Unique West Bottoms store provides opportunities for homeless citizens

Jim Cunningham
September 19, 2017 - 7:19 am

Kansas City, MO - A KC Metro woman says she is helping to put lives back together with a resale store.

Customers do not find second hand shoes or faded bluejeans at Scraps KC, which is located just off the 12th Street Bridge in the West Bottoms. The store is filled with items like fabric, art materials, yarn and office supplies.

The store draws all kinds of customers, said Brenda Mott, executive director.

"We have teachers and parents, artists, do-it-yourselfers and makers," Mott said.

The most unusual thing about Scraps KC is its workforce. Mott relies on volunteers, all of whom are homeless.

"I was at a place where I was ready for a new change and I had worked and shopped at a creative reuse store, so I knew what it was," Mott said. "I thought it would be a perfect initiative to give the homeless a place to seek refuge, do some work, get some food, and then what they need to survive on the street."

Mott has celebrated some successes. One of her volunteers worked until he determined it was time to make changes in his life. He arranged two interviews that resulted in two job offers. 

He has been working steadily for seven months.


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