Artists Helping the Homeless
3625 Warwick Blvd
Kansas City, MO 64111
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435 Kansas City’s Magazine – Helping the Homeless: From successful art dealer to philanthropist, Kar Woo has seen both sides of the human condition.
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AHH broadcast on KKFI 90.1 FM on June 8, 2015
AHH log from August 14, 2014
From QuikTrip to QuikTrip: AHH article – August 2014
From Quiktrip to Quiktrip:
What can you do on one tank of gas?
If you are in one of the Artists Helping the Homeless vans, you could spend 30 of the next 48 hours on the streets of Kansas City giving help and hope to 45 of our neediest neighbors – and in the process making it possible for police officers, paramedics and others to focus on their public safety responsibilities and saving taxpayers money.
That’s an example of what Artists Helping the Homeless accomplished during a typical 48-hour period in August 2014, thanks to the time, money, goods and services provided by our generous supporters. It all started with a full tank of gas at our neighborhood Quiktrip. Here’s the story straight from our daily log:
Filled up at Quiktrip. Beginning mileage: 50,562
• Assisted the U.S. Border Patrol to initiate a search to locate a Canadian youth who entered the U.S., but lost all his identification and now is unable to return home.
Heartland Express Article – June 27, 2014
Detox client helping homeless
2014 Artists Helping the Homeless Program Flyer
Kansas City Star: Star Shots – Best Photos from Nov. 10
With the end of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Missouri and Kansas Eyes Wide Open Exhibit, which displayed combat boots representing Missouri and Kansas troops killed in those wars, is retiring. After a final display at Mill Creek Park S…unday, Nov. 10, 2013, the boots were distributed to the homeless. Turning Combat Boots into Ploughshares: Boot Distribution was organized by the American Friends Service Committee, Veterans for Peace and Artists Helping the Homeless, which also served food. Richard Griffin (right), searching through a bin, eventually found a pair he liked. Griffin, who is homeless, said his birthday is on Veteran’s Day.
FOX4 News: Formerly homeless men find hope through fitness program
KSHB Community Profile – Artist designs programs for homeless in Kansas City – December 2012
Kansas City Star article:
“Helping homeless, one ride at a time” by Edward M. Eveld – May 2012
Besides transportation, Kar Woo offers support and a link to services that can get people off the street.
She was thin and blond, and the van driver, Kar Woo, locked in on her multicolored socks and stylish sandals. “Cool socks.”
About an hour before midnight, she’d emerged from a dark pocket near 75th and Monrovia streets in Lenexa. She climbed in with an overnight bag and confirmed she had a reservation at City Union Mission’s family shelter.
Woo got her basic information, but little else. She wasn’t a talker, and he didn’t push. She needed a ride, and he was there. That was the first and main thing. That was a start.
KCUR Wins Edward R. Murrow Award for AHH – April 2012
KCUR and Harvest Public Media reporters recently received several journalism awards for their reporting.
Elana Gordon won an Edward R. Murrow Award for her story Helping The Homeless One Ride At A Time.
Until 1 a.m. every day, Kar Woo, a slender man with dark shoulder length hair that’s greying around his ears, drives around this brightly painted mini-van, with the Gandhi quote, “Be the Change,” printed in big red letters on the side. He drives it between hospitals, domestic violence shelters, schools, bridges, treatment centers, and even jails, helping people who are homeless. Read the entire article here»
Woo recognized in KC Magazine as one of the “100 People Who Make Life Better in Kansas City” – April 2012
KAR WOO: Record-high gas prices haven’t put the brakes on Woo’s desire to help those in need. Locals might see him behind the wheel of his Be The Change van as he drives the city’s homeless to shelters, rehabilitation services and more. Woo started the nonprofit Artists Helping the Homeless in February 2008, which includes a transportation service and weekly meal service for the local homeless population. Woo’s efforts give KC an extra bonus: By giving rides to those in need, Woo helps the community save tax dollars by lessening the use of unnecessary emergency services. From 2010–11, 9,271 van trips were made to assist 1,538 homeless individuals.