Cross-Lines provides for the most basic needs many of us take for granted. We provide services that ensure the dignity and self-respect of the individuals and families in our community. Everyone needs to be clean and healthy, and our Basic Needs Services address these areas so those we serve can leave with a renewed self-respect and hope for the future.
Deodorant, soap, toothpaste, and toilet paper are necessities in everyone’s life, however these items are often expensive and not covered by Food Stamps. The Hope Tote Program provides a tote bag full of necessary toiletries and cleaning supplies for low-income individuals and families in Wyandotte County. When families enroll in the program, they get a Hope Tote bag. Every 60 days, they can bring their bag back to Cross-Lines, and our volunteers and staff refill the bag with these necessities. The Hope Tote Program relies heavily on donations, toiletry drives, and volunteer support.
Through our partnership with HappyBottoms, we provide a monthly supply of diapers to babies under the age of 3. Every baby deserves a clean diaper, yet diapers are a very expensive necessity. The HappyBottoms partnership helps ensure babies are happy and healthy, and at the same time, relieves at least one stressor for new parents.
Through the Kansas City’s Medicine Cabinet Program, uninsured individuals can receive emergency medical services. Services provided by the Medicine Cabinet include 30-day supplies of prescription medications, emergency dental care, eye exams and glasses, and certain durable medical equipment items.
Clean, fresh clothes are a necessity when looking for a job or going to school. Cross-Lines offers those in need with clothing vouchers honored at our thrift store. With a voucher, clients can shop for clothing for themselves and each member of their family. Whether it is a white shirt or boots for work or school clothes for their children, clients can choose exactly what clothing items are needed for their family.
The Don Bakely Community Annex is not only a great place to get a nourishing meal; it is a place to take a warm shower. Each morning, individuals are able to take a shower before breakfast. This is a necessity for many of our clients, especially those experiencing homelessness. Additionally, individuals can leave their soiled clothes, and Cross-Lines staff and volunteers will launder the clothes by the next day. These services help restore dignity and hope to individuals needing it the most.