A Swift Response



Rose Brooks Center is about saving lives – so it was vital that our response to COVID-19 was swift and thorough. In March, at the same moment that Kansas City’s mayor was declaring a state of emergency, Rose Brook’s executive team created an emergency response plan for the 120+ employees of the agency, as well as the families and pets living in shelter. Additionally, an action plan to have all program delivery transition to virtual or teleservices was put into place – and the result was uninterrupted safety and care.

The COVID crisis has required Rose Brooks to incur a large amount of unexpected, unbudgeted expenses which will continue to mount as we carry out a new style of service delivery over the coming weeks and months. But with support from generous donors we stay committed to protect the safety and health of clients, staff, and community.

We continue to effectively respond to challenges on a daily and sometimes hourly basis. We do this because we know that domestic violence does not subside during a time like this, but rather it escalates as abusers use isolation as yet another tool of abuse for already vulnerable victims.

See below each photo some examples of how Rose Brooks continues to respond to a few of the COVID related challenges.

To decrease the need for shared spaces, we installed TVs and fridges, and additional outlets in each individual room.

Rose Brooks Center responded to the 31% hotline increase during Kansas City’s stay-at-home order.

We added social distancing signs throughout shelter and administration offices.

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Rose Brooks Center is about saving lives. Read letters from the CEO, stories about featured programs, and more here.

Bridge Program

Serving patients experiencing domestic violence in the safety of local hospitals and clinics.

Children's Programs

Offering a wide variety of services to support the emotional and physical well-being of children who are healing from domestic violence.

Community Training

Since 2001, Rose Brooks Center has been providing quality domestic violence education to the Kansas City community and beyond.

Court Advocacy

Advocating for and guiding survivors through complex court systems.

Economic Empowerment

Helping survivors repair the effects of economic abuse through credit repair, budgeting, and education.

Emergency Shelter

Providing a safe sanctuary where individuals, families, and pets are welcomed, wrapped in support, and can begin to heal.

Employment Advocacy

Employment Advocacy includes developing job interview skills, job search, and ongoing support to survivors in maintaining employment.


Providing confidential support, information, individual safety planning, resources, and more. The 24-hour Hotline is 816-861-6100.


Helping survivors find safe, affordable housing and gain economic stability within a safe home, free from violence.

Onsite Clinic

On-site medical and healthcare services within the safety of emergency shelter.

Pet Shelter

An on-site state-of-the art pet shelter for dogs, cats, and other family pets.

Police Advocacy

Providing advocacy services for victims of domestic violence and education for officers to improve victims safety.

Project SAFE

A school-based violence prevention program working to end the cycle of domestic violence by providing support to youth dealing with violence at home or communities.


Stories about our incredible volunteers and the work they do to support our mission.