Our director of philanthropy, Jozef Hanratty, was interviewed by the River Front times, a St. Louis publication:
A group of Kansas City atheists have been forced to take their goodwill elsewhere after a Christian homeless shelter banned it from volunteering there during Thanksgiving.
Members of the Kansas City Atheist Coalition have spent the past two Thanksgivings distributing boxed meals for the Kansas City Rescue Mission, helping to feed thousands of the city’s most impoverished during the holiday.
But this year the mission has chosen to include a religious flier along with those boxes. The proposed message will read: “God Loves You. You Are Not Alone.”
“We are faith-based, and we’ve never contradicted that,” says Julie Larocco, the mission’s development officer. “It makes sense to us to send people out who are representative of who we are.”
But Jozef Hanratty, director of philanthropy for the KCAC. insists distributing religious fliers wouldn’t have stopped the group’s members from volunteering.
You can read the full interview here.