AdHoc to many is Kansas City’s social service emergency room. This reality positions the organization to bring about healing and justice to Kansas City Metro communities. Those that have experienced violence resulting in the loss of life are met with compassion and assurance that they are not alone. AdHoc provides a pathway towards healing, with the help of our licensed counselors, who go into the homes of families and offer therapy.
Over fifty families and one hundred individuals have been provided services from this comprehensive program. Families are also invited to attend our monthly support group with over fifty individuals that come together and discuss their grief and how to cope with the pain they have experienced. This is a big first step for the underserved of our community who have never received this type of service – one which many of us take for granted.
For more than 30 years, Alvin Brooks and AdHoc have served as a liaison between the accused and law enforcement to facilitate solving crimes and bringing justice to crime victims. AdHoc serves as the voice for the families of victims, regularly delivering eulogies at funeral services and even raising money so that poor and indigent families are able to bury their loved ones. From the beginning, AdHoc has maintained a strong relationship with the Kansas City Police Department, the Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office, the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department, and other law enforcement agencies throughout the metropolitan area. The AdHoc Group Against Crime serves as the trusted bridge between the community and law enforcement. It is also a primary support system for families who are victims of murder or other violent crimes, those dealing with family members who are missing or have run away or simply facing the emotional stress of living in high crime areas.
It was COMBAT Drug Unit former Director, Jim Nunnelly, who first called AdHoc “Kansas City’s social service emergency room.” Like a hospital emergency room, AdHoc responds to traumatic circumstances. Unlike a hospital emergency room, most of the trauma that arrives on AdHoc’s doorstep cannot be fixed with medicine and bandages.
From the beginning, AdHoc has understood that it cannot act alone and has developed many civic partnerships in order to be an effective community resource. AdHoc has enjoyed a unique relationship with the Carter Broadcast Group since 1978. Serving a diverse group of listeners through KPRS 103.3 FM (R&B and Hip Hop), and KPRT 1590 AM (Gospel), AdHoc engages the community in its efforts. AdHoc hosts a call-in show, Voices from Midtown & Beyond, on Tuesdays at 12:30 p.m. on KPRT, and is on both stations every day reporting missing persons, homicide victims and other community issues.