The Church is here to offer support and healing.
Families today are facing many kinds of issues. Please use this information as a starting point when you need to turn to someone for help or to seek resources for a loved one.
This list is by no means exhaustive. If you are seeking help and do not find what you are looking for here, please contact your priest or the Family Life Office for additional assistance.
Kansas City Location
-Offers emergency assistance with rent, utilities assistance, diapers and food, or disaster relief. Offers ongoing assistance with to find employment or improved employment, bus passes and financial literacy. Assists families in parenting education, child development assessments, and adoptions. Offers help with senior-living, veterans services and deaf and disabilities ministries.
4101 East 105th Ter, Kansas City, MO.
Help. Food. Jobs. Hope. LIFT UP offers emergency assistance with food, rent, utilities, diapers, ongoing assistance with employment and bus passes.
St. Joseph Location
888-629-2886 (toll free)
1123 S 10th Street, St. Joseph, MO
Physical & Sexual Abuse
Domestic Violence Hotline
1-800-799-7233 (24 hour hotline)
Office of Child & Youth Protection*
Ombudsman: Jenifer Valenti
Text: HELPLINE to 313131
-offers free pregnancy tests, free ultrasounds, and abortion education in the Kansas City area
St. Joseph Pregnancy Resource Clinic
Unplanned Pregnancy? Call 816-244-7824
-provides Christ-like service to pregnant, at-risk, and post-abortive women, addressing their spiritual, physical and emotional needs; equipping them to make healthy, life-affirming decisions.
-perinatal hospice and infant care for parents pregnant with babies diagnosed with serious anomalies, for pregnancies that end unexpectedly, and for those experiencing the death of an infant
24-hour confidential hotline:
-offers support groups, clinical therapy, prayer, and education
Alcohol & Drug Addiction
816-471-7229 (24 hour hotline)
-clinical, educational, and prevention services to individuals and families in the Greater Kansas City area impacted by alcohol and drug addiction
St. Gregory Recovery Center
-By helping people reconnect with God's love and working through a set of anti-addictive values, St. Gregory's helps people recover from and thrive after substance abuse. Their Catholic-based, holistic approach empowers individuals to find their true purpose and happiness in life.
The Calix Society
(local contacts) Neil: 913-645-7244 Mary: 913-747-5039
-a national association of Catholics in 12-Step recovery and their family and friends who are affected by alcoholism and other addictions. We are members of AA, NA, Al-Anon, and similar organizations who have found that the spirituality of the 12-Step process is greatly enhanced when practiced in the context of the richness, tradition, and dogma of our Catholic Faith. One must have achieved a degree of sobriety to benefit from Calix. If you are currently active in a 12-Step group and would like to talk with other Catholics about incorporating Catholicism into the 12 Steps, please call for meeting details.
The Welcome House
-Welcome House is a sober living residential program open to recovering alcoholics and drug-addicted men facing the difficult transition from treatment, incarceration, and homelessness to reintegration back into society as productive citizens, empowering them to live meaningful and productive lives.
Kansas City Gamblers Anonymous
international website: sa.org
local website: sexaddictionkc.org
Computer Gaming AA
-a fellowship of people who support each other in recovering from the problems resulting from excessive game playing
Women's Health & Infertility
Fertility Care Center of KC
-offers practitioners and physicians that can assist in the identification and treatment of many reproductive disorders afflicting women from adolescence to menopause- other services include fertility education and natural family planning
Catholic Counselors & Therapists
The Center for Healing
Desert Stream Ministries
Living Waters Program
-20-week education and prayer program to heal relational and sexual brokenness, including: marital problems, co-dependency, pornography, effects of abuse, gender identity issues, and unwanted same-sex attraction
Gender Identity & Homosexuality
Courage and Encourage Apostolates*
24 hour helpline: 913-428-9893
international website: couragerc.org
local website: kcsjfamily.org/courage-and-encourage
-for those with same-sex attraction who wish to find support from the Church and support for family members of those with same sex attraction
*Denotes apostolates directly supported and supervised by the diocesan Office of Family Life. All other service providers are independent. This list is provided to assist in the pastoral care of the faithful, however, no certification or endorsement by the Diocese of Kansas City-St.Joseph should be assumed.