29 Years of Service and Smiles!

The weekend of January 6th and 7th and consecutive weekends that month mark Beth Torah’s 29th year preparing and serving food at the reStart facility in KCMO. This is a fun and rewarding project for families to do together, as well as a way for individuals and friends to bond with others in our community. Volunteers who worked last year were pleasantly surprised (perhaps shocked) to see the extensive remodeling of the kitchen and dining areas. reStart’s cramped and dismal kitchen and dining area (this characterization is generous) was transformed this spring into a spacious and sparkling facility. Gone are the leaky pipes, the bright orange cone covering the kitchen drain cleanout, and a dining room with missing floor tiles. The kitchen sparkles with new and additional equipment. The dining hall is beautifully lit with a restaurant style set-up to replace the institutional arrangement of long tables. I visited the new digs this spring and was greeted by a food preparation area so shiny and roomy that it resembled a kitchen at a high-end hotel. In addition, our 4th and 5th grade friends at the Weiner Religious School have created custom placemats for residents to brighten their day as they enjoy their meals.
– Scott Franklin

Volunteering Details for reStart in January

• All food for the month is purchased by Beth Torah and prepared at reStart.
• We have a lunch shift (9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.) and a dinner shift (2:00 to 6:30 p.m.) each weekend day.
• We need a total of six people per shift, three of whom must be over the age of eighteen. Children ten and older are welcome to participate with their families.
• Members can check out open slots and register here or by contacting Scott Franklin.
• For those signing up an entire group, please get a commitment from each group member to ensure that there are no conflicts for that time slot.
• More than a week before your shift, Sharon Altman will send you directions and other logistical information that you need.
• Many Beth Torah members are unable to commit to a specific time in advance because of personal or business schedule uncertainties. We welcome those folks to volunteer on a substitute list should a scheduled member not be able to attend. Naturally, if you have a conflict when called, you can certainly decline.
• If you are not able to attend in person but would like to be involved with Beth Torah’s signature project, we are always in need of desserts—not baked Alaska though, but cookies, cupcakes, and brownies that residents can take back to their rooms. Drop them off at Beth Torah and your sweet offering will be transported to reStart.

Register here!

For more information you may email Scott Franklin at sfranklin8@att.net or call the Beth Torah office at (913) 498-2212.


Thank you to our 2016 reStart Volunteers!!!!

A special thank you to Scott Franklin for all his hard work coordinating the volunteers for the January month at reStart!  A true mitzvah for our community.

Jeanne & Dan Adler, Sharon & Jeff Altman, Bass Family, Joan & Pete Cabell, Carroll Family, Chase Family, Amie Crane, Jackson & Jonathan Crane, Sarah Derks, Marie Difilippo, Carol Ducak, Emert Family, Brandi Fisher, Shoshana Fisher, Forman-Wright Family, Yali Franklin, Amy & Scott Franklin, Frumkin Family, Martha Gershun & Don Goldman, Tess Gerson, Deb Gill, Lindsay Gill, Sara Glass & Family, Henri Goettel, Goldstein Family, Hammontree Family, Chad Hansford, Hanson Family, Jo-Ann Harris, Hendrikse Family, Laura & Tim Intfen, Kershenbaum Family, Sydney Kitt, Kivett Family, Stephanie Kolb, John Lantos, Kacy & Mark Levin, Gail & Richard Lozoff, Asa Maker, Eli Maker, Milgrim Family, Kerry Miller Family, Andie & Cliff Neuman, Robin & Rod O’Bryan, Jordan Patt-Rappaport, Aden Patt-Rappaport, Rope Family, Gary & Amy Shaw, Sarah Shaw, Jacob Shaw, Shniderson Family, SueAnn Strom, Ellen Taylor, Waxman Family, Wolock Family, Nancy & Jay Yedlin, Zack Zwibelman

reStart, Inc. an interfaith ministry, is committed to providing shelter and supportive services to homeless men, women, youth and families.  

Driving Directions to:

reStart Shelter
918 E. 9th Street KC, MO  64106
Take I-435 East to Hwy 71 North
          (left exit as known as Bruce R. Watkins Dr.)
Exit Hwy 71 North to Admiral
Exit Admiral and turn right on Admiral to Troost
Turn right (south) on Troost to 9th Street
Turn right on 9th Street to Harrison
Turn right on Harrison and reStart’s parking lot
Go around the building through the front door on 9th Street.
From 119th St., take Metcalf south to 135th St. -- turn right
Enter Alt 69 N ramp, Alt 69 merges with I-35 N
Take I-35 all the way to downtown
Go around the loop I-35/I-70 and take the East Hwy 24 exit
Turn right on Independence Ave
Take an immediate right after light on Forest (south).  You will see the Rubber and Craft Building
Go 2 blocks south to 9th Street
Turn right on 9th Street to Harrison
Turn right on Harrison and reStart’s parking lot
Enter the building through the front door on 9th Street.