Posts by Michael Liimatta

Posts by Michael Liimatta

First Step Fitness is Open!

Healing House has our very own gym; First Step Fitness. It is located at 4602 St. John Ave., Kansas City MO 64123 Physical activity is a very important step in securing and maintaining a healthy way of life in recovery. First Step Fitness is open 6 days a week and is open to all Healing House residents and to members of the community. HOURS: Weekdays:  6:00 am – 10:00 am & 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm Saturdays:  6:00 am to…

Media Interviews: “Bobbi Jo” Film

Bobbi Jo: Under the Influence Official Trailer (1:53) Gravitas Ventures Release Date: 02/16/2021 Directed by: Brent Jones A Kansas City Saint | ‘Bobbi Jo: Under the Influence’ (5:02) Flatland – Oct 1, 2020 ‘Bobbi Jo: Under the Influence’ a documentary about Kansas City woman turning her life around (1:51) KMBC 9 – Sep 15, 2020 Bobbi Jo: Under the Influence – Bobbi Jo Reed, Brent and Donna Jones (2:18)  FOX4 News Kansas City – Feb 8, 2021 Bobbi Jo: Under the Influence- Q&A Part 1-…

Angie’s Journey to Recovery

One person whose life has been completely changed at Healing House is Angie. Her substance abuse problems started when she was about 25 years old. Though she knew alcoholism ran in her own family, she got involved with people who abused both meth and alcohol. It was not long before she was hooked as well. It did not take long for people in her life to begin noticing a change in her. So, she withdrew from others, pushing away friends…

Melissa’s Story

Melissa was raised in a tight knit Italian home that was not marred by alcoholism or addiction. Although she started to drink alcohol and smoke marijuana with friends in high school, overall her life was pretty normal.  What Melissa did not know is that she had undiagnosed mental health issues; anxiety and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). From her early childhood, she experienced sleepless nights, panic attacks, and obsessive thoughts. In her teen years, she discovered that drinking slowed down those obsessive…

Anna’s Story

My name is Anna Hoyt, and I have struggled with alcoholism and addiction since I was 13 years old. As a child and young adult I was painfully shy. I never felt like I belonged and I always felt alone. At first, I used alcohol to relieve my social anxiety, and I was suddenly transformed into the life of the party. Then in my late teens, I experimented with all kinds of drugs — meth, cocaine, acid, mushrooms, etc. I…

NOW AVAILABLE: the Bobbi Jo Movie

Bobbi Jo: Under the Influence, the documentary film about Bobbi Jo Reed and the work of Healing House was released on major platforms on Tuesday, February 16th. The film is a powerful, inspiring story of recovery, redemption, and the transformation of Northeast Kansas City. The film shows the challenges that so many individuals face, but it is also a source of hope and encouragement for those that aspire to do more in their communities. Watch the trailer or purchase here…

New Director of Development

Cassady Thomas – Director of Development Healing House is staffed with talented and dedicated men and women who are committed to our vision of brining long-term recovery to people who suffer from substance use disorders. This month we introduce you to the newest member of our Headquarters team. Cassady joined the staff of Healing House in early December after working in the development office at City Union Mission for three years. She will be focusing on building deeper relationships with…

Bobbi Jo’s Christmas Message

December 1, 2020 Dear Friend, As we prepare to celebrate the birth of our Savior and look forward to a New Year, we cannot help but acknowledge that 2020 has been a difficult year for all of us. Everyone’s life has been disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Parents are learning to cope with children involved with at-home distance learning. For some, it has meant sheltering in place and working online at home for the first time. Others have lost loved…

Order Holiday Gift Baskets

100% of proceeds go to support Healing House Large Basket: $99.99 3 of each item: 2 lb. Loaves Bread 2 Dozen Cookies 2 lbs Fudge Small Basket: $49.99 3 of each item: l lb. loaves Bread 1 Dozen Cookies 1 lb Fudge Download the Order Form (PDF)

Christmas 2020 Angel Tree for Residents

We have made it safer and easier for you to bless our people this year. One of the greatest ways of blessing a Healing House resident is through our ever popular Adopt An Angel program. You can choose one or more residents from our Angel Tree and become their own personal Santa! It may seem like a small gesture to some, but the impact this has on the residents, the joy and thankfulness, is truly unmeasurable. You can choose a male or…