Hope House, an advocate and resource for domestic violence survivors in Kansas City, will host their 30th Anniversary believe gala on August 3, 2019. As part of the event, the Independence Police Officers that work with Hope House’s Guardian Program, a safe exchange and monitored visitation program, will be receiving this year’s Barbara Potts Award. The award recognizes individuals and groups who are dedicated to Hope House’s mission and have given their time to assist those affected by domestic violence.

“Each year I am amazed at the overwhelming support of our community coming together to help survivors of domestic violence. We are here as an agency to assist our clients and with community support and resources we are able to help more clients with a variety of comprehensive programs,” says Hope House CEO, MaryAnne Metheny. “Everyone deserves a life free from abuse. The officers receiving the Barbara Potts Award truly go above and beyond to provide safety for parents and their children.”

Hope House offers the Guardian Program to parents that are referred through courts, social service agencies, or self-referrals. The Independence Police Department provides off-duty police officers to monitor and safeguard the center and custodial parents during operating hours.

In 2018 Hope House helped over 4,000 women, men, and children affected by domestic violence through a variety of programs including emergency shelter, therapy, outreach resources, court advocacy, BridgeSPAN in area hospitals, Guardian Program, children’s advocacy, transitional and permanent housing, and legal support. Each comprehensive program helps survivors and their families begin a life free from abuse.

Presenting sponsor of believe is GEHA, with Show-Me Presentation Resources as the Title Sponsor, DSI as the Champion Sponsor, and Empower Retirement as the Dream Sponsor. Abby Mocek of BOK Financial and Ken Barnes of Barnes Law Firm hold the positions of Honorary Chairs.

Hope House provides comprehensive domestic violence services including, two emergency shelters, 24-hour crisis hotline, court and hospital advocacy programs, individual and group therapy, safe supervised visitation program, as well as comprehensive services encompassing prevention, education and support for thousands of people traumatized by domestic violence every year. The 24-hour hotline number is 816-461-HOPE (4673).

For more information: www.hopehouse.net

Event Information: believe, illuminating hope – Saturday, August 3, 2019, 5:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. at The Westin Kansas City at Crown Center. Kris Ketz will be the emcee for his 30th consecutive year and Ed Bickleman will be the guest speaker. www.hopehouse.net/events.