Red Door Center

One of our core values is service; we believe we are called not simply to believe in Christ, but also to serve Christ in our parish family and in our world. What does that look like? Check out what we do - both in our backyard, and in the world:


FOR STUDENTS

  • Freedom Fire

    Twice a year on select Friday evenings, we provide a dinner, face paint, play games and have a raffle with 40-60 kids who are living in the urban core. This Outreach opportunity is available to adults, teens and children.

    If you would like to get involved in this meaningful outreach program, please contact Debby Walker at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Visit the website at www.freedomfire.org


    Freedom Fire Outreach Party
    FRIDAY, JANUARY 29 at 6:15pm

    We will be providing dinner to 80+ children at the annual Freedom Fire Outreach Party at TB Watkins Community Center at 13th and Paseo. We need donations for the food, as well as volunteers to help serve. Please see Debby Walker Sunday after service to sign up or to ask questions.

  • Harvesters Back-Snack Program

    Volunteers meet at 9:30 a.m. each Wednesday to fill backpacks with ‘weekend’ food for hungry students living just a few miles from the church. It doesn't take long to provide this vital service for hungry children. This Outreach opportunity is available to all participants: adults, teens, children and families.  We follow the Kansas City Public School calendar.  We will begin September 16th 2015.  Please join us at Benjamin Banneker Elementary School (7050 Askew Ave, KC, MO  64132). If you would like to get involved in this outreach program, please contact Ann Rainey at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • Banneker Student Edible Schoolyard Garden

    In six 12’x4’ raised beds three classes of students enjoy hands-on work and responsibility, eagerly and naturally absorbing:
    • understanding of the seed to seed process, learning plant parts and horticulture
    • tending, harvesting, preparing, cooking and eating the vegetables they grow
    • expansion of palette toward healthier eating. They choose to eat anything they grow. The staff likewise discovers and savors school grown fresh harvest.

    The Edible Schoolyard garden lessons extend through every month except November, December and January.  Direct service with students occupies two hours twice a week, on Tuesdays and Thursday afternoons.  Maintenance of the garden, only tasks that students cannot do themselves, is done at optional times.

    Volunteers get to serve and know a hardworking capable staff and eager children, grades kindergarten through 6th grade, including several special education classes.  They are needed to help with classes by assisting students and/or maintaining the beds.  Service may be intermittent, part-time or full time..

    Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities:

    Tuesday, September 29th - The Sweet Potato Festival
    Classes will dig their sweet potatoes, discovering the amazing miracle of wresting that golden vegetable, hiding unexpectedly beneath mounds of green vines and under the soil. Contact Dorothy Curry at (816) 365-4583 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • Gordon Parks Elementary School

    Gordon Parks Elementary School, a Kansas City Missouri public charter school, currently serves over 175 kindergarten through fourth grade students. Founded in 1999 by Dorothy Curry and Sue Jarvis, Gordon Parks was named in honor of the groundbreaking African-American photographer, filmmaker, musician and author who proudly endorsed the school’s mission of educating urban core children to reach their full potential.

    There are many opportunities for volunteers and mentors to work with our students and have a long-term impact on their literacy, math, social skills and self-confidence.  Our classroom volunteers help students reach their academic goals by reading with small groups, reading one-on-one with our students, helping with math proficiency and writing skills. Becoming a mentor and establishing a long-term relationship with one student is also a fantastic way to impact a student’s life.

    Volunteers set their own hours in coordination with the teachers and our Volunteer Coordinator. For more information, please contact Ann Duboc Sweeney, Director of Community Engagement This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 816.753.6700 ext.1025.

    Gordon Parks is located at 3715 Wyoming Street, Kansas City, MO 64111

    Visit the website at www.gordonparks.org


FOR OUR COMMUNITY

  • Kansas City Community Kitchen in partnership with Episcopal Community Services

    Each week, the Kansas City Community Kitchen serves up to 2,500 hot lunches to homeless and working poor individuals and families (including young children).  Teams of St. Andrew’s volunteers serve lunch on Fridays from 11:45 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the KCCK facility located at East 8th St. and Paseo Blvd.  Some volunteers also spend time engaging with, listening to and praying for the soup kitchen clients.  To learn more or to volunteers, please contact Deacon Bruce Bower at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Mandy Caruso-Yahne at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    We're using VolunteerSpot (an online sign-up and reminder tool) to  organize our volunteer calendar. Here's how it works in 3 easy steps:
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  • Free Store

    Free Store is an annual St. Andrew’s outreach event that feeds and clothes more than 350 homeless and low-income people during the holiday season.  Kansas City homeless and working poor are invited to attend the event at the Cathedral on December 21, 2015 for a festive holiday meal with music, conversation, prayer and an opportunity to shop from hundreds of donated items.  To volunteer at this special holiday event, please contact Melissa Rock at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

  • Rose Brooks Center

    Twice a year, close to Halloween and Mother’s Day, St. Andrew's hosts a craft and cookies making party for the women and children living at Rose Brooks Center, a local domestic violence agency.

    Please contact Richard and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you would like to participate in these special events at Rose Brooks Center.

    Visit the website at www.rosebrooks.org

  • Sister Berta’s Friendship Circle

    The mission of Sr. Berta’s Friendship Circle is to positively impact poverty in our city by establishing relationships across the growing economic divide. Activities will include experiences that can foster building trust and friendship, ranging from adventures with the children to volunteering together to preparing and sharing meals to visits over coffee, etc.

    If you are interested in joining a circle and creating lasting relationships with those in need, please contact Dorothy Curry at (816) 365-4583 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Visit the website at www.operationbreakthrough.org

  • Meals on Wheels

    Episcopal Community Services delivers lunches to elderly and disabled individuals who cannot readily leave home. St. Andrew’s parishioners may volunteer each month.  Substitute drivers are also sometimes needed. For more information, contact Deacon Bruce Bower This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • Kansas City Community Gardens

    The Kansas City Community Gardens located at 6917 Kensington Avenue, Kansas City , Missouri is a non-for profit organization which provides garden self-help and educational assistance to low income people, schools and community groups in the metropolitan area. In addition to the gardens which are located throughout the metropolitan area , Kansas City Community Gardens Beanstalk Children’s Garden provides    garden-based education and the foundation for lifelong healthy eating habits to school children and families.
     
    Volunteer Opportunities
    Once a year St Andrew’s members meet at the Kansas City Community Gardens to fill seed packages to be sold at a discount to low-income individuals and families. This is fun volunteer opportunity for all ages. This year, we will package seeds on Saturday , February 13,  9 am to 12 pm.

    For more information, contact Carolyn Kroh at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Visit our website at www.kccg.org
     

    Done-in-a-Day: Seed Packing
    FEBRUARY 13 from 9:00am - 12:00pm

    Join us Saturday, February 13 from 9 a.m. to noon, as we package seeds for the Kansas City Community Gardens. KCCG provides garden plots, supplies and assistance to more than 1,200 low-income families throughout KC. To join us for this morning of fun, please contact Carolyn Kroh at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

  • Pack & Yack: Pantry Partners at St. Paul’s

    Pack and Yack is a monthly volunteer and social opportunity for men and women. On the second Wednesday of the month, a group of us volunteer at St. Paul’s Food Pantry on 40th & Main in KCMO from about 5 p.m. until around 7 p.m. then we go out to dinner afterwards and have fun! The St. Paul’s Food Pantry serves bags of groceries, bread and produce to people who live in the Midtown area. Some are low income working individuals/families; some are elderly; some are homeless; some have social workers who help them come; and many come here because food stamps don’t cover all that they need. They all are really wonderful people! I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve worked there and have heard the clients remark, “I sure appreciate what you all do for us. I try to come only when I need to”. For more information about St. Paul’s Food Pantry please visit their website.

    Pack and Yack is part of our church Outreach Commission Ministry and there is a budget in the Outreach budget just for Pack and Yack! We spend approximately $350 per month buying toiletries, diapers, dishwashing liquid, razors, etc. and put together ‘toiletry bags’ to hand out while we are there. In general, all of the Wednesday clients receive one of our toiletry bags. When you come to volunteer there are a number of jobs to do, but almost all have direct client contact. Some people bag groceries, some man the bread/vegetable/fruit line, some are ‘runners’ who get the client requested non food items (dish soap, diapers, tea, coffee, etc). We usually need people to help put large size containers/boxes of detergent, diapers, frozen foods into smaller packages. If you need to sit down while working we can accommodate you. If you prefer to move around, we can help you do that too.

    For more information about Pack and Yack or about donations to Pantry, please contact Cathy Moseley at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

  • Pack & Yack: Volunteer Opportunities

    Monthly Servers:
    Date: The second Wednesday of each month
    Time: Arrive at the pantry at 5pm; Pantry opens at 5:30 p.m.; Leave pantry for dinner at a local restaurant: 7: 00 pm
    Where: Meet at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church on the corner of 40th & Main (11 E 40th St, Kansas City, MO 64111) Park in the parking lot and enter where you see the green awning.

    :: St. Paul’s Pantry FAQ

    Parish Food and Supply Collections for the Pantry:
    On the first Sunday of each month our church will be collecting a specific item for that month to donate to the pantry. All parishioners need to do is drop off their donation in the Jewell Room at the Pantry Cupboard. The pantry always needs paper and plastic grocery bags. Thank you!

    :: Adult Collection List and Calendar

    :: Kids Collection List and Calendar


    For more information about Pack and Yack or about donations to Pantry, please contact Cathy Moseley at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


FOR SOCIAL CHANGE

  • Red Door Center for Social Entrepreneurship

    “Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.”

    When we look at society rationally, we can quickly conclude St. Andrew's can’t possibly meet the needs Jesus would see. St. Andrew's doesn’t have the skills, infrastructure or resources.  St. Andrew's has concluded that we have the skills, infrastructure and resources to help Kansas City’s social entrepreneurs. It is the social entrepreneurs in our community that give people fish, teach people to fish, and even build fishing pole factories! Within our church family are the experts that have the skills to help social entrepreneurs create true social change.

    St. Andrew’s Church has a long history of nurturing social entrepreneurs. In the 60’s, our members were figuring out how to establish other churches as Kansas City grew to the south. In the early ’90s, an organization that would eventually become Global Birthing Home Foundation and its birthing center in Torbeck, Haiti started at St. Andrew’s. Today, our members are supporting entrepreneurs as they train homeless women in livable wage jobs, and supporting a micro-finance loan program in rural Haiti.

    Our ministry is called The Red Door Center. In biblical times, a red door meant "protection." In colonial times, it meant, "welcome." In Scotland, it means the home is mortgage-free. If you would like to use your work skills in a different and fulfilling manner, contact Stephen Rock This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Stan Shaffer This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  You will be welcoming and nurturing the people who help make a difference - and helping their businesses mature without owing a debt.

    Learn more at http://reddoorcenter.com

  • EPEC

    Empowering Parents to Empower Children (EPEC) is a program to empower families to become self-reliant through job training, life skills and practical solutions to end their cycle of poverty. To learn more about the good work being done at EPEC, please visit http://www.epeckc.org or contact Natasha Kirsch at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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    EPEC UPDATE

    As many of us remember, the St. Andrew’s supportive association with Natasha Kirsch’s entrepreneurial start-up, EPEC (Empowering the Parent to Empower the Child) began in 2014.  Since the first dog grooming class started in 2016, EPEC has graduated two classes totaling 10 graduates.  The staff running this six-month dog grooming and life skills program consists of three full-time, including a Director of Grooming, one part-time, one intern and about 30 volunteers.  Cost per student for the program is $11,000, money coming from donations and grants.  As exciting and successful as all of this has been to date, there is even more excitement to report for 2017.

     
    The first piece of this new excitement is EPEC’s selection as a finalist in a competition called “One Million Cups” sponsored by the Kauffman Foundation as a sub-set of their “Zero Barriers” campaign aimed at facilitating the processes thereby enabling entrepreneurs to execute their start-up ideas in the market place.  Natasha presented EPEC to the foundation last June, and finalists were selected last October. Finalists received a $5000 grant and a two-day trip to Washington, D.C. to meet senators working to find new ways to support new entrepreneurs.
     
    Missouri Senator Roy Blunt and his staff welcomed Natasha.  Natasha has identified federal and state job training money that funnels through local job hubs. Our local hub is the Full Employment Council.  Because FEC is not allowing access for new training organizations, EPEC needed to look elsewhere for funding. Navigating these systems can be tricky, and Sen. Blunt’s office offered their DC labor staffer to assist. Natasha  also spent the week with The Kauffman Foundation learning about market gaps in entrepreneurship the foundation seeks to address. The Grooming Project is researching a Mobile Grooming Incubator that may contribute to new growth in 2018. 
     
    From the retail aspect of the EPEC business, Natasha has partnered with a similar start-up, non-profit in India from whom she will import leashes, collars and scarves for customers.  Buying these products supports impoverished Indian mothers to earn a living wage while supporting our moms in Kansas City. The Welch Foundation has donated the seed money needed for business development on this idea, and EPEC will launch an online crowd funder next month to gauge interest in these new products.
     

    Most fascinating about all of this terrific success is seeing how a relatively simple concept of helping people to learn skills qualifying them for good paying jobs leads to numerous connections in the development of a right-now, sustainable business with strong growth potential for the future. Congratulations, Natasha Kirsch, on your imaginative successes to date!  We look forward to seeing and supporting what’s next!

     

     

 

FOR OUR WORLD

HaitiSt. Andrew's Church and St. Augustin Church in Maniche, Haiti began a relationship in 1988. It was at that time that St. Augustin and three other mission churches were assigned to a young, newly ordained, Haitian priest. All four missions were in remote villages in the south of Haiti. St. Augustin’s was further isolated by a broad river that separated the church from central part of the village. There was no bridge to cross the river, so goods, people, and the priest had to cross the river by donkeys who stepped on the higher rocks of the river bed. This new priest was aware that he may soon find himself in deep water.

St. Andrew's, along with three other Episcopal parishes in greater Kansas City area, volunteered to assist this priest with partnerships of prayer, dialogue, and visits. Mission visits led to many personal relationships between parishioners here and Haiti. The four original partnerships expanded to twelve and a non-profit organization called Haitian Episcopal Learning Partnerships (H.E.L.P.) was formed to coordinate trips, communication, and projects.

Now 25 years later, St. Andrew’s and St. Augustin continue to be close spiritual partners. Through these years, both partners have learned from one another and supported one another. St. Andrew’s has assisted with agriculture, economic development, and health projects in Maniche. But the longstanding focus and area of greatest success has been in education. St. Andrew’s has assisted with funds for construction, teacher salaries, equipment and supplies for the St. Augustin School in Maniche. The school now educates over 200 students each year in grade levels from pre-school through sixth grade. Few of these students would otherwise have an opportunity to attend school. In recent years, St. Andrew’s parishioners have made it possible to provide a hot meal for every student every school day. The health and performance improvements are noticeable.

HaitiIn Haiti, few teachers have formal teacher education and there is no system of continuing education for teachers. So, St. Andrew’s and other H.E.L.P. partners are now engaged in developing teacher seminars for all of the H.E.L.P. schools. The teachers at St. Augustin are excited about the new skills they are learning and it is a highlight for visitors to see that the techniques taught are now being used in the classroom. Next on the agenda is establishment of a Parent Teacher Association and development of a Master Teacher Program at Maniche. So, St. Andrew’s is continuing along a path of enabling local leadership and sustainability.

Also after 25 years, the heart of this relationship continues to be a Spiritual partnership. Father John Spicer calls it, “a walk with Jesus.” We pray for one another, we communicate with one another about issues and opportunities, and we continue the visits that were originally pledged. We invite you to take part. Opportunities for volunteers here include helping with our two fundraising efforts, the Haiti Christmas Card Sale and the Fools for Christ’s Sake Dinner.

If you would to be part of this ministry please contact Kathy Shaffer This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 913-530-7767.

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