Starting At Zero



Rose Brooks Center’s operating budget runs on a fiscal year, starting July 1st annually, and each year we project an income to expense zero balance. Our operating budget is raised through dozens of grants and events, as well as individual and corporate donations. What many people don’t realize, however, is that any excess funds raised in one year, simply cannot carry over to the next due to nonprofit accounting guidelines. Which means, we start at zero each and every July 1st! This is also why your donation matters so much to us, and the families and pets we serve.

We are at the beginning of our fiscal year and we continue our work to raise operating income through several diverse strategies – all to ensure uninterrupted care for those we serve. And on behalf of those we serve, we say thank you for your donations that help thousands of families and pets, live a life free of violence. Whether it’s by a one-time gift, through a monthly donation in our Life Savers program (see above), attending an event, or a gift of stock or QCD (Qualified Charitable Distribution), your donation goes directly to support our mission! And if you have any Missouri Income Tax liability, there are Missouri Domestic Violence Tax Credits available at a rate of 50%! Learn more about ways to give at

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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.