Main Street News October 2016

Member Spotlight:
Rehabilitation Institute of Kansas City

 Physical Therapist Michele Ahern works with patient

There are a few institutions along Main Street that serve as anchors for the community. One of those is the Rehabilitation Institute of Kansas City (RIKC) which has been located at the corner of 31st and Main since 1968. RIKC started after World War II in 1947 to help with the overwhelming need for rehabilitative support for the returning servicemen. RIKC had an innovative approach to providing care, however, by supporting individuals in not only their physical recovery, but also their reintroduction back into society by providing vocational services.  In 1951, they were able to expand their work to include social and psychological services as well as speech and hearing therapy, allowing them to help a larger portion of the individuals with disabilities.

They opened the doors to their current facility in February of 1969. The building was a brand new, state of the art, barrier-free rehabilitation facility that allowed the RIKC to become the first licensed rehabilitation hospital in Missouri and first in the region to be accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities. It also allowed them to begin caring for children affected by polio because they were able to expand to include pediatric services.

 RIKC Cerebral Palsy patient Daniel success story

Over the years, RIKC has been an invaluable organization to our community. Every day they work to empower adults and children with disabilities to reach their highest potential at home, work, school, and in their day-to-day lives. They currently provide medical rehabilitation, employment placement services, and specialty services. There is much effort that goes into helping their patients, but the staff wouldn’t trade those joyous moments of “firsts” for anything. Sarah Murphy, Communications and Volunteer Liaison, expressed, “Our therapists and staff experience many “moments of firsts” with patients, clients, and students from re-learning how to walk after a stroke, landing their first job, or entering school.”

 Rehab Institute Before (Current) Photo

RIKC has also noticed changes along Main Street recently, like the added accessibility for individuals with mobility impairments through wider and cleaner sidewalks and curb cuts. They also enjoy the new look of Main Street with the beautification measures and says it allows them “a sense of pride in our home, which we feel adds to the neighborhood aspect of the corridor.” As design begins on the streetscape from 30th to 34th Street, they look forward to being a part of the updates and hope to begin updates of their own.

Rehab Institute After (rendering) Photo

In 2010, they started their Capital Campaign to renovate their building to address issues of overcrowded treatment areas, an aging facility, and inadequate parking. Their goal is to increase service capacity, improve operating efficiency, and enhance visibility and accessibility. They plan to renovate and reconfigure the 68,000 square foot building to allow for program growth and increased efficiency. This includes relocating the primary entrance of the facility to Main Street, rather than Baltimore Avenue, expanding and enhancing parking along Main Street to increase accessibility, and improving the Main Street façade to create a more appealing entrance and welcome for all those who visit RIKC. Their funding goal is within reach and they anticipate renovations to begin in 2017. If you would like to help them reach their goal, please click here to donate. You can also attend their Ability Quest Walk & Run this weekend. Details are listed below.

Kansas City Marathon

October 5th is the annual Kansas City Marathon hosted by Waddell & Reed. The race begins at 7 am for the full marathon, half marathon, and team relays. The 5k begins at 7:30 am. All participants will receive a t-shirt and there is musical entertainment for after the race. The race starts and ends at Washington Square Park, just north of Crown Center, but will affect traffic throughout the city. Please note there is no race day registration and late registration will be located at the Health & Fitness Expo on the 13th and 14th. For more information and to see race maps please visit the website

Visions of the Flint Hills: An Art Benefit

Buttonwood Art Space is hosting an art benefit with Friends of the Konza Prairie this fall. The opening reception is Friday October 7th from 6-9pm. The art space will continue to showcase the pieces through November 25th. The Buttonwood Art Space is located at 3013 Main Street.

Proceeds from art sales benefit both the artist and the Friends of the Konza Prairie nonprofit, which supports an 8,600 acre research and educational tall grass prairie preserve in the Flint Hills. For more information on the event please visit their website.

Ability Quest: Run, Walk, Stroll or Roll

On October 8th, the Rehabilitation Institute of Kansas City will be hosting their 8th annual Ability Quest! With its flat trail, this race is accessible to all, providing the options of a 2 mile run or a 1 mile walk. The race begins at 8:30 at Berkley Riverfront Park and all participants receive an event t-shirt. There is even a pancake breakfast immediately after! All proceeds from the event will benefit the Rehabilitation Institute of Kansas City and the Children's TLC. For more information please click here!

PorchFestKC 2016

PorchFestKC is in the Valentine Neighborhood this year on October 8th from 11am-5pm! 140 bands will be performing on 41 different porch stages, giving you a unique opportunity to explore the neighborhood and hear some great music! Food Trucks will be present in case you want to grab a bite to eat and you're free to wander from porch to porch or bring a lawn chair and hang out for a bit! For more information please visit their website

Chick Event: Artisan Fair 

The weekend of October 8th and 9th Chick Event's will be hosting their Artisan Fair at Crown Center Plaza! There will be over 100 handmade, vintage, and artisan vendors as well as plenty of food and drinks! The even starts at 10 am on Saturday and goes till 7 pm. On Sunday it goes from 11 am - 4 pm. The event is all ages (and dog friendly!) with children under 12 being free, so come on out and enjoy an afternoon of shopping and supporting local businesses and artists! For more information and to purchase tickets please click on the photo.

Broadway Area Community Improvement District

We are happy to announce that the Broadway Area Community Improvement District has been approved by voters! The Broadway Westport Council is hosting a public meeting on Thursday, October 13th from noon to 1:30 pm to celebrate  the new CID! They will be discussing the boundaries, benefits, and services that will be provided and attendees will be able to meet the BACID board members.The meeting will be at the Uptown Theater on the 2nd Floor in the Broadway Room. A buffet lunch will be served and can be purchased at the door for $10 per person. Please RSVP by October 7th via email or by calling (816) 531-4615.

2016 National Prescription Drug Take Back

On October 22 the KCMO Police Department will be participating in the National Prescription Drug Take Back Program. MainCor's office is one of the seven locations across the city where you can safely and conveniently dispose of any drugs you may have in your house and no longer need. It is also an opportunity to educate the public about the potential for abuse of medications. Please stop by our office at 3215 Main Street between 10am and 2pm. For more questions click here

Hyde Park Pilgrim Run 

Thanksgiving is a day filled with family, full stomachs, and (in Midtown) fast feet! Join the Pilgrim Center for their 6th annual Pilgrim Run on Thanksgiving morning. The race begins at 9 AM just north of the Pilgrim Chapel located at 38th and Gillham Road. The course takes runners and walkers on a crisp, autumn adventure through the historic Hyde Park neighborhood.

Each participant who registers before November 14th will receive a long sleeve t-shirt and registration costs $30 for individuals. If you register after the 14th, the cost is $35, and $40 day of. You can also register as a 2,3,4 or more person team for a reduced rate! Children under 8 have a $15 registration fee and participate in their own 100 or 200 yard dash! Its an event for the whole family!

All proceeds benefit the Pilgrim Center's Uplifting Westport program, which provides safe, wholesome activities to urban youths living in the Midtown area. Please visit the Pilgrim Run's website for more information!


October Luncheon! 
Each month, MainCor hosts a networking luncheon for anyone in the community to come and learn about what’s going on in and around the Midtown area.  A guest speaker joins us every month to share important things happening in Midtown. 

This month, we have Matt Riggs representing Mid America Regional Council joining us. He is coming to speak about their Recycle More At Work program. This program is free and provides businesses with consultations to help implement recycling programs, resources that focus on employee awareness and participation, and public recognition for their recycling efforts. We would love to see Midtown Area businesses participating in this program! Please join us October 20th to hear more! To RSVP please click here and let us know if you have any dietary restrictions.

Community Capital Fund: Neighborhood Showcase

The first ever Neighborhood Showcase is an opportunity for neighborhood associations from across KCMO and KCK to network and learn from one another. It will be held at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation Conference Center at 5pm on October 6th. This will be a great opportunity for neighborhoods to learn from one another and share their successes and failures in order to work together to help improve our communities. Registration is required and the event is free, however donations will be accepted. Please click here to get more information and register.
New Midtown Calendar of Events!

There are so many fun things happening in Midtown and we wanted to compile them in one easy calendar for you! If you have any events you think we should know about, please email Marlee. To view and bookmark the calendar follow this link.

Become a 2017 member of MainCor today!

As we near the end of our 2016 membership campaign, we want to thank each one of our members! 

Everything we do is only possible because of YOU. Without the support of our amazing members, we would not exist.  

MainCor is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.  Your contribution is tax-deductible. 

Please visit our website - mainstreetkansascity.org to join now!


Luv Midtown KC T-Shirts

    We've got t-shirts!! You know and love the mural painted on the side of Thriftway at 40th and Main Street, now you can wear it! 

  We "luv" Midtown and we're not afraid to show it!  Show your "luv" and wear it proudly around town.

Order your Luv Midtown KC shirts TODAY for only $20!  Contact Diane Burnette dburnette@maincor.org to place your order.  


Community Event Grant Program

            Are you a thriving business on Main Street?  Do you want to host a community event on Main Street but don’t want to fork up too much cash?  Well we are here to help!

            MainCor has developed a Community Event Grant Program to help get your next event on Main Street going! 

            Main Street is bursting with culture and thriving businesses.  Attracting people to this part of Midtown is a great way to promote current businesses as well as create opportunity for potential new development.  MainCor has allocated $2,000 for a community event grant program.  The purpose of this grant program is to encourage businesses along the corridor to host events and draw people to Main Street.
The funds would be matching funds (half of the total cost) up to $500 per event/year unless otherwise discussed.  Applicants must be within MainCor’s boundaries.  An applicant may submit multiple applications per year. 
The application must be submitted for approval at least 60 days before the event.  Within 60 days after the event, the applicant must fill out a spreadsheet form that lists receipts and provide receipt copies to verify the expenses before reimbursement will be awarded.  Reimbursement will be given to applicant within 30 days after paperwork has been received. 
The event must be open to the public and promoted metro-wide.  Events could include: fairs, walks/races, art shows, celebrations, etc.  All city permits/requirements must be met. 
Non-Eligible Uses:
- Salaries, event coordinators, etc.
- Food and beverage
- Purchase of equipment/capital investment 

Eligible Uses:
- Entertainment (music, performers etc.)
- Equipment, tent, space rental
- Decorations
- Advertising
- Office supplies (postage, printing, etc.)
- Promotions/marketing
- City permit fees

Fill out an application today!