Mission & History

The mission of Sheffield Place is “To empower homeless mothers and their children to heal from their trauma and help them become self-sufficient.”


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 1000 families in making the difficult journey from homelessness to self-sufficiency.  

What makes Sheffield Place unique among homeless serving organizations is the commitment to Trauma Informed Care and trauma recovery as the first step in healing; the intense focus on mental health and addiction recovery services delivered by licensed, master’s level therapists; the exclusive focus on homeless mothers and children; the length of stay (averages 3 months); the delivery of all services onsite where the families live; and the provision of ongoing case management and other supportive services for as long as necessary once the families transition from the shelter to permanent housing in the community.  In these ways, Sheffield Place demonstrates its firm conviction that the underlying trauma of each client’s life must be addressed for healing and self-sufficiency to occur. 

About Trauma Informed Care

Current research identifies trauma as a major risk factor for a number adverse health and mental health outcomes. By understanding and treating trauma as the service delivery model, Sheffield Place is a leader and innovator in providing Trauma Informed Care for both children and adults. Key milestones include: 

  • In 2007, Sheffield Place became the first homeless shelter in the nation to provide the three best evidence-based therapeutic modalities for traumatized children.
  • In January 2008, Sheffield Place implemented the CARE (Child Adult Relationship Enhancement) model for trauma informed service systems. 
  • In August 2008, Sheffield Place was selected as one of 20 organizations nationwide to participate in a learning community sponsored by The National Child Traumatic Stress Network to implement Integrated Treatment of Complex Trauma (ITCT). 
  • In March 2009, as a result of our commitment to evidence-based treatments, Sheffield Place was recognized as a national best practice for our work with traumatized, homeless children (America’s Youngest Outcasts: A State Report Card on Child Homelessness, March 2009).
  • In 2011, Sheffield Place was named a best practice in homeless services by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Region VII.
  • In 2012, Sheffield Place received certification from the Missouri Department of Mental Health.

Sheffield Place believes that the mental health needs of the homeless mothers and children who call Sheffield Place home must be addressed to help children and families heal from their trauma to gain self-sufficiency.

Sheffield Place has been recognized for excellence in nonprofit management:

  • In 2014, Sheffield Place received the Excellence in Nonprofit Leadership Award from Support KC.
  • In 2015, Sheffield Place received the Excellence in Fundraising Award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals Mid America Chapter.  Click here to see the awards video. 
  • In 2017 & 2018, Charity Navigator awarded the agency their highest ranking, 4-Stars, in recognition of effectiveness, transparency, and accountability.  Only 29% of rated agencies retain the rating for the second consecutive year.