Our Men's Center Transforms Lives

Each year, more than 1,500 men seek services at Shelter KC’s Men’s Center. In a single year, we provide an average of 88,000 meals and 36,000 nights of shelter to men who are hungry, homeless and hurting. At Shelter KC, we offer freedom from the past and hope for the future!

Led by licensed counselors, ordained ministers, case workers and others passionate about seeing men live a transformed life, the Men’s Center offers:

  • Short-term emergency homeless shelter
  • Long-term homeless shelter
  • Long-term recovery program

Short-Term Emergency Homeless Shelter

Our 62-bed homeless shelter houses men in Kansas City almost every night of the year. Those who live on the streets consider us one of the safest shelters in Kansas City. Our promise is to treat each man who walks through our doors with dignity.

Our nightly services for homeless men include:

  • bed (with an antibacterial mattress and pillow, sheets and blanket)
  • shower (each man receives a shower kit)
  • a nutritious, well-balanced meal (served family-style in our dining room)
  • chapel services
  • one-on-one counseling
  • clothing
  • laundry 
  • medical referrals

Shelter Launch

Shelter KC offers homeless men two weeks of emergency shelter. After that time, they are encouraged to join the Shelter Launch program. This program connects shelter guests with a life coach and the resources they need to obtain independent housing: financial, legal and spiritual direction; healthcare, career and addiction recovery support; and housing resources.

"There is HOPE for all who enter here" sign on the Shelter KC door
Bunk room at Shelter KC
Smiling man works out in gym
Men studying notebooks in Shelter KC library

Long-term Recovery Program

Shelter KC offers the Christian Community of Recovery (C-COR) to men in our emergency overnight homeless shelter who struggle with a life-controlling addiction. C-COR is a trust and responsibility based recovery environment and is designed to disciple men towards a committed and sober life in Jesus Christ. We offer a supportive community, classroom instruction, pastoral counseling, work therapy, recovery groups and case management to help program participants launch from Shelter KC into a healthy and sustainable Christian life.

Program components

Our goal with C-COR is to help men receive from God a Christian life within a healthy community, for a lifetime of recovery.

This includes:

Pastoral Counseling and Case Management

Allows men to access the education and experience of people who have helped many others accomplish their recovery goals. In weekly sessions, a Counselor helps each man discover ways to experience relief from the past and become the person God designed him to be.

Classroom Instruction

General knowledge of Christianity, recovery and skills for living and working are shared. Additional classroom work in the Learning Center may be necessary to improve language or math skills. 

Work Therapy

Work Therapy provides and opportunity to serve God by serving others and is an important part of the recovery process. We believe that work is a good & biblical responsibility, and provides dignity to the individuals in our program. Valuable skills like attendance, perserverence, conflict resolution, effective communication, and initiative are gained through Work Therapy - critical skills for the workplace.

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4 Phases of the recovery program

Our recovery program consists of four phases. We design an individual recovery plan for each man who joins our program. Men who wish to participate in the C-COR community must apply and be accepted. After joining, members must actively and faithfully participate in all of the various activities agreed upon in their recovery plan.

Phase 1: Preparation

Preparation phase allows men to prepare for the hard work of deep, life-changing recovery. It’s a time for us to assess and address immediate physical needs or mental health problems. It’s a time for men to become familiar with Shelter KC and C-COR, and to determine if they’re ready. Recovery is not a quick process. This phase includes:

  • compliance to Shelter KC rules and regulations outlined in the handbook
  • follow a daily schedule of activities
  • health needs assessment
  • attend classes through classroom instruction
  • attend 12 step meetings
  • attend a local church
  • contribute to the Shelter KC community through a service assignments
  • individual counseling
  • attend weekly house meetings
  • participate in morning devotions Monday through Friday
  • begin the assessment and recovery planning process with a Recovery Specialist.

With the support of C-COR staff, a man will advance to the Program phase.

Preparation length: minimum of 9 weeks and maximum of 12 weeks.

Phase 2: Program

As a man enters Phase 2, he will design a course of study with a Recovery Specialist to identify core issues – those that lead towards destruction. At the same time, he will continue to embrace the new life of long-term recovery.

Phase 2 requires a commitment to accomplishing objectives and completing goals. It’s a continual process of setting new objectives and goals within the context of the Community. This phase includes the same expectations as the Preparation phase. Orientation length: minimum of 26 weeks and maximum of 52 weeks.

Phase 3: Transition

To enter Phase 3, men must be near completion of Phase 2: Program and have obtained a recommendation from their C-COR Recovery Specialist and the Transition Case Manager. A plan to either work, continue education, or move into independent housing must also be part of the plan.

Transition length: by agreement

Phase 4: Alumni

An alumni program extends the opportunity for men to receive continued support from Shelter KC through Case Management and Alumni Events. Alumni are encouraged to:

  • Volunteer
  • Offer hope to others by speaking about how God has changed your life (during class, chapel, 12-Step Meetings, etc.)
  • Participate in Alumni Gatherings

How do I enroll in the recovery program?

1. Read through the C-COR Overview, Handbook and Code of Conduct.
2. Complete a “Christian Community of Recovery Application” available at the front desk of the Men’s Center and turn it in to the desk person on duty.
3. Schedule a personal interview with a Recovery Specialist by speaking to the person at the front desk.
4. At the end of your interview, you will be given further instructions to follow up for the second interview, or will be given a referral to another agency more suitable to your needs. If accepted, men may enter Phase 1: Preparation, or they may be placed on a waiting list. No one is accepted at the initial interview – it is a process to be accepted into the community. Our Recovery Specialist will explain once you complete the application.
5. If you are accepted into C-COR, you will begin participating in the Community in the Preparation Stage.