The Forest Avenue Family Shelter seeks to fulfill the Great Commission while meeting the spiritual and physical needs of Kansas City's homeless through "soup, soap, and salvation."
Forest Avenue Family Shelter is the largest single womens shelter in the Kansas City metro area. Forest Avenue has, for the past thirty years, provided emergency housing for single women and single women with children including battered women and victims of prostitution and sex trafficking.
The shelter's goal is to help meet the physical and spiritual needs of the poor and homeless women. Services include shelter, meals, 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.
Forest Avenue Family Shelter has become 1 of only 2 TRUE Emergency Shelters in the Metropolitan area. By this, we mean that a person who is in need of emergency shelter tonight can call us, and if we have an open bed, can get in tonight or, in some cases, tomorrow. Besides City Union Mission, every other shelter has gone to transitional-living and have a fairly extensive screening process and other requirements in order to be admitted to their program.
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 and a possible 30-day stay. 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