New Address, Same Outreach
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Outreach International Debuts New World Headquarters in Kansas City’s Crossroads District
Outreach brings its fight against global poverty to the streets of downtown KC with its new HQ building
Kansas City, MO — March 14, 2018
Outreach International, a Kansas City nonprofit focused on community-based solutions to global poverty, is relocating its world headquarters to 112 W. 18th Street in Kansas City’s Crossroads District. The new HQ brings Outreach’s unique approach to sustainable development to a vibrant new audience through increased day-to-day visibility and monthly “First Fridays” events in the first-floor gallery space. Upstairs, office space has been renovated to suit a growing staff with a boisterous, collaborative working style. The space once served as a starter home for a young Walt Disney’s House of Mouse as he made his way east, upsizing to a slightly more magical kingdom.
Outreach works in ten countries around the world—most recently undertaking operations in Cambodia. In every field location, Outreach staff facilitates teamwork among community partners to identify the issues they face — everything from establishing local sources of clean water to finding new means of generating income — then helps mobilize their collective efforts to achieve their goals, and improve their lives. Outreach’s methodology is unique, data-driven, and effective, having touched hundreds of thousands of lives over its 40 years of operation.
If things are going so well, why move? “There were a lot of reasons that Outreach leadership identified that led to our decision to move our headquarters to the old Disney building in the Crossroads,” says Outreach CEO Dr. Kevin Prine. Beyond practical needs to accommodate a growing staff and the collaborative nature of Outreach’s work, “It is time for Outreach International to gain an even larger presence” within the city whose skyline could be seen from Outreach’s former offices in downtown Independence, MO.
Outreach’s community-based approach to empowerment applies to its new neighborhood, as well. “Abolishing extreme poverty will not be done by a single organization,” says Outreach board member Shelley C. Scherer, PhD. “This work requires a chorus of thoughtful individuals and organizations who learn from those we collectively seek to help; and from each other, to develop breakthrough ideas, systems, and technology. This new headquarters will increase OI’s visibility and bring much-needed attention to its proven approach to creating lasting solutions to poverty.”
With the move currently on track to be completed by late April, Outreach’s HQ team is eager to bring together its new neighbors, new friends, and loyal supporters later this spring for a special Grand Opening Event. “The world hungers for wise solutions to our greatest problems,” says Prine, “and the data from our decades of experience will contribute to permanently eliminating extreme poverty. Our voice needs to be heard.”
For more information on Outreach International’s work to empower communities and forge sustainable solutions to global poverty, download our media kit.
About Outreach International:
Outreach International has facilitated community-based, sustainable solutions to chronic poverty around the world for 40 years, reaching hundreds of thousands in our mission to cultivate enduring, positive change. Without empowerment, there is no community development. Gifts merely delay the hard work and dedication required to permanently resolve issues. That’s why our key investment is in people.. We work to empower our partners and give them a voice to express their concerns, a means to access the materials they need, the skills to lift themselves and their communities out of poverty, and the confidence to turn imagination into action. When communities engineer their own success, change lasts for generations.