Awash in socks and suds!

BloomBakery - ANNALISE BAINES The Fourth Annual Socks and Hops, held Saturday, Nov. 10, raised awareness of SHS’s Healthcare for the Homeless program while participants raised their glasses filled with the products of local craft breweries.

The event also raised more than $29,000 and collected more than 15,000 pairs of socks – exceeding last year’s tally of 4,000 pairs.

More than 270 participants attended the event at the historic City Market in downtown Kansas City.

In addition, sponsorship fees and donations raised money for more than 7,000 Heater Meals for the homeless.

“We are really proud of this event, and it’s getting bigger each year,” said Amy Kuhnlein, Community Affairs Manager at SHS.


“This year we had more brewers and chefs involved, made more money from our raffle than ever, and had the highest attendance yet.”

The event featured food and drink prepared by 17 of the city’s best-loved chefs and brewers, as well as raffles for a variety of donated items ranging from steaks and wines to beard-grooming products, Chiefs memorabilia, barbecue and grilling collections, and gift cards to local businesses.

“Socks and Hops is the best ticket in town for enjoying delicious food and beer from notable chefs and brewers while supporting a cause that benefits the well-being of our overall community,” said Sue Patterson, Director of Marketing and Events – City Market. “I have a long history with Swope Health and appreciate the opportunity to support their programs.”


In addition to pairing craft brews with artisan treats made by local chefs, the event encourages contributions to meals and collects socks for the homeless. Socks are among the most-requested items at homeless shelters.

One big contributor to this year’s flood of socks was Notes to Self, a Kansas City-based firm that uses socks to deliver positive messages.

Putting on the socks, the wearer sees a message – I am beautiful, strong, awesome, confident, courageous, joyful or amazing. The idea is to bring positive thoughts to mind with the simple act of putting on socks.

Notes to Self TM donated socks for the VIP gift bags, as well as additional socks to deliver to the homeless community.


Since its founding in 2011, the company has donated more than 50,000 socks to women’s shelters and other homeless service providers.

They have been the official sock sponsor of Socks and Hops since the first event was held in 2015.

It’s never too late to contribute to our efforts. Please visit SHS’s Giving page to learn more, including how you can volunteer or purchase items from our Homeless Outreach Wish List.

*All photos by Annalise Baines. 


Meet the Socks and Hops Chefs and Brewers at BrewHaHa!

Brew Ha HaIt’s almost time for the Fourth Annual SHS Socks and Hops, a benefit to build awareness of SHS’s Healthcare for the Homeless program, our Mobile Medical Unit (MMU) and the services we provide to all those in need.

But first, here’s a chance to meet and raise a glass with the sponsors, chefs and brewers at the BrewHaHa Happy Hour at 4 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 30 at the Bier Station, 120 E. Gregory Blvd., Kansas City.

The warm-up event is free and open to the public, and offers a chance to preview some of the craft beers that will be available at the Socks and Hops event.

Additionally, the pre-event features an “Ultimate Socks and Hops Gift Basket” raffle and a chance to purchase tickets for the main event Saturday, Nov. 10, at City Market.  Tickets are also available here for VIP ($75) and general ($45) admission.

While admission is FREE to the BrewHaHa pre-event, you are invited to bring new, clean and warm socks for our Healthcare for the Homeless mobile outreach program. The socks are distributed via the MMU, which also offers healthcare services to the homeless in our community.

“This is a casual pre-party where you can sample some of the great brews from selected Socks and Hops participating brewers and lock in your tickets,” said Amy Kuhnlein, Community Affairs Manager at SHS. “Or just come to raise a glass and learn about the SHS services and hang out with some of the city’s best brewers and chefs.”

Add the dates to your calendar:

  • BrewHaHa, 4 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 30, Bier Station, 120 E. Gregory Blvd, Kansas City.
  • Socks and Hops, 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, City Market, 20 W. Fifth St., Kansas City. Tickets (VIP or General Admission) available here.

Third Annual Socks and Hops: Raise a Glass of Cheer  

socks and hopsYou’re invited to join us at our third annual Socks and Hops event, a party and fundraiser, at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11 at the City Market, 20 E. Fifth St., Kansas City, Mo.

All proceeds support the SHS Healthcare for the Homeless programs.

Tickets are $45 for general admission, which includes a tasting glass and foods; or $75 for VIP admission, which adds an early entry to the event, reserved parking and a gift bag.

This year’s event features craft beers and chef-prepared small dishes, including items from Lost Trail Soda, The Big Rip Brewing Co., Torn Label Brewing Co., Stockyards Brewing Co., Cinder Block Brewery and Crane Brewing.

We’ll also welcome a brewer of a different sort: Pirate’s Bone Coffee. These wonderful artisanal drinks are paired with amazing small dishes from: Bloom Baking Co., Taste of Brazil Kansas City, The Bite, Webster House, Urban Café, Ruins Pub and Bay Boy Sandwiches,

Socks and Hops – A benefit for SHS Healthcare for the Homeless

7 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 11
City Market
20 E. Fifth St., Kansas City, MO 64106

We appreciate the support of our sponsors:

We encourage all party-goers to bring socks for distribution on the SHS Mobile Medical Unit, which travels throughout the community to provide healthcare on wheels to area individuals experiencing homelessness. Watch the video recap of our first year to learn more.

Brew HaHa Happy Hour – Join us at Bier Station on Thursday November 2nd!

John Couture Raise a glass AND raise some funds at Bier Station – all to support Swope Health Services’ Healthcare for the Homeless programs.

Bier Station owner John Couture uses his business to focus on supporting the community. The bar, which is a craft beer tasting bar and bottle shop, uses its lively tavern environment and beer garden to host fundraisers and events for local community groups.

“I’m fortunate to own a successful business,” Couture said. “We decided that our emphasis as a business would be to give back.”

That emphasis shows up in frequent fundraisers and events for community groups. In addition to SHS, Bier Station has hosted events for the groups supporting civil rights, the environment, first responders, veterans and other community organizations.

Since the beginning of the year, Bier Station has raised more than $79,000 for local organizations.

He supports SHS because he believes healthcare is a human right.

“I know how valuable healthcare is to the community. Some of my staff and customers depend on community health centers,” he said. “I kept hearing how much good Swope Health Services was doing in the community and I wanted to support that.”

Couture continued: “Healthcare is a right, and it’s in danger in our country. Our system is flawed and even what we have is in danger of being stripped away. How could you NOT support that?”

Warm-up event for Socks and Hops


Bier Station, 120 E. Gregory Blvd., Kansas City, is hosting a Socks and Hops Preview Happy Hour, called Brew HaHa, from 4 – 11 p.m. Thursday Nov. 2.

Couture and other local brewers are donating kegs of beer and all sales from those kegs go directly to SHS Healthcare for the Homeless programs.

SHS invites everyone to visit the preview event – even if you’re not a fan of beer.

With dozens of varieties on tap and in bottles, Couture is certain he and his “beer geek” staff can find a brew that will appeal even to non-beer drinkers. He also serves wine, soft drinks and food.

4-11 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 2
at Bier Station
120 E. Gregory Blvd., Kansas City, 64114

Admission is free and you’re welcome to bring new warm socks to the event! There will be local brewers’ products for sale, plus an “Ultimate Socks & Hops Gift Basket” raffle, with all proceeds supporting the SHS Healthcare for the Homeless programs. Tickets for Socks & Hops will be also be on sale.

2nd Annual Socks and Hops a Big Success!

socks-and-hops-2016-1More than 200 people joined the Second Annual SHS Socks and Hops event Saturday, Nov. 12, at the City Market.

The crowd raised glasses of local artisanal beer and sodas while raising funds to help the homeless.

The event produced more than $9,600 from sponsorships, ticket sales, and raffles, with all proceeds supporting SHS Healthcare for the Homeless. Donations of socks were requested along with entry to the event.

“Providing clean, warm socks is one way to provide support for the homeless community, especially in these cold weather months,” said Michelle Keller, SHS vice president of patient services.

“Our Healthcare for the Homeless outreach program always sees an increase in frostbite and foot injuries as the weather turns colder. With foot injuries, there’s less mobility and, sometimes, that means more difficulty gaining access to needed healthcare services.”

The community party featured seven local craft breweries, plus six area chefs.

socks-and-hops-2016-5The local chefs:

Kansas City’s top craft brewers provided the beer and soft drinks:

socks-and-hops-2016-6“We’re grateful to all of our sponsors for their support for the homeless program,” Keller said. “We know the socks and funds will provide much-needed care for the homeless community we reach with the Mobile Medical Unit.”

The SHS Mobile Medical Unit makes regular visits to metro-area shelters to provide healthcare services.

Staffed with a full-time nurse practitioner, registered nurse and certified medical assistant, the Mobile Medical Unit offers physicals, immunizations, blood tests, and urgent care for non-emergencies.

The SHS care team also provides behavioral counseling and assists with finding resources like housing, transportation and employment.

If you missed this year’s event, you can still assist with a secure donation at the SHS website. Any amount is welcome. For example, a $10 donation provides for the purchase of two ready-to-eat heater meals.