House of Hope Kansas City is a Christian-based nonprofit organization providing a two-fold mission that includes

1) a comprehensive residential treatment program for hurting teens, and

2) a Family Counseling Center that serves teenage boys and girls and their families. 

Affiliated with the National House of Hope, our licensed residential group home for teens aged 13

through 17 includes an onsite school, accredited through the Basehor-Linwood (KS) School District, and intentional parent support from trained social workers. 

Throughout the program, our residents experience the transforming power of love and are equipped with tools to overcome negative influences and past trauma as they rebuild relationships with their parents. 

We serve families all over the Kansas City area and the Midwest region through our residential program.

Our Counseling Center is equipped with Clinically-trained, Biblically-informed licensed counselors who provide services to teenage boys, teenage girls, and their families in the Kansas City area. 

  House of Hope Kansas City is unique, because we work with teens and their parents to find solutions, and ultimately, restoration of healthy family relationships.

We believe all teens are God's beloved masterpiece created for a purpose.

Our Core Values


We seek to saturate everything with the gospel of Jesus Christ, understanding that if God doesn’t show up, we are unable to heal or transform anyone in our own strength.

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We will guide our residents with compassion and consistency, believing the best about them and providing the needed structure for them to thrive.


We will engage our families with hopefulness that God can change anyone who will surrender themselves to Him. 


We will lead our programs with excellence, understanding that we can always improve what we do for the glory of God and the benefit of the families we serve.

Our Campus

Our residential campus is located in Overland Park, Kansas. House of Hope KC is a 24 hour staffed, family-style environment within a residential area. We have capacity for 23 residents and are committed to individual, customized care.

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Marilyn Thomas, Founder

Marilyn Thomas founded House of Hope Kansas City in 2003. As a young girl, God planted a seed in Marilyn’s heart- a lifelong desire to help hurting children. She always had a dream of starting an orphanage. She went to college and received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing,  a profession she cherished until she became a homemaker. She was married 33 years before her husband passed of cancer. through those years together, they raised four children, and she is now blessed with thirteen grandchildren.

When her husband passed away, the seeds that were rooted as a little girl to start an orphanage began to blossom into reality.

In recent years, Marilyn has retired, but remains an active and intrical part of the organization. She has entrusted the ministry to the new executive director, Tim Overby

Through his leadership and dedication, House of Hope continues to serve the Kansas City area “by restoring teenagers back to their families and parents back to their children.” 

House of Hope Kansas City has reached thousands of parents and teenagers, helping many girls returning home happier, healthier, and transformed through the love of Christ.

Marilyn reported that many girls come in hating themselves, as well as their parents. She commented, “it is a joy when you see a life changed and the disrespect and rebellion against the family disappear… When you see their life turn around and they start to walk with the Lord, they are literally changed and know they have a purpose in the future.”

Marilyn Thomas

Founder, House of Hope Kansas City

Tim Overby, Executive Director

Tim was born and raised in central Arkansas. An only child of a single parent household, Tim came into a relationship with Jesus at 11 years old and grew in his faith until surrendering to a call to full-time ministry at age 21. A graduate of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, Tim has spent the last 15 years serving two of the largest congregations in the Kansas City Metro Area as discipleship and executive pastor roles.

Tim’s life mission is to help people grow in their knowledge of God, so that they live out the life God has called them to in the gospel of Christ. He is passionate about advancing God’s mission in Kansas City through transformed lives, and sees incredible potential in the House of Hope KC to bring healing and restoration to families in KC and the surrounding Midwest region. Tim has a track record of bringing organizational health and increased collaboration among churches toward a common mission.

Please welcome Tim and his family as he seeks to shepherd the House of Hope KC in this next season of “healing teens, restoring families, and transforming communities.”

Pamela Rodriguez, Business Adminstrator

Pamela has decades of experience working in non-profit association management administrative roles. Prior to coming to HOHKC, she was the Health Programs Manager at American Academy of Family Physicians, working with volunteer leaders and managing grants. Pamela is married to John, has two sons and a daughter in-law. She loves to go to the lake, decorate their old historic house, volunteer with her church and enjoys being around teenagers.

Amy Burgess, Executive Assistant

Before moving to Kansas City in 2017 Amy spent nearly 20 years in healthcare.   Understanding that teen girls need to feel heard, seen, and understood she sees every day as an opportunity to point the girls she works with to Jesus.  Amy has been with House of Hope since June of 2020.  She has three grown children and two granddaughters. In her time off, she enjoys hiking, camping in her home state of Oregon, and hanging out with friends and family.

Roxanne McConnell, Program Coordinator

Roxanne is a Kansas City Metro native and was raised in a tight knit family. She gave her life to Jesus at 9 years old and like many, she walked some tough roads throughout her teen years and as a young adult. God used those trials to bring her to the place where she is today, serving Him in complete surrender.   

Prior to answering her call to House of Hope KC, Roxanne comes from a background varying from law enforcement to corporate America. Little did she know, God had BIG plans for her in the lives of teens. She is very passionate about the spiritual formation of our residents and is intentional in allowing God to use her to lead them in truth and love.  

Roxanne is happily married to her best friend, Mike, and they have two daughters and two sons. Their family is a sports family, both playing and spectating. They’re huge fans of the Kansas City Chiefs, Kansas City Royals, and KU Jayhawks.  

Cheryl Johnson-Lee, Residential Care Manager

Cheryl spent 30 years in Corporate America and was blessed to take early retirement. Cheryl then became a Correction officer at the Adult Residential Center in Gardner Kansas but decided that her passion was driven towards working with teens. Her vision is to help young teens learn how to have a healthy connection within themselves and with others. Cheryl has been with House of Hope since October 2018.  She has two grown children, and three granddaughters.  In her time off she also manages a clothing brand with her youngest son, she enjoys touring with her oldest son, and travelling to her hometown of New York City to spend time with her family.

Adiedre Cullors, Residential Lead Care Coordinator

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Rachel Strange, Lead Teacher

Rachel Strange has worked in ministry and education for her entire adult life. She’s been a chaplain, student pastor, and high school teacher. In her heart lives a passion for theology, mental health, and helping people know Jesus better.  This role is the perfect intersection of those interests, and Rachel is so thankful for that. 

She’s also been married to the best guy ever, her husband Drew, for over a decade. They have two girls. Rachel also loves time with friends, serving the church,  being in seminary, and finding any halfway decent hiking trails in the KC metro she can. 

Zach Vandervorst, Academic Support Staff

Zach was born and raised on a small farm in South Dakota where he worked with his family for many years. He came to know Christ at the age of 6 and through the years, Christ has molded him into a servant of others. He graduated from Calvary University with a bacheror’s in biblical counseling in 2023. He loves working with youth and celebrating their milestones with them.

Our Counseling Staff

Vicki Bartholomew, LSCSW

Vicki graduated with her Bachelor and Masters degrees in social work from The University of Kansas in 2017 and 2018 respectively. At House of Hope KC, Vicki works with in the girls residential program as well as sees clients through the Family Counseling Center. She is trained in EMDR and enjoys working with residents and their families navigate through dysfunctional family dynamics such as blended families and divorced families. Vicki is also our Admissions Counselor and helps families navigate placing their child in our residential program.

When Vicki is not at work, she is spending time with her 3 children and husband. She loves spending time with her family and supporting her kids in all of their activities. 

Laurie White, LSCSW

Tony Puckett, LMFT

Tony started his journey towards counseling over twenty years ago, as a volunteer facilitator at a retreat for people who had lost their spouse to either death or divorce. It was there the seed was planted by others who saw the “counselor” within him. He journeyed through the beginning of getting the education needed, while raising his son as a single father, and by the time he finished in 2016, he was remarried and had three step-sons as part of his family.  
Tony graduated from Friend’s University with his MS in Marriage and Family Therapy in December of 2016, and also currently has a private practice office in Overland Park, where he works with individuals, couples and families. Tony specializes in working with clients with depression, anxiety or relationship challenges. Tony is passionate about having clients take inventory of whether or not their self -beliefs and identity fall in line with how a God who created us and loves us, sees us.  Tony wants to help all those who struggle with distorted versions of this basic identity God proclaims for us, come to see the value and purpose He has for them. 

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We believe…

1. There is one God and He exists eternally in three persons as Father, Son, and
Holy Spirit. Each member of the Trinity is co-equal, yet have different functions
in the redemptive plan of God.

2. The Bible is God’s authoritative revelation of Himself to humanity and is not
mixed with any error in its origin.

3. Jesus Christ, as God the Son, is the final revelation of God. Jesus was born of a
virgin, led a sinless life, performed miracles, and become God’s final atoning
sacrifice through His substitutionary death on the Cross. He conquered death
and the grave through His bodily resurrection, ascended to Heaven where He
dwells in Lordship, and will return to Earth to resurrect His followers to eternal
fellowship and judge the World.

4. Humanity is born and naturally exists in a fallen state since Adam and Eve’s sin
in the Garden of Eden and remains separated from God, spiritually. This
fallenness impacts every area of a person’s life and is only transformed by the
regenerating work of the Holy Spirit on the basis of God’s grace alone. Salvation
comes to an individual as they repent and believe by faith in the finished work of
Jesus Christ on their behalf.

5. God designed His people to dwell with Him in spiritual relationship in the Lord
Jesus Christ, expressed most fully within a local church setting alongside other
Believers. We are called as followers of Christ to live a life of obedience to God’s
Word and shares His Good news with others.

At House of Hope Kansas City, we will be sharing the above teachings to all of our
residents, either through daily devotions, Bible studies, and chapel messages. However,
we will NOT force any religion and/or set of beliefs to our residents, but rather present
them with the opportunity of knowing Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.