Timber Creek House of Prayer Inc. dba Timber Creek Retreat House
32303 Timber Creek Road
Drexel MO 64742-8350
Mission Statement
The primary mission of Timber Creek Retreat House is to assist individuals in restoring and renewing their spiritual, physical, and emotional well-being through solitude and sacred silence. The skills which support this mission are stress management, meditation, spiritual mentoring, prayer time (communal and private) providing hospitality, contemplative music, story-telling, massage therapy, yoga, an inter-faith emphasis on unity and other aspects of inner-directed mental health.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Tom Jacobs
Board Chair Ms Sharon Schrick
Board Chair Company Affiliation Business Consulting
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2000
Former Names
Timber Creek Retreat House
Timber Creek Retreat House
Financial Summary
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Statements
Mission Statement The primary mission of Timber Creek Retreat House is to assist individuals in restoring and renewing their spiritual, physical, and emotional well-being through solitude and sacred silence. The skills which support this mission are stress management, meditation, spiritual mentoring, prayer time (communal and private) providing hospitality, contemplative music, story-telling, massage therapy, yoga, an inter-faith emphasis on unity and other aspects of inner-directed mental health.
Background Statement Timber Creek Retreat House opened in June of 2012. We are located in a beautiful wooded, rural setting 35 miles south east of Overland Park just into Missouri. It is close enough that getting there is not an automotive ordeal and far enough to completely escape the trappings of the usually chaotic urban environment. Timber Creek Retreat House provides lodging, communal activities and contemplative facilities in an interfaith (all inclusive) atmosphere. Timber Creek exists because of the dream its founders, Tom and Beth Jacobs and the enormous generosity of people in the KC community (and beyond) who've supported its birth. It is truly a place built by the love of many!
Impact Statement
Recent Accomplishments:
  1. Reduced our loan from $583,000 to $200,000.
  2. Increased our guest count to 1800 people who've used the retreat house. 
  3. Have seen renewed pledges to support the services we provide.
  4. Expanded our marketing with improvement on our web page.
Needs Statement
  1. Paying off our loan is our top financial priority ($200,000).
  2. Increasing our monthly donations from $3500 to $5000 for operations.
  3. Enlarging our book library - $1500
  4. Begin an endowment fund to secure Timber Creek's as a legacy. 
Service Categories
Interfaith Coalitions
Counseling
Areas of Service
National
MO
KS
MO - Jackson County
MO - Clay County
MO - Platte County
KS - Wyandotte County
KS - Johnson County
MO - Eastern Jackson Co
MO - Jackson County Urban Core
KS - Wyandotte County Urban Core
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement Timber Creek Retreat House has had many successes to date and has the similar challenges of other charitable organizations  –– some of which are unique to this project. As a not-for-profit organization, TCRH embraces the concept of its visionaries, Tom and Beth Jacobs. The project focuses on a retreat facility to provide spiritual and wellness support to those who visit. This organization has had many successes to date including the success of the unwavering support of its advisory committee, the board of directors and its many community supporters as well as the success of having some key commitments of financial support in the beginning non-public phase of its capital campaign. It's timing is appropriate within a community becoming more aware and focused on wellness in a time of renewed spirituality and openness beyond traditional religious lines and beyond what health care communities can provide. Timber Creek Retreat House must fundraise while increasing awareness about retreating generally as it relates to concepts of wellness, spirituality and contemplative prayer and must connect our organization to the needs of the community. Many of the medical facilities have recognized that the wellness concept cannot be addressed in its entirety by the medical community. Also, many churches and religious groups recognize the need for more than they can offer to their communities. Timber Creek is unique in its challenge to educate the community about visiting such a retreat facility and the value to the person doing so. This is different because many charities have well-known causes or services. Based on the needs of people in this day and age, the timing for this project couldn't be better.
Programs
Description Our retreat environment is meant to offer a space for solitude and quietude. We offer suggestions in how to spend your time. Retreatants are encouraged to catch up on sleep, eat healthily, read, journal, walk the nature trails, exercise, enjoy therapeutic massage and meditate. Communal meals are a wonderful way to make connections and swap stories. There are also opportunities for face to face spiritual coaching to discuss personal challenges and receive helpful insights to assist you.
Program Budget $35,000.00
Category Religion Interfaith Programs
Population Served General Public/Unspecified, Adults,
Short-Term Success One of the best indicators is how the retreatant handles those times of pressure and those people who pressure them. If the response is a creative, loving and patient response –– then their contemplative practice is working.
Long-Term Success Contemplative practices are meant to enhance living and allow for a greater sense of awareness that life is short, unpredictable and sacred. When this consciousness is part of the person, one lives with a greater sense of passion, listening better, responding better and there is a heartfelt motivation to make a positive difference - both in ones immediate world and the world at large.
Program Success Monitored By Repeat retreating is usually a good sign of the desire to grow, evolve and go deeper. The spiritual coaching sessions also provide a monitor on progress and growth. The real witness is in the fruit bearing of the retreatant.
Examples of Program Success There is no data that we know of to measure the growth of the soul.
Description Within the world of Contemplative Practices is the learning how to meditate. To stop, be still, listen and renew oneself for greater service to self, family and society. Learning to meditate involves basic instruction in the Four R's of meditation. Spiritual coaching is a way to vent, share, question, ponder and search deeper into perplexing issues that are common struggle-points along the faith journey. In these (usually 1 hour sessions) is listening, responding & suggested reading.
Program Budget $35,000.00
Category
Population Served General Public/Unspecified, Adults,
Short-Term Success A noticeable passion and enthusiasm to love well and a willingness to be of service to all.
Long-Term Success Greater patience and the ability to deal with life's mysteries and difficult circumstances.
Program Success Monitored By Most monitoring of such subject matter is done in a face-to-face spiritual coaching session.
Examples of Program Success not applicable
Description These are two powerful practices that help reduce stress, create calmness and help bring balance to life. Stress reduction is only the beginning, then other benefits occur and things not normally in our awareness are able to be dealt with in a safe environment. These services set the stage and create the proper demeanor to deal with issues we would rather keep in the basement.
Program Budget $10,000.00
Category Health Care Physical Therapy
Population Served General Public/Unspecified, Adults,
Short-Term Success If they seem relaxed and are generally enjoying the experiences, this is the obvious short term success. Their comments, suggestions and request for continued treatments also indicates short term success.
Long-Term Success Observing the general demeanor of a client and how well they are handling various stresses is usually a good indicator of success in the long run. Their regularity for receiving massage or practicing yoga will also demonstrate a willingness to handle life challenges in a different manner than before.
Program Success Monitored By Continued education on our part is a good monitor, plus the listening to the comments and suggestions of clients.
Examples of Program Success The clients attitude, perspective, demeanor and general mood.
Description So spirituality is not just from the neck up, the Spiritual Spa attends to the body, mind and spirit trilogy. Working in concert with the other services of reading, meditation, spiritual coaching, nature walks and good meals will be the services of our spa. We are providing two therapeutic massage rooms, a jacuzzi and an exercise room for yoga, tai chi or even cardio vascular exercise equipment. Balanced with deep rest, these available activities will keep you awake inside and out.
Program Budget $20,000.00
Category Health Care Alternative Health Care
Population Served General Public/Unspecified, Adults,
Short-Term Success Immediate relaxation and the ability to better let go of anything issue that weighs you down or holds you back from full potential.
Long-Term Success The benefits come from practicing a balance of intellectual input and physical hands-on experience. Relaxation kicks off the line of benefits along with greater awareness, renewed energy and an attitudinal improvement for greater flexibility and patience in dealing with the challenges of daily life.
Program Success Monitored By Observing behavior and the encouragement of repeated treatments and continued practice of the above mentioned services.
Examples of Program Success Data is available from numerous medical resources, especially through the work of Dean Ornish and others. Blood pressure maintenance, stress management and body toning are all enhanced by the services mentioned above.
CEO Comments All programs at Timber Creek are meant to be transformative, healing, rejuvenating and enjoyed. Each program offers a service that is prayerful, poignant and significant on physical, mental, emotional and spiritual levels. Ultimately, these services offer a therapeutic balance to peoples' lives, enabling them to stop, rest, reflect and renew for the tasks and missions at hand upon their departure from Timber Creek. We feel that Henry David Thoreau said it well (in regard to a balanced life style), that: "Solitude will lead you to people and people will lead you to solitude. These things done in ebb and flow will create a healthy balance." When balance is maintained, life flows, strength is acquired to deal with bumpy roads and love and service are enhanced for the good of all. Listening in quietude to the voice of God will absolutely give greater direction and guidance to anyone. As it is said: "Be Still and Know That I Am God." There is so much available to us, especially as we stop, listen and then RESPOND !
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Mr. Tom Jacobs
Term Start Apr 2000
Experience Tom Jacobs has been facilitating retreats, giving concerts, offering classes in stess management, giving seminars, workshops and has produced music recordings for nearly 35 years. The primary subject matter is prayer/meditation and music. Tom sings for many church services, officiates and sings for weddings and funerals. With degrees in theology, philosophy, education and music, Tom also offers spiritual mentoring to individuals and/or small groups or corporations.
Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start
Compensation Last Year
Senior Staff
Staff
Paid Full-Time Staff 4
Paid Part-Time Staff 2
Volunteers 25
Paid Contractors 2
Retention Rate 100%
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation No
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation No
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Non-Management Formal Evaluation No
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Yes
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Yes
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? No
CEO Comments There is good communication with staff and board members and a secure setting for management to occur smoothly. Proper health insurance, clear cut policies and regular communication all ensure a viable operation of Timber Creek.
Board Chair
Board Chair Ms Sharon Schrick
Company Affiliation Business Consulting
Term Jan 2005 to Jan 2017
Email sharon@kembellschrick.com
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Mr. Tom Jacobs Contemplative Creations Owner/CEO
Mrs. Beth Jacobs 2nd Grade Teacher - Holy Rosary - Wea
Ms Tamie Rising
Mrs. Sharon Schrick Kembell & Schrick Consulting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 4
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 1
Female 3
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 5
Board Term Limits 5
Board Meeting Attendance % 95%
Written Board Selection Criteria? No
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? No
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 2%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 8
Standing Committees
Advisory Board / Advisory Council
Capital Campaign
Endowment
Volunteer
Advisory Board / Advisory Council
Advisory Board Members
NameAffiliation
Bud Cray
Roger Doeren
Vivien Jennings
Mike & Mary Oberg
Dianne Schumaker
David Westbrook
CEO Comments There is good communication between staff and board members and a secure setting for management to occur smoothly. Proper health insurance, clear cut policies and regular communication all ensure a viable operation of Timber Creek.
Financials
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2017
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2017
Projected Revenue $265,000
Projected Expenses $227,000
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2015, 2014, 2013:  Financial data reported using IRS Form 990. 
  • For FY 2014, the Total functional expenses listed on page 10, Part IX, line 25(A), lists $311,980. The correct amount is $346,980.  There was an adding error on line 22.
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line item may include contributions from individuals.
Detailed Financials
 
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$248,120$245,476$113,235
Administration Expense$28,856$65,763$237,437
Fundraising Expense$47,525$35,741$0
Payments to Affiliates--$0--
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.890.930.96
Program Expense/Total Expenses76%71%32%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue25%16%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$1,838,208$1,943,102$2,036,741
Current Assets$3,596$13,392$14,910
Long-Term Liabilities$195,000$278,000$378,238
Current Liabilities$27,214$13,598$17,952
Total Net Assets$1,615,994$1,651,504$1,640,551
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities0.130.980.83
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets11%14%19%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountIndividual Donor $25,000Individual Donor $25,000 --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountIndividual Donor $10,000Individual Donor $10,000 --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? Yes
Campaign Purpose We saved and paid (in cash) 1.3 million for the construction of Timber Creek's guesthouse. We borrowed $583,000 and have paid back $340,000 in 3 years. Our goal is loan pay-off, then to begin an endowment fund.
Goal $200,000.00
Dates Oct 2006 to Dec 2017
Amount Raised to Date $1,600,000.00 as of Dec 2015
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years No
Organization Comments We are fortunate to have cultivated Timber Creeks mission and have seen a generous support in good growth. Nearly 1300 people have contributed over the years and over 120 people have made manageable 5 to 10 year pledges (of varying amounts) making our (remaining) pledge total nearly $220,000 and growing! We are grateful and optimistic that our retreat house will provide the core spiritual & emotional needs of many people.
Organization Name Timber Creek House of Prayer Inc. dba Timber Creek Retreat House
Address 32303 Timber Creek Road
Drexel, MO 647428350
Primary Phone (816) 6193499
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Tom Jacobs
Board Chair Ms Sharon Schrick
Board Chair Company Affiliation Business Consulting
Year of Incorporation 2000
Former Names
Timber Creek Retreat House
Timber Creek Retreat House