Life-saving dollars to continue providing critical services

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Newhouse, Kansas City’s first and oldest domestic violence shelter, is continuing to provide critical services to survivors in the Kansas City community using virtual technology.

Due to the Coronavirus crisis, limited staff are physically working in Newhouse’s 88-bed facility. But life- saving services continue to be offered using virtual technology that allows therapists, case managers, and counselors to continue providing trauma-informed care that clients need.

“For many of us, home is a safe place. However, there are so many in our community where home isn’t a safe place. Now is more critical than ever to continue providing services that allow clients to heal from past trauma,” says Courtney Thomas, Newhouse President & CEO. “Our priority is to keep staff and residents safe, while ensuring the highest level of programming remains available to some of Kansas City’s most vulnerable populations.

Last year, Missouri shelters had to turn away over 30,000 individuals across the state due to a lack of space and staffing within the shelters. With this lack of space and resources for survivors combined with additional isolation, it is critical that programs like Newhouse’s continue to reach as many individuals and families as possible.

“With the quarantine in place, victims are stuck at home full-time with their abusers. This creates a very challenging predicament where victims are unable to go to a private place to ask for help,” says Courtney Thomas. “We share this invitation with the community to be the voice for survivors and to support the lifesaving services Newhouse provides the community.”

During COVID-19, Newhouse launched a virtual fundraiser to replace their annual luncheon, New Day Lunch, which raises nearly $30,000 in operating support for the shelter. With over 75% of goal raised, these life-saving dollars will provide necessary funds to continue operating. “Unfortunately, domestic violence does not take a break,” Thomas adds. “But neither does Newhouse.”

Donate now to Newhouse’s COVID-19 fund: newhouseshelter.org/donate.