Fuller Center for Housing of Greater Kansas City, MO
6910 N Holmes St, Suite 380
Gladstone MO 64118
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 516*2051
Mission Statement
The Fuller Center for Housing of Greater Kansas City MO, faith driven and Christ centered, promotes collaborative and innovative partnerships with individuals and organizations in an unrelenting quest to provide adequate shelter for all people in need. 
CEO/Executive Director Randy Smith
Board Chair Randy Smith
Board Chair Company Affiliation Sealed, LLC
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2009
Former Names
Christian Carpenters for Habitat
Volunteer Opportunities
Ways to donate, support, or volunteer
The Fuller Center for Housing welcomes donations by check, cash and credit card. Credit card donations may be made through The Fuller Center for Housing Inc website, over the phone or by requesting a donation envelope.
The Carpenter's Club is a pledged giving program for donations made two or more times per year on a schedule determined by the donor. The most common giving schedule is monthly. Options for payment include credit card or check (we provide envelopes). Donors may also set up automatic payments from your bank account or credit card giving you complete control.  
In-kind donations of goods and services for specific projects are welcome. Land/lots for home building and homes needing renovation that meet certain criteria may be donated or offered for purchase at a discount. 
The Fuller Center for Housing offers volunteer opportunities for individuals and groups. Most volunteers work on construction projects as well as serve on our various committees that provide family services, raise money, increase awareness, and plan our annual BBQ benefit and auction.
Financial Summary
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Mission Statement
The Fuller Center for Housing of Greater Kansas City MO, faith driven and Christ centered, promotes collaborative and innovative partnerships with individuals and organizations in an unrelenting quest to provide adequate shelter for all people in need. 
Background Statement
Fuller Center for Housing is an international organization established in 2005 by Millard and Linda Fuller, founders of Habitat for Humanity. Guided by Christian principles, the organization strives to be an excellent steward of donated funds while providing new home construction and repair services at affordable costs, in partnership with individuals and families in need. The National Fuller Center is active in over 20 countries and 80 cities in the United States. Each local Fuller Center organization or ‘Covenant Partner’ works in their own community to better the lives of individuals and families with significant economic barriers. In addition to working in their own communities, Covenant Partners also send volunteer groups on mission trips to assist with projects and disaster relief throughout the United States and internationally through the Fuller Center US Builders program. In its repair ministry, the Fuller Center utilizes a unique repayment method which does not require the home as collateral. This innovation has allowed us to help those who are deemed “too poor to help” by the credit and financial standards of most other home builder organizations.
In 2009 a Kansas City coalition known as the Christian Carpenters teamed up with local churches to form a covenant partner of the Fuller Center called, The Fuller Center for Housing of Greater Kansas City, Missouri (FCHGKC). Since then, FCHGKC has provided services to 30 households through home repair and three home ownership builds. Projects include minor home repairs, major renovations, and new home builds. All projects to date have been completed in Clay, Platte, and Jackson counties in Missouri. Projects are completed in partnership with homeowners who contribute what they can financially and through volunteer service.
Since 2009 the Fuller Center of Kansas City has completed over 30 projects serving approximately 75 people, all with volunteers. In some cases people would not have been able to remain in their homes without our assistance. On average the cost of the projects was less than 50% of what it would have cost retail.
Impact Statement
2018 Accomplishments:
  1. Completed preparations for construction of a new home culminating in a ground breaking ceremony in October.
  2. Completed six Greater Blessing projects (minor home repair) with partner families who lacked the physical ability and/or financial resources to complete the work themselves.
  3. Held our 9th annual BBQ Benefit and Celebration that raised over $27,000, our best year.
  4. Hosted the Fuller Center Bike Adventure that provided invaluable service and funding for a greater blessing project.
  5. Approved several family applications for our homeowner program.
  6. Initiate a grant program that has yielded two funded grants and four pending proposals.

2019 Goals:
  1. Execute 10 Greater Blessing and ReNew projects. These are owner occupied home repair and renovation projects. Need $20,000 to fund projects.
  2. Accelerate our campaign to raise $100,000 for land development and construction of a new home designed for a family with disabilities and/or a veteran in need of affordable housing.
  3. Continue to develop and implement a robust grant program targeting foundations and corporate giving programs.
  4. Board Recruitment and Development: Continue efforts to grow the board of directors and focus on general board development and specific Fuller Center operational procedures and policies.
  5. Increase church participation in the Faith Builder program.
Needs Statement
  • Campaign to raise $100,000 to develop land and build a new home with a family in need.
  • Raise $20,000 for approved Greater Blessing (minor home repair) and ReNew (major home repair) projects.
  • Increase funding for staff to support operations, family services and construction programs. $30-$50,000 annually.
  • Recruit board and committee volunteers to increase organizational capacity. Specific areas of need are family services, construction, finance, fundraising and marketing/public relations.
  • Secure special event leadership, in particular for our annual fundraising BBQ and auction. This event raised over $27,000 in 2018. We need to continue to grow this event to increase awareness, deepen commitment and raise additional funds for the organization. Professional leadership cost: $500-$2,000.
  • Engage more churches and businesses in support of the mission. For churches, partnership with the Fuller Center provides a tangible way to put faith in action. For businesses, partnership is a visible way to demonstrate corporate social responsibility and enhance employee satisfaction. Goal: 5 churches and 15 businesses.
  • Secure adequate warehouse space for storage of construction trailer, building materials and staging of construction activities. Prefer combined warehouse/office space. $1,000-$4,000/month.
Service Categories
Home Improvement/Repairs
Areas of Service
MO - Clay County
MO - Platte County
MO - Jackson County
Geographic Area Served Narrative Presently all of our Faith Builder churches are in the northland (Clay & Platte counties). Most of our projects are in this part of the metro though we have completed several projects in Kansas City MO (western Jackson County). It has always been our practice to seek collaborative partners when we receive requests for service from parts of our service area in which we do not have a strong presence.
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement

The Fuller Center for Housing of Greater Kansas City, MO, has at its core a group of committed individuals and churches who feel called to serve people in need of decent, affordable housing. Founded in 2009, we broke ground immediately on our first project, a universal design home for a woman with severe disabilities. Several smaller projects (Greater Blessing projects) were undertaken at the same time. The word got out in the community quickly and soon we were receiving requests for assistance throughout greater Kansas City, MO.

Our early successes led us to seek a capacity building grant from Catholic Charities in early 2011. This grant provided critical funds for a utility trailer, website development, printing of brochures, and office equipment as well as training and education for board members and volunteers.

From the start, The Fuller Center of Kansas City sought collaborative partners to meet the needs of homeowners desperate for assistance with repairs, renovations and modifications of their homes. As an all-volunteer organization, we know we need to partner with others to achieve positive results.

Our greatest challenge is securing the resources to provide administrative and operational support. Because the work of the Fuller Center is labor intensive, paid staff and suitable office and warehouse space are priorities. More volunteers are needed to serve on the board of directors and committees such as family selection, family partnering, construction, resource development and volunteers.

Current members of the board speak to church and civic groups regularly and we are effectively using our membership in Nonprofit Connect to “network, learn and grow.” We now have a successful track record of serving families in need, and raising funds from individuals, churches and some small businesses. While continuing these efforts, we are diversifying our resource development to seek grants from foundations, corporations and civic organizations as well as continuing to develop more collaborative partnerships with other like-minded organizations.

The Owner Occupied Home Repair (OOHR) program is an all-volunteer program that partners with other local community organizations to aid low-income, elderly, and disabled homeowners with repairs and/or modifications to make homes safe and accessible. OOHR separates projects into two cost levels, Greater Blessing for repairs costing less than $2,500 and ReNew for renovations that cost $2,500 or more.
Greater Blessing projects are small repairs to homes. Recipients promise to repay the loan amount without signing an actual mortgage agreement. They decide the monthly amount they can afford to repay and the time period for repayment. There is no legal obligation to repay these loans. All homeowner donations are placed in a fund to purchase materials for future projects. It is a leap of faith in the basic goodness of humankind and is proving to be very successful. Renew projects involve renovations that cost more and take more time to complete. Recipients sign an agreement to repay the loan amount for the cost of the renovation to their home with no interest and on terms they can afford.
Projects include, but are not limited to leaking roofs, broken windows, hazardous kitchens/bathrooms, and wheel-chair ramps. Program recipients are encouraged to volunteer in some way during their project. FCHGKC provides a wide variety of opportunities to contribute to each project, enabling all individuals to participate, regardless of their physical abilities.
Program Budget $36,506.00
Category Housing, General/Other Home Repair Programs
Population Served Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent, Other Economic Level, Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success Substandard living conditions negatively impact a health and well-being and can cause undue financial burdens. By resolving substandard living conditions, individuals and families experience healthier, happier lives, reap savings through greater energy efficiencies and increase a sense of stability.
Long-Term Success
Long-term success is measured by the client’s ability to continue to living a safe, secure, healthy and energy efficient environment.
In some cases, clients may be required to participate in learning opportunities like financial literacy and budgeting programs, home maintenance and repair, and debt reduction. These provide tools and knowledge that increase the likelihood of long-term success.
Program Success Monitored By Qualitative measures like personal interviews and periodic home visits after repairs are completed provide a clear understanding of program success. Quantitative tools like satisfaction surveys and home inspections are under development and will help build a database of program outcomes.
Examples of Program Success
Projects completed include gutter and water drainage repairs, wheelchair ramp installation, storm damaged window replacement, water damaged subfloor replacement, hot water heater replacement, electrical repairs, bathroom plumbing repairs and safety repairs. In each case clients lacked the physical ability and/or financial resources to complete needed repairs through conventional means.
The Home Ownership program provides safe and affordable, new, or renovated homes for low-income individuals and families. Need is determined by living conditions that are substandard due to physical condition, safety, overcrowding, or homelessness. Financial eligibility requirements include: inability to obtain a conventional home loan/mortgage; and annual earnings below 50% of the area median income as determined by the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Families also agree to contribute to their home through 'sweat equity'.
Partner Families (participant households) sign an agreement to build their house in partnership with FCHGKC. Partner Families must volunteer about 350 hours to FCHGKC, including volunteering with their home build, other FCHGKC projects, and administrative tasks. The FCHGKC provides a wide variety of opportunities for Partner Families to contribute to each project, enabling all individuals to participate, regardless of their physical abilities. Families also attend mandatory home ownership classes through Money Smart Kansas City, First Home Advisor, or Missouri-Families.org.
Category Housing, General/Other Housing Development, Construction & Management
Population Served Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success
Families that make the move from renter to homeowner often experience a significant reduction in the percentage of income that goes to cover housing costs. This in turn makes more income available for other necessities like food, clothing, education and child care. Attitudes change dramatically when a family moves from an overcrowded, unsafe and dangerous living environment to one that provides adequate space for all the things families do in their home: sleep, eat, socialize, study, etc.
Long-Term Success
Home ownership provides a long-term, stable environment in which to raise a family. Families who own their home take pride in their home, maintain it better, and are more likely to invest time and energy in their neighborhood and community. Children do better in school, are healthier and are more likely to develop strong family values. In addition, buying a home through this program provides instant equity and an investment for the future. Low income families simply do not have the money to pay rent and save/invest for the future. They are too often one job loss away from being thrust back into poverty.
Program Success Monitored By Qualitative measures like personal interviews and periodic home visits provide a clear understanding of program success. Quantitative tools like satisfaction surveys and home inspections are under development and will help build a database of program outcomes. A comparative analysis of utility bills over time will document cost savings.
Examples of Program Success
L. Perdieu moved into her new, universal design home in December 2010. Her disabilities confine her to a wheelchair. The features of her home (e.g. zero step entries, 3' doorways and hallways, accessible switches and outlets) provide her a level of independence and self-reliance she has never known.

Because of the accessibility of her home, she was able to reduce her hospital stay following neck surgery by four days, thus providing considerable healthcare cost savings and a quicker recovery.
CEO Comments
Program service delivery is labor intensive. The Family Selection committee receives and processes applications for assistance and makes recommendations to the board. The Construction Committee evaluates project scope, prepares an estimate and submits a recommendation to the board. Once a project is approved the Family Partnering Committee monitors and mentors the partner family throughout the project. The Construction Committee manages the project by coordinating work of volunteers and skilled professionals. 
Training volunteers to provide all these services and then keeping them engaged over time is challenging. The volume of work has reached a point where staffing is needed to facilitate the work of the committees, easing the burden on volunteers and helping them focus on program delivery rather than administrative functions.
Greater emphasis is being placed on resourcing staff position(s). This investment is necessary for the long-term sustainability of the organization. The board is also seeking assistance with administrative functions through Support Kansas City.  
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Randy Smith
Term Start July 2018
Experience Randy Smith is the president of the board of directors. Officers of the board are elected annual in January.
Paid Full-Time Staff 0
Paid Contractors 2
Volunteers 125
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Under Development
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Under Development
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Under Development
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Collaborative partnerships are a key aspect of our work in the community. We have had several collaborative partners that have joined with us to provide services to people in need of decent housing. We will continue to place emphasis on working with other organizations to increase our capacity to make a difference.
Nonprofit Connect of Greater Kansas City2011
Affiliate/Chapter of National Organization (i.e. Girl Scouts of the USA, American Red Cross, etc.) - Affiliate/chapter2009
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? No
CEO Comments The #1 management goal is to raise funds for and hire a full-time Executive Director. 
Board Chair
Board Chair Randy Smith
Company Affiliation Sealed, LLC
Term Jan 2018 to Dec 2019
Email graham@fullercenterkc.org
Board Members
David CattSelf-Employed/College Student
Wayne CravenSelf-Employed
Graham HoustonStruktur Design and Remodeling
Roy KempRetired
Carl KimbrellKimbrell & Associates
Linda MyersHillcrest Platte County
Lorie PerdieuMO Department of Disability Services
Larry RobertsRetired
Randy SmithSeal LLC
Ken WaterlandIMB - Retired
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 10
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 8
Female 3
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 75%
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 11
Standing Committees
Housing and Community Development
Program / Program Planning
Project Oversight
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
CEO Comments
A core group of volunteers have continuously served on the board since inception of the organization. This has provided wonderful stability. At the same time there has been a significant amount of board and volunteer turnover that has hindered the growth of the organization while also placing increased burdens on the remaining volunteers.
Board and volunteer recruitment, development and succession planning are constant concerns and challenges. Striking a balance between delivering quality program services to meet needs and meeting the administrative and operational needs of the organization is essential to the long-term sustainability of the organization.
Continued emphasis for 2019 is on resource development. We recognize that there are some skills our board and volunteers just don't have so we need to find a way to satisfy those needs. Budgeting for these is an investment in the future of the organization. Investing in human capital (e.g. staff, contractors, service providers) is essential.
Fiscal Year Start July 01, 2018
Fiscal Year End June 30, 2019
Projected Revenue $224,475
Projected Expenses $224,475
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FYE 6/30/2018, 2017, 2016: Financial data reported using IRS Form 990. 
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line item may include contributions from individuals.
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201820172016
Program Expense$27,951$17,600$11,796
Administration Expense$2,788$4,419$1,742
Fundraising Expense$346$1,392$5,844
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.362.091.94
Program Expense/Total Expenses90%75%61%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201820172016
Total Assets$167,005$155,069$128,992
Current Assets$167,005$155,069$128,992
Long-Term Liabilities$2,471$1,867$1,231
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$164,534$153,202$127,761
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201820172016
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201820172016
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets1%1%1%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201820172016
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
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years No
Organization Comments
Sound and conservative financial management has been a hallmark of the Fuller Center since our beginning. Policies and procedures for tracking and managing project (program) expenses allows for wise investment in organizational infrastructure and administrative support.
To grow the organization, which is to say to increase our capacity to serve more families, continuing these practices will enable us to make good decisions for further investments in the priorities previously listed, principally staff. Sound financial management also supports articulation of effective and efficient program outcomes.
In 2018 we renew our efforts to diversify funding sources and feature emphasis on grants and corporate giving programs.
Our annual fundraising event continues to provide a significant portion of our annual revenue.
For this fiscal year (half) our top four donors are:
  1. Kansas City Independent Auto Auction - $2,500
  2. Individual - $2,000
  3. Individual - $1,890
  4. Park Hill Christian Church - $1,600
For the previous Fiscal Year our top four donors were:
  1. Park Hill Christian Church - $4,616
  2. Individual - $3,050
  3. Individual - $1,850
  4. Individual - $1,850
Our largest grant received was from Catholic Charities - $15,000
Other Documents
June 2014 Newsletter2014View
2013 Annual Report2013View
2013 YE Appeal Ltr2013View
2011 Annual Report2011View
Organization Name Fuller Center for Housing of Greater Kansas City, MO
Address 6910 N Holmes St, Suite 380
Gladstone, MO 64118
Primary Phone (816) 516*2051
Contact Email info@fullercenterkc.org
CEO/Executive Director Randy Smith
Board Chair Randy Smith
Board Chair Company Affiliation Sealed, LLC
Year of Incorporation 2009
Former Names
Christian Carpenters for Habitat