Niles Home for Children
1911 E. 23rd Street
Kansas City MO 64127-3701
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 241-3448
Mission Statement
Mission Statement: 
To meet the mental health and educational needs of at-risk children and their families, empowering them to become confident and contributing members of society.
 
Vision Statement:
Empowering children and families with the tools to thrive.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Rita Holmes-Bobo
Board Chair Julie Lonergan
Board Chair Company Affiliation Hallmark
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1940
Former Names
Niles Home for Negro Children
Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Revenue $3,269,081
Projected Expenses $3,252,125
Statements
Mission Statement
Mission Statement: 
To meet the mental health and educational needs of at-risk children and their families, empowering them to become confident and contributing members of society.
 
Vision Statement:
Empowering children and families with the tools to thrive.
Background Statement

Niles Home has been a safe haven for children since 1883, when Samuel Eason, an African-American bricklayer, began caring for homeless and orphaned children he found in his neighborhood near the historic 18th and Vine area. In 1896, the organization was incorporated under the name of the “Colored People’s Charity Association.”

After Mr. Eason’s passing in the early 1900’s, Dr. Katherine B. Richardson, founder of Children’s Mercy Hospital, and other civic-minded citizens launched a campaign to build a new home to serve the needs of homeless children. In 1924, local philanthropists Frank and Emma Niles donated land and constructed a mansion to house up to 100 children on the same site as the current facility on East 23rd Street.
 
In the 1960’s, the agency evolved from a custodial home to a residential treatment center to serve children with emotional problems. Also during that time, the agency made a decision to open its services to children of all races. Through the Residential program, Niles now serves as state-appointed foster parent to up to 35 children at a time. These children have suffered trauma caused by abuse, neglect and abandonment.
 
In 1987, Niles Prep Behavioral Management and Day Treatment was created to serve Niles residents and area students from surrounding school districts needing academic, emotional and behavioral intervention. Niles Prep currently accepts referrals of students from the Kansas City, Missouri School District and area Kansas City charter schools, and can serve up to 40 children.
 
Today, Niles Home provides residential treatment and day treatment/alternative education services each year to low-income children ages 6-17. More than 90% of those served are Kansas City, Missouri (Jackson County) residents and approximately 70% are African American. Children served by Niles suffer from one or more diagnoses such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Bi-polar Disorder, Major Depression and Aggressive Defiance Disorder.
Impact Statement

  • In November of 2016 Niles Board and staff leadership moved forward with entering into a partnership with KVC Health Systems, Inc. The decision to enter into a partnership with KVC was made after determining Niles would be better positioned to enhance the quality of programs, while achieving fiscal responsibility for years to come. As a result of the partnership, Niles will consistently offer higher-quality behavioral health services, recruit and retain well-qualified staff and potentially expand community services.
  • Niles has maintained its name and 501(c)(3) status, as well as its legacy of serving the urban core at its current location. Niles will operate as a separate nonprofit within the KVC Health Systems brand; support services such as Human Resources, Information Technology, communications, development and accounting will be managed by KVC.
  • Niles is moving forward with a $300,000 renovation which will enhance the physical environment to ensure the safety and well being of our clients and staff, while providing an engaging treatment setting. The goal is to complete the project in 2017.
  • Over the next year, Niles will also focus on creating a planned, trauma-sensitive environment in its residential program, where everyday events and interactions between youth and staff reinforce the principles of trauma-informed care. The milieu will provide enhanced social opportunities and immediate feedback from residential staff. The goals are to reduce trauma reactions of residential treatment youth and improve overall functioning of residential treatment youth so that youth can move to the least restrictive environment such as a foster home, group home, family home or other least restrictive setting.

Needs Statement
  1. Operating support: Niles is seeking funding to support general operating costs of the organization (utilities, salaries, etc).
  2. Residential furnishings: Niles Home is seeking funding support to purchase furnishings for the new residential spaces. The furnishings are part of a residential renovation slated for completion during FY 16-17. 
  3. Volunteers: Niles continuously seeks volunteer support for the Niles organic garden and market program. The garden provides a source of healthy produce to an urban core community characterized as a food desert due to lack of healthy food options.
  4. In-kind: Due to the constant wear and tear inherent in a 24/7 facility, Niles is in constant need of quality, sturdy furniture, new and refurbished computers and large appliances to replace existing items. Niles is also seeking a four-door car, to complement the existing vans, as an efficient and useful means for transport of small groups.
Service Categories
Foster Care
Residential Mental Health Treatment
Elementary & Secondary Schools
Areas of Service
MO
MO - Jackson County
MO - Clay County
MO - Platte County
MO - Eastern Jackson Co
MO - Jackson County Urban Core
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement

When Samuel Eason began caring for homeless children in his 18th and Vine neighborhood in 1883, he began a legacy of rebuilding lives and renewing hope for vulnerable children and families which continues to this day at Niles Home for Children (Niles Home). Niles Home is now celebrating 133 years of service to Kansas City children and families.

At Niles Home, we continue to identify opportunities to better serve children and families in our community, many impacted by trauma from abuse, neglect, abandonment and exposure to violence. Our clinical department observed increased acuity of symptoms in children we serve, stemming from trauma. Niles Home completed agency-wide training in trauma-informed care and opened a trauma comfort room. Trauma-informed care asks the question “What happened to you?” instead of “What’s wrong with you?” We now have a trauma-centered framework for therapeutic treatment and support services that promotes healing and resiliency in the children we serve. Furthermore, we are implementing additional therapeutic assessment tools to ensure we are collecting the most complete data for measuring client progress as it pertains to their trauma symptoms.

Niles is the only youth-focused residential treatment facility remaining in the urban core and fulfills an otherwise unmet, growing community need. Currently, Niles has the capacity to serve 32 children in Residential Treatment.

UPDATE: Niles entered into a partnership with KVC Health Systems, Inc. after determining a partnership would better position Niles to enhance the quality of programs, while achieving fiscal responsibility for years to come. As a result of the KVC/Niles partnership, Niles will consistently offer higher-quality behavioral health services, recruit and retain well-qualified staff and potentially expand community services.

Niles has maintained its name and 501(c)(3) status, as well as its legacy of serving the urban core at its current location. Niles will operate as a separate nonprofit within the KVC Health Systems brand; support services such as Human Resources, Information Technology, communications, development and accounting will be managed by KVC.

The Niles Residential Program was placed on a temporary hiatus, which allowed the leadership to focus on partnership opportunities. Residential services will reopen in phases beginning February of 2017. Initially, capacity will be limited due to the concurrent dorm renovation project. The Niles/KVC partnership is transforming all facets of Niles’ residential treatment program. New policies and procedures have been developed; job descriptions and salary scales have been updated; training has been launched on topics such as Trauma Systems Therapy (TST), Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS), Initial Safe Crisis Management (SCM) and annual re-certifications for Safe Crisis Management (SCM), First Aid and CPR.

Niles has hired a new vice president of Program Services whose previous responsibility was overseeing clinical and outreach services for KVC Prairie Ridge. Additionally, Niles’ newly hired director of residential services successfully led the residential treatment program at KVC. Both are providing leadership in the rebuilding and reopening of Niles’ Residential Treatment program.

Programs
Description

Residential Treatment:   Children in Residential Treatment live in a safe and caring setting and receive 24-hour care on a 1:5 staffing ratio. The majority of children served are in the care and custody of the Children’s Division, having been removed from their homes for their own safety and treatment. Children are often victims of abuse, neglect and abandonment, and are severely traumatized when they arrive. Nearly all suffer from emotional challenges. The goal of the Residential Treatment Program is to prepare children to return home or move to a less restrictive environment (i.e. foster home, adoption, group home). Children receive psychiatric services, medical services, and individual, family and group therapy. Trained residential technicians provide solid support and consistency on a daily basis.

Category Mental Health, Substance Abuse Programs, General/other Child Abuse Counseling
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years), Children Only (5 - 14 years),
Short-Term Success

In a safe and caring environment, children will overcome severe trauma and learn to interact with others in a healthy manner.

  • 80% of residential treatment participants will experience a decrease in trauma-related symptoms, as indicated by a 25% reduction in TSC score.
  • 80% of residential treatment participants will experience an improvement with their functioning across critical life subscales, as indicated by 1 point improvement in aggression and conduct areas of the Ohio Scales.

Long-Term Success Children and adolescents served by the Niles Home for Children Residential Treatment program will have the knowledge, coping skills, self-confidence, self-control and self-awareness to overcome the trauma of abuse, abandonment or neglect and live appropriate and productive lives for their age level.
Program Success Monitored By
Individual client progress is monitored against treatment goals established by the client and the Niles treatment team. Treatment goals are based on client and caregiver input, medical and psychiatric diagnosis, and other presenting issues. The following assessment tools will be utilized to measure success: Trauma Symptoms Checklist (TSC) and the Ohio Scales.
Examples of Program Success

Of the 75 unduplicated children served during the FY14-15 program year, 80% (n=60) demonstrated progress toward treatment plan goals and reduced or eliminated episodes of chronic dysfunctional behavior. 

Description

Day Treatment (Niles Prep): Niles Prep serves children grades k-12 whose difficulties with emotional and behavioral regulation keep them from succeeding in conventional classrooms. Many come from backgrounds that include experiences with poverty and exposure directly or indirectly to violence (home and/or community). Niles Prep combines individual and group therapy with academic remediation in small classes (a 1:5 adult/student ratio). The objective is to prepare the student academically for a successful return to his/her originating school, while the therapeutic and behavioral counseling sessions help the child and his/her family learn appropriate behavior and problem-solving skills. 

Category Education, General/Other Special Education
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years), ,
Short-Term Success

Over the course of the academic year for students in Day Treatment: 

  • 80% of day treatment participants will experience a decrease in trauma-related symptoms, as indicated by a 25% reduction in TSC score.
  • 80% of day treatment participants will experience an improvement with their functioning across critical life subscales, as indicated by 1 point improvement in aggression and conduct areas of the Ohio Scales.
Long-Term Success Children attending Niles Prep will transition back to their home school or district and have academic success, including high school graduation, without recurring behavioral issues that create barriers to their success. As a result of the program, society would expect to see improved graduation rates, higher rates of entry into college and improved employment rates.
Program Success Monitored By Behavioral progress is monitored by progress to goals as detailed in the student's individual treatment plan. Tools used to measure progress include the Trauma Symptoms Checklist (TSC) and the Ohio Scales. Academic progress is monitored through daily work and state required standardized tests.
Examples of Program Success

For the 2014-2015 Academic Year, of the 7 students discharged during the year, 6 made at least moderate progress toward treatment plan goals. Of the 26 served during the academic year, 23 demonstrated fewer undesirable behaviors (reductions in number incident reports for property damage, running away and/or physical aggression).

Description

Substance Abuse Prevention/Treatment: Substance Abuse Prevention/Treatment provides services to youth identified as high risk for drug use based on family history of substance abuse, early experimentation or use, lack of healthy role modeling, and problems in school or juvenile delinquency. Treatment services are for children already using substances by the time they arrive at Niles Home. Services are provided by a certified substance abuse counselor and include weekly individual sessions and group sessions. The goal of this program is for youth to abstain completely from the use of alcohol, tobacco and illicit drugs.

Category Mental Health, Substance Abuse Programs, General/other Substance Abuse
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years), ,
Short-Term Success Participants will be equipped to achieve and maintain abstinence from drugs and alcohol use through preventive education. They will be knowledgeable of the effects of substance abuse, with a focus on tobacco, marijuana and alcohol. They will also develop coping, decision-making and problem solving skills that enable them to make healthy lifestyle choices.
Long-Term Success Niles youth will maintain a substance abuse-free lifestyle throughout their lifetime. They will demonstrate an understanding of the destructive affects of substance abuse and how illegal substances dangerously interfere with prescribed and needed medications.
Program Success Monitored By
Every child has a Master Treatment plan developed by the child, their treatment team and parents / guardian. Progress and success is measured by individual progress within their treatment plan, and through drug screening.
Examples of Program Success
New data is forthcoming for most recent program year and will be submitted when available.
Description

Parent Empowerment provides classes to approximately 60 community-based parents annually, helping parents become knowledgeable about mental, emotional, and behavioral issues and increasing the use of alternative strategies to harsh and abusive disciplinary practice. The program is offered four times per year, each covering an 8 week duration, and includes a meal and child care to make the program accessible to families.

Category Human Services, General/Other Parenting Education
Population Served Adults, ,
Short-Term Success

As a result of the program: 

  • 75% of participating parents will demonstrate at least a 1 point improvement in at least 2 of the 5 constructs on the AAPI from pre- to post-test.
  • 85% of participating parents will report increased knowledge and use of good parenting skills.
  • 75% of parents will report increased knowledge and effective parenting with regard to their child’s mental, emotional, and behavioral issues as evidenced by pre- and post-tests.
Long-Term Success The ultimate goal of the program is prevention of child abuse and neglect by parents and caregivers.
Program Success Monitored By

The evidence-based Adult Adolescent Parenting Inventory (AAPI) tool complements the established curriculum (Parenting The Love and Logic Way). AAPI allows the facilitator to work more effectively with participating parents with issues related to parental thoughts, feelings, and subsequent actions (as it relates to discipline, communication, negative/positive attitudes, and level of violence experienced by parents). The AAPI tool ensures the Love and Logic curriculum is addressing the greatest needs within the group. The responses given in post-test indicated a reduction in risk-factors associated with child abuse and neglect and a strengthening of family units. 

Examples of Program Success

For the 2014-2015 program year, 74% demonstrated at least a 1 point improvement in at least 2 of the 5 constructs on the AAPI.  

Anecdotally, the program continues to receive positive feedback from participants, many of whom have asked to be able to repeat the course because they found the material and the support from Niles Home so useful.
 
The program's lead instructor, Yolonda Carson, received the Jackson County COMBAT Parenting Award in October 2015 for her development and implementation of this program. 
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Ms. Rita Holmes-Bobo
Term Start Dec 2013
Experience

Rita Holmes-Bobo serves as President of Niles Home for Children, which provides behavioral health services to at-risk, underserved youth and their families.

Holmes-Bobo has focused on stabilizing financial aspects of Niles; increasing community support; ensuring Niles employees are committed to excellence in the delivery of services; and pursuing funding for a renovation project.

Prior to Niles she served as director of communications and public relations for Ameren Missouri where she led the creation and implementation of a strategic, integrated, award-winning communications program designed to strengthen Ameren Missouri’s reputation as a performance leader.

Ms. Holmes-Bobo served as a vice president in Fleishman-Hillard’s healthcare practice group. And as a key member of the Public Affairs team for Express Scripts, where she leveraged strategic media outreach to strengthen corporate reputation; managed specialty pharmacy legislative advocacy communication; developed responses to marketplace issues; and created community engagement programs to align community needs and corporate objectives.

She has worked for the American Cancer Society and Regional Medical Center, a safety net hospital for the poor. Additionally, Holmes-Bobo has managed the communications function for the largest school district in the state of Missouri.

Ms. Holmes-Bobo is a dedicated University of Kansas Alumnae (MBA and bachelor of science degree in business administration) and has served as a guest lecturer for several classes. She also serves on the KU School of Business Dean’s Advisory Board.

Her service to the community demonstrates her commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.  She is the board chair of the Second Chance Program, a re-entry program for formerly incarcerated individuals; and board chair of the Emily Taylor Center for Women and Gender Equity. She also serves on the Kansas City Crime Commission and the Missouri Coalition of Children’s Agencies governance board.

Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start
Compensation Last Year
Former CEOs
NameTerm
Donald Lee July 1993 - Dec 2003
Mrs. Valerie Nicholson-Watson Aug 2004 - May 2013
Senior Staff
Title COO
Experience/Biography
Latrina Collins joined Niles Home January 20, 2014.
Title VP Program Services
Staff
Paid Full-Time Staff 50
Paid Part-Time Staff 14
Volunteers 200
Paid Contractors 1
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Yes
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Yes
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Collaborations

In partnership with the Housing Authority, the Niles Neighborhood Access to Healthy Foods Initiative is part of the afterschool program at Clymer Community Center where Niles shares nutritional information. Niles continues to set up a garden market on Monday afternoons at the Clymer Center where fresh local produce is distributed to residents in Theron B. Watkins and the surrounding area.

Affiliations
AffiliationYear
Child Welfare League - Accredited Member2010
External Assessment and Accreditations
Assessment/AccreditationYear
Council on Accreditation (COA) [for Children and Family Services] - Accreditation2007
Council on Accreditation (COA) [for Children and Family Services] - Accreditation2011
Council on Accreditation (COA) [for Children and Family Services] - Accreditation2015
Awards
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
Innovative Practices AwardCouncil on Acceditation2008
Community Partner AwardCourt Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)2014
Social Justice and Human Rights Program InitiativeAlpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.2014
Parenting AwardJackson County COMBAT2015
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? Yes
Board Chair
Board Chair Julie Lonergan
Company Affiliation Hallmark
Term Feb 2017 to June 2019
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Ms. Clarissa Crumpton KCP&L
Mr. Victor Hammonds Liberty Bank & Trust
Ms. Julie Lonergan Hallmark Cards
Mr. Jerry Williams Sprint
Ms. Kristina Young Community Representative
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 3
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 2
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 2
Female 3
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 60%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 11
Standing Committees
Executive
Operations
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Project Oversight
 
 
Financials
Fiscal Year Start July 01, 2016
Fiscal Year End June 30, 2017
Projected Revenue $3,269,081
Projected Expenses $3,252,125
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FYE 6/30/2015: Financial data reported using the IRS Form 990.
  • FYE 6/30/2014, 2013: Financial data reported using the organization's audited financial statements.
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line item may include contributions from individuals.
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201520142013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$832,393$464,862$666,896
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Federal--$0$0
State--$0$0
Local--$0$0
Unspecified$0$0$0
Individual Contributions--$50,404$0
$0$0$0
$1,924,776$2,178,798$1,968,666
Investment Income, Net of Losses$0$0$0
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$21,969$0$0
Revenue In-Kind$45,684$0$0
Other$10,689$229,343$222,200
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$2,064,225$2,171,040$2,507,185
Administration Expense$519,442$424,183$337,696
Fundraising Expense$111,206$132,017$123,611
Payments to Affiliates--$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.051.070.96
Program Expense/Total Expenses77%80%84%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue13%26%19%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$997,447$911,733$709,756
Current Assets$631,016$481,887$252,834
Long-Term Liabilities$758,959$113,141$555,893
Current Liabilities$167,289$508,441$454,376
Total Net Assets$71,199$290,151($300,513)
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities3.770.950.56
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets76%12%78%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountMissouri Children’s Division $639,317Missouri Division of Family Services $988,863 --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountJackson County Community Mental Health Fund $500,000Jackson County Mental Health $490,250 --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountMissouri Alliance $203,929United Way Allocation $165,573 --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Organization Comments Because Niles staff and board members understand achieving excellence in programs and services begins with sound financial and operational performance, we are proud of our successes in those specific areas. In fact, at the completion of the 2013-2014 audit process, the auditors commended the new leadership for achievements in the implementation of processes and procedures leading to significant improvements.
Organization Name Niles Home for Children
Address 1911 E. 23rd Street
Kansas City, MO 641273701
Primary Phone (816) 241-3448
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Rita Holmes-Bobo
Board Chair Julie Lonergan
Board Chair Company Affiliation Hallmark
Year of Incorporation 1940
Former Names
Niles Home for Negro Children