Seton Center is a Catholic-sponsored human services agency that helps break cycles of poverty. Seton Center provides dental, social and educational programs to address current community needs, and tools to help support people in transforming their lives.
Founded in 1969 by the Daughters of Charity (an order of Catholic Sisters) and the Ladies of Charity of Metropolitan Kansas City, Seton Center is dedicated to serving neighbors in need in Kansas City’s urban core.
Initially addressing the food, clothing and housing needs of the elderly poor, Seton Center has evolved into a comprehensive community and neighborhood center providing a food pantry, rent and utility assistance, thrift store, services for older adults, and one of Kansas City’s largest safety net dental services.
Seton Center is a sponsored health ministry of Ascension Health, the largest Catholic health system in the United States. Seton Center operates as a separate, nonprofit organization with its own Board of Trustees, responsible for its own budget, staff, and operations.
Seton Center is funded through foundation grants, donations from individuals, corporations, civic groups and faith communities, and fees for dental services.
Who We Serve
- 57% are African American
- 15% are Hispanic/Latino
- 21% are Caucasian/Other
- One third are children under the age of 18
- 97% of those we serve live at or below the poverty level
Seton Center’s service area for Social Services encompasses the lowest income zip codes in the Kansas City area: 64126, 64127 and 64128, and portions of 64109, 64129, and 64130. Social Services are provided for eligible individuals and families at no charge. To ensure that resources are directed where they are most needed, individuals must provide documentation including identification, proof of residence, and income.
Dental patients come from a 10-county area in Missouri and Kansas. Costs for dental services are assessed on a sliding scale, based on income and number of dependents.
Seton Center’s Board of Trustees and Community Support Board are working boards comprised of business and community representatives who are deeply committed to the mission of the organization. Board members are actively engaged in the life, sustainability, and growth of Seton Center through volunteer, financial, and professional support.
Board of Trustees
Eric Floyd (Chair)
Damian Garcia (Vice Chair)
Gary Pettus (Secretary/Treasurer)
Sister Beth Marie Ruder, DC
Rev. Gerald Waris
Rev. Mr. Kenneth Greene
John Hayes, Jr.
Mike Haverty, Jr.
Sister Loretto Marie Colwell, SCL (Executive Director)
Community Support Board
Patrick Coppinger (Chair)
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.
Seton Center recognizes, appreciates, values, and utilizes the unique talents and contributions of all individuals regardless of age, race, ethnicity, culture, disability, educational level or background, employee status, family status, gender, language, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status.
Seton Center embraces the different attributes and perspectives of our clients, staff, and outside stakeholders to best serve our diverse neighborhood and all those who turn to us for assistance.