About Us

Our mission: Provide people in the Kansas City area affected by poverty with services and opportunities that encourage self-confidence, meet the needs of today, and provide the tools for future self-sufficiency.

Cross-Lines was built on a simple idea — that poverty borne problems could be answered best by looking to the community for solutions and working together to tackle them.  In 1963 a group of ministers and concerned citizens joined together to improve the plight of the poor. Under their leadership they created a legacy of programs that have positively impacted the lives of thousands of needy people.

For over 50 years Cross-Lines Community Outreach, supported by a network of businesses, churches and individuals, has provided a daily source of assistance for at-risk families, the elderly and individuals.

In 2014, Cross-Lines provided:

  • Rent and Utility assistance for 1,646 individuals in the amount of $166,671
  • Hot showers for 2,468 people
  • Free clothing for 717 households
  • Emergency medical assistance for 95 individuals totaling $18,483.32 through the Medicine Cabinet
  • Emergency food pantry assistance for 1,796 households (2,482 adults, 1,670 children and 596 seniors)
  • Additional groceries for 13,917 seniors through the Commodities program
  • 16,195 weekday breakfasts
  • 38,829 hot lunches; 6,909 sack lunches
  • Christmas Store shopping for 504 families
  • Backpacks and school supplies for nearly 700 children