Everything We Do Is Driven By Our Mission
Inspired by Christian faith, Bishop Sullivan Center shows God’s love to people in financial hardship by providing food, help in finding jobs and other aid.
Beyond material assistance, Bishop Sullivan Center strives to build relationships between those who live in poverty and those who do not,
promoting mutual understanding and affirming the dignity of all.
Working in service of that mission, we are making a difference in our community.
Bishop Sullivan Center was created in 1972 under the name of Cooperative Social Services. Three Catholic parishes in the Historic Northeast area of Kansas City, Missouri, created the Center in response to the growing number of their neighbors in financial hardship. In 1994, it was named after Bishop John Sullivan, a former bishop of the Kansas City-St. Joseph Catholic Diocese, who was particularly concerned about and dedicated to the poor.
Originally, the Center offered a food pantry and limited utility assistance to families in need. Since then, the Center’s programs have evolved and expanded to meet the community’s needs.
How We Serve
All of our programs support our three pillars: Food, Jobs, and Aid. We work to listen to the needs of our community and build, grow, and change programs to best help individuals in need. While the Center began with one food pantry, it has expanded to two locations with multiple programs including One City Café, Employment Services, household assistance, a clothes closet, Access KC (formerly KC Medicine Cabinet), and more. Learn about each of these programs, explore ways to get involved, or get assistance.
Our location at 6435 Truman Rd. was the first of our current locations. It houses many of our programs and serves as our administrative office.
You Can Join Our Mission
Volunteers are vital in keeping our programs running successfully. With your help, we can provide our community with Food, Jobs, and Aid.
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Your support makes Bishop Sullivan Center’s mission possible. Financial gifts can be designated to support Food, Jobs, or Aid.
Explore ways to get involved with Bishop Sullivan Center through internships, donation drives, our annual auction, and more.