YWCA program receives grant for breast cancer awareness

The St. Joseph YWCA’s ENCOREplus program has received a $35,000 one-year grant from the Avon Breast Health Outreach Program to help increase awareness of the benefits of early detection and provide resources to help women have easier access to breast screenings.

Since January 2015, the ENCOREplus program has reached more than 4,000 women in Buchanan and Andrew counties with education about the importance of early detection of breast cancer. The program also has referred almost 1,500 women for mammograms and clinical breast exams.

The ENCOREplus program was selected as one of 56 grant recipients nationwide in the 2016 cycle of the Avon Breast Health Outreach Program grants.

January Silver & Gold club luncheon Thursday

The January Silver & Gold Senior Club of Northwest Missouri will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21, at Wyatt Park Baptist Church, 2902 N. Leonard Road. Reservations are required. Call Robin at 816-271-0338 by today.

The lunch and program will feature Jerry Makison, owner of Solutions 4 Life, a St. Joseph company that focuses on aspects of retirement including Medicare, life insurance and investments.

LGBTQ Victims Services Center to open in Kansas City

The Kansas City Anti-Violence Project will open its lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) Victims Services Center, the first of its kind in a four-state region — Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and Iowa. The grand opening will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 29, at the new location, 4050 Pennsylvania Ave., Suite 135, in Kansas City, Missouri. The ribbon-cutting ceremony will be at 5:45 p.m.

The center provides a safe space for LGBTQ adult and youth survivors of trauma, neglect, domestic violence, sexual assault and hate crimes to access KCAVP services. The Center officially will open at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 3. The center will be open for walk-in services from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Jena Sauber can be reached at jena.sauber@newspressnow.com. Follow her on Twitter: @SJNPSauber.