Based on our mission to put survivors first and knowing that some survivors have found it challenging to seek healing from the same institution where the harm took place; we have established Journey to Bethany as a separate organization governed by an independent board of directors. At the same time, collaborating with the diocese enables us to create a culture of healing through interaction among survivors, clergy, diocesan leaders, parishioners, and all those affected. Today we are asking for your help to continue operating this way.


Journey to Bethany is a tax exempt (501(c)3) organization. Your donation is 100% deductible.

To make a donation use the link on this page or make checks payable to: Journey to Bethany and mail to:

Journey to Bethany

11818 Pennsylvania Avenue

Kansas City, MO 64114


What does my donation support?

Your donations directly support the staff, resources, and supplies needed for our core programs which are developed with the help of survivors we serve. 

  • Counseling referrals 
  • Survivor gatherings 
  • One-on-one survivor accompaniment  
  • Workshops and training on caring for and supporting survivors   
  • Support for pastors and parishes to respond to and heal from clergy sexual abuse 
  • Community prayer with and for survivors and all those harmed by clergy sexual abuse 
  • Hope and Healing Masses in support of parishioners and at the invitation of pastors 

Does the diocese provide financial support for Journey to Bethany?

At present, the diocese provides a generous donation to Journey to Bethany. In addition, the  Victim Assistance Coordinator for the diocese spends 50% of their time on Journey to Bethany’s projects. Most importantly, we meet regularly with Bishop Johnston to bring survivor needs to his attention and to develop further support as needed. 

What else can I do?

Before Journey to Bethany was founded, we surveyed parishioners and clergy. We found that there are many who want to help in this work. Here are some ways to do so:

Prayer: Visit our prayer page to pray for the needs of the community and make your own requests.

Volunteer: Join our email list to be notified of when event volunteers are needed. 

Volunteers with special skills – We provide training for people who want to accompany survivors on a one-to-one basis. We also need volunteers with social media, website or database skills. Journey to Bethany is, at its core, a community effort. The more volunteers we engage, the more we help heal our diocese. Contact us to learn more.

Your time, gifts, and prayers make a difference!

Survivors are eager to share the impact of Journey to Bethany on their lives. Their hope is that their stories will help others, and we invite you to watch their video. Thank you!