Calvary Community Outreach Network
2940 Holmes St
Kansas City MO 64109
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 531-4683 10
Fax 816- 531-5297
Mission Statement
Calvary Community Outreach Network (CCON) seeks to Enrich the health of our community through high quality, innovative programs that empower participants and are responsive to changing community needs.
CEO/Executive Director Rev. Eric Dean Williams
Board Chair Lisa Pelofsky
Board Chair Company Affiliation Pelofsky & Associates
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1994
Volunteer Opportunities
Ways to donate, support, or volunteer
Gifts can be mailed to our office, telephone donations can also be received. Donations can also be received using our website Gifts in-kind are also welcomed. There are many volunteer opportunities available. They include program development, marketing and event planning as well as board/committee membership and fundraising.
Financial Summary
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Mission Statement Calvary Community Outreach Network (CCON) seeks to Enrich the health of our community through high quality, innovative programs that empower participants and are responsive to changing community needs.
Background Statement

CCON was organized in 1994 with the purpose of providing a network of services for the greater Kansas City community. It was created because of one congregations desire to see change within the Kansas City community. The founders understood  that a churches responsibility is not only to provide activities and programming for its membership but also to provide an agenda for the community. An agenda that will motivate, mobilize and create a unified community. An agenda that uplifts and develops our youth for tomorrow and provides love through encouragement and compassion for all people.

CCON's first task was in developing a response to the HIV/AIDS pandemic. Partnerships were developed with the major AIDS service providers in the area to learn more about the disease and its affect on the community. Calvary Temple Baptist, through its non profit organization became one of the first African American churches in the region to effectively deal with HIV/AIDS prevention education.

Kansas City was selected by Emory University as one of 8 major US cities to replicate a promising program that was developed in Harlem. The Black Church Week of Prayer for the Healing of AIDS provided a platform to test our work and to expand programming. Kansas City's observance of the Week of Prayer is still one of the most successful in the nation. CCON is the fiscal agent and convener of the program. 
Our work with HIV/AIDS led us into our response to health disparities that exist in Kansas City as well as in most urban centers. The Wellness Center was established to help to reduce the incidence of heart disease, stroke and diabetes. Obesity and lack of information have contributed to the problems that exist. The Wellness Center provides a safe affordable place that people from all walks of life can work on fitness goals.
Impact Statement
CCON envisions communities in which disparities are eliminated and the inherent dignity of all residents is recognized.
Top Accomplishments:
1. Increased our ability to sustain programs and services through charitable giving. The Holiday Harvest Celebration is our largest special event. Annually it gives us the opportunity to present our case for support to individuals and corporations.
2. The Healthy Faith Program provided training, resources and equipment including AEDs to 4 African American congregations in an attempt to improve health outcomes for specific high risk zip codes.
3. Helping Youth Plan for Excellence program reached nearly 4,000 youth in performance at Kauffman Performing Arts Center. The student led performance presented HIV/AIDS & Substance Abuse prevention information to area high school students.
4. KC Fun & Fitness Day reaches record crowds. This outdoor health and fitness festival is designed to encourage individuals and families to start healthy lifestyles. Fitness demonstrations, health screenings, obstacle courses and healthy food demonstrations are featured.
5. Began Strategic Planning process that will enable CCON to make more effective use of resources. 
Top Goals 2019:
  1. Continue to expand our effort to diversify our funding base. Holiday Harvest enjoyed it's most successful year.
  2. Expand HYPE to include youth sports and targeted work with middle school youth in an after school format.
  3. Expand and mobilize congregational volunteer force working to reduce health disparities in Kansas City area.
Needs Statement
  1. Stabilize funding for program staff.
  2. Retire debt service from Wellness Center acquisition and renovation.
  3. Expand and develop board of directors and committees.
  4. Prepare for yearly audit
Service Categories
Neighborhood Centers
Youth Development Programs
Areas of Service
MO - Jackson County
Geographic Area Served Narrative Kansas City Urban core.
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement

CCON is a growing organization with a bright future.

Partnerships with UMKC researchers are providing bight hopes for the organization in our attempts to influence health disparities in the Kansas City metropolitan area and beyond. Our participation in two NIH funded projects will allow us to be on the cutting edge of research for years to come. Both projects Taking it to the Pews (TIPS) and the KC Faith Imitative provide us with the opportunity to continue our work with African America church to influence health. TIPS works with HIV/AIDS and KC Faith works with heart disease, diabetes and stroke. Utilizing local congregations to deliver culturally sensitive and appropriate tools and resources to change behavior and save lives.

After 10 years of operations, the Calvary Community Wellness Center continued to attract new participants and spark interest in partnerships among agencies and businesses in the Midtown area of Kansas City. The community garden at the Wellness Center was expanded to provide access to healthy food for a nearby food pantry and to individuals who patronize the Wellness Center. KC Fun & Fitness Day continues to attract and help scores of people and encourage health through structured fitness activities along with health screenings and information.

CCON's youth development program, Helping Youth Plan for Excellence (HYPE), continues to recruit new youth members as previous participants transition into college and/or the workforce. The Kansas City and Hickman Mills School District and area charter schools have been valuable partners in our efforts to reach youth. Our youth continue to amaze and educate with the dramatic stage play entitled The Lot. Last year nearly high school aged youth attended the performance at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.

Efforts to diversify and strengthen our board are creating a favorable position for CCON's future. We have assembled a talented and dedicated team of board volunteers.  Our fund development advisory group, made up of key leaders from KC's philanthropic community, helped us to look at new strategies for funding our vision.

Description Provides structured fitness opportunities and information to youth and families living and working in urban Kansas City. The 10,000 square foot warehouse located at 3002 Holmes Street has been converted into a state of the art fitness center to serve youth and families in the target group. Health screenings, nutrition demonstrations, and fitness classes are among the program offerings.
Category Recreation & Sports, General/Other Physical Fitness
Population Served At-Risk Populations
Short-Term Success For short-term success, we look for our clients to simply "get up and move," in addition to learning skill sets to maintain strength, weight, and conditioning.
Long-Term Success The ultimate goal is for youth and families to maintain a healthy lifestyle through proper nutrition, regular exercise, and proper health management.
Program Success Monitored By CCON staff follows individual success as they progress through the program. For group measures, CCON measures body mass index (BMI) rates of each participant. The target BMI rate is < 25 and >18.5.
Examples of Program Success When David, a CCON neighbor, first entered the wellness center, he was unemployed, overweight, and suffering from low self-esteem. CCON scholarshiped David into the wellness program to help him lose weight and gain back his confidence. Today David is employed and participates in at least two triathlons a year.
Description Designed to encourage the faith community to assist in educating the community on the risk factors associated with HIV/AIDS and to mobilize area African-American churches in reducing the spread of the disease. The CCON is a certified partner of the Balm In Gilead, Inc. and is the convener and fiscal agent for the local observance, which is held annually the first full week in March.
Category Diseases, Disorders & Medical Disciplines, General/Other HIV/AIDS
Population Served Minorities
Short-Term Success For short-term success, CCON strives to change the way HIV and AIDS are perceived in faith-based organizations. In addition, CCON's goal is to reduce the spread of AIDS in the minority community.
Long-Term Success African American churches will be viable settings to provide HIV education and testing services to members already convened for regular services and meetings. They will also deliver HIV prevention and testing services to hard-to-reach populations including African American high-risk men, transient and homeless individuals, and individuals not engaged in the health care system.
Program Success Monitored By CCON uses surveys at events to measure attendance at events, individuals engagements with community AIDS service organizations, and the number of people that choose to be tested.
Examples of Program Success In 1994, at the end of year one of the program, CCON held their first annual event at the Municipal Auditorium. Expecting hundreds, if not thousands, of guests the program was in place, a choir was in attendance, and an end-of-day balloon drop was prepared. However, fewer than 100 people were in attendance. Today, during the Black Church Week of Prayer, over 6,000 individuals are in attendance and Youth Day is attended by over 2,000 young men and women.
Description A church-based health promotion program that mobilizes and empowers churches to help in reducing the spread of HIV/AIDS. TIPS partners disseminate pre-developed, culturally and religiously tailored materials from the HIV Prevention and Compassion Tool Kit to congregants and affiliates. CCON staff and volunteers provide technical assistance and resources including testing.
Category Diseases, Disorders & Medical Disciplines, General/Other HIV/AIDS
Population Served Minorities
Short-Term Success
  1. Continued development and dissemination of HIV Prevention, Action, and Compassion Tool Kit to 14 area churches.
  2. Church facilitation of HIV testing events in collaboration with local AIDS service organizations (ASOs) and community-based organizations (CBOs) will host at least 24 HIV testing events.
Long-Term Success To increase HIV testing rates among participating church members and affiliates, we promote the TIPS Initiative through our annual Reaching All God's Children conference. This conference provides information on the HIV/AIDS epidemic around the world and in the greater Kansas City community and topics on building church health ministries, including board development, how to gain 501(c)(3) status, program development and evaluation, and the grant writing process. We will continue to use the conference as an opportunity to recruit churches to participate in using the HIV Prevention Tool Kit. We also use all BCWP events to recruit additional churches.
Program Success Monitored By Increase HIV testing rates among participating church members and affiliates by 25%.
Examples of Program Success During one of the TIPS programs, surrounded in a safe environment, a young woman revealed to her church members that she was living with AIDS. The TIPS program provided the church members with information and resources that enabled them to react in a positive way to this young woman's need for acceptance and support.
Description A media leadership group that creates a positive setting for urban youth ages 10- 21. The project utilizes student involvement in media as the vehicle to establish ongoing youth development activities. Since 1999, HYPE members have produced quality programming giving accurate, culturally sensitive HIV/AIDS and substance abuse prevention information to their peers in an up-beat entertaining way. Students enhance skills in the performing arts and learn the basics of video work including camera operation, editing and audio as well as interviewing techniques. The program culminates in a major performance at Kauffman Performing Arts Center.
Category Youth Development, General/Other Youth Development, General/Other
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years)
Short-Term Success Although youth receive some degree of HIV/AIDS prevention education in school, many young people depend on peer-to-peer exchange of information; unfortunately, there is a high level of misinformation about HIV/AIDS passed from peer-to-peer resulting in confusion and increased risk of spreading HIV/AIDS. Noted as one of the most effective ways to disseminate information among young people is grassroots social marketing. Using Facebook, MySpace, YouTube, and text messages to quickly pass information from one person to another, social marketing is effective and cost efficient with the capacity to reach thousands of individuals in a short period.
Long-Term Success As HIV/AIDS health disparities continue to persist among all ages of African Americans, there continues to be a need to intervene with African Americans adolescents using intervention strategies that powerfully appeal to our youth. Media-based intervention strategies have been shown to have incredible appeal with young people. Media plays an important role and is significantly prevalent in their lives through television, the internet, and now through cell phones. Moreover, one of the core components of the HYPE program is to encourage peers to be tested, use condoms, and reduce premarital sex through evidence-based social marketing as highlighted below.
Program Success Monitored By

  1. 100 youth will receive HIV/AIDS peer based training.
  2. Youth will develop script for stage play that gives accurate, culturally sensitive HIV/AIDS information.
  3. 2,500 youth within the target group will view the play created by project youth.
  4. 70 parents will participate in HIV/AIDS training.
  5. Teen MSM’s will be given an outlet for support and expression. 

Examples of Program Success HYPE's latest production "The Lot" is a dramatic stage play that provides HIV/AIDS & Substance abuse prevention information in an entertaining format. Over 2200 students from the KCMO, Hickman Mills and KCKS school districts attended the performance which showcased the work of the teens. Jamar Rogers, a contestant on the TV show "The Voice". Described his journey with substance abuse and HIV.
The primary goals of this intervention study are to increase:
  1. Knowledge on preventing and living with diabetes, heart disease and stroke
  2. Exercise and health eating
  3. Weight loss
This program is funded by National Institute of Minority Health Disparities in partnership with UMKC.
Category Diseases, Disorders & Medical Disciplines, General/Other Community Medicine
Population Served Minorities
Short-Term Success Needs Assessment Survey

  • Surveys are completed over a two-month period: Data collected on participants’: Demographic information Opinions/experiences with health disparities.
  • Opinions on importance and feasibility on health promotion strategies to implement in African American church-community settings. 


Survey Participants

  • Participants (ages 18 to 93 years old)
  • Members from 11 African American churches 449 church members (received $10)
  • Completed surveys after church services
  • Representatives from community, health, academic organizations 14 participants (received lunch)
  • Completed surveys in-person and online 

Participant Demographics

  • African American (97%)
  • Female (73%)
  • Members of their church > 10 years (53%)
  • Average age: 45 years old
  • Most had a high school education/GED (94%)
  • 40% of the respondents live on less than $2,000 per month
  • 23% of the respondents reported having no health insurance 


Participants’ Engagement in Healthy Behaviors

  • 77% had check-up in last year
  • 64% never smoked
  • 46% received counseling services from their pastor or other religious leader
  • 35% had flu vaccine in last year
  • 17% exercised 5 days/week
  • 6% eat fruits/vegetables daily


Long-Term Success
  1. Conduct an iterative needs assessment process with AA church leaders/members and community key stakeholders to identify a health condition (e.g., obesity, risky sexual behaviors) contributing to a disease (e.g., diabetes, STDs) that disproportionately burdens the AA community and identify multilevel facilitators, barriers, and strategies to address the health condition in AA churches.
  2. Design and implement a culturally and religiously-tailored multilevel health promotion pilot intervention focused on disease prevention, screening, and linkage to care services and based in AA churches.
  3. Assess the feasibility and effect size of a pilot health promotion intervention to increase relevant healthy behaviors, health screenings, and linkage to care with AA church and community members over 12 months. Hypothesis: A multilevel health promotion intervention will result in a positive effect on health behaviors and screening rates vs. a comparison intervention arm in African American church-affiliated populations.
  4. Assess the CBPR process used in intervention planning and pilot intervention development, implementation, evaluation, and dissemination of findings.
Program Success Monitored By The next steps involve creating tools and resources to be used in African American churches, screening at church programs and outreach events.
Examples of Program Success Top Church-Community Strategies to Address heart disease & stroke:

  • Train families to incorporate healthy eating into their home meals and family exercise in their daily lives.
  • Offer church-based weight loss programs for church and community members.
  •  Promote and coordinate price-reduced memberships to YMCA, local gyms, and other exercise facilities
  •  Provide free counseling services to help church and community members quit smoking.
  •  Advocate for safer streets, trails, and parks for walking, bicycling, and other physical activities.
  • Coordinate church-based and neighborhood walking groups.


Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Rev. Eric Dean Williams
Term Start Jan 1994
  • 1988-Present: Pastor – Calvary Temple Baptist Church - Provides religious instruction, counseling and guidance for mid-sized congregation located in urban Kansas City, Missouri.
  • 1994 -Present: Executive Director - Calvary Community Outreach Network - Duties: Board Development, Fiscal Management, Program Development, Capital Fundraising, Staff Supervision 
  • Marion Kramer Ribbon of Hope Award, recognizing commitment and accomplishments in the HIV/AIDS community.

  • Named Father of the Year in 1999 by the Kansas City Royals and the National Fathering Center.

  • Evelyn Wasserstrom Award recipient

  • Black Health Care Coalition award recipient

  • Pastor-Serve Award recipient



  • Chairperson: National Week of Prayer for the Healing of AIDS
  • Board Member Truman Medical Center
  • Member of the Baptist Minister’s Union
  • Member of Concerned Clergy Coalition
  • Board Member, Urban Neighborhood Initiative



  • Berkley-Patton, J., Bowe-Thompson, C., Bradley-Ewing, A., Hawes, S., Moore, E., Williams, E., Goggin, K. Taking it to the Pews: A CBPR-guided HIV Awareness and Screening Project with Black Churches. Submitted to AIDS Education and Prevention. 
  • Berkley-Patton, J., Thompson, C., Williams, E., Goggin, K., Taylor, S., & Matlock, K. (2008). African American church capacity for HIV prevention and screening interventions. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 35(Suppl.), s180.


Senior Staff
Title Program Director
Paid Full-Time Staff 2
Paid Contractors 0
Volunteers 100
Staff Diversity (Ethnicity)
African American/Black 0
Staff Diversity (Gender)
Female 4
Male 3
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation No
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Semi-Annually
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Yes
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Yes
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures Under Development
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes

Truman Medical Centers

Good Samaritan Project

Kansas City Care Clinic
Concerned Clergy Coalition
Baptist Ministers Union  
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? No
Board Chair
Board Chair Lisa Pelofsky
Company Affiliation Pelofsky & Associates
Term Nov 2016 to Nov 2018
Board Members
Clifford BrazenErise IP
Alan DuboisRetired Genesis School
Rose FarnanTruman Medical Centers
Henry HodesBlue Cross-Blue Shield of KC
Sarah HoldmeyerBryan Cave
Renee HorinekSt. Lukes
McClain Macklin-BryantCity of KC
Ellis McGeeToyota
Lisa PelofskyPelofsky & Associates
Kaleasha SmithCerner
Frank ThompsonKansas City Missouri Health Department
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 4
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 7
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 5
Female 6
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 1
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 75%
Written Board Selection Criteria? No
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 11
Standing Committees
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Program / Program Planning
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2018
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2018
Projected Revenue $285,000
Projected Expenses $283,000
Spending Policy Income Only
Form 990s
Audit Documents
2005 CCON Audit
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2017, 2016, 2015: 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 Year201720162015
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$123,494$133,448$134,632
Individual Contributions------
Investment Income, Net of Losses$101$65$60
Membership Dues----$0
Special Events$123,564$70,506$84,647
Revenue In-Kind$9,600--$0
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$222,409$171,312$200,293
Administration Expense$98,779$90,604$53,928
Fundraising Expense$9,925$6,529$14,662
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.131.021.05
Program Expense/Total Expenses67%64%74%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$691,659$199,706$194,472
Current Assets$225,349$191,984$184,049
Long-Term Liabilities$451,217$2,420$0
Current Liabilities$243$1,182$3,790
Total Net Assets$240,199$196,104$190,682
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities927.36162.4248.56
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets65%1%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201720162015
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Other Documents
Organization Name Calvary Community Outreach Network
Address 2940 Holmes St
Kansas City, MO 64109
Primary Phone (816) 531-468310
Contact Email
CEO/Executive Director Rev. Eric Dean Williams
Board Chair Lisa Pelofsky
Board Chair Company Affiliation Pelofsky & Associates
Year of Incorporation 1994