Sheffield Place opened its doors in February 1991 as a community response to the growing population of homeless mothers and their children in the Kansas City area.  Sheffield Place has assisted more than 1200 families in making the difficult journey from homelessness to self-sufficiency. Empowering the families to heal from the severe, chronic, and continuous trauma they have experienced is the first step in the process of self-sufficiency. 

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Off The Wall - October 12, 2019

Thanks to everyone who made Off the Wall a tremendous success again this year! Together, the community raised more than $300,000 to empower homeless mothers and their children to heal from trauma and become self-sufficient! For a list of sponsors and other information, click here!


Mission & History

The mission of Sheffield Place is “To empower homeless mothers and their children to heal from their trauma and become self-sufficient.” 

What makes Sheffield Place unique among homeless serving organizations is the commitment to serving families with multiple barriers to success (mental health, addiction, and domestic violence backgrounds, low educational attainment, and felony convictions among others). The agency embraces Trauma Informed Care (TIC) and trauma recovery as the first step in healing and provides intensive mental health and addiction recovery services delivered by licensed, master’s level therapists and experienced case managers.

Once families stabilize and transition to permanent housing in the community, they receive ongoing case management, therapy, and other supportive services for as long as needed. 

In addition, Sheffield Place purchases and rehabs housing in the neighborhood. Families may rent these houses based on a sliding scale. The families continue to receive case management and other services and may stay in the houses for as long as they desire.

In these ways, Sheffield Place demonstrates its firm conviction that the underlying trauma of each client’s life must be addressed for healing and self-sufficiency to occur. 

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About Trauma Informed Care

Current research identifies trauma as a major risk factor for a number adverse health and mental health outcomes. By understanding and treating trauma as the service delivery model, Sheffield Place is a leader and innovator in providing Trauma Informed Care for both children and adults. Key milestones include: 

  • In 2007, Sheffield Place became the first homeless shelter in the nation to provide the three best evidence-based therapeutic modalities for traumatized children.

  • In January 2008, Sheffield Place implemented the CARE (Child Adult Relationship Enhancement) model for trauma informed service systems. 

  • In August 2008, Sheffield Place was selected as one of 20 organizations nationwide to participate in a learning community sponsored by The National Child Traumatic Stress Network to implement Integrated Treatment of Complex Trauma (ITCT). 

  • In March 2009, as a result of our commitment to evidence-based treatments, Sheffield Place was recognized as a national best practice for our work with traumatized, homeless children (America’s Youngest Outcasts: A State Report Card on Child Homelessness, March 2009).

  • In 2011, Sheffield Place was named a best practice in homeless services by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Region VII.

  • In 2012, Sheffield Place received certification from the Missouri Department of Mental Health, which was renewed in 2015 and 2018.

Sheffield Place believes that the mental health needs of the homeless mothers and children who call Sheffield Place home must be addressed to help children and families heal from their trauma to gain self-sufficiency.

Sheffield Place has been recognized for excellence in nonprofit management:

  • In 2014, Sheffield Place received the Excellence in Nonprofit Leadership Award from Support KC.

  • In 2015, Sheffield Place received the Excellence in Fundraising Award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals Mid America Chapter.  Click here to see the awards video. 

  • In 2017, 2018, and 2019, Charity Navigator awarded the agency their highest ranking, 4-Stars, in recognition of effectiveness, transparency, and accountability.  Only 29% of rated agencies retain the rating for the second consecutive year. In 2019, the agency received a perfect 100% rating - the only Kansas City nonprofit to do so and 1 of only 67 nationwide. View the Sheffield Place rating here




Contact Staff

Harvey Howard - Facilities

Alice Lemmons - Director, Finance
816-483-9927 Ext. 116

Regina McKinney - Case Manager
816-483-9927, Ext. 126  

Dawn Shipman - Employment Partnership Specialist

Christy Trewhitt - Development Assistant
816-483-9927 Ext. 129

Kelly Welch - Executive Director
816-483-9927, Ext. 330

Janiese Wesley - Case Manager
816-483-9927, Ext. 115

Jeanette Williams - Life Skills Coach
816-483-9927, Ext. 115

Marnice Willis - Children & Family Case Manager
816-483-9927, Ext. 114

Joshua Autry, LMSW - Case Manager
816-483-9927, Ext. 128  

Heather Berry - Children's Program Coordinator
816-483-9927 Ext. 127

Mark Breads - Facility Manager
816-483-9927 Ext. 117

D'Ann Clark - Client Admissions Manager
816-483-9927, Ext. 110  

Sheryl Dysvick, LCSW, LSCSW - Therapist
816-483-9927, Ext. 119

Shelby Hansard, LMSW - Therapist
816-483-9927 Ext 112

David Hanzlick, PhD, CFRE - Director, Program and Development
816-483-9927, Ext. 113  



Board/Council of ADVISERS



Skyler Phelps - President 
Mantel Teter

Susan Escher - Vice President/Secretary 
Symphony Financial

Kyle Siner - Treasurer
Platform Ventures

Nate Vander Hamm - Past President
Grant Thornton 


Melissa Andeel - Children's Mercy Hospital

Gary Briles, II - Creative Planning

Bill Dunn, III - Campione Interior Solutions, LLC 

Sylvia Flores - Cable Dahmer

Dionne King - DMK Consults, LLC

Annalisa Knefel - Garrison Family Dental

Adrienne L. Kordalski - Transystems

Julie Lattimer - The Nolan Company

Kathy Malone - Counseling and Recovery Partners

James Melton - Hallmark Cards

Kama Moseley - Lockton

Dan Mueller - Grant Thornton

Boyd Nolen - Pro Circuit

Diane Smith - Citizens Bank & Trust

Don Woehrman - DST (retired)

*a member of the board is a former client


Gina Pulliam - Chair - United Way of Greater Kansas City (retired)

Rachel Berbiglia - Building a Bookshelf

Margene Burnett – Circuit Court of Jackson County

Alinda Dennis - United Way of Greater Kansas City (retired)

Lundy Joyce - Community Volunteer

Susan Hopkins - Community Volunteer

Susan Kimble - UMKC School of Nursing

Perri Lampe - Metropolitan Community Colleges

Lisa McIntire - Citizens Bank & Trust

Melissa Miller - KCI Auto Auction

Mark Morales - Bridging the Gap & President, Sheffield Neighborhood Association

Sean O’Malley - Creative Planning

Bryan Peterson - Pro Group

Maureen Purcell - Solwork, LLC

Rex Redlingshafer, Jr. - Dentons

Heather Rollins - Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City

Sherri Rosen

David Showalter, LCSW - Clinical Social Worker

Jim Scott - Radion

Chief Richard Smith - Kansas City, Missouri Police Department

Kenny Yeung - UMB



Photo tour of the facility

These photographs provide a tour of Sheffield Place, including the lobby, computer room, one of the three kitchens, a living unit, laundry room, children's program area (Project H.O.P.E.), backyard play area, and vegetable/flower garden.