Kansas City Rescue Mission
1520 Cherry Street
Kansas City MO 64108-1530
Volunteers serve dinner at our Men's Center

Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 421-7643
Mission Statement
Kansas City Rescue Mission is a Christ-centered community, offering freedom and hope to the poor and homeless, empowering them to reach their full potential.
Vision: People served by KCRM are able to live in community in  balanced and interdependent lives with Christ.
CEO/Executive Director Rev. Joe Colaizzi
Board Chair Mrs. Terri Bachtel
Board Chair Company Affiliation Keller and Owen Accounting
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1958
Financial Summary
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Mission Statement
Kansas City Rescue Mission is a Christ-centered community, offering freedom and hope to the poor and homeless, empowering them to reach their full potential.
Vision: People served by KCRM are able to live in community in  balanced and interdependent lives with Christ.
Background Statement

In 2016, Kansas City Rescue Mission celebrates 66 years of service to the homeless of Kansas City. The Mission was founded in 1950 by Jarrette Aycock who, as a young man, received life-changing help in a Los Angeles rescue mission and later became a leader in the Church of the Nazarene.

KCRM has since grown from a struggling shelter in Kansas City’s River Market to an organization with comprehensive programs offering immediate relief and long-term assistance to homeless men and women seeking recovery and re-entry into the community.

KCRM’s Men’s Center and Women’s Center currently provide free nutritious meals, hot showers, fresh clothing, safe shelter, case management, counseling and healthcare to an average 100 men and up to 20 women each night. Hungry and homeless men enter the Men’s Center seeking the immediate relief of a hearty meal and safe shelter. Our hope is that, once a man’s basic needs are met, he will consider joining our resident recovery program offering positive and lasting change.

For homeless men and women who wish to overcome life-dominating habits and barriers, KCRM offers resident recovery programs at no cost. Our Men’s Center offers the Christian Community of Recovery (C-COR), a six-month resident recovery program and two-year transitional living program. Resident recovery graduates can opt to stay in the transitional living program up to 24 months while completing education and career goals as the final step toward independent living.

Our Women’s Center offers an open-ended resident recovery program for single, homeless women with co-occurring disorders that includes clinical counseling, case management, life skills classes, adult learning and referrals to other agencies. KCRM’s services are available to everyone regardless of race, culture, lifestyle, religion or creed.

KCRM is poised to serve Kansas City's homeless population for generations to come, offering freedom from the past and hope for the future to men and women who've lost their way. To do so, we are strengthening our financial base and infrastructure, adding key staff positions and expanding and improving our services. We welcome volunteers, financial supporters and others who want to join in this front-lines effort to fight homelessness.


Impact Statement

During KCRM’s 2015 fiscal year ending June 30, 2016, we achieved the following:

  • Achieved several goals set forth in our 2015 strategic plan that says in summary: “Prayer is the compass by which KCRM sets its direction. It is our core ministry strategy as we seek to increase sustainability, improve outcomes and expand capacity.” Achievements included: raised 80 percent of funding needed to renovate an empty building on our Women’s Center campus to become the Learning and Fitness Center; completed Madeline’s Garden; began process of creating “certified excellent” program for men in recovery; initiated an endowment; began search for major donor officer.
  • Provided shelter, food, healthcare, case management and recovery services to 1,480 unduplicated individuals.
  • Achieved a 4-star rating on Charity Navigator for the fourth year in a row (less than 15 percent of members achieve this).

Goals for the current fiscal year include:

  • Establish the KCRM Women’s Center’s Education and Fitness Center after raising $394,000 for renovation
  • Hire major gifts officer and implement year-long corporate donor acquisition strategy
  • Initiate a social enterprise to increase recovery graduates’ marketability, impact our community and provide income for KCRM. 


Needs Statement

KCRM’s most pressing funding needs include:

  • Raising the remaining $50,000 needed to meet the following challenge from a local anonymous foundation: Raise $147,093.50 and the foundation will match it with a gift of $147,093.50 to fund the renovation of the first floor of an empty building on our Women’s Center campus and establish the Education and Fitness Center for our residents.
  • The cost of institutional-grade furniture for dorm rooms at the KCRM Men’s Center. The rooms have not been updated since 2001 and furnishings are dilapidated and, in some cases, hazardous. Cost: $61,000 or $6,100 per room.
  • First-year costs to hire a major gifts officer, including salary and benefits: $72,000. This cost will be absorbed into the Mission’s general fund after its first year.
  • KCRM welcomes volunteer groups who will bring, prepare and serve heart-healthy meals for our Women’s Center residents. Groups should bring enough food for lunch or dinner for 20-25 people. Groups can sign up to provide a meal any day of the year by calling 816-421-7643, ext. 134.
  • KCRM is looking for advisors to serve on its newly established “Borrowed Light Collaborative," which will guide our leadership as we identify and prepare to initiate a social enterprise. Please contact Julie Larocco, (816) 421-7643 or jlarocco@kcrm.org to learn more.


Service Categories
Homeless Shelters
Homeless Services/Centers
Housing Search Assistance
Areas of Service
MO - Jackson County
KS - Wyandotte County
MO - Platte County
MO - Clay County
KS - Johnson County
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement

Executive director's Statement: KCRM’s board of directors is diverse with a strong balance of occupations, backgrounds and experience, helping ensure thoughtful and sound decision-making. Now as KCRM enters its 67th year, our board is adding members to have greater influence and relevance both inside and outside the Mission.

KCRM has an excellent, dedicated staff whose primary motivation is to serve the homeless with excellence and compassion. We believe that, if our mission is to “empower the homeless to reach their full potential,” the staff must be striving for that goal itself.

Our 2015 strategic plan cites our guiding principle as “prayer as our compass” as we seek to sharpen and expand programs, improve facilities, build sustainability, improve staff care and plan for the succession of my (the executive director) position.

The Mission’s financial position is strong and stable, but must continue to grow as our programs and services expand. To that end, we were pleased when a donor contributed to establish the KCRM Endowment Fund. We have also included hiring a major gifts officer in our current fiscal year budget.

KCRM is a member in good standing of the Better Business Bureau, Chamber of Commerce and the ECFA. We have maintained a 4-star rating with Charity Navigator for four years. We believe in complete transparency in all we do.

KCRM’s leadership and board invite your scrutiny and your questions. For more information, contact Julie Larocco, chief development officer, at jlarocco@kcrm.org.


Kansas City Rescue Mission offers relief services to the poor and homeless of Kansas City, providing clean, safe shelter and nutritious, satisfying meals in a warm and friendly environment. Last year alone, KCRM served 1,480 unduplicated homeless individuals, providing approximately 37,047 nights of shelter and 87,074 meals! We distributed 12,524 articles of clothing and provided case management during 3,548 sessions.


Many of our overnight guests come to KCRM for a simple meal or bed for the night. Often, once their hunger and need for safety have been satisfied, they will consider joining KCRM's free resident recovery programs, which assist them to overcome addiction and other obstacles toward permanent housing and careers.
Program Budget $1,178,698.00
Category Housing, General/Other Emergency Shelter
Population Served Homeless, Adults, Alcohol, Drug, Substance Abusers
Short-Term Success

One hundred men served by KCRM's emergency shelter are fed, housed and feel secure, have the prescription and other drugs they need, have adequate ID and other official documents, have referrals to other supportive agencies, have access to spiritual, veteran's, addiction and other counseling, and access to resident recovery programs. These basic services are also provided to up to 20 women at the KCRM Women's Center each day. 

Long-Term Success

More than 1,400 unduplicated men and women who come to KCRM are well fed, housed in safe shelter and have access to case management, healthcare, referrals and other services. Individuals feel empowered and have achieved employment and permanent housing as a result of our Steps to Success Program within our Men's Center emergency shelter.  Approximately 1,300 individuals living in the low-income housing who receive Thanksgiving assistance from KCRM will have the means to provide an abundant holiday meal for themselves and/or their loved ones. 

Program Success Monitored By Each new client undergoes an intake interview and is entered into KCRM's internal database and MAACLINK, a database networking with other area service agencies.  Clients are regularly screened by our shelter, medical, chaplaincy and case management staffs, and their information is regularly updated in the database and MAACLINK.  Weekly staff meetings address unique needs, policies and procedures for departments affecting our food and shelter program. Client-care wrap-around meetings are held regularly to identify ongoing problem areas and suggest solutions.  These cases are reviewed and evaluated at each subsequent meeting. Clients are surveyed annually to offer a platform for complaints and recommendations, and to help leadership determine strengths and weaknesses in our emergency relief programs; changes are made when recommendations are reasonable and practical. 
Examples of Program Success

Only KCRM Men's Center provides emergency services, though residents in our Women's Center receive the same basic services.  In the last FY, KCRM provided 37,047 nights of shelter and 87,074 meals to 1,480 unduplicated people. James, a young homeless amputee, came to KCRM in summer 2016, after his release from a hospital. James "lived" in his broken wheelchair, but came to KCRM for meals, and to meet with our nurse and case manager.  KCRM's staff "wrapped around" James: case managers helped him locate permanent housing; our Learning Center coordinator assessed him for education gaps; our nurse located a nonprofit who could provide James with a refurbished electronic wheelchair; our shelter staff made sure James was safe and clean. As of Oct. 2016, James will soon receive his "new" wheelchair with help from donors. He is moving into his own apartment and is enrolled in our Learning Center to get his high school degree. His depression is lifting and he is excited about his future!


Homeless individuals can apply to KCRM’s resident recovery programs at our Men’s Center and Women’s Center. Each program includes daily life-skills classes, counseling, education, job training, case management, referrals and community service opportunities. KCRM Men’s Center’s C-COR program has two components: graduates of the initial six-month recovery component can opt to return to independent living, or join our resident transitional living component where they can stay up to 24 months completing schooling and establishing careers. Graduates who do not enter the workforce or school may stay six months while applying for disability and obtaining housing. The Women's Center provides a Bible-based resident case management and recovery program for up to 20 women. Clients stay until they have achieved the following goals: a network of support, sustainable mental health treatment plan, addiction recovery, regular income, productive work (paid or volunteer) and appropriate housing.


Program Budget $218,142.00
Category Housing, General/Other Transitional Housing
Population Served Homeless, Adults, Alcohol, Drug, Substance Abusers
Short-Term Success

Beginning with enrollment in KCRM's CCOR Stage One (resident recovery), each participant is drug and alcohol free. Counseling, Bible study and life-skills classes guide residents as they resolve physical, social, psychological and spiritual issues that hinder successful participation in society. After graduation men are prepared to work, attend school, reconcile with and even rejoin family units and become productive members of their communities. Men who complete C-COR Second Stage (transitional living) after graduation have saved income to move into permanent housing. Courtney, a member of transitional living, is completing a two-year degree in business management while working as manager of a retail store. He also assists our Learning Center with creating policies and procedures for janitorial, maintenance, reception and other C-COR onsite duties so when a man leaves our program he has been "certified" by KCRM in any one of several marketable skills.  

Long-Term Success

An estimated 65 percent of C-COR graduates live on their own, are gainfully employed and continue to lead active, constructive and satisfying lives. The remaining 35 percent are assisted by KCRM counselors and case managers to apply for disability, subsidized housing and other assistance. Graduates remain active in local churches, and often volunteer at KCRM and in the community as a way of giving back. Some support KCRM financially and through in-kind gifts and services. Hundreds of former graduates are raising families and/or have gone on to complete college and work in successful careers. Michael will graduate in May with his Master's in mathematics and will teach children on military bases overseas. Matt has achieved his welding certificate and works full-time. John is enrolled at Calvary Bible College with hopes to become a youth pastor. Les is working as waitstaff at a catering company. Doug manufactures parts for GM.  They are deeply thankful for the opportunities for success they once thought were gone for good.

Program Success Monitored By

After assessment, and with the guidance of a counselor, each C-COR participant develops and carries out a personal life-recovery plan. All participants submit to regular random drug and alcohol testing, attend weekly counseling sessions and are regularly evaluated by their counselors and peers. Participant must complete the program's stringent requirements before graduation from C-COR Stage One.  C-COR residents also hold weekly house meetings to resolve conflicts and discuss projects and policies that affect them. C-COR Stage One graduates moving into Stage Two transitional living continue to receive counseling, and are evaluated and held accountable by their counselors and other transitional living residents.  A follow up program was established in 2016 to continue evaluation, offer guidance, and provide relapse prevention following a member's successful exit from the program. 

Examples of Program Success

73 men participated in KCRM Men’s Center’s C-COR resident recovery and transitional living program last year. Every client has an addiction; 40% of members have mental disorders. 16 completed requirements for graduation and are in school, are employed or both. 40 men are currently in C-COR. 38 women participated in the Women’s Center resident recovery program in 2016; 10 completed graduation requirements or left due to positive outcomes such as family reconciliation, permanent housing or entrance into another treatment facility. 15 women are currently in residence.  Sarah came to KCRM from Jackson County Drug Court.  She was angry, defiant, and said she would not stay longer than was necessary to satisfy her parole officer.  18 months later, Sarah is reconciled with family, has completed requirements for graduation, has enrolled in school to become a certified social worker and is active in her church. Deb graduated in May 2016, and volunteers 16 hours a week at the Women's Center.  


KCRM Men’s Center’s full-time R.N. coordinates with volunteer doctors, nurses and students to provide health care daily to homeless men. The clinic also monitors care for up to 10 medical clients referred by local hospitals for shelter while recuperating from surgery, illness or injury. The clinic also provides physical health assessments, education, smoking cessation classes, immunizations, TB tests, blood pressure and glucose screening, urgent care services, health maintenance and referrals. Often the clinic's staff encourages men to join our recovery program to address addiction and other concerns contributing to poor health. Our part-time Women’s Center R.N. creates nutritious meal plans, handles health assessments, oversees medication, advises the clinical team and provides referrals for residents. KCRM is currently partnering with Swope Park Health Services' Mobile Medical Team to bring additional services to our clients. KCRM Men’s Center’s health care coordinator, Liz Preston, currently serves on Swope Park Health Service’s board of directors.


Program Budget $175,274.00
Category Health Care, General/Other Health Care, General/Other
Population Served Homeless, Adults, Males
Short-Term Success

Each client assessment reveals unique medical issues often associated with homelessness and addiction. Most often seen: diabetes, respiratory disease, heart disease, conditions related to hepatitis C and liver disease, injuries and serious dental problems. Last year, 423 unduplicated clients received medical care during more than 1,940 visits with our nurses; up to 10 men nightly received medical care and a bed in our shelter. Homeless men may access the Men’s Center clinic Monday-Friday. Men who visit our clinic are less likely to go the ER, are more likely to seek treatment from a physician, and are more aware of their personal health. Women accessing the Women’s Center nurse are more aware of their personal health, are learning valuable information about nutrition and diet and are less likely to visit the ER.

Long-Term Success

KCRM's free healthcare programs provide assessments, treatment, maintenance and referrals for homeless individuals who would otherwise depend on emergency room care or simply go without. Homeless patients visiting KCRM's clinic have medical resources to help them maintain and improve their health, receive preventive care and handle chronic issues. They require fewer visits to the ER, are more likely to seek treatment from a primary care physician and are more aware of his or her personal health. 

Program Success Monitored By
Every client intake assessment is entered into KCRM's database. Client information is updated with each visit. KCRM's medical clinic also networks with other agencies, doctors, and hospitals to maintain the most complete records possible on this very transient population. 
Examples of Program Success

The majority of men and women asking for health services at KCRM rely on emergency rooms for medical care. Our nurses help clients connect with local clinics to provide more stable ongoing care. James came to KCRM with rotting teeth after decades of drug use. While in our recovery program, our clinic worked with three different dental facilities to have James' teeth pulled, his gums repaired and dentures fitted. Our clinic fund covered much of the cost. James is employed at KCRM today, but we know his new teeth will make a difference when he begins looking for outside employment. Doug was in withdrawal when he asked to join our recovery program after being on the streets for several months. Our Men's Center clinic monitored Doug through withdrawal, and provided counsel, prayer and pain medication to lessen his suffering. He has since graduated KCRM's recovery program, is a long distance runner and has enrolled in a certification program for addiction counseling so he can help others.


KCRM case managers at both centers meet with homeless clients to      assist with employment, legal issues, housing, travel, healthcare, mental health, disability applications, obtaining ID and immigration documents, overcoming substance abuse, terminal illness and death.  At our Women's Center, case managers work with the center's clinical team to ensure women build networks of support that complement therapy. Each woman meets at least weekly with her case manager. KCRM Men’s Center case managers maintain Steps toward Success (STS), a program for homeless men without addictions who are working and saving aggressively for permanent housing. STS members have a reserve bed in our emergency dorm, so they can get the rest and meals they need no matter what hours they work. The Mission also provides a follow up case manager to assist men with moving out and to follow up on past clients' progress. Case managers participate in MAACLink and other networking opportunities. 

Program Budget $183,218.00
Category Human Services, General/Other Services for the Homeless
Population Served Homeless, Adults, Alcohol, Drug, Substance Abusers
Short-Term Success


Following an assessment to determine each client’s unique needs, case managers guide him or her toward resolving every barrier to stability. After each session, the client is assisted to complete a task: locate housing, overcome legal, medical and mental health challenges, obtain ID, locate jobs or continue schooling, thereby taking responsibility for his or her own process and progress. In the last fiscal year, case managers held 3,548 sessions with 1,119 unduplicated clients. One-hundred-forty-six men received reserved beds and meals through our “Steps Toward Success” program, allowing them to work full-time and save money for housing without worrying about shelter and food. Sixty were placed in housing; 73 were placed in jobs; 87 obtained ID such as visas, birth certificates and driver’s licenses; 54 received a referral to other agencies. All received shelter, meals, clothing, showers and an opportunity to meet with a chaplain or counselor.


Long-Term Success

KCRM residents and clients will obtain employment, permanent housing, medical and mental health care, an income resource such as disability or social security and/or placement in an appropriate care facility through our case management program. They will carry an official form ID and/or documents needed for citizenry. They will be free of or successfully working through legal issues, debt and other barriers to success. Ultimately, the goal of KCRM case management is to assist each individual to become a stable, independent member of the Kansas City community with appropriate housing, regular income and a sustainable treatment plan.

Homeless men struggling with a terminal illness will die with dignity with appropriate housing, care and burial arrangements and, if possible, be reconciled to family members.

Program Success Monitored By

Each client meets with his case manager weekly to identify goals, objectives and action steps in a strategic case management plan. Follow-up weekly meetings monitor the client's progress toward his or her objectives. Client information is entered into the case management database and updated following each session.  Client care staff meet with case managers twice monthly to evaluate progress and provide additional support where needed. Germaine came in after being evicted from his apartment for nonpayment of rent. Health issues kept Germaine from working, yet his disability had been inexplicably rescinded. A KCRM case manager signed up Germaine for a reserved bed in our emergency dorm and arranged for him to eat his meals here, then networked with Swope Health Care to obtain the documents he needed to get disability reinstated. Once his disability payments began again, our case manager located a ground floor apartment for Germaine in midtown Kansas City.   

Examples of Program Success

Jeffrey’s parole officer called KCRM’s case managers before his release from prison. We accepted Jeff in our “Steps toward Success” program, providing a reserved bed and meals in our Men’s Center. Jeff stayed at KCRM two weeks, during which our case managers continued to work with his parole officer, assisting him to find work, providing bus passes and locating housing. Jeff  is now employed in two jobs, has saved enough money to pay the deposit and first month’s rent on an apartment and can cover his own transportation.  He will soon move into his new home, which KCRM will help furnish. Deanna, a KCRM Women's Center resident, worked with her case manager to overcome legal and debt issues stemming from years of drug abuse and sex trafficking. The case manager advocated for her in court, worked with a volunteer attorney and assisted in helping Deanna reconcile with her children. Today she is living on her own and volunteers at the Women's Center twice weekly as receptionist.



The KCRM Learning Center is now full-time, offering men and women in our recovery programs life skills, job preparation, computer literacy, GED preparation, a high-school program and more. Residents are Adult Basic Education-tested upon intake. This program is fully implemented  at our Men’s Center and in a limited capacity at our Women’s Center, pending the opening of its Education and Fitness Center, which we hope to open June 2017. The Learning Center also provides limited assistance to emergency shelter guests at the Men’s Center, offering computer literacy and resume building and allowing men to complete online job applications and access email.  Currently six men in our 20-bed transitional living program are enrolled in college or trade school through our Learning Center. For information about funding the Women's Center Education and Fitness Center, providing educational opportunities for homeless women, contact Julie Larocco at (816) 421-7643 or jlarocco@kcrm.org. 


Program Budget $112,592.00
Category Education, General/Other Adult Education
Population Served Homeless, Adults, Alcohol, Drug, Substance Abusers
Short-Term Success

All C-COR/Transition participants complete basic life-skills classes including self-confidence, decision-making, and financial, time and anger management. Success is achieved each time a C-COR member puts his newfound skills into practice in the "real world." C-COR members or graduates may also attend Transition to Work classes such as job seeking, writing resumes, interviewing, retaining and resigning a job. After completing these classes, graduates locate—and keep—jobs using these new skills. Overnight client participants learn to use a computer to create resumes, locate jobs, fill out online applications and receive emails in response to job applications. Success is achieved each time a participant uses a new skill and moves to the next step in learning. With each achievement confidence and hope grow!


Long-Term Success

KCRM Learning Center’s long-term goal for its C-COR/Transitional Living students is to improve interpersonal, work and life skills as they prepare for transition out of our recovery community. Additionally, men taking developmental classes will improve skills in specific educational subjects. Men needing GEDs will work on computer-based studies and ultimately take the GED test and acquire high-school equivalency status. Men can also obtain a high school degree through KCRM’s onsite high school program. KCRM's long-term goal for overnight client students is to assist each man toward improving his computer skills and reaching the job market to secure employment that will provide income for independent living.


Program Success Monitored By

C-COR members are evaluated using the Test of Adult Basic Education with an expected academic improvement of two grade levels after completion of each specific class. Success in comprehension of new life skills is monitored through observation and testing. Teachers monitor overnight guests' progress toward learning new computer skills, filling out applications and securing jobs during classroom sessions.


Examples of Program Success

One-hundred percent of C-COR graduates completed the Learning Center’s Life Skills course. Many go on to take college-level or trade school courses that provide marketable skills and a regular income that will sustain independent living. Robert, 28, a graduate of the Learning Center Academy and KCRM’s C-COR program, left KCRM for his hometown in Ohio, where his family still resides. Within a week of arrival, Robert secured a job at a local manufacturing plant, thanks to his new high school diploma and new interpersonal skills. Robert credits KCRM programs such as the Learning Center and C-COR with his success at reconciling with family, locating and KEEPING a good job. Jesse, a recent KCRM graduate, says the Learning Center was instrumental in teaching him life skills and in reawakening his desire to learn. He has enrolled in an MCCC school to become a dental technician.  


CEO Comments

KCRM focuses on individuals who, for whatever reason, cannot overcome barriers to success without assistance. We are strongly committed to offering our services with kindness, compassion and excellence, and have selected our staff, designed our programs and offered our services with the intent to empower homeless people to find hope, self-worth and dignity and become interdependent community members. Annually, our staff, programs and services are submitted to evaluation, and improved and expanded to become as effective as possible. KCRM program development emphasizes controlled and quality-based expansion. In Spring 2015, KCRM underwent a strategic planning process to build on our programs for homeless men and women, expanding and improving each to reach the best outcomes possible. Our efforts focusing on this area include the addition of a follow-up care case manager for men, the expansion of our Learning Center to include residents at our Women’s Center, and a full-time Learning Center staff member to replace the current volunteer part-time position. We continue to seek $50,000 in funding for the establishment of the Education and Fitness Center and hope to open June 2017.

Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Rev. Joe Colaizzi
Term Start Jan 1985

Joe Colaizzi grew up in Pittsburgh, Penn., and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the University of Cincinnati. After graduation, he joined Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood production team and later became director of instructional television at Carnegie Mellon University.

At CMU, Colaizzi experienced a life-changing encounter with Christ, which led to an adventure in faith as a homeless person in New York City. He found shelter at the Lamb’s Manhattan Church of the Nazarene then served for seven years as a Lamb’s ministry team member and associate pastor.

In 1983, the Colaizzi family moved to Kansas City where he pursued a Master of Divinity from Nazarene Theological Seminary and volunteered at Kansas City Rescue Mission; he became KCRM’s executive director in 1985. During his 31 years of leadership, KCRM has grown to include emergency shelter and meals, resident recovery and transitional programs, case management, health care, adult education, chapel services, counseling and support groups for poor, homeless and addicted individuals.

In July 2013, Colaizzi spearheaded the establishment of the KCRM Women’s Center, a 20-bed facility for homeless, single women with co-occurring disorders.

Colaizzi has served as chairman of the Homeless Services Coalition of Greater Kansas City, as a member of the Partner’s Steering Committee for ACCESS and as an advisory board member for the Kansas City School Districts Adult Basic Education for the Homeless. He was recognized as a “Hope Hero of KC” in 2009 and received the Second Mile Award from the Kansas City District Church of the Nazarene in 2010. He and his wife, Marilyn, have two grown children, Janna and Joey, and two grandchildren, and live in Blue Spring, Missouri.


Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start
Compensation Last Year
Former CEOs
Mr. David Blackburn Jan 1981 - Jan 1983
Mr. Tim Kilby Jan 1983 - Jan 1985
Senior Staff
Title Director of Development
Experience/Biography Julie Larocco joined the staff of Kansas City Rescue Mission as chief development officer, January 2009.  “Born” into rescue mission work, she is a granddaughter of Rev. David and Beulah Bulkley and a daughter of Rev. Maurice Vanderberg, respectively cofounders and former executive director of City Union Mission.   Larocco worked there as director of community relations for 14 years then served as a consultant to rescue missions nationwide for 12 years through ENEX GROUP, a development and public relations firm.  She is a media and crisis specialist, former trainer for the Association of Gospel Rescue Missions and a motivational speaker for churches, rescue missions and other organizations.  She and her husband Rob have three grown children and eight grandchildren, and reside in Kansas City’s Northland.
Title Program Director

Rev. Sherrie Vaughn has served in leadership roles within the juvenile justice, social services, and ministry fields since 1991. In 2013, Vaughn was ordained by the Church of the Nazarene and in 2014 served first as a chaplain at Kansas City Rescue Mission and, in May, began her current role as program director there. Rev. Vaughn is pursuing an Ed. D. in Higher Education Leadership through Baker University. She earned a Certificate of Adult Ministries from the Nazarene Theological Seminary, a Master’s of Arts in Organizational Management from University of Phoenix, a Master of Criminal Justice Administration from Washburn University, and Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Missouri Western State University.  Vaughn and her daughter Jazmyn enjoy studying, reading, riding bikes and trips to Starbucks from their home in Spring Hill, Kansas.

Paid Full-Time Staff 25
Paid Part-Time Staff 28
Volunteers 4239
Paid Contractors 2
Retention Rate 89%
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

KCRM cooperates and networks with more than 100 organizations in the Kansas City area annually.  Of those, 25 participated in surveys by KCRM to determine the need for services for single, homeless women.  After opening the KCRM Women’s Center, July 2013, we continue to collaborate with each, and most frequently with The Salvation Army, City Union Mission, Homeless Services Coalition, Truman Medical Center, Assertive Community Outreach, Vocational Rehabilitation, Swope Health Services, Helping Hand of Goodwill, Jewish Vocational Services, Samuel U. Rodgers, Veteran’s Administration, Catholic Charities and Metropolitan Lutheran Ministries.   

KCRM also collaborates with MAACLink, the Homeless Trust Fund snapshot survey and the AGRM snapshot survey.  
External Assessment and Accreditations
Association of Gospel Rescue Missions2010
Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance2014
Charity Navigator2014
Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA)2013
Passion AwardServant Christian Community Foundation2005
Passion AwardServant Christian Community Foundation2006
Passion AwardServant Christian Community Foundation2008
Passion AwardNational Christian Foundation-Midwest2010
Outstanding Field Agency of the YearAvila College2014
Circle of HopeHarvester's2013
Circle of HopeHarvester's2015
Food Safety Excellence AwardCity of Kansas City Health Department2014
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? No
CEO Comments

Realizing the need to address the issue of leadership for the future, the board and executive staff are developing a leadership succession plan. We also continue to strengthen our management policies and practices, and in December 2011, completed a one-year review and revision of our employee policies and procedures manual.  These policies are updated annually and require staff to sign off on the following: confidentially statement, electronic communications acknowledgement, staff covenant, statement of understanding, code of conduct statement, whistleblower policy, conflict of interest policy, antifraud policy, employer information and property-nondisclosure of proprietary information acceptance form. As a member in good standing of the Better Business Bureau, we submit to an annual board review. 

Board Chair
Board Chair Mrs. Terri Bachtel
Company Affiliation Keller and Owen Accounting
Term Jan 2017 to Dec 2020
Email tbachtel@comcast.net
Board Members
Mrs. Terri Bachtel CPA with Keller and Owen
Mr. Bob Cox Controller-Johnston Insurance
Mr. Ron Crowell QTS Data Center
Mr. Tim Dykman Waddell & Reed
Mr. Don W. Martineau Retired
Dr. Jeren Rowell Kansas City District, Church of the Nazarene
Mr. Bob Taylor Community Volunteer
Mr. Michael Wilson Software Consultant
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 6
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 6
Female 2
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 90%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Under Development
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Standing Committees
CEO Comments

Board officer elections were held in June 2016 for the 2017-2020 term. Priorities for the 2015/2016 fiscal year include developing a succession plan for KCRM’s executive director; and assisting the KCRM Leadership Team to raise the bar in staff training and care. The board is delighted to align its members with a ministry that has been awarded a 4-Star rating with Charity Navigator for four years in a row. One hundred percent of the board is committed financially Kansas City Rescue Mission and as often as possible, we are “boots on the ground” for this wonderful organization!

Fiscal Year Start July 01, 2016
Fiscal Year End June 30, 2017
Projected Revenue $2,725,000
Projected Expenses $2,725,000
Endowment Value $80,000
Spending Policy Income Only
Form 990s
Audit Documents
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FYE 6/30/2016, 2015: Financial data reported using the IRS Form 990.
  • FYE 6/30/2014: 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 Year201620152014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Individual Contributions----$0
Investment Income, Net of Losses$9,719$7,705$6,352
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$0$24,766($1,853)
Revenue In-Kind$567,978$608,127$787,144
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$2,596,812$2,580,074$2,896,296
Administration Expense$248,944$263,714$219,646
Fundraising Expense$284,737$337,682$363,919
Payments to Affiliates----$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.950.931.12
Program Expense/Total Expenses83%81%83%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue12%15%12%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$4,954,387$5,117,033$5,348,688
Current Assets$921,236$1,070,861$1,356,880
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$63,412$81,390$70,680
Total Net Assets$4,890,975$5,035,643$5,278,008
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities14.5313.1619.20
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountAnonymous Foundation $86,000Anonymous $113,950Anonymous Foundation $150,000
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountIndividual Donor $50,000Anonymous $62,500William T. Kemper Foundation $100,000
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountHotel Management and Consulting  $25,000 --Individual Donor Trust $100,000
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? Yes
Campaign Purpose To raise funds to renovate the ground floor of an empty building on our Women's Center campus to become an education and fitness center.
Goal $294,000.00
Dates Nov 2015 to Dec 2016
Amount Raised to Date $244,000.00 as of Oct 2016
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years Yes
Organization Comments

KCRM is a private organization dependent on the gifts of individuals, churches, corporations, civic groups and private foundations. KCRM chooses not to receive government or United Way funding, but can receive gifts through the United Way Donor Choice program and the CFC campaign. During the economic downturn of 2008-2014, KCRM remained stable and “in the black.” Because we are funded by private dollars, the Mission has not cut programs or services for lack or loss of funding. KCRM completed a $4.8 million capital campaign in 2014 and is $50,000 short of completing a "mini capital campaign" to raise $294,000 with which to fund the renovation of the ground floor of an empty building on our Women’s Center campus to become an Education and Fitness Center for residents.  


KCRM (i.e., the Mission) experienced a modest down year financially compared to the previous year. An increase in personnel costs and the expansion of a program designed to provide life skills training for its program residents contributed to a slight increase in total expenses. Overall, general revenue also increased from the prior year. The Mission was excited to receive a seed-gift donation from a generous couple who funded the new KCRM Endowment – a fund intended to provide revenue support into the future.

Faith is a strong component of the Mission; we bolster that faith with sound financial policies and practices. In fact, in 2016, KCRM received its fourth straight 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, making the Mission one of less than 15 percent of organizations to receive this distinction. Our new strategic plan calls for the Mission to increase its funding capacity and sustainability. We continue work on growing our donor base, and decreasing attrition, and will launch a major donor program in this fiscal year. For information about giving, contact Julie Larocco at jlarocco@kcrm.org or (816) 421-7643.

Organization Name Kansas City Rescue Mission
Address 1520 Cherry Street
Kansas City, MO 641081530
Primary Phone (816) 421-7643
Contact Email info@kcrm.org
CEO/Executive Director Rev. Joe Colaizzi
Board Chair Mrs. Terri Bachtel
Board Chair Company Affiliation Keller and Owen Accounting
Year of Incorporation 1958