Director of outreach services
Qayyim has a background of over twenty-five years working with the homeless in the outreach department of Swope Health Services as coordinator for Swope's services for the homeless.
Qayyim assisted the Salvation Army and Truman Hospital in the development of the Honk and Holler program focusing on the homeless living in campgrounds. Recognizing his accomplishments, Qayyim received the prestigious "Vanderberg Award" for Excellence in Community Service from the Homeless Services Coalition of Greater Kansas City in November 2003 and he also received the "A Season For Nonviolence Kansas City" 2005 Courage Award.
Qayyim has a BA degree in Sociology from St. Mary's College. He is the co-founder of WELL Inc. and has been instrumental in housing hundreds of low income families since 2013. He has managed two community gardens in the urban core since 2014, that provide nutritional food to the homeless. His service in the community is well known among the homeless.
Nadine Farris has an extensive background in Health & Fitness. She has over 30 years
serving the Kansas City Urban community. Nadine's passion has been living life in
wellness, focusing on fitness, preparing & growing foods that heal, and advocating
Nadine spent her early years as the Fitness Director for the Linwood YMCA of Greater
Kansas City for seven 7 years, a personal trainer for 15 years and a coach in her
community for the underserved. She is the Executive Director of WELL Inc., a 501(c)(3)
non-profit that works towards finding housing for the homeless.
Nadine has managed two community gardens for the past five years in the urban core,
Paseo West Community Garden and Hope Faith Ministries Garden. She and her team
grew over 7300 pounds of food in 2016 and shared it with the community, which
included: the homeless, seniors, churches, low-income families, and other organizations
in the urban core. She uses the garden platform to promote healthy eating from the fruit
& vegetables grown in the garden.
She continues to spread her knowledge and zeal through cooking videos on social
media, workshop participation, and collaborating with others in the community she