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Our Spot KC #PRIDE

Our Spot KC was founded by Starzette Palmer in 2016. Its mission is to provide safe, accepting, and affirming programming, services, and resources to empower the LGBTQ+ community. The organization provides advocacy, basic needs, crisis response, training/technical assistance, and housing. Our Spot KC’s housing program, Lion House, features emergency shelter, transitional housing, and rapid re-housing for LGBTQ+ youth, adults, and families facing homelessness. It has also provided 5,686 meals and 2,304 hours of life skills workshops. This is one of fewer than five programs like it in the country. Founder and Executive Director Starzette Palmer said, “Our Spot KC is doing critical work for the LGBTQ+ community across our bi-state area, including the provision of housing, community resources, and crisis response in times of tragedy.” Volunteers can help to maintain housing facilities, or organize donation drives to provide residents with essential needs. Learn more at OurSpotKC.org.

Mel Winter and James Moran, both with Our Spot KC; presented the Lion House model at a recent conference.


Lion House Youth Transitional House


Founder Starzette Palmer and Mel Winter, both with Our Spot KC; served as elves for the holiday celebration in 2022.


Let the holiday celebrations begin!

Featured in the June 10, 2023 issue of The Independent. 


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