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Area offers mental health facilities for the uninsured

Commentary by Carey Juez-Perez Seeking mental health treatment is challenging for the uninsured. Fortunately, there are many facilities in the Kansas City area that provide free or reduced cost services. Listed below are a few local options: *Community Mental Health Centers: The centers provide treatment to those with or without health insurance. However, patients must attend the community mental health …

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Once – homeless KCMO student earns diploma, full-ride scholarship to UMKC

By Melissa Arroyo Juan Alarcon was once homeless, getting by with next to nothing and couch surfing while also attending school. Now, he’s looking to help others who are struggling. Working 40-50 hours per week and attending school, Alarcon received his high school diploma and an associate’s degree from Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley through a dual credit program. Looking back, …

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Festival showcases Latino art and culture

Story by Emiliano Gross and photos by Michael Alvarado On June 2, a group of Latino artists got to showcase their work to prominent Kansas City area figures. They did so that night during the Latino Art Festival’s VIP reception, held at Hallmark Cards Inc.’s Union Hill Studio in Kansas City, Mo. Those who attended were exposed to a mix …

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Ramon-Venable part of growing educational trend

By Paula Alzate Former Kansas City area resident Kathy Ramon-Venable is part of a growing trend in education: parents and grandparents going to college and getting a degree. Ramon-Venable received her bachelor’s degree in social work in 2014 from Park University and her master’s degree in social work in 2017 from Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio. …

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Macky Cellular celebrates 12th anniversary

By Chara Vicente Sanchez knew he wanted to help the community – and felt that he could do so by opening a cellphone dealership. In May 2005, Sanchez followed through with his desire to help others by opening Macky Cellular, the first Hispanic prepaid cellphone dealership in Kansas City, Mo.’s Northeast area, with his family. The business recently celebrated its …

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Schlitterbahn focusing on safety, family entertainment

By Chara After a 10-year-old boy from Olathe, Kan., died during a 2016 incident at Schlitterbahn Kansas City, the Kansas City, Kan., water park is focused on providing safety and a fun environment for all its visitors. To ensure the safety of all visitors, the park will have a licensed lifeguard on site. In addition, the park is conducting daily …

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PPG transforms KCK youth center

A Kansas City, Kan., building has been transformed. PPG Colorful Communities, a program that combines community assets with donated PPG products to enhance, protect and beautify neighborhoods, announced on May 31 the completion of the State Street Project, a youth empowerment center. According to a PPG spokesperson who requested anonymity, PPG has committed $10 million to the Colorful Communities program …

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Dos Mundos celebrating 36 years

By Paula Alzate This month, Dos Mundos is proudly celebrating 36 years of serving the Hispanic community. Clara Reyes, owner and editor, established the bilingual newspaper in 1981 with her husband Manuel to help keep the community informed and educated. “At the time, I was selling houses to people who came from Mexico,” she recalled. “But women who came with …

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KCMO offering a summer alternative for youth, adults

A Kansas City, Mo., program designed to provide recreational activities for teens and adults is about to get underway. The city’s Mayor’s Night program will start the first weekend of June and run until early August. Mayor’s Night includes four main activities: Club KC, offering disc jockeys, dancing, basketball, swim parties, video games, arts, robotics and digital literacy; Nighttime Hoops, …

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Congresista Cleaver critica severamente propuesta de presupuesto

El presupuesto del Presidente lastima a las familias americanas y reduce financiamiento para ayuda de Medicaid, SNAP y agricultura. (Washington D.C.) –El congresista Emanuel Cleaver II, está profundamente preocupado por la propuesta para el presupuesto del año fiscal 2018 del presidente Trump. El presupuesto pide una reducción perjudicial en programas que ayudan a las familias trabajadoras. El presupuesto aniquilaría los programas …

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