Youth Resources

The HALO Learning Center is committed to seeing youth succeed, no matter where life takes them. This is why HALO has created this resources menu, in order to provide any additional assistance needed to accomplish your goals.

The menu covers everything from educational help to discovering transportation and food options available in Kansas City. Use the links below to explore the resources available to you.

Community Meals and Food Pantries

Domestic Violence

Education and Training

Employment and Interviewing

Government Services

Health Services

Helpful Phone Numbers

Home Maintenance

Material Items and Clothing





If you plan to commute long distances, try to combine a bicycle trip with public transit. The JO of Johnson County has bike racks on its larger buses, and the Metro offers bike racks on all 40-passenger and 25-passenger buses. Simply ride to a bus stop, load your bike on an easy-to-use bus bike rack, and continue the next leg of your commute. The JO also provides bike lockers at several designated stops and park-and-ride lot locations. Ride your bike to the stop, store it in a locker, and ride your bike home again from the stop or park-and-ride location.

Click here to read how to load your bike on The JO’s or the Metro’s bus bike racks.
For more information about The JO or the Metro scroll down to the Busing section.

Bicycling Tips for Commuters
What bicyclists should know about sharing the road and commuting safely:

▪   Remember to plan your bike route by first driving it

▪   Be aware of your surroundings

▪   Maintain and inspect your bike before every trip

▪   Dress suitably at night and in bad weather

▪   Carry drinking water, a mobile phone, and use a bicycle-mounted bag for storage

▪   Wear a correctly fitted bicycle helmet

▪   Use a front and rear bicycle light at night

▪   Take your place in traffic

▪   Ride predictably and visibly

▪   Know and follow all traffic laws

▪   For more bicycle safety information, Click here.

-If you do chose to ride your bike, you can sign up for RideShare’s Guaranteed Ride Home service in the event of an emergency.
-To order a free regional bike map here.
-For more information on walking and biking alternatives or tips for keeping your trip safe and effective, contact Aaron Bartlett, bicycle/pedestrian planner, 816/474-4240.


-Kansas City Area Transportation AuthorityKCATA coordinates the Metro bus system which primarily serves Jackson County and parts of Clay and Wyandotte counties.
-For first time riders, they have a “How-To” video series you can view here.
-To map out how to get to your desired destination, you can use their Trip Planner. You can also look at their Maps and Schedules tab for more information.
-Fare information can be found here. You can even buy passes online. If you are between the ages of 12-18, make sure to take advantage of their Reduced Farecard for Youth. For more information about Youth fares, click here.
-For more information, contact them at (816) 221-0660 or

Johnson County Transit
Johnson County Transit’s The JO bus system operates within Johnson County, Kansas, and some points in Kansas City, Missouri, and Kansas City, Kansas.
-For first time riders, you can find information about how to ride The JO here.
-To map out how to get to your desired destination, you can use their Trip Planner. You can also look at their Schedules and Fares tab for more information.
-Fare information including online purchasing can be found here. Youth between the ages of 6-17 are eligible for a reduced fare card with a student ID, but must apply. Click here for the application.
-For more information, contact them at (816) 221-0660.


Mid-America Regional Council’s RideShare program is a free service designed to inform people about less expensive and environmentally friendly commuting alternatives such as include carpooling, vanpooling, bicycling, transit programs, and various employer services.
-Bicyclists registered through RideShare are eligible for the Guaranteed Ride Home program, which provides a free taxi cab ride home from work in case of emergency on a day that you use a commute alternative like cycling.
-Anyone interested in carpooling to work can create an account through RideShare Connection to find carpool matches in their area. To register, click here.
-Contact them at (816) 842-7433  or


Amtrak serves between 400 and 1,000 passengers a day in Kansas City. The terminal is located in Union Station, at 30 West Pershing Road, Kansas City, Missouri.
Call 1-800-872-7245 for more information or make reservations. You can also contact them online here.


Checker Cab is the largest locally owned taxi service. It charters vans, contracts services, provides paratransit and lift-equipped services. Checker Cab is available 24 hours a day.
To schedule a pickup, call 816/461-8400.

Yellow Cab provides 24-hour taxi service throughout the entire metro area.
Call 816/471-5000 or 1-888-471-6050.

KCI Shuttle provides van service between Kansas City International Airport and area hotels.
Call 816/243-5000 or 1-800-243-5000 to make a reservation.


The AdVANtage Vanpool program is operated by the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (who also coordinates the Metro). The AdVANtage Program provides FREE eight-passenger and 12-passenger luxury vans for commuting. You can apply to be a part of this program here.
For more information You may also contact The AdVANtage Vanpool Coordinator: phone (816) 346-0800 or email
vRide‘s is a vanpool ride-matching system which links 5–15 people with similar commutes and helps them save money and time on their commute. This service is not local to Kansas City and they do charge a fee for their service.
More information can be found on their website here. If you are interested in this service you can sign up for an account and find or create a carpool in your area.

For more information you can contact them here.


Call 2-1-1

Call 2-1-1 for help with food, housing, employment, health care, counseling and more.

Use to find available resources for wherever you are all over the United States.

Visit for more information about 211 in Kansas City.

Material Items and Clothing


Craiglist allows you to find a variety of resources, services, items for sale, jobs, and more.


The Freecycle Network™ is made up of 5,055 groups with 9,014,865 members around the world. It’s a grassroots and entirely nonprofit movement of people who are giving (and getting) stuff for free in their own towns. It’s all about reuse and keeping good stuff out of landfills. Each local group is moderated by local volunteers Membership is free.
To sign up, find your community by entering it into the search box on the home page or by browsing groups in Missouri or Kansas.  Once you’ve found your group, create an account so you can post items or services you are in need of (or giving away) and find those that others have posted.

Good Samaritan Center of Excelsior Springs

The Good Samaritan Center of Excelsior Springs provides assistance to Excelsior Springs and surrounding rural communities. They provide housing and shelter services and operate two stores whose profits go towards sustaining those programs.

Broadway Bargains

Location: 108 S. Thompson Ave.

Store Hours: Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Phone: 816-637-7424

This is a retail thrift store where the general public can buy good, used clothing and household items for a reasonable cost. GSC clients with no money are given vouchers for things they need.

Bargain Furniture

Location: 449 S. Thompson Ave.

Store Hours: Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Phone: 816-630-1100

This is an outlet furniture store containing new furniture with minor “dings” that prohibit its being sold on a regular retail floor, unblemished furniture that has not sold in retail market, high quality gently used furniture, and a variety of decorating accessories. All proceeds go to GSC operating costs.

Cathedral of Immaculate Conception

Location: 1112 Broadway KCMO 64105

Phone: 816-842-0416 ext 126

Provides emergency assistance programs and resources.

City Union Mission – Community Assistance

Location: 1700 E. 8th Street KCMO 64106

Phone: 816-329-1444

Free clothing, house ware, food, furniture and utilities for homeless and low-income women.

Clay County Clothes Closet, Inc.

Location: 3939 N. Cleveland KCMO 64117

Phone: 816-454-3960

Community Services League

Location: 1001 Sibley Rd. Buckner, MO 64106

Phone: 816-249-5820

Grand Avenue Temple – Lazarus Boutique

Location: 205 E. 9th St. KCMO 64106

Phone: 816-842-3484

Hope Coalition – Thrift Center

Location: 117 W. 2nd St. Holden, MO 64040

Phone: 816-732-4026

Hope Faith Ministries – No Boundaries Day Center

Location: 705 Virginia Ave. KCMO 64106

Phone: 816-471-4673

Metro Lutheran Ministry – Northland Emergency Assistance

Location: 1104 NE Vivion Rd. KCMO 64118

Phone: 816-454-5295

Migrant Farmworkers Project

Location: 920 Southwest Blvd. KCMO 64108

Phone: 816-474-9868

Neighbor 2 Neighbor – Clothing Closet

Location: 500 W. 40th St. KCMO 64111

Phone: 816-931-1150

Redemptorist Social Services Center

Location: 207 W. Linwood KCMO 64111

Phone: 816-931-9942

Salvation Army

Resources include school supplies, Christmas assistance/Angel tree, free clothing for work, food pantry and more. Other contact them for counseling and referrals.
108 W. Broadway, Excelsior Springs, MO 64024, call (816) 630-4155
600 Walnut Street, Leavenworth, KS 66048, call (913) 682-6596
5306 N Oak Trafficway, Kansas City, MO 64118, call (816) 452-5663
420 E. Santa Fe, Olathe, KS 66061, call (913) 782-3640
602 Messanie, Saint Joseph, MO  64501, call (816) 232-5824

Seton Center – Thrift Store

Location: 2816 E. 23rd St. KCMO 64127

Phone: 816-231-3955

Provides minimal cost, gently used clothing.

Swope Parkway Church Of Christ
Location: 5620 Swope Parkway Kansas City, Missouri 64130
Phone: (816) 444-9511

Together Center
Location: 1112 E. 10th Street Kansas City, MO 64106
Phone: (816) 842-1394

Trinity Family Midtown Church Of The Nazarene
Location: 3535 Broadway, Suite 2004 Kansas City, MO 64111
Phone: (913) 938-6770
A community clothing closet for lower income and struggling residents in their service area. They also offer a small amount of free toiletries and personal products.

True Light Family Resource Center
Location: 712 E. 31st. Street Kansas City, MO 64109
Call (816) 561-1700

Whatsoever Community Center
Location: 1201 Ewing Kansas City, MO 64126
Phone: (816) 231-0227
Assistance programs include GED classes, Early Childhood Programs, Pre-School clothes, Youth Services, After School/COMBAT drug/alcohol prevention, summer day camp, clothing and the Apollo Project.

Zion Grove Missionary Baptist Church
Location: 2801 Swope Parkway Kansas City, Missouri 64130
Phone: (816) 924-1818

Many of the food pantries listed under the “Community Meals and Food Pantries” also operate Clothing Closets or other clothing distribution operations. Visit that page to find an organization near you.

Home Maintenance

Christmas in October is the leading volunteer organization focused on rehabilitating the houses of low-income homeowners in the Kansas City area – at no cost to them. Since 1984, the first two Saturdays in October have been dedicated to helping homeowners make needed repairs to their homes.
To qualify for the program, you must
(1) Own only one residence (the home in which you currently live).
(2) Lack the finances or resources to have the repairs completed.
In addition, you must meet one of the following criteria:
(1) Be age 62 or older.
(2) Have a physical disability.
(3) Be a veteran or have a veteran residing in your home.

If you or a relative qualifies for this program, you can apply here.

-They are located at 3261 Roanoke, Kansas City, MO 64111-Contact them at 816-531-6443

Hope Builders

Hope Builders is an organization that helps eldery, disabled, and low-income people and families maintain or repair their homes.
Their home maintenance services include:
-Building wheelchair ramps
-Building accessibility adaptations (such as door widenings)
-Painting (interior and exterior)
-Floor and Wall repairs
-Yard clean-up, including mowing
To learn more about requesting assistance, visit their website here.

-They are located at 7851 West 119th Street Overland Park, KS 66213-Contact them at 1.888.467.3001

Helpful Phone Numbers

Type of Service Organization Name Phone Number
Miles of Smiles 816-413-9009
Swope Health Services 816-923-5800
UMKC School of Dentistry 816-235-2100
Emergency Housing Needs
Assertive Community Outreach 816-404-6321
Community Service League 816-254-4100
Northland Neighborhood INC 816-513-1313
ReStart Youth Emergency Shelter 816-309-9048
Salvation Army 816-756-2769
Salvation Army 816-483-2281
Southern Platte Emergency Assistance 816-746-1057
Long Term Placement Options (18 and under)
Jop Corps 877-261-3105
Metro Lutheran Ministries 816-931-0027
Pathways 816-508-6226
ReDiscover 816-347-3222
Stepping Stones 816-356-0187
Synergy 816-776-0356 ext 205
Whole Person 816-627-8163
Ask a Nurse 913-676-7777
Children’s Mercy Hospital 816-234-3000
Children’s Mercy Teen Clinic 816-234-3050
Clay County Health Department 816-595-4200
KC Health Department 816-513-6132
KC Free Clinic 816-753-5144
Mast Ambulance Service 816-924-0600
Patient’s First Pharmacy 816-931-2293
Planned Parenthood 816-453-6000
Platte Co Health Department 816-587-5998
Healthy Start 816-234-3363
Pregnancy Advise Center 913-962-2112
Sheffield Place 816-483-9927
Start Right 816-883-4449
Synergy Mentors for Moms 816-777-0356
Veronica’s Voice 816-483-7101
Boys and Girls Town 800-488-3000
Boys Hope Girls Hope 913-888-2275
The Bridge 816-333-8711
Drumm Farm 816-373-3434
Gillis 816-508-3500
Hill Top 816-373-5200
Niles Home 816-232-5650
Ozanam 816-508-3600
ReStart Youth Emergency Shelter 816-309-9048
Sunshine Girls Group Home 816-372-0189
Substance Abuse
Catholic Charities Counseling 816-931-9339
Drug/ Alcohol Detox 816-483-2281
Narcotics Anon 816-531-2250
Adolescent Program 816-781-8999
Preferred Family Health 816-474-7677
Renaissance West 816-333-2990
Salvation Army Adult Rehab 816-421-5434
Salvation Army Detox 816-483-2281
Two Rivers 816-356-5688
Western MO 816-512-7000
Youth Services
Big Brothers Big Sisters 816-777-2886
Camps for Kids 816-559-4622
CAPA 816-252-8388
National Runaway Switchboard 800-786-2929
Parent Link 573-884-4382
Passages 816-931-0334
Synergy SOS 816-777-0356 ext382
FSD Toll Free Numbers
Child Abuse/Neglect Hotline (MO only) 1-800-392-3738
Food Stamp Case Information 1-800-392-1261
Missouri School Violence Hotline 1-866-748-7047

Health Services

General Health Care Services:

American Cancer Society – Kansas City, MO

-The American Cancer Society is the nationwide community- based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer, through research, education, advocacy, and service.

-They are located at 1100 Pennsylvania Ave, Kansas City, MO 64105-Contact them at 816-842-7111

Good Samaritan Center of Excelsior Springs

The Good Samaritan Center of Excelsior Springs provides assistance to Excelsior Springs and surrounding rural communities. (Click here to see if you live in their service area). Families and individuals are helped with food, shelter, utilities, transportation help, household and medical needs. Caseworkers are also engaged in helping clients find the causes as well as a solution to their distress. The goal is to encourage and to urge participants toward self-awareness. Caseworkers assist with budgeting, cooking and parenting as needed.

Their services include:

▪   They provide emergency assistance from the hours of Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 to 3:30 p.m. This assistance can include food, shelter, meeting with a case worker, and other similar services.

▪   A Free Medical Clinic from 8 to 11:30 a.m. every Wednesday morning. The clinic is available to families and individuals who do not have medical insurance.

-They are located at 108 S Thompson, EXCELSIOR SPRINGS, MO 64024-Contact them at 816-630-2718

Kansas City Free Clinic:

The purpose of Kansas City Free Health Clinic is to promote health and wellness by providing quality services, at no charge, to people without access to basic care. This clinic provides all of its care free of charge to its patients. They specifically provide quite an HIV testing and care program for youth.

Their services include:

▪   General Medicine

▪   Testing/Screening

▪   HIV Primary Care

▪   HIV Support

▪   Education and Training

▪   Mental Health

▪   Support Groups

▪   Dental Services

-They have two locations:

▪   Midtown: 3515 Broadway Kansas City, MO 64111

▪   Eastside: 6400 Prospect, East Bldg. Suite 200, KCMO 64132

Rosedale Healthy Kids Initiative

The Rosedale Healthy Kids Initiative (HKI) is a community effort to reduce childhood obesity in the Rosedale neighborhood of Kansas City (note: except for the online resources, services are for Rosedale residents only) by promoting healthy, active lifestyles for all residents.

Their services include:

▪   A listing of resources for healthy lifestyles, to view them visit here.

▪   Home Garden Kits, visit here to download them application to apply for your own kit.

▪   They also have sport opportunities for youth, visit here for more information and to download an application.

▪   To see a listing of their upcoming events, click here.

-They are located at 4326 Lloyd St. Kansas City, KS 66103-Contact them at 913-236-6337 or visit them here.

Samuel U. Rodgers Health Center:

Rodgers Health Center provides general health services, mental health assessments as well as psychiatriac and medication services.

-They have 6 locations: Downtown, School Based Practice, Substance Abuse Treatment, Independence Family Dental, Northland, and Lafayette County
-Contact them at 816-474-4920

Swope Health Services:

Swope Health Services seeks to help develop self-empowered, healthy people in healthy communities by providing primary health care, outreach and behavioral health services throughout the greater Kansas City area. They provide comprehensive medical services to people below the poverty line and have specific programs to aid those that find themselves homeless.

They provide general primary health services. For more information you can find them here:

Health Care for the Homeless:
Outreach Front Desk, ext. 6344
Building B, Outreach Department,
Swope Health Central

-They are located at Swope Health Central 3801 Blue Parkway Kansas City, MO 64130-Contact them at (816) 923-5800

Mental Health and Counseling Services

Synergy Services:

Synergy offers a variety of services including Domestic Violence support groups and counseling, Family counseling, teen counseling, teen parent support groups and parent classes.

-Contact them at 816-587-4100


ReDiscover offers mental health and substance abuse treatment for all ages and for people with all ranges of need. They provide these services through on site treatment, in home programs, as well as live-in programs.  All services are provided to people with limited ability to pay.

They have 4 locations:

▪   Lee’s Summit, Missouri: 901 NE Independence Ave. Lee’s Summit, MO 64086

▪                     Contact them directly at 816.246.8000

▪   Intake Location: Lighthouse 949 NE Columbus Lee’s Summit, MO

▪                     Contact them directly at 816.966.0900

▪   South Kansas City, Missouri: 6801 E. 117th Street Kansas City, MO 64134

▪                     Contact them directly at 816.966.0903

▪   Kansas City, Missouri: 301 East Armour Blvd. Kansas City, MO 64111

▪                     Contact them directly at 816.931.6500

-For general inquiries, contact them at 816-966-0900
-For their 24 Hour Access and Crisis Intervention call 816.966.0900

Truman Medical Center

Truman Medical Center offers mental health assessments, psychiatric and medication services, and substance abuse treatment services.

-They have three locations: Hospital HillLakewood, and Behavioral Health-Contact them at 816-404-5700

Tri-County Mental Health

Tri-County Mental Health provides an array of comprehensive mental health and substance abuse treatment and prevention services for individuals and families in Clay, Platte, and Ray counties. Their services provided regardless of clients ability to pay.

-Tri-County’s main office is located on the Maple Woods Community College campus in the Northland Human Services Center. Their address is 3100 NE 83rd St., Ste. 1001, Kansas City, MO, 64119.-Contact them at 816-468-0400-To contact their crisis hotline, dial 1-888-279-8188

Northland Family Counseling Center:

Northland provides partial hospital day treatment and intensive outpatient for substance abuse. They also provide anger management as well as individual and group counseling.

-Contact them at 816-452-8777


MOCSA operates a 24-hour crisis line for support and info on sexual violence. They also provide therapy and support groups for rape victims, sexually abused children, and adult survivors of sexual abuse

-Their 24 hour crisis lines are 816-931-4527 or (913) 642-0233

Mattie Rhodes Center:

Mattie Rhodes center provides counseling and case management, assistance for domestic violence victims, substance abuse treatment, family education and support, general health and wellness services, and youth development programs.

-They are located at 1740 Jefferson Kansas City, MO 64108-Contact them at 816-471-2536 or


Marillac focuses on providing youth services for mental health including hospitalization.

Their programs include:

Children’s Psychiatric Hospital
Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility
Therapeutic Day School
Substance Abuse Program
Discovery Program which is a Social Skills Training for Children and Teens with Asperger Syndrome

-They are located at 8000 W. 127th Street Overland Park, KS 66213-2714-Contact them at 913-663-5437. For their 24 hour hospital services hotline, call 913-681-1440

Healthy Families Counseling and Support

Healthy Families provides in home and community based parenting education and mental health treatment services. The in home parenting support is targeted towards first time parents especially.

-Contact them at 816-508-1600

The Family Conservancy

Family Conservancy provides family counseling, financial education, and parenting education. They offer their services in both English and Spanish.

-They are located at 444 Minnesota Avenue, Suite 200 Kansas City, KS 66101-Contact them at 913-342-1110. For counseling services, contact them at 913-742-4357– For mental health counseling services in Spanish, please call 913-573-1110.  For child care referrals in Spanish, please call 913-573-2273.

Comprehensive Mental Health:

Comprehensive Mental Health provides therapy for mental health needs as well as addiction therapy, medication services, psychiatric services, and individual and family therapy.

Their services include:

Outpatient Care
Family and Youth Services
Community Support
Addiction Recovery
Family Support Groups
Crisis Services

-They are located at 17844 E. 23rd Street Independence, Missouri-Contact them at 816-254-3652

Benilde Hall

Benilde Hall provides treatment for substance abuse and mental health issues specifically for homeless men.

-They are located at 3320 E. 23rd Street Kansas City, Missouri, 64127-Contact them at 816-842-5839

Women’s Health and Pregnancy Assistance and Shelters

Keeler Women’s Center

The Keeler Women’s Center is a ministry of the Benedictine Sisters of Atchison, Kansas, focused on empowering women in the urban core of Kansas City through education, advocacy, personal, and spiritual development.

-They are located at 2220 Central Avenue, Kansas City, KS 66102-For general inquiries contact them at 913-906-8990.

Mother’s Refuge Home:

Mother’s Refuge Home shelters and educates homeless, pregnant and parenting young women by providing comprehensive services that empower them to make successful life decisions for themselves and their babies.  They provide a home and full care for pregnant teens. They may be admitted into the program at any time during their pregnancy and can stay for up to one year in the program.

Their services include:

▪   While in the home the mothers have access to medical care, individual and group counseling, food, clothing, mandatory participation in education and/or job training, childbirth/parenting classes, practical life skills classes and independent living skills training

▪   They also have an aftercare and Transitional Living Program continues to provide support after the mother and child leave the home

-They are located at 3721 Delridge, Independence, MO 64052

Catholic Charities

Catholic Charities provide pregnancy counseling, emergency assistance, homeless prevention o expecting mothers and families.
-To learn more about their services, click here.

They have three locations:

-Kansas City Office, Caritas Center: 20 West 9th Street Kansas City, MO 64105Contact them at 816.221.4377/ 800.875.4377 or /

-Northwest Missouri Office: 902 Edmond St., Suite 204 St. Joseph, MO 64501Contact them at 816-232-2885/888-629-2886 or

-Heart of Missouri Office: 118 W. Hout St., Suite F Warrensburg, MO 64093Contact them at 660-747-2241/888-626-4245 or

Guadalupe Center

The Guadalupe Center provides services for Latina pregnant teens.

Their services include:

▪   Individual case management

▪   Prenatal childbirth & parenting education

▪   Transportation and other ancillary services

▪   Information & referral

▪   Bilingual escort

-Contact them at 816-421-1015


Birthright works with those who experience unplanned pregnancy to help them in making a decision about their pregnancy through one-on-one contact to provide personal attention to provide knowledge of the many options available to pregnant teens. Birthright is prepared to help whether you are single or married regardless of age, race or religion.

-They are located at 6309 Walnut Street Kansas City, MO 64113-Contact them at 816-444-7090

Liberty Pregnancy Crisis Center

Liberty Pregnancy Crisis Center provides pregnancy testing, limited ultra-sounds, options counseling, prenatal, parenting, birthing classes, referrals for diapers, formula, and clothing. All services are confidential.

-To request an appointment for any of their services, click here.

-They are located at 11 N. Gallatin St. Liberty, MO 64068-Contact them at 816-415-9415 or

Rachel House:

Rachel House provides Free Medical Pregnancy Tests, Ultrasounds, Pregnancy verification, Community Referrals, and Educational Opportunities. All results and information is confidential.  For more detailed information about their services, click here.
-If you would like to make an appointment with them, click here.

They have 3 locations:

▪   Blue Springs Center: 501 NW Fifth Street, Suite 100 Blue Springs, MO 64014

Contact them at (816)224.5433

▪   Lee’s Summit Center: 320 NE Tudor Road Lee’s Summit, MO 64086

Contact them at (816)875.1059

▪   Northland Center: 4110 NE Vivion Road Kansas City, MO 64119 (across from Penguin Park)

Contact them at (816)453.1011


Lighthouse provides a variety of services for pregnant teens.  They operate a maternity shelter for pregnant teens 12-21. They also provide outreach services to provide parenting life skills for any pregnant female-attendees earn coupons for baby needs. They also have adoption counselors and an adoption agency. Through their Baby Boutique they provide clothing and other materials needs for mothers and babies.

-The Light House’s administrative offices are located at Wornall Road Baptist Church in Brookside.-Contact them at 816-361-2233. For their 24 hour crisis hotline, contact them at 816-916-4434

Grace Center:

The Grace Center is a maternity home for under age women, ages 10-18. They can stay for up to 6 months following the birth of their baby.  While there each girl is offered individual counseling to help her make important decisions about her baby’s future. If she decides to raise the child, Grace Center will help her prepare for the responsibilities of motherhood. If she chooses adoption, the center will refer her to the proper social service agencies and offer counseling to prepare her for the separation.

-Contact them at (913) 362-0844 or Email:

Veronica’s Voice

VV is Kansas City’s only recovery program dedicated solely to victims of prostitution and commercial sexual exploitation.  The overall goal of VERONICA’S Voice is to offer compassionate and non-judgmental counseling and services through peer, survivor-ran services. VERONICA’S Voice offers individuals who are sexually exploited an opportunity to be educated and empowered to take back their lives.

Their services include:

▪   SAFE Center: The SAFE Center offers walk-in services to help with basic human needs: showers, clothing, food, phone use and referrals. The SAFE Center also provides a place for most of VV programming and services. It is open Monday-Friday 10:00am- 6:00pm. Contact them at 816-483-7101 for location information.

▪   Veronica’s Intervention Program (VIP) which works with the Municipal Court of Jackson County Missouri to offer women who have been arrested for prostitution an opportunity to seek help with VERONICA’S Voice, often in lieu of jail time. These clients are provided with a needs assessment based on history and current profile.

▪   They also have personal outreach services, 24-hour crisis line (816-728-0004), group and individual therapy and recovery services, and residential shelters.

-Their location is undisclosed, but their mailing address is  PO box 172472, Kansas City, KS 66117-Contact them at 816-483-7107 or email them here.

Government Services

State of Missouri:

Their programs and services include the following:

-Advocacy, Counseling, and Treatment Services:
The state provides a number of Children’s treatment services: View them on the state’s website by clicking here and in the list below.
*All children and families in need of treatment services because of abuse or neglect, or at risk of abuse or neglect; and children who have committed statue offenses such as repeated absences from school or who are in danger of becoming delinquent.

▪   Court-Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) – Lay persons who assist children involved in juvenile court proceedings and in planning for the children’s return to their biological homes

▪   Crisis Nursery Services – Short-term temporary child care voluntarily sought by families for children at risk of abuse or neglect.

▪   Day Treatment – Treatment for emotionally disturbed children who do not need 24 hour care.

▪   Evaluation and Diagnosis – Evaluation and diagnosis for special psychological, and medical problems that may be contributing to or that may be the result of incidents of abuse or neglect.

▪   Family Residential Treatment – Sustenance, shelter, and a range of treatment services on a 24-hour basis to families to help remedy abuse, neglect or exploitation of children and to maintain the family unit.

▪   Family Therapy – In-home or in-office treatment services directed toward helping a family develop new skills in solving problems.

▪   General Medical Examinations, Medical Laboratory Tests, Radiological Test – Medical examinations and tests to identify indicators of child abuse and neglect, when done in conjunction with hotline report.

▪   Group Counseling – Therapeutic interaction between the counselor and two or more clients directed toward a specific need or problem.

▪   Homemaker Services – Short Term services that focus on support for families during crises, or teaching homemaking skill, and /or providing a role model to parents under stress.

▪   Individual Counseling – Therapeutic interaction between the counselor and the client directed toward a specific need or problem.

▪   Interpretative and Counseling Services for the Deaf – Special services for abused and neglected deaf children and/or deaf members of their family.

▪   Juvenile Court Diversion Program – Development of court-sponsored programs in order to divert children from CD care and custody.

▪   Parent Aide – Basic training to families experiencing stress, that has led to or may lead to child abuse or neglect.

▪   Parent Education Program – Teaching appropriate parenting techniques to groups.

▪   Resource Coordination – Activities related to coordination of service delivery, resource development, resource identification, and resource acquisition involving a range of home-base services.

Child Abuse and Neglect:

▪   They operate a 24-hour Hotline to report child abuse: 1-800-392-3738

▪   If you are unsure what to report, visit there website here for more information

▪   When you do call, be sure to you have: The name of the child, The name of the parent(s), The name of the alleged abuser, Where the child can be located

▪   Be prepared to answer: Is the child in a life-threatening situation now? How do you know about the abuse/neglect? Did you witness the abuse/neglect? Were there other witnesses and how can they be contacted?

*If you’re not sure whether you should report the abuse, contact the Children’s Division Offices to talk with a representative from the department. The phone numbers vary by county. Look up your the appropriate phone number for you here.
*The state website does encourage to err on the side of over reporting

Foster Care 

Older Youth Program The John H. Chafee Foster Care Independence Program, Transitional Living Services, and Independent Living Arrangements are all encompassed in the Older Youth Program.Eligibility Requirement:

▪   Youth, who exited legal custody of the Division on or after the age of 17.5 but have not yet reached age 21.

▪   Youth, who after age 16 or older, leave foster care for adoption or guardianship.

▪   Youth, ages 14-21, currently in the legal custody of the Division and in out-of-home placement

John H. Chafee Foster Care Independence Program                                       Education and Training Vouchers: 
Eligibility Requirements: Youth eligible for Chafee services and youth adopted or obtained legal guardianship after their 16th birthday; Youth ages 18, 19, 20 when they first apply.

Vouchers provide up to 5,000 per year for the total cost of attendance that includes:

▪   Tuition and fees.

▪   Room and Board for former foster youth who left care at age 18 or after but have not reached age 21. Room and Board assistance may also be available to eligible youth 21-23 if they are enrolled full-time in a post-secondary educational or training program.

▪   Rental or purchase of required equipment, materials or supplies (including a computer).

▪   Allowance for books, supplies, transportation, etc.; and

▪   Special study projects.

Complete the online application here. With that, you must also submit: ETV Student Cashier Statement, ETV Financial Aid Release Form, Federal Financial Student Aid Application (FAFSA) and have an active e-mail account.
For more information, contact:

Transitional Living Services for 16-17 year-olds and Independent Living Arrangements for 18-20 year olds
For more information about these housing services, contact Sally A. Gaines at (573) 522-6279

For additional resource information for older youth offered by the State of Missouri, click here.

Involvement Opportunity:
-Missouri State Youth Advisory Board is an opportunity for leadership and civic engagement. Click here to view more information about the opportunity.

Educational Resources:
-On their website, they provide a great deal of information about applying for Financial Aid. The most important document to complete to be eligible for financial assistance is the FAFSA (The Free Application for Federal Student Aid). By completing it, you apply to the U.S. Department of Education, the largest source of student aid in America. In many cases, the FAFSA is the only application needed for students to obtain aid from their state or college, too. To find additional financial aid available to Missouri Residents, go here.

Scholarships and Grants: The State offers a number of scholarship programs. They are briefly described below and you can visit their website for information.

A+ Scholarship ProgramEligibility:

▪   Be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or lawfully present in the U.S.

▪   Enter into a written agreement with your high school prior to graduation.

▪   Attend a designated A+ high school for 3 consecutive years immediately prior to graduation.1

▪   Graduate with an overall grade point average of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale.

▪   Have at least a 95% attendance record overall for grades 9-12.

▪   Perform at least 50 hours of unpaid tutoring or mentoring, of which up to 25% may include job shadowing.

▪   Maintain a record of good citizenship and avoid the unlawful use of drugs and/or alcohol.

▪   Beginning with the high school senior class of 2015, have achieved a score of proficient or advanced on the Algebra I end of course exam.3

How to apply: You do not have to complete a paper A+ Scholarship application for the MDHE.  Check with your community college or vocational/technical school to see what materials they require in order to confirm your A+ eligibility.  In most cases your school will require at least an A+ seal/stamp on your high school transcript. In addition, you must complete the FAFSA each year.  If you are attending a school that does not participate in Title IV programs you must complete the FAFSA4caster, which is a tool for estimating your level of need for federal financial aid. The MDHE receives electronic FAFSA records for Missouri residents directly from the federal government.  Late filing may jeopardize your payment as well as eligibility for other state aid programs.
For the summer semester, check with the school you are attending to see which academic year (July 1 to June 30) contains the summer term. For example, if the 2012 summer semester is part of the upcoming academic year (called a “header”), you would need to file a 2012-2013 FAFSA in order to receive a summer award. If the 2012 summer semester is part of the prior academic year (called a “trailer”), you will need to file a 2011-2012 FAFSA before June 15, 2012. Although you must file a FAFSA for the correct academic year based on your school’s academic year, the MDHE will always provide funding for the summer term after July 1, even if your school considers summer to be a trailer to the previous academic year.

Bright Flight Program:Eligibility: For Missouri students with high ACT and SAT scores (top 3% of the state, generally a 30/31 or above, 760/780 and above)
There is no application, but make sure to designate a participating Missouri school as a school of interest when you take the test. The state contacts eligible students upon receiving their scores.

Kids Chance ScholarshipEligibility: For children of workers who were seriously injured or died in a work-related accident covered and compensated by workers’ compensation. A serious injury is one that led to a paid settlement or judicial award and is verified with information from the Missouri Division of Workers’ Compensation.
How to Apply: Complete the FAFSA and the application on There are also more potential scholarships for students in this situation available there.

Marguerite Ross Barnett Memorial ScholarshipEligibility:

▪   Have a FAFSA on file by August 1, 2011

▪   Be enrolled at least half time, but less than full time (6-11 credit hours), at a participating Missouri postsecondary school.

▪   Be employed and compensated for at least 20 hours per week.

▪   Be at least 18 years old.

▪   Demonstrate financial need.

▪   Be a Missouri resident and a United States citizen or a permanent resident.

▪   Not be pursuing a degree or certificate in theology or divinity.

▪   Not have not received your first bachelor’s degree or completed 150 semester credit hours.

▪   Not be employed under the Title IV College Work Study program.

How to Apply: File the FAFSA and complete this form each year

Minority Teaching ScholarshipEligibility: For academically talented minority individuals interested in the teaching profession.

Minority and Underrepresented Environmental Literacy ProgramEligibility: For minority students pursuing environmental courses of study. Such as Environmental engineering, Chemical engineering, Civil engineering, Mechanical engineering, Agricultural engineering, Biology, Geology, Wildlife management, Natural resource planning, Natural resources or a closely related field, Environmental chemistry, or Environmental law enforcement)
How to Apply: Complete this form , submit 3 letters of recommendation, resume, ACT/SAT scores, and a 1 page essay explaining why you are pursuing the scholarship.

High School:
-GED Information
General Educational Development (or GED) tests are a battery of five tests which (when passed) certifies that the taker has high school-level academic skills. The exam covers reading, mathematics, social studies, science and writing skills.  The writing skills portion includes a 200-word essay.  The exam takes about 7 hours to complete.  To pass the GED tests and earn a GED credential, test-takers must score higher than 40 percent of graduating high school seniors nationwide.

Eligibility Requirements: To be eligible to take the General Educational Development (GED) tests and earn a Missouri High School Equivalency Certificate, a person must be a resident of Missouri (with a Missouri mailing address), and meet one (1) of the following requirements:
1. Be eighteen (18) years of age or older;
2. Be seventeen (17) years of age and withdrawn from school;
3. Be currently enrolled in school and qualify as a participant in an approved GED Option Program for at-risk youth; or
4. Sixteen (16) year-olds must have successfully completed sixteen (16) units of credit toward high school graduation and have written permission from the superintendent or principal of the school last attended; or
If home-schooled, be sixteen (16) years of age and have met the requirements of 167.031 RSMo for course instruction and have written permission of the parent or legal guardian indicating compliance.

To find the testing center nearest you, click here.

Click here to find GED Resource Centers.

Go here to learn more about applying to take the test:

Other Programs:
-Adult Literacy Programs: These provide Missourians 17 (and in some cases 16) and older with access to resources to increase their literacy skills.

Career Education: These programs combine education and occupational training to prepare students of all ages for specific jobs.
For more information, contact them here.

Missouri Connections: This program allows Missourians the ability to determine their career interests, build plans, explore their options free of charge.

Family Support Division: The Family Support Division can help you or your family with food stamps, health care, child care, child support, and other needs.

Employment and Interviewing

Employment Advice:

When applying to jobs online, remember these tips:

-Just because you are applying online, it doesn’t mean that your cover letter should be any less formal than if you were preparing a print copy. The method of delivery may be different, but the importance of the message is still the same.

-Applying online is becoming the norm for job seekers. Many sites offer the ability to fill out resumes and cover letters within their application to allow ease of transition. Through this system, some employers are also able to search your resume, so keep this in mind if you are job seeking confidentially.

-If you have a profile on social networking websites such as Facebook or Twitter, remember that potential employers can also search your profile. If your profile could be considered inappropriate, it is best to delete inappropriate information or set it to private.

-There are websites specifically designed to help professionals network within their field. allows you to create a profile designed to highlight your career accomplishments. For the healthcare industry, includes a healthcare professional network for members of the healthcare community.

-Beware of E-mail Etiquette:

▪   Make sure your e-mail address is generically professional and does not contain anything that might be considered offensive.

▪   Never leave the subject line blank. Stand out from the crowd by putting something

▪   interesting in the subject line, not just the job number (if there is one). A statement like, “experienced technician for supervisor position” is much more eye-catching than “job #06718.”

▪   Do not type anything in uppercase letters; it gives the appearance you are shouting at the reader.

▪   Send your e-mail in plain, unformatted text. Do not use large fonts, add graphics, bullet points or add color. Use a black font, normal in size and typeface (10 point, Arial or Times New Roman).

▪   Make sure your lines are short–no more than 60 characters. This will ensure that your lines don’t wrap, making your cover letter appear fragmented.

-Be Cautious of Attachments:

▪   For security reasons, many companies do not accept e-mails that have attachments.

▪   Do not attach your resume unless you are asked to do so.

▪   If the employer asks for your resume to be sent via an attachment, it’s recommended that you save your resume as a Word document or PDF.

▪   Give the attachment a professional and appropriate name. For example, “SS Resume 01_2010” or “SSmith Resume” would be appropriate as it ensures that the employer is viewing the correct file when there are numerous applicants.

-Check and Double-Check Content:

Do not fill in the address of the recipient until you have finished writing and proof-reading the document. This will prevent any chance of hitting “send” by mistake. Run a spelling and grammar check to make sure nothing is missed. Try sending the finished document to yourself or a friend to make sure it comes out on the other side in the correct format.

-Follow-up Immediately:

Once you have sent the e-mail, you may want to follow-up by sending a hard copy of your cover letter and resume to the hiring manager via regular mail, referencing your e-mail.

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Resume Tips:

-Creating a Professional Resume:
Your resume provides a snapshot of who you are to a potential employer. Along with your cover letter, it is their first impression and must stand out in a competitive job market. To ensure you have the right resume, let’s start at the top. Here’s what your resume should include:

-Include Pertinent Contact Information

▪   Resumes should start with your full name, address, phone number(s), and e-mail address

▪   Be sure to include social media contact links like your LinkedIn profile and Twitter page

▪   You should always use a font size of 10-12 for your text. Choose an easy-to-read font style such as Arial or Times New Roman

-State Your Objective

▪   The objective should be one sentence only

▪   State the job you are seeking and what you hope to accomplish long term

-Highlight Your Skills

▪   Showcase any foreign languages you speak, computer and/or software skills, and any other technical or skilled trade certifications

-List Your Work Experience

▪   List in reverse chronological order the names and locations of employers, dates of employment, job titles held, description of job responsibilities, skills demonstrated and accomplishments while on the job

▪   It’s only necessary to go back ten years in listing your work experience

▪   Be concise—use short, bulleted phrases (complete sentences are not necessary)

▪   State your contributions to the company, not just duties

▪   Use action verbs and industry buzzwords (Killer Cover Letter) to enhance the body of your resume

▪   Action verbs include: accomplished, accelerated, operated, negotiated, produced, controlled, conducted, evaluated, solved, innovated, updated, trained, initiated, instructed, reinforced, performed and organized

-Catalogue Your Education

▪   List schools attended, degrees and honors. Note that it’s not necessary to list years attended or dates of degrees

-Red Flags to Avoid in Your Resume

Employers who review cover letters and resumes are trained to look for certain “red flags.” Depending on the employer, these might disqualify you immediately from the hiring process. Other employers may just make a mental note of their concerns and address them with you in the interview. Either way, the fewer ”red flags” on your cover letter and resume, the better the chance you have of landing your perfect opportunity.

▪   Make sure your resume is typed on resume-quality paper (or formatted correctly for an online application) and proof-read carefully

▪   Use spellcheck and have a friend proof-read

▪   Use grammar check and have a friend proofread

▪   Always include accurate employment dates

▪   Try to avoid gaps. If you’ve taken time off for personal reasons, school, or travel, list it under a section titled “Additional Experience” or make a notation in the cover letter that allows for continuity

▪   Explain employment overlaps in cover letter

▪   For recent college graduates and entry-level positions, keep resumes to one page. For everyone else, keep resumes to a maximum of two pages

▪   Include where you worked, dates of employment, job titles, job responsibilities, and accomplishments for each position. If you are applying for your first position, highlight areas of study in school, extracurricular activities, volunteer work, and hobbies/interests, so the interviewer can get a sense of your personality

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Interview Preparation Advice:

1. Research.

Find out a little bit about the company you want to work for. Visit the location in person if it is a store or building open to the general public. Visit the company’s Website and talk to anyone you might know who works there. What kinds of products or services does the company make or sell? What types of people work there? What are the typical hours this position requires? What are some of the day-to-day tasks that the job involves?

Make notes of things you want more information about and ask the employer about them at the end of your interview (it’s always a good idea to have a few questions to ask the employer, anyway!). Researching a company and the position make you stand out in an interview. It shows that you are really interested in working there. For more information on how and why to research a company before you interview, click here.

2. Practice

It sounds funny – and it looks even funnier – but practicing out loud for your interview will help you sound more polished and concise and less nervous in the actual interview. List a few key things you want the employer to know about you, and review common interview questions. Formulate answers to those questions and answer them out loud while looking at yourself in the mirror. This exercise prevents you from rambling in the interview and sounding unpolished and unsure. It also helps you discover what really does make you the best candidate for the job!

3. Dress to Make a Good First Impression.

In an interview, first impressions do matter. The best way to ensure a good first impression is to dress smart. If you are interviewing for a job in an office, it is usually best to wear a dark-colored, conservative suit (for both men and women). If you are interviewing for a job where the dress code is more casual (at a factory or a construction site, for example), nice slacks and a collared button-down shirt with a tie for men and a nice dress or blouse and slacks or skirt for women are usually appropriate. You should avoid wearing excessive jewelry, perfume, and flamboyant clothes. Good personal hygiene is also important.

If you are unsure what to wear, you should always go with the most conservative, professional option. Most experts agree it is better to be overdressed than dressed too casually. What you are wearing tells employers a lot about how serious you are about getting the job. Find out more about how to dress for an interview here.

4. Be Conscious of Good Interview Etiquette.

▪   This list could go on forever – there is literally an endless array of “dos” and “don’ts” for an interview – and not everyone agrees on every aspect of that list. There are, however, some basic “interview etiquette” tips that are important to remember. (For a more comprehensive list, click here).

▪   Be on time for your interview. This is, perhaps, the most important. Employers expect employees to arrive on time to work. They may see a person who is late to an interview, when he or she is supposed to be showing his or her best side, as someone who will have difficulty arriving on time to work or meeting deadlines if hired.

▪   Be aware of your body language. When shaking hands, make sure your grip is firm and confident. Have good posture, but avoid appearing like you’re as stiff as a cardboard cutout. Even the most experienced professionals get nervous in an interview – it’s normal. However, if you appear too nervous, the interviewer might draw the wrong conclusions about your ability to do the job – especially if it involves interacting with people! Conversely, make sure you don’t slouch – this could give the impression that you are lazy or uninterested in the position. Maintain eye contact with your interviewer to convey confidence. When speaking, be polite and professional and avoid using slang and profanities. The more confident and polished you appear the more likely you are to leave the interviewer with a positive impression of you.

▪   Keep the interview positive. Avoid making negative remarks about any previous jobs or employers. Also, refrain from complaining about any job-related tasks or responsibilities you were given in a previous position. Employers want to hire someone who is positive, enthusiastic, and able to meet and deal with challenges.

5. Be Prepared to Ask the Interviewer Questions.
This is where your research comes in. Employers want to know if you’re truly interested in the position. They also want to know that you have all the information you need to make a decision, if offered the job. It isn’t a good idea to turn the tables and “interview” the interviewer, but it is a good idea to go into the interview with a few questions in mind. This is your chance to ask additional questions about the business, the position, the requirements, and the expectations of the person who will fill the position.

Click on Sample Questions to Ask an Interviewer or Questions to Ask in an Interview for list of sample questions to ask in your interview. Remember to ask questions that are relevant to the company and position for which you are interviewing.

6. Follow up with a Thank-You Note.
Make sure you let the interviewer know how pleased you were to have the chance to interview with him or her. Immediately after the interview, send the interviewer a thank-you note, thanking him or her for taking time to interview you. This is not only proper etiquette and a common display of appreciation, but it also allows you to reaffirm one or two key points of the interview. It also lets the interviewer know how interested you are in working for the company. Being polite and professional always makes a good impression.

All of this advice comes down to three important things to remember when you’re interviewing: being prepared, professional, and polite is the best way to make the right impression!

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After securing the job:

-Want to make excellent first impressions when you start your new job? Here’s how.

1) Ask Questions: Asking a question when you don’t know something is very important. This will save you time and allow you to complete more tasks instead of being knee high in confusion. Don’t be embarrassed to ask questions. Your coworkers and supervisors understand that you may have a period of adjustment as you become accustomed to your new position.

2) Minimize Personal Business On The Job: During your first months on a new job you should definitely center in on your roles and responsibilities. Drill in and focus.

3) Be on time, leave on time: A critical part of creating a good first impression is being on time. Working your full scheduled hours and making sure to keep track of time while on lunch is essential. Give yourself extra time if you know it’s necessary.

4) Network: Don’t be afraid to socialize. You may feel somewhat apprehensive at your new job but casually conversing with your coworkers will show them your personality and begin to build a rapport you will need.

5) Take Notes: Write things down! It’s a quick way to stay organized with your day to day tasks. Until you become familiar to your new job routine, you may have a ton of other things to deal with in addition to performing well on your job, like finding an apartment or the best route to work. Keep things in order by having a note book for personal matters and work related affairs and bring them everyday.v

6) Attitude: Last but not least, is your attitude. Staying positive while at your new position may be your greatest asset and it will be noticed by others. An enthusiastic new member of the team us always welcomed.

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Online Resources:

Employment Guide

▪   This website is best for those looking for entry level jobs.

▪   On Employment Guide you can search for available positions in your area here.

▪   You can also sign up for a free Job Seeker Account. With this account, you can quickly apply for jobs online by uploading your past work experience and will have access to other job-seeking resources. All submitted information can be changed/edited at the end of the Application Process. By applying or registering with their site you are giving them permission to contact you with offers of other related services. If you are interested in doing so, click here.

▪   They also have a service to help you create a resume, Resume Builder. Check it out here!

Job Postings:

Kansas City Star Job Postings

Education and Training

Blackberry Castle Productions, Inc.

▪   BCP was founded for the purpose of promoting and teaching “social media literacy,” for the enhancement of Arts, Culture and Health. BCP was incorporated in August of 1994 with the predetermined goal and mission to impact children and families through use of non-violent, educational and cultural programming from the “Heartland of America.”

▪   For a listing of their upcoming events, visit them here.

▪   To visit their facebook page, click here.

▪   They are located at 6514 West 82nd Terrace Overland Park, Kansas 66204-3929

▪   Contact them at 913-649-6441

Big Brothers Big Sisters

Big Brothers Big Sisters is a national youth mentoring program that matches youth “Littles” with adult mentors “Bigs”.  Together, they get together weekly to participate in activities both enjoy.

Their programs include:

▪   Community Based Mentoring Program

▪                     This program accounts for the majority of the Big Brothers Big Sisters program. It is based on one-to-one outings and activities, doing things they enjoy together, like: taking a walk in the park, going to museum, inspiring each other, listening to music, hanging out and talking.

▪                     This initiative seeks to support at-risk children not only through high school graduation, but through college as well. This initiative is centered around a partnership with Kauffman Scholars, Inc., a selective college preparation program that provides the guidance and resources necessary to help low income urban students become college students. BBBS-KC provides every KSI participant with a much-needed mentor.

▪   HHM Initiative

▪                     The Hermanos Hermanas Mayores, or HHM Initiative, is designed to increase access to the program for children living in Spanish speaking homes. BBBS-KC employs two bilingual Case Managers to support these children and families in a culturally sensitive way.

▪   Boys & Girls Club Thornberry

▪                     The Boys & Girls Club Thornberry Unit is located in the heart of the 64130 zip code in Kansas City, MO.  Bigs & Littles follow the same program as the Traditional BBBS-KC program.

▪                     For more information on this Boys & Girls Club initiative, contact Denise Hill at or 816-777-2881.

▪   Troost Elementary Initiative

▪                     BBBS-KC has partnered with the Kansas City, Missouri school district to offer on site Case Management and enrollment and support of the BBBS program to the children of Troost Elementary.  Bigs & Littles follow the same program as the traditional BBBS program, getting together weekly and doing activities that they both enjoy while also emphasizing success in the Littles’ school performance.

▪   To enroll a child in the program, click here.

▪   -They are located at 3908 Washington Kansas City, MO 64111-2925 or Find a Location

▪   -Contact them at or (816) 561-5269. You can also visit their website at

Center of Grace via Grace United Methodist Church

They provide services in both Spanish and English
Their Food Pantry Hours are as follows: Monday-Friday: 1-5


▪   Clothing Closet

The Clothing Closet offers all types of clothing for infants, children and adults. Uniforms and small household items are also available periodically. Everything is FREE!

Hours: Wednesday from 5:00 to 7:30 pm and Saturday 9:00 am to 11:00 am.  The Clothing Closet is located on the east side of the building on the lower level of the Center of Grace, 520 S. Harrison in Olathe.

If you have questions, you may contact Lorene Damewood at (913) 764-1353, ext. 314.

▪   Community Dinner

Grace provides a meal and fellowship time Wednesdays & Thursdays from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall at the Center of Grace, 520 S. Harrison in Olathe. Anyone is welcome to come and there is no charge for the meal.

▪   Community Health Screenings

FREE health screenings of blood pressure, blood sugar, and weight to uninsured and underinsured members of our community.  Referals for further assistance are made as needed. The screenings take place on Wednesday from 5:00 to 6:00 pm at the Center of Grace, 520 S. Harrison-Olathe. For more information contact Pastor Sylvia Romero at 913-764-1353, ext. 303.

▪   English Second Language Classes

This program is partnered with Johnson County Community College to provide English classes for individuals wishing to learn the language.

Classes are held Monday – Thursday in two sessions, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 pm and 6:00 to 9:00 pm.

For more information on class start dates, contact Mary Kay Eiserer at (913) 764-1353, ext. 310.

▪   Migrant Even Start

This program is a partnership with Johnson County Community College and the Olathe School District. It works with migrant families with children, ages birth to 7, with services including English Second Language, Adult Basic Education, Parenting classes, pre-school activities, home visitis, and after-school tutoring.

For more information, contact Susan McCabe at (913) 764-1353, ext. 315.

▪   Step Up, Community Learning Center

This program is a partnership with Southeast Kansas Education Service Center/Greenbush and the Olathe School District.

It provides opportunities for adults over age 18 to earn their high school diploma.

For more information, contact Suzy Reuber, Linda Paul, Clint Jackson or Jacque Doty at (913) 254-0482 or

▪   Pathway to Hope

Pathyway to Hope encourages, educates and empowers families with individuals living with mental illness.

For more information, contact Sharon Lawrenz at (913) 397-8552 or

▪   Main Street USA

Main Street USA educates elementary students in hands on cultural, historical, and georgraphical learning.

For more information or to schedule a visit, contact Don or Cheryl Everhart at (913) 764-4171 or

▪   They are located at 520 S. Harrison Olathe, KS 66061

▪   Contact them at 913.764.1353

 Communities Collaborating to Reconnect Youth (CCRY):

CCRY provides a number of services for unemployed and underemployed residents of KC, many are comprehensive programs specifically for youth.

Their services include:

▪   YO! TEEMS: training component offers on-the-job training, internships, and classes at vocational schools, community colleges and other educational institutions for young people.

▪   One-Stop MO Center: through Kansas City Missouri School District to work with student dropout recovery

▪   Partnership for Region Educational Preparation-Kansas City

▪   Alliance for Innovation in Manufacturing-KC: Dream it! Do it! Campaign

▪   Temporary Assistance for Families in Need program

▪   Individual Training Accounts for youth

▪   They are located in Washington DC, so the local contact is through Full Employment Council and the various other organizations they work with in the area.

▪   Contact them at 816-471-2330

Culinary Cornerstones:

Culinary Cornerstones is a program to train people for jobs in the food service industry.  They provide a 12 week session with 2 ½ hours in the classroom and 3-4 hours of hands on experience daily. Once students complete the program they are given assistance finding a job in the food service industry.

-The program is run through the Kansas City Community Kitchen and Episcopal Community Services and they are located in their buildings.-Contact them at (816) 474-6524

Full Employment Council (FEC):

Full Employment Council works to obtain public and private sector employment for the unemployed and underemployed residents of the Greater Kansas City area. They provide a wide range of services to adults and teens over 16.

Their services include mentoring, education, employment, and support services. They have multiple throughout the Jackson, Cass, Clay, Platte, and Ray County areas. Visit their website for more information.

-Visit here for their contact information.

Feeding the 5000:

Feeding the 5000 services at-risk youth by providing nutrition, technology, and education at no cost which in turn provides hope and growth alternatives for future generations.  They are a fully youth focused organization and offer a great deal of tutoring services, computer classes, and nutrition education and lunch type programs.

Their services include:

▪   Reunited Counseling and Training. For more information about this program, contact them at (913) 226-6641.

▪   Introductory computer and Internet classes

▪   Providing breakfast and lunches to students at title-1 schools

-They are located at 12711 2nd Street, Grandview, MO 64030-Contact them at (877)-316-0249

Guadalupe Center

The Guadalupe Center works to improve the quality of life for individuals in Latino communities of greater Kansas City. They provide early childhood, secondary, preparatory and adult educational programs; facilitating access to health and social services for all ages; promoting and providing Latino cultural enrichment events; sponsoring social activities that engage our diverse communities.

Their services include:

▪   Culinary and Catering Programs

▪   Educational Programs

▪   Social Services

▪   Additional Youth Services

-Contact them at (816) 421-1015

LISC Greater Kansas City:

LISC is dedicated to attracting, coordinating and providing resources to assist in the transformation of targeted neighborhoods into healthy, sustainable communities in partnership with their residents. They work to foster economic development within communities through various programs.

Their services include:

▪   NeighborhoodsNOW: A blueprint for transforming disinvested neighborhoods into sustainable communities.

▪   Centers for Financial Opportunity: career and personal financial service centers that focus on the financial bottom line for low-to-moderate income individuals.

The CFO program focuses on changing people’s financial behavior in a way that encourages them to make a long-term commitment to increasing income, decreasing expenses and acquiring assets.  Following a model established by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, CFOs provide families with services across three areas: employment placement and career improvement; financial education and coaching; and public benefits access.

-They are located at 600 Broadway, Suite 280, Kansas City, MO 64111-Contact them at 816-753-0055


Literacy Kansas City’s works to advance literacy among area adults through direct services, advocacy and collaboration. Literacy Kansas City certifies volunteers as tutors and matches them with adult learners from across the Kansas City metropolitan area who want to improve their literacy skills.

Their services include:

▪   Free One-to-One Tutoring: Prior to being matched with a tutor, students are assessed to determine their reading level and required to attend several StartNow class sessions to learn about study skills, budgeting and other valuable topics. Both students and tutors are asked to make a one-year commitment to the program upon joining. Learn more about tutoring here.

▪   GEARS, Penn Valley Community College: GEARS Instructor Phil Denver leads classes at MCC-Penn Valley designed for struggling readers. Along with class meetings, students are placed with a Literacy Kansas City tutor and meet with them twice per week as a part of a one-to-one tutoring program. For more information about the Fundamentals of Reading class, please contact Program Coordinator, Gillian Ford at or (816) 604-4131.

▪   Open Doors Program: Open Doors is an expansion of Literacy Kansas City’s existing adult literacy program targeted at state offenders supervised by Probation and Parole Officers in Jackson County. For more information on Open Doors, call Lisa Honn at (816) 333-9332 x104 or e-mail

▪   Computer Instruction: Our office features a computer lab with reference software, MS Office, typing tutorials, high-speed Internet access, and e-mail access. Volunteer computer instructors assist students with using the computer lab.

-They are located at 211 West Armour Boulevard, Third Floor Kansas City, MO 64111-Contact them at 816-333-9332

Mattie Rhodes Center:

Mattie Rhodes center provides counseling and case management, assistance for domestic violence victims, substance abuse treatment, family education and support, general health and wellness services, and youth development programs.

Their youth development programs include athletic and artistic opportunities as well as educational and future focused activities.

-They are located at 1740 Jefferson Kansas City, MO 64108-Contact them at 816-471-2536 or

Youth Build:

Youth Build works to unleash the intelligence and positive energy of low-income youth to rebuild their communities and their lives, Youth Build provides comprehensive programs for underprivileged youth to obtain a GED and other training programs while building sustainable housing for homeless and low-income members of their community.

Their services include:

▪   An Alternative School, a job training and pre-apprenticeship program, a community service program, youth development, leadership development, and civic engagement, a long term mini-community, and community development programs.

▪   They have two locations:

Kansas City Kansas Youth Build: 1821 N. 3rd Street, Kansas City, KS 66101

Youth Build HAKC: 219 Paseo Blvd., Kansas City, MO 64106

▪   Contact them at:

Kansas City Youth Build: (913) 371-3770

Youth Build HAKC: (816) 777-2900

Youth Friends

YouthFriends connects students, teachers and schools with inspiring mentors and real-world learning experiences to promote success, encourage healthy behaviors and build stronger communities. Youth Friends is a school-based mentoring network that connects caring adult volunteers with area youth.

YouthFriends works by providing safe ways for volunteers to mentor students (grades K-12) in schools. Volunteers, who range from college students to senior citizens, typically spend an hour a week with one or more students. They provide tutoring, literacy support, e-mentoring, and English language learning (ELL).

-See what Greater Kansas City and Missouri School Districts and Kansas Districts they serve statewide here.

-They are located at 1740 Main Street Kansas City, MO 64108-Contact them at 816.842.7082

Domestic Violence

KC Metro Area Hotline: 816-468-5463

National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233

Friends of Yates

Friends of Yates, Inc. strives to continuously provide services and a sense of identity to children, youth, adults and senior citizens that facilitate safe and productive lives.
Their services include a 24 Hour Crisis Hotline to assist victims of domestic violence (913-321-0951) as well as a wealth of other programs that emphasize rehabilitating those affected by domestic violence of any kind. These include counseling services, housing and job assistance, case management, and advocacy efforts.

-They are located at 1418 Garfield Avenue, Kansas City, KS 66104-Contact them at (913) 321-0951

The Joyce Williams Center is partnered with Friends of Yates and provides similar services.
-Contact them at 855-232-0252

Hope Haven:

Hope Haven Crisis Center provides assistance to domestic violence victims. They do not have a website but can be reached by phone or by visiting their center.

-They are located at 3005 Benton Blvd, Kansas City, MO-Contact them at 816-380-4663

Hope House:

Hope House services form a safety net of prevention, education and support for more than 10,000 victims of domestic violence every year. Residential and outreach services are provided through two secure locations in Independence and Lee’s Summit, Missouri (the Kansas City metro area).
Their services include: outreach therapy, a court and legal assistance program, a safe visitation center, hospital-based advocacy, on-call women’s advocates who work with area police departments, professional trainings on domestic violence for medical students, newly recruited police officers, corporations, hospital personnel and social workers.

-Contact them at 816-461-4673


Newhouse’s mission is to break the cycle of domestic violence by providing the tools which allow women to make positive choices and lead self-sufficient lives.

Their services include:

▪   Residential Shelter and Therapy: Shelter services include housing, food, clothing, personal hygiene items, case management, access to crisis intervention and emergency services, women’s support groups, life skills classes, parenting classes, individual therapy, group therapy, education, referral to job training; referral to substance abuse counseling, medical services, job placement services, housing; emotional support, spirituality programs and transitional housing.

▪   Children’s Services: Children’s services center on socialization, positive adult role modeling and peer interaction. This is accomplished through family therapy, play and group activities. The program provides day care, art and play therapy, non-violent conflict resolution, self-esteem building activities, family interaction classes, parenting support and tutoring.

▪   Community Education: Newhouse board, staff and volunteers provide presentations and written information on a regular basis to community organizations and groups requesting information about domestic violence.

▪   Legal Advocacy: Newhouse’s Court Advocates provide assistance for women in the Municipal Domestic Violence Court and make referrals to legal services.

▪   24-Hour Hotline: Newhouse serves as the main location and back-office for a collaborative 24-hour hotline to answer calls from women who are fleeing violence and for others seeking information. Five other shelters (Hope House, Safehome, Synergy Services, Rose Brooks and Joyce Williams) participate in the program.

For more information about how to seek help from Domestic Violence, visit their resource page here.

Contact them at 816-474-6446
Newhouse HOTLINE: 816-471-5800


The Mission of Rose Brooks Center is to break the cycle of domestic violence so that individuals and families can live free of abuse.

Their services include an emergency shelter and transitional housing programs, a 24 hour crisis hotline (816-861-6100), community outreach and educational programs (ProjectSAFE), counseling services and support groups, employment support, case management, community training courses about the issue of domestic violence.

-They are located in Kansas City, MO
-Contact them at 816-861-6100

Safe Home:

SAFEHOME is the only program that services victims and survivors of domestic violence in Johnson County. SAFEHOME provides shelter and outreach services to help gain inner strength, build self-esteem, explore options and establish a life free of violence.

Their services include a 24 Hour Hotline (913-262-2868) as well as the following programs:

▪   Shelter Program

▪   Timitri Transitional Housing Program

▪   Women and Children’s Counseling

▪   Community Outreach Counseling Housing, Court and Economic Advocacy

▪   Johnson County Domestic Violence Court Advocacy

▪   Substance Abuse Assessment

▪   Rape Prevention Education

▪   Healthcare Education & Advocacy

▪   Community Education

▪   Jewish Community Outreach

▪   Legal Representation

▪   Outreach Advocacy

-For the Administrative Line contact them at 913-432-9300