Our History

The AdHoc Group Against Crime was formed in 1977 when a group of concerned citizens came together to address the unsolved murders of nine African American women. Alvin Brooks was one of the founding members and led the organization in combating crime and violence in the Kansas City Metropolitan area until the year 2000. At that time, AdHoc merged with Project Neighborhood, which focused on reducing substance abuse among the target population, to form a new entity called Move Up.

Move Up dismantled in December of 2007; however, Mr. Brooks never stopped receiving calls from people reaching out to him for the same help that the AdHoc Group Against Crime once provided. He could not keep up with the demand from all the calls alone. As a result, in June of 2008, some of AdHoc’s previous partners and other concerned individuals formed a Board and acquired a 501(c)(3) to reestablish the AdHoc Group Against Crime.

AdHoc Today

AdHoc works to bring healing and justice to Kansas City Metro communities. Those that have experienced violence resulting in the loss of life are met with compassion and assurance that they are not alone. AdHoc provides a pathway towards healing, with the help of our licensed counselors, who go into the homes of families and offer therapy

For 45 years, AdHoc has served as a liaison between the community and law enforcement to facilitate solving crimes and bringing justice to crime victims. AdHoc serves as the voice for the families of victims, regularly delivering eulogies at funeral services and even raising money so that poor and indigent families are able to bury their loved ones. From the beginning, AdHoc has maintained a strong relationship with the Kansas City Police Department, the Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office, the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department, and other law enforcement agencies throughout the metropolitan area. The AdHoc Group Against Crime serves as the trusted bridge between the community and law enforcement. It is also a primary support system for families who are victims of murder or other violent crimes, those dealing with family members who are missing or have run away or simply facing the emotional stress of living in high crime areas.

It was COMBAT Drug Unit former Director, Jim Nunnelly, who first called AdHoc “Kansas City’s social service emergency room.” Like a hospital emergency room, AdHoc responds to traumatic circumstances. Unlike a hospital emergency room, most of the trauma that arrives on AdHoc’s doorstep cannot be fixed with medicine and bandages.

From the beginning, AdHoc has understood that it cannot act alone and has developed many civic partnerships in order to be an effective community resource. AdHoc has enjoyed a unique relationship with the Carter Broadcast Group since 1978. Serving a diverse group of listeners through KPRS 103.3 FM (R&B and Hip Hop), and KPRT 1590 AM (Gospel), AdHoc engages the community in its efforts. AdHoc hosts a call-in show, Voices from Midtown & Beyond, on Tuesdays at 12:30 p.m. on KPRT, and is on both stations every day reporting missing persons, homicide victims and other community issues.

Will you join us in bringing healing and justice to families impacted by violence and homicide? Visit our donate page to make a tax deductible gift.

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104 Vietnam Veterans Memorial Dr.
Kansas City, MO 64111


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