Onward and Upward
Friends,
Warm greetings of health and hope to you and your families.
When I reflect back to January of this year, 2020 held such promise for our ministry of helping the less fortunate. This year was slated to be a transition year as we move to a larger warehouse space, finalized our affiliation with Project C.U.R.E., and become a Project C.U.R.E. Distribution Center. We were ready to triple the number of international shipments we send each year, helping many, many more people in need around the world. Then, our world was hit with COVID-19, and our well-laid plans seemed tenuous. But, I am happy to report that through the grace of God, and the perseverance of our team, progress has been made and we remain on track with our plans for growth this year. We have successfully moved into our new warehouse and have awarded the construction contract to build out the space and make it our new home. Our partnership with Project C.U.R.E. is finalized, and we are actively utilizing their resources and contacts to help us as we move through this new chapter in our growth. I am very encouraged by our progress and have complete confidence that the future is bright for us as we navigate our way through the 'new normal' that is our world today.

Wishing you peace and health,
Sister Andrea
Our New Home
Throughout the month of April and May, we moved everything from our old warehouse to our new 54,000 square foot space at Hunt Midwest SubTropolis. We transported 48 truck loads of equipment and inventory—equating to nearly 240,000 pounds of stuff! None of this would have been possible without the hard work and dedication of Paul Wilson, our Director of Operations. Thank you Paul!

The SubTropolis is home to more than 55 local, regional, national, and international companies, and will now be the new home of the Franciscan Mission Warehouse | Project C.U.R.E. Kansas City Distribution Center. We are within just a few miles of three major medical supply manufacturers, making partnerships and transportation between us easy and efficient.

The construction contract for the buildout has been awarded to A.L. Huber and construction will begin in July to build out the space with three offices, a reception area, break room, and restroom facilities.

We are well on our way to soon being able to triple our number of shipments from 14 to 40 international shipments each year.
Old warehouse nearly empty during the move.
The buildout of our new warehouse will include three offices, a reception area, break room, and shelving and racking to hold thousands of pallets of medical supplies and equipment.
Our new warehouse is an industrial subsurface space with 5 dock doors and street level access. It has a consistent year-round temperature of 65 degrees, saving up to 25% on utilities.
COVID-19 Response

At the peak of the COVID-19 crisis, Project C.U.R.E. shifted focus from international response to helping our fellow Americans here at home. As an organization, we have responded in a big way across the country by donating masks, gloves, PPE, and other items needed to hospitals, first responders, and health care workers. You can read more about the full response here . In Kansas City, we have responded to PPE requests from the Healthcare Coop of Rural Missouri, the Jackson County Detention Center, the Hiawatha Municipal Hospital, and Mitchell County Hospital. These small healthcare facilities were not able to get necessary PPE through the usual supply chain, and without the required protective equipment they would be unable to provide essential surgical and medical procedures placing them in severe financial difficulty. We were happy to help them in their time of need.
Equipment Upgrades

As we continue to prepare for growth, we are investing in necessary equipment to get the job done. We have purchased a mid-size truck, perfect for quick pick-ups around town–which will increase as we grow our hospital partnerships. Our previous small truck was owned by the Sisters, and needed to stay with them after our move. Soon, both of our trucks will be wrapped with our Franciscan Mission Warehouse | Project C.U.R.E. graphics and branding. Honk if you see us on the road!
Volunteer Opportunities
To launch our new location, we are in need of a robust group of volunteers. We are looking for service-minded individuals from every corner of the Kansas City Metro to join us in fulfilling our mission.

Our volunteers represent numerous backgrounds, including nurses, doctors, students, young professionals, and retirees, among many others. In addition to individual volunteers, we are honored to host large corporate and philanthropic volunteer teams. Our v olunteers sort medical supplies and prepare shipments for those in need around the world.

We are in the planning stages of rolling out our new and improved volunteer program in Kansas City—stay tuned for more information.

If you are interested in being placed on our volunteer email list to receive more information, email us at kansascity@projectcure.org.
Your support matters now more than ever as we face the current economic environment and the reality that COVID-19 may be around for quite some time.
*All donations support the new
Kansas City Distribution Center*