Community Celebrates SMSD Project HOME

Community Celebrates SMSD Project HOME
Shawnee Mission School District

The Shawnee Mission School District (SMSD) marked a successful year of Project HOME (Housing Opportunities Move Everyone), welcoming guests and supporters from throughout the community to a celebration. 

Project HOME provides twice-a-month opportunities to help families who are homeless or at risk of homelessness to meet with officials from various agencies. These local agencies collaborate to connect families to resources related to housing, finance, utilities, food, employment, furniture, counseling, healthcare, and anything that can be a barrier to housing. They work with the goal of helping families prevent homelessness and help to permanently house families. 

David Aramovich, SMSD McKinney-Vento liaison, welcomed and thanked the group, including Project Home partners, U.S. Rep. Sharice Davids, and Kim Hinkle, executive director of the Shawnee Mission Education Foundation, for their diligence, kindness and acts of generosity throughout the year.  

“Project Home is a collaborative effort between service providers, faith leaders, and the Shawnee Mission School District,” Aramovich shared.  “It is people coming together for a common cause, which is to work toward eradicating homelessness.”

Since formation in 2016, Project HOME has prevented 722 SMSD students and families from houselessness.  They have permanently secured housing for 243 SMSD students and families.

“Your efforts are making the difference, as we work together to ensure every family and child have housing,” Dr. Michelle Hubbard, SMSD superintendent expressed to the attendees. 

Project Home includes Vineyard Church, Johnson County Mental Health, Catholic Charities, El Centro, Johnson County MultiService Center, Workforce Partnership, Redeemer Presbyterian, New City Church, Shawnee Mission Area Council PTA, and Evergy.

“Together we are so much stronger in understanding the complexities that people are dealing with on a regular basis,” said Aramovich.

For more details and contact information related to Family and Student services and McKinney-Vento Homeless Service in the Shawnee Mission School District, click here.