Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas
9720 West 87th Street
Overland Park KS 66212
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (913) 433-2100
Mission Statement

As a faith-based organization, we are inspired by God's love and compassion to provide unconditional love and necessary help to people of all faiths by stabilizing and strengthening individuals and families in need across the 21 counties of Northeast Kansas.


CEO/Executive Director Mr. Ken Williams
Board Chair Ms. Ellen Martin
Board Chair Company Affiliation EMBARQ
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1956
Former Names
Catholic Community Services
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $22,155,622
Projected Expenses $22,155,622
Mission Statement

As a faith-based organization, we are inspired by God's love and compassion to provide unconditional love and necessary help to people of all faiths by stabilizing and strengthening individuals and families in need across the 21 counties of Northeast Kansas.


Background Statement

Founded in 1956, Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas provides a wide range of programs and services to those in need in our 21 county service area. We believe in offering our neighbors in need a hand up, not a hand out by giving them the help and resources needed for long-term change.

Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas has nine Emergency Assistance Center locations, multiple outreach offices and two mobile resources busses to assist reaching our more rural neighbors in need. These programs are supported by 132 full-time and 17 part-time employees as well as numerous PRN employees, interns and volunteers. Last year alone, an average of 1,178 volunteers per month contributed over 18,777 hours per month to help bring to life the mission of Catholic Charities. The estimated in-kind contribution of these volunteer hours reaches over $4.7 million for the 2014-15 fiscal year.

The agency has a long-standing reputation in the community and as developed a robust network of community partners, including United Way and Harvesters; federal, state and local government agencies; and other community providers. The agency benefits from two successful fundraisers—an annual Golf Tournament and Snow Ball Gala. The additional revenue from these events, as well as individual contributions, are vital for offsetting budget deficits among programs.

Impact Statement

2015-16 Accomplishments: 


  • Hope Distribution Center - Agency leadership envisioned creating a coordinated and more efficient nutritional food safety net to meet need and established the Hope Distribution Center (HDC) in August 2014. A 12,000 square foot centralized food warehouse, HDC improves capacity to accept fresh food and large-scale donations, augmenting ability to increase food distribution to all agency food pantries to 300,000 pounds of food/month. 
  • Client Choice - The process of transforming food distribution has also led the agency to assess and manipulate the delivery of food. The agency's nine pantries have converted to a client choice model where beneficiaries choose foods to suit their family and their culture. The pantries have taken the shape and appearance of grocery stores with healthy foods at eye level and unhealthy foods lower on the shelves. The setup of the pantry combined with the placement of recipes, cooking demonstrations and nutrition classes have evolved the culture of the program.
  • Food Partnership - The agency began a partnership with Harvesters Community Food Network to begin the Grocery Store Rescue Program. Since assuming operation of the program, the agency has collected over 100,000 pounds of food. Catholic Charities staff and volunteers pick up food twice/weekly dozens of stores in Johnson, Wyandotte, Shawnee and Leavenworth counties. 
  • Self-Sufficiency - Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas also initiated a model of self-sufficiency. The Family Financial TransformationsTM program in partnership with the CommunityAmerica Credit Union Foundation breaks cycles of debt and poverty for families engaged in one year of intensive case management/advanced financial literacy. 


2016-17 Goal:

  • Continue building the Self-Sufficiency model, increasing the number of families benefiting from advanced financial literacy
  • Expand food collection and distribution to more parts of the agency's 21-county footprint
  • Continue building support to seniors
Needs Statement

Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas is able to achieve its impactful work in the community thanks to the countless number of individuals and corporate supporters. There are many ways to support the mission of the agency. Donations of food and personal dignity products can be made to any of the agency's nine Emergency Assistance Centers. Clothing, furniture and small household item donations are also accepted at our agency’s thrift store, TurnStyles. Still, other supporters choose to make a monetary donation or to give of their time and talent as a volunteer.

Service Categories
Emergency Assistance (Food, Clothing, Cash)
Homeless Services/Centers
Food Banks, Food Pantries
Areas of Service
KS - Wyandotte County
KS - Johnson County
KS - Wyandotte County Urban Core
KS - Lawrence
KS - Atchison County
KS - Franklin County
KS - Wyandotte County
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement

Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas has helped people in need of every faith in our community for close to 60 years. This milestone achievement could not have taken place without the scores of dedicated volunteers, staff,  and other community organizations that work together to serve those less fortunate. On a daily basis, Catholic Charities faces the growing needs of the sick, elderly and the working poor who come to us for assistance. With eight locations in northeast Kansas, this organization provides unique services to each community including emergency and utility assistance, case management, foster care, adoption services, home care and hospice care. 

Catholic Charities has separated the Board of Directors into a governing Board to oversee the management and mission delivery of the organization and launched a Catholic Charities Foundation to fulfill the funding needs of the organization and to provide prudent oversight of charitable revenues. Through our work, Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas will continue to fulfill community needs.


Emergency Assistance Programming originated in 1974, meeting immediate survival needs while providing case management to emphasize avenues to self-sufficiency and escape from generational poverty through asset development and debt reduction. Through intensive case management, families are extricated from cyclical poverty, equipped with tools for self-sufficiency and infused with hope.

In Fiscal Year 2015, 71,441 individuals benefited.  Basic services provided include food pantry, rent and utility financial assistance, transitional housing assistance through set-aside units, and rapid rehousing/homelessness prevention through Federal/State grants, asset development and financial literacy, health screenings and education.  
Centers are located in Olathe; Kansas City, Kansas; Overland Park; Leavenworth; Lawrence; Topeka; Atchison; Emporia and through a mobile Resource Bus focusing services in rural counties.
Program Budget $3,300,000.00
Category Human Services, General/Other Emergency Assistance
Population Served General/Unspecified, ,
Short-Term Success
Short term outcome for this program is that the immediate, survival needs of each client and their families are met. The program utilizes shared outcomes developed in concert with the United Way of Greater Kansas City to track achievement of this outcome. For this program this includes the following indicators.
  1. Number of individuals who receive food.
  2. Number of individuals who sustain utility service for 30 days.
  3. Number of individuals that sustain housing for 30 days.
  4. Number of individuals that receive assistance to purchase medication or supplies.

The program’s outcomes for asset development center on reduction of financial stress and the number of times financial issues have created a crisis that could lead to homelessness. An underlying programmatic goal is that through financial literacy, individuals served become less reliant on financial assistance from the agency.

Long-Term Success Long-term success for the target population is defined as stabilizing situations of crisis and equipping clients to become self-sufficient.
Program Success Monitored By The Emergency Assistance Program is implemented through a case management model where clients work directly with a case manager who is aware of each client’s situation, goals, and needs. Case managers work with clients on identifying factors that lead them to a situation of crisis and help formulate goals to move toward stability. Case managers track clients’ goal achievement and measures of personal success.

The program utilizes the MAACLink database system to track client information and receipt of services. Each incidence of a client receiving services is input into MAACLink. On a monthly basis throughout the year, MAACLink reports on services and the numbers of participants are generated for review by site directors and Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas’ Director of Family Stabilization.
Finally, the program undergoes an annual review by the Board of Directors where its community impact and financial efficacy are reviewed. 
Examples of Program Success Rhonda, a single mother of three, approached the center with her children in tow, requesting assistance with her electricity bill. She indicated that she paid “all she had available” toward the amount due on the bill. Rhonda’s $20 contribution still left a considerable balance due; her case manager utilized funds for direct financial assistance to pay the balance.

As her case manager dialogued with Rhonda, she asked Rhonda how she was affording groceries. Rhonda responded that she was taking her kids to their local church for meals. It became very clear to the case manager that Rhonda was putting all of her energies into feeding her children—and not feeding herself.

Her case manager escorted Rhonda down to the food pantry where she selected food that would sustain them for the next two weeks. As she emerged from the food pantry, one of her children exclaimed “Mama, we have food!”—a clear indication of how long the family had gone without.


Shalom House is Kansas City, Kansas’ sole shelter for homeless men. In fiscal year 2016, 122 men received shelter at Shalom House. On any night, up to 25 men from all walks of life find refuge at Shalom House. In the late afternoon, Guests are welcomed with dinner. Meals are generally provided by volunteers at significant cost-savings to the program. Guests have access to showers/laundry facilities and storage for their belongings. They are served breakfast prior to their morning departure.

In addition to these basic services, compulsory case management was incorporated into Shalom House in 2012. As Catholic Charities gained more experience administering Shalom House, it became clear a number of guests were utilizing the shelter as a transitional living environment, some staying at the shelter for up to a year. Case management was incorporated as a reflection of the agency's core competency in the discipline and to provide adequate services to guests to support them in transitioning away from the shelter and onto stable, permanent housing.


Program Budget $210,000.00
Category Human Services, General/Other Services for the Homeless
Population Served Homeless, At-Risk Populations, Males
Short-Term Success

The program defines short-term success as meeting Guests' immediate needs of shelter and food. The following programmatic outcomes address these goals. 

Outcome 1: Homeless men have a safe, clean place to sleep.  


  • Indicator: The number of occupied beds in a year.
  • Target: 8,212 beds 


Outcome 2:
Homeless men receive breakfast and dinner. 


  • Indicator: The number of breakfast and dinner meals served at Shalom House in a year
  • Target: 16,425 meals


Long-Term Success
Programmatically, Shalom House’s purpose, more than giving men simply a roof over their head and food to fill their belly, is to help Guests identify solutions to transition to stability. The following programmatic outcome addresses the long-term goal of stability.

Outcome: Guests overcome personal barriers to stability (literacy, substance abuse, employment, housing, etc.)


  • Indicator: % of Guests assessed for case management; % of Guests that overcome barriers expressed in case management
  • Target number: 50%; 25%


Program Success Monitored By
The program utilizes the Mid America Assistance Coalition (MAACLink) Homeless Case Management Database. This tool allows for communication across other service providers--Shalom House staff and case managers are able to enter in Guests' information and see if they have accessed other services, avoiding duplication and misuse of the system. This also allows the program to tailor services to Guests' individual situations.
The program undergoes an annual program review by the Board of Directors where its community impact and financial efficacy are evaluated. 

Examples of Program Success

Douglas is one of hundreds of men who benefited from Shalom House since its case management approach was incorporated. Douglas benefited from in-depth case management that equipped him to transition from chronic homelessness to being permanently housed.

Douglas was a resident at Shalom House for over 12 months--a longer stay than normal due to his age and disability. His case manager invested extensive time helping Douglas with his Social Security Insurance Claim--an available source of income for him that would help his stability.

While working in case management, he served as an "assistant" at Shalom by opening the home on weekends and assisting with orientation of new guests.

Douglas has been approved for SSI and is next on the waiting list for assisted public housing. He and his case manager are working to prepare for the move. He would like to remain a volunteer at Shalom in order to give back to what he says is "a home" that has blessed me in so many ways.


Description New Roots for Refugees reduces income disparity through job training for vulnerable refugees. Refugees, 77% of whom are women, overcome barriers of childcare, gaps in skill (language, financial, and business) to develop agricultural businesses. Produce sales put refugees on an improved earning trajectory, empowering and lifting families out of poverty. Catholic Charities has been resettling refugees since the inception of the U.S. Refugee Resettlement program in 1975. Refugees come to Kansas City with significant needs: housing, employment, and education, as well as social and emotional support. Women refugees often find themselves isolated in their homes without transportation and without educational training and employment that suit their childcare needs. The program not only gives women a sense of belonging in their new community, but also equips them with newly found language and interpersonal skills as well as an alternative source of income. Farmers in 2015 sold over $170,000 in fresh produce, an increase in $40,000 over last year and a $20,000 increase over the highest grossing year since the program began. 

Program Budget $140,000.00
Category Employment, General/Other Job Training & Employment
Population Served Immigrant, Newcomers, Refugees, Females, Adults
Short-Term Success Participants in the program will attend workshops on farming vocabulary, practices and marketing and enjoy an increased sense of self-esteem and community involvement. The produce the women grow will not only supplement each family’s diet but also ultimately increase their income level by selling their produce at local farmer's markets. 
Long-Term Success There are a number of far-reaching marks of success for this program. The program allows for increased language, social and business (planning, marketing, etc.) skills for refugee women. With successful cultivation and marketing, refugee women will enjoy a new source of income, contributing to their family’s economic stability and further contributing to their sense of self-worth and integration into their new home community. Ultimately, participants "graduate" from the training farm and move on to independent cultivation, oftentimes on farm sites purchased through proceeds from program participation.

At a larger community level, it allows for the introduction of healthy vegetables into areas where they were not previously available, producing an avenue to holistic health.
Program Success Monitored By
A variety of factors are used to track the success of the program including the following:
  • Weekly tracking of each participant's income from market sales
  • Staff tracking of improvement of participants' "marketing" skills including interaction with customers at the markets
  • Bi-weekly "field walks" to ensure the farming areas are well-kept
  • Final evaluation at the end of the growing and selling season of income and farming skills gained as well as setting goals for the next year.
Examples of Program Success


To illustrate the earning potential and long-term impact of appropriately targeted job development, consider the trajectory of Sisters Beh Paw Gaw and Pay Lay who moved to Kansas City from Burma in 2006. They started growing at the Juniper Gardens training farm in 2008 and 2009, and emerged as leaders that mentored new farmers and were open to new crops and technologies. Upon graduation, they decided to start farming together. In 2012, Beh Paw used savings from her farm business to purchase 2.5 acres of land in Kansas City, Kansas and branded it as Ki Koko Farms ('Two Sisters' in their language). Program staff helped the two leverage additional funds that were used for water tap installation, equipment and site development. In 2014, they sold over $31,000 in vegetables, primarily through three weekly farmers’ markets and CSA subscriptions with very minimal support from program staff.


CEO Comments

Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas is proud to provide vital assistance to those in need in our community.  Our Emergency Assistance program continues to be an important safety net in these turbulent economic times despite double digit increases in requests for help.  In FY 2015, 63,302 people received assistance such as food and financial support to pay rent and utilities through this program.  In addition to this short-term support, our Case Managers work with those in need to identify long-term solutions to return families to financial stability. As an organization, we also support the frail and elderly in the community with our In-Home Support services.  Our Hospice program provides comfort and support to those dealing with end-of-life issues.

Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Mr. Ken Williams
Term Start Jan 2014

The agency is under the leadership of Ken Williams who has more than 25 years of executive level experience in finance, business development, marketing, project management, operations, and strategy development. Most recently, Mr. Williams was the Senior Vice President and Global Treasurer for Black & Veatch where he led investor relations and managed the company’s relations with its global financial partners. Prior to his role with Black & Veatch, Williams was the Chief Financial Officer of World Vision International. Mr. Williams also spent 10 years at Fluor Corporation, a $25 billion global engineering, construction and consulting firm where he held a number of senior executive roles in strategy, finance and corporate development. He holds a bachelor and master’s degrees in aerospace engineering from the University of Kansas and an executive MBA from the University of Tennessee.

Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start
Compensation Last Year
Former CEOs
Mr. Mark Henke Jan 1999 - July 2006
Mrs. Jan Lewis July 2006 - Jan
Senior Staff
Title Director of Finance
Title Vice President of Development
Title Director of Catholic Action
Title Director, Human Resource Programs
Title Director of Program Operations
Paid Full-Time Staff 148
Paid Part-Time Staff 70
Volunteers 2200
Paid Contractors 0
Retention Rate 83%
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
The organization collaborates with a variety of public and private entities, including federal and state government agencies, corporations, foundations, and other service providers to maximize benefit to clients.
Catholic Charities USA2011
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? Yes
CEO Comments
Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas is facing the challenge of keeping up with increased demand for services as funding levels remain constant. An equalizing factor of the current economic situation is that no one has been left unscathed—foundations that fund organizations like Catholic Charities have seen their endowments reduced, with repercussions on their ability to fund non-profits. This funding limitation coincides with a time when numerous programs are experiencing an unprecedented demand for services. The organization perceives this challenge also as an opportunity to involve more individuals of goodwill—including volunteers—to have an even larger impact on the community.
Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas utilized the downturn in the economy as an opportunity to engage in a five-year strategic planning process. The initial phase of the strategic planning process is multi-faceted, including a community needs assessment, self-evaluation of programs, and an increased effort to leverage partnerships and foster collaboration.  The organization strongly believed that this strategic planning process was a necessary and prudent step to support the effective use of funds and best meet the needs of individuals in the 21 counties served by Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas.
The organization is now implementing initial stages of the strategic plan with staff and volunteer training and orientation. 
Board Chair
Board Chair Ms. Ellen Martin
Company Affiliation EMBARQ
Term Feb 2009 to Oct 2017
Board Members
Rev. Larry Bowers Cure of Ars
Ms. Ann Connor Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas
Mr. Dan Crumb Kansas City Chiefs
Mr. Chris Dierks J.E. Dunn
Mr. Ping Enriquez
Mr. Gerry Euston Filter Services Co.
Ms. Nancy Grasse United Missouri Bank
Ms. Maria Jenks Community Volunteer
Mr. Mark Lacy Deloitte & Touche LLP
Ms. Ellen Martin VP State External Affairs & Community Relations, EMBARQ
Ms. Denise Martinek MSN, RNWomen's & Children's Services
Ms. Theresa McDermed Jerry's and Jerry's Again
Mr. Ken Mellard Rockhurst University
Mr. Stephen Penn KPMG
Mr. Patrick Regan Regan Realty
Mr. Chris Ruder KU Medical Centers
Mr. Bradley Scott Private Client Reserve of US Bank
Mr. David Staker President and CEO, Plastic Packaging Technologies, LLC
Mr. Ken Williams President and CEO, Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 16
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 12
Female 6
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 71%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 44%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
Standing Committees
Advisory Board / Advisory Council
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Human Resources / Personnel & Finance & Marketing & Nominating & By-laws
CEO Comments The Board of Directors for Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas, Inc. provides the overall governance and management of mission delivered activities. In early 2008, Catholic Charities Foundation of Northeast Kansas was formed with the purpose to support the work of Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas by providing fund development support and the prudent oversight of charitable revenues.
Fiscal Year Start July 01, 2016
Fiscal Year End June 30, 2017
Projected Revenue $22,155,622
Projected Expenses $22,155,622
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FYE 6/30/2015, 2014, 2013: Financial data reported using the IRS Form 990 for the organization.
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line item includes revenue from individuals.  
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201520142013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$3,364,240$3,485,030$0
Individual Contributions--$0$0
Investment Income, Net of Losses$16,233$13,853$5,234
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$403$7,902$1,552,654
Revenue In-Kind$6,306,197$3,580,268$0
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$17,217,419$15,042,556$1,311,999
Administration Expense$1,227,203$1,435,337$14,700
Fundraising Expense$537,207$421,244$545,406
Payments to Affiliates--$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.001.011.28
Program Expense/Total Expenses91%89%70%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue9%6%23%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$6,057,053$5,729,442$4,278,727
Current Assets$3,833,632$3,517,900$1,285,314
Long-Term Liabilities$106,398$0$19,960
Current Liabilities$922,522$1,168,702$347,231
Total Net Assets$5,028,133$4,560,740$3,911,536
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities4.163.013.70
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets2%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountAnonymous $1,869,378Anonymous $1,561,937 --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountAnonymous $951,957Anonymous $915,793 --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountAnonymous $737,817Anonymous $722,179 --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years No
Organization Comments
Catholic Charities’ oversight to financial and accounting practices is provided by the finance committee. The committee meets every 60 days to review the monthly financial statements, reports and program budget variances. Due to the close working relationship among the finance committee, the accounting staff and the program directors, Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas has seen its financial performance remain stable during these difficult times. Annually, the organization strives to establish adequate reserves, ensuring that organization has the financial capability to continue its mission of service.

In October 2007, the Board of Directors for Catholic Charities, Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas and for Catholic Community Services took steps to clarify the goals of the two agencies. Catholic Community Services, Inc. changed its name to Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas, Inc.  It will focus on our mission of providing compassionate care and service to the thousands of people in need that live within our communities.  Catholic Charities, Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas changed its name to Catholic Charities Foundation of Northeast Kansas.  Its purpose and mission is to raise the short- and long-term support necessary to ensure that Catholic Charities’ programs and services continue.  Through Fiscal 2008 the two organizations had a combined audit.  Beginning in fiscal 2009, separate audits were performed which will be the practice going forward.
Organization Name Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas
Address 9720 West 87th Street
Overland Park, KS 66212
Primary Phone (913) 433-2100
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Ken Williams
Board Chair Ms. Ellen Martin
Board Chair Company Affiliation EMBARQ
Year of Incorporation 1956
Former Names
Catholic Community Services