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SAVE, Inc. was founded in 1986 as a response to the AIDS epidemic. When largely the gay male population was being affected by the disease, a group of volunteers founded SAVE Home. It was the first AIDS-specific hospice in the state of Missouri, and provided people who had lost everything due to the stigma around the disease with a place to die with dignity and care. The organization continues to work in that space, and has expanded to include mental illness and substance use disorders. SAVE, Inc.’s mission is to provide comprehensive housing solutions to empower socially and medically disadvantaged people to improve their health and lead stable lives with personal dignity. In 2021, SAVE Home transitioned to become Pride Haven, a 20-bed emergency shelter for transition-aged youth who identify as LGBTQIA+. In 2022, Pride Haven served 148 youth and moved 70 percent of them into ongoing housing. Chief Executive Officer Blaine Proctor said, “SAVE, Inc. has been known and recognized for decades for serving the most vulnerable of Kansas City’s citizens. People who were and are shunned, stigmatized, marginalized, and experiencing homelessness are met where they are and welcomed with open arms to support them through their journey toward stability.” Learn more at SAVEIncKC.org.

Blaine Proctor, SAVE, Inc. 


Pride Haven building 

Featured in the June 10, 2023 issue of The Independent. 


War Horses For Veterans – The Derby Party

War Horses for Veterans, founded by Andy and Patricia Brown, held its third annual fundraiser, The Derby Party, on May 4th. More than 400 guests watched the Kentucky Derby race…

Symphony League of Kansas City – Spring Luncheon

Lidia’s was the lovely location for the Symphony League of Kansas City’s annual Spring Luncheon on May 8th. Mandy Burditt and Trish Mayer were the co-chairmen. Nearly 60 members and…

Symphony League of Kansas City – Ball Kickoff

Symphony League members gathered at Amy Volini’s beautiful home recently to kick off preparations for the 2024 Symphony Ball, “NOVA.”Amy and Julie Sykes hosted the fun event, where Ball Chairman…

Saint Luke’s Foundation – Spirit of Philanthropy Awards

In the spirit of gratitude, Saint Luke’s Foundation hosted its Spirit of Philanthropy Awards celebration on April 18th at the 1900 Building. Being honored this year are: Philanthropists of the…