Welcome House, Inc.
1414 E 27th Street
Kansas City MO 64108-2924
Springtime at Welcome House
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 472-0760
Fax 816- 472-6022
Mission Statement
Welcome House is committed to providing a high-quality, moral and open residential program to recovering alcoholics and drug-addicted men facing the difficult transition from treatment, incarceration and homelessness to reintegration back into society as productive citizens.
CEO/Executive Director Jamie Boyle
Board Chair Rich McArdle
Board Chair Company Affiliation Chiefs Radio Network
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1971
Volunteer Opportunities
Ways to donate, support, or volunteer

Donations are graciously accepted as follows:

  • by credit or debit card (over the phone or through our website)
  • by mailed or delivered check
  • by planned gift
  • by in-kind contribution
  • by gently used men's clothing
  • by furniture or vehicle
  • by the support of facilities and equipment maintenance or renovation.
Volunteer opportunities are available as follows:
  • in support of governance (as Board member, Advisory Board member or Committee member)
  • in support of fundraisers or special events
  • in support of the recovery program (as a temporary sponsor, meeting leader or as 'lay counselor/ recovery coach")
  • in support of the Welcome House University Program as an instructor
  • in support of facilities and equipment maintenance or renovation.
If you are interested in making a donation or discussing a volunteer or service opportunity, please contact Jamie Boyle at 816-472-0760 or jamie@welcomehousekc.org.

Financial Summary
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Mission Statement Welcome House is committed to providing a high-quality, moral and open residential program to recovering alcoholics and drug-addicted men facing the difficult transition from treatment, incarceration and homelessness to reintegration back into society as productive citizens.
Background Statement
In 1970, a group of men formed a new Alcoholics Anonymous group and called themselves Performance III or “P III.” These were straight-talking, no nonsense men who had surmounted many challenges and found their own sobriety. The men of P III were frustrated in their attempts to help other men (and their families) they encountered on 12th step calls due to the difficulty in placing the men in sober home environments. Some of the men had nowhere to go and others had been asked to leave their homes because of their drinking.
The group began renting rooms in rundown hotels in downtown Kansas City and passing the hat (at their AA meetings) to pay the bills. In 1972, they secured permanent housing (a two-story, three-bedroom house at 2540 Holmes) that provided a clean and safe space for other men to find sobriety. After also acquiring the house next door, capacity expanded to 16 men. In just three years, Welcome House had become a vital resource in the recovery community.
The men of P III were committed and “hands on” in their efforts - bringing these men to meetings, helping them find jobs, sponsoring and counseling them along a sober path of recovery. As residents realized the benefits of sobriety (and stability), they were asked to pay a subsidized rent so others could receive the support they desperately needed. The men of P III believed there was dignity in paying your own way and earning your keep. P III refused any government subsidy to fund their mission, relying on private donations to make up any shortfall. At capacity for the next decade, and with a constant demand for more beds, Welcome House purchased and moved to a three-story apartment building at 27th and Charlotte.
Doubling again, the bed capacity grew to 34. In 1986, the current property at 1414 E. 27th Street was purchased from Catholic Charities and, after remodeling, total capacity grew to, and remains at, 80 residents.
In the nearly 50 years since its humble beginnings, Welcome House has received more than $8,000,000 in private donations, served more than 1,400,000 meals, held more than 44,000 12-step meetings, and helped over 17,000 men seeking sobriety and a place to turn their lives around. The men of P III believed that service to others, lending a helping a hand, and paying your own way was, and is, the path to living a rich and fulfilling life. Sober.
Welcome House is a 501(c)(3) organization and was incorporated in 1971.
Impact Statement
For the Welcome House Core Recovery Program, 2018 marked its first full year operating under a new, evidence-based program model. It reached its highest-ever service numbers, with 429 intakes (compare to 388 in 2017), for a total of 502 men served (compare to 465 in 2017).
More importantly, the program achieved improved outcomes, with 36% of those admitted graduating from the full 6- to 12-month program, a notable leap over the former program model’s graduation rate (15% in 2016), and continuing a positive trend from 2017 (33%), the transitional year during which the new program model was implemented. This is also remarkably higher than the national average expected graduation rate for peer programs (15-25%).
With employment a key factor in achieving sustained recovery, the Rehabilitative Jobs component is integral to a participant’s success in the Core Recovery Program. Of all men served in 2018, 28% were employed at intake, but 72% had found work by discharge. 100% of program graduates were employed at discharge.
Earned revenue through program fees reached $569,000 in 2018, representing a 65% increase over 2014; while unpaid program fees fell for the third consecutive year to $32,044. Meanwhile, fundraising efforts also set records: the Annual Breakfast event raised over $200,000 for the second year; the inaugural golf event sold out, raising over $87,000; and private grant funding totaled above $100,000 for the second consecutive year.
Administrative accomplishments included: increasing the certification level of professional staff; achieving full implementation of First Call’s Community CareLink electronic case management system; and the launch of its first billboard awareness campaign and a new website, both of which won Philly Awards.
Goals for 2020 include:
  • Forming an advisory board
  • Increasing Board diversity
  • Expanding post-discharge services
  • Meeting fundraising and implementation goals for the new 26,000+ square-foot Welcome House Recovery Center building project
Needs Statement
In 2020, Welcome House top needs are:
  • Capital funding in support of the new $10 million, 26,000+ square-foot Welcome House Recovery Center building project, which will increase program capacity, add and improve services. The new facility is tentatively slated to open in mid-2022.
  • $70,000 in funding for the Jumpstart emergency employment program, which provides new residents a part-time job within Welcome House and underwrites the program fees for those who enter the program with nothing – no job, savings, insurance or even basic possessions like a state ID or Social Security card.
  • Volunteers. Opportunities include Board positions, Advisory Board positions, recovery meeting leaders, temporary sponsors, counselors/recovery coaches for the “lay counselor” program (training offered), special event volunteers, and Welcome House University content-area instructors, e.g. life skills, financial literacy, vocational “soft skills”
  • In-kind donations of goods and services, including men’s clothing and toiletries; towels and bedding; furniture; carpet and flooring; HVAC system; vehicles and vehicle maintenance; building maintenance
  • Financial donations and grants to support the organization’s Sober Living Recovery Program
Service Categories
Substance Abuse Dependency, Prevention & Treatment
Temporary Housing
Half-Way House (Short-Term Residential Care)
Areas of Service
KS - Johnson County
KS - Lawrence
KS - Leavenworth County
KS - Wyandotte County
KS - Wyandotte County Urban Core
MO - Clay County
MO - Eastern Jackson Co
MO - Jackson County
MO - Jackson County Urban Core
MO - Liberty
MO - Platte County
MO - Ray County
Geographic Area Served Narrative
Welcome House is located on 27th Street near the Beacon Hill neighborhood of Kansas City, MO., between Troost Avenue and Paseo Boulevard. It serves men from throughout greater Kansas City and outlying areas on both sides of the state line, though the majority (at least 75%) of its program participants are Jackson County, MO. residents.
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement
As an alcoholic, a former Welcome House resident and a former “lay counselor” in the Welcome House recovery program I understand the need for Welcome House all too well. At about 40 years of age, I found my way to Welcome House with a backpack and ten dollars to my name. I had finally hit the (my) elusive "bottom" that I'd heard other people describe. A lifetime of drinking and drug use had finally taken everything there was to take. It was either figure out how to get sober, get locked up or die. Thankfully for me, there was a place called Welcome House.
Although I had no money, no job, no credit and nothing of value to contribute, I was immediately accepted into the Welcome House program and I began the slow process of starting over. I learned that sobriety and recovery happens one day at a time, and that if I'd do the following five things, I'd have a pretty good chance of recovery: 1) no matter what, don't drink or use drugs, 2) go to meetings, 3) get a sponsor, 4) get a job, and 5) pay rent. Such a simple program but one that I was utterly incapable of working on my own.
The disease of addiction is not governed by race or ethnicity, gender, socio-economic status, education or the lack thereof, or intelligence. It is an equal opportunity destroyer and impacts the lives of individuals and families from all walks of life. The challenges for the addict or alcoholic in finding recovery are significant, and range from access and the availability of treatment to poverty, public stigma, perception, and ignorance. The only consistency is that without help, sobriety or recovery for the alcoholic or addict is virtually impossible.
The Welcome House program provides a "safe" place, support (with a focus on personal accountability and responsibility) and the direction necessary to build a foundation in recovery. It is because of the Welcome House that I am sober today. It worked for me, it can work for any alcoholic or addict, and it's "where miracles happen every day".
Description This ~6- to 12-month phased program offers housing, activities and supports specific to early Substance Use Disorder (SUD) recovery. Each program applicant must pass a ~30-day probationary period focused on clinical assessment, stabilization and willingness before full enrollment. In the ~60-day first phase, Recovery Support Specialists create individualized service plans, make referrals, and help participants set recovery goals. Residents must maintain sobriety, complete daily chores, meet curfew, attend recovery meetings, maintain employment and pay a program fee. Focus is on life skills and learning recovery basics. Phases 2 and 3 continue and build upon Phase 1 as the participant works toward his recovery goals and develops a discharge plan to guide recovery in the community. A one-time extension of up to three months is available, but no one may remain in the program beyond 12 months.
Category Mental Health, Substance Abuse Programs, General/other Relapse Prevention/Transitional Substance Abuse
Population Served Adults, Males
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success

Increased clinical support for men on the path to recovery. By the end of 2020, Welcome House will report an increase of 10% in the number of visits to all referral sources and an increase of 10% in the number of men to access clinical referrals.
Reduced post-probation positive drug test rate. By the end of 2020 the post-probation drug testing rate will fall below 5%.
Increased graduation rate. By the end of 2020, the Core Recovery Program graduation rate will increase to 50% (from 36%).
Increased employment. By the end of 2020 the employment rate for all discharged residents will increase from 72% to 80%.
Long-Term Success
Welcome House measures the long-term success of its programs based upon several factors: achieving sustained sobriety, developing healthy relationships, and maintaining secure employment and financial stability. Welcome House supports program graduates through weekly 12 Step meetings and social events.
The long-term goal for participants in the 9- month or extended 12-month Welcome House Core Recovery Program is to overcome addiction and successfully reintegrate into society.
In 2020 Welcome House will be developing an Aftercare program with its own supportive services that will extend residents’ connection and participation with the program post-discharge, including a component focused on supporting the family and loved-ones of residents. Ultimately this extended contact will enable longer-term follow-up with program participants, enabling Welcome House to more effectively track and evaluate the long-term success of its program.
Program Success Monitored By
In late 2016, Welcome House began to implement a Community CareLink - a customized web-based module for assessment, case management, and reporting. Welcome House Peer Recovery/Support Specialists use Community CareLink to conduct three-tiered clinical assessments, track progress toward recovery goals, make referrals and connections to community service providers if necessary, and identify barriers to recovery. As a result, residents receive data-informed and individualized treatment that is continually adjusted to help residents recover and graduate from the program. Successful outcome (graduation criteria) for an individual includes:
  • Successful completion of probationary period
  • Completion of clinical and other assessments
  • Find and maintain employment
  • Compliance with all house rules and program requirements
  • Complete three core program levels, including a discharge plan
Examples of Program Success
Ultimately, the best measure of success is an increased graduation rate, indicating continued sobriety and that the men Welcome House serves are living meaningful and productive lives. Recent enhancements align the program with best/evidence-based practices in recovery that will lead to this result. Evidence of this improvement is demonstrated by an increased graduation rate (increased from 15% before to 36%) after implementing the new program model. However, the best demonstration of our success is in the stories of hope we hear from the men we serve.
Terry says that "The path I was on before recovery tore me away from my boys. I had to make a choice: drinking or my family. I picked my family. My journey in recovery has changed my life...I am only looking ahead, knowing that going forward, there will be light on the other side. I have learned that, no matter what, there is someone on the other side waiting-a friend, a wife, a child. No one is alone in this world." 
CEO Comments

The Welcome House also offers the following ancillary programs:
  • “Lay Counseling and Recovery Coaching” Program - The “Lay Counseling/ Recovery Coaching” program is a peer support program that connects residents with individuals in long-term recovery from the Kansas City community. The program provides recovery coaching or mentoring to residents that are new, or returning, to recovery.
  • Rehabilitative Jobs Program - The Rehabilitative Jobs Program helps residents establish a structured daily routine, a sense of community, responsibility and productivity, provide a recent work history and reference, and assists with networking and job placement. The program includes an emergency aid component called Jumpstart.
  • Welcome House University - The Welcome House University program provides workshops and educational content to Sober Living Recovery Program participants.
  • Alumni Fellowship - The Welcome House Alumni Fellowship program encourages former residents to stay involved with the program. Tuesday is “Alumni Night” and former residents are encouraged to join current residents for dinner and to stay for the recovery meeting. Other alumni events and opportunities are held throughout the year, including the Alumni BBQ and Welcome House Night at the K.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Jamie Boyle
Term Start Feb 2014
A former resident of the Welcome House, Jamie Boyle joined the Welcome House leadership team in February 2014 as the Resident Relations Manager. Along with the experience of his own personal recovery, he brings significant professional experience and a proven track record in the areas of healthcare, healthcare information technology and health services, sales and sales leadership, operations and management. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Kansas and a Master of Business Administration, with an emphasis in Health Services Administration, from the University of Missouri in Kansas City. Jamie has extensive experience working in the hospital setting and has held leadership positions with nationally recognized managed care, healthcare consulting and healthcare information technology corporations.
Former CEOs
Greg RoarkJune 2002 - July 2012
Senior Staff
Title Operations Director
Title Program Director
Title Administrative, Marketing & Development Support Manager
Title Recovery Support Specialist
Title Recovery Support Specialist
Title Recovery Support Specialist
Paid Full-Time Staff 7
Paid Part-Time Staff 2
Paid Contractors 0
Volunteers 85
Retention Rate 78%
Staff Diversity (Ethnicity)
African American/Black 0
Caucasian 9
Staff Diversity (Gender)
Male 9
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

The Welcome House collaborates with several organizations in Kansas City and the surrounding areas:

  • Artists Helping the Homeless (AHH) - AHH is a not-for-profit organization that works with the chronically homeless, from street to success. Many of their homeless clients have high rates of behavioral health problems, including severe mental illness and substance abuse disorders. Together, AHH and Welcome House work with Kansas City's homeless adult males seeking sobriety, recovery and a place to change their lives.
  • Heartland Regional Alcohol and Drug Addiction Assessment Center (Heartland RADAC) - Heartland RADAC is a licensed alcohol and drug treatment program that provides assessment and referral services as well as care coordination and case management services for individuals seeking substance abuse services. Together, Heartland RADAC and Welcome House help adult males struggling with alcoholism and addiction.
  • Swope Health Services - SHS provides primary healthcare and behavioral health services to improve the well-being of individuals and families. Together SHS and Welcome House help adult males struggling with active alcoholism and addiction.
  • Harvesters Community Food Network - Harvesters provides food to not-for-profit agencies including emergency food pantries, community kitchens, homeless shelters, and children's homes. In 2016, Harvesters donated over $100,000 in food and related household products to Welcome House. Welcome House is extremely grateful to Harvesters for the support they provide in the delivery of our mission.
  • First Call - Provides clinical, education and prevention services to individuals and families in the Greater Kansas City area impacted by alcohol and drug addiction. Using a customized module of Community CareLink, First Call and Welcome House work together to provide comprehensive screening and support services to men in the Core Recovery Program.
  • Comprehensive Mental Health Services and Truman Behavioral Health Services, Welcome House works with both organizations in the pilot Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) component of the Core Recovery Program
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? No
CEO Comments

Since early 2015, we have made significant improvements resulting in organizational growth and an improved financial position; added structure to our program, creating more personal accountability and more than doubling our graduation rate (twice); increased funding from all sources, and improved the condition of the facilities and equipment, resulting in a healthier and safer environment for our residents.
  • In 2019, we continued the Core Recovery Program implementation of the following:
  • Increase Program Length, Expectation and Messaging (from 4 months to 9 months)
  • Implement 30 Day Assessment (or Probationary) Period PRIOR to Program Acceptance
  • Increase Program Structure with “Phases or Levels” Specific to the Issues/Stages of Early Recovery (create a program or early recovery “road map”)
  • Limit Time Allowed in the Program (1 month assessment, 8 month program, additional 3 months available by application and determined on a case-by-case basis) for 12 Month Maximum
  • Identify/Address Ancillary Issues Preventing/ Complicating Sobriety and Success in the Program (First Call’s 3-tiered Assessment and Referral Process)
  • Added new Program Director position, a Licensed Master Social Worker
  • Add Case/ Program Management Role (Peer/ Recovery Support Specialists, 2.5 total FTEs)
  • Expand Welcome House University Content, Educational and Rehabilitative Programming (20+ offerings) Implement/ Expand First Call’s Community Care Link for Program Tracking, Management, Reporting
  • Evaluate Existing Facilities, Correct and Align with Program and Resident Requirements
These program enhancements, in tandem with our organizational accomplishments, are mission and strategy woven together to produce real results. Graduation rates increased more than 50% from 2016-2018 (36% for 2018), significantly above the high-end of the expected industry average (15%-25%).
Our vision is clear: "Welcome House is a nationally recognized model with a residential sober living program that empowers recovering men to live meaningful and productive lives." With this in mind, we will continue to grow our networks and partnerships, and improve and enhance our program, in support of the men we serve.



Board Chair
Board Chair Rich McArdle
Company Affiliation Chiefs Radio Network
Term Sept 2014 to Sept 2020
Email Rich.McArdle@cumulus.com
Board Members
Grant BaumgartnerGJB Inc.
Jamie BoyleWelcome House, Inc
Katie CastroNonprofit Connect
Randy CurnowRandy Curnow Buick GMC
Dr. Heather HaleGreat Lakes Educational Consulting
David KissickKissick Construction
Rich McArdleChiefs Radio Network
Rev. Dr. Ted PierceRolling Hills Presbyterian Church
Ryan ShriverHaas & Wilkerson Insurance
John WendorffThe Personal Marketing Company
Susan WhitmoreFirst Call
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 10
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 8
Female 3
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 95%
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 No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
Standing Committees
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Program / Program Planning
CEO Comments

In the Kansas City Metropolitan Service Area, approximately 8.6% of people over the age of 12 experience a substance use disorder in a given year. Statewide in Missouri, the number of adults reporting substance use disorders and co-occurring mental illness or serious mental illness rose an estimated 41% between 2014- 2016.
Regardless of age or background, men are less likely to seek treatment and more likely to leave treatment early. Further complicating treatment are co-occurring conditions, such as mental illness and physical health issues, which are often not diagnosed or addressed, especially among men. Those with untreated co- occurring disorders have a greater likelihood of violence, failure to respond to treatment and higher risk of illness, homelessness, incarceration and death.
Treatment must address the needs of the whole person to be successful. Substance use disorder treatment must help the individual stop using drugs, maintain a drug-free lifestyle, and achieve productive functioning in the family, at work, and in society. Lack of a stable, alcohol- and drug-free living environment can be a serious obstacle to sustained abstinence. Individual treatment providers must create clinically effective linkages among mental, substance-use and general health care and other human service agencies caring for these patients.
Welcome House incorporates all of these elements in the Core Recovery Program and is one of the few residential recovery programs in Kansas City for adult men. The program aligns with best and evidence-based practices in substance use disorder treatment and includes a three-tiered clinical assessment (mental health, physical health, substance misuse) to identify co-occurring issues and guide referrals. Through 2018 and into 2019, the successful outcome (or graduate) rate remained over 30%, significantly above the high-end of the expected industry average (15%-25%).
Sources: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration; National Alliance on Mental Illness; National Association of Recovery Residences and the Institute of Medicine.
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2019
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2019
Projected Revenue $1,475,275
Projected Expenses $1,474,645
Spending Policy Income Only
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2018, 2017, 2016: 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 Year201820172016
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Individual Contributions------
Investment Income, Net of Losses$903$1,604$700
Membership Dues------
Special Events$149,661$224,675$128,596
Revenue In-Kind$117,291$238,151$125,210
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201820172016
Program Expense$836,116$817,969$669,202
Administration Expense$201,667$177,821$157,425
Fundraising Expense$84,133$47,754$59,381
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.981.121.10
Program Expense/Total Expenses75%78%76%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201820172016
Total Assets$1,159,523$1,172,940$1,044,501
Current Assets$607,934$590,606$457,810
Long-Term Liabilities$2,566$3,344$3,185
Current Liabilities$46,714$40,275$36,225
Total Net Assets$1,110,243$1,129,321$1,005,091
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201820172016
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities13.0114.6612.64
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201820172016
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201820172016
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountHarvesters $61,094 -- --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountIndividual Donor $37,500 -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountGoppert Foundation $20,979 -- --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? Yes
Campaign Purpose
To build a new 26,000+ square foot Welcome House Recovery Center and therapeutic residential facility. The new construction will allow the census to grow, enabling Welcome House to serve more men, an expansion from 80 beds to 100. The facility will house classrooms, offices, computer lab, chapel, and wellness and community engagement space. Outdoor spaces will include a basketball court, recreational, and gathering areas.
Dates Sept 2019 to June 2022
Amount Raised to Date as of Oct 2019
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years No
Organization Comments Accounting and payroll services outsourced to Support KC.
Other Documents
Welcome House Case for Support2019View
Welcome House 2018 Annual Report2018View
Welcome House 2017 Annual Report2017View
Welcome House 2016 Annual Report2016View
Organization Name Welcome House, Inc.
Address 1414 E 27th Street
Kansas City, MO 641082924
Primary Phone (816) 472-0760
Contact Email jamie@welcomehousekc.org
CEO/Executive Director Jamie Boyle
Board Chair Rich McArdle
Board Chair Company Affiliation Chiefs Radio Network
Year of Incorporation 1971