Recently The Pitch featured an article on New Roots for Refugees, a KCK-based organization founded by JW’s own Rachel Pollock. New Roots, based out of Catholic Charities Refugee Services, began in 2008. The organization provides a platform for refugees from all over the world–many who live in the downtown KCK area–to build economic stability for themselves and their families through the primary skill they came to the U.S. already knowing–farming. Since Rachel started the small training farm with a handful of farmers, the program has grown from farmers selling at one market per week to one per day and its graduates have gone on to buy homes with their own land and start their own businesses.
Best way to support New Roots? Go shopping at one of the farmers’ markets where they sell all over the city (including the Westport Farmers’ Market at Wyoming & Westport Road, just one block from JW, Wednesdays from 4:30-7:30pm).
Kansas City has thousands of refugees from all over the world. You can learn more about who and where they are through these local organizations: