In 2002, Ms. Bobbi Jo Reed purchased a home in the historic northeast area of Kansas City. Her goal was to provide transitional housing for women who had completed inpatient substance abuse treatment. As a former addict and alcoholic, Ms. Reed understood the many challenges faced my men and women in addiction recovery who are trying to transition back into society.
In 2003, Ms. Reed founded Healing House, Inc. based on the belief that a safe home environment is critical to life-long recovery. At the same time that Ms. Reed founded Healing House, there were approximately 900 women in Kansas City undergoing inpatient treatment, but only 24 safe residential beds available to them following treatment.
Since its founding, Healing House, Inc. has markedly expanded its scale and reach. Under Ms. Reed’s leadership, Healing House has purchased and refurbished numerous vacant homes – several of which were former drug houses – into safe, sober homes for both men and women. Healing House has also purchased two apartment buildings where families are restored and parents reunited with their children.
Each year, Healing House provides help and healing to nearly 300 men and women. More than 8,000 individuals in recovery have been served by Healing House. Transitional housing is currently available for up to 180 adults and 25 children in the same Kansas City neighborhood. This area – once riddled with drug dealing, prostitution, and gang violence – is rapidly being transformed into a safe and protective neighborhood through the collaboration of Healing House, numerous volunteers, and like-minded residents.