The Gift of Hope, Health and Healing



#GivingTuesday - November 29, 2016

This year First Call is kicking off our fall giving season by participating in #GivingTuesday, a movement to celebrate generosity during the holiday season held on November 29, 2016.


In the Greater Kansas City area only about 8 percent of those suffering from substance use disorders have access to treatment services. At First Call, we are not only helping those people, but also their families and loved ones.

Throughout the day on #GivingTuesday you can follow First Call on social media to read about why we believe in the work we do. We invite you to join the movement by donating to First Call this November 29, and by sharing on Facebook or Twitter why you are giving to First Call this #GivingTuesday.



THANK YOU for making a donation to First Call. This is what your donation means to those we serve.


  • $500: One family member attends How to Cope
    In 2013, 107 adults completed How to Cope, a seven-session course for adult family and friends impacted by a loved one's addiction to alcohol or drugs.
  • $400: One child attends Caring for KidsDonate to Help a Child
    In 2013, 251 at risk youth and children impacted by substance use disorders at home attended Caring for Kids classes to help them avoid substance abuse and develop a safety plan.
  • $300: One person attends ME First
    In 2013, 234 individuals attended ME First, a motivational enhancement program for those who are waiting for space in a treatment facility.
  • $200: One Family Counseling Session
    First Call's Family Counselors provide much needed family counseling for both the individual with a substance use disorder, couples and family members, thereby bridging the gap between affected family members and supporting the whole family system.
  • $100: One Substance Use Assessment
    In 2013, 1,736 individuals seeking recovery from a substance use disorder received counseling, assessment, referral, intervention and / or follow-up services.
  • $50: One Crisis Call
    In 2013, 3,456 families and individuals received crisis counseling by making that first call to the Crisis Hotline (816-361-5900).



"You are not the brightest of my four sons"... and other depressing things that have been said to me.
By John Shuchart

"You are not the brightest of my four sons"...and other depressing things that have been said to me. is the remarkable, candid story of successful entrepreneur and depression-sufferer John Shuchart. A victim of his parents' verbal and emotional abuse from infancy, John was dianosed with clinical depression following a traumatic car accident in March of 2000. He suffered through 17 surgeries, an addiction to painkillers and a relentless battle with depression before finding an approach that works for him: using humor to reframe the depression-inducing episodes from his past.

When you purchase a book, $5.00 will be donated to First Call.

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THANK YOU for making a donation to First Call. This is what your donation means to those we serve.