Operation Breakthrough started nearly 50 years ago with four babies in Sister Berta and Sister Corita's living room.
Now it educates, feeds, heals, and loves more than 600 children and their families at 31st and Troost.
MARY ESSELMAN/CEO OPERATION BREAKTHROUGH: There is such a need in Kansas City for early learning and before and after school care.
One in five children at Operation Breakthrough is homeless and most come from families living on less than $1,000 a month. Two-thirds will witness or experience violence before their fifth birthdays but here at Operation Breakthrough, kids can come and be kids.
MARY ESSELMAN/CEO, OPERATION BREAKTHROUGH: We provide education, social services, and health, always making sure the kids are having fun!
Our children's futures begin in our infant rooms and in pre-K, students spend every day prepping for school.
In our MakerCity, school-age kids are discovering livelong interests and talents but Operation Breakthrough is a place where parents can learn and grow too!
MARY ESSELMAN/CEO, OPERATION BREAKTHROUGH: Our founders always said that what happens outside Operation Breakthrough's doors is just as important as what happens inside and that's why we work with the whole family.
Our children are full of potential and together, we can give them the boost they need to make their dream possible.