When a Stroller is a Life Saver



Last year, Rose Brooks housed hundreds of children in emergency shelter. Of those, 46% were five years old or under. In most cases, parents come to our shelter with very little belongings for themselves or their children, including all of the items needed to make it through the day with an infant or toddler.

Rose Brooks Center wants to be able to reduce as many barriers as possible for parents to get back on their feet and transition into a safe housing plan after their shelter stay. We accomplish this with the help of generous funders and donors like you, by reducing costs and assisting with diapers, formula, strollers, pack and plays, school supplies, uniforms, and more. In doing so, it allows parents to focus on saving for their future rental costs and utilities.

One mother of young children between the ages of newborn and 11 did not have her own transportation, and called her new stroller a “life saver.” She is now in safe and stable housing after her shelter stay and has the resources she needs for both her and her children to build a safe future.


The Children’s Program offers a wide variety of services to support the emotional and physical well-being of children who are healing from domestic violence.

  • Individual and group therapy using play, art, music, and pet-assisted therapy help children find healthy ways to express their feelings in a safe environment and cope with trauma.
  • Case management services help parents with safety planning and connecting with community resources to meet their children’s basic needs, school enrollment, health care, nutrition, and clothing.
  • Parents benefit from Parent Support services and the Kid Zone, a play and learning environment children attend while the parent is participating in support services.

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.