Fuller Center for Housing of Greater Kansas City, MO
6910 N Holmes St, Suite 340
Gladstone MO 64118
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 659-4815
Mission Statement
The Fuller Center for Housing of Greater Kansas City MO, faith driven and Christ centered, promotes collaborative and innovative partnerships with individuals and organizations in an unrelenting quest to provide adequate shelter for all people in need. 
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Board Chair is Executive Director
Board Chair Graham Houston
Board Chair Company Affiliation Struktur Design and Remodeling
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2009
Former Names
Christian Carpenters for Habitat
Financial Summary
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Statements
Mission Statement
The Fuller Center for Housing of Greater Kansas City MO, faith driven and Christ centered, promotes collaborative and innovative partnerships with individuals and organizations in an unrelenting quest to provide adequate shelter for all people in need. 
Background Statement
Based in Americus, Georgia, The Fuller Center for Housing Inc. is a grassroots, affordable housing movement founded in 2005 by Millard and Linda Fuller, founders of Habitat for Humanity. FCH works by forming covenant partnerships (local organizations) with concerned groups of people, community organizations, churches and others to build and repair houses for people in need. FCH currently works in over 70 U.S. communities and 16 other countries.
 
FCH seeks to be a catalyst for great works occurring at a grassroots level and is committed to the development and uplifting of families and communities, not just the construction and rehabilitation of houses.
 
The Fuller Center for Housing of Greater Kansas City, MO, was founded in 2009 by a group of northland churches called Christian Carpenters. Beginning in 1997, Christian Carpenters built 13 affordable homes in the northland for low income families through Habitat for Humanity.
 
Since 2009 the Fuller Center of Kansas City has completed over 30 projects serving approximately 75 people, all with volunteers. In some cases people would not have been able to remain in their homes without our assistance. On average the cost of the projects was less than 50% of what it would have cost retail.
Impact Statement

2016 Accomplishments:

 

  1. Completed our primary project for 2016, a ReNew home project in partnership with the Hensler family. This project will provide a safe, decent place to live for a single mother and her two daughters.
  2. Held our 7th annual BBQ Benefit and Celebration that raised over $17,000.
  3. Hosted several mission groups that provided invaluable service and funding for the ReNew project and other Greater Blessing projects.
  4. Recruited new members for the Construction Committee and the Family Services Committee. This enhanced our ability to respond to more requests for service. 

 

2017 Goals:
 

  1. Identify, qualify and approve Greater Blessing and ReNew projects for the year. These are owner occupied home repair and renovation projects.
  2. Begin planning process for next new build project(s) for our homeownership program.
  3. Organize a team to attend the Fuller Center for Housing annual conference and participate in the home repair and building projects prior to the conference.
  4. Board Recruitment and Development: Continue efforts to grow the board of directors and focus on general board development and specific Fuller Center operational procedures and policies.
  5. Increase church participation in the Faith Builder program.

 

Needs Statement
  1. Increase funding for staff to support operations, family services and construction programs. $30-$50,000 annually.
  2. Recruit board and committee volunteers to increase organizational capacity. Specific areas of need are family services, construction, finance, fundraising and marketing/public relations.
  3. Secure special event leadership, in particular for our annual fundraising BBQ and auction. This event consistently raises $15,000-$20,000. We need to grow this event to increase awareness, deepen commitment and raise additional funds for the organization. Professional leadership cost: $500-$2,000.
  4. Engage more churches and businesses in support of the mission. For churches, partnership with the Fuller Center provides a tangible way to put faith in action. For businesses, partnership is a visible way to demonstrate corporate social responsibility and enhance employee satisfaction. Goal: 5 churches and 15 businesses.
  5. Secure adequate warehouse space for storage of construction trailer, building materials and staging of construction activities. Prefer combined warehouse/office space. $1,000-$4,000/month.
Service Categories
Home Improvement/Repairs
Areas of Service
MO - Clay County
MO - Jackson County
MO - Platte County
Clay, Platte and Jackson counties in Missouri
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement

The Fuller Center for Housing of Greater Kansas City, MO, has at its core a group of committed individuals and churches who feel called to serve people in need of decent, affordable housing. Founded in 2009, we broke ground immediately on our first project, a universal design home for a woman with severe disabilities. Several smaller projects (Greater Blessing projects) were undertaken at the same time. The word got out in the community quickly and soon we were receiving requests for assistance throughout greater Kansas City, MO.

Our early successes led us to seek a capacity building grant from Catholic Charities in early 2011. This grant provided critical funds for a utility trailer, website development, printing of brochures, and office equipment as well as training and education for board members and volunteers.

From the start, The Fuller Center of Kansas City sought collaborative partners to meet the needs of homeowners desperate for assistance with repairs, renovations and modifications of their homes. As an all-volunteer organization, we know we need to partner with others to achieve positive results.

Our greatest challenge is securing the resources to provide administrative and operational support. Because the work of the Fuller Center is labor intensive, paid staff and suitable office and warehouse space are priorities. More volunteers are needed to serve on the board of directors and committees such as family selection, family partnering, construction, resource development and volunteers.

Current members of the board speak to church and civic groups regularly and we are effectively using our membership in Nonprofit Connect to “network, learn and grow.” We now have a successful track record of serving families in need, and raising funds from individuals, churches and some small businesses. While continuing these efforts, we are diversifying our resource development to seek grants from foundations, corporations and civic organizations as well as continuing to develop more collaborative partnerships with other like-minded organizations.

Programs
Description
Through the Greater Blessing program, homeowners can apply to have their homes repaired or modified to ensure the home is safe, secure and energy efficient, providing simple, decent living conditions. Greater Blessing projects cost under $2,500.
 
The program seeks to aid homeowners with extremely limited income who cannot afford, for example, to repair a leaking roof, fix broken windows, repair hazardous kitchens, install wheelchair ramps or install bathroom grab bars.
 
The Greater Blessing program is based on Jesus’ teaching that it is more blessed to give than to receive, allowing homeowners to experience the “greater blessing” of giving by voluntarily repaying the cost of repairs on terms they can afford. No interest or profit is included in the repayment cost. Homeowner payments are recycled to purchase materials to help other neighbors in need.
Program Budget $25,000.00
Category Housing, General/Other Home Repair Programs
Population Served Elderly and/or Disabled, Other Economic Level, Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Short-Term Success Substandard living conditions negatively impact a family’s health and well-being and can cause undue financial burdens. By resolving substandard living conditions, families experience healthier, happier lives, reap savings through greater energy efficiencies and increase a sense of stability.
Long-Term Success
Long-term success is measured by the client’s ability to continue to live independently in a safe, secure, healthy and energy efficient environment.
 
In some cases, clients may be required to participate in learning opportunities like financial literacy and budgeting programs, home maintenance and repair, and debt reduction. These provide tools and knowledge that increase the likelihood of long-term success.
Program Success Monitored By
Qualitative measures like personal interviews and periodic home visits after repairs are completed provide a clear understanding of program success. Quantitative tools like satisfaction surveys and home inspections are under development and will help build a database of program outcomes.
Examples of Program Success
Projects completed include gutter and water drainage repairs, wheelchair ramp installation, storm damaged window replacement, water damaged subfloor replacement, hot water heater replacement, electrical repairs, bathroom plumbing repairs and safety repairs. In each case clients lacked the physical ability and/or financial resources to complete needed repairs through conventional means.
Description
Through the ReNew Home Renovation program, homeowners can apply to have their homes repaired, renovated or modified to ensure the home is safe, secure and energy efficient, providing simple, decent living conditions. ReNew projects cost over $2,500 and often involve multiple problems with the home.
 
The program seeks to aid homeowners with extremely limited income who cannot afford, for example, to replace a leaking roof, replace inefficient or drafty windows, complete structural repairs or remodel bathrooms to make them fully accessible.
 
The ReNew program features a repayment program that utilizes no interest, no cost long-term loans for the cost of construction. Homeowner payments are recycled to purchase materials to help other neighbors in need.
Category Housing, General/Other Home Repair Programs
Population Served Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent, ,
Short-Term Success
Substandard living conditions negatively impact a family’s health and well-being and can cause undue financial burdens. By resolving substandard living conditions, families experience healthier, happier lives, reap savings through greater energy efficiencies, and increase a sense of stability.
Long-Term Success
Long-term success is measured by the client’s ability to continue to live independently in a safe, secure, healthy and energy efficient environment.
In some cases clients may be required to participate in learning opportunities like financial literacy and budgeting programs, home maintenance and repair, and debt reduction. These provide tools and knowledge that increase the likelihood of long-term success.
Program Success Monitored By
Qualitative measures like personal interviews and periodic home visits after repairs are completed provide a clear understanding of program success. Quantitative tools like satisfaction surveys and home inspections are under development and will help build a database of program outcomes. A comparative analysis of utility bills over time will document cost savings.
Examples of Program Success
C. Stallings, who has deafness and blindness, needed major renovation work including a new roof, window replacement, insulation, electrical and plumbing repairs, and interior and exterior patching and painting. Market rate estimate was over $24,000. The Fuller Center completed the work for under $8,000. In addition to the vastly improved living conditions, the homeowner is also experiencing a significant reduction in utility costs.
 
The Newton family needed a driveway extension, wheelchair ramp, and bathroom remodel to accommodate the needs of their daughter who is disabled. She is now more mobile, independent and self-sufficient which has a significant impact on her health and mental well-being.
Description
The Fuller Center builds new homes and rehabilitates existing homes with qualified low income families to purchase with zero interest, no profit long-term mortgages. The program includes homeowner education, which is part of a 350 hour sweat equity commitment.
 
Families who earn 30-50% of Area Median Income (AMI), are currently living in substandard housing or are homeless, and are willing to partner with the Fuller Center for Housing are eligible to apply.
Category Housing, General/Other Housing Development, Construction & Management
Population Served Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent, ,
Short-Term Success
Families that make the move from renter to homeowner often experience a significant reduction in the percentage of income that goes to cover housing costs. This in turn makes more income available for other necessities like food, clothing, education and child care. Attitudes change dramatically when a family moves from an overcrowded, unsafe and dangerous living environment to one that provides adequate space for all the things families do in their home: sleep, eat, socialize, study, etc.
Long-Term Success
Homeownership provides a long-term, stable environment in which to raise a family. Families who own their home take pride in their home, maintain it better, and are more likely to invest time and energy in their neighborhood and community. Children do better in school, are healthier and are more likely to develop strong family values. In addition, buying a home through this program provides instant equity and an investment for the future. Low income families simply do not have the money to pay rent and save/invest for the future. They are too often one job loss away from being thrust back into poverty.
Program Success Monitored By Qualitative measures like personal interviews and periodic home visits provide a clear understanding of program success. Quantitative tools like satisfaction surveys and home inspections are under development and will help build a database of program outcomes. A comparative analysis of utility bills over time will document cost savings.
Examples of Program Success
L. Perdieu moved into her new, universal design home in December 2010. Her disabilities confine her to a wheelchair. The features of her home (e.g. zero step entries, 3' doorways and hallways, accessible switches and outlets) provide her a level of independence and self-reliance she has never known.

Because of the accessibility of her home, she was able to reduce her hospital stay following neck surgery by four days, thus providing considerable healthcare cost savings and a quicker recovery.
CEO Comments
Program service delivery is labor intensive. The Family Selection committee receives and processes applications for assistance and makes recommendations to the board. The Construction Committee evaluates project scope, prepares an estimate and submits a recommendation to the board. Once a project is approved the Family Partnering Committee monitors and mentors the partner family throughout the project. The Construction Committee manages the project by coordinating work of volunteers and skilled professionals. 
 
Training volunteers to provide all these services and then keeping them engaged over time is challenging. The volume of work has reached a point where staffing is needed to facilitate the work of the committees, easing the burden on volunteers and helping them focus on program delivery rather than administrative functions.
 
Greater emphasis is being placed on resourcing staff position(s). This investment is necessary for the long-term sustainability of the organization. The board is also seeking assistance with administrative functions through Support Kansas City.  
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Board Chair is Executive Director
Term Start Jan 2014
Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start
Compensation Last Year
Staff
Paid Full-Time Staff 0
Paid Part-Time Staff 0
Volunteers 125
Paid Contractors 8
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Under Development
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Under Development
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Under Development
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Collaborations
Collaborative partnerships are a key aspect of our work in the community. We have had several collaborative partners that have joined with us to provide services to people in need of decent housing. We will continue to place emphasis on working with other organizations to increase our capacity to make a difference.
Affiliations
AffiliationYear
Nonprofit Connect of Greater Kansas City2011
Affiliate/Chapter of National Organization (i.e. Girl Scouts of the USA, American Red Cross, etc.) - Affiliate/chapter2009
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? No
CEO Comments The #1 management goal is to raise funds for and hire a full-time Executive Director. 
Board Chair
Board Chair Graham Houston
Company Affiliation Struktur Design and Remodeling
Term Jan 2016 to Dec 2016
Email graham@fullercenterkc.org
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Vickie Bishop State Farm
David Catt Self-Employed/College Student
Wayne Craven Self-Employed
Graham Houston Struktur Design and Remodeling
Carl Kimbrell Kimbrell & Associates
Charley Lamb Retired
Wendel Patterson WD Patterson Co. - Retired
Lorie Perdieu MO Department of Disability Services
Benjamin Rackers Park Hill School District
Ken Waterland IMB - Retired
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 10
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 8
Female 2
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 75%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 25%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 11
Standing Committees
Executive
Finance
Housing and Community Development
Program / Program Planning
Project Oversight
Volunteer
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
CEO Comments
A core group of volunteers have continuously served on the board since inception of the organization. This has provided wonderful stability. At the same time there has been a significant amount of board and volunteer turnover that has hindered the growth of the organization while also placing increased burdens on the remaining volunteers.
 
Board and volunteer recruitment, development and succession planning are constant concerns and challenges. Striking a balance between delivering quality program services to meet needs and meeting the administrative and operational needs of the organization is essential to the long-term sustainability of the organization.
 
Continued emphasis for 2017 is on resource development. We recognize that there are some skills our board and volunteers just don't have so we need to find a way to satisfy those needs. Budgeting for these is an investment in the future of the organization. Investing in human capital (e.g. staff, contractors, service providers) is essential.
Financials
Fiscal Year Start July 01, 2016
Fiscal Year End June 30, 2017
Projected Revenue $45,000
Projected Expenses $44,000
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FYE 6/30/2015, 2014, 2013: Financial data reported using IRS Form 990. 
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line item may include contributions from individuals.

 

Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$22,646$17,293$13,276
Administration Expense$2,271$2,830$11,915
Fundraising Expense$6,754$5,005$0
Payments to Affiliates----$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.762.291.92
Program Expense/Total Expenses72%69%53%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue12%9%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$110,595$85,419$52,929
Current Assets$110,595$85,419$50,600
Long-Term Liabilities$1,007$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$109,588$85,419$52,929
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets1%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years Yes
Organization Comments
Sound and conservative financial management has been a hallmark of the Fuller Center since our beginning. Policies and procedures for tracking and managing project (program) expenses allows for wise investment in organizational infrastructure and administrative support.
 
To grow the organization, which is to say to increase our capacity to serve more families, continuing these practices will enable us to make good decisions for further investments in the priorities previously listed, principally staff. Sound financial management also supports articulation of effective and efficient program outcomes.
 
In 2017 we renew our efforts to diversify funding sources and feature emphasis on grants and corporate giving programs.
 
Our annual fundraising event continues to provide a significant portion of our annual revenue.
 
For this fiscal year (half) our top four donors are:
  1. Individual - $1,264
  2. Individual - $1,230
  3. Individual - $1,040
  4. Individual - $930
For the previous Fiscal Year our top four donors were:
  1. Individual - $1,700
  2. Individual - $1,500
  3. Parkville Presbyterian Church - $1,200
  4. Second Baptist Church-Liberty - $1,066
Our largest grant received was from Catholic Charities - $15,000
Organization Name Fuller Center for Housing of Greater Kansas City, MO
Address 6910 N Holmes St, Suite 340
Gladstone, MO 64118
Primary Phone (816) 659-4815
Contact Email info@fullercenterkc.org
CEO/Executive Director Board Chair is Executive Director
Board Chair Graham Houston
Board Chair Company Affiliation Struktur Design and Remodeling
Year of Incorporation 2009
Former Names
Christian Carpenters for Habitat