Christine McDonald is the founder of Christine’s Vision (www.christinesvision.org) and the Program Director of Restoration House of Greater Kansas City (www.restorationhousekc.com). She is the author of “Cry Purple” where she gives a glimpse of life on the streets, the violence she experienced, the role addiction played in her journey, and the challenges and barriers she encountered while putting her life back together.
Christine is also the author of “The Same Kind of Human: Seeing the Marginalized and Exploited Through Eyes of Grace”, a book focused on understanding the complexities of exploitation and its various forms. This book poses challenging questions to help break through our own biases that inhibit us from assisting these hurting individuals. Also included in this book is a tool section to offer us valuable insight and tools to connect with those hurting all around us.
Christine uses her lived experience as a tool to break stigmas, construct conversations for change, and allow the outsiders looking in to see beneath the surface to the humanity of the hurting and the challenges they face in main stream reintegrations.
Christine has received numerous honors and awards as she overcame her past and claimed her place in future as a change-maker, including 2009’s “Inspiring Change” honor, the 2010 Ex-Offender of the Year award from the Kansas City Crime Commission and The Second Chance Foundation, Missouri 2014 Abolitionist of the Year, and was named the 2015 Missouri Champion from the Missouri Mental Health Foundation for her work for those in recovery.
Christine diligently worked in Missouri with individuals, groups, churches, and legislators to lift the life time food stamp ban for Drug felons.
Christine is currently working with city, State and National legislators to write legislation that protects victims of human trafficking and sexual exploitation as well as working to break down barriers for those with criminal histories, homelessness and substance abuse disorders. She holds seats on a number of committees and boards, from local to National levels including, but not limited to, the Missouri State Advisory Council on Drug and Alcohol Addiction and the Missouri Supreme Court Human Trafficking task force.
Christine has been featured on PBS, CBS, NPR, Fox, Missouri View points with Mike Ferguson, The Wall Street Journal and a number of other media outlets. She has been featured on multiple documentaries speaking on topics such as re-entry, substance use and human trafficking. With over 75 key note speeches, 50 work shops facilitations, 40 testimonies on legislative floors, and 100 inspirational and faith presentations, Christine’s lived experience coupled with her education and training provide her the perfect insight to see beneath the surface of our societies other wise invisible populations.
Christine challenges us to see beneath the surface and connect to the humanity of our societies hurting exposing their challenges and their barriers.