About Rose Brooks

40 Years Of Safety… Rose Brooks Is Here.

Rose Brooks Center is about saving lives. Not just protecting the hundreds of adults, children, and their pets who need emergency shelter to escape immediate danger, but thousands of individuals in the community who need resources, care, and dream of a life safe from violence.

Rose Brooks Center is the leader in innovative domestic violence programs and support. We believe the destructive cycle of abuse can only be broken by offering a full continuum of care including prevention programming, crisis intervention, life skills development, and other supportive and therapeutic services.

Our Mission

The Mission of Rose Brooks Center is to break the cycle of domestic violence so that adults, children, and their pets can live free of abuse.

Our Vision

Rose Brooks Center envisions a world free of violence. We will serve as a leader of innovative comprehensive family violence services, sharing our legacy of hope through advocacy, education, and empowerment.

Our Initiatives

We believe that violence can be eliminated if we commit to change. We’ve served the Kansas City community for 40 years, and we work daily to rebuild, reclaim, and save lives threatened by domestic violence. Our initiatives are centered around three main foci – Keeping Families Safe, Creating a Safer Community, and Ending the Cycle of Violence.

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Awards And Recognition

National

• In November of 2017, Rose Brooks Center was recognized as a 4-star charity by Charity Navigator for the 5th year. This is Charity Navigator’s highest possible rating and indicates that we adhere to sector best practices and execute our mission in a financially efficient way. Only 5% of the charities evaluated have received at least five consecutive 4-star ratings.

• In 2016, we were designated by the State Department as the Domestic Violence Shelter site to visit for international visitors.

• Susan Miller, CEO, and Lisa Fleming, COO, were chosen as keynote speakers for the 15th anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act by the Office on Violence Against Women.

• Rose Brooks Center’s Transitional Housing Program received the Best Practices Award and Best Among Peers Award from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

• Rose Brooks Center was selected by the National Network to End Domestic Violence and the Allstate Foundation to be a national test site for the Economic Empowerment Moving Ahead through Financial Management curriculum evaluated by Rutgers University.

• Rose Brooks Center was selected to present on five topics at the World Conference of Women’s Shelters February 2012 in Washington DC.

• Rose Brooks Center was selected as a model site by the Vera Institute for Accessibility and Responsiveness.

• Rose Brooks Center’s Bridge Program received the Mary Byron Project Celebrating Solutions Award, which recognizes programs that are models for the nation and are successfully ending the cycle of domestic violence.

• Rose Brooks Center, as a leading domestic violence program, received a personal invitation from Vice President Joe Biden to be a part of an exclusive group invited to the 20th anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act.

• Rose Brooks Center was recognized in May 2013 as a model program by the Office on Violence Against Women for our partnership in the Safety First Initiative to develop a training integrating principles of universal design for accessibility and trauma informed care.

• Rose Brooks Center was honored by Futures Without Violence, at the National Conference on Health and Domestic Violence in March of 2012 for Outstanding Leadership in Violence Prevention.

• Five members of the Rose Brooks Center staff were selected to present at the 2012 World Conference of Women’s Shelters in Washington DC.

• The Paws Place Pet Shelter was featured on CBS Good Morning as an innovation that gives women fleeing violent homes the ability to keep their pets safe and sheltered.

• Rose Brooks Center’s Transitional Housing Program received the Best Practices Award and Best Among Peers Award from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in June 2009, increasing our chances of continued federal funding for this program.

• Rose Brooks Center was selected by the National Network to End Domestic Violence and the Allstate Foundation to be a national test site for the Economic Empowerment Moving Ahead through Financial Management curriculum as evaluated by Rutgers University.

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Local

• Certified a Healthy KC Organization, Rose Brooks Center was awarded a silver designation by The Kansas City Chamber of Commerce. The Healthy KC award was created to recognize area organizations for innovation and excellence in promoting a culture of health in the workplace.

• Rose Brooks Center continues to lead the city’s first safety assessment – collaborating at the state and local level to explore Kansas City’s criminal justice system, addressing risk to victims and accountability of batterers.

• CEO Susan Miller was selected as one of KC Business Magazine’s 2011 Most Influential Women.

• Rose Brooks Center was awarded the 2010 Excellence in Nonprofit Leadership Award by Support KC.

• Rose Brooks Center was named “Best of the Best” Philanthropic Organization by KC Magazine.

• CEO Susan Miller was selected as Citizen of the Year for the Missouri Lawyers Weekly’s Women’s Justice Awards Class of 2015.

• Rose Brooks Center received the 2013 Community Service Award from the Saint Luke’s Health System Forensic Care Program.

• CEO Susan Miller was selected as one of KC Business Magazine’s 2011 Most Influential Women.

• Rose Brooks Center’s signature event, Cabaret, was recognized by The Independent magazine as the third most profitable event in Kansas City in 2010.

• Rose Brooks Center was awarded the 2010 Excellence in Nonprofit Leadership Award by Support KC.

• Rose Brooks Center was named “Best of the Best” Philanthropic Organization by KC Magazine.

• Joan Dougherty, Rose Brooks Center’s Manager of Volunteers and Community Support, was a recipient of the 2008 Local Hero Award through the Neighborhood Excellence Initiative sponsored by Bank of America.

• Rose Brooks Center was one of eight recipients in September 2008 of the Kauffman Legacy Fund awards, which went to “some of Kansas City’s most treasured institutions.”

Meet Our Leadership

Rose Brooks Center is a non-profit organization that relies on private contributions from individuals and foundations. We are professionally run and managed, and overseen by a board of committed Kansas City leaders. It all comes together to make us exceptionally efficient, responsible and accountable in addressing one of our community’s most persistent problems.

Board Of Directors

PRESIDENT
Colleen Hayes

Vice President, Relationship Manager
Enterprise Bank & Trust

PRESIDENT ELECT 
Phil Greenfield

Partner
German May PC

TREASURER
Jan Rowe

Partner
Mitchell Capital Management

ASSISTANT TREASURER
Linda Falk

Chief Financial Officer
Friends of the Zoo

SECRETARY
Gabrielle Hernandez

Vice President of Contracts & Compliance
Argus Health Systems, Inc.

David Atterbury 
President & Portfolio Manager 
Whetstone Capital

Colleen Dougherty
Community Volunteer

Kenneth Dumas
Assistant Vice President Customer Intelligence Program
Commerce Bank

Stacey Graves 
Captain
KCMO Police Department

Diana Keating 
Community Volunteer

Raleigh Lang 
Co-Owner
Twin Financial

John Lathrop
Community Volunteer

Georgia (Lou) Loescher-Junge
Community Volunteer

Sally Luck
HR Director, Corporate Services and Wellness
Hallmark Cards, Inc.

Chuck Maggiorotto
Tower Wealth Managers

Ashlee Peterson
Vice President of Marketing & Public Relations
HCA Midwest Health

Amy Shelton
Senior Vice President & Chief Compliance Officer
American Century Investments

Shaun Stoker
Partner
KPMG LLP

Virginia Stowers 
Community Volunteer

Sara Tiedt
Senior Wealth Advisor
Mariner Wealth Advisors

Sheryl Turner
Community Volunteer

Susan Miller
CEO
Rose Brooks Center

AWARDS

Breaking The Cycle Of Domestic Violence

Domestic Violence Shelter
Rose Brooks Center is about saving lives. Not just protecting the hundreds of individuals, families, and pets who need our emergency shelter to escape immediate danger, but the thousands of families who dream of a life safe from violence – a complete life built on respect, love, and compassion.

Rose Brooks Center is the leader in innovative domestic violence programs and support. We believe the destructive cycle of abuse can only be broken by offering a full continuum of care including prevention programming, crisis intervention, life skills development, and other supportive and therapeutic services.

Our Mission

The Mission of Rose Brooks Center is to break the cycle of domestic violence so that individuals and families can live free of abuse.

Our Vision

Rose Brooks Center envisions a world free of violence. We will serve as a leader of innovative comprehensive family violence services, sharing our legacy of hope through advocacy, education, and empowerment.

Our Initiatives

We believe that violence can be eliminated if we commit to change. We’ve served the Kansas City community for over 35 years, and we work daily to rebuild, reclaim, and save lives threatened by domestic violence. Our initiatives are centered around three main foci – Keeping Families Safe, Creating a Safer Community, and Ending the Cycle of Violence.

Save

Awards and Recognition

“Domestic
National
• Rose Brooks Center is recognized as a 4-star charity by Charity Navigator for the 4th year. This is Charity Navigator’s highest possible rating and indicates that we adhere to sector best practices and execute our mission in a financially efficient way. Only 9% of the charities evaluated have received at least four consecutive 4-star ratings.

• In 2016, we were designated by the State Department as the Domestic Violence Shelter site to visit for international visitors.

• Susan Miller, CEO, and Lisa Fleming, COO, were chosen as keynote speakers for the 15th anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act by the Office on Violence Against Women.

• Rose Brooks Center’s Transitional Housing Program received the Best Practices Award and Best Among Peers Award from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

• Rose Brooks Center was selected by the National Network to End Domestic Violence and the Allstate Foundation to be a national test site for the Economic Empowerment Moving Ahead through Financial Management curriculum evaluated by Rutgers University.

• Rose Brooks Center was selected to present on five topics at the World Conference of Women’s Shelters February 2012 in Washington DC.

• Rose Brooks Center was selected as a model site by the Vera Institute for Accessibility and Responsiveness.

• Rose Brooks Center’s Bridge Program received the Mary Byron Project Celebrating Solutions Award, which recognizes programs that are models for the nation and are successfully ending the cycle of domestic violence.

• Rose Brooks Center, as a leading domestic violence program, received a personal invitation from Vice President Joe Biden to be a part of an exclusive group invited to the 20th anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act.

• Rose Brooks Center was recognized in May 2013 as a model program by the Office on Violence Against Women for our partnership in the Safety First Initiative to develop a training integrating principles of universal design for accessibility and trauma informed care.

• Rose Brooks Center was honored by Futures Without Violence, at the National Conference on Health and Domestic Violence in March of 2012 for Outstanding Leadership in Violence Prevention.

• Five members of the Rose Brooks Center staff were selected to present at the 2012 World Conference of Women’s Shelters in Washington DC.

• The Paws Place Pet Shelter was featured on CBS Good Morning as an innovation that gives women fleeing violent homes the ability to keep their pets safe and sheltered.

• Rose Brooks Center’s Transitional Housing Program received the Best Practices Award and Best Among Peers Award from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in June 2009, increasing our chances of continued federal funding for this program.

• Rose Brooks Center was selected by the National Network to End Domestic Violence and the Allstate Foundation to be a national test site for the Economic Empowerment Moving Ahead through Financial Management curriculum as evaluated by Rutgers University.

“Domestic
Local
• Certified a Healthy KC Organization, Rose Brooks Center was awarded a silver designation by The Kansas City Chamber of Commerce. The Healthy KC award was created to recognize area organizations for innovation and excellence in promoting a culture of health in the workplace.

• Rose Brooks Center continues to lead the city’s first safety assessment – collaborating at the state and local level to explore Kansas City’s criminal justice system, addressing risk to victims and accountability of batterers.

• CEO Susan Miller was selected as one of KC Business Magazine’s 2011 Most Influential Women.

• Rose Brooks Center was awarded the 2010 Excellence in Nonprofit Leadership Award by Support KC.

• Rose Brooks Center was named “Best of the Best” Philanthropic Organization by KC Magazine.

• CEO Susan Miller was selected as Citizen of the Year for the Missouri Lawyers Weekly’s Women’s Justice Awards Class of 2015.

• Rose Brooks Center received the 2013 Community Service Award from the Saint Luke’s Health System Forensic Care Program.

• CEO Susan Miller was selected as one of KC Business Magazine’s 2011 Most Influential Women.

• Rose Brooks Center’s signature event, Cabaret, was recognized by The Independent magazine as the third most profitable event in Kansas City in 2010.

• Rose Brooks Center was awarded the 2010 Excellence in Nonprofit Leadership Award by Support KC.

• Rose Brooks Center was named “Best of the Best” Philanthropic Organization by KC Magazine.

• Joan Dougherty, Rose Brooks Center’s Manager of Volunteers and Community Support, was a recipient of the 2008 Local Hero Award through the Neighborhood Excellence Initiative sponsored by Bank of America.

• Rose Brooks Center was one of eight recipients in September 2008 of the Kauffman Legacy Fund awards, which went to “some of Kansas City’s most treasured institutions.”

COMMUNITY PARTNERS

Corporate Champions

Champions for Empowerment

Champions for Pets

Corporate Partners

Learn How To Support Our Mission

Individual Partners

Are you looking for a new way to support Rose Brooks Center? Do you have a birthday coming up, a party planned, or a daring feat you’re about to undertake?

Each year, people decide to help support the survivors of domestic violence in personal and unique ways, through individual campaigns. It could be a sponsored physical challenge, a birthday party with a purpose, or an in-kind supply drive. No matter what you’d be interested in doing for your campaign, it would help provide much need services and supplies to the women, children, and pets we serve at Rose Brooks Center.

To make this process even easier, we can create an individual giving page where you can list your individual goal, no matter if it’s $500 or $5,000, and track the campaign’s progress. Your friends, family, and colleagues can come to this page to support your very important efforts.

Planning to raise $2,500 or more to benefit RBC? If so, you get the added bonus of being able to leave a personalized message for your friends and family who visit the site and receive messages from those who donate to your cause. Contact Sharla Nolte at sharla@rosebrooks.org to learn more about this unique opportunity.

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Corporate Partners

Rose Brooks Center understands corporate partners want more than to simply write a check or attend an event. They want their employees to feel connected and invested in the causes they choose to support. That’s why our team works with your company to tailor each support partnership to fit your company’s goals and needs.

Your company’s customized support package could include:
Large-scale volunteer days
Office supply drives
Staff fundraising challenges
Event participation
Online marketing opportunities
Social media activity
HR policies assistance
Family violence staff training

To find out more about our corporate partnerships or to develop your company’s tailored support package, please contact Scott Mason at 816-523-5550 x 423

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