Friends of Yates Inc. invites Kansas City to their first  “Friends Embracing Friends” walk/run to end domestic violence on Sat. Sept. 24, from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. located at the KC Community College campus walking trail, 7520 State Avenue, KCK.

Each year, Friends of Yates host an annual holiday fundraiser. However this year, they decided to step outside the box and incorporate an additional fundraiser.

“With October being Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Friends of Yates Inc. wanted to jump start [the month] by hosting a community event that could bring everyone out from Kansas City to come support and join in the walk/run fundraiser,” said Carleen Davis, community outreach educator of Friends of Yates. 

In America, one in four women and one in seven men will experience intimate partner violence at some point in their lifetime.

“Our overall goal is to just bring awareness that this is a problem in our community and in everyone’s community,” Davis said.

There is a $25 entrance fee per person, and all proceeds will go to the delivery of critical services provided by Friends of Yates..  All of their services to individuals and families are free and confidential. 

List of services Friends of Yates Inc. provides:

  • Emergency shelter
  • 24 hour crisis hotline
  • Transitional housing
  • Strengths Based Case Management
  • Court advocacy
  • Support groups and individual counseling
  • Economic advocacy
  • Child care advocacy

Participants will check in at Mary Flunder Lodge on the Lake at Kansas City Community College the morning of the event, between 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. Each participant will receive a swag bag.

If you are looking for immediate assistance with crisis support, safety planning, connection to resources and safe shelter, Friends of Yates is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Their local 24-hour hotline number is 913-321-0951.  Their toll free number is 855-232-0252.

In addition, another fundraiser “Bag Your Kicks” shoe drive will take place during the Friends of Yates walk/run event.  They are asking participants to donate new or gently worn shoes to the “Sneaker 4 Funds” organization to help other countries.

Here’s the link to register for walk/run fundraiser:

https://bit.ly/3eCwIHB

Simone Garza

Simone Garza is a reporter in our Kansas City office. In addition to general reporting on Kansas City’s African-American community, she reports on economic inclusion for the African American community....

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