Care Beyond the Boulevard, Inc. was conceived by Jaynell (KK) Assmann after she noted the number of homeless people coming into the hospital where she worked as a nurse.
Once certified as a Nurse Practitioner, Jaynell’s first goal was to establish an outreach to the urban poor, especially the homeless. She worked as a volunteer at the Micah Ministry food kitchen, and in 2016, while working at Family Health Care, Jaynell (‘KK’) developed Care Beyond the Boulevard.
Care Beyond the Boulevard (CBB) began in 2016 as an entirely volunteer-based mobile medical clinic operating from the back of a pickup truck. The goal was simple – deliver high quality healthcare to the homeless and other patients who lacked access to these services. With our small team of volunteers and a homemade pharmaceutical cabinet we drove the streets of Kansas City, MO seeking to make an impact. Through persistence and the compassionate and dedicated nature of our core volunteers, we quickly established rapport with this vulnerable population. In 2017 CBB registered over 900 patient encounters, treating everything from chronic illnesses such as diabetes, COPD, and hypertension to acute disease such as abscesses, burns, seizures, STD’s and frostbite. Word quickly began to spread among the homeless and other charitable organizations. Then, in late 2017, we were graciously donated a school bus and the funds required for restoration. By Spring of 2018 our bus had been converted into a fully functional mobile clinic and was active on the streets! This has greatly helped our ability to care for these patients along with our visibility, which has, in turn, helped us grow to reach even more patients in need. We are projected to exceed 2000 patient encounters in 2018.
Our vision is one in which homeless, uninsured, or otherwise vulnerable members of society retain access to quality medical and mental health care despite adverse financial or social circumstances.
To provide high quality medical and mental health care and support to the homeless and under-served populations of Kansas City outside the bounds of traditional health care settings, becoming a force for health care equality and social change.
Who We Serve
We serve any and all homeless, uninsured, or otherwise vulnerable members of society who lack access to quality health care.
How We Help
Monday nights – We staff a medical clinic at Micah Ministries at Independence Boulevard Christian Church from 5:30PM until 7:00PM.
Tuesday nights – Our route takes us through Independence and KCK, providing both episodic and long term care. Care is delivered at the curbside, in a field, in a campsite, under a bridge.
Wednesday nights – Our route takes us through Kansas City MO and North KC. These can be busy stops, where we see 10+ patients per stop. Care is delivered at the curbside, on a trail, on a bridge over I-70.
Note: On Tuesday and Wednesday nights, we will stop for any individual on a street corner or roadside who appears destitute/homeless, or anyone appearing in need of care.