Located at 4300 Forest Avenue, Kansas City, Missouri 64109, (816) 753-4753,
The mission of Forest Avenue Family Shelter is to fulfill the Great Commission as defined in Matthew 28:19-20 by providing for the spiritual and physical needs of homeless and/or battered women and, if necessary, their children.
During a very cold winter in 1987, a homeless person froze to death on Troost in Kansas City, Missouri. It was then that God laid on Pastor Ken Smith's heart the need to start a homeless shelter - Forest Avenue Family Shelter. With 50 cots and 50 blankets, Pastor Ken opened the south half of the church building to the homeless. Over time Forest Avenue Family Shelter had to narrow its focus. Today FAFS is a true emergency shelter for women and women with children averaging 32 homeless guests per night. (One of only 2 true emergency shelters in the Kansas City metropolitan area - If space is available, FAFS can provide a bed for a homeless individual the same day that they request it, or in some cases, the next day.) Most other shelters have an extensive screening process and other requirements for a person to get into their program. Pastor Smith likes to say that at FAFS we still take people off the streets.
The shelter has always been staffed by volunteers and remains located in the midst of a poverty-stricken community. FAFS does not receive any city, state, or federal funds. It has always been and continues to be funded by the Lord through donations - monetary, goods, services, and prayer.