Connections to Success and Local Businesses – What You Can Do To Help Those In Need And Those Reentering From Prison

Melvin Merritt talks with Brad Lambert of Connections to Success about their programs to assist the poor and those returning from prison succeed in today’s society.  We will also be talking with Joe Sevart of I-70 Auto Service about a past Connections to Success program that illustrates how small businesses can help those in need.

Connections to Success’s mission is to inspire individuals to realize their dreams and achieve economic independence by providing hope, resources and a plan.  They realize their mission every day through a variety of programs and services that provide holistic support to those working to break the cycle of poverty and help those returning from prison become productive citizens again.  The local C2S can be found at the Dress for Success storefront 3120 Troost Avenue, Kansas City, MO, you can call them 816-561-5115, by email [email protected] or on their website

Joe Sevart is owner of I-70 Auto Service and teamed up a few years ago with C2S to teach people released from the City Jail basic auto maintenance skills.  At the end of the program the participants got a tool box which they could use to help their family and friends and make a little money.  This program illustrated how a small business could do something to help those in need even if they didn’t have job openings.  Joe continues his service in the community today through a partnership with NAPA Auto Parts.  His is one of 15 of shops all over the metro that will be providing up to $500 of repairs three times a year to select people that are working to help others in need.  If  you would like to nominate someone for this program check out  If you would like to nominate someone for the repairs at I-70 Auto Services you can go to to find an application.

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