Mental Health, Crisis Intervention

Healing House, Inc.

Kansas City, MO


Healing House is a faith based comprehensive addiction recovery support services organization operating in the Northeast sector of Kansas City, Missouri. Their mission is to provide safe and stable homes, with opportunities for spiritual and personal growth, along with purposeful guidance and support, for men and women who are committed to overcoming their addiction and becoming responsible, productive, drug and alcohol free members of our community.2018 RENEWAL FORMS

Ruling Year


Principal Officer

Ms. Bobbi Jo Jo Reed

Main Address

4505 St. John Avenue

Kansas City, MO 64123 USA


substance abuse, transitional living, job placement, recovery, community improvement





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Alcohol, Drug and Substance Abuse, Dependency Prevention and Treatment (F20)

Low-Cost Temporary Housing (includes Youth Hostels) (L40)

Community, Neighborhood Development, Improvement (S20)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

Drug overdoses kill 91 people in the U.S. every day and killed 52,404 in 2015 (car accidents killed 38,300). Of those overdose deaths, 20,101 were from prescription painkillers, and 12,990 were from heroin. Like the rest of the United States, Kansas City is experiencing the effects of an opioid addiction epidemic. Between 2005 and 2014, emergency room visits for opioid overuse in Missouri have more than doubled. The federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) states that one in five adults in the U.S. experience a diagnosable mental illness, including substance abuse. However, nearly 40% of them do not seek treatment. The main reasons cited for not doing so include inability to pay for services, not knowing where to go for help and believing they could handle their problems on their own. Especially in Kansas City’s urban core, there is a need for services that provide ongoing support to those who are uninsured and need recovery support services.

Our programs

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Recovery Support Services and Programming

Transitional Housing

Employment and Life Skills Training


Where we work

Charting Impact

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Healing House will continue to provide and expand transitional housing for recovering addicts and alcoholics; creating a safe, faith-based, community environment where residents can focus on recovery and equipping residents to become self-sufficient, productive members of society. Healing House plans to open a new Recovery Community Center (RCC)  to help meet the growing need for recovery programming and services.  The new facility will allow Healing House to expand capacity by 50% and offer increased programming and services to the residents and the community.  Members will attend small group counseling sessions, individual counseling sessions, work privately with case managers, and attend education and training classes.  Healing House is committed to transforming the local community through neighborhood restoration and rejuvenation projects.

1.Provide transitional housing for recovering addicts and alcoholics; creating a safe, faith-based, community focused environment where
residents can focus on recovery.
Complete renovation of a new home for 7 Pregnant and New Mothers and their
babies.Complete renovation of a new daycare facility between the current Healing House
Fellowship Hall and the new Pregnant and          New Mothers house.  Transition the current daycare building into a family home.Complete renovation of a new home for up to 10 men (located on Cypress and
Independence).Begin renovation of a 9,000 sq. foot building (located on Elmwood Avenue close
to St. John Avenue and the existing Healing          House fellowship hall) into the Recovery Community Center. 2.Equip recovering addicts to become self-sufficient,
productive members of society.
Provide consistent job preparation, employment assistance, and tutoring by
maintaining and increasing volunteer involvement.Involve Healing House residents in skill development opportunities as available
through home renovation projects and food            catering opportunities.Provide financial counseling and budgeting assistance by maintaining and
increasing volunteer involvement.3.Transform and serve within the local community through
neighborhood restoration and rejuvenation projects.  Engage in neighborhood clean-up and community development through neighborhood
outreach events.Continue to purchase and restore buildings in the Northeast section of Kansas
City.Increase involvement and connection with the Indian Mound Neighborhood
Association.Finalize plans for renovation of the current Healing House fellowship hall into
family apartments and 3 retail spaces (including a    café and thrift store) to
serve the community.

As one of the leading recovery support services providers in Missouri, the Healing House is uniquely positioned to bring the best and the brightest together to achieve its goals.  Since its founding by Bobbi Jo Reed, Healing House has markedly expanded its scale and reach.  Under Bobbi Jo's leadership, Healing House has purchased and refurbished numerous vacant homes- several of which were former drug houses- into safe sober homes for men and women.  Healing House has also purchased two apartment buildings where families are restored and parents are reunited with their children. Healing House provides help and healing to over 600 people per year.  More than 4,000 have been served with an impressive employment rate of over 95% of eligible residents.  With the commitment to changing lives in the Kansas City community, Healing House has successfully reduced crime in an area once riddled with drug dealing, prostitution and gang violence.  The area is being rapidly transformed through the collaboration of Healing House, numerous partners, volunteers and like-minded residents. Under the direction of Bobbi Jo Reed and Healing House staff over 37,000 volunteer hours were dedicated to providing recovery services and support on 2016. Healing House residents participate in community services projects and neighborhood cleanup with a goal to give back to the Kansas City Community.  Healing House has developed strong relationships with the police department and crime statistics reflect the impact Healing House has had in the Northeast area of Kansas City.  supplemented revenues that could not be covered by Access to Recovery and rental income. In-kind support and ample opportunities for volunteers to perform service work has also enabled Healing House to minimize costs over time. In the past five years funding streams have been diversified to engage more traditional non-profit funders, including donations from corporations and foundations like the Hall Family Foundation. In 2016, Healing House hired a Director of Development & Fundraising with the intent of maintain and growing the organization’s relationships within the funding community. While the operating costs for the organization will increase with the completion of the capital campaign, Healing House is committed to this growth and has taken steps internally through capacity building to ensure that the project results in a strong model of sustainability. Approximately 11% (over $148,000 in 2016) of the organization’s annual income is generated from gifts by individual donors.

As a faith-based, recovery organization, accurate measurement is critical to us. We carefully track our long-term and interim progress in the fight against drug and alcohol addiction, as well as our shorter-term accomplishments. The donations we receive are also key measurements, because we cannot reach any of our goals without resources. We use all of our measurements to guide our strategy for providing transitional housing for recovering alcoholics and addicts, while equipping them to become self-sufficient members of our society and transforming the community in which we live. Progress toward the Impact Goal is how we hold ourselves accountable to our mission.
Our qualified volunteer Board of Directors monitors progress toward all aspects of this goal, including the success rate, employment rate of eligible residents, budget, funding, volunteers and partnerships in the community. Our staff experts use federal statistics to track national rates and compare them with our current rate which we are always seeking to improve. However, because a major focus of our goal is providing recovery services to more individuals, we also are seeking additional measurement tools to more precisely measure progress for those at risk for relapse.
In the shorter term, we track our progress through various measurements. Among them: the amount of recovery support services we are able to provide, the number of collaborators and partnerships we maintain, the number of people we serve yearly, the number of people we are forced to turn away due to capacity, the number of attendees to our many programs, the number of people on our mailing list,email list and social media pages.

The Healing House has contributed greatly to major advances in the fight alcohol and drug addiction. However we are facing a major Opioid epidemic with the state of Missouri being ranked the 13th highest state for drug opiod death.In 2015, the State of Missouri was ranked the 13th highest state for drug overdose death. In 2016 alone 52,404 people died of overdose nationally. Opioid deaths have increased by an astonishing 247% since 1999. One in 7 Missourians meet the criteria for alcohol/drug dependence, costing our State an estimated $7 billion annually. Less than 10% receive addiction treatment services. For those who do receive treatment for their disease, approximately 60% will relapse within one year if they don’t receive recovery support services. Recovery support service agencies are critical to preventing relapse. Unfortunately, a vast majority of those receiving substance abuse treatment never receive any recovery support services. Due to these statistics there is much to accomplish. While Healing House is committed to changing lives, restoring hope and transforming the Kansas City Community we have not yet been able to reach our goal of serving every person that comes to us for help.  Healing House saw a massive growth of 50% between 2015-2016, however we still have to turn away over 140 people a week due to capacity.  In order for people to achieve long term sobriety and reduce relapse rates, substance abuse treatment must include recovery support services; services that Healing House has provided since its inception.  Other community programs do not offer the array of services Healing House provides so Healing House has stepped up to fill the gap. resulting in higher costs and longer waiting lists.  In addition to serving over 4,000 people since inception, Bobbi Jo Reed and the Healing House ministry have been involved and recognized for their impact in the recovery community at the Local, State, and Federal level.Governor's Committee to End Homelessness (2012-2014) National Coalition for the Homeless (2014) Recipient of the National Christian Foundation's Passion AwardUnsung Hero AwardKansas City Citizen of the Year FinalistChair of the Kansas City Substance Abuse Treatment Recovery Support CoalitionMissouri Coalition of Recovery Support Providers2014 Outstanding Service Provider Award2016 Missouri Department of Mental Health Outstanding Performer Award2017 Recipient of the Kansas City Young Matrons Benefit Gala Despite these successes there is much to accomplish. Alcohol and drug addiction is still a major cause of death and destruction in families across the nation. The current Opioid epidemic is in rapid increase.  With more resources, we can do more to combat this problem.

External Reviews


National Alliance for Recovery Residences 2018


Affiliations & Memberships

United Way Member Agency 2013

National Coalition for the Homeless 2014


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