Overview

Overview

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.

Awards and Recognition

• 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. 
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• 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.

• 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.
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• 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.”

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