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 as well as food and clothing assistance. The need for shelter became evident as abused women repeatedly requested a place to escape from the domestic violence in their homes.
1971: Newhouse is founded via a collaboration of Methodist and Presbyterian women.
1999: Newhouse moves from a small residential house into a renovated 88-bed facility purchased through a $1.5 million community capital campaign.
2012: Newhouse implements trauma informed care models of service in alignment with national standards for domestic violence shelters.
2013: The Reverend Sharon Garfield School, an onsite K-6 classroom is established through collaboration with the Kansas City Missouri public school system. The school is the only one of its kind serving the bi-state area.
2014: Program staffing is expanded to offer more comprehensive mental health service and substance abuse counseling.
2016: Phase 1 of the New Beginnings Campaign are initiated and completed with support from businesses and individuals who donated $2.7 million. Improvements included new parking lot with perimeter security fencing, overhaul of HVAC system allowing additional rooms to be brought back online to serve survivors of domestic violence and commercial kitchen enhancements.