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.
During KCRM’s 2015 fiscal year ending June 30, 2016, we achieved the following:
Goals for the current fiscal year include:
KCRM’s most pressing funding needs include:
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 email@example.com.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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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
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 email@example.com or (816) 421-7643.
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