You Are Welcome Here

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Families who do not speak English or who come from different cultural backgrounds often do not feel represented as they navigate community resources. Sadly, a lack of representation is also a common barrier to safety and care, as abusers convince their partners that no one will understand them or accept them, thus they have nowhere to go. This powerful control tactic diminishes a victim’s confidence to reach out for help.

Now imagine if a victim reaches out for help and one of the first things they see is a poster that reads, “You are welcome here” in several languages, including their own. It is then their trust is increased and they feel empowered to take steps toward safety and healing.

From the moment you enter Rose Brooks Center’s doors, we want to make sure you feel valued and comfortable. Our new signs (pictured) also support one of our strategic plan’s objectives, which is to “advance equity and inclusion in all aspects of policy, practice, communication, and environment.”

The new signs represent Kansas City as well as the individuals we serve in shelter and throughout each program. After pulling the historical data of those Rose Brooks Center serves, after English, the most common languages spoken among clients are Spanish, Arabic, Burmese, Somali, Swahili, Mandarin, Kinyarwanda, and ASL. We then looked at the most common languages in and throughout Kansas City, and overall it also included Vietnamese and French.

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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.