An Ingredient to Healing



Rose Brooks Center’s ability to serve hot and nutritious meals is a vital component of the agency’s overall services. We are grateful for the many volunteers, community partners, local businesses, and foundations for supporting this element of care.

Many survivors arrive at Rose Brooks Center tired, hungry, and scared, having recently left their homes and everything familiar. Before they can begin to heal and fully concentrate, their basic needs must be met, including a warm meal.

Nutrition is an essential ingredient in helping survivors and their children heal from the trauma they have experienced. The stress of the abuse supersedes a survivors’ ability to care for oneself, which is further compounded because food is often withheld by abusers as a means to control their partners. All of this is understood and considered by our Rose Brooks Center chefs as they prepare and serve each and every healing meal.

Quotes from families living in emergency shelter about the food and nutrition program:

“I loved helping in the kitchen. I seen it as a way to give back and help the other ladies in the shelter.”

And perhaps one of our favorite quotes is from a child who was living in shelter. “I like the food and everyone is nice.” We think this pretty much sums it up.

We thank those who support our nutrition program:

  • Volunteers! We simply would not be able to do this work and serve those we do through our nutrition program without the generosity and kindness of those in the volunteer community.
  • The Costco Foundation. In their words, “Costco is proud to be able to support organizations and programs whose missions focus on children, education, and health and human services.”
  • The McGee Foundation and the William G. McGowan Charitable Fund have been consistent funders of the Nutrition Program over the past several years, and we thank them for their continued care and support.
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In 2022, the incredible kitchen staff prepared and served 24,087 meals for the families living at Rose Brooks Center. It’s because of those that support us through donations of time and funds that our chefs are able to create meals which support the shelter residents’ healing process. The act of eating a meal in a peaceful environment can be such a large part of healing from trauma.

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Rose Brooks Center

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.