The Forest Avenue Family Shelter is a supply line of Great Commission Ministries USA (GCM-USA) and 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 houses homeless women and women with children.
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 30-day stay, a 90-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.
The shelter also offers a Pay-to-Stay program. Women participating in this program have completed a 90-day stay, have been compliant with the program requirements, and are either on a housing wait-list or (at no fault of their own) are unable to secure permanent housing. The fee is minimal and the stay is typically 6 months. These guests regularly meet with a case manager and continue to meet goals.
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