Amethyst Place, Inc. Preventing Multi-Generational Substance Use

Amethyst Place helps families overcome generational poverty, substance use and trauma through three core programs. 

The Supportive Housing Program provides 37 fully furnished apartments within a tight-knit community. Families receive access to basic needs and can stay as long as needed.

Through the Family Empowerment Program, families increase their economic and social mobility through educational, vocational, financial and wellness support and programming. The Therapeutic Support Program helps families heal from past trauma, stabilize mental health, improve parenting skills, and build resilience through on-site mental health care.


The purpose of our Substance Use Prevention Program is to inspire transformational healing and empower generations of women and children to achieve recovery, reunification and resilience. Located at 28th and Troost, we serve families from across the KC Metro area. 

Poverty, substance use, and trauma are often interconnected cycles that pass through generations. For single mothers and their children, additional layers of societal stigma and gender inequity create further barriers for overcoming these cycles. Associated challenges include houselessness, untreated mental health disorders, intimate partner violence, family separation and foster care placement, poor educational attainment, unlivable wages and legal system involvement. 

To help mothers upend these cycles for themselves, their children, and future generations, a holistic, long-term and evidence-based approach is needed to truly heal and empower families. 

For 22 years, Amethyst Place has been one of the few agencies in Kansas City that provides long-term supportive housing and comprehensive services to help families transform their lives. 

Through our program model, we are a leader in collective impact work, coordinating care and maximizing resources for families referred to us from our nine referral partners. 

Jackson County mothers and children overcoming generational poverty, substance use, and trauma. In 2021, this included residential services provided to 50 women and 113 children, as well as 35 program graduates engaged in aftercare services. Entering our program, only 59% of women had completed their high school education and 0% were enrolled in school. Few families had their own transportation (24%) or a bank account (35%) and the majority (65%) had debt from outstanding warrantsfines, unpaid utility bills and student loans. 

Most women (82%) had experienced foster care or other out-of-home placement as a child and had a family history of substance use (71%), underscoring the generational cycles our program seeks to break. All women had cooccurring mental health issues in addition to substance use disorders.


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Amethyst Place, 2735A Troost Ave, Kansas City, MO 64109