Fully Private Shelter Spaces

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The general structure of an emergency shelter is not unlike that of a traditional home. In your home you have a kitchen, a place to do laundry, a bedroom with a closet for your clothes, and if you are very lucky, you also have your own bathroom.

As a response to COVID and with funding from Kansas City’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, Rose Brooks Center’s emergency shelter now has fully private spaces, including private bathrooms, small refrigerators, individual thermostats, and tables for meals, work, or homework. Not to mention, families now have the option to keep their beloved pet in their private rooms with them, allowing them to heal together.

Reducing Trauma

Funding specifically supported the reconstruction of existing shared bathrooms into 20 individual bathrooms. Prior to COVID, and prior to the reconstruction, families commonly shared rooms with other individuals recovering from trauma. Today, with completely private rooms, not only has it reduced the amount of time and expense to sanitize shared bathrooms, it has also reduced the recurrence of trauma among residents.

When families come to shelter, preceding their arrival they’ve had to endure violence from a loved one. As they enter their private and temporary home at Rose Brooks Center, their dignity is restored — and for that we say “thank you Kansas City.”

In Their Words

“I’m so grateful for Rose Brooks Center.  Without them I could have never left my abuser. My two cats are too important to me and I couldn’t leave them behind. I only hope that more shelters follow Rose Brooks Center’s example and open their doors to the entire family.” – previous resident of Rose Brooks Center

Rose Brooks Is Here

Rose Brooks Center is about saving lives. Read letters from the CEO, stories about featured programs, and more here.
Serving patients experiencing domestic violence in the safety of local hospitals and clinics.
Offering a wide variety of services to support the emotional and physical well-being of children who are healing from domestic violence.
Since 2001, Rose Brooks Center has been providing quality domestic violence education to the Kansas City community and beyond.
Advocating for and guiding survivors through complex court systems.
Helping survivors repair the effects of economic abuse through credit repair, budgeting, and education.
Providing a safe sanctuary where individuals, families, and pets are welcomed, wrapped in support, and can begin to heal.
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.
On-site medical and healthcare services within the safety of emergency shelter.
An on-site state-of-the art pet shelter for dogs, cats, and other family pets.
Providing advocacy services for victims of domestic violence and education for officers to improve victims safety.
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.