The men of P III were frustrated in their attempts to help other men (and their families) they encountered on 12th step calls due to the inability to place the men in a sober home environment. Some of the men had nowhere to go and others had been asked to leave their homes because of their drinking.
The group began renting rooms in rundown hotels in downtown Kansas City and passing the hat (at their AA meetings) to pay the bills. In 1972, they secured permanent housing (a 2 story, 3 bedroom house at 2540 Holmes) that provided a clean and safe space for other men to find sobriety. After also acquiring the house next door, capacity expanded to sixteen men. In just 3 years, Welcome House had become a vital resource in the recovery community.
The men of P III were committed and “hands on” in their efforts - bringing these men to meetings, helping them find jobs, sponsoring and counseling them along a sober path of recovery. As residents realized the benefits of sobriety (and stability), they were asked to pay a subsidized rent, so others could receive the support they desperately needed. The men of P III believed there was dignity in paying your own way and earning your keep. They also refused any government subsidy to fund their mission and relied on private donations to make up any shortfall. At capacity for the next decade, and with the need for more beds continuous, Welcome House purchased and moved to a 3 story apartment building at 27th and Charlotte. Doubling again, the bed capacity was now thirty four. In 1986, the current property at 1414 E. 27th Street was purchased from Catholic Charities, and through remodeling, total capacity has grown to 80 residents.
In the 46 years since its humble beginning, Welcome House has received over $6,000,000 in private donations, served 1,200,000 meals, held more than 40,000 12 step meetings, and helped almost 16,000 men seeking sobriety and a place to turn their lives around. The men of PIII believed that service to others, lending a helping a hand, and paying your own way was, and is, the path to living a rich and fulfilling life. Sober.
The Welcome House program provides adult male alcoholics and addicts, 21 years of age and older, with a safe place, the support and the direction
necessary to build a foundation in recovery. The program includes the following components:
Short-term achievements and improvements that result from program participation include the following:
The Welcome House Court Ordered program has proven to be one the most successful programs in the history of the Welcome House. Evidence of that success is demonstrated by the following:
2011 to 2016 Success Rate:
The Welcome House also offers the following ancillary
“Lay Counseling” Program - The “Lay Counseling” program is a peer support program that connects residents with individuals in long-term recovery from the Kansas City community. The program provides recovery coaching or mentoring to residents that are new, or returning, to recovery.
Rehabilitative Jobs Program - The Rehabilitative Jobs Program helps residents establish a structured daily routine, a sense of community, responsibility and productivity, provide a recent work history and reference, and assists with networking and job placement. The program includes an emergency aid component called Jumpstart.
Welcome House University - The Welcome House University program provides workshops and educational content to Sober Living Recovery Program participants.
Alumni Fellowship - The Welcome House Alumni Fellowship program encourages former residents to stay involved with the program. Tuesday is “Alumni Night” and former residents are encouraged to join current residents for dinner and to stay for the recovery meeting. Other alumni events and opportunities are held throughout the year, including the Alumni BBQ and Welcome House Night at the K.
The Welcome House collaborates with several organizations in the Kansas City and surrounding areas. Some examples of those organizations include the following:
Artists Helping the Homeless (AHH) – AHH is a not-for-profit organization that works with the chronically homeless, from the street to success. Many of their homeless clients have high rates of behavioral health problems, including severe mental illness and substance abuse disorders. Together, AHH and Welcome House work with Kansas City’s homeless adult males seeking sobriety, recovery and a place to change their lives.
Heartland Regional Alcohol and Drug Addiction Assessment Center (Heartland RADAC) - Heartland RADAC is a licensed alcohol and drug treatment program that provides assessment & referral services as well as care coordination & case management services for individuals seeking substance abuse services. Together, Heartland RADAC and Welcome House help adult males struggling with active alcoholism and addiction.
Swope Health Services (SHS) – SHS provides primary healthcare and behavioral health services to improve the well-being of individuals and families. They also coordinate services for the needs of all who seek care. Together, SHS and Welcome House help adult males struggling with active alcoholism and addiction.
Since 2015, Welcome House has made great improvements that have resulted in organizational growth and an improved financial position. With these in place, Welcome House leadership is shifting focus to additional programmatic enhancements based on best and evidence-based practices and designed to better support its overall mission. Over the next 20 months, Welcome House will implement new programmatic features that will include the following:
-Implement a 30-day assessment period prior to formal acceptance into the program.
-Increase program length to eight months consisting of three “phases/levels” with specific requirements and expectations in each.
-Limit the time allowed in the program to nine months; a three-month extension will be available on a case-by-case basis.
-Implement a three-tiered clinical assessment and referral process during the probationary period that will identify prohibitive recovery factors and aid in the development of individualized client goals.
-Improve program and outcome tracking and management using a customized Community Care Link Module developed in conjunction with First Call.
-Collaborate with First Call Recovery Advocates to increase services and support.
According to the SAMHSA Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality, National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 2009 to 2013, 8.4% of Missouri adults over the age of 21 report heavy alcohol use. This is higher than the national average of 6.8%. This same survey showed that more males have greater illicit drug dependence or abuse (3.4%) than females (1.9%).
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