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.  

Crisis Support

General Help

Catholic Charities

Kansas City Location
816-221-4377 - 888-563-5247 (toll free)

-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. 

Serve & LIFT UP Center 
815-929-1498 - 816-882-4781

8001 Longview Road, Kansas City, MO 64134

Help. Food. Jobs. Hope. LIFT UP offers emergency assistance with food, rent, utilities, diapers, ongoing assistance with employment and bus passes.

St. Joseph Welcome Center Location

1123 S 10th Street, St. Joseph, MO 

Marriage Help


-healing of relationships for couples who are either contemplating a divorce or who have already divorced and hope to reconcile differences.

Physical & Sexual Abuse

Domestic Violence Hotline 

1-800-799-7233 (24 hour hotline)

Office of Child & Youth Protection*
Ombudsman: Jenifer Valenti

Pregnancy Help

Gabriel Project Kansas City


Free non-judgemental assistance for mothers with unplanned pregnancies. Ayuda en español.




Free non-judgemental support for mothers with unplanned pregnancies. Ayuda en español.


Parkville Women's Clinic


Information, care, and support for unplanned pregnancy. Walk-ins are welcome. Ayuda en español.


Resource Health


After-Hours: 1-800-712-HELP
Text:  HELPLINE to 313131
-offers free pregnancy tests, free ultrasounds, and abortion education in the Kansas City area.


St. Mary's Home for Mothers


Help and support for pregnant women without shelter or moms who need help.


Nativity House


Recidencial maternity shelter & support during pregnancy and first year of child's life.


Mothers Refuge


Shelter, education & support to homeless, pregnant & parenting yourng women.


Project Rachel: Healing after abortion


Email: [email protected]  

-Provides help at nocost to anyone, regardless of faith, who has experienced an abortion, whether recent or many years ago. Offers hope and forgiveness in a non-judgmental and confidential atmosphere.


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.


Alexandra's House

816-931-ALEX (2539)

-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

Addiction Support

Pornography Addiction

My House*

24-hour confidential hotline: 
 (816) 237-8753  
-offers support groups, clinical therapy, prayer, and education

Alcohol & Drug Addiction

Alcoholics Anonymous

816-471-7229 (24 hour hotline)

First Call


-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.



-This program serves families with teens and young adults struggling with a rage of addiction and mental health challenges by providing a long-term faith-based Enthusiastic Recovery alternative peer suport group and coaching at no cost.

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.

Other Addictions

Kansas City Gamblers Anonymous

Sexaholics Anonymous
international website:
local website:

Computer Gaming AA
-a fellowship of people who support each other in recovering from the problems resulting from excessive game playing

Healing Support

Catholic Counselors & Therapists

-for a larger list of counselors in the KC Metro area, please see the Catholic Counselors recommendation listing compiled by the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas: catholic counselors list

The Center for Healing


[email protected]

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

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: 
local website:
-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.