Cheers to Volunteers



At Rose Brooks Center, we absolutely love our volunteers. Back in April our Director of Volunteers, Joan Dougherty, wrote to volunteers to not only update them about the ways COVID had impacted our lives, but to remind them of their incredible value. Below are her thoughtful words.


Dear Volunteers and Friends,

As I think about what we as a city, a community, and a world are going through at this time, my heart turns to all of you.

My heart hopes that you and yours are all safe, healthy and doing kind things for yourselves in what is being called uncertain times. We do have a lot of uncertainty right now for sure, such as, “Will this pandemic ever end,” and “When will I be able to go back to work or find a job,” or “Will we fit into our normal clothes when it’s time?”

So with all of this uncertainty, I always go to what I know is certain. Here is my certainty:

  • Volunteers established Rose Brooks Center.
  • Volunteers are the lifeline of Rose Brooks Center.
  • Volunteers are appreciated and needed at Rose Brooks Center.
  • Volunteers are helping us save lives even now, just differently.
  • Volunteers will return to Rose Brooks Center when this is over.
  • Volunteers will be needed more than ever.
  • Volunteers are loved.

You have heard said over and over during this time that we are in this together. We at Rose Brooks Center know that is true. Being together is the only way we can end the cycle of domestic violence in our community and volunteers help make that happen.

Thank you for your unending support of our families and of our mission. We look forward to the day when we get to see your faces at Rose Brooks Center once again.

Joan Dougherty
Director of Volunteers and Community Support
April, 2020

Program Update: During COVID, volunteers are getting creative and making masks, hosting donation drives (based on urgent needs), and organizing fundraisers. Visit our volunteer website below to inquire about current volunteer needs.

To read more about the Volunteer Program:

Rose Brooks Is Here

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.