About reStart

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Since 1981, reStart’s goal has remained the same—to end homelessness in Kansas City.  This ambitious goal has made reStart a leader in innovative approaches to ending homelessness. Their innovation has opened doors to all homeless persons in need.

In 36 years, the overnight shelter turned non-profit organization has grown and served more than 28,406 homeless individuals, including 11,174 children and youth. 

reStart provides housing and supportive services to help homeless men, women, youth and families move toward independence and self-sufficiency with the goal of ending homelessness in our community.

reStart is the only homeless agency in Kansas City serving all homeless populations—singles, couples, gay, straight and trans-gendered individuals, and unaccompanied youth ages 12-18, as well as non-traditional families, persons with HIV/AIDS, and individuals recently released from prison or from psychiatric hospitalization.

reStart provides services free of charge. We admit clients with active substance abuse disorders or mental health problems as long as they are not a danger to themselves or others, and we don’t require clients to participate in religious services as a condition of housing.

Our mission

reStart’s mission is to provide housing and supportive services for homeless youth, families, women and men to end homelessness in our community.