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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Domestic Violence, Family Violence Shelters, Homeless & Housing

Mission: The mission of hope house is to break the cycle of domestic violence by providing safe refuge and supportive services that educate and empower those impacted by domestic violence. Hope house will advocate social change that protects and engenders a person's right to live a life free of abuse.

Programs: Established in 1983, hope house, inc. Provides safety, support, and hope for survivors of domestic violence and their dependents in the kansas city, missouri metropolitan area. Over time, hope house services have expanded along with its physical facilities as survivors identified and demonstrated the need for comprehensive, wrap-around care. In fy17, hope house services included a crisis hotline; emergency shelter; transitional housing; permanent housing; individual, group and family therapy; addictions counseling; children's services; supervised visitation and monitored custody exchanges; court, outreach, and hospital advocacy; and civil legal counsel. In fy2017, hope house provided shelter to 677 women, nine men, one adult with an unspecified gender, and 480 dependents. Survivors and their dependents benefited from a total of 37,760 bednights of safety. In addition, advocates provided support on 5,171 hotline calls. Through its outreach programming, hope house provided scattered site transitional housing to seven women and nine dependents and provided transitional housing follow-up services to five women. Hope house also assisted nine women and 17 dependents in the permanent housing program. Hope house provided outreach therapy services to 731 women, five men, and 167 children; outreach advocacy to 141 women, 11 men, one adult with an unspecified gender; and children's advocacy services for 421 children. Hope house's civil legal team opened 558 cases and 5,450 domestic violence cases were heard in the municipal courts in which hope house court advocates are present. Hope house advocates also provided assistance in 1,077 cases with female petitioners and 241 cases with male petitioners seeking full orders of protection. Furthermore, 139 women and six men were provided assistance with completing petitions for ex-parte orders of protection. Through hope house's partnership with local law enforcement, advocates revisited 49 female survivors and two male survivors in their homes and responded to 61 police call-outs to the scene of domestic violence incidents. Through the guardian program, a total of 67 families with 100 children participated in supervised visitation and/or monitored exchange services. Advocates responded to hospital call-outs with 82 women and one man through the bridgespan program. Additionally, hope house screened 1,988 survivors of intimate partner violence for lethality; 86% screened as being at high risk. Hope house personnel held 64 training events during fy2017 and reached 1,177 participants. Personnel also provided 13 educational presentations for 2,645 individuals. Three hundred and ninety-eight (398) individual volunteers and 59 volunteer groups contributed 9,735 hours of service to the agency. In august of 2017, hope house achieved national accreditation through the council on accreditation (coa). Coa accreditation ensures that hope house is providing the very best possible services to survivors and their dependents and is a mechanism that enables our agency to continually improve and evaluate the way we deliver services. Accreditation status highlights hope house's ability to ensure that the most vulnerable members in our community have access to high-quality services that have been independently evaluated by coa, a recognized leader in the field of human services. Founded in 1977, coa is an independent nonprofit organization that partners with human service organizations worldwide to improve service delivery outcomes by developing, applying, and promoting appropriate best practice standards. Coa standards are formed through extensive literature reviews and a rigorous, multi-stage development and vetting process. Over 2,000 organizations--voluntary, public, and proprietary; local and statewide; large and small--have either successfully achieved, or are in the process of, accreditation. Achieving coa accreditation means our organization is among the best in the field. We are proud to be a part of this community of excellence.

Community Stories

4 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 1

I was involved in a domestic violence situation and was referred to Hope House in indep. After leaving work on the 13th Sept. I was stopped and taken to jail for a traffic violation. The first place I called was Hope house after getting out I called to get my belongings only to find out they gave them away. Now I'm homeless, abused, and only have the clothes on my back. I feel worse now than I did when I first went to Hope house, I feel hopeless because now they refuse to let me come back and give me clothes and they have donated clothes.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

What a blessing for those who need a place of refuge and safety!

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Client Served

Rating: 2

I am apparently an unusual survivor of domestic violence, for Hope House anyway, in that I am male. During the marriage, I would regularly flee my ex-wife's yelling by leaving the house for a few days. Against my better judgement, I always forgave her and returned. Eventually she filed a divorce petition in which she claimed I was the abusive one, and then she parentally kidnapped our children. The Guardian ad Litem appointed into our divorce at Mother's request suggested I engage hope house's guardian program as a place where Mother would bring the children so they could see me, which I agreed to do as otherwise they would not see me at all. Hope House Guardian program from the beginning has treated me like some kind of threat or dangerous criminal, and hope house's "court" and "civil legal" programs have been completely non-responsive to my requests for assistance, since I have exhausted my savings on lawyers, and am emotionally distressed to where I cannot hold a good-paying job trying in vain to fight Mother's frivolous, spiteful, and poorly formed allegations, which she somehow convinced the family court judge to go along with, even though in doing so the court ignored the court's own impartial experts and gave a judgement beyond the authority granted in RSMo Chapter 452.

Contrary to their own brochures on "what domestic violence is," Guardian Program turns Mother's unfounded fears into additional rules of conduct during visits at guardian program -- rules which must be followed under pain of losing the one time the children can see me. In conclusion, they may be doing a great job when it comes to couples who actually hit each other, but in a situation where the domestic violence consists of the woman yelling at the man (and at the children) and then abusing the court system to further her agenda of abusive control, they seem dumbfounded, and absolutely refuse to provide me the assistance their promotional material claims they provide to survivors, in particular the "attorneys who are well versed in the complex issues of domestic violence" who are supposed to be "available to represent domestic violence survivors in the civil legal system at no cost" which is listed as part of Program 2 at http://www.guidestar.org/profile/43-1265685 from where I clicked to get to this review form.

Review from Guidestar

4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

My husband and I were assaulted by three men and two women several years ago on New Years Eve. They were subsequently found guilty of assault and property damage after a day long trial. As part of the court imposed punishment the five were to do community service. We received verification from the Court that an affidavit had been signed by Kelli S that one of the defendants, RA whose wife is a personal friend of Kelli's had performed his community service at Hope House in Independence. We were doubtful that RA had performed community service at Hope House so we called Hope House. In four separate conversations with four different persons associated with Hope House we were told that because Hope House was a shelter for domestic violence victims and their families that NO one with charges such as these would be allowed to do community service at Hope House. While talking to these people at Hope House it was obvious that NO one could remember a time when men were allowed to do community service for Hope House. We could find NO one except Kelli Stallman who would say that RA had performed community service at Hope House. The conclusion made was that either RA performed his community service without anyone knowing about it OR Kelli and Ryan were not being honest We contacted members of the board at Hope House where we were told that in all probability NO one found guilty of assault would be allowed to do community service ay Hope House. Based on this information we were told that an investigation would be forthcoming. We never heard from anyone again. This program while being beneficial for those who needs it's services is being operated by people who are not honest or transparent. It is our opinion that Kelli filed false documents with the court thus possibly committing perjury. We feel that as victims of this crime we deserve an honest answer from Hope House as to the circumstances behind these events.

Review from Guidestar