Mission
& History

We are dedicated to making the Kansas City area safer for everyone and have been since we opened our doors in 1983.

Hope House woman

Mission
& History

We are dedicated to making the Kansas City area safer for everyone and have been since we opened our doors in 1983.

Our Mission Statement

Hope House's mission 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.

Our History and Milestones

1983 - 1989

1983
Hope House opens its doors, shelters 15 women and children, and establishes its 24-hour hotline: 816-461-HOPE (4673). In just one year of operation, Hope House answered nearly 1,000 hotline calls.

1987
Moves to larger facility with the ability to shelter 30 women and children.

1989
Hires first full-time court advocate to aid victims in court. Agency services expand to include Court Advocacy Program in six municipal courts.

1994 - 2001

1994
Raises $2.3 million to build new facility in Independence and begins construction of new 8.2 acre campus.

1996
Outreach services expand to Lee’s Summit including: support groups and court advocacy. Concerned citizens of Lee’s Summit approach Hope House to open and operate an additional facility in the community.

2001
Hope House successfully completes capital campaign for Lee’s Summit campus and launches its Civil Legal Program, hiring a full-time attorney to provide civil legal representation.

2002 - 2011

2002
Lee’s Summit’s campus opens offering 52 beds, and receives its first call for assistance within 10 minutes. Hope House again expands services to include: the Guardian Program, monitored exchanges and supervised visitations of custody; and BridgeSPAN, a metro-wide hospital-based advocacy program in collaboration with other local domestic violence shelters.

2009
Lethality Assessment Program (LAP) launched. The LAP gives police officers the ability to assess a victim’s risk of serious injury and/or death.

2011
Hope House completes the Independence Capital Campaign. The renovations include: expanding the emergency shelter, a new therapy building while transforming the old therapy building into a community partnership building where survivors can access doctors, general dental office, sewing room and salon services.

2016 - 2017

2016
Milestones: Chief Executive Officer, MaryAnne Metheny serving 10 years as CEO; Chief Operating Officer, Ilene Shehan - 20 years; Chief Financial Officer, Ann Leabo - 15 years

2017
Milestones: Chief Executive Officer, MaryAnne Metheny celebrating 25 years at Hope House; Chief Quality Officer, Traci Francis – 20 years.