The Forest Avenue Family Shelter seeks to fulfil the Great Commission while meeting the spiritual and physical needs of Kansas City's homeless through "soup, soap, and salvation."
Forest Avenue Family Shelter this year became the largest non-screening family shelter in the Kansas City metro area. Forest Avenue has for the past thirty years provided emergency housing for single women, single women with children, battered women and sex-trafficking victims.
The shelter's goal is to help meet the physical and spiritual needs of the poor and homeless women. Services include shelter, meals, life-skills classes, and case management. Spiritual strengthening is done through daily devotionals, voluntary bible study, and discipleship training. This is a wonderful opportunity for individuals or groups to get involved in ministry. If you would like to get involved in helping us as a ministry--we have something for almost everyone. To get involved, be sure to check out our "Get Involved" page.
This ministry provides many programs that offer a hand-up to our guests, including, but not limited to, an initial, first-response 2-week stay, a 30-day stay, and a multi-phase phase-up program. Regardless of our guests' length of stay, they have a case manager working with them to set simple, realistic goals and to work on self-motivation.
Then the righteous will answer Him, "Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You something to drink? When did we see You a stranger and invite You in, or naked and clothe You? When did we see You sick, or in prison, and go to visit You?" The King will reply, "I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of these brothers of Mine, you did for Me." Matthew 25:37-40 NIV
All they asked was that we should remember the poor, the very thing I was eager to do. Galatians 2:10