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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

5 Tim Q.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I'd lived on the streets, (literally), for 5+ years from 1988 to 1993. Several of us homeless men lived in an abandoned bank building in KC's City Market. I think I am the last surviving member of those homeless men. The Mission was located down the street from the bank building. This was before the Mission was evicted for the City Market Renovation. Thank You Jesus that KCRM would open in a new location 2 years later. We were always welcomed in the Mission to shower, eat dinner, get warm clothing coats socks and underwear, and of course attend services, (we were always allowed to fill up our 1 gallon milk jugs with precious water), and get an ecouraging word from Joe C. or Steve K. When I decided to stop drinking and start my life over, the Mission and Joe C. were there to help me. I voluntered there for 3 years during the crucial early recovery stage. I moved on with my life for the next 10 years working at Job Corps and almost 10 years with Jackson County Family Court. I had unexpectedly lost my job and moved to Tuscon, Az. working with homeless addicts and alcoholics. 10 months later I returned to KC Mo. and I was encouraged to apply for a Case Mgr. position at where else KCRM. Truely a dream come true. I had college credits and 10+ years of experience working with addicts/alcoholics. Astonishingly I was hired! That was almost 3 years ago. Working at the Mission has been the most gratifying job I've ever had. I was also able to get closer to the Lord, Jesus Christ and I have become continously grateful for the roof over my head, the clothes on my back, and to the Lord, who worked his wonders in me because of the Kansas City Rescue Mission. Thank You so much KCRM and I will forever remain at you beck and call... Tim D. Quinn


General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

I was not a direct client per se but nonetheless benefited from KCRM more than they could ever know. A very long story short, I had known this man, "Ron" for about 3 years. He worked where I volunteered. I had no idea that he had personal feelings for me (I was seeing someone at the time). He left town for about a year but then came back. Shortly before Ron came back, my relationship with "Mitch" had ended. I have never gone from one relationship to the next but I thought I was going to marry Mitch and finally get to be a mom (he had custody of his son and we got along great). When Ron came back he said all the things that I longed to hear from Mitch. I fell hard and fast for him. It was my choice to get involved with him and I realized it was too soon. I told Ron and things went downhill from there. I knew that he had previous problems with alcohol but I had no idea how bad they were. He had started to drink again prior to our relationship falling apart. He began to drink more and I did not know how to respond to him. I should have made more of an effort to understand alcoholism but at the time, I saw it as his problem (I don't drink or do drugs). Ron became someone I no longer recognized. I will sum it all up by saying he was violent and very scary. He was charged with more than one crime against me and left town before the trial. He eventually wound up back at KCRM and that is where the story takes a turn...for the better and I want everyone reading this to know that. With some stops and starts and setbacks, Ron, a man I no longer recognized became whole again. Through the love, patience, and guidance shown to him through KCRM, he became the Ron that I once knew. They took a truly broken man and healed him. When I think about what they did for him and what they do for so many others, it is an awesome feeling! I do not have contact with Ron anymore but I know what he has accomplished through other sources and he deserves so much credit. Because of the things that he did to me (many of which he truly does not remember because he was having blackouts), I am still to some extent fearful of him. That's my problem, not his. When Ron is not drinking he is a good man and KCRM helped him to find himself again. My biggest regrets are not having made more of an effort to understand his lifelong addictions and having gotten into a relationship with him far too soon. Again, that is on me. What I really want people to know is that when KCRM helps a male client, they don't just help him, they help every person that person knows or touches. By helping Ron to heal, they helped me to heal. I don't live in fear anymore and I can think back on my own actions and what I should have done differently. The ordeal made me turn back to Jesus and I now belong to a great Church and am very active in it and other places that I volunteer. I so believe in KCRM and the miracles that they perfect each and every day, there is nothing that I would not do for them. And they never even met me face to face...