Message From the CEO – Spring 2024



Dear Friends,

Thank you for another year of incredible support and for the part you continue to play in our ability to serve thousands of adults, children, and their pets.

Last year also marked Rose Brooks Center’s 45th year of serving the Kansas City community. Forty-five years ago, seven board members established a charter to support the community through shelters, hotlines, and education, and on August 22, 1978, Rose Brooks Center’s hotline opened as a lifeline.

Today, we continue to be a lifeline throughout the region and beyond because of the kindness of those who believe in and support our mission. In 2023, we were able to answer 11,988 hotline calls from the community while providing 48,428 nights of safety for more than 600 adults and children. Also represented in our 2023 Impact Report are services extending well beyond our emergency shelter walls. Programs such as our school-based preventative care or police advocacy services, wherein more than 6,000 lives have been impacted through long-standing community partnerships.

Each number in this year’s report represents our 45-year tradition of being a lifeline for those in our community who need safety and support away from domestic violence. Thank you for being part of each and every number and individual’s story as they seek a life free from abuse.


With sincere gratitude,

Lisa Fleming, CEO

P.S. Rose Brooks is here. Our 24-hour crisis line is (816) 861.6100.

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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.