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Quest for Health Equity Supports Kansas City Charity Working to Support Homeless Youth

Serve the World Charities, Inc. (STW), which recently received a grant from Quest Diagnostics Incorporated, hosted its first annual “Friendraiser” event.  STW held the event to raise awareness and funding to support their mission to empower families in South Kansas City to find affordable, dignified, and permanent housing, while helping to distribute food and providing safe and fun community events for all. Through their Impact Center Schools Program, they work to place homeless families in homes of their own and implement preventive measures so that other families do not fall into homelessness. 

Quest Diagnostics provided a grant, as part of the Quest for Health Equity (Q4HE) initiative, to help STW broaden their Impact Center Schools Program to expand initial outreach from 25 to now serving 50 families a year so that no child would be left wondering where they will sleep at night. Q4HE, a $100+ million initiative of Quest Diagnostics (NYSE: DGX) and the Quest Diagnostics Foundation, provides donated testing services, education programs, and funding to support initiatives aimed at eliminating healthcare disparities that impact underserved communities across the US.

“STW Charities truly values the support of Quest Diagnostics and Q4HE,” said Stephanie Boydston, executive director, STW Charities. “This contribution will truly help remove barriers to homelessness. Some of these barriers have stricken families for years. It is refreshing to see an organization not only support us financially but also seek to support in other areas, such as volunteering. We here at STW cannot wait to see how our collaboration grows and how many students are given another opportunity to succeed in the classroom.”

Impact Center Schools is a 3-phase program that takes families from being homeless to being self-sufficient and empowered to take control of their future. Each phase is carefully thought out to equip families to create a better future for themselves, while gaining stability in life through dignified, affordable, long-term housing. The goal of this program is to have no homeless students in the Center School District by the year 2025.

To learn more visit, Serve the World Charities

Pictured from left to right are: Anne Wisdom, senior manager, billing and account setup, Stephanie Boydston, executive director, STW Charities, and Wendi Mader, executive director employer and enterprise.