How Families Gain Admission

Sheffield Place serves highly traumatized homeless mothers with multiple barriers to success, including: mental health and addiction issues, domestic violence backgrounds, low educational attainment, and felony convictions, among others. The agency accepts mothers with up to five children.  A mother who meets these criteria is encouraged to call Sheffield Place. Following an initial phone conversation, she may be scheduled for a personal interview and tour.

The Programs at Sheffield Place

Sheffield Place offers four fully-integrated programs to empower the families as they make the difficult journey from homelessness to self-sufficiency:

1) Residential Housing Services provides mothers and their children with onsite housing consisting of a two room living unit with a private bath and shared kitchen and laundry facilities.

2) Residential Clinical Services provides therapy, strengths-based case management, and life skills groups (effective parenting, healthy relationships, job search, personal finance, among many others) for mothers and their children.  

3) Aftercare Clinical Services provides case management and other supportive services such as therapy for families once they achieve sufficient stability to transition into permanent housing in the community.

4) Permanent Housing Services provides housing for families in houses owned and operated by the agency. 



Residential Services

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Sheffield Place is a nonprofit treatment and transitional living program on E. 12th Street in Kansas City, Missouri.  

More than 100 families (17 homeless mothers and their children at any one time) call Sheffield Place home each year. The average length of stay is approximately three months. The length of stay is tailored to meet the needs of the individual family. 

A typical family at Sheffield Place is headed by a mother in her 20's.  The family depends on Temporary Aid for Needy Families, food stamps, and Medicaid.  The average mother has two children under five years of age.  In 2017, 61% of mothers were African American, 34% of mothers were white, 3% were Native American, 2% were Asian. Five percent identified as Hispanic/Latina in ethnicity. 

Nearly all of the mothers have a mental health diagnosis, most commonly depression, anxiety, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and bi-polar disorder.  Most of the mothers have a dual diagnosis of addiction.  Most are survivors of domestic violence, and many grew up in foster care and/or were runaways, lack a high school diploma or GED, and have felony convictions.  

Home at Sheffield Place is a small living unit with a private bathroom. Five or six families share a kitchen and dining area on the three residential floors.  Families share a common laundry room.

To prepare families for self-sufficiency and the challenges of managing a home, families practice life skills.  The mothers care for their own living unit and take responsibility for cleaning shared living spaces. With guidance, they learn to prepare healthy food on a tight budget and to resolve conflict in a positive manner. Financial education helps each woman resolve debt and place money in a savings account to begin preparing for the time when she leaves Sheffield Place.



Residential Clinical Services

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The Residential Clinical Services Program provides individual, group, and family therapy for adults and children as well as strengths-based case management for the families who call Sheffield Place home.

Children's Clinical Services 

Children are the youngest victims of homelessness. They are at risk of additional traumatic experiences.  They often experience anxiety, depression or withdrawal. One in three has a major mental health disorder.  These are the children who accompany their mothers to Sheffield Place. 

Sheffield Place empowers every child to heal from trauma through education, self-discovery, and family support.  

Program activities are therapeutic and developmentally-based. The therapists identify risk factors and  implement treatment plans for both children and mothers. Structured psycho-educational group activities take place four evenings each week and on Saturday mornings. Sheffield Place also provides developmental support, individual therapy, parenting coaching, and family activities. The expressive art and animal-assisted therapeutic activities has expanded the multi-disciplinary approach to family treatment and recovery from trauma.

Adult Clinical Services

Through Adult Clinical Services, the therapists provide individual and group therapy designed to address the mental health and substance abuse issues of the mothers who live at Sheffield Place. Program activities include assessment, treatment planning and implementation, psycho-educational groups, substance abuse support groups, parenting education, and family therapy. 

Each mother at Sheffield Place participates in at least 10 hours of program services each week.  These services include an hour of individual therapy and case management each week, as well as group therapy and groups on such topics as women's and children's health, 12-Step, recovery, leadership, healthy eating, healthy relationships, personal financial management, and employment skills, among others.

Adult Clinical Services empowers homeless mothers to heal from their trauma as they gain the skills they need to become self-sufficient. The strength-based therapy and trauma informed care increases their sense of self-worth and empowers them to make new choices in their lives.

Strengths-Based Case Management Services

Sheffield Place offers a place where homeless mothers and their children are safe today and where they can recover from homelessness and the severe, chronic, and continuous trauma of their lives. The Strengths-Based Case Management is a client-driven initiative that encourages personal freedom and responsibility.  

When a homeless mother and her children arrive at Sheffield Place, the Strengths-Based Case Management begins. A case manager measures the woman’s independent living skills and works with her to set goals focused on her family, education/employment, and health. The goals encompass steps to securing permanent housing, increasing income, and improving mental and physical health including sobriety and effective, positive parenting. Progress toward these goals is reviewed at each weekly case management session.  



Aftercare Clinical Services


The Aftercare Clinical Services Program reduces barriers to care by expanding services to the highly traumatized population of homeless women and children once they have stabilized through the residential program and transitioned to permanent housing in the community.  Services are provided to the families for as long as necessary. Case management is provided in the family's home or at the facility along with therapy and other supportive services.

Evidence indicates that the longer these families receive case management and other supportive services, the more successful they will be at maintaining self-sufficiency.



Permanent Housing


Sheffield Place owns ten units of permanent housing. Families may transition from the facility once they have stabilized. Families pay adjusted rent and may live in the houses for as long as they wish to do so. Each family in the Permanent Housing Program receives ongoing case management and other supportive services.