KAI Employees Work Hard Improving Our Communities

Much of KAI’s work involves building communities, especially in the urban core. Housing projects such as Cambridge Heights, Arlington Grove, and North Sarah, as well as other community projects like the O’Fallon Recreational Center and the Better Family Life Cultural Center are testament to this fact. But our employees don’t just work to improve communities while they’re on the clock. Many of them spend their free time doing good things around our city as well. As 2013 draws to a close, we’d like to recognize just a few of them, and share their stories of good deeds with you. 

 
Linda Hardy, Receptionist, Volunteers with Youth Organizations 
This holiday season, our receptionist Linda Hardy and her daughter, Kayla, volunteered with the Demetrius Johnson Charitable Foundation, which helps inner city youth and families all over the St. Louis area. On November 19, they helped deliver Thanksgiving baskets, complete with a turkey and all the trimmings, to elderly and low-income families. One place where they were able to deliver baskets was the Cambridge Heights Senior Living Facility on St. Louis’ north side, a facility that KAI helped design and build. On December 21, Linda was at it again, volunteering at the annual Christmas party for the Youth & Family Service Center, located in the Cambridge Heights apartment community. The Center, which serves the youth in the surrounding area, holds after school programs, summer camps, and other programs all year long. Their annual Christmas party is something the children all look forward to. The Center provides lunch for the families, and the children get to visit with Santa, have their pictures taken, and enjoy free books and their very own Christmas toy to take home. 
 
In addition, for the past three years, Linda has volunteered with Better Family Life's Kwanzaa Expo, held in December, as well as their Black Dance USA event held in the spring.
 
Dan Veile, Electrical Designer, Helps Clean Up Washington Park
Together with approximately 100 other volunteers, Dan participated in JOY-FM’s Serve St. Louis project. The volunteers met on October 12 in Washington Park, Illinois to help residents clean up the area. Dan and the other volunteers helped clear brush and debris from five empty lots, provided minor repairs and paint inside three homes, and then went door-to-door doing odd jobs for the folks in the neighborhood. 
 
Tony Summers, Senior Project Manager, Works with Special Needs Students
Project Manager Tony Summers volunteers his time each week at a local school to help teach English as a Second Language. He is also a volunteer board member for the Special Needs Soccer Association (SPENSA) of St. Louis. SPENSA is a soccer program for boys and girls with disabilities who have traditionally not had a place in the youth soccer system. The program is free of charge to these children and is privately funded via donations. 
 
Rachel Clark, Executive Assistant, Rescues German Shepherd Dogs
Rachel has been active in rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming German Shepherd Dogs in Missouri, Illinois and surrounding states for the past 17 years. For the past eight years she served as Director of Serendipity German Shepherd Dog Rescue, and with a small group of volunteers, has rescued over 500 abandoned and unwanted German Shepherd Dogs, nursing them back to health and retraining and re-homing them in private homes or as Search and Rescue/working K9 officers. Two of the dogs rescued this year were badly injured: Two year old Louey was found as a very emaciated stray with a broken front leg and other wounds, severe skin infections and hair loss. Six months later, after a lot of medical attention and TLC he was adopted by a local FBI Agent where he now enjoys life as a much loved companion dog. Ziva was a 7 month old puppy surrendered to the rescue by her owners after she was hit by a car and severely injured. They could not afford the cost of veterinary treatment to save her so she was going to be put to sleep. Working hand in hand with the University of Missouri Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital, Rachel helped coordinate a massive fund-raising drive for the $5,000 worth of surgery and rehabilitation Ziva needed. Now, Ziva is well on her way to a complete recovery and has been adopted by another local family. KAI salutes all of our employees who work tirelessly to make our community a better place. Thank you!