-Ralph Waldo Emerson

Since opening in 2001, Friendship Inn of Kansas City has served hundreds of guests annually. Our mission is to be a “home away from home” for families of patients at the University of Kansas Hospital. Although not free, accommodations are affordable, and no family in need is turned away.

During this past year, Friendship Inn provided
814 nights of services for 319 people.

Friendship Inn was founded by Pam Gabel and Pam Lee, in part, to honor the memory of Chip Gabel, Pam Gabel’s husband, and Pam Lee’s parents, Joan and Jim Lee. Both women experienced traveling to hospitals far from home and having to navigate unfamiliar areas in cities where hospitality houses didn’t exist.

The need for a place like Friendship Inn became very apparent, and we’re thankful to have the opportunity to touch – and be “ornamented” with – so many wonderful people at a time of uncertainty and unease. That’s what true friendship is all about.

About Our Home.

Because our hospitality is bigger than our modest accommodations will sometimes allow, Friendship Inn offers priority reservations for those who live more than 30 miles away and are either patients; or loved ones visiting patients; at The University of Kansas Hospital. Our home is comfortable with four private upstairs bedrooms, a fully equipped kitchen, one full and two half baths, plus first-floor common areas, laundry facilities, computer, TV with Google Fiber, free Wi-Fi, and off-street parking.

This beautiful, turn-of-the-century home in Kansas City’s historic Hanover Heights is fully restored thanks to a grant from the Victor Speas Foundation. It is also conveniently located less than two blocks from The University of Kansas Hospital.

On-going support from generous donors allows us to continue to maintain and operate Friendship Inn, which has been a welcome, though temporary, haven for so many. Tell us how we can make you feel most at home.

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Stay With Us.

Would you like to make a reservation at our Hospital Hospitality House? It’s easy. Contact us at (816) 506-6339 or email: info@friendshipinnkc.org.

Friendship Inn can accommodate from one person to nine or more, depending on availability. Accommodations are reserved for those patients and family of The University of Kansas Hospital. Priority lodging is given to those traveling from 30 miles or more away. We request a donation of $30 for first guest per night and $5 per night for each additional guest.

Contact us at (816) 506-6339 or email: info@friendshipinnkc.org.

Mention the number of people who require accommodations and the dates of your proposed stay. If more than one family is staying with us at the same time, the kitchen, common areas and bathrooms will be shared.

Please let us know if there’s anything we can do to make your stay more comfortable. For nearby churches, restaurants and more, see our “Neighborhood” section.

Program Manager: Kathy Bradley

What’s Going On


Saturday, February 21, 2015 • 6-9 p.m. Indian Hills Country Club 6847 Tomahawk Road, Mission Hills, Kansas Tickets: $250 per person Space is limited, please contact Kathy Bradley at (816) 506-6339 or RSVP at info@FriendshipInnKC.org. Honorary Chairs Barclay & Frank J. Ross Jr. Polsinelli Wine Tastings Led by Handcrafted Wines of Kansas
Join us to celebrate Friendship Inn The 12th Annual Taste of Hospitality will raise funds to help Friendship Inn continue to serve as a “home away from home” for out-of-town families whose loved ones are receiving treatment at The University of Kansas Hospital. The event features: • A sit-down, white tablecloth wine tasting and dining experience • Hand-selected red and white wines from quality wineries by Handcrafted Wines of Kansas • Dinner courses chosen to match the wines • Silent auction, including wine, gift certificates, sports memorabilia and much more! Enjoy fine wine, great food and support an incredible charity in a relaxing, sophisticated atmosphere. Cocktail attire preferred. For more information, to learn about sponsorships or to donate silent auction items, please call (816) 506-6339.


In The Neighborhood.

It’s always a beautiful day in our neighborhood! Friendship Inn is located at 4146 State Line Road, Kansas City, KS, 66103 amidst a charming, well-established area of Kansas City. It is less than two blocks south of The University of Kansas Hospital and very close to excellent dining and shopping districts, such as Westport, 39th Street and the Country Club Plaza. Here are links to a variety of restaurants for every taste and budget.

Also, for your convenience, you’ll see a list of additional establishments you may find useful during your stay. If you need help in locating anything else, our manager will be glad to assist you.

Note: Off-street parking is provided behind Friendship Inn, and directions can be found using the digital map, below.

Grocery Stores

Walmart Neighborhood Food Market:

4701 Mission Road
Westwood, KS

Marsh's Sun Fresh Westport:

4001 Mill Street
Kansas City, MO

Houses of Worship

Baptist -
Roanoke Baptist Church:

3950 Wyoming Street
Kansas City, MO

Catholic -
Guardian Angels Church:

1310 Westport Road
Kansas City, MO

Lutheran -
Immanuel Lutheran Church (ELCA):

3950 Wyoming Street
Kansas City, MO

Lutheran -
Our Savior Lutheran Church (MO Synod):

4153 Rainbow Blvd.
Kansas City, KS

Methodist -
Roanoke United Methodist Church:

1717 W. 41st Street
Kansas City, MO

Non-Denominational -
City Church:

1501 W. 42nd Street
Kansas City, MO

Drugstores / Pharmacies / Discount Stores


6100 Broadmoor
Mission, KS


5150 Roe Avenue
Roeland Park, KS


4300 Rainbow Blvd
Kansas City, KS 66103

Transportation Options /
Gas Stations / Convenience Stores

Quik Trip,
Gas Station

1301 Westport Road
Kansas City, MO

Mr. Z's In & Out,
Convenience Store

1600 W. 39th Street
Kansas City, MO

Short Stop Groceries,
Convenience Store

2202 W. 39th Avenue
Kansas City, KS

AMOCO Food Shop,
Convenience Store

1015 Westport Road
Kansas City, MO

El Sol Mini Market,
Convenience Store

4300 Lloyd Street
Kansas City, KS

The Metro,




Kansas City
Transportation Group,



Get Involved.

There are many ways you can contribute to our mission of creating a welcome “home away from home” for our guests. You can volunteer your time doing yard work, handling fix-it jobs, tackling special cleaning chores or providing assistance with our annual wine dinner fundraiser. Any help you can offer is greatly valued. Remember, “A friend in need is a friend willing to do deeds.”

To let us know if you would like to get involved, send us an email at:

Your Donation Matters

Friendship Inn is a not-for-profit entity that exists solely on donations from caring individuals and organizations. Any amount is welcomed and will be used to fund daily operations/needs.

Trust that the value of each dollar you contribute will be multiplied by the comfort and hospitality it provides for the many families who stay with us each year. Your generosity affirms the good that comes from neighbor helping neighbor.

You may donate by:

  • Specifying Friendship Inn on your donor choice form in your company‘s United Way Campaign
  • Directly sending a check made out to Friendship Inn and mailed to:

Friendship Inn
5960 Dearborn
Suite 200
Mission, KS 66202

You can also contribute one or more of the items on our wish list. A donation of $30 for the first guest and $5 for each additional guest is requested for each night’s stay. For information on gifts of securities, real estate or life insurance, please email us at: info@friendshipinnkc.org

Wishful Thinking

At Friendship Inn, we’re in need of many typical household items and supplies. A contribution of any size is a big deal to us and truly appreciated. We accept the following household donations.

Bathroom Supplies

Towel Sets (white only)
Tooth Brushes and Paste
Toilet Paper
Kleenex Tissues
Travel Size Shampoo and Conditioner
Anti-Bacterial Liquid Hand Soap

Kitchen Supplies

Paper Towels
Trash Bags (Sm, Lg)
Paper Napkins
Ziploc Bags (Sm, Md, Lg)
Dish and Dishwasher Soap
Breakfast Bars
Coffee, Tea Bags, Hot Chocolate Packets
Non-dairy Creamer

House Supplies

Full and Queen Size Blankets
Queen Sheet Sets (white only)
Full Sheet Sets (white only)
Energy Saving Light Bulbs

Laundry Supplies

Laundry Detergent
Fabric Dryer Sheets
Stain Remover
Laundry Bleach

Contact Us!




4146 State Line Rd.
Kansas City, KS, 66103

Who We Are

Officers of the Board:

Hunter Harris, President
Seth Lindsey, Vice President
Lauren Groebe, Secretary
Ben Sims, Treasurer

Board of Directors:

Brett Lane
Randy Meyer
Greg Moore
Teresa Olsen
Peggy Person
Tammy Peterman
Sharon Robinson
Basil Sherman
Tanya Hoffman Stevens
Blair Tyson
Emily Brown

Program Manager:

Kathy Bradley

Part-time Staff:

Nick Allen
Pam Allen
Holly Fisher
Diane Wright-Cook

National Affiliation

Friendship Inn has been a member of the National Association of Hospital Hospitality Houses Inc. since 1995. NAHHH, located in Ashville, NC, provides a resource center, consultation services, a National Referral Directory and a networking system for hospitality houses across the nation. For more information, call 800-542-9730 or visit www.nahhh.org.