New Playground Equipment for Rose Brooks



November 22, 2019
For Immediate Release
CONTACT: Scott Mason, Director of Marketing
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HDR Foundation awards Rose Brooks Center with $80,000 grant to enhance the lives of children through playground equipment.


Kansas City, MO November 22, 2019: Rose Brooks Center announces a remarkable $80,000 grant for playground equipment for the children living in emergency shelter. Funding for the new equipment was provided by a grant from the HDR Foundation, the charitable arm of the local and global engineering and architecture firm, HDR. In the award letter from HDR Foundation’s Board of Directors they acknowledge their understanding that the addition of this equipment will enhance quality programming for over 300 vulnerable children annually impacted by domestic violence.


HDR’s local office is thrilled to bring this significant grant to the local community. Said HDR’s Sarah Copeland of the award, “We’re proud to partner with Rose Brooks Center to improve the health and wellness of our most vulnerable children.” 


“The goal of our Children’s Program is to help children overcome the mental and emotional trauma they have experienced due to exposure to domestic violence,” says Rose Brooks Center CEO, Susan Miller. “A playground is beneficial and fun for all children, but for the children who stay here every year, it truly makes a huge difference in their happiness and well-being.”


Ben Snider, an HDR employee and the sponsor of this grant, is also a volunteer in emergency shelter. He was recently honored as Rose Brooks Center’s 2019 Volunteer of the Year for his service. 


Pictured left to right:
Sarah Copeland, HDR Foundation / Kansas City Ambassador; Susan Miller, Rose Brooks Center CEO; Matt Volz, HDR Foundation Grant Committee Member; Ben Snider, HDR Sponsor; Joan Dougherty, Rose Brooks Center Director of Volunteers and Community Support; DeVonia Merino, Senior Marketing Coordinator HDR Engineering Inc.; Joe Drimmel, MO/KS Area Manager HDR Engineering Inc.



Rose Brooks Center
Rose Brooks Center offers domestic violence services and programming in the Kansas City Metro area and beyond. While hundreds of individuals and pets find safety in emergency shelter, thousands more are served outside of shelter through groundbreaking community programs. Rose Brooks Center has been providing services to individuals and families since 1978.

About HDR Inc.
HDR is an employee-owned engineering firm, specializing in engineering, architecture, environmental and construction services. The HDR Foundation strives to impact the world in positive ways. Through partnerships aligned with HDR’s values and areas of expertise, we encourage our employees to be engaged in their local communities and leave their mark on the future. Founded in 2012, and fueled primarily by donations from our employees, the HDR Foundation has provided nearly $3 million in grant funding to deserving nonprofit organizations from all across the United States. The HDR Foundation is a separate legal entity from the corporation HDR, Inc. The HDR Foundation (EIN 46 0961680) is an IRS-designated 501 (c) (3) Exempt Private Foundation.


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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.


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