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Winter 2012 Hope House Awarded $500,000 Grant

For Civil Legal Program

On Wednesday, September 26, Missouri Fifth District Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, II, announced a half-million dollar federal grant for Hope House in Independence. The grant was awarded by the Department of Justice Legal Assistance for Victims Grant Program. MaryAnne Metheny, Hope House CEO, spoke at the news conference, telling those in the audience that these funds will be used to continue the Civil Legal Program for the next three years. The Civil Legal Program provides legal representation in the civil courts, for cases such as divorce and child custody, by Hope House’s two contract attorneys. In Fiscal Year 2011 (10/1/10 through 9/30/11) the program served over 450 women and men, all local domestic abuse survivors.

Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, II, announced the grant at a news conference on September 26.

Hope House is the only local shelter in Missouri to have a Civil Legal Program. We take client referrals from Rose Brooks Center, Synergy Services, and Mattie Rhodes Center’s Nuevo Dia (New Day) Program. “It allows survivors to access the services they need but don’t have financial resources to get,” said Hope House contract attorney Mary Weir. She continued, “Without these professionals to assist them, they may go for an order of protection, for instance, and lose in court. This often results in them going back home. These can be life and death situations, and a program like this is a game-changer.” Congressman Cleaver with Hope House founder Barbara Potts and Dr. Don Potts.

Howlin’ for


Held at Howl At The Moon in the Power & Light District on Sunday, October 21, the 5th Annual Howlin’ for Hope raised over $23,000, which will help us purchase a new phone system. This year’s event marked the 5th year that CarterEnergy President Kerry Oliver has chaired the event, and CarterEnergy was Presenting Sponsor.

Sam and Kerry Oliver with Amy Parent.

Hope House To Celebrate 30 Years of Service When Hope House opened on January 1, 1983, we could house 15 women and children. But the need has continued to grow over the past 30 years. We now house 122 women and children between two campuses, and are at capacity every night of the year. When someone leaves, the space is filled immediately with someone else who escaping a life filled with violence.

The 2nd Hope House shelter, circa 1987, could house 30 women and children.

2012-2013 BOARD OF DIRECTORS CiCi Rojas, Chairperson Chris Ferguson, Chair Elect Sara Welch, Immediate Past Chair Sal Montalbano, Treasurer Carol Baker, Secretary Roberta Abramson Elizabeth Barnett Lisa Block Dr. Stephanie De La Torre Ashley Gillard Greg Lorei Roger Lumley

Dara Macan Sarah Millin Kurt Pycior Adam Rossbach Becky Sandring Gary Walker Michael Williams

In our first year of service, we housed 570 women and 240 children, and answered 949 hotline calls. In our fiscal year 2011, we housed 827 women (a 45% increase) and 416 children (a 73% increase), and answered 4,435 hotline calls (a 367% increase). ADVISORY BOARD Carol Sue Bass Jacqueline Clark Dick Doherty Colleen Foudree Daren Fristoe Charlie Harris, Jr. Tom Holzbauer J. Scott King Barbara Koirtyohann Tom Krewson Phil LeVota Carol Mays Judy Ness Barbara Potts Norman Swails Donna Watkins Lysle Weeks Sally Winship


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On Friday, September 28 at Eagles’ Landing Golf Course in Belton, Title Boxing Club hosted their 3rd Annual Links of Hope Golf Tournament to raise funds for Hope House. 25 teams teed off under the brightest of blue skies and raised an amazing $27,941! Congratulations to the winning team of Tim Barron, Bryan King, Geoff Taull, and Robert Thompson, all from Alterra Bank, shown sporting the championship belts they won!

On Friday, October 6 Invicta FC3 wowed the crowd at Memorial Hall. Because Invicta features female MMA fighters, they decided to help Hope House fight for women who are victims of domestic violence. Not only did Invicta donate $5,000, they created these amazing t-shirts that say “Knockout” on the front and “Domestic Violence” on the back. The t-shirts were sold on the Invicta website and at the door. Showing off the Knockout t-shirts are Chase and Chelsea from Invicta, and Libby Connor of Hope House holds the $5,000 donation check.

Girl Scout Troop 1457 from Blue Springs worked on a service project to earn their Silver Award. They raised enough money to purchase a new bookshelf and got donations of gently used books. They donated it all to Hope House so the children who are living with us would have books to read.

Ben Jones of Union Pacific presents Tehani El-Ghussein of Hope House with a check for $10,000. We have used the grant money to fixed the lights in our Lee’s Summit parking lot, and purchased three refrigerators for our clients’ use, a new garbage disposal for shelter, and circuit boards for our security gates.

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Tax Credits Are


Hurry! There’s only a little time left to make charitable donations for 2012. Under the Missouri Domestic Violence Tax Credit program, a Missouri taxpayer who contributes a total of at least $100 to Hope House during the taxable year is eligible for a tax credit equal to 50% of the amount contributed. That cuts the cost of your gift in half, so you have the chance to make your gift worth twice as much!

MAKE YOUR DONATION Your donation must be received (or postmarked) by 11:59PM on Monday, December 31, 2012 in order to qualify as a 2012 contribution. HOW TO APPLY FOR TAX CREDITS A simple one page application must be completed by February 14, 2013. Please contact Karma at or 816.257.9339 to get the paperwork started.

DID YOU KNOW? Any business that pays Missouri taxes is also eligible for these tax credits, with a qualifying donation!

Winter 2012 Newsletter  

Hope House Winter 2012 Newsletter

Winter 2012 Newsletter  

Hope House Winter 2012 Newsletter