OUR SERVICES AND IMPACT

Our three core programs are designed to help families overcome the interconnected cycles of trauma, substance use, and poverty:

Supportive Housing

Helps families stabilize and reunify through 37 private, fully furnished apartments and access to basic needs.

Family Empowerment

Helps families overcome generational poverty and lead healthy lives through financial, education, career, and wellness support.

Therapeutic Services

Helps families heal from past trauma, stabilize mental health, improve parenting skills, and build resilience.

Entering our program in 2021, only 59% of women had completed their high school education and 0% were enrolled in school. Few families had their own transportation (24%) or a bank account (35%) and the majority (65%) had debt from outstanding warrants/fines, unpaid utility bills, and student loans. Most women (82%) had experienced foster care or other out-of-home placement as a child and had a family history of substance use (71%), underscoring the generational cycles our program seeks to break. All women had co-occurring mental health issues in addition to substance use disorders. The majority of families (88%) were impacted by out-of-home placement of children, either with relatives or in foster care. 

Yet, through our long-term, comprehensive program, we produce outcomes that will transform future generations by directly addressing the interconnected cycles of generational poverty, trauma, and substance use. By reunifying families, we not only reduce continued trauma and the negative impacts of foster care placement, but we also produce a significant cost savings to the foster care system, which costs an average of $32,711 per child per year. In 2021, we reunified 27 children with their mothers, producing a potential savings of $883,197 in public dollars. By stabilizing families’ housing and income, we also reduce the prevalence of houselessness and burden on the public benefits system in Kansas City. By addressing substance use and mental health, we reduce the societal consequences of unmanaged mental health and substance use disorders. Because of our two-generational approach, these outcomes are multiplied for an even longer-lasting impact.

Lives Impacted

191 women and children served. Amethyst Place employs a long-term approach to achieve a long-term solution. Because our program does not limit how long families can reside here, they are given the time and resources needed to create lasting change.

Housing Stability

The average family stays 19 months. 81% of families that have resided at Amethyst Place since 2020 are still stably housed, either at Amethyst Place or in the community—demonstrating how our program effectively addresses houselessness for the vast majority of participants.

Reunification

At intake, the majority of children were in out-of-home placement. Yet, by year-end, 88% of children in out-of-home placement were reunified with their mom and siblings at Amethyst Place. Nationally, only 44% reunify following mom’s treatment – Read Here

Parenting

Women leveled up by one in their Parenting domain, averaging “Building Capacity” (4 on a scale of 1-5) by program graduation. This was supported through evidence-based parenting programming, including Strengthening Families, Parent Cafes, How to Care, and Conscious Discipline.

Mental Health

Women leveled up by one in their Mental Health domain, averaging “Building Capacity” (4 on a scale of 1-5) by program graduation.

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Recovery

With an average of 855 days in recovery, 94% of women sustained or re-engaged in their recovery – more than double the national average (Read Here).

Basic Needs

 21,471 pounds of food were distributed through our household pantry, in addition to hygiene products and cleaning supplies not covered by public benefits assistance.

Healthcare Access

91% of families were insured. Families improved by two levels in their Healthcare domain, averaging “Empowered” (5 on a scale of 1-5) by program graduation. 

Transportation

Families improved by two levels in their Transportation domain, averaging “Empowered” (5 on a scale of 1-5) by program graduationdemonstrating an improved ability to access employment and education, among other basic needs.

Overcoming Poverty

80% of women were employed, in school, or both, building a pathway to financial security. 25 women were in GED classes, college, or vocational training. 34 women were employed or had other sources of income. We saw a 43% increase in employment rates from intake to present.

Credit

Families leveled up by one in their Credit domain, averaging “Building Capacity” (4 on a scale of 1-5) by program graduation—demonstrating our increased focus on financial literacy.

Child Education

Families leveled up by one in their Childcare and Child Education domain, averaging “Building Capacity” (4 on a scale of 1-5) by program graduation, which reflects the support that staff provide in connecting with quality early childhood education and school-age resources.

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2735 Troost-A Kansas City, Missouri 64109
ph: 816.231.8782 | fax: 816.472.1935