Flourish was born in 2009 from the garage of Mary and Kevin Jones, a former HUD employee. In their community work, the founders saw families living in empty homes, with case managers unable to find adequate or affordable furnishings. With a group of volunteers, Flourish began as neighbors collecting and distributing furniture for the community, eventually becoming a ministry of Resurrection, a United Methodist Church, and then its own independent nonprofit in 2020. Since then, Flourish has grown in scale and complexity while staying focused on its sole purpose: to create safe, comfortable, and well-furnished homes.
My Father’s House
After establishing as a ministry of Resurrection, a United Methodist Church, Flourish became My Father’s House. Our first location was in a warehouse on Manchester Trafficway in Kansas City, MO. With the help of hundreds of volunteers, the furniture sorting and repair programs were established. The furniture showroom was laid out and processes were put in place around agency partnerships. Over the next ten years, we developed a network of community partnerships and a dedicated base of volunteers. To expand our impact beyond the support of the church, we became an independent 501(c)(3) charity in late 2019.
Many of our volunteers have served at Flourish since the very beginning, giving thousands of hours in volunteer service for our neighbors.
Flourish moved to its current location in Grandview in 2018. Through a massive coordinated effort from volunteers, everything was moved to the new warehouse space. One year later, Flourish was born as an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Since then, Flourish has grown exponentially in its services to the community. With 78 nonprofit partners referring families, we now furnish an average of 25 homes per week. At its core, Flourish is a community-driven organization, fueled by gifts of funding, furniture, time, and talent from passionate individuals and businesses.