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ABOUT REHOPE

We are a faith-based 501(c)3 providing housing, treatment, and lifelong sustainment services for women and children victims of human trafficking.

Our Story

REHOPE, formerly known as Restoration House of Greater Kansas City, began its mission in 2015 as a response to the increasing epidemic of sex trafficking in the U.S. 

The roots of prostitution and trafficking are often found in severe abuse, loss, and/or neglect. It is these traumatic experiences that make people vulnerable to being trafficked. As we receive these women and children coming out of these horrible situations, we view them as survivors, and we offer unconditional love and support without judgment.

 

Due to the deep-rooted trauma, REHOPE believes the healing and restoration process is a long-term endeavor. Therefore, we provide survivors with individual attention and focused programming that promotes sustainable healing and ongoing support. Only then can these survivors move confidently toward healthy, self-sustained, independent living. 

In May 2015, we opened Restoration House of Greater Kansas City, the first 7-acre safe house for adult women survivors. In 2019, we expanded to 17 acres making us the largest residential program in the Midwest. In 2022 we rebranded the organization to REHOPE, which led us to rename our community REHOPE Farms. We provide trauma-informed counseling, life coaching, holistic wellness programs, job training, education, reintegration programs, therapeutic small animal programs, gardening, and spiritual development.

 

REHOPE Farms also partner with providers for medical and psychological needs. All services are provided free of charge. This includes alcohol and drug treatment programs, mental health services, spiritual and physical care, as well as prescriptions, dental care, and vision care…all in one place. After a survivor graduates from our long-term residential programs and services, they become part of our graduate network. This network provides them life-long access to counseling, education opportunities, spiritual encouragement, and assistance.

 

Additionally, we saw that survivors were making great strides in their recovery but still had trouble getting a job due to arrest records or gaps in their resumes because they were living on the streets or in captivity. We don’t want anything to hold them back, so we provide the support they need to complete their education, acquire marketable job skills, and have a path towards financial freedom. As a solution, we created REHOPE Market & Cafe, a social enterprise that provides jobs, professional skills training, therapeutic and creative outlets, and a reintegrated platform into the community. RH Market & Cafe is a coffee house that also sells survivor-made products. 

 

Realizing that 50% of those sex trafficked in the US are minors, mostly the ages of 12-15, and only 600 beds available nationwide, we partnered with Missouri Baptist Children’s Home (MBCH) in November 2019 and opened REHOPE Youth. As the only organization that accepts boys in the Midwest, this campus provides trauma treatment, education, family reintegration, and advanced, trauma-informed foster/adoptive services. RH Youth serves up to 7 minors (11-17 years of age) at a time. 

As a leading advocate for education, REHOPE University, the Center of Excellence in Counter Human Trafficking,  brings together a centralized network of professionals from legal, medical, psychological, prevention, social services, business, law enforcement, judicial, and legislative arenas. RH University also provides training for other facilities to be successful as well as leadership development for survivors. 

 

REHOPE is on a mission to double our adult bed capacity from 18 to 35 in 2023, and double our capacity for girls and boys from 7-14 in 2023.  

Meet  the Team

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Dr. Rodney Hammer

President, Founder

ROXIE LLOYD REHOPE DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMS

Roxie Loyd

Dir. of Adult Programs & Services

Donna Davis REHOPE

Donna Davis

Program Manager

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Jennifer Hutton

Exec. Administration

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Jason Alvis

Dir. of Operations

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Gabby Edblad

Exec. Assistant to the President

 

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Heidi Olson

Training & Counter Trafficking Operations Manager for Minors

Board of Directors

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Becky Moyer, Chairwoman of the Board
Moyer & Moyer Insurance Agency

 

Becky Moyer, co-owner of Moyer & Moyer Insurance Agency, \is a ministry insurance specialist with extensive expertise and experience working specifically with houses of worship and non-profits.  Becky graduated summa cum laude from William Jewell College with degrees in communication, public relations, and psychology.  A pastor’s daughter and a lifetime of serving in her local church, she serves on the board for REHOPE out of a passion and belief that every person is created in the image of God and should be able to live free from exploitation and bondage.

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Gregory Boll, Vice Chairman
Blue River-Kansas City Baptist Association

 

Gregg Boll is one of the founding board members of REHOPE.   He has served in various roles on the board including planting the garden each year, canning salsa with the program participants, doing general maintenance, leading the personnel sub-committee, and overseeing the renovation of the Home for Minors and the REHOPE Coffee & Market.  Gregg is Associate Director of Missions for Blue River-Kansas City Baptist Association which serves a network of 140 Southern Baptist churches in Jackson and Cass Counties. Prior to joining BRKC, he served as pastor of First Baptist Church in Crane, Missouri for 15 years. Gregg holds a B.S. in Economics and Finance from Missouri Southern and a Master of Divinity from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. 

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Dr. Alisa Henley, Secretary
Founder of The Sunshine Organization

 

Dr. Alisa J. Henley, Ph.D. is an author, speaker, and entrepreneur whom God uses to teach, empower, and encourage believers from all walks of life to ignite their vision.  She founded The Sunshine Organization, which focuses on creating, growing, and strengthening healthier faith-based organizations. She serves as a trustee on several national boards and teaches leadership classes for Global Grace Seminary. Earning a Ph.D. in Industrial Psychology, she has authored five books including Catch The Vision, Stay the Course and Find It. Follow It. Finish It., 12 Mindset Shifts to Ignite Your Vision.

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Dr. John Lewis, Jr.
Bishop of Second Missionary Baptist Church

 

Bishop John Lewis, Jr. Ph.D. serves as the Bishop and Senior Pastor of the Second Missionary Baptist Church in Grandview, Missouri. He started his college journey at Georgia Southern University and continued to Hampton University Minister’s Institute. He has also earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology, a Master’s Degree in Divinity, and a Doctoral Degree in Religious Philosophy from Tabernacle Bible College and Seminary.

His kingdom principles extend beyond the pulpit and into our communities as an entrepreneur. He is the recipient of the Georgia Southern University’s Image Award for Spiritual Outreach. As the founder of BJL Ministries and KMP Kingdom Coaching and Branding, he empowers all to “Embrace the Power to Be” the best version of themselves. As a “Solutionologist”, he empowers others to find their niche in life and become debt-free of student loans.

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Holly Jones
New Heights Realty Team – RE/MAX Heritage

Holly’s passion to help survivors of sex trafficking began while she was a police officer in the KC Metro area. During her five years as a police officer, she saw sexual exploitation first-hand and the devastation it causes. She left Law Enforcement to build a career in Real Estate. She owns the New Heights Realty Team and has been inducted into RE/MAX’s Hall of Fame. However, her passion to end sexual exploitation led her to join the REHOPE board in 2016. Since then, she has dedicated herself to doing all that she can to make a difference. 

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Rodler (Rick) Morris

Morris, Nelson & Associates

Rick Morris, PhD, is Co-Founder and President of Morris, Nelson, & Associates (MNA) in Leavenworth, Kansas.  A former college professor, he had a long career in the Army and Air Force Civil Service working at Fort Leavenworth, in the Pentagon, and on the Southwest Border. He held positions such as Command Historian, Program Manager Army Lessons Learned, Chief Knowledge Integrator of the US Army, and Director of Joint Interagency Collaboration on the southern border and approaches.  After nearly 30 years of developing and leading integrated, interdisciplinary innovation, learning, and knowledge capabilities for some of the world’s largest enterprises, Rick now leads the MNA innovation practice.

Using creative teams, Rick designed and successfully applied breakthrough information technology, processes, structures, leader development, and facilitation approaches.  Over their life cycle, these applied innovations have saved many lives and billions of dollars and helped create highly significant new sources of value, including transnational approaches to war and crime fighting.

 

His current focus is on innovative approaches to countering human trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation.  MNA is a member of the KC Collaborative Against Sexual Exploitation (KC CASE) and several national organizations fighting sex and labor slavery. MNA and Morris support the emerging heartland vision promoted by the Anti-Human Trafficking Taskforce, Missouri Attorney General’s Office, KC CASE, and their network partners, to eradicate human trafficking and its causes while restoring all victims.  Morris joined the Board of Directors of REHOPE in January 2019 and advises on strategy, plans, operations, and partnerships.

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Mike Barr
Retired, Construction Industry

Born and raised near Kansas City Plaza, Mike has spent almost all of his 48-year career in leadership roles. He retired as Vice President of JE Dunn Construction. With a career in commercial construction, he is gifted with expertise and a network of contacts that extend across all aspects of construction. He is excited to be serving REHOPE and all their upcoming construction needs as they expand. 

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Jerry Rose
Retired FBI Agent and Volunteer

 

A retired FBI Agent, Jerry relocated to Kansas City with his wife Jan, in 2014.  He worships at Christ Community Church-Leawood Campus where he is active in the Church’s community outreach program.  Jerry spends time mentoring men who are recently released from the criminal justice system as well as young adults who seek a career in the skilled trades.  He also serves as a board member for CornerStone Enterprises, Ltd., a nonprofit organization whose mission is to empower young adults.  Jerry and Jan have been married for 34 years.  They are extremely active in the life of their great granddaughter Skylar.

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Marilyn Arnold
Retired, Financial Services Industry

 

Marilyn Arnold retired in June of 2011 after 29 years in the financial services industry.  Her first 13 years were spent as a producer running her own agency. Her last 16 years were spent in management, successfully recruiting over 1,000 agents.  When she took over as managing partner of the South Jersey General Office for New York Life, she was only the 6th woman to hold that position in the history of the company.  She was a national board member of Women In Insurance and Financial Services and was recognized as a Woman of Distinction for Jackson County.

 

Passionate about serving, Marilyn began volunteering for protective services' daycare.  She has been active in Rotary International, Chamber of Commerce in Omaha, Ne, Cherry Hill, New Jersey, and Lees Summit, Mo.  During her career, she was on the State Board of Go Red for Women, the Delaware Valley Stroke Council, and chairman of corporate fundraising for JDRF.  She currently serves as a presentation coach for Barnabas Group, a board member for The Businesswomen’s Missional League as well as numerous committees for the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod.  

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Kourtney Govro, Treasurer

Managing Director of KDG Innovations

 

Kourtney Govro advises large and small clients on growth strategies, acquisitions, technology roadmaps, and market evaluations. She is the former founder and CEO of Sphere3, a patient experience analytics firm that was purchased in 2018. Former Co-owner of All Systems Designed Solutions, a life safety electronics firm that was acquired in 2020. She has supported organizations through launch and acquisition decisions.

 

Kourtney is a published author and speaker for women’s organizations and ministries. She is a multi-potentialite who never sees a problem that can’t be solved. She has an Executive MBA from UMKC, coursework from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Bible Exposition from Liberty University. She is an active member of South Haven Baptist Church. Most importantly, a mom and wife.