Sheffield Place opened its doors in February 1991 as a community response to the growing population of homeless mothers and their children in the Kansas City area. Since then, Sheffield Place has assisted more than 750 families in making the difficult journey from homelessness to self-sufficiency. Empowering the families to heal from the severe, chronic, and continuous trauma they have experienced is the first step in the process of self-sufficiency.
The results speak for themselves. Today, Sheffield Place serves 14 families at any one time through the residential program (up to 55 families each year) and up to 35 families that have transitioned from the shelter to permanent housing in the community through the Aftercare Program. Aftercare clients continue to receive case management, therapy, and other supportive services for as long as needed.
In 2014, 82% of the mothers in the residential program improved their mental health, 97% of the mothers remained abstinent from alcohol and other drugs, and 98% of the children improved their mental health or maintained normal functioning. Of the families in Aftercare, 93% maintained permanent housing, 100% maintained or increased their income, and 89% of the mothers remained abstinent from alcohol and other drugs.
Sheffield Place is the 2014 recipient of the Excellence in Nonprofit Leadership Award presented by Support KC. The award recognizes excellence in financial management and governance practices.