The Oak Park, Ivanhoe, Palestine and Santa Fe Neighborhoods in Kansas City, Missouri’s east side once made up a prosperous community. This area once produced leaders like Walt Disney, Buck O’Neil, and Alvin Brooks, but over years of neglect deteriorated into one of Kansas City’s most difficult, forgotten, and ravaged communities. Substandard housing, high unemployment, drugs and crime have left the neighborhoods in ruin and its residents searching for hope. The youth are particularly vulnerable, often unable to overcome the educational deficiencies, violence, drugs, and sexual pressures they confront daily.  This is area God has called The Hope Center to be centrally located.