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          please call 9-1-1.

          Otherwise, please call our 24-hour crisis hotline,
           816-861-6100.

Who We Are

overview

45 YEARS OF SAFETY

Rose Brooks Center is about saving lives. Each year, Rose Brooks Center reaches over 14,000 individuals and pets.

While hundreds of individuals find safety in emergency shelter, thousands more are served outside of shelter each year. We accomplish this through groundbreaking community-based programs and services, built over the past 45 years.

Mission & Vision

Our Mission

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

Our Vision

Rose Brooks Center envisions a world free of violence. We will serve as a leader of innovative comprehensive family violence services, sharing our legacy of hope through advocacy, education, and empowerment.

Our Initiatives

Our initiatives are centered around three foundations of care – Keeping Families Safe, Creating a Safer Community, and Ending the Cycle of Violence.

Impact

based on the 2023 annual report
Nights of safety provided
10
Nights of safety for family pets
10
Individuals called the hotline
10
Survivors provided economic and employment advocacy
10

OUR STORY

Through the Years

1978

Rose Brooks Center is established. Seven board members established a charter to support the community through shelters, hotlines, and education. On August 22, the Rose Brooks Hotline opened as a lifeline - a first of its kind.
1978

1979

Because of the legacy of Rosa (known as Rose) Brooks and her family, who gifted Rose's home, we were able to open our first shelter with 19 beds. Within 24 hours all 19 beds were full.
1979

1980

In 1980, we expanded services to include a Children’s Program, and assisted in establishing four other shelters in order to protect more survivors.
1980

1985

Moved to a 35-bed Shelter, responding to the needs of the community.
1985

1990

Began a substance abuse program, supporting those battling addiction.
1990

1991

Transitional Housing began with 9 homes. Today, we house 30 to 40 families. Housing coupled with Economic Empowerment allows survivors to create a safe future with a home of their own and the income to survive.
1991

1992

A violence prevention program, Project SAFE®, began in two schools. Today, we are in three school districts, supporting teachers and staff, and nearly 3,500 kids annually.
1992

1993

Adult and children therapy programs began, offering therapy services that help empower adult and child survivors to reclaim their lives through the complex healing process.
1993

1995

Shelter expanded from 35 beds to 50 beds. Another example of the growing need for emergency care.
1995

1997

Began outreach therapy services, making support possible for those not living in emergency shelter, or for those after they have left shelter services.
1997

1998

Began a $9 million Capital Campaign for a new facility, which opened in 2001. The same year, the Bridge Hospital Program began, and staff established their first Diversity Committee.
1998

2001

Moved into a new 40,000 square-foot facility with 75 beds. Also in 2001, the Court Advocacy Program was created to help survivors navigate the complex court systems. Prior to 2001, advocates were accompanying survivors to court.
2001

2002

Rose Brooks Center's Bridge Program led a community expansion to 24 hospitals and clinics. Today, Rose Brooks serves 5 health systems with 24/7 care. The Bridge Program is credited with initiating a routine question hospitals ask patients: "Do you feel safe at home?" Today, this groundbreaking initiative has saved thousands of lives.
2002

2003

Transitional Housing received a national Best Practice Award.
2003

2004

Received Oprah's Angel Network Award. It was also the start of Rose Brooks Center’s Wellness Program.
2004

2009

Partnered with the KCPD to begin the Lethality Assessment Program (LAP), helping identify and provide services to those most likely to be killed by their partners.
2009

2012

Shelter expanded with another wing. At the same time, the on-site Health Clinic opened as well as the on-site Pet Shelter. The pet shelter was at capacity within 24 hours. Today, pets can stay in the rooms with their family, allowing them to heal together.
2012

2018-Present

Rose Brooks Center commemorates 45 years of serving Kansas City. Guidestar designated Rose Brooks as Platinum-level, demonstrating the organization’s commitment to transparency. We continue to be here at every point of a survivor’s journey, both behind our shelter walls and throughout the entire community. In other words...Rose Brooks is here.
2018-Present