Hillcrest has been described as a “boot camp for the homeless", designed to educate and empower homeless families with the skills they need to reach self-sufficiency.  Hillcrest operates 7 housing and service sites in 5 counties (21 buildings, 74 units) – they rely heavily on local churches for assistance and support.

Woods Chapel has been actively involved with Hillcrest for the past 16 years.  We sponsor three of the apartments, which means we keep them furnished, cleaned and stocked with basic necessities for each incoming family; we also provide three yearly sponsorship stipends.  We are the "contact church” for weekly urgent needs.  We conduct periodic drives to re-stock the Hillcrest pantries.  Many of our members have donated furniture and household items and even vehicles!

We also volunteer at the Hillcrest Thrift Store, as well as direct donations to the Hillcrest Thrift Store. Money raised from the thrift store benefit Hillcrest Transitional Housing.

17th Annual Hillcrest Gala & Auction

Saturday, October 20 // Hilton Garden Inn in Independence

You can purchase tickets for this event, or donate gift certificates or gift baskets.  Some gift basket ideas:  university and sports-themed items, chocolate, golf, movies and entertainment, Chiefs, Royals, gourmet, child’s birthday, BBQ, Disney, pamper, spa -- or put together your own unique combination.  Gift certificates for pizza, movies, golf, restaurants, sports, etc. also generate lots of bids.  And if you’d like to contribute toward the Scholarship Fund, cash donations are always welcome.

All proceeds benefit Hillcrest Transitional Housing. Our goal is to raise $120,000 at the Gala this year.