St. Mary’s Home for Mothers
Gabriel Project Kansas City led the acquisition of the acreage and existing house that is in the process of becoming the brand new St. Mary’s Home for Mothers. Modeled after — and with the enthusiastic support of — successful maternity homes in other cities, St. Mary’s will serve concurrently up to 15 homeless, pregnant adult women and their children. At present, there is no residence for pregnant, homeless women in the Greater Kansas City Metropolitan Area even though social service agencies encounter about fifty such women each year. St. Mary’s will go a long way fill this critical gap with a safe and dignified place for at least some of these women to each live safely and create a path to a productive, independent life for her family.
The new St. Mary’s Home for Mothers is a 2-story, 15,000 sq. ft. house on 13.7 acres east of Liberty, MO. It was designed by Mike Jantz, RHS Class of ’73, for the order of Benedictine Sisters as Queen of Angels Monastery. It was completed in 2001 and occupied by the Sisters until 2017. At this time, it was put up for sale due to the dwindling population of religious sisters and the expenses of upkeep. In March 2021, it was purchased by generous benefactors to be turned in to a home for homeless, pregnant mothers and their children.