Good Samaritan Center of Excelsior Springs
108 South Thompson
Excelsior Springs MO 64024-2124
Contact Information
Address 108 South Thompson
Excelsior Springs, MO 64024-2124
Telephone (816) 630-2718 28
Fax (816) 637-2178
Email gscmjb@goodsamaritancenter.com
Mission Statement
To prevent homelessness and hunger by providing basic life needs and access to life skills.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Martha J Buckman
Board Chair Mr. Martin Conrad
Board Chair Company Affiliation retired military and teacher
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1989
Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Revenue $587,397
Projected Expenses $450,362
Statements
Mission Statement To prevent homelessness and hunger by providing basic life needs and access to life skills.
Background Statement
In 1986 the Good Samaritan Center began as a response from a single congregation to assist community members in meeting their food, rent, utility needs. The group incorporated and received nonprofit status in 1989. The service area is all of Ray County and rural Clay County outside the city limits of Liberty and Kansas City. Beginning in 1992, three programs were added: an after-school program for children(Good Sam Kids Club), a thrift store (Broadway Bargains) serving both clients and the general public, and a transitional housing program. In 2007,  home repair program for senior homeowners was added. In 2008, a used furniture thrift store (Bargain Furniture) was added for additional services to the public and low income clients. From 2009 through October 2013 a local physician along with support staff volunteered one morning a week to operate the "Matthew 25" free medical clinic at GSC serving the uninsured and under insured. In 2012, a Senior Advocate was hired to determine other needs seniors might need and look for volunteers to meet those needs, allowing seniors to remain independent and their homes.
 
Broadway Bargains, a self-sustaining thrift store, provides quality used clothing, furniture, and household goods for a reasonable price to the general public and for free to those with vouchers from Good Samaritan Center. In 2012, Broadway Bargains restructured to include the Bargain Furniture operations. Staff hours were reduced and increased volunteer hours were utilized. The store also is a job-training site for seniors re-entering the workforce through a Title V Program offered through Catholic Charities. Proceeds from the store are put back into the building operations and the Emergency Assistance Program to help more clients.
Impact Statement

TOP ACCOMPLISHMENTS FY 2014-15.

 
  • Became affiliated with the Happy Bottoms program, giving Good Samaritan Center the opportunity to provide up to 60 babies to diapers monthly for two years.
  • Art Camp was held for 27 diverse school age children; introducing these campers to the art of photography and other art medians
  • Partnered with Job Corp to install a security wall and gate was installed to secure our thrift store during the hours it is closed.
  • Created a High School Equivalency Tutoring Class managed by a volunteer educator.
  • Broadway Bargains Thrift Store had a 35% increase in profits to add additional support for Good Samaritan Center operations.
 
TOP GOALS FY 2014-15
 
  • Increase operating income from our thrift store.
  • Work with community leaders to develop a Good Samaritan Mentoring Program to serve 5 individuals in it's first year.
  • Bring building entrance and restrooms into ADA compliance.
     
     
     
Needs Statement
  • Attorney as member of the board of directors
  • Skilled volunteers: including computer skills and cash register skills
  • Electrical upgrades, wiring, lighting and fixtures $21,000
  • Walk in freezer and cooler - $28,000
  • 15 hr a week grant writer - $20,000
Service Categories
Emergency Assistance (Food, Clothing, Cash)
Thrift Shops
Homeless Shelters
Areas of Service
MO - Clay County
MO - Ray County
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement

 In 2005 Good Samaritan Center (GSC) purchased a building which for the first time since 1986 houses all of our programs and offers rental space for a number of other vital services to families in our community.

 While structurally very sound challenges arise with owning a fifty year old building and some adaptations have been made to have the space meet our needs.  Doors, windows, and lighting are not energy efficient.

 In 2012 we began our “Built on Compassion” campaign to address these issues as well as to expand the social service programs and build our endowment fund.  We contracted with Hartsook Company for leadership and knowledge to begin this campaign. In November 2013 GSC continued “Built on Compassion” without council. We have had many generous donors who understand this mission and anticipate there are more who will help us reach our goal allowing us to in this campaign. GSC has benefited in recent years by a growing number of volunteers. There has been a significant increase in the number of volunteers with disabilities who have a great desire to service others.  We have redesigned some of our programs to offer more on the job training for  these individuals as well as for those try to obtain employment.  

 Funding always remains a challenge. A very dedicated board of directors, staff and volunteers keep our programs running at a level that allows GSC to offer a full range of emergency assistance with compassion as well as with an opportunity give a hand up to those we serve.

Martha Buckman
Executive Director 

 

Programs
Description The heart of the Center's services: provides emergency assistance with food, clothing, rent, utility, medical, and transportation needs. One-on-one consultation assesses client's needs, strengths, and resources prior to assistance. Periodic classes offered in budgeting, family management, energy conservation, nutrition as well as enrichment classes for children. Licensed counselor available two days each week.
Category Human Services, General/Other Case Management
Population Served Unemployed, Underemployed, Dislocated, Homeless,
Short-Term Success The first goal in emergency assistance is to meet the need presented: a hungry person gets food, a person in danger of homelessness gets financial help for rent and utilities, a sick person gets access to medical care. Whatever the need presented, the client leaves with some kind of assistance to the crisis at hand. The second goal in emergency assistance is to provide knowledge so the crisis can be avoided in the future. Whatever the need presented, the client leaves with information about classes, resources, referral process, documents, or other items needed to stop a repeat of the crisis. In practice, the best to be hoped for is that individuals arm themselves with knowledge and then effectively use it to better their station in life.
Long-Term Success Ideally every household could supply all the basic needs of a family.
Program Success Monitored By We use Mid America Assistance Coalition data base (MAAC Link) to record all assists and to generate the statistical data needed monthly, quarterly, and annually to evaluate the types and amount of services given and to whom. We also use input from an annual client survey to plan our next year's changes in services and procedures.
Examples of Program Success Clients' use of the food pantry helps them stretch their available income for other living expenses that are not otherwise eligible for assistance (such as a car payment). They shop for all items more carefully.
Description Year-round program to provide quality new and used clothing and household items at reduced prices or free with a GSC voucher. Appropriate unsold items (approximately 30% of store items) are transported to recycling centers.
Category Human Services, General/Other Household Goods Provision
Population Served General/Unspecified, ,
Short-Term Success Those without means to acquire basic needs will be able to get clothing, toys, baby equipment, and household items and furnishings at no cost. An increase of donated goods resulted in a need to hold two sidewalk sales. In the past donations were turned away because of lack of storage. This improved public image as well as increasing store sales.
Long-Term Success Customers of all economic levels will find quality used merchandise at an affordable price.
Program Success Monitored By Sales are monitored by sales reports to show what kind of merchandise sells the best and influence the pricing and rotation of merchandise. Items are clearance priced at faster rate. Cleanliness organization and improved displays have resulted from our customer survey.
Examples of Program Success
Restructuring the thrift store management has resulted in an increase of volunteer opportunities and a 37% decrease in overhead cost as well as an increase of 13% in sales for FY13-14;providing more support for the operation of the Emergency Assistance Program.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Description The Center provides minor home repairs for seniors who own their own homes. Repairs must help seniors maintain independence and/or promote safety. The Senior Volunteer Advocate Program pairs seniors with volunteers to assist them with household chores, errands, etc. which helps them to maintain their independence.  Senior Exercise Program offer low impact, exercise to the community five days per week. 
Category Human Services, General/Other Senior Services
Population Served Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens, ,
Short-Term Success
52 Senior received safety related home repairs.
 In a given monthly the Senior Advocate made 23 home visits, provided 6 senior with transportation to appointments, assisted one senior in completing paperwork for benefits and  read through medicare information with another 6 seniors. In addition 40 visits were made to area Senior Sites to share information about this program.
Long-Term Success
The rural areas of Clay County now have a program that offers seniors not only a  home repair program which off sets the cost to seniors, but also gives peace of mind that the home repair is completed by a reputable worker. These repairs must in someway affect the safety of the senior.
Good Samaritan Center's  Senior Advocate Program brings services and information into the homes of rural area of Clay County seniors.
Good Samaritan Center senior exercise classes improves the health and mobility of seniors. All three of these programs are designed to help seniors stay in their homes.
Program Success Monitored By
Monthly reports are provided to the Executive Director for review and quarterly reports are provided to Clay County Senior Services. These reports are used to track successes and to monitor activity to make recommendations for the future of both the Home Repair and Senior Advocate Programs. 
Senior exercise classes have regular attendance records. 
Examples of Program Success
The floors in the home of one Clay County senior were so badly in need of repair that there was a great risk of the gentleman falling through his floor. He was at risk of being relocated to a care facility. The Senior Home Repair Program replaced flooring at no cost to this low income gentleman who had owned this home for over 40 years.
Good Samaritan Center's Senior Advocate acted as a liaison between medical staff and a 88 year old man to convinced the man that he needed a knee replacement surgery or face moving face beingplaced in an assisted living facility. This gentleman has now been able to stay alone in his own home which was his desire. 
CEO Comments
The Good Samaritan Center(GSC) has seen an increased number of homeless individuals during the past year. This has given GSC the opportunity to open up discussion with our city officials and other organizations on ways to address this issue.
 
After years of dedicated service, the physician who operated our "Matthew 25" Free Medical Clinic, in November 2013, found it necessary to leave the clinic due to work and family obligation. It is our hope that the Affordable Health Care Act will provide medical care for many of those who sought short term medical help through the clinic.
 
GSC has been fortunate to have a dedicated qualified instructor who is willing to teach High School Equivalency Tutoring Classes. Our site was closed for classes provided through North Kansas City School District. In the last year nine students participating in our classes acquired their GED.
 
GSC has been able to provide an increasing amount of fresh produce and other healthy food  choices in our food pantry as a result of the Food Rescue Program through Harvesters Community Food Network.  Additional education opportunities have been added so that GSC can insure clients are introduced to ways to use these products. GSC has applied for a grant for a walk in freezer and cooler so we can extend the quality of this product and accept even more product.
 
Martha Buckman
Executive Director 
 
 
 
 
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Ms. Martha J Buckman
Term Start May 2013
Experience Martha Buckman assumed the role of Executive Director in May of 2013. Ms. Buckman began her tenure at Good Samaritan Center in 1986. She has served in the role of caseworker, pantry coordinator, transitional housing director and, for the past three years, as Social Services Director.
 
Martha has long been associated with Catholic Social Workers Association, serving two terms as secretary.  She has served on the Harvesters Advisory Board, has been active on the Mid America Assistance Coalition's Agency Relations Committee, and is currently serving on the Northland Community Services Coalition Board, and the Missouri Housing Trust Fund Advisory Committee.
Co-CEO
Experience
Former CEOs
NameTerm
Bob Gerdes Jan 2007 - June 2012
Mrs. Mary Lou Greim Jan 2003 - Dec 2006
Senior Staff
Title Caseworker, former Director
Experience/Biography Mary Lou Greim was one of the founders of the Center in 1986. Her dedication to serving the poor and hurting has informed her 27 years of experience. She has served as Center Director, Center Executive Director, Social Services Director, and now as Caseworker. She has participated in numerous informational seminars, trainings and poverty workshops over the years, and she has held positions on organizational boards and committees throughout the KC Metro area.
Title Caseworker
Experience/Biography Jennifer Chappel joined the Center staff six years ago. For three of those years she managed the Center's Transitional Housing program, until that program was discontinued. She has a background and training in education. She currently organizes the Life Skills classes, and manages the federal food programs, TEAFP and CSFP. She also does the reporting for Harvesters food programs.
Staff
Full-Time Staff 5
Part-Time Staff Good Samaritan Center of Excelsior Springs
Volunteers 293
Contractors 1
Retention Rate 100%
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
Years Strategic Plan Considers 10
Date Strategic Plan Adopted May 2007
Management Succession Plan Yes
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Collaborations
Mid-America Assistance Coalition; Vocational Rehabilitation Services; Missouri Valley Human Resources; Full Employment Council; Synergy Services;  Northland Community Services Coalition; Catholic Social Ministries; Salvation Army; United Services; Tri-County; University Extension Services; Clay County Senior Services; Community Agency Round Table; Regional Housing Team; KC Medicine Cabinet, Happy Bottoms, area churches, schools, police department, service groups, city government.
Awards
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
Network Partnership Circle of Hope AwardHarvesters Community Food Network2010
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? No
CEO Comments

 In 2005 Good Samaritan Center (GSC) purchased a building which for the first time since 1986 houses all of our programs and offers rental space for a number of other vital services to families in our community.

While structurally very sound challenges arise with owning a fifty year old building and some adaptations have been made to have the space meet our needs. Doors, windows, and lighting are not energy efficient.

In 2012 we began our “Built on Compassion” campaign to address these issues as well as to expand the social service programs and build our endowment fund. We contracted with Hartsook Company for leadership and knowledge to begin this campaign. In November 2013 GSC continued “Built on Compassion” without council. We have had many generous donors who understand this mission and anticipate there are more who will help us reach our goal allowing us to in this campaign. GSC has benefited in recent years by a growing number of volunteers. There has been a significant increase in the number of volunteers with disabilities who have a great desire to service others. We have redesigned some of our programs to offer more on the job training for these individuals as well as for those try to obtain employment.

Funding always remains a challenge. A very dedicated board of directors, staff and volunteers keep our programs running at a level that allows GSC to offer a full range of emergency assistance with compassion as well as with an opportunity give a hand up to those we serve.

Martha Buckman
Executive Director
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Martin Conrad
Company Affiliation retired military and teacher
Term Jan 2012 to Dec 2016
Email mconrad1107@att.net
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Mr Ambrose Buckman Mayor, City of Excelsior Springs
Ms. Ann Case Owner, Wealthsprings Financial Planning
Mr Martin Conrad Excelsior Springs Career Center
Mr. Robert Hart Bob Hart, CPA; Y Liquor (owner)
Mr. John Hill Retired
Ms. Bernadette Hodges Nurse, Creekwood Surgery Center
Mr. Mitch Muder Community Volunteer
Mrs. Shawna Mull Owner, Ambassador Sign Co
Mr. Dan Paige Retired, State Deputy Director of Missouri System
Ms. Rhonda Peery Job Corps, Public Liasons
Ms. Nora Reinhardt Ret nurse
Mrs. Nora Reinhardt Community Volunteer
Ms. Diane Sampson Community Volunteer
Ms. Christine Snedden Rehabcare Group Inc
Ms. Eartha Taylor Senior Auditor, CMA Group LLC
Mr. Larry Tesar Community Volunteer
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 14
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 7
Female 9
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 65%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 82%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 12
Standing Committees
Endowment
Executive
Finance
Program / Program Planning
Special Events (Golf Tournament, Walk / Run, Silent Auction, Dinner / Gala)
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
CEO Comments
 The Good Samaritan Center (GSC) with direction and support of the board of directors took great steps in recent years to stabilize the organization financially.
With a reduction is staff, members of Good Samaritan Center Board of Directors have taken a far more active role in the fundraising events and campaigns. Two of our three major fundraisers were actively chaired by board members.  Three board members volunteer weekly in the day-to-day operations.
 
 
Financials
Fiscal Year Start July 01, 2013
Fiscal Year End June 30, 2014
Projected Revenue $587,397
Projected Expenses $450,362
Endowment Value $20,195
Spending Policy Percentage
Percentage 5%
IRS Letter of Exemption
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 Year201320122011
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$303,031$99,752$288,021
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Federal$0$0$0
State$0$0$0
Local$0$0$0
Unspecified$0$0$0
Individual Contributions$0$197,186$0
$0$0$0
$84,441$165,725$173,807
Investment Income, Net of Losses$4,185$4,354$811
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$37,142$0$0
Revenue In-Kind$96,199$95,701$0
Other$24,535$22,177$12,215
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201320122011
Program Expense$406,517$468,957$403,781
Administration Expense$92,110$115,427$91,298
Fundraising Expense$36,874$8,700$10,965
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.030.990.94
Program Expense/Total Expenses76%79%80%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue11%3%4%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201320122011
Total Assets$435,891$426,160$429,154
Current Assets$174,438$74,483$67,332
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$6,019$10,320$5,125
Total Net Assets$429,872$415,840$424,029
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities28.987.2213.14
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201320122011
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? Yes
Campaign Purpose The Built on Compassion campaign will add two social service positions and program funding in the amount of $460,000. Capital improvements consisting of ADA upgrades, energy efficient HVAC, electrical upgrades and security entrance add up to $178,802. $50,000 is assigned to the endowment fund.
Goal $688,802.00
Dates Jan 2013 to Dec 2017
Amount Raised to Date 175905 as of June 2013
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years Yes
Organization Comments The Center has worked diligently to offer quality services to our clients while taking measures to reduce expenses, the most dramatic of which is the reorganization of our thrift store. Volunteers are being utilized for jobs previously performed by paid staff, thus increasing revenues in order to increase services. Volunteer hours have increased by 20%.  In addition, the Social Services Director position has been eliminated and those responsibilities are now held by the Executive Director with the support of the caseworkers. Caseworkers are now scheduling appointments for those seeking emergency assistance, allowing a more efficient use of their time, and better service for the clients.
 
Board participation has increased through volunteering and involvement in fundraising activities. Board training was held. In addition Board members participated in a strategic planning workshop to review and revise the ten year plan.
 
The Center has a very dedicated staff willing to share responsibility so that the mission of GSC is realized. The board has moved forward with new fundraising efforts to secure the future of Good Samaritan Center.
 
Martha Buckman, Executive Director
Foundation Comments
  • FYE 6/30/2013, 2012, 201: Financial data reported using the organization's audited financial statements. IRS Form 990's also provided.
Organization Name Good Samaritan Center of Excelsior Springs
Address 108 South Thompson
Excelsior Springs, MO 640242124
Primary Phone (816) 630-271828
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Martha J Buckman
Board Chair Mr. Martin Conrad
Board Chair Company Affiliation retired military and teacher
Year of Incorporation 1989