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Operation Breakthrough is a home away from home for 400 of Kansas City's most vulnerable – and most deserving – children. 

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We believe that all children should have the opportunity to achieve their full potential.

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These children are full of potential. With the right start, they can become the firefighter who comes to the rescue or the lawyer who fights for what's right.

Helping Kansas City families since 1971

  • Operation Breakthrough provides a safe, loving and educational environment for children in poverty and empowers their families through advocacy, emergency aid and education.
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How You Can Help

Remember how much you loved to hear your favorite stories growing up? How exciting it was to get new shoes? How much you looked forward to the holidays?

The children at Operation Breakthrough are no different. The little things that thrilled you when you were small, light up their faces today. With small gifts of time or goods, you can help them create happy childhood memories, too.

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Our History

Operation Breakthrough is a nationally accredited, not-for-profit corporation that began in 1971 by Sister Corita Bussanmas and Sister Berta Sailer as a response to requests from parents in the central city for quality child care for children of the working poor.

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