Lee's Summit CARES
901 NE Independence
Lee's Summit MO 64086


Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 347-3298
Mission Statement
Lee's Summit CARES is a nonprofit community coalition dedicated to preventing youth substance use and violence, empowering positive parenting and promoting exemplary character. 
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Rachel Nelson-Segobia
Board Chair Mrs. Marsha Palmer-Thelwell
Board Chair Company Affiliation ReDiscover
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1985
Former Names
Drug & Alcohol Abuse Referral Exchange, INC.
Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Revenue $348,922
Projected Expenses $345,321
Statements
Mission Statement Lee's Summit CARES is a nonprofit community coalition dedicated to preventing youth substance use and violence, empowering positive parenting and promoting exemplary character. 
Background Statement

Lee’s Summit CARES (LSC), formally known as the Drug Referral Exchange, has been in business since 1985. The name was changed in 1999 and the mission was revised to include the discussion of youth violence in our community.

LSC is located in the Southeastern part of Jackson County. Raytown, Greenwood, Lake Lotawana, Greenwood, Blue Springs, Lone Jack, Raymore-Peculiar and Grandview surround us. Our current population is over 100,000 and continues to grow. New programs have been developed over the years determined by the organization’s commitment to an “ask for” and “listen to” response regarding the expressed needs and desires of the citizens of the community. Four community safety surveys have been given over the last nine years. Due to the results of the most recent survey, LSC was able to purchase a drug dog for the police department. These surveys report that drug dogs like “Griff” serve as the number one deterrent to substance abuse in the schools.

LSC has made inroads in collaborating with other communities, coalitions, and organizations. These efforts have helped to build strong alliances with neighboring communities and organizations that share our mission. This work maximizes our ability to provide programs and resources to the larger population that may not have been available before.

Our commitment to community partnerships includes engaging parents and students as well as representatives from ReDiscover Mental Health, Lee’s Summit Medical Center, Truman Medical Center, St Luke’s East Medical Center, and Preferred Family Healthcare. Outside the medical domain, we partner with the Lee’s Summit Police Dept., Parks and Recreation, the Lee’s Summit Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Lee’s Summit Main Street, Lee’s Summit City Government, Ministerial Alliance, PTA Area Council, Lee’s Summit School District, Youth Advisory Board, Metropolitan Community Colleges - Longview, John Knox Village and many local businesses.

Lee’s Summit CARES is an excellent model that demonstrates how organizations can collaborate for the greater good of the community. LSC has 15 board members, 60 at large members as well as a Community of Character Council, the Partnership to Prevent Risky Behaviors Committee, a Parenting Committee, a Fundraising Committee and a Youth Advisory Board. Currently the staff consists of a director and two program coordinators.

Impact Statement

Lee’s Summit CARES (LSC) is a 30-year old 501(c)(3) community coalition dedicated to preventing youth substance use and violence, empowering positive parenting and promoting exemplary character. The Coalition is a Year 8 Federal Drug-Free Communities (DFC) grantee and has strong relationships with more than 50 local partners representing the 12 DFC sectors, which include education, law enforcement, health care, businesses, churches, civic groups, media, students and parents.

Some highlights of our 2016 programming include:

  • 137 participants in 12 Love and Logic Parenting Classes impacting 211 children.
  • 450 community members participated in Parenting Engagement Survey.
  • 152 anti-bullying workshops facilitated to 3349 elementary students and 152 adults.
  • 179 students reporting a problem with bullying to their school counselor directly following their anti-bullying workshop.
  • 2057 pounds of expired or unused prescription medication collected through 7 Drug Take-Back sites.
  • Installed 3 permanent drug drop boxes.
  • 550 attendees at the 13th Annual Mayor's Character Breakfast, recognizing 11 citizens for their strength of character.

2017 Goals:

  • To sustain adequate funding and resources to support existing programs, as well as add additional programs.
  • To strengthen Board commitment and involvement.
  • To strengthen volunteer commitment and involvement.
  • To ensure the public is aware of the mission and services of Lee's Summit CARES.
  • To provide effective research-based services across a broad spectrum that completes the mission of Lee's Summit CARES.
Needs Statement

LSC’s most pressing needs are:

  1. Funding: LSC is currently in year 8 of the 10 year, $125,000 Drug Free Communities grant. In preparation for year 10, LSC is continuing its work on a board approved sustainability plan.
  2. Board Engagement: In 2017, the board has identified several key needs based on feedback from the annual board self-evaluation. Priorities include developing a board orientation component, creating mini-trainings, and re-engaging several new board committees.
  3. Public Relations: Based upon results from our year-long marketing assessment completed in 2016, board members and staff will work to develop a year-long marketing calendar, a social media calendar and targeted ads. 
  4. Volunteers: As part of our strategic plan, LSC will continue to identify one volunteer and one board member to partner with staff and other volunteers to oversee development of each LSC program. In 2017, we will focus on developing teams for our Partnership to Prevent Risky Behaviors and Volunteer Appreciation.
  5. Parenting: In 2017, we will use the data compiled from our community-wide Parenting Needs Assessment to grow and enhance our parenting program. This includes offering “Lunch and Learn” classes at area businesses and creating an online component.

Service Categories
Substance Abuse Prevention
Youth Development Programs
Family Services
Areas of Service
MO - Jackson County
Lee's Summit School District Boundaries
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement

“A healthy and safe community for children, youth and families of the Greater Lee’s Summit area.” This is the vision of Lee’s Summit CARES (LSC). If you’ve been paying attention to the news lately, it may seem a lofty goal. More Americans now die every year from drug overdoses than they do in motor vehicle crashes.[i] Heroin abuse has increased by more than 200% in the past decade, affecting young adults more than any other age group and hitting Midwest America hardest[ii]. Statistics can be scary, but comfort comes from the knowledge that Lee’s Summit CARES is working daily to prevent drug abuse and violence within our community. Prevention is a word that LSC defines itself by, but it’s one that doesn’t elicit much excitement when used in everyday speech. This is in large part because of all the unknowns that come with prevention work. Will Lee’s Summit’s small-town feel succumb to youth violence in the streets? Will we be the next Midwest town with heroin needles littering our sidewalks? Will our youth fall victim to the opioid crisis? If Lee’s Summit CARES succeeds in our work, these are scenarios we’ll never need to worry about. By providing bullying prevention courses in the schools, offering parenting classes around the community, enhancing character throughout Lee’s Summit and implementing proven methods of drug and alcohol prevention, Lee’s Summit CARES seeks to maintain this community as the healthy, thriving, safe place that we currently know it to be. So while prevention work may not have the appeal of a “quick fix,” we rest assured of our deep value by remembering Benjamin Franklin’s sage wisdom that “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” We hope you will partner with Lee’s Summit CARES as we continue our work to keep Lee’s Summit a healthy and safe community for our children, youth and families.

[1] Boticelli, M. & Donovan, S. “It's Time for Congress to Provide the Funding We Need for the Opioid Epidemic.” June 17, 2016. Published Letter.

[1] Cook, Lindsey. “The Heroin Epidemic in 9 Graphs.” U.S. News and World Report. August 19, 2015. http://www.usnews.com/news/blogs/data-mine/2015/08/19/the-heroin-epidemic-in-9-graphs



[i] Boticelli, M. & Donovan, S. “It's Time for Congress to Provide the Funding We Need for the Opioid Epidemic.” June 17, 2016. Published Letter.

[ii] Cook, Lindsey. “The Heroin Epidemic in 9 Graphs.” U.S. News and World Report. August 19, 2015. http://www.usnews.com/news/blogs/data-mine/2015/08/19/the-heroin-epidemic-in-9-graphs

Programs
Description

The Becoming a Love and Logic Parent program is a parenting workshop designed by the Cline/Fay Institute.  Love and Logic provides parents and care givers with practical strategies for preventing and reducing behavioral problems.  Lee’s Summit CARES offers the program at least ten times annually through three formats.  Love and Logic Early Childhood Parenting Made Fun targets parents with children 0-6 years.  Parenting the Love and Logic Way offers strategies for parents with children of any age, with one course specifically targeting parents of teens.  Nine Essential Skills for the Love and Logic Classroom is offered to educators.  Each class runs for five weeks and meets for 1.5 hours, one day a week.

 
Program Budget $8,200.00
Category Youth Development, General/Other Youth Development, General/Other
Population Served Adults, Adults,
Short-Term Success

Lee’s Summit CARES uses the following outcomes to measure short-term success.

In 2017, by the end of their 5-week Love and Logic session:

  • 80% of program participants will miss one or fewer questions designed to determine their knowledge of the Love and Logic philosophy and techniques.
  • 80% of participants will increase their knowledge of community resources that support healthy family development.
  • 80% of participants will indicate two or more positive behavioral changes in their child. 
Long-Term Success

The Alberta Family Wellness Initiative advises that “adverse childhood experiences significantly increase the risk of developing mental health problems, including posttraumatic stress disorder, depression, and addiction.” LSC seeks to decrease the number of youth in our community who grow up in negative environments by educating parents on how to provide a healthy environment and appropriate experiences for a child’s brain development.

Program Success Monitored By

Participants complete a pre-test on the first day of class and a post-test on the last day of class.  The test addresses the following: behavior concerns and progress toward addressing concerns, knowledge of Love and Logic behavioral strategies and increased awareness of community resources that support healthy family development.  Attendance is tracked through sign in sheets.

Examples of Program Success

  • In 2016, nine community classes were facilitated to 120 participants. 
  • 99% of program participants missed one or fewer questions on the knowledge of Love and Logic quiz. 
  • 99% indicated they had received information on additional community resources that promote positive family development. 
  • 97% indicated two or more positive behavioral changes in their child.
  • Participants are encouraged to attend future training sessions at no cost for ongoing support. On average, 16% of class participants are alumni.
  • Since 2001, Love and Logic workshops have been facilitated 143 times to 3543 participants.
  • In 2016, 18% of participants received a scholarship to attend the class.

One parent, whose 2-year old son has autism, reported that after implementing Love and Logic parenting strategies with her son, he “stopped hitting her and started kissing her”. She also reported that his daycare teachers noticed a significant improvement in his daily behavior.

Another parent, Melissa Shay, reported "This class helped my stress level when dealing with my children”. “The program gave me new ways to deal with power struggles and getting my children to listen."
Description

The purpose of the Alcohol Retailer Training (ART) is to provide information to clerks and managers regarding the laws for selling alcohol in Missouri responsibly. It is a two-hour class that provides information on:

  • Alcohol and the customer
  • Laws and regulations
  • The Underage Drinker
  • The Intoxicated Customer

LSC partners with the Lee’s Summit Police Department to provide training to those individuals who have failed a compliance check by selling to a minor. This diversion training is held at the Lee’s Summit Police Department and facilitated by Lee’s Summit CARES on a monthly basis. Each participant is ordered to attend these mandatory classes by the City Prosecutor. A certificate of completion is provided to the City Prosecutor as proof of attendance and participation. In 2016, LSC led 9 diversion classes for 18 participants.

LSC offers an additional community course to local businesses who sell alcohol on premise. LSC hosted 6 community trainings for 62 participants.

Program Budget $2,000.00
Category Mental Health, Substance Abuse Programs, General/other Mental Health, Substance Abuse Programs, General/other
Population Served Adults, General/Unspecified, General/Unspecified
Short-Term Success

The short-term success is measured by quarterly compliance rates. LSC’s goal is keep our compliance average at 80% or above.

Participants of Alcohol Retailer Training begin the training by taking a pretest and then end with a post test. The participants also do a short evaluation of the class.

The goal is for 95% of participants to improve their test score and 85% to rate the training worthwhile.

In 2016, LSC held 15 ART trainings for 80 participants. 100% of participants increased their knowledge and 98% rated the training worthwhile.

Students who take the Alcohol Retailer Training are aware of the repercussions of those who are caught selling alcohol are less likely to sell alcohol to minors.

Long-Term Success

Studies confirm that adults are the number one source of alcohol for youth. In order to decrease the availability of alcohol to minors, restaurants and businesses must sell alcohol responsibly by checking Identification of each underage buyer.

The long-term success of this program is measured by the results of compliance checks conducted four times each year. Without enforcement, businesses would be more likely to sell alcohol to minors and our compliant rates would be lower than 70%. Our compliant rate over the last four years:

  • 2013 - 80.00%
  • 2014 - 67.00% (Procedural change impacted success rate)
  • 2015 - 84.00%
  • 2016 - 77.00%

100% of off premise stores are being checked for compliance.

Program Success Monitored By

Participants of Alcohol Retailer Training begin the training by taking a pretest and then end with a post test. The participants also do a short evaluation of the class.

Retailer compliance checks are conducted quarterly by the Lee's Summit Police Department.  In 2016, LSPD conducted 95 compliance checks. 100% of off premise stores are checked for compliance.

Examples of Program Success

  • In 2016, 100% of participants improved their knowledge of how to sell alcohol responsibly. All participants remarked that the training was valuable. The highest increase in rate of improvement was 28%.
  • Students who take the Alcohol Retailer Training are aware of the repercussions of those who are caught selling alcohol are less likely to sell alcohol to minors and to serve already intoxicated customers.
  • Retailer compliance rate in 2016 was at 77%, just below our goal of 80%, suggesting that more education needs to be done to make employees and sellers of alcohol aware of state laws.

Description

Lee’s Summit CARES and the Lee’s Summit Police Department work with the DEA bi-annually to host Drug Take-Back events so that unused and expired medications are kept of the reach of youth. The Take-Back initiative also allows citizens to dispose of medications in an environmentally safe manner. 

The two events are generally held in April and October. The LSPD generates pre-and post-event news releases to the media.  LSC creates and prints fliers and posters that are distributed to community locations.  Presently, seven sites in Lee’s Summit participate in the Take-Back event.
Program Budget $4,876.00
Category Mental Health, Substance Abuse Programs, General/other Substance Abuse
Population Served Families, ,
Short-Term Success

Success is defined by the number of participants, weight of drugs collected by the DEA, number of host sites participating, evaluation of communication tool success, and event evaluations completed by LSC volunteers and LSPD Officers. 

Evaluation goals include:

  • To receive a 4.5 ranking that volunteers/LSPD officers were prepared to volunteer for the event.
  • To receive a 4.5 ranking that volunteer/LSPD officer time was used wisely.
  • To receive a 4.5 ranking that input on the event was valued.
  • To receive a 4.0 ranking that volunteer efforts were appreciated.
Long-Term Success

Research shows twice as many Americans regularly misused prescription drugs than the number of those who regularly used cocaine, hallucinogens, heroin and inhalants combined.  The same study reveals more than 70% of people abusing prescription pain relievers got them through friends or relatives, which includes raiding the family medicine cabinet (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 2011). 

Long-term success is defined by the pounds of medications kept out of the hands of youth and disposed of properly to help combat the following statistics:
  • 2,500 teens begin abusing prescription drugs each day

  • Next to marijuana, prescription drugs are the most common drugs used by teens to get high. 

Program Success Monitored By
  • Number of participants: 548 who brought in an average of 2.24 pounds of medication each
  • Weight of drugs collected = 2057 pounds collected in 2016
  • Number of host sites participating = 7 sites, 100% retention rate from 2015 to 2016
  • Evaluation of communication tool success = most cited tools by participants in 2016 were fliers printed by LSC, water bill inserts provided by the Lee’s Summit Water Department and newspaper articles by the Journal, Tribune and John Knox Village Voice
  • Event evaluations completed by LSC volunteers and LSPD Officers = ranking 1 – 5, with five being the highest in agreement: 5.0 ranking that they were prepared to volunteer for the event; 4.9 ranking that volunteer time was used wisely; 4.9 ranking that input on this event was valued; and 5 ranking that volunteer efforts were appreciated.
Examples of Program Success

Since 2010, more than 7993 pounds of expired and outdated medications were collected from citizens, achieving the goal of keeping these medications out of the hands of youth and out of landfills and water systems.

In 2016, three permanent medication disposal drop boxes were installed in Lee's Summit so that unused and expired drugs can be collected year round. 
Description

Lee’s Summit CARES (LSC) unites community partners to develop confidence and self esteem in local youth to refuse the influence of alcohol and drugs.

LSC facilitates a city-wide Youth Advisory Board (YAB) of students from the three Lee’s Summit high schools. YAB creates and implements two campaigns during the school year: an anti-drug campaign in the fall to coincide with Homecoming and Red Ribbon Week events, and the Celebrate Sober campaign in the spring to coincide with Prom and Graduation season.

Lee’s Summit CARES also helps support middle and high school SMART Clubs that incorporate substance use prevention and distracted driving. Students plan monthly substance-free activities for their peers. 

Each month, adults and youth convene as part of the Partnership to Prevent Risky Behaviors Task Force (PPRB). This committee is charged with conducting community assessments, creating collaborative prevention approaches, and tracking enforcement activities.

Category Mental Health, Substance Abuse Programs, General/other Mental Health, Substance Abuse Programs, General/other
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years), ,
Short-Term Success

Lee’s Summit CARES is viewed by community institutions and leaders as the content expert on youth substance use issues. The agency focuses on providing up-to-date and reliable research and information on substance use issues to youth and adults. Coalition volunteers and partners also focus on population-level strategies to reduce underage substance use and access to these substances. These goals were supported by the following objectives:

  1. Increase the percentage of alcohol retailers complying with underage server laws by 5%.
  2. Decrease middle school youth alcohol use by 5%.
  3. Decrease middle and high school youth marijuana use by 5%.
  4. Decrease student prescription drug misuse by 5%.
Long-Term Success

Through its prevention work with students and the community, LSC hopes to reduce youth substance abuse and violence to create a healthy and safe community for the Greater Lee’s Summit area.

Program Success Monitored By

The Drug Free Communities grant Core Measure data measures underage substance use every two years. Data regarding youth use and perceptions of illegal substances will be assessed in 2017. In addition, student surveys help inform Coalition prevention efforts.

2015 Core Measure data shows that 21% of students used alcohol in the last 30 days, 14% used marijuana in the last 30 days; 7.6% misused prescription drugs in the 30 days, and 7% of students used tobacco in the last month.

The 2015 marijuana perception survey was completed by 497 middle and high school students. It was first implemented in 2012. Data in 2015 was consistent with 2012 findings. Both middle (33.9%) and high school (78%) of students report easy access to marijuana in Lee’s Summit. Students once again reported they feel it is safer to drive high than drunk.

The 2016 Celebrate Sober/Project Graduation survey was completed by 764 randomly sampled junior and senior high school students.

Examples of Program Success

  • Collaboration with the Lee’s Summit Health Education Advisory Board that resulted in the passage of the Lee’s Summit Tobacco 21 ordinance to address underage access to tobacco;
  • Passage of a Lee’s Summit Keeping Missouri Kids Safe resolution to reduce underage marijuana use;
  • The installation of five local permanent medication drop boxes to reduce access to unused and expired prescription drugs;
  • Collection of 2,057 pounds of unused and expired medications during two local DEA Drug Take-Back events;
  • Volunteer advocacy to support statewide and regional policy efforts to reduce opioid misuse through the development of a Prescription Drug Monitoring Program;
  • Student surveys showing 89% of students did not drink alcohol or use drugs the night of prom and 98% of students not ride in a car driven by someone under the influence of alcohol or drugs the night of prom.

 

Description The I Can Make a Difference programs educate and empower students to take a positive stand against bullying. Kindergarten students are taught the importance of standing up against bullying and learn age-appropriate ways to do so. Fifth grade students watch a variety of clips from popular movies that depict bullying and are led through a discussion of what to do in each scenario. They work with the instructor to identify ways to stand up against bullying if targeted, as well as how to stand up as a witness. The 6th grade program is designed to get students thinking about on-line behavior and potential consequences of inappropriate internet activity. Participants learn how to protect themselves and others from cyber-bullying and identity theft. In 2015, the bully prevention program hosted focus sessions in Lee’s Summits three middle schools to begin expansion of the program to 7th and 8th graders.
Category Youth Development, General/Other Youth Development, General/Other
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years), ,
Short-Term Success
Students complete a brief true/false questionnaire about what they learned upon completion of the workshop. The goal is for 85% of students to achieve 100% correct.
Kindergarten teachers rate and review the program based on their perception of classroom reception. The goal is for 95% of kindergarten teachers to rate the program as excellent.
Long-Term Success
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA) confirms that students who bully their peers or are bully-victims are more likely than their peers to abuse drugs or alcohol. LSC’s bully prevention programs are designed as early prevention programs to decrease youth substance abuse and violence in Lee’s Summit.
Lee’s Summit CARES conducted a youth safety survey in the fall of 2013 and did again in 2016. This survey asks students about incidences of bullying. The results will be used as a baseline to measure long term program success.
Program Success Monitored By
Kindergarten: Teachers complete an evaluation after the workshop. A Likert Scale is used to rank the following: Were students engaged during the program? Was the activity relevant to kindergarten students? Were the strategies presented age appropriate? Would you like the workshop back next year? Did the facilitator work well with the students?
  • Fifth Grade: Students are given a true/false quiz at the completion of the workshop.
  • Sixth Grade: Students are given a true/false quiz at the completion of the workshop.
The success of the program is further determined by tracking the number of students coming forward to report problems after the workshop.
Examples of Program Success
  • In 2016, 152 workshops were offered to 3349 elementary students and 192 adults, with 179 students reporting a bully related incident to their school counselor directly after attending the training.
  • Additionally, a group of middle school students and staff worked together to create an anti-bully middle school campaign, called “I CARE,” that will be rolled out in 2017.
  • More than half of fifth grade students said they learned how to stand up for others and themselves if targeted.
  • 90% of sixth grade students scored 100% on a quiz on how to prevent and respond to cyber-bullying.
  • 100% of kindergarten teachers rated the program as excellent.
  • One student reported, “I feel better about knowing what to do if someone bullies me.”
CEO Comments

Lee’s Summit CARES actively revises and adapts programs to meet the needs of the community. Program evaluations and community assessments program curriculum have been adapted over the years to keep pace with the changing needs of the community.

LSC is currently in year two of implementing bullying prevention activities at the middle school level that include:

  1. Staff training
  2. Establishing a process for students to report bullying and a follow up process
  3. Educational program for 8th grade students
  4. Additional resources for parents, students and staff
 
Meetings have taken place with key students and staff at Summit Lakes Middle School to develop a program. Student focus groups determine student perspective on bullying and possible solutions. Staff training is taking place at each school to share the outcomes from student focus groups and steps teaching staff can take to address bullying.

Love and Logic classes remain a strong component of our community outreach. LSC has seen an increase in the number of court referrals for the Love and Logic classes, and more Lee’s Summit residents are applying for city scholarships. The Community Parent Assessment survey completed in 2016 by 450 parents, grandparents and guardians will guide LSC’s efforts to expand its programming opportunities so they are more accessible for today’s generation of parents.

LSC’s Parent Liaison Program for the residents at Sage Crossing, a government subsidy housing complex, has been a big success, garnering community support and receiving COMBAT’s Step Up Award for 2016. The Parent Liaison works closely with the city, the Lee’s Summit Police Department Crime Reduction Team, Meadow Lane Elementary and Bernard Campbell Middle School to address the risk factors and provide help with the protective factors, such as building individual parent relationships in the school and community. The program has received additional funding to expand it to several other neighborhoods in Lee’s Summit and participation has nearly doubled.

LSC continues to work with our Youth Advisory Board to create an educational campaign for youth and families regarding the harms of marijuana. As an organization that combats youth substance abuse and violence, our concern is the potential legalization of marijuana in Missouri. Based on the significant increase of youth use of marijuana in other states who have legalized the substance and aware of the fact that youth use increases as social stigma decreases, LSC anticipates a negative impact on Missouri youth and families. Youth Advisory Board members also receive training on the negative impact of alcohol, tobacco, opioids, and prescription drug misuse.

LSC is proud to have sustained the Love and Logic parenting program for 16 years, the Community of Character for 13 years and the Partnership for Preventing Risky Behaviors for 13 years. The community support we receive is incredible.

Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Ms. Rachel Nelson-Segobia
Term Start July 2015
Compensation $50,001 - $75,000
Experience

Rachel Nelson-Segobia has dedicated both her professional and personal life to non-profit work that is committed to empowering young people.  A graduate of Lee's Summit High School class of 2001, Rachel received her Bachelors of Science from Valparaiso University in Indiana, where she studied International Economics and Cultural Affairs. She graduated with her Masters of Science in Non-profit Administration from Louisiana State University - Shreveport. 

Rachel began her non-profit career working with the Hispanic Mission Gloria Dei in Valparaiso, Indiana, where she assisted in translations, fundraising and the start up of an English-speaking pre-school for Spanish speaking youth.  Rachel's next career move was to the Girl Scouts, first as a District Field Executive with Girl Scouts of Riverland Council in LaCrosse, Wisconsin, where Rachel trained volunteers, recruited girl members, coordinated international travel opportunities for girls, and wrote and implemented a grant that taught teenage girls how to identify a problem within their community to design and create a sustainable solution to that problem.  During her work in La Crosse, Rachel was selected as one of three representatives from the United States to attend a World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts leadership seminar in Cuernavaca, Mexico.  Soon thereafter, she was hired as Director of Membership and Marketing with USA Girl Scouts Overseas - North Atlantic in Pisa, Italy.  During her three years overseas, Rachel worked in Italy, Spain, Germany, Belgium, Amsterdam, and Turkey.  She worked to build community relations, implement a public relations campaign, and manage a volunteer program of more than 500 volunteers.  Most recently, Rachel's work with the State of Louisiana's Department of Children and Family Services provided her with insight into public administration and the judicial system.  She represented the State in court and assisted non-custodial parents in workforce development. 

Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start
Compensation Last Year
Former CEOs
NameTerm
Ms Roby Coombs-Little July 2001 - July 2015
Staff
Paid Full-Time Staff 3
Paid Part-Time Staff 0
Volunteers 200
Paid Contractors 4
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
Management Succession Plan Yes
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Collaborations

Lee’s Summit CARES, a community coalition, collaborates with several sectors; including education, public safety, city government, businesses, medical, faith, media and family. On the Board of Directors, there are liaisons from the city council, the school board and First Call.

LSC is a United Way Agency and receives COMBAT funds, collaborates on programs with ReDiscover Mental Health, the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City (HCFGKC), the Greather Lee’s Summit Health Care Foundation, Truman Medical Center, United Way, Rotary Club, Lee’s Summit School District, Lee’s Summit Police Department and First Call. In 2009, LSC received the Drug Free Community Grant award by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and in 2016 LSC received the competitive Year 8 Drug Free Communities grant.

LSC is a member of the Lee’s Summit Chamber of Commerce, Community Anti-Drug Coaltion of America (CADCA), ACT Missouri and First Call.

Affiliations
AffiliationYear
National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependent - Affiliate1998
Alliance of Greater Kansas City United Ways Agency Certification2002
Chamber of Commerce2002
United Way Member Agency2000
Awards
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
Res In Motus -- NominatedLee's Summit Chamber of Commerce2008
Roby Little - Citizen of the YearElks Lodge 2804 Lee's Summit2005
Susan Coffman - Citizen of the YearElks Lodge 2804 Lee's Summit2007
Community Partnership AwardCOMBAT2002
Community Oriented Policing Award - Susan CoffmanLee's Summit Police Department2008
Ethics in Business Award Semi FinalistHeart of America2009
Roby Little - Outstanding work with Lee's Summit CARESLee's Summit Parks and Recreation2009
Res In Motus - NominatedLee's Summit Chamber of Commerce2011
Res In Motus - FinalistLee's Summit Chamber of Commerce2011
Res In Motus - NominatedLee's Summit Chamber of Commerce2012
Citizen of the Year - Susan CoffmanCity of Lee's Summit2012
Hall of Fame - Roby LittleLee's Summit High School2013
Spirit Award - Monica MeeksYMCA of Greater Kansas City2013
Truly 150 - Community Hero - Roby LittleCity of Lee's Summit2015
State Coalition of the YearACTMO2014
Step Up AwardJackson County COMBAT2015
Milestone Achievement AwardACT Missouri2016
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? No
CEO Comments

As the director of Lee's Summit CARES, I follow the lead of the Board of Directors. The director and staff annually reviews the strategic plan, the by-laws, the policies, and organizational charts. LSC has been adding one or two new policies each year as the need arises. Part of the review process directly impacts our collaboration with United Way by ensuring that we follow their rules of compliancy. The board training component is scheduled to be updated this year in efforts to increase board member engagement. The President of the Board approves the monthly agenda prior to distribution.

As the director, I am in charge of managing the staff and making work assignments. I make daily work decisions, but decisions that affect the budget and the overall mission of the organization are voted on by the Board. There are two Program Coordinators, one oversees prevention and one oversees community relations and finances. I complete annual evaluations each year with the help of two board members. Susan Coffman, a program coordinator, works closely with me and the treasurer to establish the annual budget that is taken to the Board for approval.

Board Chair
Board Chair Mrs. Marsha Palmer-Thelwell
Company Affiliation ReDiscover
Term Jan 2017 to Dec 2017
Email mpthelwell@rediscovermh.org
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Dr. Fel Bagunu GracePoint Community Church
Mrs. Julie Doane Optimist Club - Civic
Dr Phyllis Edson Lee's Summit City Council
Mr Andrew Felker Chinnery, Evans & Nail, P.C.
Chief Travis Forbes Lee's Summit Police Department
Ms. Kim Fritchie Community Volunteer
Mrs. Kerri Gray Health -- Therapist
Dr. Rexanne Hill Lee's Summit R-7 School District
Ms. Kimberly Hollins Lee's Summit R7 School District
Ms. Lisa Lambkin Lisa J. Lambkin Financial Services, LLC
Mr J Scott Landregan Mental Health (Lakewood Counseling-TMC)
Mr. Scott McCarter PTA
Mrs. Marsha Palmer-Thelwell ReDiscover
Ms Gloria Solis St. Lukes East Hospital
Mr Monte Stull Family Representative (Mens Wearhouse)
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 12
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 6
Female 9
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 98%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 60%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 85%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
Standing Committees
By-laws
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Program / Program Planning
Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
Membership
Investment
Finance
CEO Comments

As Director for Lee’s Summit CARES, I work for and report to the Board of Directors. The Board completes my annual evaluation and creates a work plan for me to follow. The Board of Directors has four officers: President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer. There are eight standing committees: Parenting, Partnership to Prevent Risky Behavior, Marketing, Finance, Public Relations, Fundraising, Holly Festival and the Character Council. I attend each of these committee meetings on a regular basis to stay current with what is being proposed. There are six Board meetings and five At-large meetings annually. All items that require a vote are brought to the Board meetings for review and discussion. Items that need board approval are the annual budget, treasurer’s report, and changes in policies, by-laws and programs.

The At-large meeting allows us to update members on what is happening in the organization and issues that are facing the community. LSC also features a speaker at these meetings who informs us of other work being done by non-profits in the area. These speakers add to the collaborative nature of the organization.

 
 
Financials
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2016
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2016
Projected Revenue $348,922
Projected Expenses $345,321
Form 990s
2016 LCS 990
2015 LCS 990
2014 LSC 990
2013 LSC 990
2012 LSC 990
2011 LSC 990
2010 LSC 990
2009 LSC 990
2008 LSC 990
Audit Documents
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2014: Financial data reported using the IRS Form 990.
  • FY 2013, 2012: Financial data reported using the organization's audited financial statements.  
  • Foundations/corporate revenue line item 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 Year201420132012
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$153,714$114,796$75,485
Government Contributions$126,244$119,695$125,655
Federal--$0$0
State--$0$0
Local--$0$0
Unspecified$126,244$119,695$125,655
Individual Contributions--$0$0
$9,443$10,684$6,072
$13,152$0$0
Investment Income, Net of Losses$1,596$3,236$2,695
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$40,146$64,073$57,053
Revenue In-Kind$45,528$48,228$48,228
Other$351$157$133
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201420132012
Program Expense$362,574$266,040$232,779
Administration Expense$16,615$71,021$72,852
Fundraising Expense$32,787$16,910$18,106
Payments to Affiliates--$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.951.020.97
Program Expense/Total Expenses88%75%72%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue10%5%7%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201420132012
Total Assets$115,400$115,476$106,826
Current Assets$115,400$113,436$104,291
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$30,721$8,995$7,243
Total Net Assets$84,679$106,481$99,583
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities3.7612.6114.40
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201420132012
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountSAMHSA - Drug Free Communities Grant $125,000SAMHSA Drug Free Community Grant $125,000Drug Free Community Grant $125,000
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountCOMBAT - Jackson County Grant $36,902Greater Kansas City Health Care Foundation $47,780Gourley Foundation $18,090
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountHealth Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City $28,182Rediscover $18,800Rediscover $11,000
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years No
Organization Comments

Lee’s Summit CARES is a financially sound organization. Every expenditure is approved through our budget and our grant expectations. Due to our positive financial growth we had our first audit in 2010. Our major funders are SAMHSA- Drug Free Communities, COMBAT, Feld Trusts, Gourley Foundation, and United Way. As a staff, we annually match in-kind donations to the grants and programs provided. We have a 100% in-kind match.

Part of our strategic plan is to broaden our financial base so that programs can be sustained and new programs begun to address growing community needs.

In 2011 we had our first community fundraiser, Lee’s Summit’s Got Talent. This year, we are hosting our seventh Got Talent show in June of 2017. The competition is limited to performers ages 18 and under from the Kansas City Metro area. This will allow us to offer a $5,000 scholarship grand prize and a $500 scholarship for the crowd pleaser prize. The success of the show continues to grow due to the positive reactions of the audience.

The community partnerships are important to help Lee’s Summit CARES sustain the work of the organization.

 

Organization Name Lee's Summit CARES
Address 901 NE Independence
Lee's Summit, MO 64086
Primary Phone (816) 347-3298
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Rachel Nelson-Segobia
Board Chair Mrs. Marsha Palmer-Thelwell
Board Chair Company Affiliation ReDiscover
Year of Incorporation 1985
Former Names
Drug & Alcohol Abuse Referral Exchange, INC.