Who we are
Safehome is a nonprofit organization and domestic violence shelter in Overland Park.
Our core purpose is to provide a healing atmosphere where survivors of domestic violence can gain inner strength, explore options, and be empowered to live a life free of abuse. Through our shelter and other services, more than 8,000 individuals benefit-many receiving the support they need to lead healthy, independent lives. As the only domestic violence shelter in Johnson County, and the largest in the state of Kansas, Safehome strives to break the cycle of domestic violence and partner abuse for victims and their children in our community.
40 years ago, a Johnson County native named Martha Hunt offered a safe haven for a neighbor being battered by her husband. Since then, our mission has been the same-to provide safety and hope to those facing partner abuse.
Safehome’s mission is to break the cycle of domestic violence and partner abuse for victims and their children by providing shelter, advocacy, counseling, and prevention education in our community.
Safehome’s vision is to create a community free of domestic violence and partner abuse.
Who we serve
Survivors of abuse
Domestic violence can happen to anyone, of any race, religion, gender, sexual-orientation, age, or socioeconomic status. Domestic violence is not always physical. Psychological, financial, sexual, and emotional abuse are all forms of domestic violence and often precede physical violence. At Safehome domestic violence shelter in Overland Park, we know that partner abuse doesn’t discriminate and are here for all survivors, from any background and with any story.
Raising awareness and providing education to the community is a significant objective of Safehome’s mission. From giving presentations at local schools, businesses, and organizations, to our grassroots Be The Love with Safehome initiative, the first step in eradicating domestic violence is in acknowledging it as a problem.
Mike says that that one decision his mom made, to leave, changed everything.
Mike’s mom came to Safehome almost 30 years ago with him and his 3 siblings. His abusive father struggled with alcoholism and was very manipulative; the day they left he shot at their car.
Mike says that that one decision his mom made, to leave, changed everything. She was able to get a job, and eventually got her master’s degree. “Had there not been a place like Safehome, I would have been a six-year-old little boy living with my mom and three young siblings in our car. I give mom a lot of credit for what she did for our family in leaving”.
I knew that Safehome was the right place for me to find respect, trust, and space to heal.
I remember my therapist told me in my first session “I will never tell you what to do. I will never pressure you to leave him or pretend that I know what is best for you.
I will walk beside you through this, no matter what you decide to do”. That was the moment I knew that Safehome was the right place for me to find respect, trust, and space to heal.”
Mateo is now making great strides in moving forward and taking care of his physical health
When Mateo came to Safehome, he was in extremely bad condition. He had untreated health issues and recent injuries caused by his abusive partner. When Mateo first entered the shelter program, he was not ready to discuss his health.
Safehome’s staff collaborated across departments to provide quality care to Mateo and to make him feel safe and comfortable. His Therapist, Case Manager, and Safehome’s Health Navigator worked with Mateo until he was ready to process what kept him from addressing his health needs. Mateo is now making great strides in moving forward and taking care of his physical health, something he was simply not equipped to do before.
I did not come to Safehome with the intention of ‘getting’ anything.
Safehome did not give me my job, or my home, or even my citizenship; but what Safehome has given me is even more powerful. Safehome gave me myself.
Safehome empowered me to believe in myself and to love myself, which made it possible for me to do all of these others things on my own. Even more than that, Safehome saved my life by teaching me I am valuable and that life can be beautiful, once I found the strength to live instead of merely survive.
Jill Phillips, Chief Marketing Officer
SKC Communications is passionate about causes in the Kansas City area that impact families and children. Safehome does an amazing service for our community in providing all of the assistance necessary to support families dealing with domestic violence.
Through our sponsorship with Safehome, we provide our customers and employees with valuable event experiences that we know directly impact survivors who need our help. We look forward to continuing our support of Safehome into the future.
I have volunteered at Safehome for two years, each time I am there I feel as if I have really contributed to something. Every Safehome staff member I’ve worked with has been competent, caring, polite, and always expresses appreciation for volunteers.
This, how well the organization is run, and the helpful services offered by Safehome have impressed me and made volunteering here a very positive experience.
I believe that I am a part of something that is really doing good for thousands of people in our community.
Volunteering at Safehome has also given me skills that will serve me in volunteering at other organizations in the future and in future jobs.
I am a middle school teacher and have had the awesome opportunity to bring my students to volunteer at Safehome.
A staff member always explains the role of Safehome in our city and how, as young people, they can begin making wise choices in how they treat one another. It is always a powerful and rewarding experience.
I volunteer at the courthouse as a victim advocate. I really feel that I am helping victims of domestic abuse by providing useful information about domestic violence and resources to help them through the legal process.
At the end of the day, I feel that I did something good for the victims and the community.
I grew up in a time when we did not have agencies like Safehome for domestic violence victims. As a survivor, knowing how much my family could have benefited from such a resource, I am committed to supporting my community in any way I can to ensure Safehome exists here. I happily volunteer in many different capacities. When I see a need, and I know I can help, I step up!
Even if in small ways, I know I am helping this wonderful agency and assisting victims on their path beyond a world of domestic violence. I devote a fair amount of my spare time to promoting Safehome in Johnson County, speaking on behalf of the agency to advocate for prevention, educate people on how to recognize and respond to domestic violence at work and in their personal lives, and garner additional support and resources. I tap into my professional and personal networks when a need arises, rallying my friends, family, colleagues, and neighbors!”