House of Hope Kansas City is a Christian-based nonprofit organization providing a two-fold mission that includes
1) a comprehensive residential treatment program for hurting teenage girls, and
2) a Family Counseling Center that serves teenage boys and girls and their families.
Affiliated with the National House of Hope, our licensed residential group home for teenage girls 13 through 17 includes an onsite school, accredited through
the Basehor-Linwood (KS) School District, and intentional parent support from trained social workers.
Throughout the program, our residents experience the transforming power of love and are equipped with tools to overcome negative influences and past trauma as they rebuild relationships with their parents. We serve families all over the Kansas City area and the Midwest region through our residential program.
Our Counseling Center is equipped with Clinically-trained, Biblically-informed licensed counselors who provide services to teenage boys, teenage girls, and their families in the Kansas City area. House of Hope Kansas City is unique, because we work with teens and their parents to find solutions, and ultimately, restoration of healthy family relationships.
We believe all teens are God's beloved masterpiece
created for a purpose.
We are committed to following & honoring Jesus Christ through our words, actions & deeds in our relationships with all people.
·Integrity & accountability
We are committed to careful stewardship of our resources, transparency and honesty.
We offer hope to teens and their families by providing love and compassion on a consistent basis and by addressing their practical, emotional and spiritual needs.
We hire and develop qualified staff who honor our values. We strive for excellence in everything we do, from recruitment, providing services and building relationships with our teens, their families and our community.
Marilyn Thomas | Our Founder
Marilyn Thomas founded House of Hope Kansas City in 2003. As a young girl, God planted a seed in Marilyn’s heart- a lifelong desire to help hurting children. She always had a dream of starting an orphanage. She went to college and received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, a profession she cherished until she became a homemaker. She was married 33 years before her husband passed of cancer. through those years together, they raised four children, and she is now blessed with thirteen grandchildren.
When her husband passed away, the seeds that were rooted as a little girl to start an orphanage began to blossom into reality.
In recent years, Marilyn has retired, but remains an active and intrical part of the organization. She has entrusted the ministry to the new executive director, Tim Overby
Through his leadership and dedication, House of Hope continues to serve the Kansas City area "by restoring teenagers back to their families and parents back to their children."
House of Hope Kansas City has reached thousands of parents and teenagers, helping many girls returning home happier, healthier, and transformed through the love of Christ.
marilyn reported that many girls come in hating themselves, as well as their parents. She commented, "it is a joy when you see a life changed and the disrespect and rebellion against the family disappear...
When you see their life turn around and they start to walk with the Lord, they are literally changed and know they have a purpose in the future."
Our Counseling Staff
Statement of Beliefs
1. There is one God and He exists eternally in three persons as Father, Son, and
Holy Spirit. Each member of the Trinity is co-equal, yet have different functions
in the redemptive plan of God.
2. The Bible is God’s authoritative revelation of Himself to humanity and is not
mixed with any error in its origin.
3. Jesus Christ, as God the Son, is the final revelation of God. Jesus was born of a
virgin, led a sinless life, performed miracles, and become God’s final atoning
sacrifice through His substitutionary death on the Cross. He conquered death
and the grave through His bodily resurrection, ascended to Heaven where He
dwells in Lordship, and will return to Earth to resurrect His followers to eternal
fellowship and judge the World.
4. Humanity is born and naturally exists in a fallen state since Adam and Eve’s sin
in the Garden of Eden and remains separated from God, spiritually. This
fallenness impacts every area of a person’s life and is only transformed by the
regenerating work of the Holy Spirit on the basis of God’s grace alone. Salvation
comes to an individual as they repent and believe by faith in the finished work of
Jesus Christ on their behalf.
5. God designed His people to dwell with Him in spiritual relationship in the Lord
Jesus Christ, expressed most fully within a local church setting alongside other
Believers. We are called as followers of Christ to live a life of obedience to God’s
Word and shares His Good news with others.
At House of Hope Kansas City, we will be sharing the above teachings to all of our
residents, either through daily devotions, Bible studies, and chapel messages. However,
we will NOT force any religion and/or set of beliefs to our residents, but rather present
them with the opportunity of knowing Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.