We have provided a loving home for more than 2,000 young women and babies since 1987.

Annually we provide around 6,000 bed nights to young moms and their babies.

Our maternity home is for pregnant, young women 21-years old or younger.

Our Transitional Living Program is for moms ages 18-34.

We serve more than 13,000 meals and snacks annually.

Our babies use more than 12,000 diapers per year.

We are licensed by the State of Missouri as a Maternity Home.

Our programs are alcohol and drug-free.

Most of our residents come from the Greater Kansas City area and surrounding counties.

Girls choose to live at Mother’s Refuge at their own will.

We are governed by a board of directors, made up of community leaders.

Our funding comes from contributions from individuals, businesses, foundations, churches, government funding, and various grants.

Our shelter has seven bedrooms and can accommodate a total of 14 moms and babies at a time.

Our Transitional Living Program has 6 apartments and a 3-bedroom house, we can accommodate up to 8 families in our TLP.

Are Donations tax deductible?

As a 501( c) 3 organization, both your monetary and in-kind donations made to Mother’s Refuge are  tax deductible.   Monetary donations of $100 or more may qualify for an additional 70% Missouri Tax Credit.
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What kind of education do resident's receive?

Residents must continue their education while in our program. They attend either high school, GED classes, community college or technical  schools. Our Launch to Independence program is designed to teach young moms the necessary practical life skills  to live a life of independence. Class topics include self-improvement, pregnancy and parenting, money management, health/nutrition, career building, healthy relationships, and community awareness. (Learn More)

What do the girls do for fun?

Our residents participate in many community and cultural events such as the Ethnic Festival and shows at Starlight. We also visit the Kansas City Zoo and local museums. If you or an organization you know is willing to donate free tickets to various sporting events, shows, city events, please contact our Programs Coordinator, Kelsey Dugan, at Kelsey.Dugan@MothersRefuge.org or 816-800-0462.

How do I become a volunteer?
What kind of items do we need donated?

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How old are the women you serve?

We are State licensed to serve young women ages 12-21.

How much do you help the girls with their babies? Should they be taking the bulk of the responsibility?

Absolutely. Our philosophy is to help young moms be as self-sufficient as possible.  Each girl is responsible for the care of her own baby. Although we are here to teach and assist them, we feel  they must take responsibility for their own lives.  Soon, they will be on their own.  The more we are able to help them learn responsibility the more likely they will learn self-reliance and be successful.

What can I do to help promote Mother's Refuge and raise funds for your program?

There are lots of ways to help promote and raise funds for Mother’s Refuge, including, but not limited to: Baby Bottle Change Drives, Collect Donations, Benefit Garage Sales, Host a Jeans Day at your work, Collect food donations, Invite us to speak, etc. Please contact Bryce Crowell at Bryce@MothersRefuge.org.