Welcome House, Inc.
1414 E 27th St
Kansas City MO 64108-2924
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 472-0760
Mission Statement
Welcome House is committed to providing a high-quality, moral and open residential program to recovering alcoholics and drug-addicted men facing the difficult transition from treatment, incarceration and homelessness to reintegration back into society as productive citizens.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Jamie Boyle
Board Chair Rich McArdle
Board Chair Company Affiliation Chiefs Radio Network
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1971
Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Revenue $872,000
Projected Expenses $862,000
Statements
Mission Statement Welcome House is committed to providing a high-quality, moral and open residential program to recovering alcoholics and drug-addicted men facing the difficult transition from treatment, incarceration and homelessness to reintegration back into society as productive citizens.
Background Statement
In 1970, a group of men formed a new Alcoholics Anonymous group and called themselves Performance III or “P III”. These were straight talking, no nonsense men who had surmounted many challenges and found their own sobriety.
 

The men of P III were frustrated in their attempts to help other men (and their families) they encountered on 12th step calls due to the inability to place the men in a sober home environment. Some of the men had nowhere to go and others had been asked to leave their homes because of their drinking.

 

The group began renting rooms in rundown hotels in downtown Kansas City and passing the hat (at their AA meetings) to pay the bills. In 1972, they secured permanent housing (a 2 story, 3 bedroom house at 2540 Holmes) that provided a clean and safe space for other men to find sobriety. After also acquiring the house next door, capacity expanded to sixteen men. In just 3 years, Welcome House had become a vital resource in the recovery community.

 

The men of P III were committed and “hands on” in their efforts - bringing these men to meetings, helping them find jobs, sponsoring and counseling them along a sober path of recovery. As residents realized the benefits of sobriety (and stability), they were asked to pay a subsidized rent, so others could receive the support they desperately needed. The men of P III believed there was dignity in paying your own way and earning your keep. They also refused any government subsidy to fund their mission and relied on private donations to make up any shortfall. At capacity for the next decade, and with the need for more beds continuous, Welcome House purchased and moved to a 3 story apartment building at 27th and Charlotte. Doubling again, the bed capacity was now thirty four. In 1986, the current property at 1414 E. 27th Street was purchased from Catholic Charities, and through remodeling, total capacity has grown to 81 residents.

 

In the 44 years since its humble beginning, Welcome House has received over $6,000,000 in private donations, served 1,200,000 meals, held more than 40,000 12 step meetings, and helped over 15,000 men seeking sobriety and a place to turn their lives around. The men of PIII believed that service to others, lending a helping a hand, and paying your own way was, and is, the path to living a rich and fulfilling life. Sober.

 
Welcome House is a 501(c)(3) organization and was incorporated in 1971. 
 
 
 
 
Impact Statement
In 2015, the Welcome House served 376 men in the sober-living, recovery program.  At admission, and upon entering the program, all new residents were struggling with active drug and/ or alcohol addiction.  A significant number were also dealing with associated problems such as poverty, homelessness, mental illness, legal consequences and marital or family issues.  Many of the residents were veterans and some were court-ordered to complete the program.  All fell into one or more of the following categories; son, grandson, brother, father, husband, uncle or grandfather.  
 
The following program and recovery accomplishments were achieved in 2015:
 
  • Revised program rules to specifically support recovery, increase accountability and provide clear consequences
  • Continued to collect and track specific program performance metrics and measure program performance
  • Continued the Peer Board Review
  • Created and Implemented the "Welcome House University" program to provide educational courses and workshops
  • Continued the “Jumpstart” program, to assist residents with rent while securing employment (keeping them in the recovery program)
  • Added new and additional counselors to the "lay counselor" program
  • Increased rent revenues by $102,904 or 25%
  • Replaced all of the lighting (entire facility)
  • Replaced all resident furniture with new, industrial quality furniture (beds/mattresses/dressers)
  • Converted to non-smoking facility
  • Installed Intoxalock devices on all vehicles
  • Increased Graduate rate by 114.5% 
During the next twelve months, Welcome House plans to:
 
  • Continue to build and strengthen relationships with employers and provide increased employment opportunities for residents
  • Complete a "facility-wide" projects evaluation process (identification and prioritization) and strategic planning process
  • Identify and implement opportunities to improve recovery program performance and/ or operational efficiency.
Needs Statement
Current needs include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Gently used mens clothing
  • Gently used furniture
  • Folding tables and chairs
  • Towels, sheets and bedding (twin)
  • Toiletries
  • Vehicles and vehicle maintenance to support resident, program and facility operations
  • Carpet and flooring (including installation)
  • Building maintenance (internal and external)
  • HVAC system replacement (obsolete and inefficient)
  • Recovery meeting leaders
  • Temporary sponsors
  • Counselors for the "lay counselor" program
  • Life skills and other "content specific" instructors
  • Kitchen and dining room equipment and/ or utensils
  • Monetary contributions to support special projects
  • Monetary contributions to support basic operations
  • Monetary contributions to the "scholarship" fund
  • Monetary contributions to the "love" fund
  • Monetary contributions to the facility investment fund
Service Categories
Substance Abuse Dependency, Prevention & Treatment
Housing Rehabilitation
Half-Way House (Short-Term Residential Care)
Areas of Service
KS - Johnson County
KS - Lawrence
KS - Wyandotte County
KS - Wyandotte County Urban Core
MO
MO - Clay County
MO - Eastern Jackson Co
MO - Jackson County
MO - Jackson County Urban Core
MO - Liberty
MO - Platte County
MO - Ray County
KS
KS - Leavenworth County
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement
As an alcoholic, a former Welcome House resident and a former “lay counselor” in the Welcome House recovery program I understand the need for Welcome House all too well.  At about 40 years of age, I found my way to Welcome House with a backpack and ten dollars to my name.  I had finally hit the (my) elusive "bottom" that I'd heard other people describe.  A lifetime of drinking and drug use had finally taken everything there was to take.  It was either figure out how to get sober, get locked up or die. Thankfully for me, there was a place called Welcome House.
 
Although I had no money, no job, no credit and nothing of value to contribute, I was immediately accepted into the Welcome House program and I began the slow process of starting over.  I learned that sobriety and recovery happens one day at a time, and that if I'd do the following five things, I'd have a pretty good chance of recovery:  1) no matter what, don't drink or use drugs, 2) go to meetings, 3) get a sponsor, 4) get a job, and 5) pay rent.  Such a simple program but one that I was utterly incapable of working on my own.  
 
The disease of adddiction is not governed by race or ethnicity, gender, socio-economic status, education or the lack there of, or intelligence.  It is an equal opportunity destroyer and impacts the lives of individuals and families from all walks of life.  The challenges for the addict or alcoholic in finding recovery are significant, and range from access and the availability of treatment to poverty, public stigma, perception and ignorance.  The only consistency is that without help, sobriety or recovery for the alcoholic or addict is virtually impossible.
 
The Welcome House program provides a "safe" place, support (with a focus on personal accountability and responsibility) and the direction necessary to build a foundation in recovery.  It is because of the Welcome House that I am sober today.  It worked for me, it can work for any alcoholic or addict, and it's "where miracles happen everyday".
 
 
Programs
Description

The Welcome House program provides adult male alcoholics and addicts, 21 years of age and older, with a safe place, the support and the direction necessary to build a foundation in recovery. The program includes the following components: 

PROGRAM BASICS
  • Do Not Drink or Use (Zero Tolerance)
  • Go to Meetings
  • Get a Sponsor
  • Get a Job
  • Pay Rent
 
ADDITIONAL PROGRAM
  • Structured Community Environment
  • 120 Day Minimum (Recommended)
  • Focus on Personal Responsibility & Accountability
  • Employment (or Volunteerism) Required
  • Emphasis on Building Relationships in the Recovery Community
  • Curfews
  • Recovery Meetings & Counseling Requirements (On-site)
  • Random UA and BA Testing
Category Mental Health, Substance Abuse Programs, General/other Relapse Prevention/Transitional Substance Abuse
Population Served Adults, Males,
Short-Term Success

Resident realized short-term achievements and improvements that result from program participation include the following:

  • safe shelter
  • food
  • immediate end to drug and alcohol use
  • daily access to 12 step meetings
  • daily access to recovery support, "lay counseling" program
  • inclusion in a structured community and peer support environment
  • assistance in accessing outside support services
  • employment assistance and employment networking
  • stability and the opportunity to change their lives through recovery
Long-Term Success In the 44 years since its humble beginning, Welcome House has received over $6,000,000 in private donations, served 1,200,000 meals, held more than 40,000 12 step meetings, and helped over 15,000 men seeking sobriety and a place to turn their lives around.
Program Success Monitored By
Our methods to monitor program and resident performance and success are both empirical and statistical.  Program and resident success is monitored through resident observation and feedback, as well as the capture, documentation and evaluation of key performance indicators. Examples of key performance indicators, captured monthly, include but are not limited to the following:
  • admissions
  • discharges
  • length of stay 
  • relapses
  • AWOLs
  • meeting attendance
  • sponsorship 
  • employment at admit
  • employment at discharge
  • rent payment
Examples of Program Success
A resident is considered to have successfully completed the program if the following criteria have been met at discharge:
  • the resident is clean and sober
  • the resident is employed
  • the resident has met all program requirements
  • the resident has been in the program for a minimum of 120 days 
  • the resident is current on meeting attendance
  • the resident is current on counseling sessions
  • the resident is current on rent payments
 
In most cases, residents have also prepared for discharge be securing alternative housing as well as built relationships, and a foundation, within the recovery community. 
 
Description
Courts and jurisdictions, throughout the Kansas City metropolitan and surrounding areas, have utilized the Welcome House Court Ordered Program as an effective, recovery based alternative to incarceration. The court ordered progam components include the following:
 
PROGRAM BASICS
  • Do Not Drink or Use (Zero Tolerance)
  • Go to Meetings
  • Get a Sponsor
  • Get a Job
  • Pay Rent
 
ADDITIONAL PROGRAM
  • Structured Community Environment
  • 120 Day Minimum (Recommended)
  • Focus on Personal Responsibility & Accountability
  • Employment (or Volunteerism) Required
  • Emphasis on Building Relationships in the Recovery Community
  • Curfews
  • Recovery Meetings & Counseling Requirements (On-site)
  • Random UA and BA Testing 
  • Immediate (within 24 hrs) Notification to All Appropriate Parties (non-   compliance or discharge)
  • Successful completion of court ordered requirement (120 days - 1 year) 
Category Mental Health, Substance Abuse Programs, General/other Substance Abuse
Population Served Offenders/Ex-Offenders, ,
Short-Term Success

Resident realized short-term achievements and improvements that result from program participation include the following:

  • safe shelter
  • food
  • immediate end to drug and alcohol use
  • daily access to 12 step meetings
  • daily access to recovery support, "lay counseling" program
  • inclusion in a structured community and peer support environment
  • assistance in accessing outside support services
  • employment assistance and employment networking
  • stability and the opportunity to change their lives through recovery
Long-Term Success

The Welcome House Court Ordered program has proven to be one the most successful programs in the history of the Welcome House. Evidence of that success is demonstrated by the following:

2011 to 2015 Success Rate: 

  • 135 residents graduated (fulfilling the Court order), satisfied all program requirements and paid their rent (133/190 or 71%)
  • 35 of the 135 graduates remained beyond their Court order (a minimum of two weeks).
Program Success Monitored By
Methods to monitor program and resident performance and success are both empirical and statistical. Program and resident success is monitored through resident observation and feedback, as well as the capture, documentation and evaluation of key performance indicators. Examples of key performance indicators, captured monthly, include but are not limited to the following:
  • admissions
  • discharges
  • length of stay
  • relapses
  • AWOLs
  • meeting attendance
  • sponsorship
  • employment at admit
  • employment at discharge
  • rent payment
Examples of Program Success
A resident is considered to have successfully completed the program if the following criteria have been met at discharge:
  • the resident is clean and sober
  • the resident is employed
  • the resident has met all program requirements
  • the resident has been in the program for a minimum of 120 days
  • the resident is current on meeting attendance
  • the resident is current on counseling sessions
  • the resident is current on rent payments
In most cases, residents have also prepared for discharge be securing alternative housing as well as built relationships, and a foundation, within the recovery community.
CEO Comments

 According to the SAMHSA Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality, National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 2009 to 2013, 8.4% of Missouri adults over the age of 21 report heavy alcohol. This is higher than the national average of 6.8%. This same survey showed that more males have greater illicit drug dependence or abuse (3.4%) than females (1.9%). SAMHSA’s Treatment Episode Data Set (TEDS) identifies that most substance abuse treatment admissions involve alcohol abuse (41.4%), in comparison to heroin and other opiates (20%), and marijuana (17%). Of these admissions, 88.4% are adults over the age of 20.

The Council of State Governments, Justice Center states that, “The majority of people in prison and jail have a substance use disorder”, and that “encouraging community-based aftercare will ensure better outcomes for people released from prisons and jails, and the communities to which they return”. SAMHSA’s “four major dimensions that support a life in recovery” are all key components of the Welcome House program. They are as follows: 

  • “Health – overcoming or managing one’s disease(s) or symptoms.”
  • “Home – having a stable and safe place to live.”
  • “Purpose – conducting meaningful daily activities, such as a job, school, volunteerism, family caretaking or creative endeavors, and the independence, income, and resources to participate in society.”
  • Community – having relationships and social networks that provide support, friendship, love and hope.” 

The Welcome House sober living recovery program houses up to 80 men nightly and is operating at capacity. All of the men that are admitted to Welcome House are struggling with active alcoholism and/ or addiction (and associated issues); most have no job, no money, and no support of any kind; and each is seeking a safe environment, with the support, direction, and guidance required to build a foundation in recovery so they can change their lives.

Upon admission to the Welcome House program, men have access to a “safe” and structured community environment, on-site recovery meetings (AA and NA) and counseling (“lay” counselor program), random urine and breath analysis (UA and BA), curfews, job search and network assistance, and the rehabilitative support to return them to productive society free of alcohol and drugs.

Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Mr. Jamie Boyle
Term Start Feb 2014
Experience
A former resident of the Welcome House, Jamie Boyle joined the Welcome House leadership team in February 2014 as the Resident Relations Manager. Along with the experience of his own personal recovery, he brings significant professional experience and a proven track record in the areas of healthcare, healthcare information technology and health services, sales and sales leadership, operations and management.  He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Kansas and a Master's of Business Administration, with an emphasis in Health Services Administration, from the University of Missouri in Kansas City. Jamie has extensive experience working in the hospital setting, and has held leadership positions with nationally recognized managed care, healthcare consulting and heathcare information technology corporations. 
Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start
Compensation Last Year
Former CEOs
NameTerm
Greg Roark June 2002 - July
Senior Staff
Title Manager, Communications and Special Events
Title Resident Relations Manager
Staff
Paid Full-Time Staff 16
Paid Part-Time Staff 8
Volunteers 75
Paid Contractors 0
Retention Rate 89%
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Under Development
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Under Development
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures Under Development
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Collaborations

The Welcome House collaborates with several organizations in the Kansas City and surrounding areas. Some examples of those organizations include the following:

Artists Helping the Homeless (AHH) – AHH is a not-for-profit organization that works with the chronically homeless, from the street to success.  Many of their homeless clients have high rates of behavioral health problems, including severe mental illness and substance abuse disorders. Together, AHH and Welcome House work with Kansas City’s homeless adult males seeking sobriety, recovery and a place to change their lives.

Heartland Regional Alcohol and Drug Addiction Assessment Center (Heartland RADAC) - Heartland RADAC is a licensed alcohol and drug treatment program that provides assessment & referral services as well as care coordination & case management services for individuals seeking substance abuse services. Together, Heartland RADAC and Welcome House help adult males struggling with active alcoholism and addiction.

Swope Health Services (SHS) – SHS provides primary healthcare and behavioral health services to improve the well-being of individuals and families. They also coordinate services for the needs of all who seek care. Together, SHS and Welcome House help adult males struggling with active alcoholism and addiction.

Harvesters Community Food Network (Harvesters) – Harvesters provides food to not-for-profit agencies including emergency food pantries, community kitchens, homeless shelters, and children’s homes. In 2014, Harvesters donated over $100,000 in food and related household products to the Welcome House. Welcome House is extremely grateful to Harvesters for all the support they provide in the delivery of our mission.
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? No
Board Chair
Board Chair Rich McArdle
Company Affiliation Chiefs Radio Network
Term Sept 2015 to Sept 2017
Email Rich.McArdle@cumulus.com
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Grant Baumgartner GJB Inc.
Jamie Boyle Welcome House, Inc
Joe Cashen TMS Mechanical Services, Inc.
John Hungerford BMO Harris Financial
Frank Martin Technology Group Solutions
Rich McArdle Chiefs Radio Network
Susan Whitmore First Call
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 7
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 6
Female 1
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 1
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 95%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Under Development
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
 
 
Financials
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2016
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2016
Projected Revenue $872,000
Projected Expenses $862,000
Audit Documents
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2015, 2014, 2013: Financial data reported using IRS Form 990.  
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line items may include contributions from individuals.
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201520142013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$121,389$285,461$101,581
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Federal----$0
State----$0
Local----$0
Unspecified$0$0$0
Individual Contributions----$0
$60$0$81,056
$444,115$362,418$338,484
Investment Income, Net of Losses($2,535)$816$208
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$115,149$0$0
Revenue In-Kind$145,318$0$0
Other$58,357$25,679$16,657
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$639,204$418,853$417,209
Administration Expense$72,955$46,296$45,887
Fundraising Expense$29,183$45,555$24,799
Payments to Affiliates----$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.191.321.10
Program Expense/Total Expenses86%82%86%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue12%16%14%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$925,736$782,581$624,457
Current Assets$463,861$401,557$247,654
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$9,544$6,900$12,446
Total Net Assets$916,192$775,681$612,011
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities48.6058.2019.90
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years Yes
Organization Name Welcome House, Inc.
Address 1414 E 27th St
Kansas City, MO 641082924
Primary Phone (816) 472-0760
Contact Email jamie@welcomehousekc.org
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Jamie Boyle
Board Chair Rich McArdle
Board Chair Company Affiliation Chiefs Radio Network
Year of Incorporation 1971