About Us

How are you funded?

By people helping people: an astounding 80% of our income is from individual donors. The other 20% comes from local foundations and/or government grants.

How many people do you help?

In 2021 alone, we had the pleasure of serving thousands of individuals and families in Kansas City:

  • 49,044 members of our community enjoyed a hot, nutritious meal in our One City Café community kitchen.
  • 6,069 families received groceries from our food pantries.
  • 190 men and women found gainful, dignified employment through our Employment Program.
  • 1,104 individuals and families kept the lights on, water running, and more through our Household Assistance program.

How big is your staff?

We have 19 employees (plus hundreds of volunteers who help make our work possible!) 

When was Bishop Sullivan Center founded?

Bishop Sullivan Center was originally founded in 1972 under the name of Cooperative Social Services. In 1994, it was renamed Bishop Sullivan Center in honor of Bishop John Sullivan due to his concern for the poor.

Is Bishop Sullivan Center affiliated with the Catholic church?

No, Bishop Sullivan Center is an independent 501(c)3 charitable organization. However, our work is inspired by our Christian faith, and many churches and faith communities support Bishop Sullivan Center.

How do you qualify people for household assistance and distribute funds?

Each client in need of household assistance fills out an application so we can better understand their circumstances and needs. We review these applications and invite qualified clients to make an appointment with a counselor. After all information is verified and we have met with the client, we write a check directly to the utility company or landlord.

Do you have a list of items that I can donate?

Yes! Donations of food, clothes, and items for the home are a great help to our community. Please review a list of our accepted and most needed items. Don’t see your item on the list? Feel free to contact us to see if we currently have that need.

Do you have volunteer opportunities available?

Yes! Volunteer roles include serving a meal at One City Café, helping pack and distribute groceries in our food pantry, or helping in our office. Your help is crucial to our mission. You can view and sign up for volunteer opportunities online.

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Food, Jobs, and Aid
to our community. 

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Bishop Sullivan Center.