Hope Network of Raytown
10500 East 350 Highway
Raytown MO 64138
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 778-1105
Mission Statement
Hope Network reaches out, meets needs and changes lives.
Hope Network is providing hope by reaching out to meet the needs of the underserved by providing, food, shelter, clothing, transportation and emergency assistance through a network of local resources. These crucial services enable people to build a foundation to meet the basic daily requirements to succeed. At each point of service the client is met with a volunteer case manager that works with them one to one. The individualized attention allows for a relationship of trust to be built.
CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Christie G. Hammond
Board Chair Mr. Steven Cox
Board Chair Company Affiliation Providence Financial Advisors
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2007
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $350,000
Projected Expenses $297,000
Mission Statement Hope Network reaches out, meets needs and changes lives.
Hope Network is providing hope by reaching out to meet the needs of the underserved by providing, food, shelter, clothing, transportation and emergency assistance through a network of local resources. These crucial services enable people to build a foundation to meet the basic daily requirements to succeed. At each point of service the client is met with a volunteer case manager that works with them one to one. The individualized attention allows for a relationship of trust to be built.
Background Statement Hope Network is a faith-based nonprofit organization whose roots began with the desire of the congregation of First Baptist Church of Raytown to help the poor and disadvantaged in their city. The organization began in 2006--first as a volunteer led and operated program of the church, and then, upon completion of its 501(c)(3) status in 2008, as an independent organization.

According to 2012 Census data, the average income of households in Raytown is $49,629; however, over 11% of households earn less than $15,000 each year. Hope Network focuses its resources on assisting the individuals living at or below that level. The clients deal with joblessness, homelessness, transient living situations, insufficient wages and life circumstances that are beyond the family’s financial ability to control. With so many in need, Hope Network was developed to offer hope and demonstrate care for those living in this community.
Impact Statement
Accomplishments 2013:
  • 306 individuals received employment through Hope Network's work referral system.
  • The partnership through Good360 with Bed Bath and Beyond provided pillows, bedding and small appliances to the Hope Network clients. The value of the donation was over $160,000.
  • 550 Backpacks with school supplies were provided.
  • MAP Testing snacks were provided for all the students every day of testing at two Raytown elementary schools. These snacks helped the children to have something enjoyable during the stressful time of testing and helped them feel that others do care about them and support their efforts in school. 
  • The food pantry provided nutritional food staples to almost 2,000 individuals. This food pantry provides supplemental food for families living with food insecurity.
Goals for 2014:
  • Branding "Feed More In Twenty-One Four"
  • Hunger Hurts food drive
  • Expansion of food pantry hours
  • Increase fundraising programs
  • Develop additional community partnerships
Needs Statement 1. Hope Network needs new board members for the upcoming year. Some of the terms for current members are expiring and new members will provide fresh ideas and insight to our organization.
2. Additional food suppliers to keep the food pantry fully stocked.
3. Administrative Assistant to track outcomes from each of Hope Network's initiatives.    
4.Sponsorship funding for Hope Network events
5. Additional volunteers to meet the expanding needs for new programs. 
Service Categories
Emergency Assistance (Food, Clothing, Cash)
Food Banks, Food Pantries
Areas of Service
MO - Jackson County
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement  The demographics of Raytown are changing drastically. The number of children on the free and reduced lunch program at the local elementary schools are growing each year.  Hope Network reaches out to the elementary schools with our "Supplied For Success" program.  In order for children to be successful in their academic and social world they must have the proper tools.  This program works with the school counselors to meet the individual needs of "at risk" students.  Students receive supplemental meals for the weekend, school supplies, and emergency assistance. 
Description The Hope Network Food Pantry distributes nutritious food and individualized counseling to its clients. Each distribution includes the crucial elements of fresh fruits, vegetables and protein. Using a “Clients Choice Pantry” offering the clients an opportunity to select only the products that their family will use. Each client is offered a “cart escort” who assists with making wise healthy food choices and assists with meal planning suggestions. Developing a relationship with the cart escort helps Hope Network better understand the individual needs of each client hence the “Networking” begins.

Matching the need of the client with the community services offered has helped many of the families visiting Hope Network. We believe that nourishing the soul is as important as feeding hunger. By using this holistic approach, we have developed a continuum of care within Hope Network.

Category Food, Agriculture & Nutrition, General/Other Food Distribution
Population Served Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent, Families, Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Short-Term Success Our clients that have visited the pantry are making wise food choices. By choosing items that prepare nutritious meals instead of filling sacks full of chips, cakes and high calorie items. Hope Network strives to make the pantry user friendly and environment friendly. Our clients feel comfortable at the pantry and share their issues and concerns with the volunteers. Through open communication, the volunteer assist’s the client with wrap around services offered through Hope as well as community resources to meet the needs of the family.
Long-Term Success Hope Network desires to combat hunger in the homes of those in need in our community. Families that are living in food-insecure homes need to receive food assistance in an environment that treats them with dignity and respect. Hope Network also desires to educate the client about healthy food choices. Explaining which foods are high in calories and low in nutrition helps with educating clients about eating healthy. It is important for our clients to understand how to have a healthy lifestyle.
Program Success Monitored By We utilize an evaluation form that measures a variety of levels of service satisfaction. By evaluating the outcomes, we have a picture of how we are meeting our goals.
Examples of Program Success A 26-year-old man showed up at Hope Network’s food pantry out of a job, out of food and out of hope. The volunteer learned he had been unemployed for several months. He was eager to work but had been unable to find a job. A volunteer informed him of an opening at Burger King and went with him to submit the application. On the ride over the volunteer said “If you get this job, promise me you will stick with it. There are not many jobs available right now, so it is best to stay with a job once you get hired”. The young man was hired and began working. Hope Network did not see him again for a year. He returned to tell us, “There were many times that I wanted to quit but I had made a promise that I would not leave unless I had another one. I have been promoted to Manager. My wife and I are planning on buying our first home this month. Thank you for the groceries you provided when we were hungry, thank you for taking me to that job and encouraging me to stay with it”.
The development of the "Supplied for Success" program builds on Hope Network's relationship with the elementary schools located in Raytown C-2 Schools District.  This program is designed to meet the needs of underserved students living at the poverty level.  The school  year begins with the distribution of 500 bakpacks filled with school supplies. Next, counselors identify 245 students that are living in food insecure homes so that weekend meals will be provided throughout the school year. Physical Education coaches identify the clothing and shoe needs of the students. Partnering with Advanced EyeCare students are evaluated and provided eyeglasses.  Hope Network provides food, clothing, shelter, medical, dental and optometry services to these students.
Category Human Services, General/Other Emergency Assistance
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years), Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent,
Short-Term Success
When optometry needs are met, the student will be able to read at grade level or beyond.
The Supplied for Success program will cut down on absenteeism. Healthy children have better attendance records
Long-Term Success
Sixty percent of incarcerated persons today had vision problems that went undetected in their elementary school years. Juvenile deliquent judges state that academic failures add to the deliquency of the majority of their offenders. Ensuring that each child is adequately supplied with the proper tools in order to build their education is Hope Network's goal. We would like to see 100% of the elementary students have their optometry needs met, to have all the school supplies requested by the teacher, to have proper nutrition, to understand dental hygiene and have those needs met, to be clothed properly and to have whatever other needs come up to make them successful in their academic environment. Hope Network works with the student, their family, the school counselor and teachers to track the success of each student.
Program Success Monitored By
Each student that receives eyeglasses writes a note to Hope Network explaining the situation. These notes are used in the tracking of outcomes for reporting purposes.
The backsnack program is tracked at the end of the year with a survey that is sent home to the parents.
Examples of Program Success
1,054 students have been screened for optometry with 342 needing additional screening.  Each of those students has been seen by the optometrist and their needs have been met eleminating vision problems as roadblock to their academic success.
The school counselors are working closely with Hope Network to meet the individual needs of the families in their school. Hope Network placed a family of 6 in our Hillcrest shelter after discovering they were living in their car. This family has completed that program is now living independently.
CEO Comments More families are unable to meet their families basic needs for food, clothing, and shelter. Our client base continues to increase while funds decrease. Hope Network is challenged to find new opportunities for funding for the programs. Demands on each program is growing each day as more families are under-employed and unable to meet the financial requirements needed to run their households.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Mrs. Christie G. Hammond
Term Start Oct 2013
Experience Christie has a passion for providing aid to the disadvantaged. Growing up in the impoverished urban core of Chicago, she interfaced with neighbors and friends in dire circumstances. This is where her heart was cultivated for the less fortunate. She assisted many community members and friends in need. From hospital visits, to dinner invitations, grocery shopping and clinic visits, her compassion for others was realized.

Much of her professional career has been in the nonprofit sector and she possesses extensive experience in event planning and fundraising. She is raising awareness worldwide, leveraging resources, relationships, and funding, and positively contributing to the future of Hope Network.
Former CEOs
Janet M. Lowe 2007 - 2013
Paid Full-Time Staff 3
Volunteers 125
Retention Rate 100%
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive 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 No
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Macy's, Kohl's, Starbucks, Bed Bath and Beyond, Pottery Barn Kids, Buy Buy Baby, United Way, Hillcrest Transitional Housing, Raytown Emergency Assistance Program, Westridge Christian Church, Raytown Christian Church, HyVee, First Baptist Church of Raytown, WalMart, Dillards, Project Suppertime, Catholic Charities.
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? Yes
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Steven Cox
Company Affiliation Providence Financial Advisors
Term Sept 2011 to Sept 2014
Board Members
Mr. Blake Clarkson
Mr. Steven Cox
Mr. John Davis Honeywell, Engineer
Ms. Laura Davis First Baptist Raytown, Director of Administration
Mr. Ron Essary Ideal Annuity Solutions, President
Mr. Jonathan Goforth
Mrs. Christie Hammond
Mr. Richard Hastings St. Luke’s Health Care, CEO
The Honorable Will Kraus Missouri House of Representatives, 48th District
Mr. Beto Lopez ARO Real Estate
Pastor Brandon Park Pastor First Baptist Church Raytown
Pastor Victor Stevens Westridge Christian Church
Mrs. Sarah Tate Community Volunteer
Mr. Craig White Craig White Associates
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 12
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 11
Female 3
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 75%
Written Board Selection Criteria? No
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? No
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Fiscal Year Start Oct 01, 2013
Fiscal Year End Sept 30, 2014
Projected Revenue $350,000
Projected Expenses $297,000
Foundation Comments
  • FYE 9/30/2012, 2011, 2010:  Financial data reported using IRS Form 990's.  
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line items may include contributions from individuals.   
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201220112010
Program Expense$187,985$184,647$107,962
Administration Expense$35,221$45,880$53,747
Fundraising Expense$0$0$34,873
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.990.871.05
Program Expense/Total Expenses84%80%55%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%17%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201220112010
Total Assets$32,996$34,584$66,641
Current Assets$32,996$34,584$66,641
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$258$433$1,546
Total Net Assets$32,738$34,151$65,095
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201220112010
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities127.8979.8743.11
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201220112010
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201220112010
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountHealth Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City $20,750Ideal Producers Group $20,424 --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountIdeal Producers Group $16,690Private trust $15,000 --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountSupport Kansas City $15,750Support Kansas City $13,500 --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Organization Comments The rising demand of Hope Network services and the rising cost of food, clothing, and shelter make funding a daily challenge. Hope Network continues to look for new sources of fundraising while continuing with the established methods. Our original donor base continues to offer support but we are in need of new voices to come along side of this mission. Passionate and caring people that are looking for an opportunity to serve their communities are welcome to come volunteer at our programs.
Organization Name Hope Network of Raytown
Address 10500 East 350 Highway
Raytown, MO 64138
Primary Phone (816) 778-1105
CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Christie G. Hammond
Board Chair Mr. Steven Cox
Board Chair Company Affiliation Providence Financial Advisors
Year of Incorporation 2007