Early in 1991, members of Harrisonville, Missouri, Business and Professional Women's club attended a workshop on domestic violence and its impact on families and communities. Realizing that Cass County was without services for battered women and their children, the Business and Professional Women's club knew they must take on the task. In April, 1992, an informational meeting at Cass Medical Center was attended by 120 Cass County citizens. The first Board of Directors was established in January 1993, and ground breaking began June 5, 1994. Since Hope Haven opened its doors on August 1, 1995, over 14,000 victims have been served.
At Hope Haven, we provide support groups for victims of domestic and sexual violence to help heal, cope, grow, learn and to find the pathway to start anew. Additionally, we provide access to other support groups for those affected by substance abuse. We also have a number of program services available for survivors of domestic and sexual violence that include case management, Life Skills education, childcare assistance and limited transportation. Resources are provided for medical, substance abuse, psychological care, employment, housing assistance and continued education.