Faces of Northeast: Purity (PeeKay) Kinyua

Purity (Peekay) Kinyua is the community outreach ambassador at the Independence Avenue Community Improvement District in the Northeast.

Originally from Kenya, Kinyua moved to the United States in 2001 and has been part of the Historic Northeast community since 2012.

She currently lives in Pendleton Heights and said she loves the community.

“What I love about the Northeast is the diverse community,” she said. “I also like the Northeast area because I can get all my African food and healthy food.”

She began working with the CID in September 2018 as an Avenue Angel and eventually was offered the community outreach ambassador role earlier this year.

Kinyua’s role at the CID is to build lasting and trusting relationships with the East African community, which makes up a large portion of the Northeast.

“My main goal is to help the refugee community,” she said. “Most of them, they don’t know about finding and getting resources. When I get to walk on the Avenue visiting businesses, I get to meet customers, talk to them, and then I can help them find resources.”

Kinyua said this role allows her to make a big difference in so many lives.

“The reason I like this job is because it’s made it easier for the CID as a whole and the Northeast because I’m bilingual and African and most of the business owners around here are from East Africa, so we have a good relationship,” she said. “It’s easier for them to communicate with me, feel comfortable, and give me information that is needed and required. It’s a cultural thing; we understand each other. I think I’m making a difference here.”

Kinyua said she is currently working on developing relationships with the Congolese youth in the Northeast and helping build trust between them and law enforcement.
“They are scared of the police because of the police brutality they went through in Africa as refugees, but I want them to know that the police here are not like what they are used to,” she said. “I want to give them courage.”

In a recent meeting between the Congolese community and the Kansas City Missouri Police Department, one young man expressed his desire to become a member of law enforcement after speaking with East Patrol Officer Patrick Byrd.

To connect with Kinyua and learn more, please email peekaykin59@gmail.com.

Want Northeast News articles sent straight to your inbox each week? Subscribe below!
Enter your email address and click on the Get Instant Access button.
We respect your privacy

Comments are closed.

  • Faces Of Northeast: Kathryn Hilger

    September 23rd, 2020

    This week’s Face of Northeast is Kathryn Hilger, who moved to Northeast with her boyfriend earlier this year. She had […]

    Faces Of Northeast: Bill & Andy Mortallaro

    September 16th, 2020

    Andy and Bill Mortallaro have been operating the Askew Inn for over half a century. Founded in 1954, the quaint […]

    Faces Of Northeast: Bertram Gray

    September 9th, 2020

    This week’s Face of Northeast, Bertram Gray, graduated from Central High School in 1961. He joined the Army after high […]

    Faces Of Northeast: Margarita Freidman

    September 2nd, 2020

    Our Face of the Northeast this week is Margarita Freidman, a new resident in the Pendleton ArtsBlock, 2300 Independence Ave. […]

    Faces Of Northeast: Sam Caloroso

    August 26th, 2020

    Sam Caloroso is a friendly face you may have seen around the neighborhood. He grew up in Northeast with family […]

    Faces Of Northeast: Daniel Garcia-Roman

    August 19th, 2020

    This week’s Face of Northeast is Daniel Garcia-Roman, a lifelong Northeast resident and current student at UMKC. Garcia-Roman, who studies […]

    Faces Of Northeast: Isaac Tapia

    August 12th, 2020

    This week’s Face of Northeast is Isaac Tapia, a muralist and artist in Kansas City. Born in Mexico, Tapia moved […]

    Faces Of Northeast: Carl & Brenda Daily

    August 5th, 2020

    This week’s Faces of Northeast are Carl and Brenda Daily, who celebrated 37 years of wedded bliss last month. Brenda […]

  • Faces Of Northeast: Abby Hoover

    July 29th, 2020

    This week’s Face of Northeast is our very own Managing Editor, Abby Hoover. Before stepping into the role of managing […]

    Faces Of Northeast: Sam DiMaggio

    July 22nd, 2020

    This week’s Face of Northeast is Sam DiMaggio, a retired Kansas City, Missouri firefighter who has lived in the Historic […]

    Faces Of Northeast: Nabil Sharif Abas

    July 15th, 2020

    This week’s Face of Northeast is Nabil Sharif Abas, a current student at UMKC serving as the UMKC student president […]

    Faces Of Northeast: Jerry Morales

    July 8th, 2020

    This week our Face of Northeast is Jerry Morales, a former boxing coach and referee. Morales refereed boxing for 55 […]

    Faces Of Northeast: Mike Loges

    June 30th, 2020

    This week our Face of Northeast is Mike Loges, Owner of the legendary Peter May’s House of Kielbasa. Located at […]

    Faces Of Northeast: Cristina Marquez

    June 24th, 2020

    This week’s Face of Northeast is Cristina Marquez, a social worker with Kansas City Public Schools (KCPS) since April 2017. […]

    Faces Of Northeast: Josh Rubio

    June 17th, 2020

    This week our Faces of Northeast is Josh Rubio, an urban development intern at the Northeast Kansas City Chamber of […]

    Faces Of Northeast: Colby Childress

    June 10th, 2020

    This week we chatted up Pendleton Heights resident Colby Childress as he wrapped up a sweltering Saturday morning helping clean […]

  • Remember This?

  • retorts illustrated by bryan stalder

  • Want articles sent directly to your inbox each week? Subscribe below!
    We respect your privacy and will not distribute your information.