50 Years of Heart-Centered Service
In 2020, KVC commemorates 50 years of heart-centered service to children and families in crisis. It’s an ideal time to reflect on the impact we’ve made over half a century, and how far we’ve come from our humble and heartfelt beginnings.
The organization that is now KVC Health Systems began in 1970 as a brick home in downtown Kansas City, Kansas called Wyandotte House. A group of caring women from the Junior League of Wyandotte and Johnson Counties created it to help vulnerable children; victims of abuse who otherwise had nowhere to go except the local juvenile detention center. Wyandotte House grew steadily and in 1994, the name was changed to Kaw Valley Center (KVC). The Kaw Valley is a particular region that surrounds the Kansas River in northeastern Kansas, but today, KVC’s reach extends thousands of miles beyond that. We now serve children and families in five states (Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Kentucky and West Virginia). In 2019, we proudly passed the milestone of 10 years of life-changing work in both Nebraska and Kentucky. Our services now extend even beyond U.S. borders, as child welfare leaders from Canada, Singapore and other countries have received consulting and training from KVC.
This rich history inspires us as we look forward at the next 50 years and beyond, and the letters KVC are now a way to think about what drives us: Knowledge, Values and Connections. We envision a future where every person is safe and connected to a strong family and a healthy community.
We kicked off our Anniversary with an energetic organization-wide Town Hall meeting to celebrate the heart of KVC: our amazing employees, and we have many more plans in the works. Please follow along with us through this year – and beyond – on social media and at our upcoming events! We’ll be showing our gratitude to our employees, supporters, donors and everyone who has helped us come this far; and making plans for even greater positive impact over the next 50 years.