Amethyst Place, Inc.
2735 Troost
Kansas City MO 64109
Summer 2009
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 231-8782
Mission Statement

The Mission of Amethyst Place is to support women, recovering from drug and alcohol addiction, and their children by providing safe, drug-free housing and individualized services to promote healthy families. We help families overcome significant trauma and develop essential life skills. The Vision of Amethyst Place is that families will successfully transition to drug-free, independent housing and healthy community living.

 

Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Kimberley Davis MSW, LCSW
Board Chair Ms. Sheryl Feutz-Harter
Board Chair Company Affiliation Bryan Cave
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2000
Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Revenue $1,104,041
Projected Expenses $1,104,041
Statements
Mission Statement

The Mission of Amethyst Place is to support women, recovering from drug and alcohol addiction, and their children by providing safe, drug-free housing and individualized services to promote healthy families. We help families overcome significant trauma and develop essential life skills. The Vision of Amethyst Place is that families will successfully transition to drug-free, independent housing and healthy community living.

 

Background Statement Amethyst Place is an outgrowth of the Metropolitan Task Force on Drug Exposed Infants. The Task Force consists of 28 agencies including Children's Mercy Hospital, Truman Medical Center, Friendship House, Operation Breakthrough, The Children's Place, the MO and KCMO Departments of Health, the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, the Metropolitan Child Abuse Network, UMKC's Institute for Human Development and other human service agencies advocating for the needs of drug affected families. This group's members are able to provide substantial community case management; and, in collaboration with SAVE, Inc. and the Missouri Department of Mental Health, secured the facility and the federal rental subsidy for individual families. The target participant for Amethyst Place is a homeless mother or pregnant woman and her children who has participated in an alcohol and drug treatment program and has 30 days of confirmed sobriety. She must have a community case manager from one of the member agencies and agree to maintain close contact with this worker to develop a working treatment plan. Families are asked to make a commitment to a minimum of 1 year of residency with the maximum length of stay indefinite and related to a family's goals and progress. Upon acceptance into the program, a family is provided with a furnished apartment. Amethyst Place staff provides support and supervision of a drug-free environment, monitoring of treatment plan, education, and modeling of healthy community living. Families pay a portion of their household income in rent and can stay in the program as long as they are cooperating with the policies of the program. This is a highly collaborative effort with treatment providers, community case managers, Amethyst Place staff and private property owner and manager working together to provide comprehensive, coordinated, long-term services to families.
Impact Statement
In 2015, Amethyst Place provided safe, drug-free housing and individualized family services to 60 women and 109 children. 100% of families were reunited and stabilized. Nearly half of the clients served in 2015 entered the program without a high school education, most dropping out by the 10th grade. 77% of those high school dropouts now have their GED or are enrolled in GED classes. 100% of women who test for the GED will pass, thanks to our wonderful tutors. 40% of our 2015 residents enrolled in college. Many were able to do so thanks to our education fund that removed financial hurdles. 16 residents were employed through our supported employment program. 25 residents have mentors through the Encompass mentoring program. 92% of clients in 2015 demonstrated one or more benchmark improvement in at least two dimensions of the self-sufficiency index (education, career resiliency, housing, household management, goal setting, mental health, support system and safety, recovery and parenting). Mothers are better able to maintain their sobriety during times of stress, and show increased focus on children's well-being. 73% remain drug and alcohol free during their stay. Our successful graduation rate of 62% is well above the national average for substance abuse treatment programs.
 
 
Goals for 2016: 
 
  1. Goal: 100% of participants in the program for one year or more improve at least one dimension in the Career Resiliency benchmark.
  2. Goal: 50% of participants in the program for one year or more improve at least one dimension in the Education benchmark.
  3. Goal: 100% of program participants set and achieve family or personal goals.
  4. Goal: 75% of women maintain a relationship with their EnCompass mentors for at least one year. Of those, 75% return for a second session. 
Needs Statement
  1. Ongoing financial support (sign up for one time or recurring donations on our web site)
  2. Volunteers who can pick up donations one or two Saturdays per month
  3. Storage space for donated household furnishings
  4. Laptops for our women in college
  5. Multi-passenger vehicle (donation is eligible for a tax deduction)
Service Categories
Housing Support
Substance Abuse Treatment
Alliances & Advocacy
Areas of Service
MO - Jackson County
MO - Eastern Jackson Co
MO - Jackson County Urban Core
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement

Homeless women who are in recovery need safe, supported housing where their human and spiritual potential can be realized. Keeping a single-parent family intact without supportive housing makes recovery an enormous challenge that few will overcome. Amethyst Place provides 24-hour supervision, weekly apartment inspections, designated curfews, background checks on all visitors, mandatory weekly skills-building meetings, community events, and community based case management to integrate family into community service network more effectively.

 

Parenting children without safe housing increases the risk of child abuse and neglect. Women whose children are in state custody especially benefit from housing support to facilitate family reunification. Recovering women need to escape former housing tied to drug using behavior, and treatment options that keep families intact. Because many of the women living here are victims of domestic violence, prostitution, or childhood sexual abuse therapy is a necessary part of their recovery. Many were being reunified with their children after long absences and were in desperate need of help to make the transition a smooth one. When women enter our program our full-time on-site therapist conducts an intake and assessment within the first month of residency. 

 

When a woman arrives at Amethyst Place, she often is parenting sober for the first time. A new set of skills are required to successfully move her family forward to a healthy, sober life style. The children are learning to live with a sober parent for the first time as well. Amethyst Place’s open length of stay policy is based on progress toward mutually agreed upon goals to enable resident to clear up old debt, deal with past legal issues, learn to maintain a sober lifestyle, improve parenting skills, improve employment skills , and/or further her education.
Programs
Description

The Supportive Housing program provides wrap-around services so families can live with stability, autonomy, and dignity. Upon entry, mothers are asked to make a commitment to live at Amethyst Place for a minimum of one year. The actual length of stay is dependent on her progress toward mutually agreed upon goals to stabilize mental health, learn to maintain a sober lifestyle, improve parenting skills, improve employment skills, further her education, address physical health concerns, clear up old debt, and deal with past legal issues.

Menu of services included: fully furnished and decorated apartment, free washer and dryers access to basic necessities and diapers, weekly apartment inspections preserve community health and provide opportunity to coach women in basic housekeeping skills, emergency assistance, life skills training.
Category Housing, General/Other Transitional Housing
Population Served Alcohol, Drug, Substance Abusers, Children Only (5 - 14 years),
Short-Term Success

Families are reunited and stabilized and mothers are able to focus on children’s well-being. 100% of our residents receive fully furnished apartment and intensive community based case management. 100% of families are reunited and stabilized. Mothers have improved ability to maintain their sobriety during times of stress and 70% remain drug free until discharge. 100% attend regular meetings to encourage a drug free life style, self-awareness, financial independence, community engagement, parenting skills, spiritual development, and stress reduction.

But the most immediate outcome we observe at Amethyst Place is how quickly our children stabilize when they have a room they call their own; a bed and a dresser and food in the kitchen; a playground and clean clothes; and a mom dedicated to creating a better life for her children. We see better educational outcomes for our children, less illnesses, and fewer behavioral problems. Home stability is the key to all these positive outcomes.

Long-Term Success

Children and mothers demonstrate and report improved global functioning in the family, in school, and in social interactions. Mothers have improved ability to maintain their sobriety during times of stress: 73% of clients served in 2015 were drug and alcohol free during their stay at Amethyst Place, a significant accomplishment for women overcoming decades of drug use that often began in childhood. Mothers report increase in parental awareness and satisfaction and show increased focus on children's well-being: 60% showed improvement in their Parental Stress Index. 92% of clients demonstrated at least one benchmark improvement in one dimension of the self-sufficiency matrix. 100% of residents without a high school diploma are attending GED. 62% of women leaving Amethyst Place are successful graduates, well above the national average for substance abuse treatment programs. 80% of families transition to independent housing.

Program Success Monitored By

Amethyst Place measures social change outcomes for each resident using the self-sufficiency benchmarks developed by the University of Washington, which consists of a series of outcome scales documenting a family's condition on a continuum from in-crisis to thriving. Client data is accumulated in an Excel database to facilitate tracking and analysis and provide feedback for more intensive interventions as needed. We use this to document where each resident has strengths, and where to focus additional energy to generate improvement. Benchmarks measured at intake and again at move out are: Career Resiliency, Education, Housing, Household Management, Goal Setting, Mental Health, Support System & Safety, Parenting and Recovery. We measure achievements and barriers to success for each resident, in order to identify appropriate interventions and ensure she is able to thrive after graduating our program.

Examples of Program Success

Jessica moved to Amethyst Place after abusing drugs for 18 years—first shooting up meth with her mother at age 14.   She entered in-patient treatment twice but left each time with no place to live. She was not eligible for food stamps and struggled to get a job because she was a convicted drug felon, and no one would rent to her because of her criminal history and numerous evictions. Both times she returned to apartments where drug use was pervasive, both times she relapsed. Her children were in foster care and she was facing termination of parental rights because she was unable to provide safe housing for them. With fully furnished and safe housing, professional support and 24-hour supervision, community case management, out-patient treatment, and life skills classes, Jessica has regained custody of her children and is now living a life that she thought was out of her reach. After 14 months, she lives in our alumni housing and is a leader in the community.

Description

Our mothers are underemployed due to the challenges of single parenting, limited education, unreliable transportation, and criminal histories. Over half of our residents enter our program without a high school diploma. Very few of our mothers have computers and even fewer have the skills necessary to use one, which shuts them out of full participation in today’s technological world.

We offer on-site tutors for residents working toward GED completion or in college. We provide free wireless internet access. Our supported employment program matches a mom with a business willing to provide on-the-job-mentoring and support her as she also furthers her education. Professional and personal mentors become part of her social leverage network, utilizing resources to help her succeed. They serve as a powerful source of information about career paths that lead to economic self-sufficiency, advice about personal, educational, and career decisions necessary to stay economically secure.

Category Human Services, General/Other Services for the Homeless
Population Served At-Risk Populations, ,
Short-Term Success

90% of women who enter the program without a high school diploma attend GED classes.

100% of residents set and achieve personal and family goals.

100% of residents meet with a financial coach.

Long-Term Success

100% of participants in the program for one year or more improve at least one dimension in the Career Resiliency benchmark and successfully set and achieve family and personal goals.

50% of participants in the program for one year or more improve at least one dimension in the Education benchmark.

75% of residents demonstrate one or more benchmark improvement in at least three dimensions of the self-sufficiency index.

85% of women maintain a relationship with their Encompass mentors for at least one year. Of those, 75% return for a second session.

Program Success Monitored By

Amethyst Place measures social change outcomes for each resident using the self-sufficiency benchmarks developed by the University of Washington, which consists of a series of outcome scales documenting a family's condition on a continuum from in-crisis to thriving. We use this to document where each resident has strengths, and where to focus additional energy to generate improvement. Benchmarks measured at intake, once a year and at move out are: education, career resiliency, housing, household management, goal setting, mental health, support system and safety, recovery and parenting. This outcomes matrix system allows us to track individualized successes meeting women wherever they are along a continuum of need. So rather than reporting how many of our residents have achieved a certain standard, we can report on how many of our residents have improved their position within a certain benchmark.

Examples of Program Success

 

Prior to coming to Amethyst Place, Tina had faced 32 years in prison as a persistent drug felon. She was underemployed due to the challenges of single parenting, limited education, unreliable transportation, and criminal histories. She entered our program without a high school diploma. She had never owned a computer and did not have the skills necessary to use one, which shut her out of full participation in today's technological world. With on-site tutors, EnCompass mentors, free wireless internet access, and a refurbished computer, she is succeeding in ways she never has before, and for the first time in her life believes in her own potential—because we believed in her. She now has her GED, has been released from probation after 10 years, celebrated four years of sobriety, and has completed her first semester in college.

 

Description

Our on-site therapist is essential to family reunification and stabilization. Most children arrive with a host of emotional issues that are a result of homelessness, separation and addicted parenting, making the need for family therapy essential to improve family functioning and reduce the risk of child abuse.  Having access to therapeutic services on-site eliminates many barriers facing our families: high rates of staff turnover, long wait lists, lack of phone service, and limited access to transportation. While addressing substance abuse is important, nearly all residents have a dual diagnosis: substance abuse with severe mental illness. Often, mental health issues which directly caused their substance abuse were never addressed. Our therapist determines appropriate therapeutic interventions, while using a variety of evidence based therapies under the canopy of trauma-informed, client-centered, solution-focused, multicultural therapies. 

Category Mental Health, Substance Abuse Programs, General/other Mental Health, Substance Abuse Programs, General/other
Population Served Families, ,
Short-Term Success

 

90% of participants demonstrate at least one benchmark improvement in our Parenting and Human Relations/Safety Benchmarks.

75% of children who participate in Theraplay and play therapy show improvement in their CBCL scores.

90% of families participating in therapy improve at least one benchmark in our Mental Health Benchmark.

 

Long-Term Success

The majority of adult clients seen by the Therapist demonstrate an improved ability to maintain their sobriety during times of stress, are actively engaged in a productive day time plan, are on the path (if not already graduated) of removal of Child Protective Services and Family Drug Court services, display improved mood stability and increased positive coping skills. These women are also reporting higher levels of parental satisfaction and a better understanding of the balance between warmth and structure. Of the 60 women served in 2015, 73% maintained their sobriety during their stay at Amethyst. Of the 26 women who left the program in 2015, 62% graduated successfully and had an average stay of 20 months.


Program Success Monitored By

The Therapist conducts pre-, interim and post- assessments. Test scores are accumulated in an Excel database to facilitate tracking and analysis and provide feedback for more intensive interventions. Three separate intake sessions are mandatory for each mother that moves into Amethyst Place. During these sessions the therapist completes an intake on the parents which looks at mental health history, drug history, any legal issues, and family history. The therapist also completes a genogram which is a chance to learn about the family and any patterns that are apparent or play a role in the client’s life. During the intake process an ACE assessment is given to address childhood trauma as well as a WHODAS (World Health Organization Disability Assessment Schedule) assessment.

Examples of Program Success

When Becky came to Amethyst she had lost custody of her son and was pregnant with her second child. She was reunited with her son shortly after arriving, but he came with a host of emotional issues as a result of separation and addicted parenting. Just like 98% of our residents, she too had never addressed the mental health issues that directly caused her substance abuse. With few supports, she was convinced she was an unfit mother, and had decided to give her unborn child up for adoption. After intensive therapy with our full time onsite Family Support Therapist, combined with parenting classes and other life skills programming, Becky began to believe in her own potential and decided to keep both of her children. Today she is a model parent—you need only look at her family photographs to see the pride she takes in her son and daughter, and the joy she finds in being their mom.

CEO Comments
The success of Amethyst Place is roughly twice that of national averages for recovery and treatment programs. We have the time to address the underlying issues that led to use and abuse of substances. Amethyst Place realized early on that while addressing substance abuse is important, most residents come to Amethyst with a mental illness and in fact over 90% of current residents have a dual diagnosis: substance abuse with severe mental illness. Often, mental health issues which directly caused their substance abuse are not addressed in therapy. Additionally, children often arrive with a host of emotional issues that are a result of separation and addicted parenting, making the need for our onsite family therapy essential to improving family functioning and relationships. Our staff therapist provides services for the women and their children on-site. Our therapist does an initial intake on each family and then determines appropriate therapeutic interventions. 
 
Because most of these women grew up in the foster care system or lived in families where substance abuse was prevalent, and many were initiated into drugs and prostitution by their parents at a young age, they lack the basic life and parenting skills to ensure long-term sobriety. We work closely with Childrens Mercy Hospital in their PCIT (Parent Child Interactive Therapy) program to help the women who have difficulty with appropriate parenting skills due to lack of proper role models or interrupted parenting as a result of their substance use. 
 
The Missouri Department of Mental Health provides monthly funding to Amethyst Place to cover the cost of rent and utilities for each household. All residents contribute 30% of their adjusted gross income to cover program related expenses.
 
For their recovery efforts, residents who successfully complete our program receive all of their furnishings to use toward their fresh start and independent housing.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Ms. Kimberley Davis MSW, LCSW
Term Start July 2012
Experience Kimberley Davis, MSW, LCSW has worked in the urban core with low-income women and their children for twenty years as the Director of Social Services at Operation Breakthrough, St. Vincent’s Family Service Center. She was a member of the founding Board of Amethyst Place in 2000. In July of 2012 she came to Amethyst Place as Executive Director. Kimberley is dedicated to supporting high-risk, low income families and their children. She has an extensive background in social service delivery including housing supports, strengths based clinical case management, therapeutic intervention for adults with severe and persistent mental illness, crisis management and intervention. Her proven record of program development across a broad range of support services makes her adept at articulating the challenges of disenfranchised populations to inspire community action for change.
Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start
Compensation Last Year
Senior Staff
Title Family Support Therapist
Title Client Services Coordinator
Title Director of Programs
Title Volunteer Coordinator
Title Family Care Coordinator
Staff
Paid Full-Time Staff 5
Paid Part-Time Staff 6
Volunteers 400
Paid Contractors 1
Retention Rate 75%
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 Under Development
Management Succession Plan Yes
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Collaborations

Amethyst Place operates as a highly collaborative endeavor, an important reason the program not only endures for more than 14 years, but has grown from 7 families to now 38. Partner agencies provide community based support services to residents at no cost to Amethyst Place. Amethyst Place works closely with the Homeless Services Coalition, Department of Mental Health, and the Missouri Housing Trust Fund to support the excellent level of services for the women and children of Amethyst Place. The Missouri Department of Mental Health provides monthly funding to Amethyst Place to cover the cost of rent and utilities for each household. Residents contribute 30% of their income to cover program related expenses. Amethyst Place partners with COMBAT, the University of Missouri Extension Division, and Literacy KC to provide no cost programming for our families. We are a practicum site for students from the University of Kansas School of Social Welfare which allows us to provide services to our families at no additional cost to the agency. Others include Literacy Kansas City, Kansas City Public Library Outreach, Women’s Employment Network, and Children’s Mercy Hospital in their PCIT (Parent Child Interactive Therapy).

Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? No
Board Chair
Board Chair Ms. Sheryl Feutz-Harter
Company Affiliation Bryan Cave
Term Apr 2015 to Apr 2017
Email Sheryl.feutzharter@bryancave.com
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Ms. Penny Clodfelter Family Drug Court
Ms. Sheryl Feutz-Harter Bryan Cave Law Firm
Ms Elizabeth Glynn Travois
Ms. Jaimie Gray Weave Gotcha Covered, AP Alumni
Ms. Janet Hargarten Mary Kay Beauty Consultant
Ms. Dawn Harp Hallmark Cards
Ms. Nancy Leazer Community Volunteer
Mr. Bryan Love Kansas City Neighborhood Academy
Ms. Marietta Parker Jackson County Prosecutor's Office
Mr. Sean Peery HomeAdvisor
Ms. Becky Pellham Heartland Center for Behavioral Change and AP Alumni
Ms. Kayla Sullivan Operation Breakthrough
Ms. Oneta Templeton Children's Mercy Hospital-TIES
Mr. Preston Washington Community Volunteer
Ms. Rachel Whipple Retired, Kansas City Police Department
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 13
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 3
Female 12
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 3
Board Meeting Attendance % 69%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 12
Standing Committees
Board Development / Board Orientation
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Executive
Program / Program Planning
Finance
Advisory Board Members
NameAffiliation
Sr. Corita Bussanmas St. Vincent's Operation Breakthrough
Ms. Brenda Calvin
Sr. Jeanne Christensen RSMSt. Joseph Peace & Justice Office
Mr. Alan DuBois
Ms. Alice Ellison Blue Cross and Blue Shield
Ms. Alice Kitchen
Mr. Steve O'Neill Curry Family Foundation
Mr. David Ross
Sr. Berta Sailer Operation Breakthrough
 
 
Financials
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2016
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2016
Projected Revenue $1,104,041
Projected Expenses $1,104,041
Endowment Value $1,000
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2014, 2013, 2012: 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 Year201420132012
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$239,858$257,424$174,996
Government Contributions$463,824$499,552$516,553
Federal--$0$0
State--$0$0
Local--$0$0
Unspecified$463,824$499,552$516,553
Individual Contributions--$0$0
$18,799$11,003$10,798
$35,332$44,033$39,747
Investment Income, Net of Losses$25($6,168)$0
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$36,954$26,956$30,402
Revenue In-Kind$27,900$45,700$0
Other$0$0$0
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201420132012
Program Expense$662,745$710,956$687,125
Administration Expense$46,604$58,954$45,490
Fundraising Expense$37,543$20,854$37,692
Payments to Affiliates--$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.101.111.00
Program Expense/Total Expenses89%90%89%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue5%3%5%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201420132012
Total Assets$399,934$326,070$239,040
Current Assets$357,706$291,236$199,976
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$42,839$44,775$50,481
Total Net Assets$357,095$281,295$188,559
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities8.356.503.96
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201420132012
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountMissouri Department of Mental Health RAP Funds $256,506 -- --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountMissouri Department of Mental Health Shelter Plus Care Funds $101,462 -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountMissouri Housing Trust Fund $68,855 -- --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years No
Organization Name Amethyst Place, Inc.
Address 2735 Troost
Kansas City , MO 64109
Primary Phone (816) 231-8782
Contact Email kim@amethystplace.org
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Kimberley Davis MSW, LCSW
Board Chair Ms. Sheryl Feutz-Harter
Board Chair Company Affiliation Bryan Cave
Year of Incorporation 2000