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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.

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Core Values

·Christ Centered

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."


Tim Overby | Executive Director

Tim was born and raised in central Arkansas. An only child of a single parent household, Tim came into a relationship with Jesus at 11 years old and grew in his faith until surrendering to a call to full-time ministry at age 21. A graduate of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, Tim has spent the last 15 years serving two of the largest congregations in the Kansas City Metro Area as discipleship and executive pastor roles.

Tim’s life mission is to help people grow in their knowledge of God, so that they live out the life God has called them to in the gospel of Christ. He is passionate about advancing God’s mission in Kansas City through transformed lives, and sees incredible potential in the House of Hope KC to bring healing and restoration to families in KC and the surrounding Midwest region. Tim has a track record of bringing organizational health and increased collaboration among churches toward a common mission.

Please welcome Tim and his family as he seeks to shepherd the House of Hope KC in this next season of “healing teens, restoring families, and transforming communities.”

Tim Overby | Executive Director


Pamela Rodriguez | Business Administrator

Pamela has decades of experience working in non-profit association management administrative roles. Prior to coming to HOHKC, she was the Health Programs Manager at American Academy of Family Physicians, working with volunteer leaders and managing grants. Pamela is married to John, has two sons and a daughter in-law. She loves to go to the lake, decorate their old historic house, volunteer with her church and enjoys being around teenagers.

Pamela Rodriguez | Business Administrator


Before moving to Kansas City in 2017 Amy spent nearly 20 years in healthcare.   Understanding that teen girls need to feel heard, seen, and understood she sees every day as an opportunity to point the girls she works with to Jesus.  Amy has been with House of Hope since June of 2020.  She has three grown children and two granddaughters. In her time off, she enjoys hiking, camping in her home state of Oregon, and hanging out with friends and family.  

Amy Burgess | Program Coordinator

Amy Burgess | Program Coordinator

Maryssa Cessac | Hope Academy-Lead Teacher

Maryssa Cessac | Hope Academy-Lead Teacher 


Maryssa began serving at House of Hope as the Lead Teacher in July of 2021. She has been a Christian since the age of 13, and has always had a heart for teenagers. After receiving her History and Communication degree from the University of New Mexico, she moved to Kansas and began substitute teaching in nearby school districts until beginning her journey at House of Hope. When she isn’t working, she is volunteering at her church, spending time with family and friends, and reading.  


Cheryl Johnson-Lee | Residential Care Manager

Cheryl recently ended her journey in the corporate world and took early retirement after 30 years of service at Sprint/Embarq/CenturyLink with a background in purchasing management. Cheryl has a burning passion to help others especially teenage girls. Cheryl has two sons, one daughter-in law and three grandchildren. In her spare time Cheryl is in the studio listening to her oldest son write and record music and she operates her own clothing brand with her youngest son called Triumph Victory Limits None. Cheryl loves to volunteer at church, swim, play tennis, and travel.

Cheryl Johnson-Lee | Morning Manager

Alexis Obermueller | Lead House Staff 

Alexis Obermueller | Residential Lead Coordinator

Lexi has her Elementary Education degree. She has worked at House of Hope for a little over three years. She was the principal of the Hope Academy for two years. She has also worked in the Autism program at an elementary school with the Olathe school district.  She has a passion for working with and teaching young minds. She loves to watch them grow with time and push them to be better each day. She says, "This passion is why House of Hope has been an amazing place to work. I have not only seen God’s love and mercy through this ministry, but I have also seen miracles happen with the families and girls that come through here. It is not easy but it is always worth it."


Esther Spies - Residential Lead Coordinator

Esther Francis  - Lead House Staff

Esther has been serving at House of Hope off and on since 2017. She started out volunteering in their big sister program and shortly after applied for a house staff position. She spent the majority of 2018 and 2020 working with an international missions organization in South Africa where she met her husband. She resumed work with House of Hope for the year of 2019 and again at the end of 2020. Esther is currently studying horticulture and psychology with hopes to better understand and serve her community in the area of mental health. When she’s not at work she can be found spending time with her nieces, nephews and husband. 

Cheryl recently ended her journey in the corporate world and took early retirement after 30 years of service at Sprint/Embarq/CenturyLink with a background in purchasing management. Cheryl has a burning passion to help others especially teenage girls. Cheryl has two sons, one daughter-in law and three grandchildren. In her spare time Cheryl is in the studio listening to her oldest son write and record music and she operates her own clothing brand with her youngest son called Triumph Victory Limits None. Cheryl loves to volunteer at church, swim, play tennis, and travel.

Jennifer Stenson | Residential Lead Coordinator

Jennifer joined the House of Hope staff at the beginning of this year. She has been married for 23 years and is the mother of three; a young adult daughter, a teenage daughter and a teenage son. Jennifer has homeschooled her children for nine years now. She always finds herself in a place where she is working with kids. Jennifer has worked as a nanny, preschool & daycare teacher, and teaches Sunday School at her church. Jennifer feels led by the Lord to serve, teach, and love kids.

Jennifer Stenson | Lead House Staff


Rachel DiCamillo - Residential Lead Coordinator

Rachel DiCamillo - Lead House Staff

Rachel has been on the House of Hope team since the beginning of 2019. Although her educational background is in Art History and Archaeology she has always served in churches and local ministries. Her life is a balance of being a mom and wife, a college professor and House of Hope staff . She enjoys mentoring and loving on the girls that God brings into her life whether that be on the college campus or HOH. 

Our Counseling Staff


Vicki Bartholomew, LSCSW | Counselor

Vicki Bartholomew has been with House of Hope KC since April 2018. She received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the School of Social Welfare from the University of Kansas. Go Jayhawks! Vicki is married and has 3 kiddos who keep her extremely busy with all of their various activities. She is thankful to be a counselor at House of Hope and being a part of the journey of healing with the girls and their families.

Vicki Bartholomew, LSCSW | Counselor


Laurie White, LSCSW | Counselor

Laurie White began her journey at House of Hope in 2010, while earning two Service-Learning Certificates from Johnson County Community College for her volunteer work with the annual Stars and Spurs fundraiser. She recalls learning to use her strengths as a former professional cake decorator while teaching a cake decorating class to the residents, while sharing her story of how she came to faith in Jesus.  Later she had to resign her full-time job as a Paralegal to pursue God’s calling to be a social worker, she applied for the House Staff job on two different occasions.  Marilyn called her for an interview, and from that day forward she would begin her career with House of Hope as a House staff, to Senior House Staff to Program Director to Counselor while earning her degree. Laurie graduated from the University of Kansas in 2017 with her master’s in social work and began her clinical supervision in December of 2017.   She is currently working towards getting her permanent License Master Addiction Counselor (LMAC).  The best part of her job is getting to know the teenagers and helping families repair and restore relationships.  

Laurie White, LSCSW | Counselor


Phobe Finley, LMSW | Counselor

Phoebe Finley is the newest member of the Counseling Team at House of Hope KC.  Phoebe received her Bachelor’s in Social Work from Southwest Baptist University and her Master’s in Social Work from the University of Kansas. For the last two years she has been at St. Paul’s Episcopal Day School as a school counselor and is currently pursuing her license in clinical social work and play therapy.  Phoebe works clients in our Residential program as well as clients in our Family Counseling Center.

Phoebe Finley, LMSW | Counselor


Rebecca Randall, LPC | Counselor 

Rebecca Randall, LPC | Counselor 

Rebecca recently joined the counseling team at House of Hope KC. She received her Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Baker University and her Master of Arts in Counseling degree, with an emphasis in marriage, couples and families, from MidAmerica Nazarene University. Rebecca is married to her husband of three years who she shares two pups with. Rebecca is biblically informed in her work with clients and focuses on family systems and attachment. Her specialties include anxiety, depression and shame.  

Board Members

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Matthew's wife Lindsay helped start HOHKC with her mother and founder Marilyn Thomas. Matthew recently transitioned to the board chairman role after having served for a number of years on the board and advisory board. Professionally, Matthew is an industrial real estate broker and principal at Kessinger Hunter. He and Lindsay have four children and live in the Westport area of Kansas City. 

Matthew Severn | Board Member

Matthew Severn


Kimberly Sidden has always had a passion for working with children and young adults. She has worked both directly through volunteering at church and school and also by serving on the board of organizations with missions to serve the youth. Kimberly and her husband are blessed to be parents of two teenage daughters. House of Hope KC’s mission really spoke to her and she wanted to support this organization. She prayerfully considered the request to join the Board and felt God’s leading to do so.  Having spent the majority of her career in banking, Kimberly is a Vice President in the Treasury Division of Commerce Bank.

Kimberly Sidden | Board Member

Kimberly Sidden


Jeremy Bull is new to the board in 2021. Professionally, Jeremy is a Senior Accountant at the City of Overland Park, where he has worked for 21 years. Jeremy and his wife live in Gladstone with their two teenage sons. They have been active members at Pleasant Valley Baptist Church, in Liberty, since 2006. Jeremy has a passion for volunteer work both inside the church and within the community.  From working with Freedom Fire in the urban core, to traveling to Africa on two mission trips, Jeremy is very much looking forward to where God is leading him now in supporting the amazing work at House of Hope. 

Jeremy Bull | Board Member

Jeremy Bull


Kraig Kohring is Chair of the Real Estate and Financial
Services Department at Polsinelli and leads its Capital
Markets and Commercial Lending practice group. As
Chair of the Real Estate and Financial Services
Department, Kraig is responsible for a group over 225
lawyers across the United States with practices in the real
estate, banking, lending, capital markets, structured
finance, and bankruptcy industries.  Kraig has served on the Board at House of Hope since 2019. He also sits on the Board at Brookside Charter School and is a past Board member for K-Life in Kansas
City. “House of Hope, K-Life, Brookside, and the years
I’ve spent as a coach of kids’ sports teams and as a
Sunday School teacher are all different reflections of, and vehicles for, my commitment to, and absolute joy from, working with and serving children on their paths to maturity
and helping them find the resources and support they need to achieve their goals and find success in their lives.”

Kraig Kohring | Board Member

Kraig Kohring


Martha worked at House of Hope KC as a Clinical Social Worker from 2007-2015. She was a vital team member in the early years of the organization and really  enjoyed getting to know the girls and their parents as she helped them through some difficult times. Martha retired in 2015 to be a full-time grandmother, explore workout opportunities, and volunteer possibilities. She has five very smart and very adorable grandchildren who are all within 1-2 miles of where she lives, allowing her to spend quality time with them. Martha enjoys riding bikes, playing tennis and playing pickle ball. In addition to her role as Board member for House of Hope KC, Martha, also volunteers at St. Lukes Hospice House and serves on the Board of the Kansas City Rose Society. 

Martha Comment | Board Member

Martha Comment

Cliftene Lewis is the owner and President of American Fire Sprinkler Corporation.  Cliftene has been on the Board of House of Hope since 2015 and serves on the Planning and Development Committee and the Search Committee.

 Cliftene and her husband have always had a heart for kids and the first ever K-Life ministries meeting was held in their home.  They served as the President couple of K-Life and had the meeting in their home for years.   

Cliftene is an active member of Mission Road Bible Church and presently is working in the  nursery department, and involved in a bible study with some of the ladies from her church.

Cliftene has three children and 7 grandchildren and is lucky enough to have two of her children and four of her grandchildren living within a few miles from her.    

Cliftene Lewis | Board Member

Cliftene Lewis


Marvin Daniels

Marvin currently serves at the Executive Director and CEO of The Hope Center in Kansas City, MO.  Marvin holds a Master’s degree in Education and accredited certifications in Urban Missiology, Mediation and Dispute Resolution and Youth Development in the Urban Context. He most recently served as Vice President of Leadership Development at Kids Across America (KAA), a Christian sports camp and youth development ministry. He is the founder of Beyond the Norm, a training program that provides transformational skills for transformational ministry.

Marvin was an adjunct Professor of Youth Ministry at both Gordon College and North Park College. He was a youth pastor in New York City, Chicago, Boston and Philadelphia, and he served with the Jackson County Juvenile Courts in Kansas City.

Marvin also worked as a mediation specialist for the Cambridge and Boston Public School Systems. He was the Great Lakes Regional Facilitator for Compassion International USA Division, where he was responsible for the training and development of youth workers in seven Midwest states and 15 cities.

He continues to speak, lecture and train on issues related to urban ministry, urban education, and child and youth development. He also serves as a trainer in scenario planning and change management for the DeVos Urban Leadership Initiative.

Marvin has been married to LeAndra for 29 years and they have 5 children: Malachi, Isaiah, Micah, Imani and Nia.

Marvin Daniels | Board Member

Statement of Beliefs

We believe…

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.


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