Newhouse, a Kansas City domestic violence shelter, to remain open

Friday, September 5, 2008 | 2:32 p.m. CDT

KANSAS CITY ­- A domestic violence shelter that was at risk of closing permanently because of money problems will keep its doors open after all.

The Newhouse shelter in Kansas City is set to reopen thanks to an anonymous donation.

Newhouse president Leslie Caplan says the donors do not want publicity. She says the donors had been looking to help "struggling women and children" and came across an article about Newhouse in The Kansas City Star.

"We had been praying for the right donor to support our cause," Caplan told The Star. "The reality is, for those who don't believe in the power of prayer, we are an example."

Caplan would not comment on the amount of money donated but described it as "significant."

"It doesn't solve all our problems," she said. "We will need past, present and future donors."

The shelter's 26 staff members will be rehired Monday. All 86 beds will be available Wednesday.

The struggling shelter was running out of money to pay staff members two weeks ago. The shelter moved the 72 women and children housed there to other sites, fearing that staff might start leaving to look for other work.

The shelter had suffered a drop in donations and was affected by shrinking grant funding, the timing of grant payments and increased competition for government grants.

Newhouse officials were in merger talks with the Don Bosco Centers, another nonprofit agency, and feared the shelter would close its doors if those discussions were successful.

Now, the merger talks are over, and Newhouse's board of directors voted Wednesday to keep operating independently.

The shelter served 600 women and children last year.

The Newhouse agency was started by three Methodist and Presbyterian churches in 1971 as a food pantry, clothes closet and GED class site. The domestic violence shelter opened in 1978.



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Kim Cooks August 17, 2009 | 8:52 p.m.

Everything Posted about Newhouse is a lie! I was recently staying at newhouse and didnt experience anything positive. The staff are ruse ad inconciderate and the staff take home the donations constantly. When I was there I couldn't get help with even getting a GED, couldn't get a meeting with the case manager to get assistance with getting my kids and myself clothes when we went there with almost nothing. Newhouse keeps talking about they have no funding but they have far too many people working back in the administration area. In July when I stayed there they recieved $9500 from Verizon and it was to be used to provide transitional, education, and all case management services;however, since when has newhouse given one class or referred anyone for school? They didn't even help me get a GED. Matter of fact the staff from what I was told by one of the employees there said that case management, director, and therepist have been on vacations since then continuallsy on and off. Is that why the money was donated? Newhouse has rules they want you to abide but do everything possible to set you up for failure. they give you a morning chore but dont want to get you an alarm clock to get you up or wake you up. You can't have your children unsupervised but they tell you your kid can go into the offices or laundry room they have to wait outside the door. They were constantly making up rule when I was there and from my understanding a certain staff member said they still are. You leave a domestic violence situation and enter newhouse to start the cycle al over again "walking on eggshells" Go to any domestic violence shelter and believe me you will get the most negetive feedback from the past and present residents. They help you by settng you up for failure. Newhouse needs to be placed under invesigation IMMEDIATELY! [And excuse my missplaced words I still dont have my GED]

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