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.
-offers emergency assistance, health programs, housing, job readiness, veterans services, Turn Around Re-Entry after prison, adoptions, senior care, deaf & disability services
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
-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
*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.
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.
-provides information and answers for people fighting addiction, including national resources for rehab centers
The Prevention Coalition
-a site designed to educate parents, teachers, and concerned community members about teen drug use and ways to prevent it
Kansas City Gamblers Anonymous
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