Your First Impression



Narrated by Sheila — a previous Rose Brooks Center resident.

The journey to Rose Brooks can be different for everyone, but for most of us, it begins with a call to their hotline. The staff who answer, they listen to you. They ask about your safety, and explain what they can do to help. What they do is give you hope. 

For those of us who need to leave our homes because they aren’t safe, Rose Brooks opens its gates to us, our children, and our pets. We arrive with nothing but the clothes on our backs, and are welcomed by staff who tell us , “We are so glad you are here.”.

Your first impression is that you are safe… no one is going to hurt you… you’re going to be able to sleep. With a new day you will get up, and you will begin to heal.

It’s more than just a place of protection. It’s a place to begin again. The counselors there, the advocates — everyone… they really do care. Anytime you need to talk, someone will listen. You’re reminded that you have your life back. 

As you settle in, you begin to breath. You and your children are nourished in more ways than one. You feel grateful that the stress and the fear is gone, especially for your kids. 

You realize you’ve learned so much since the day you arrived and being here has been much more than just a roof over your head – it’s been a place that has taught you how to stop the cycle of violence for yourself and your children. You’ve reclaimed your future, and have the quality of life you all deserve. 

Program Impact. Emergency Shelter offers a safe place to heal. Because of those who support our mission, shelter staff are available 24-hours a day, 7 days a week. Respectful, individualized care is offered, including advocacy, therapy, safety planning, connecting survivors with community resources, and offering a caring and listening ear.

To learn more about our 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.