CEO's Blog - Keep Calm, It's Only 81 Days Until Christmas (But Not for CSL!)

Don't worry, you still have a little more than 11 weeks to be prepared for Christmas! However, for our CSL locations, the Christmas season begins in full swing the Monday after our Luminous Gala (Monday, November 5). Why is that?

Christmas Stores at seven of our locations open their doors the week of December 10, so gift and meal counts are finalized by the week of December 3, which means we need all collections to be wrapping (pun intended!) up right after Thanksgiving. A good collection lasts 10-15 days, so we have to start our work in earnest right after the gala is over!

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CSL Entrusted with New Grant to House Homeless Veterans

On October 1, 2018, CSL began its third contract for services under the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD's) Supportive Housing Program. What does that all mean?

From HUD's website about Supportive Housing: "The Supportive Housing program is designed to promote the development of supportive housing and supportive services to assist homeless persons in transitioning from homelessness, and to promote the provision of supportive housing to enable homeless persons to live as independently as possible. Grants under the Supportive Housing Program are awarded through a national competition held annually."

CSL now has three contracts for service, each renewable annually with HUD, based on performance and outcomes. In total, the value of the Read the rest of this article and see how you can help...
BlendWell Community Cafe
Ribbon-Cutting Set for October 8

Join CSL and the Independence Chamber of Commerce at the community ribbon-cutting on Monday, October 8, at 3:30 p.m. All are welcome to attend this celebratory event, and brief remarks will begin at 3:45 p.m.

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Did you see the BlendWell feature on KMBC Channel 9 by Kris Ketz? If not, click the image to the right to see his report about our new venture! (To link directly to the KMBC 9 feature, click here.)
Time is running out to join in the fun at our annual Fall Gala -  LUMINOUS - lighting pathways for change , presented by Edward Jones , o Saturday, November 3rd  at the historic Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland.  This year's event will feature a delicious dinner, exclusive live auction, and dancing to the fantastic sounds of Lost Wax. A VIP Sponsor reception, presented by Foster Dental Care, will precede the event in the beautiful chandelier bar to thank donors and table sponsors. New this year, also preceding the event, all guests will experience a Welcome Reception, presented by GEHA RSVP today , or consider sponsoring a table  for this exciting event. Check out a sneak   preview of our Live Auction itemsLuminous reservation deadline:  October 19, 2018 . Kansas City Marriott Downtown hotel reservation room block deadline:  October 12, 2018 . Hotel Reservation Information or Online Reservation Link
Thirty-three teams turned out for CSL's 5th annual  Golf Classic , on  Monday, September 24th at  WinterStone  Golf Course . More than $32,000 was raised to help Eastern Jackson County neighbors in need! Thank you to Presenting Sponsor,  Central Bank of the Midwest , Gold Sponsors:  St. Mary's Medical Center, United Surgical Associates of Kansas City, Comcast, Jess Hansen Golf Coaching with  Tom and Debra Craig and Silver Sponsors:  Edward Jones/Michael Rowe and  Pathways to Reading/Dennis Clinefelter and  all of the other fantastic sponsors and players who made the event a success! Check out these  fun pictures from the tournament.
Christmas is coming! Save-the-date for  Sunday afternoon, December 2nd , to attend one of two treasured community traditions, both benefitting CSL, to kick off the holidays!  The  20th annual Spirit of Caring Concert , presented by the  Blue Springs School District and  St. Mary's Medical Center , will be held at  2:00 p.m . at  Blue Springs High School and the  33rd annual Mayor's Christmas Concert , presented by  Centerpoint Medical Center , will be held at  2:30 p.m. at the  Community of Christ Auditorium in Independence.  Watch for more details in the November First Friday Feature!

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