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About Us

Mission Of Newhouse

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

We accomplish this through our values and beliefs: 

  • We value inclusiveness, striving to maintain diversity of age, race, sexual orientation, religion, differently-abled, sex, and national origin

  • We value integrity, trust and ethics within our service delivery.

  • We value the philosophy of empowerment.

  • We believe in providing a safe, healing environment, which includes physical, spiritual, psychological, and emotional components, as well as ongoing supportive services.

  • We believe that early intervention with children will maximize the potential of breaking the intergenerational cycle of abuse.

  • We believe in educating the community about domestic violence and the services that Newhouse staff members provide.



In 1971, an ecumenical community service located in the Northeast area of Kansas City, Mo., recognized that women experiencing domestic violence needed support. In response, they formed NEWS (Neighborhood Ecumenical Witness and Service) and began working together to respond. Initially, NEWS provided neighborhood programs including substance abuse education and food and clothing assistance. The need for a shelter to house battered women became evident as women repeatedly requested a place to escape the domestic violence in their homes.

1992 - NEWS becomes Newhouse

1999 - Newhouse moves into a renovated, 88-bed facility purchased through a $1.5 million community capital campaign.

2012 - James Bogle begins as President/CEO, one of only three men leading a domestic violence shelter in the state.

2014 - Vicki Kraft begins as President/CEO, bringing more than 9 years experience as a Newhouse board member with her. 


Annual Report

View the 2012 Newhouse Annual Report

View the 2011 Newhouse Annual Report

View the 2010 Newhouse Annual Report

View the 2009 Newhouse Annual Report

Current Programs

Newhouse provides access, admittance and residence in temporary shelter for victims of domestic violence and their children 24-hours a day, every day of the year. Newhouse takes a comprehensive approach in meeting the needs of the women and children who turn to Newhouse for emergency shelter and for relief from the crushing distress of domestic violence. Newhouse offers:

1. 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, referral to medical services, referral to job placement services, referral to housing, emotional support, spirituality programs and transitional housing.

2. 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. Starting in 2013, Newhouse also provides an in-shelter school for children grades K-12.

3. 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.

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

5. 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.

Newhouse has served Kansas City's urban core for 42 years. In 2012, Newhouse provided 24,769 bednights to 792 residents (511 women and 281 children). Newhouse answered 9,248 emergency hotline calls and served 661 victims in the Municipal Domestic Violence Court system.