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Finding A Housing Refuge

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If you saw a school bus stop to pick up children at a motel, what would you think? One Kansas City man who saw just that decided to help.

In the first part of Thursday's Up to Date, we talk with John Wiley, the founder of River of Refuge, a group that aims to aid families who have gotten stuck in these weekly motels without the means to transition to an apartment or other stable living situation. Local mom Shanta Wallace, who has used River of Refuge's services to help her family; and Nan Roman, President and CEO of the National Alliance to End Homelessness, also join us.

Event Information:  River of Refuge will hold its 2nd annual fundraiser on Saturday, September 21, from 6 - 11 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn in Independence.  More information is available here.

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When I host Up To Date each morning at 9, my aim is to engage the community in conversations about the Kansas City area’s challenges, hopes and opportunities. I try to ask the questions that listeners want answered about the day’s most pressing issues and provide a place for residents to engage directly with newsmakers. Reach me at steve@kcur.org or on Twitter @stevekraske.