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Causes: Homeless & Housing, Homeless Shelters, Housing & Shelter, Mental Health, Substance Abuse Dependency, Prevention & Treatment

Mission: The Kansas City Rescue Mission (KCRM), a Christian organization providing care for the homeless and poor, was founded in 1950 by Dr. Jarrett Aycock. Dr. Aycock had a passion for the homeless and destitute because of his own experience. In his early years, he himself had received life-changing help as an alcoholic through a similar mission in Los Angeles. While there, he found the strength and support which later led him into full time ministry. While based in the Kansas City area as a church leader, he, along with several others, established the Kansas City Rescue Mission as a fulfillment of his dream to help others as he had once been helped.

KCRM's ultimate objective is to enable homeless men to return to society as responsible, employable, productive and stable citizens with purpose, dignity, and self-worth. To this end, KCRM responds through a variety of programs and services designed to meet both immediate and long-term needs. All of KCRM's services are founded on the Gospel of Jesus Christ and are made available to all who seek our assistance.

Programs: Kcrm men's center - overnight client services: this program provides homeless men with relief services, including secure, clean emergency housing, balanced meals, showers, clean clothing, healthcare, case management, counseling, support groups, chaplaincy and referrals to other agencies. Many who find relief through these services choose to join kcrm's christian community of recovery described below.

kcrm men's center - recovery services: offers a program for homeless men who choose to pursue freedom from addiction and homelessness and re-enter society as productive, self-sustaining individuals. Residents complete life-skill courses, counseling sessions, bible classes, adult education and participate in church and community service projects. Graduates of the program are offered the opportunity to remain at the mission for up to two years while pursuing career and educational goals.

kcrm women's center: this christ-centered resident program offers single, homeless women with co-occurring disorders the opportunity to live in a secure and peaceful environment while addressing life challenges through therapeutic counseling, case management, life skill classes, mentoring and more. Program participants pursue the following objectives: a network of support, sustained addiction recovery, sustainable mental health treatment plan, regular income, productivity through a paid job or voluntarism, and appropriate permanent housing.

Community Stories

2 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters



Rating: 5

I've been a part of KCRM in one way or another for most of my life. I can honestly say that I've never been in a place with more love for every person that walks in the door than KCRM. The people there are treated with respect and dignity. The staff and C-COR members exhibit their love for Christ in a real and contagious way.



Rating: 5

In two-thousand and six, I made a lousy decision. I had a live in girlfriend that came here from Florida. She stayed with me for a year, then she told me one day in Sept.2007 that she wanted to go home. I told her that I wanted to go with her. Stayed in Florida for two months, couldn't find a job and we got evicted from the run down trailor we lived in. Her mom took us in the follow November. Gave me a week to find a job. I couldn't find a job, so they sent me back here to Kansas City. Couldn't go home to the family, so I checked into the Kansas City Rescue Mission the following Monday as an overnighter. During Christmas a news reporter from one of the local stations was interviewing the guys from the shelter behind a Salvation Army truck and they asked me how I felt about it. I told them that I feel like there's hope for the homeless. Little did I know that my niece was watching the news that night. She told my sister that I was on TV. The following February, my sister took me in and it was nothing but day to day problems. The following May I came back to the Rescue Mission. Then one day the next month, a guy that's in C-corps told me that I should get into the program so I wouldn't have to carry my bags around all day. Been in the Transistion program since last June. I now have a job waiting for me next January. Jesus loves you all and so do I.