SPECIAL NOTICE: COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Information

Friends of Yates is committed to continually providing a safe environment for our current clients, potential clients and staff during this pandemic of COVID-19. We continue to consult with our State Coalition and other Victim Service Providers throughout the Metro and the Wyandotte County Health Department for recommendations and guidance. We are on a heightened level of concern and continue to take precautions to minimize the spread of the virus. With that being said, Administration has decided to modify the way all program services are being provided to survivors of domestic and sexual violence utilizing and seeking our services.  Advocates continue to safely provide personal advocacy services at a full service level.  All services have been modified to ensure the safety of all agency survivors and staff by expanding emergency shelter accommodations to include off-site locations, virtual crisis counseling, individual and group meetings, use of personal protective equipment, social distancing and modified work schedules to guarantee continuous service delivery.  Advocates are available 24-7 to provide immediate safety planning and crisis intervention to victims/survivors by contacting our 24-Hour Crisis Hotline, 913-321-0951.


Friends of Yates supports the efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19 to our families and communities. We appreciate all of our partners, health care professionals, first responders, and public officials who are making difficult decisions during these times.  With the exception of clothing, and toys, all other donations are needed and welcomed.  We will keep you posted as we have additional information or if things change for Friends of Yates.  Please take care of yourself, your family and loved ones during this time. For any questions or concerns please contact Rosalyn Brown, Executive Director at 913-321-1566.

Emergency Shelter

Della Gill/Joyce H. Williams Center helps domestic violence survivors by providing safe shelter, hot meals, essential personal care items, and emotional support in addition to programs and advocacy services.


We offer support to survivors in shelter and community members in the form of various programs and services designed to empower individuals to become self-sufficient.

Education & Training

We provide in depth education and trainings on Domestic Violence and the different forms of abuse. Request a speaker to come to your event, church, organization or school to discuss an array of subjects and topics.

Special Projects

We participate in programs, services, and partnerships that bring awareness to domestic violence and its effects on the community while offering support to its victims.

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Unified Government of Wyandotte County - Kansas City, Kansas

Commissioner Melissa Bynum – At-Large District 1

Commissioner Tom Burroughs – At-Large District 2

Commissioner Gayle Townsend – District 1

Commissioner Harold L. Johnson, Jr. – District 4

Commissioner Dr. Jane Winkler Philbrook  – District 8