Jerusalem Farm
520 Garfield Ave.
Kansas City MO 64124
Volunteers head to the worksite (Credit Loyola University Chicago)
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 421-1855
Mission Statement
Jerusalem Farm is a Catholic Intentional community located in Kansas City, Missouri, built on the four cornerstones of Prayer, Community, Service and Simplicity. We strive to transform our lives and those around us through service retreat experiences, sustainable living and home repair.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Jessie Schiele
Board Chair Mr. David Armstrong
Board Chair Company Affiliation Avila University
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2012
Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Revenue $173,700
Projected Expenses $173,300
Statements
Mission Statement
Jerusalem Farm is a Catholic Intentional community located in Kansas City, Missouri, built on the four cornerstones of Prayer, Community, Service and Simplicity. We strive to transform our lives and those around us through service retreat experiences, sustainable living and home repair.
Background Statement
Jerusalem Farm began May 1, 2012 with a partnership between Avila University and The Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet. We are modeled after two similar farms in rural West Virginia. Dave Armstrong, campus minister at Avila University, had been bringing groups of students to WV for over 10 years when he dreamed up the idea of an urban farm, right here in KC. In late 2011, our building, an old convent now referred to as the farmhouse, became available and he invited Jordan and Jessie Schiele to start the farm. We hosted our first volunteer service week in July of 2012. We purchased our building (from its previous owners, The Don Bosco Centers) in the spring of 2013. We’ve spent a lot of time listening to our neighbors and learning how we can best be a part of the solution to the home repair issues our neighbors face.  We started by offering volunteer powered home repair assistance, in 2015 we started a tool library, and in 2016 started Neighborhood Accountability Boards to address code violations. Since the beginning we’ve put over $2 million dollars’ worth of service hours into the community, mostly on home repair projects.
Impact Statement
In 2016 Jerusalem Farm: 
  1. We hosted 250 high-school and college students on week-long service immersion trips.
  2. Over 12 tons of food waste was collected, via bicycle, for our curbside compost program.
  3. 34 homes received home-repair help, in addition people used our tool-library, which is a tool lending program which allows home-owners access to tools to complete work on their own houses.
  4. We began working with the City of Kansas City to develop Neighborhood Accountability Boards as an alternative restorative justice model to addressing code-violations.
  5. 14,500 service hours were completed by our volunteers; our intentional community, currently 10 adults and two children, contributed an additional 11,280 hours.
 
In 2017 we hope to: 
  1. Build a community house- a separate space for our community members to live and grow (construction has begun, come check it out! 1911 E. Missouri Ave. KCMO 64124)
  2. Host 300 week-long volunteers and continue our thriving home repair program(s).
  3. Plant more seeds of hospitality, cultivate more relationships, and harvest more community.
Needs Statement
  1. A community house - We will be working on this (big) project throughout 2017. Come and volunteer with us for a day, donate funds or materials for the house, and/or spread the word.
  2. A full-size truck- We have a 1994 Dodge which has been dodging the junkyard for a few years now. We are in need of a sturdy truck with hauling and towing capacity which can be used in our home repair program.
  3. An accountant - We are seeking someone to help us with our 990 and an audit.
  4. XL-twin fitted Sheets - Our volunteer dorms have beds (donated by Avila University) that require this rare and specific sheet.
  5. Sojourners - Join us for a month or more!
Service Categories
Community & Neighbourhood Development
Areas of Service
MO - Jackson County Urban Core
Our working area for our home repair program is the six zip codes of the Historic Northeast of Kansas City, MO. (64123-64127). Our compost program picks up curbside only in the Pendleton Heights neighborhood but anyone is welcome to drop off their food waste (commuter composting!). Our tool library is open to anyone in the city, but with preference to residents of the Northeast. As of this update we are focusing our code violation accountability boards in the Indian Mound neighborhood.
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement
I have always said we are just trying to be a good neighbor; just living out the gospel in a radical yet simple way. We are blessed to be in such a welcoming neighborhood (Pendleton Heights) and an awesome city. Previously, I had never lived in a big city so I was really curious as to what it would be like to live this model of love and service in the city, and it has been an amazing and transformational experience. Not that we do not have challenges; we will always have more home repair projects than we can complete, more volunteers looking to serve with us, more people interested in our community, and more okra than we could ever eat. However, we are really hopeful about our “Expanding Our Common Home” campaign allowing our community and programs to grow in a healthy and sustainable way.
 
Thanks for your interest in Jerusalem Farm and we’ve been blessed to have other people share interest as well; there is a very informative and beautiful story that ran in the KCStar in the summer of 2015 - it can be seen here: http://www.kansascity.com/living/religion/article24031288.html we also have more information and videos on our website at www.jerusalemfarm.org. Please consider stopping by to visit - all are welcome.
 
-Jessie Schiele, Executive Director
Programs
Description
Jerusalem Farm offers four volunteer opportunities: full-time community member, Sojourner, week-long service retreats, and days of service. Our organization is run by our intentional community of full-time volunteers. Community members make a 1 year+ commitment to live in our four cornerstones of prayer, community, service, and simplicity; while also serving as work-site and retreat leaders. Members receive room and board at the farm as well as a small monthly stipend. Sojourners make a one to six month commitment and work in a similar capacity.
 
Our week-long service retreats are geared toward high school and college groups, and we host one family week each year. Groups are invited to live with us and experience our four cornerstones. We also offer service days for local groups or individuals. Most of our service includes working on home repair projects, with our curbside compost program, or in the garden (ours and the community’s).
 
In addition we host adult weekend retreats.
Category Philanthropy, Voluntarism & Grantmaking, General/Other Community Service
Population Served General/Unspecified, ,
Short-Term Success We consider a successful volunteer experience to include getting their hands (and often head, feet and clothes) dirty, meeting a homeowner and creating an intergenerational, cross cultural, or varying socioeconomic relationship, and leaving the experience with a desire for more.
Long-Term Success
Our goal is transforming lives; we want to see people living more genuine, connected, simple, mindful, and loving lives- and the best place to start is with ourselves. We also strive to provide a quality opportunity for serving our neighbors which respects human dignity and builds relationships.
Program Success Monitored By Though true transformation is usually a slow moving and hard to track process but we monitor our program through various evaluations. Community members attend bi-annual retreats to measure personal growth and we meet yearly evaluate each member’s role. Sojourners and week-long retreat participants have a written evaluation at the end of their service. We also follow up with day of service organizers to review their time with us and receive any feedback.
Examples of Program Success Since our beginning in May of 2012 we’ve hosted 708 volunteers for week-long stays, 572 day volunteers and 25 Sojourners. Three out of our five current community members came to the farm first as a Sojourner, then felt called to spend a year or more with us. Many of our week-long volunteers return for a second or third year, and we are always receiving letters and emails detailing life changes (a new compost bin, joining a school’s social justice club, applying to do a year of service, etc.).
Description
Jerusalem Farm’s home repair outreach provides home repair assistance to low-income individuals and families throughout the Historic Northeast neighborhoods of Kansas City. Jerusalem Farm uses an application process for homeowners to apply for work to be done. After a site visit, we set a start date and purchase materials. Our program provides a no-interest loan solely for the cost of materials, we do not charge for the labor or overhead expenses. At the site visit we set an amount which fits into the homeowner’s budget that they will pay toward the balance each month (usually between $25 and $100); homeowners do not begin payments until after the project is complete. It is important for us that homeowners participate in the work we are doing, rather than receiving the materials at no cost, and it is also a way to sustain our program in the future.
 
Another service we offer is a tool library where residents and borrow tools from us to complete their own home repairs.
Category Community Development, General/Other Neighborhood Revitalization
Population Served General/Unspecified, ,
Short-Term Success
We are simply providing a way for homeowners to make necessary repairs, when they otherwise could not afford to do so.
Long-Term Success
Our long term goal is that our work will revitalize our neighborhood by creating safer, more accessible and more energy efficient homes. We also strive to build community with and between our neighbors; creating relationships, sharing resources, and working together. In addition we are looking to start Neighborhood Accountability Boards to address code violations.
Program Success Monitored By We measure success by working with at least 30 homeowners each year. But beyond that impact will be measured project by project, making sure each homeowner is safe, and happy with the work we’ve done. We have a homeowner survey that allows us to receive feedback on our work and our program.
Examples of Program Success
Since 2012 we have worked with over 100 homeowners on projects large and small. Homeowners have received new kitchens and bathrooms, new roofs, wheel chair ramps, new windows and doors, and lots and lots of paint.
 
Our tool library is still in its first year but members have been borrowing saws, drills, and our pressure washer to complete projects.
Description
Jerusalem Farm has a commitment to modeling and promoting sustainable living practices. On our property we have a garden and an upcycled greenhouse where we grow vegetables, berries, and fruits. We collect rain water for our outdoor water usage; our system can hold over 2,500 gallons! We recently installed solar panels and check back with us to see if they collected enough energy to keep our electric bill at $0.
 
Beginning in the fall of 2013 we started Pendleton Heights Curbside Compost; which provides PH residents with a bucket to collect food scraps and other organic waste. We collect the waste, via bicycle, on Tuesdays during normal trash & recycling pick up. Then we bring the waste home and compost it and/or feed it to our chickens and our potbelly pig.
Category Environment, General/Other Environmental & Sustainable Design
Population Served General/Unspecified, ,
Short-Term Success
Quantitatively, our goals include:
  • Teaching sustainable practices to all our volunteers, neighbors, and the homeowners we work with.
  • Engage our neighbors in diverting organic waste from the landfill.
  • Make our home a model of sustainable living.
Long-Term Success
Our goal is to care for creation and inspire others to do the same.
Program Success Monitored By This program is successful if everyone we meet makes a small change in behavior. However this is hard to track, so we track tonnage of waste diverted and the participation percentage of our neighborhood in our compost program.
Examples of Program Success We have numerous stories of students starting compost piles at their colleges or homes. In addition we have inspired more than one family to start raising chickens. Through our compost program we have diverted nearly 20 tons of waste from going to the landfill. And over their short life span (4 weeks so far) they have already produced 1660 kWh.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Mrs. Jessie Schiele
Term Start Apr 2012
Compensation $0 - $50,000
Experience
Jessie Schiele (born Jessie Lynn Wambold) grew up in Gaylord Michigan. She grew up attending, and her parents still attend, Gaylord Evangelical Free Church. After graduating high school in 2003 Jessie spent 11 months traveling around the world. Her travels were a great education and full of life changing experiences. In January of 2008 she joined AmeriCorps NCCC (The National Civilian Community Corps), a team based traveling national service program. While planting trees and building a tree-house in Vermont she met her now husband, Jordan. After NCCC, the two volunteered together in Hattiesburg, MS; working on homes devastated by Hurricane Katrina. In August of 2009, the couple joined staff at Nazareth Farm in Salem WV, in April of 2010 Jessie became the Project Coordinator. They were married June 18th 2010.
 
Jessie and her husband started Jerusalem Farm in April of 2012. They live in community at the farm with their two young children.
Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start 0
Compensation Last Year
Senior Staff
Title Project Director
Title Gardener
Staff
Paid Full-Time Staff 6
Paid Part-Time Staff 0
Volunteers 400
Paid Contractors 0
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Tri-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 No
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy No
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? Yes
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. David Armstrong
Company Affiliation Avila University
Term Jan 2012 to Jan 2018
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Mr. David Armstrong Avila University
Mr. William Cordaro Stewardship Partners & Resources
Mrs. Julie Cowley Avila University
Mr. Scott Haluck Neighbor
Dr. Ning Haluck Swope Health
Mr. Jude Huntz Visitation Catholic Church
Mr. Kenneth Mayo St. Louis City Juvenile Court
Sister Rose McLarney Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet
Mrs. Kara Palan Urban Sprout
Mrs. Sonya Salazar Visitation Catholic Church
Mrs. Regina Staves Avila University
Mrs. Angela Torres Blue Cross Blue Shield
Mr. Robert Wassel St. Louis University
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 10
Hispanic/Latino 2
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 6
Female 7
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 3
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 60%
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
 
 
Financials
Fiscal Year Start Oct 01, 2016
Fiscal Year End Sept 30, 2017
Projected Revenue $173,700
Projected Expenses $173,300
Foundation Comments
  • FYE 9/30/2015, 2014, 2013: Financial data reported using the IRS Form 990-EZ.
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line item may include contributions from individuals.
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$113,936$58,609$57,729
Administration Expense$16,818$59,442$48,098
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.081.251.38
Program Expense/Total Expenses87%50%55%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$101,995$117,342$99,544
Current Assets$46,767$63,478$44,236
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$609$26,350$37,694
Total Net Assets$101,386$90,992$61,850
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities76.792.411.17
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? Yes
Campaign Purpose We continue to raise funds for "Expanding Our Common Home", to build a separate house for our intentional community. More information can be found at jerusalemfarm.org/ourcommonhome.php
Dates May 2016 to May 2018
Amount Raised to Date $242,166.00 as of Apr 2017
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years No
Organization Name Jerusalem Farm
Address 520 Garfield Ave.
Kansas City, MO 64124
Primary Phone (816) 421-1855
CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Jessie Schiele
Board Chair Mr. David Armstrong
Board Chair Company Affiliation Avila University
Year of Incorporation 2012