Tyrone Garner (now mayor) and Yazmin Bruno-Valdez campaign for a “Safe and Welcoming Wyandotte.”—Photos courtesy of Metro Organization for Racial and Economic Equity (in Kansas City, KS)

Lending a hand to make Wyandotte County “Safe and Welcoming”

A coalition of advocates has sought passage of a “Safe and Welcoming” ordinance in Wyandotte County, KS, for 5 years. David Johnson of the coalition recalled, “There were a few times we thought about throwing in the towel.” The proposed ordinance may come to the Unified Government Board of Commissioners Feb. 10. 

Warm: Beds in the St. Lawrence Catholic Worker basement accommodated some in KCK until commissioners moved forward with opening a warming space at the former Reardon Convention Center.—Photo by Charles Carney

PeaceWorks members help thwart attempt to shutter homeless shelter

Several members of PeaceWorks-KC joined an ad hoc coalition to stop the abrupt closure of a cold-weather shelter for unhoused persons in the Kansas City, KS, area recently.