Dear CCO friends,
Through your leadership and commitment to improving communities, you have helped grow CCO’s mission to serve over one hundred congregations in our Kansas City metro. We span five counties and fifteen municipalities. We bridge the state lines of Kansas and Missouri. And most importantly, CCO bridges the racial, economic, and religious divides that for too long have maintained status quo in Kansas City’s neighborhoods.
Thirty-five years ago, Communities Creating Opportunity was founded in one Southeast Kansas City neighborhood. Fr. Norman Rotert saw a need to address the racial redlining and economic block busting that was ripping the Blue Hills community apart and draining family wealth through the disinvestment. We are grateful to our host congregation, St. Therese Little Flower Catholic Church, and are committed to continue our work in Blue Hills and across the metro.
Our office relocation to 24th and Troost recognizes and seeks to address the harmful history of prejudicial policies and their impact on our people. We now celebrate the emergence of relationship building and economic opportunity along the Troost corridor and are glad to contribute in our unique CCO capacity. This past year alone, CCO directly recruited 48,000 people to support Economic Dignity and just this past month worked with our new neighbor, Truman Medical Centers, to secure over $4 million for efficient health care delivery for uninsured and underinsured residents.
We are proud to share community partnership space with the Kansas City Health Department, a crucial resource and ally in improving the health and well-being of Kansas City. We are committed to our work with congregations, partners, public officials and civic leaders to create racial equity and economic opportunity.
Join us in celebrating our history, our move, and our future at an open house, July 31st from 3:30pm to 6:30pm in our new home: 2400 Troost Ave, Suite 4300, Kansas City MO 64108
-Eva Schulte, Diaconal Minister
CCO Executive Director