The Coldest Night of the Year is a winterrific family-friendly walk in support of local charities serving people experiencing hurt, hunger, and homelessness. Join us on February 24, 2024 - team up, fundraise, walk, and take a moment to look closer... because it’s cold out there.
Shelter KC has been serving the Kansas City community for more than seven decades.
The nonprofit was founded in 1950 as a Kansas City Rescue Mission.
Its founder, Dr. Jarrett Aycock, then-superintendent of the Kansas City District Church of the Nazarene, had experienced his own life-changing transformation.
After many years of alcoholism and homelessness, Dr. Aycock accepted Christ as his Savior at the Union Rescue Mission in Los Angeles. Not only was his life changed forever, but his decision to turn his gratitude into service has meant thousands of others now have faith for a better future.
Faith for a Better Future
There’s something contagious about having faith that things can change. It’s one thing to be told “things can be different.” It’s another thing to see it happen before your own eyes.
At Shelter KC, hope and healing are more than just words of encouragement. Real-life, turnaround stories are part of our very DNA—from our founding to current-day transformations taking place in the lives of the individuals we have the honor of serving.
Each year, more than 1,500 men seek services at Shelter KC’s Men’s Center. Annually, we provide an average of 88,000 meals and 36,000 nights of shelter. These services are integral, but they are just the beginning.
Freedom From the Past, Hope for the Future
Shelter KC receives no government funds. Support for our programs and facilities comes from generous donors who have compassion for how difficult life can be and, at the same time, have faith that tomorrow can be different!
Individuals who arrive at our door have gone through so much to get here.
Hungry, homeless and hurting, most share stories of pain and heartache, regret and dejection, exhaustion and—almost worst of all: hopelessness.
We are so grateful when they arrive, because crossing over from “out there, alone” to “safe here, with us” represents the first, big step in a future of positive transformations.
Shelter in the Storm, Hope for all Who Enter
Led by licensed counselors, ordained ministers, case workers and others passionate about seeing men live transformed lives, the Men’s Center offers:
• Short-term emergency homeless shelter
• Long-term homeless shelter
• Long-term recovery program
Our 60-bed emergency shelter and 40-bed recovery program for men in Kansas City almost every night of the year. Our promise is to treat each man who walks through our doors with dignity. Therefore, individuals who live on the street consider us one of the safest shelters in Kansas City.
Nightly services offered to homeless men include:
• Shower and shower kit
• Nutritious meal served family-style in our dining room
• Bed with antibacterial mattress and pillow, sheets and blanket
• Chapel services
• One-on-one counseling
• Clothing and laundry services
• Medical referrals
Shelter KC offers homeless men two weeks of emergency shelter. Ongoing Shelter KC programs include:
Connecting shelter guests with a life coach and resources to obtain independent housing including: financial, legal and spiritual direction; healthcare, career and addiction recovery support; and housing resources.
Christian Community of Recovery (C-COR), a nine-month trust and responsibility based recovery environment designed to disciple men towards a committed and sober life in Jesus Christ. C-COR offers a supportive community, classroom instruction, pastoral counseling, work therapy, recovery groups and case management to help program participants launch from Shelter KC into a sustainable Christian life. Men who wish to participate in the C-COR community must apply and be accepted. After joining, members must actively and faithfully participate in all of the various activities agreed upon in their recovery plan.
A Campaign for Transformations
Shelter KC has utilized the same building for three decades. Not only is the space severely limited and poorly configured, the much-used look and feel of the facility does not communicate a sense of hope and healing.
Support for Transformations will allow Shelter KC to create an environment more conducive to extending our transformational programs. For the first time in our seventy years of service, we have the opportunity to create a facility that echoes the excellence of our programs and conveys our commitment to those we serve.
Capital renovations, and an expansion to increase our capacity to serve more men, will take place in two phases:
Phase 1, Men’s Center Renovations will:
• Create a welcoming, hospitable, dignified experience for guests and staff.
• Connect spaces and users across buildings to encourage unity and growth.
• Provide a variety of types of spaces to serve diverse individual needs.
• Support the whole person: physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually and socially.
• Demonstrate Christ’s love by providing authentic support and life-giving rest.
“Come to me, all who are weary, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28
Phase 2, Men’s Center Expansion will:
• Create a “front door” for relationships to be built over time.
• Increase its capacity to serve more individuals at a higher level.
• Connect spaces and users across various buildings to encourage a sense of community and collaboration.
• Provide a variety of new outdoor spaces.
For 70 years, faithful partners have enabled us to meet the needs of thousands of individuals facing the challenging issues of homelessness. As we step out on faith, once again, we ask for your support as we seek to increase our space, expand our services and grow our partnerships to meet the ever-changing needs of those experiencing homelessness in Kansas City. Together, we can recognize the dignity and path of renewal for all our guests and seek to offer a better way to shelter through our “Transformations” campaign.