About Don Bosco

The Don Bosco Center was created and built by residents of northeast Kansas City who wanted a safe place for their children. In the late 1930s, the Italian community in Columbus Park decided that the children in their neighborhood needed a safe place to go with meaningful recreational activities. Members of the community volunteered their time to build the center on evenings and weekends. Construction of our original building took less than one year. When it was complete in 1940, the Don Bosco Center fulfilled its original mission by becoming the focal point for young people in Columbus Park.

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The Senior Center

Senior Center

For over 20 years the Don Bosco Senior Center has been helping seniors age 60 and over and adults with disabilities maintain independent living by providing meals, transportation, fellowship and activities that promote health, education, and recreation.  Based on Mid-America Regional Council (MARC) guidelines the Don Bosco Senior Center is the largest, most comprehensive senior center in the Greater Kansas City area.

English as a second language


The Don Bosco Centers has been providing free English classes to adult immigrants and refugees for over 30 years.  More than 52,000 new Americans from over 75 countries and vastly differing life situations have benefited from the the ESL program. The English as a Second Language (ESL) Center has become the largest in Greater Kansas City, and offers an eight-level English program that teaches vital language and life skills.

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