United Prayer Movement, Inc.
340 David L. Gray Drive
Kansas City KS 66101
Mission Statement
To create a Foundation that will meet and sustain, for the long-term, the financial needs of the United Prayer Movement Holiday Dinners program.
CEO/Executive Director Dr. Jarvis L. Collier
Board Chair Rev. Jarvis L Collier
Board Chair Company Affiliation Pleasant Green Baptist Church
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1969
Volunteer Opportunities
Ways to donate, support, or volunteer You may also mail donations to the UPM at P. O. Box 171138, Kansas City, KS 66117.  We accept in-kind donations.  In November and December 2019, volunteer opportunities are available.  These opportunities include carving turkeys; addressing dinner carry outs; sacking groceries and delivering dinners on Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. Call Hope Davis at (913) 371-5393 or (913) 548-2456 for more information.                                                                                                                      
Financial Summary
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Mission Statement To create a Foundation that will meet and sustain, for the long-term, the financial needs of the United Prayer Movement Holiday Dinners program.
Background Statement

The United Prayer Movement, Inc. was founded on May 18, 1966 as the result of a joint prayer meeting of the Kansas City, KS and Kansas City, MO Baptist Ministers Unions.  They represented more than 100 black churches in the Greater Kansas City area and shared a common concern for the moral and spiritual decay they saw in society.  The purpose of this joint session was to pray and seek divine guidance for the resolution to the racial violence and unrest in the Greater Kansas City area and across the nation. This prayer initiative was birthed out of the heart of its founder and president, the Rev. David L. Gray, the former pastor of the Pleasant Green Baptist Church of KCKS.  The UPM was integrated in 1968 and held its first interracial, interdenominational worship service on April 28, 1968 at the Paseo Baptist Church.  The first mass prayer workshops and rallies were held on May 16, 17 and 18 at Memorial Hall in KCKS.  Later in 1968, the first interracial, interdenominational banquet was held in KCMO.

Immediately afterwards, several prayer-action programs were instituted.  Some of them were the Christian-to-Christian Fellowship Exchange program; Christian Brotherhood banquets; Christian Adoption program; Cottage Prayer Groups; College and Careers program; Prayer-centered, interactive Youth programs; Mr. and Miss Teenage Christianity Scholarship program; a Christian Preschool; a Bargain House; city-wide and national prayer meetings; two trips to the Holy Land; Prayer Time Magazine; and Pray Newspaper.  With the implementation of these programs and others, the UPM became one of the first organizations that was instrumental in breaking down racial and denominational barriers in Kansas City and across the nation.   

In 1970, “The Prayer House” coffee house opened in Kansas City, KS. That Thanksgiving, a sit-down meal was provided for 85 -100 people.  This year marks the 49th year of the program!  Over time, the program grew, became a community effort, and was moved to Pleasant Green Baptist Church.  The Greenwood Baptist Church in Kansas City, MO provided meals from their site, along with Pleasant Green in Kansas.

Part of the motivation for the Holiday Meals program was the fact that the Meals on Wheels program did not provide food to its participants during the holidays.  Eventually, grocery sacks with canned goods donated by the church’s Sunday School and other community churches were added to the Holiday Dinners program.

Impact Statement

2018 Accomplishments: 

  • Provided an opportunity for 717 volunteers from 55 different churches, synagogues and civic organizations to work together to provide “free” meals to those in need.
  • Delivered 2,992 dinners to 866 families which included 567 senior citizens, 1,604 other adults, and 821 children
  • Delivered 403 bags of groceries to families in need 
  • Updated computer database of volunteers
  • Enhanced web site and Facebook accounts
  • All of these efforts are to enhance awareness of the need to less fortunate people, to solicit the help of volunteers, and to invite contributors' support.

Goals For 2019: 
  • To involve 800+ volunteers from 100 different churches and synagogues to help families in need 
  • To deliver 4000+ dinners to more families in need 
  • To deliver 600 bags of groceries to families in need 
  • To secure donations to help maintain a firm financial base for the needs of the program
Needs Statement
    1. Donations totaling $15,000 to $25,000 per holiday: Thanksgiving and Christmas.
    2. To receive more food donations and revenue to purchase more food to help meet the high demands
    3. More refrigerator and freezer space
    4. Two double-door commercial food warmers
    5. Redesign and upgrade the current work areas  
    6. Two to four laptop computers for volunteer sign in and contact info
    Service Categories
    Emergency Assistance (Food, Clothing, Cash)
    Human Services
    Human Services
    Areas of Service
    CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement

    As Board Chair, I am quite impressed with the UPM’s operation, as it relies on church volunteers, church subsidy, outside financial and volunteer support, and others who share our vision of the biblical principle: “For I was hungry and you gave Me something to eat…to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even to the least of them, you did it to Me.” (Matthew 25:20,35)

    The UPM provides tangible kindness as hundreds of church members and committed volunteers work to prepare dinners, cross-check addresses of need, and then , in many cases, deliver dinners/bags of groceries to persons in need.

    In order to perpetuate the UPM community outreach, our church pantry, church kitchen, serving areas, and administrative wing have been taxed as we endeavor to provide the highest quality of service to the greater Kansas City community.

    Presently, our Board has seen a great need for physical enhancements to the church kitchen (appliances such as industrial freezers, industrial stove/oven, new sinks, dish washer, steam table, painting, and more).  These enhancements will allow us to meet additional  requests for food.  And more than mere food, the UPM aims to provide hope for all!

    Description The United Prayer Movement, Inc. (UPM) represents one of the external workings of the Pleasant Green Baptist Church, Kansas City, Kansas.  Specifically, the UPM functions as an on-going means of uniting a caring, engaged congregation with the low-income surrounding communities, currently providing free bags of groceries to all who make requests, irrespective of race, ethnicity, gender, class, or religion.  Additionally, during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays, joined by hundreds of volunteers, the UPM fulfills approximately 3,000 food requests for individuals (particularly home-bound seniors) and economically-challenged families.
    Category Human Services, General/Other Holiday Assistance
    Population Served At-Risk Populations
    Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
    Program Frequently Assessed Yes
    Short-Term Success

    The people whom we serve come to realize that there are those who still care enough to share their time and resources to ensure that they have food, not only during the holidays but groceries to last beyond.  We also serve clients referred to us from the Area Agency on Aging.  Often, their clients are disabled, sick or elderly; and this agency does not deliver them meals during the holiday seasons.

    The food recipients often display an attitude of gratitude, telling how much they enjoyed the well prepared meals. Many of them request this annual help year after year.

    Long-Term Success Through the Holiday Meals Program, we aim to provide an avenue through which persons who are less fortunate can receive free food, blankets, clothing and toys for their families.  We offer these charitable services in a caring, non-judgmental way.
    Program Success Monitored By
    As the UPM outreach expands, new volunteers join in every year.  Many of them come and serve as a family.

    Thanksgiving 2012, US Rep. Kevin Yoder (R-KS) and his wife joined in the effort.  Over the years, we have welcomed the support of many political and civic leaders to the UPM cause.  Also, local media have lauded the UPM's outreach as among the largest, continuous, volunteer-based efforts in the Kansas City metro.
    Examples of Program Success

    Harvesters notes in Wyandotte Co.KS, population of 257,505, the number of food insecure individuals is: 20.5% (31,440). The number of food insecure children is 27.5% (11,870).  In Jackson County, MO, population of 674,158, the number of food insecure individuals is 18.4% (126,620). The number of food insecure children is 24.7% (42,570) 

    Thanks & God Bless UPM, Inc.

    • “Thanks for your Thanksgiving Gift. God Bless You for thinking of those who might not have had anything that special day.” –Maxine, KCKS
    • “Thank you for the dinner & can goods. We had a wonderful Christmas because of you. Please keep me in your prayers. I am very sick & needed the help very much.” –Frances, KCKS
    • “Thank you & your church for being so kind to people. I am 77 yrs. old & in very poor health. Keep me in your prayers.” –Carbie, KCKS
    CEO Comments
    Some of our challenges have been the fact that we need to update and expand the current kitchen and work areas so that we will be able to get the meals prepared and out in a more timely manner.  Also, we need more freezer and refrigerated  units to store food as well as food warmers and a commercial dishwasher. 
    Executive Director/CEO
    Executive Director Dr. Jarvis L. Collier
    Term Start Mar 2001
    Dr. Collier is pastor of the Pleasant Green Baptist Church, Kansas City, KS, a vibrant, growing, historic fellowship with evangelistic, prayer, media, Christian school, entrepreneurial, multi-faceted ministries for major Kingdom impact in the 21st Century (amenity-filled, renovated sanctuary; 43-unit senior residence; and many community outreaches).
    Collier, a native of Los Angeles, came to Christ as a child. Product of the LA Unified School District. He was called by God to full-time Christian ministry, having now served God and His Church for nearly 35 years.
    A graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Fuller Theological Seminary, graduate studies at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and holds an Honorary Doctorate.

    Acclaimed author of “Biblical Challenges for Christian Singles,” “The Preacher’s Journey,” “A Passion for Excellence," "Seeking the Kingdom," "Living in the Faith Dimension,”  “A Time To Speak,” "Whatever Happened To Christian Evangelism?", "Faith of Our Fathers: Spiritual Legacies," and "GO BIG or Go Home." 

    Former CEOs
    Dr. McKinley DukesSept 1996 - May 2000
    Rev. David Lee Gray Sr.May 1966 - Sept 1996
    Senior Staff
    Title Program Director
    Paid Full-Time Staff 0
    Paid Contractors 0
    Volunteers 717
    Retention Rate 100%
    Staff Diversity (Ethnicity)
    African American/Black 2
    Caucasian 1
    Staff Diversity (Gender)
    Female 2
    Male 1
    Formal Evaluations
    CEO Formal Evaluation N/A
    CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
    Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
    Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
    Non-Management Formal Evaluation N/A
    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 Under Development
    Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
    Whistleblower Policy No
    Document Destruction Policy No
    We do collaborate with other faith-based organizations, community businesses and food pantries.
    Food Resource Bank - Implementing Member1988
    Government Licenses
    Is your organization licensed by the government? No
    CEO Comments One of the urgent challenges that we face is the lack of business partners who own and operate food stores and companies to provide food donations so that we might be able to meet the high demands of the people.  
    Board Chair
    Board Chair Rev. Jarvis Collier
    Company Affiliation Pleasant Green Baptist Church
    Term Mar 2001 to Mar 2021
    Email jarviscollier@aol.com
    Board Members
    Rev. Jarvis L. CollierPleasant Green Baptist Church
    Ms. Freddye DavisRetired
    Mrs. Deborah DavisFarmland Foods Company
    Ms. Hope DavisUPM Executive Secretary/Program Director
    Mr. Perry JonesRetired
    Ms. Bernice V. McKinneyRetired:PGBC Administrative Assistant; UPM, Inc. Consultant
    Ms. Margie PorterRetired
    Mr. Cunnie RandleRetired
    Board Demographics - Ethnicity
    African American/Black 8
    Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
    Caucasian 0
    Hispanic/Latino 0
    Native American/American Indian 0
    Board Demographics - Gender
    Male 3
    Female 5
    Unspecified 0
    Board Term Lengths 5
    Board Term Limits 2
    Board Meeting Attendance % 100%
    Written Board Selection Criteria? Under Development
    Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Under Development
    Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
    Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
    Constituency Includes Client Representation No
    Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 2
    Standing Committees
    Program / Program Planning
    CEO Comments One of the urgent challenges that we face is the lack of business partners who own and operate food stores and companies to provide food donations so that we might be able to meet the high demands of the people.  
    Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2018
    Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2018
    Projected Revenue $25,000
    Projected Expenses $22,000
    Spending Policy Income Only
    IRS Letter of Exemption
    Foundation Comments
    • FY 2018, 2017: Financial data reported using organization's internal financials.  
    • FY 2016: Financial data reported using IRS Form 990-EZ.
    • Foundation/Corporate revenue line item may include contributions from individuals.
    Detailed Financials
    Expense Allocation
    Fiscal Year201820172016
    Program Expense$10,240$16,331$8,892
    Administration Expense$0$0$0
    Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
    Payments to Affiliates----$0
    Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.401.041.25
    Program Expense/Total Expenses100%100%100%
    Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
    Assets and Liabilities
    Fiscal Year201820172016
    Total Assets$5,240$1,135$7,410
    Current Assets$5,240$1,135$7,410
    Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
    Current Liabilities($4,135)$0$0
    Total Net Assets$1,105$1,135$7,410
    Short-Term Solvency
    Fiscal Year201820172016
    Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
    Long-Term Solvency
    Fiscal Year201820172016
    Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
    Top Funding Sources
    Fiscal Year201820172016
    Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountIndividual Donors $2,000Individual Donors $5,000Individual Donor $4,000
    Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountChurch of the Resurrection $1,500Church of the Resurrection $1,500Church of the Resurrection $2,500
    Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount --Individual Donor $500Congregation Beth Torah $1,800
    Capital Campaign
    Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
    Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years No
    Other Documents
    UPM Financial Report2018View
    UPM Financial Report2017View
    UPM Financial Report2016View
    UPM Financial Report2015View
    UPM Financial Report2014View
    UPM Financial Report2013View
    Organization Name United Prayer Movement, Inc.
    Address 340 David L. Gray Drive
    Kansas City, KS 66101
    Primary Phone (913) 371-5393
    CEO/Executive Director Dr. Jarvis L. Collier
    Board Chair Rev. Jarvis L Collier
    Board Chair Company Affiliation Pleasant Green Baptist Church
    Year of Incorporation 1969