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The Central Avenue Center of Hope is a local agency housed in a converted gymnasium, near downtown Kansas City, Kansas in Wyandotte County, staffed by one full-time employee and many volunteers. The community served consists of many homeless, unemployed or under-employed, low- income individuals and families.

Many of our clients face the difficulties of medical conditions, emotional problems, or broken or harmful family relationships. Some are veterans who have not transitioned into mainstream society. Others have become victim to economic or health reversals. Yet others have lost homes and means of support due to substance abuse and/or the stigma of prison records.

School-age children lack appropriate clothing and school supplies in order to go to school. The needs of the people of this community are seasonal for some and on a daily basis for others.


Central Avenue Center of Hope

Where All Are Welcome

A Ministry of Midlands Mission Center and Community of Christ


Dates of Service

January-December 2​019

How Many Served

Meals: 8,737

Adults: 7,531 Children: 498

Elderly: 729

Total Volunteer hours: 5,782.5

Regular volunteers: 147

new this year: 55

Homeless Services: 136

Showers: 649

Christmas Store: 42 Parents/


Children: 190


Households: 142

Adults: 199

Children: 219

Elderly: 47

School Supplies: 97

Our Mission


A Place Where All Are Welcome

Our Vision


To provide services to the homeless and underprivileged in the area near downtown Kansas City, Kansas. Services including lunch-time meals on weekdays, holiday meals on Christmas and Thanksgiving, homeless outreach, food pantry, and thrift store. In addition, CACH is an official distribution point for the State of Kansas Commodities.

Our Staff


Marsha Nave - Executive Director

Our Board


Kerry Lukenbill - President                          Ed Viers - Member

Lois Viers - Vice President                 Angie Ricketts - Member

Barbara Freund - Secretary                         Bill Wolfe - Member 

Marsha Nave - Site Director          Rachael Shoffstall - Member

Terry Allen - Treasurer &Member             Judy Schieszer -Member

Missy Shields - Newsletter Editor & Member

Kat Hnatyshyn - Ex-Officio

Kristine Shipley-Ex-Officio

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