KANSAS CITY, Missouri - Newhouse is one of the largest shelters in Kansas City, offering nearly 100 beds under one roof. It not only provides a safe shelter but offers a lot of programs and services to help women get back on their feet after escaping an abusive situation.
The shelter offers therapy, advocacy, child care and a 24-hour hotline to victims of domestic violence and their children. It's the first domestic violence shelter to offer bi-lingual services.
Nicki Rogers lived at Newhouse for a year and half. She said the moment she escaped happened when her abuser said, "he was going to kill me, he meant it, he meant it."
Rogers said the abuse lasted for 4 years and she was badly beaten, "it was like a concentration camp, there was denial of food, denial of heat, regular beating and constant brainwashing."
Last year Newhouse helped about 850 people including Rhoda Sawyer who has plenty of praise for Newhouse, "They've showed me there is good people in the world, a lot of compassion in the world."
Sawyer says she felt helpless and hopeless coming to Newhouse with just the clothes on her back and the alleged abuse she says was getting more violent. She said her abuser "smacked me so hard upside the head that I actually saw stars."
Newhouse first started inside a small house in Kansas City's urban core and has grown to a nearly 100 bed facility.
With the weak economy, Newhouse i s seeing an increased demand for services and expect to help more than 1,000 women and children by the end of this year.
It cost $3,760.41 a day to keep the shelter open. If you'd like to donated or get more information about escaping domestic violence, you can call 816-474-6446.
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