Operation Breakthrough is the Missouri's largest day care center. Its mission is to help children who are living in poverty develop to their fullest potential by providing them a safe, loving and educational environment. This organization provides day care, meals, Children’s Mercy Clinic, a dental clinic, speech therapy, play therapy, housing assistance, food and clothing to children and families of the inner city of Kansas City. Operation Breakthrough also strives to support and empower the children's families through advocacy, referral services, and emergency aid.
Operation Breakthrough cares each weekday for more than 600 children, ages 6 weeks to 18 years. More than 98% of the enrolled families live below the federal poverty guidelines, most far below them.
About 25% of the children are homeless or near homeless, living in battered women's or homeless shelters or transitional living programs. Often they sleep on the sofas of friends or relatives, sometimes even living in cars, rundown hotels or abandoned buildings. About 25% of our children are in foster care or other placements due to abuse, neglect or other family crises. The average income of the families is $9,400.
What to Expect:
Please note: $100 due with acceptance of a position!
Any questions about this trip can be directed to Alternative Break Experiences at [email protected]
Special Points of Interest:
From Past Participants:
"I had an impactful week and my eyes were opened to the seriousness of the issue of poverty. The people at Operation Breakthrough welcomed us with open arms and I feel like my contribution was small but significant."
- 2014 Participant
"This was an amazing trip in which I learned a lot about justice issues for low income families and all the things Operation Breakthrough does to help them. In addition, interacting with the children was awesome and I learned a lot about myself."