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."
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.”
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.
Laurie White, LMSW | Counselor
I joined House of Hope KC in September 2010 as a volunteer while earning my Associate of Arts/Paralegal Certificate at Johnson County Community College. During this time I worked as a Paralegal for the District Court Trustee’s office and, after ten years of service at the Trustee’s office I had my Epiphany, “I wanted to be a Social Worker.” Shortly after, I began to work at House of Hope KC as a House Staff, mentoring the girls. I recently graduated from the University of Kansas, with a Masters in Social Work (MSW) and moved into a Counseling role (LSCSW) with House of Hope KC. I enjoy spending time with my family, gardening and cake decorating.
Vicki Bartholomew, LMSW | 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.
Cheryl Johnson-Lee | Morning 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 grand-children. 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.
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.