"Our new building is all about empowerment for children and families in the urban core. We currently serve over 1100 children and families each week from Operation Breakthrough as well as children from three local schools during the school day.
It gives space to the most important aspects of life for families in need in our community - education, health and wellness and family stability. All in one building, children can learn to write computer code, grow vegetables, join a basketball team or get their teeth cleaned. Adults can learn to read, get free physicals without insurance and connect with other parents in support groups. Families can learn healthy cooking, take a yoga class, get free furniture for their apartments or meet with a therapist."
- Mary Esselman
On the top floor, our MakerCity provides eight labs where children from kindergarten to eighth grade can learn everything from their multiplication facts and sight words, to how to write computer code, grow plants without soil, cook nutritious meals, program robots, care for school pets, build an electric car and work together with kindness.
On street level, the tenant, Literacy Kansas City, offers reading and high-school equivalency classes for adults. In a shared learning lab, adults can study for the GED exam, learn computer skills or conduct online job searches. Meeting spaces host Operation Breakthrough parent support groups several mornings a week, afternoon therapy sessions for children and are available for community gatherings. In Studio 1, more than 200 children get weekly yoga instruction to help them cope with stress and trauma. In Studio 2, children and adults learn dance and take fitness classes.
In the lower level, our dental clinic offers preventive care and treatment to all the Operation Breakthrough children. In our health screening rooms, uninsured adults can get free appointments with volunteer doctors. In our warehouse, we accept donated furniture and appliances and give them free to families in need.
And in the gym, children of all ages can exercise in all weather, learn sports fundamentals, practice leadership and build character by participating in team sports. A walking track offers fitness to families and staff. Eventually, the plans are to share the gym with the surrounding community for youth sports and nonprofit events.