently-used household items. Contact Anthony Tyler at if you can help!

  • Couches, Love Seats, Recliners

  • Kitchen Tables and Chairs

  • Dressers

  • Microwaves

  • Vacuums

  • Lamps

  • Bedding ( sheets and comforters)

  • Bath Towels and Wash Clothes

  • Trash Cans

  • Brooms

  • Cleaning Supplies

  • Area Rugs

  • TVs

  • Hygiene Supplies

  • Dishes ( plates, cups, bowls, pots, pans )

Organizations, churches, and businesses could put together “Move-In Kits!"

Cleaning Move-In Kit

  • Paper Towels

  • Comet

  • Lysol

  • Broom

  • Dust pan

  • All-purpose cleaner

  • Laundry Soap


November 4, 2016

Samuel, Bessie, and their three children - Joseph, Jeremiah, and Samantha - arrived in Kansas City from California on August 4, 2016, after spending the last couple of years couch-surfing with friends, staying at homeless shelters, and even living on the streets at times. Samuel has family members here in the Kansas City metropolitan area and hoped they could support his family until they could get on their feet financially. Unfortunately, the family members were unable to provide them the help they so desperately needed, and Samuel, Bessie, and their kids found themselves homeless once more. Ultimately, the family found shelter at Salvation Army Crossroads Family Shelter and enrolled the children in the Independence School District (ISD). After learning of their struggle to maintain stable housing, social workers with the ISD referred the family to CSL.

The living room of the Lane family's new home. All the furniture was donated by friends of CSL.


November 4, 2016

It is the time of year that we rightly give thanks for the many blessings in our lives. For me, I count my faith, family, friends, health, and work as just some of the things for which I give thanks.

As we approach Thanksgiving, CSL would like to thank you, our loyal supporters and friends, for everything you've done to make this historic anniversary year a special one.

Let's count a few ways you've helped CSL strengthen our local communities:

- As of October 31, 2016, at least 3,102 donations have been made to CSL. Furthermore, many of the donations, like a food drive collection, happened at a church or business where dozens of folks contributed. I think it's a safe bet to say at least 5,000 people have supported CSL in different ways so far this year.

- 137 organizations hosted collection barrels at their sites as part of our "100 Barrels in 100 Days for 100 Years" campaign. Their efforts yielded tens of thousands of food items, school supplies/tennis shoes, and personal hygiene it...

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