Hillcrest's "Get Smart" Wi-Fi Campus Initiative Meets a Critical Need During Uncertain Times
Last summer, Hillcrest set out to equip its Kansas City, KS campus with wi-fi connectivity. Thanks to the generosity of key supporters, technology upgrades were completed on that campus the end of February. Little did we know how vitally important that connectivity would be in the coming weeks.

As coronavirus began transforming the way we do life for a while, Hillcrest residents have started working and studying from home. Hillcrest has a greater ability to accommodate all of those needs, allowing our families to maintain jobs, continue education, and retain a sense of normalcy during these uncertain times. In addition, as schools move to online classrooms, the children and youth Hillcrest serves can continue to grow through their education.

"I wouldn't have a job if I didn't have access to wi-fi," said Geneva, Hillcrest client. Geneva started a new job just two weeks before her employer moved all employees to work from home due to the virus threat. Now, she is able to maintain her employment using Hillcrest's new wi-fi capability and a laptop from her workplace.

"We knew the upgrades were something we needed to do, but there's no way we could have known how critical they would be for our residents and their children during this health crisis," said Hillcrest President and CEO Tom Lally. "We are tremendously grateful for the support we received to make this major leap forward."

Photo (L to R): Hillcrest President & CEO Tom Lally; Rick Dean, contractor; Tiara Jones, Youth Program Case Worker; Susan Brandom with sons Joel and Jacob; and Hillcrest Director of Operations Tamara Grubb at the ribbon cutting for the Get Smart Initiative on February 27.
Hillcrest is Creating Lasting Change in the Lives of Families
Hillcrest's program is successful because of the work our clients are willing to put into improving their total life situations. We asked some of our clients about the changes they have seen in their lives as a result of their time at Hillcrest. Here are just some of their answers:
Hillcrest's COVID-19 Efforts and How You Can Help
Homelessness doesn't rest, and neither will we. Hillcrest's programs and services are more important now than ever, and we continue to provide the essential programs and services our families and clients need. However, local, state, and national mandates have put a few of our activities on hold. Here are our updates and how you can help Hillcrest during this time:

  • We're seeking connection to a wholesaler, can you help? Hillcrest is looking to buy meat, milk, bakery items, cleaning supplies, and paper goods in bulk. If you are a wholesaler or if you can connect us to one, please e-mail tom@hillcrestkc.org.

  • Hillcrest Thrift Stores are closed until stay-at-home orders are lifted. We look forward to seeing you in our stores again soon! Stay updated on the latest happenings at Hillcrest Thrift by subscribing to one of our newsletters (Lenexa | Lee's Summit).

  • Volunteer activities are on hiatus until further notice. For questions regarding your group or individual volunteer opportunity, or to receive updates when volunteer activities resume, e-mail Tamara Grubb at tgrubb@hillcrestkc.org.

Hillcrest appreciates your support during this time. There's no better time than now to show your passion for our work.
Looking for Opportunities to Serve During Social Distancing?
Here are three ways to serve Hillcrest from your home:
Join Our Prayer Team
Commit to praying for our ministry, our clients, and the issue of homelessness in our community. Learn more about our prayer team here.
Compile Donations for Our Thrift Stores
Use this time at home to clean out your closets, and donate those items to Hillcrest Thrift when we reopen. For a list of accepted items, click here.
Write Encouraging Notes to Our Residents
Our mentoring programs may be paused during stay-at-home mandates, but our residents still need encouragement! Write some notes and send them to our sites.