Our guest today is Father Justin Mathews, executive director of Reconciliation Services. He is passionate about serving the community, and his goal is to make racial and economic reconciliation more possible today than it was yesterday.
For more than 30 years, Reconciliation Services has worked to address the root causes of disparities facing individuals in the urban core of Kansas City.
They strive to reach neighbors living in the 10 neighborhoods east of Troost Avenue, Kansas City’s historic economic and racial dividing line, as they face the highest rates of poverty, poor physical and mental health outcomes, violence, lack of education, and lack of access to life stabilizing resources.
They also work to bring neighbors together from different socioeconomic and racial backgrounds in an effort to create meaningful community connections that can lead to reconciliation.
During our discussion, Father Mathews also shares:
- Why he is passionate about serving the community
- How a woman named Thelma impacted the work
- How boxed lunches help reconciliation
- What trauma therapy is
- How the business works
- How his wife helps the organization
- What challenges he’s facing
- What challenges he’s facing to accomplish the mission
- What keeps his drive alive to keep pursuing this work
Use the timestamps below to skip around to the specific topics you’d like to hear.
[0:55] – Meet Father Justin Mathews
[10:00] – Thelma
[17:12] – Boxed lunches
[20:26] – Trauma therapy
[22:34] – Business
[27:22] – Father Mathews’ wife
[28:53] – Challenges
[32:00] – What drives him
[35:36] – Contact Father Mathews