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90-Mile View: Runaway Senior Lands In Kansas City

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We’ve been following the story of Patricia Porsche for the past year.  In that time she has made her way from being homeless and unemployed to working for the True Light Family Resource Center in Kansas City, Mo.  As its volunteer coordinator and as mentor to the women living in the center’s transitional home, Trisha has a front-row seat to the challenges facing homeless women in Kansas City.

On this edition of 90-Mile View, Porsche tells Steve Kraske what it's been like at the center's day shelter during the bitter cold spells this winter.  Then Brittany Williams, a UMKC graduate student in social work, joins the conversation for the story of Ariel, a 77-year -old woman who ran away from her home in Washington, D.C. and landed in Kansas City, homeless and alone.

When I host Up To Date each morning at 9 a.m., 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. My email is steve@kcur.org.
As senior producer of Up To Date, I want our listeners to hear familiar and new voices that shine light on the issues and challenges facing the myriad communities KCUR serves, and to expose our audiences to the wonderful and the creative in the Kansas City area. Just as important to me is an obligation to mentor the next generation of producers to ensure that the important conversations continue. Reach me at alexanderdk@kcur.org.