Lewis Diuguid

New reuse for college is a plus for Kansas City’s Northeast area

People in the Northeast area of Kansas City should be happy that a new use is being proposed for the St. Paul School of Theology.

The school left for greener pastures on the campus of the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood. In its place at Truman Road and Van Brunt Boulevard could be the Kansas City Coalition Against Sexual Exploitation, or KC CASE, which wants to buy the campus, The Kansas City Star reports.

The group was founded three years ago. The coalition members are:

• Veronica’s Voice, a nonprofit group that assists prostitutes in remaking their lives.

• The Human Rights office of the Roman Catholic Dioceses of Kansas City-St. Joseph, which fights human trafficking.

• Renewal Forum, a national nonprofit fighting human trafficking — particularly commercial sexual exploitation of juveniles.

• Ozanam Pathways, a locally based charity that provides transitional living services for teens and adults.

Northeast area residents should be happy that the campus will be occupied and will pull prostitutes, juveniles and others off the street and out of the underworld so those individuals can live better lives.

But people are upset about the reuse, which will include dormitory space for adults and youths, job training, drug treatment and medical care. But folks need to think that what’s being considered is far better than what exists now on the street, which daily is in everyone’s face.

People need to get over that “not in my back yard,” or NIMBY, attitude because the problems are sitting on their front porches and in their living rooms.