Difference Makers

Life 88.5 is happy to partner with many local ministries which are making a difference everyday here in Kansas City.

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Advice and Aid

Advice & Aid Pregnancy Centers help women and their families make an educated decision about an unplanned pregnancy.  They do this by providing truthful information about parenting, adoption and abortion.
Ruth Tisdale – Executive Director – (913) 962-0200

ATK International – Is a non for profit organization located in Uganda in isolated rural villages where educational opportunities are very poor. Our purpose is to promote education for abused and exploited school age girls.
Dr. Cliff Pash, Founder cliff.atk@gmail.com

Brothers in Blue Reentry
 – Is an in-prison program designed to give inmates an inner change and equip them to function as givers instead of takers.
Stew Frederick, Reentry Manager (913)-250-2621

Beauty for Ashes – To bring hope to the hopeless and freedom to prisoners through inner healing, restoration and full life transformation.
Gina Hanna, Founder and Executive Director (816)-721-2803

Called to Greatness – Our mission is to help students discover, build, and start living a life of greatness.  We desire to walk alongside students as they discover God’s plan and purpose for their lives.
Lindsey Roesti, Campus Intern (785)-749-2100

Caring for Kids KC – We are a non-profit organization that functions as a neutral convener bringing churches, businesses and civic groups together in collaborative partnership to help neighborhood schools succeed in their goals to prepare students for life.
Gary Schmitz, Executive Director (816)-875-0252

Champions Special Ministries – Recognizing that the Special Needs community is overlooked and underserved in many churches and communities and believing that they deserve excellent programming and experiences, Champions partners with local churches and communities to bring quality Day Camp experiences with professional staffs and programming.
Alison Gromer – Founder and President – (913) 638-6823

City Union Mission – Is an evangelical Christian ministry committed to sharing the Gospel and meeting the spiritual, physical and emotional needs of men, women and children who are poor or homeless.
Dan Doty, Director (816)-474-9380

Exodus Cry – Exodus Cry is built on a foundation of prayer and is committed to abolishing sex slavery through Christ-centered prevention, intervention, and holistic restoration of trafficking victims.
Benjamin (Benji) Nolot, Founder and President (816)-293-2924

Freedom Fire Ministries
 – Desires to see God transform lives; specifically the lives of those living in the urban core. We are dedicated to equipping the young people of the inner city to guide them spiritually, economically and socially.
Bruce McGregor, City Director (816)-241-7070

Gateway of Hope – The mission of GateWay of Hope is to lead women to discover hope, pursue healing and live in wholeness though counseling, coaching and support groups.
Dacia Moore, Executive Director (913)-393-4283

Global Orphan Project’s GO Exchange – Is an orphan care and orphan prevention ministry partnering with churches to provide family-based care for children in need.
Kelly Redford, (816)-536-8333

Global Scholars – To bring glory to God and impact the world by developing godly leaders for every sector of society through global higher education.
Dr. Stan W. Wallace, (913) 962-4422

Heartland Habitat for Humanity
– Heartland Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope by focusing on shelter, advocating for affordable housing, promoting dignity and hope, and supporting sustainable and transformational development.
Tom Lally, President and CEO (913)-342-3047

Higher M-Pact – Higher M-Pact doesn’t focus on those youth. We seek out the high-risk youth already engaged in such behavior, delinquent activities or the Juvenile Justice System.
Tyrone Flowers, Founder and President (816)-353-8103

HIKE Reading Achievement Program – Provides low-income children individualized reading instruction in order to improve their literacy, leading to greater success in school and increased opportunities in life.
Kimber Myers Givner, Executive Director (816)-561-1033

Hope Faith Ministries – The goal is to help the less fortunate with the basic necessities that will empower them to move from dependence to independence.
Duane Skervam, Executive Director (816)-471-4673

The Hope Center KC – We envision a safe, vibrant neighborhood where people of all types flourish. Our east-side community will transform from a violent, hope-starved, and declining neighborhood into a safe, pleasant place to live. Those in need will have the hope and support they need to improve their quality of life.
Marvin Daniels, Executive Director (816) 931-6290

I Am Second Kansas City
 – Is a revolutionary ministry tool that engages Christians to introduce Christ to their friends naturally and effectively.
Jim Gillespie, Kansas City Director (913)-647-2357

If Not For Grace Ministries – There mission is to provide opportunities for restoration by leading those struggling with the pain of abortion to a place of forgiveness and reconciliation.
Lori Driggs, Executive Director (816)-847-2911

Integrity Resource Center – Provides practical insight and plans to help business leaders live out their faith and build integrity in the workplace.  They serve on both the local and national level.
Rick Boxx, President and Founder (913)-782-9333

Kansas City Rescue Mission
 – A Christ centered community offering freedom and hope to the poor and homeless, empowering them to reach their full potential.
Julie Larocco, Development Officer (816)-421-7643

KC Street Hope – We are an alliance of Christian churches, community partners and volunteers that support and collaborate with individuals and organizations dedicated to eradicating domestic minor sex trafficking.
Alison Phillips, Board Secretary

Learning Club KCK – The Learning Club of KCK helps high-risk children realize their God-given potential through one-on-one tutoring and mentoring as well as enriching activities designed to advance their academic achievement, social development, and leadership skills.
Brad Grabs, Executive Director (913)-244-5838

Mother’s Refuge 
– We serve pregnant young women and babies that have no permanent place to live. Since 1987 we have provided a loving home for more than 1,350 young women and babies.
Robert Zornes, Executive Director (816)-353-8070

Mainstream Bible Outreach Society – The Mainstream Bible Outreach is an independent outreach to the broad “mainstream” public. We seek to place encouraging messages and fulfill the offer of a free modern language New Testament, through outreach online and in various marketing avenues, display-stands in public locations, and individuals, as means to reach people with God’s word.
Mark Smith, Founder (913)-647-2357

Owl Hollow Farm
– Riding is not our primary goal, healing is, and healing comes in many different forms. By learning to care for a pet children can begin to care for their own emotional needs. Needs that may not have been met or addressed. Each child is personally assigned a mentor who shares the hope and accomplishments of the child. It is our hope that through our program we can begin a circle of healing for the child and teach them unconditional love.
Bob White, Co-Founder and Facility Mgr. (816)-668-0926

Orphan Justice Center – Orphan Justice Center exists to be an answer to the cry of millions of orphaned children around the world. We link arms with people across the globe to see all children safe, healthy and established in loving homes.
Maria Singh, Director of Development (816)-226-8280

Parkville Women’s Clinic – Parkville Women’s Clinic provides free pregnancy testing, limited ultrasounds and abortion information in the Kansas City area. All of our services are free and confidential. No matter what service is provided, your results and information are kept private.
Sonya Rice, Executive Director (816)-746-4855

Rachel House
 – Provides free pregnancy tests, free ultrasounds and abortion education in the Kansas City area.  They do not provide or refer for abortion services or to abortion clinics.
Kathy Edwards, President  (816)-875-1059

Reach Out and Read KC – Prepares American’s youngest children to succeed in school by partnering with doctors to prescribe books and encourage families to read together.
Mark Mattison, Executive Director (913)-588-3073

Salvation Army
– The Salvation Army arrived in Kansas and Missouri more than 125 years ago to feed the hungry, clothe the poor and bring hope to the dispirited. Today, The Salvation Army helps more than 294,400  Kansans and Missourians, who have nowhere else to turn for help, providing nearly 536,100 meals, more than 1153,200 nights of shelter and a wide range of other critical services for the less fortunate each year.
Amanda Waters, Divisional Director of Community Relations (816)-968-0373

Samaritan’s Purse – Since 1970, Samaritan’s Purse has helped meet needs of people who are victims of war, poverty, natural disasters, disease and famine with the purpose of sharing God’s love through His Son, Jesus Christ.

The Single Mom KC – The Single MOM KC is a ministry of hospitality dedicated to the restoration and healing of single-mother families. By offering a safe, warm environment at meetings and events, we seek to draw single mothers into relationship with God and with others.
Misty Honnold, Founder & Executive Director (816)-838-2072

The Sending Project – Is a city-wide alliance of pastors and church mission leaders from KC area churches so they can come together, learn from each other and serve alongside each other.
Eric Rochester, Executive Director (913)-254-4415

TNK Children’s Foundation
– TNK Children’s Foundation is here to provide a strong foundation of support for parents caring for children with cancer and other blood diseases. Even though as parents we wish the world could be on hold until our child is healed, we understand that it isn’t. A parent’s strength is critical to the care of the family, and we want to help parents of children with cancer and blood diseases carry the burdens of everyday life.
Staci Upham-Tubbs, TNK Children’s Founder (816)-377-7020

The Women’s Clinic of Kansas City
– Their mission is to care for the well-being and education of women, particularly as it relates to women with a potentially difficult pregnancy.  TWC provides loving and compassionate care in confidence and free of charge.
Deborah Neel, Executive Director (816)-836-9000

Youthfront – To bring youth into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ.
Mike King, President & CEO (913)-262-3900






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