KANSAS CITY, Mo. – September 22, 2022 – The Drumm Farm Center for Children today hosted a special ribbon cutting event to celebrate the expansion of the Compass Program on the Duvall Campus, with the addition of 11 new apartments designed to serve transitional living needs for young adults aged 17-22.
Through the COMPASS Program, youth who have aged out of foster care or are experiencing homelessness have access to transitional housing, wraparound support systems including trauma-informed case management, licensed counselors, educational support, a group setting with other youth their age, and life skills training for a successful adulthood.
“We are beyond grateful for the support of our individual and corporate partners and the broader community, whose contributions enable us to serve the growing population of youth experiencing homelessness,” said Drumm Farm Executive Director Brad Smith. “This a critical time during their lives and we appreciate the opportunity to provide stability as we serve their transitional living needs.”
The expansion was made possible through land and financial resources donated by longtime Drumm supporters, Carman and Tom Duvall. Day-to-day operations are made possible thanks to grant support from the Ronald D. Deffenbaugh Sr. Foundation. Commerce Bank – a longtime financial services partner and supporter of Drumm Farm – provided the construction loan. Additionally, Commerce Bank team members supported Drumm Farm through a federal grant opportunity, identified to secure a $550,000 grant through the Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines, Iowa. Representatives from each organization joined the celebration.
“Commerce Bank is committed to finding solutions to serve our clients and broader communities, and this was demonstrated by our team’s creative approach to securing additional financing for the Drumm Farm Center for Children,” said Jay Reardon, vice chairman for Commerce Bank, Kansas City region. “We are proud to support the important work of this organization and the youth they serve.”
Seven of the new apartments will be designed to support pregnant youth and teen parents experiencing homelessness. Participants in the New Beginnings Program will have additional services including mentors and a care team providing transportation to doctor appointments and to the hospital when their baby arrives. As an additional demonstration of support, Commerce Bank donated $2,000 to be used toward maternity and baby care items that will be made available to youth in need at the Duvall Campus.
About Drumm Farm Center for Children
Drumm Farm Center For Children is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization providing nurturing and inclusive services and environments that inspire and yield the lifelong success of children, young adults, and families. Learn more at www.drummforkids.org.
About Commerce Bank
With $33.4 billion in assets1, Commerce Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ: CBSH) is a registered bank holding company offering a full line of banking services through its subsidiaries, including payment solutions, investment management and securities brokerage. One of its subsidiaries, Commerce Bank, leverages more than 155 years of proven strength and experience to help individuals and businesses solve financial challenges. In addition to offering payment solutions across the U.S., Commerce Bank currently operates full-service banking facilities across the Midwest including the St. Louis and Kansas City metropolitan areas, Springfield, Central Missouri, Central Illinois, Wichita, Tulsa, Oklahoma City and Denver. It also maintains commercial offices in Dallas, Houston, Cincinnati, Nashville, Des Moines, Indianapolis and Grand Rapids. Commerce delivers high-touch service and sophisticated financial solutions at regional branches, commercial offices, ATMs, online, mobile and through a 24/7 customer service line. Learn more at www.commercebank.com.
1. As of June 30, 2022