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American Red Cross, Kansas City
211 West Armour Boulevard, Kansas City, Missouri 64111
The Western Missouri Region's American Red Cross in partnership with the Missouri Humanities Council, Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Veterans Community Project, and the Mid-Continent Library will be hosting a free and fun military and veteran family day. Families are invited to participate in free workshops for both adults and children and learn about area military resources and services. Food and beverages will be provided.
For sign-up questions contact Lisa Carrico, the Missouri Humanities Council at 314.781.9660. For directions and parking questions contact Jason Ramlow, the American Red Cross at 816.841.5271.
FULL EVENT DESCRIPTION
9:00am: Check in (backdoor foyer)
9:15am-9:30am: Welcome with bagels & coffee in the Harrisonville Room
9:30am-11am: Choose and register for 1 of 4 sessions (listed below)
1.) Adult Reconnection Workshop: “Communicating Clearly” w/ Barry — In the KC Room
The American Red Cross’s Reconnection Workshops are designed to assist service members, veterans, their families and other loved ones in the transition after a deployment, retirement, or separation from the military. Join other families on Saturday for the adult “Communicating Clearly” workshop that helps participants improve their communication skills to better manage reintegration and their return to civilian life. The program is free and confidential. (Max 20 participants)
2.) Youth Reconnection Workshop: “Roger That! Communication Counts” (8-12 years of age) w/ Dorinda — In the Harrisonville Room
The American Red Cross’s Reconnection Workshops are designed to assist service members, veterans, their families and other loved ones in the transition after a deployment, retirement, or separation from the military. Join other families on Saturday for the youth (8-12 years of age) “Roger That! Communication Counts” workshop that helps children with communication in the family during a service members military service, especially after a service member’s deployment. The program is free and confidential. (Max 10 participants)
3.) Family RFTS w/ Debbie — In the Independence Room
Read from the Start is the Missouri Humanities Council’s family reading program that focuses on parents being a child’s first and most influential teacher. Join other families on Saturday as we read and discuss high-quality children’s books and explore fun activities for both you and your child to do during and after reading together. Each family will receive a set of children’s books to take home. The program is free and intended for parents/caregivers and their children ages 0-5 years old. (Max 20 participants)
4.) Veterans Writing Workshop: Part 1 & 2 (2 — 90 min sessions) — In the Liberty Room
Small break to follow part 1. Part 2 will take place from 11:15am — 12:45pm
The workshop will be facilitated by husband-and-wife team Stacey and Kent Walker. Kent Walker is a combat Army veteran who holds an MFA in writing. Stacey Walker is a lecturer at University of Missouri-St. Louis and Jefferson College. She holds an MFA from the University of Missouri—St. Louis. (Max 15 participants)
11:15am-1:00pm: Closing & Box Lunches — In the Harrisonville Room
The Veterans Community Project will be showcasing one of their tiny homes at this event! Stop by and write a note for a veteran, welcoming them to their new home.
The Mid-Continent Library’s Reading Rocket will also be on site, so stop by!