Services include safe shelter for individuals and families, meals, clothing, and personal hygiene items. Newhouse has a no-cost arrangement with a local shelter for dog and cat care.
Upon arrival, basic needs are met. Advocates work with Kansas City School District to enroll school-age youth in our onsite K-6 school (or transport to current school) and enroll infant to age 5 in onsite childcare. These no-cost services allow parents to attend therapy groups, classes, job training, and pursue individual goals toward self-sufficiency.
More questions can be answered by our trained, compassionate advocates who answer HOTLINE calls: 816-471-5800. Please call if you need help, no question is too small or insignificant. Our mission is to help those seeking safety and a life free of abuse.
BREAKING THE CYCLE: Mental Health Services (Adults & Children)
Without timely intervention – the cycle of domestic violence will continue to inflict havoc upon families, generation after generation. The Breaking the Cycle initiative consists of adult’s and children’s therapy, parenting education, life and empowerment skills classes, comprehensive case management, and children’s programming. Our therapeutic environment is designed to address the emotional, practical, and social needs of adults & children in our shelter, and ultimately a enjoy a violence-free life.
Mental health services available to adults at Newhouse include assessments, referrals, individual/group therapy, substance abuse and mental health counseling, and parenting groups. Newhouse clients are offered weekly individual and group therapy from a licensed mental health therapist to address depression, PTSD, the cycle of violence, family issues of abuse, and red flags of abusive behavior. Survivors from domestic violence situations may experience high levels of depression and PTSD after leaving their abuser, affecting their ability to parent. An outreach therapist also serves survivors in the community who may not need safe shelter.
The outreach program is a vital component of our therapeutic services, especially for those who still live with their abusers. Even those who have managed to leave the relationship can still benefit from counseling, support and advocacy services. Post-shelter follow up services can enhance the probability of a survivor’s successful transition to a violence free lifestyle. To schedule a consultation, contact our Outreach Therapist at (816) 474-6446 ext. 257
Children’s Mental Health Services
Children are affected in devastating ways when they are victims of and/or witness domestic abuse. Early intervention services are crucial to breaking the cycle of domestic violence and their healing. A licensed Children’s Mental Health Therapist conducts assessment on children, ages 4-17, providing timely mental health dialogue, assisting them in developing a safety plan, and promoting their healing through group, family, play/art, and individual therapy.
CREATING SELF-SUFFICIENCY: Case Management & Transitional/Permanent Housing
Strengths-based case management services empower survivors to set goals and create a life independent of abusive relationships. Together with case managers, the clients assess their needs, set goals, and access community resources. Individualized case management plans are a touchstone for an adult seeking to rebuild their life. Professional staff encourage participation in life/job/financial empowerment classes, GED preparation, and other highly sought job skills.
At Newhouse, length of stay is dictated by progress toward self-sufficiency. A survivor who must obtain a visa or become fluent in English, will require a loner journey toward independence than someone with fewer barriers. Transitional and permanent community housing allows individuals and families to access supportive services—counseling, child care, and case management—while working toward autonomy.
OTHER PROGRAMS: Court Advocacy, Education, & Community Awareness
Court advocacy services are available both to those in shelter at Newhouse and in the community who are survivors of domestic violence. Our court advocate assists clients by providing information necessary to navigate the legal process and provide support in Municipal Domestic Violence Court.
Newhouse provides youth with their own K-6 classroom curriculum onsite in a differentiated instructional environment through partnership with Kansas City School District. GED classes emerged in 2014 to provide a 9-12 grade equivalent for teens and adults. A computer lab serves all ages. Financial management and job/life skills classes provide a means for employment.
Community outreach and education is advocacy on behalf of domestic violence surivors- whether in shelter or the community. The goal of this service is to create an awareness of domestic violence and educate the public about the cycle of domestic violence as well as the barriers facing those in an abusive situation.