Open Door Food Kitchen Relocation

The Open Door Food Kitchen is moving from its current location to a new facility on S. 8th Street. The Food Kitchen has been a community staple for 33 years and serves upwards of 175 people daily. Roughly 80% of these individuals have jobs but do not earn a livable wage. They are the working poor in our community but at least they and their family can have at least one decent meal a day. The Food Kitchen operates purely on donations and volunteers and does not receive any government assistance.

The estimated cost for the building is $700,000. Presently, a group of volunteers has raised close to $560,000. Donations can be made directly to the Open Door Food Kitchen.

Walter Cronkite Memorial Endowment

Walter Cronkite Memorial Endowment Fund

1. The Walter Cronkite Memorial on the campus of Missouri Western State University is certainly a source of pride for the University, the St. Joseph community, the region, and beyond.

2. The memorial contains the best collection of one-of-a-kind artifacts provided by members of the Cronkite family and the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History at the University of Texas at Austin.

3. The memorial was made possible with funding from private donations and a considerable amount of time and effort on behalf of Missouri Western’s staff.

4. The memorial continues to grow as additional memorabilia is received.

5. In addition to the memorial, two multimedia performances have been added to the experience: “Cronkite” and “Harry & Walter: Missouri’s Native Sons.” In fact, “Harry & Walter” will be performed for President Truman’s May 8, 2016 birthday celebration at the Truman Presidential Library and Museum. Additionally, Missouri Western’s artist-in-residence, Eric Fuson, will have a three-week exhibit at the Truman Library (on the parallel lives of Cronkite and Truman) surrounding this May 8th event.

6. The memorial has become a tourist destination with more than 10,000 visitors coming from states across the country and from as far away as Australia.

7. There is not a current funding source to assist with the expansion and ongoing maintenance of the memorial.

8. An endowment fund has been established with a handful of private gifts but is rather minimal at this time. Our ultimate goal is to raise $1 million or more for the endowment in order to generate approximately $40,000 annually (based on a 4% annual distribution of the sum of the principal and earnings).

9. The endowment has already received the support of Drs. Bob and Laurel Vartabedian, who have committed a future gift of $100,000.

10. The funds may be used to provide for the following purposes:
a) general upkeep and maintenance of the memorial
b) purchase of additional displays
c) payment of a docent/curator
d) travel associated with the memorial and performances
e) promotion/marketing of the memorial and performances
f) purchase of photos, rights, etc.

11. In addition to ensuring Walter Cronkite’s legacy, the endowment will also sustain the legacy of CBS News – providing future generations with knowledge about the critical role both have played in bringing the important news of the day to the general public.

The Crossing Outreach Ministry

The Crossing is a Faith based Outreach that provides a foundation for Veterans, ex-offenders and persons experiencing homelessness in the down town St. Joseph area, meeting their basic physical and spiritual needs through community collaboration, strategic partnerships and resource allocation. By providing access to food, shelter, vocational guidance and assistance resources, we aim to enrich our community by empowering individuals toward a self-sustaining path.

The Community Foundation of Northwest Missouri is our fiscal agent. We have a Board of Directors, Strategic Plan and By-Laws in place.

Our Support comes from tithes and offerings of the Crossing Church, individual contributions and a few local churches. We are creating a volunteer organization that will help minimize the need for paid staff. Our goal is for The Crossing to be somewhat self-sufficient through operating Cottage Industry projects such as making Rag Rugs by hand on vintage looms, painting recycled tires for flower planters and yard art. Both of these projects are off to a great start!

This additional funding will allow us to expand our marketing reach, provide basic operating costs (until sales of products cover costs), remodel our building, purchase tools and machinery needed to launch our third cottage industry project; converting used shipping pallets into furniture.

To give to this request, go to the Give to a Fund tab on this website and select the donate button under Field of Interest Funds. Please specify The Crossing in the space provided.

Church Turns Rags to Riches with Help From Volunteers