Healing House, Inc.
4420 Saint John Avenue
Kansas City, MO 64123
(816) 920-7181

Success Stories

Since Healing House was founded in 2003, we have helped more than 4,000 men and women struggling with drug and alcohol addiction.  Read their success stories and learn more about how nearly 80% of our clients achieve life-long recovery.


Meet Karen

If you have been to the Hall recently you have probably met Karen, or at least you may have noticed her mentoring new residents.   As the Hall Supervisor, she teaches life skills through community service.  New residents learn food prep, organize clothing donations, and help keep the Hall neat and clean.  A mother of three daughters, Karen knows the value of hard work.  Her constant encouragement is an inspiration for those who are just beginning their sobriety journey.

Nearly every member of Karen’s biological family suffers from addiction.  Because of the dysfunction in her family when she was young, Karen and her siblings were separated at an early age.  She became a ward of the state at the age of 9.  A series of foster homes became reality until she aged out of the system.  In 2003 she lost her younger brother to a heroin overdose.

Temptation was always near and drinking became a way of life.  One of her foster parents smoked weed regularly.   Karen took her first drink at age 12.  She attempted to take her own life at 15.  Fortunately she was not successful.  At 16 she took a job as a server in a bar.  Karen drank her alcohol straight from the bottle which accelerated the addiction and caused lingering health problems.  She lost her apartment and was homeless for a time.

After the birth of her first daughter, Karen decided to further her education and earned an Associate’s Degree in criminal justice.  She considered becoming a police officer and even passed a law enforcement exam.  And while she was able to care for her daughters, the drinking did not stop.

Finally Karen broke the chain of addiction, abuse and neglect in her family.  Her recovery journey began during detoxification.  In her words she was “stuck on stupid” and prayed that God would deliver her.  She credits God with helping her win battles every day.  And she credits Bobbi Jo Mama Judi for their incredible faith and inspiration as role models.  Her journey continues and in April Karen will celebrate 3 years of sobriety.

Meet Bob

Everybody knows Bob.  He is a veritable icon at Healing House and an incredible inspiration to residents and volunteers alike.  Bob is currently the House Manager of Agape III among his many other responsibilities.  A beautiful rescue dog named “Baby Girl” is his constant companion.  Bob has become a great man of faith and will celebrate 6 years of sobriety in January 2018.

But life has not been easy for Bob.  Born and raised in Kansas City, KS his father died when Bob was 3 years old.  His mother sought refuge in alcohol and struggled to show love for her children. Bob tried to fill the voids in his life with alcohol, drugs, women, and occasional violence and petty theft.  He took his first drink at age 9.  He was stabbed and nearly died at 17.  An arrest led to a stint at Job Corps in Utah where Bob learned trade skills, but could not escape drugs.

Married at 19, Bob and his first wife raised 4 boys.  Family life included multiple stretches of sobriety interrupted by periodic relapses.  Marijuana was a constant temptation.  Pot led to alcohol and alcohol led to cocaine and other drugs.  When the 25 year marriage ended the family became estranged.

Bob continued to battle addiction.  A second marriage ended after only 2 years.  In his search for sobriety he spent time at the Salvation Army Shelter and Welcome House.  He even spent a few weeks sleeping on a couch at a business office where he worked in maintenance.  Eventually a friend convinced Bob to move to Hawaii and work for him.  The addiction continued in paradise.

The addiction ended in January of 2012.  Bob traveled back to the mainland to attend the funeral of his first wife.  On New Year’s Day he was attacked, beaten and robbed.  Bob woke up in the hospital, unaware of how he got there.  A friend recommended Healing House and the rest is history.  God used Healing House to fill the voids Bob was seeking his entire life.  Now he has a resolve and sense of purpose that serves as an inspiration to others to live addiction free lives.

Meet Liz

Liz is living proof that addiction knows no boundaries.  Addiction does not care about age, gender, race, culture, religion, geography or social status.  Liz is also living proof that addiction is a lifelong battle that can only be defeated one day at a time.

Liz was adopd at 2 months and raised with 2 adopted sisters by a single mom.  Her grandfather was an Episcopal priest.  She attended both private and public schools during childhood in suburbia.  Life was relatively “normal” until she took her first drink at age 19.

In the beginning Liz was a social drinker like so many her age.  Eventually she began doing shots before parties.  That led to daily drinking and ultimately to a point where she was consuming an entire liter of alcohol every day.  As a result, Liz lost her job, lost her apartment, and even lost custody of her beloved dog, Dexter.  She experienced severe health problems including seizures.  She even lost the use of her legs for a time and once went five days without sleep.

Hospitals and recovery shelters were a way of life for a while.  One of those shelters steered Liz to Healing House where the healing began.  Recovery was difficult, but as she progressed, Liz transitioned from the Pink House to the Sunshine House and eventually to a Healing House apartment.  And she got Dexter back!

Liz left Healing House in May and has now been clean and sober for more than two years.  She works full time at a prestigious Kansas City hotel, but Healing House is never far from her heart and mind.  She frequently attends morning meditation, weekly meetings and Friday night Alpha class.  Recovery is a daily battle that Liz is winning with the continued help of Healing House