Drumm Farm Expansion Program – The Examiner

By Mike Genet [email protected]

With 11 more apartments under construction, the Drumm Farm Center for Children continues to expand its transitional living program for young adults.

Apartments being built on a donated lot north of 39th Street near Missouri 291 will give Drumm Farm 20 apartments on this site for its COMPASS program, which serves young adults ages 17-22 who are homeless. or who have aged outside of the foster care system. .

Following the opening of the first nine apartments on the Duvall Campus – named after the husband-wife team that donated the land and funds for the project – in the second half of 2019, Drumm Farm President/CEO , Brad Smith, told leaders of the planned nonprofit that more is needed.

“We always thought there was the possibility of a Phase 2, and now we have a waiting list of about 50 to 75 people,” Smith said.

But it takes time to raise funds for investment and program costs. The current phase of construction will cost about $1.4 million, more than half a million of which is covered by a federal grant, and the COMPASS program currently costs about $300,000 a year, Smith said. When the 11 units under construction are completed, Drumm Farm will have a total of 31 units at various sites.

The COMPASS program offers life skills instruction and development, as well as supervision, in furnished single-occupancy starter apartments to help young adults learn to live on their own. Most residents stay one to two years.

Since taking over the leadership of Drumm more than a decade ago, Smith said staff have recognized the need for this niche service, and he believes collective care, with many of them in a large framework, would be detrimental.

“You would have this population not receiving any support, and they’re really on their own,” Smith said.

Additionally, Drumm Farm has another homestay under construction at its Lee’s Summit Road campus – fully donated – which will be its 11th homestay. He is also renovating one of the first duplex buildings on the campus.

Ryan H. Bowman