Hope City Homes, Inc.
5101 E 24th Street
Kansas City MO 64127
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 6513914
Fax 816- 2419728
Mission Statement
Hope City KC is a Christian, faith-based ministry in the heart of the inner city of Kansas City, MO. We believe that each person is of value and they have a place, a purpose, and a life that counts.  Hope City KC seeks to engage in acts of justice (service), and critical care to the poor, homeless and the addicted.
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Ray Stribling
Board Chair Mr. Ray Stribling
Board Chair Company Affiliation Hope City Homes, Inc.
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2003
Volunteer Opportunities
Ways to donate, support, or volunteer For volunteer opportunities, please email: hopecitykc@hopecitykc.org
Financial Summary
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Mission Statement Hope City KC is a Christian, faith-based ministry in the heart of the inner city of Kansas City, MO. We believe that each person is of value and they have a place, a purpose, and a life that counts.  Hope City KC seeks to engage in acts of justice (service), and critical care to the poor, homeless and the addicted.
Background Statement Hope City KC began as a simple idea to provide food for the lost, the homeless, and those addicted to drugs and/or alcohol by providing services in local parks. Alongside hot meals served out of a van, our mission was to share and show the gospel of Christ with the broken and disadvantaged. For five years Hope City operated out of borrowed building on 27th and Troost. Later, we occupied the old Boys and Girls Club on 24th St. and we have seen very significant growth as needs were being met within the community. As a ministry, we have graduated from serving about 40 people to over 200 people weekly. We maintain the same objective: to serve the needs of inner city inhabitants with food water and daily sustenance while providing them with hope through the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Impact Statement

Hope City KC’s major three accomplishments for the previous year include, but are not limited to:

  • 100,000 hot plates of food served to the hungry.
  • 100 drug addicted individuals engaged with substance abuse assistance.
  • 15,000 bags of groceries handed out. 
  1. The successful statistics of our TOP program (the Trade Off Program is where individuals trade a destructive life style for a more faith focused, productive one) based on the recovery record of program participants
  2. The inner-city food pantry that we facilitate which provides groceries to over 300 families weekly
  3. Our 5-day a week hot lunch program for the neighborhood.  
We are pleased with the impact that Hope City KC is having on the east side and our goals are to cultivate and unite the community. We desire to expand our out-reach into more of Kansas City’s inner-city community in order to impact additional individuals and families. We would also like to intentionally meet the necessary, yet frequently over-looked needs of the impoverished, the disadvantaged, and the hopeless. An essential priority in our inner-city ministry is to focus on the youth of the area, to provide hope for the future. Many of the youth in this part of Kansas City are discouraged and lack hope and vision for a productive future.
Needs Statement
Our most pressing needs include finances for:
  1. Facility repairs and equipment.
  2. Food and household supplies for our on-going food pantry endeavors.
  3. Renovations of existing space in order to sustain a healthy work and living environment.
  4. Expansion so we can provide additional community services.
  5. Vehicle repairs and replacement for our substance abuse program.
Service Categories
Family Services (Adolescent Parents)
Temporary Housing
Public & Societal Benefit NEC
Areas of Service
MO - Eastern Jackson Co
MO - Jackson County
MO - Jackson County Urban Core
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement Our program facilitating drug and alcohol recovery is one indicator of Hope City’s success. Several families have been restored, and individuals have attained sobriety from long-term addictions. Our community center is a safe place for local youth to sojourn, receive lunch and other resources, and read or pray in peaceful surroundings. Several single, teenage mothers frequent our center where they receive assistance with their children and associated needs. Another indicator of is the 50 volunteers that come to the center daily to interact with local residents and the homeless. These volunteers often discover unmet needs by engaging one-on one with local residents and the homeless, and every effort is made to meet these newly discovered needs within the resources available to Hope City KC. One example of an impacted life is Sam Smith, a young African-American who grew up in the local community. Sam got in trouble with the law, and I personally visited him in jail and was able to bring him into the Hope City Trade Off Program while on house arrest. Sam is now on staff as the Director of our Youth Program and is passionate for the very thing that helped him turn his life around. We are also excited about the community development that has been cultivated by our ministry. Seeing the various cultures and demographics of the neighborhood come together over food and the gospel is amazing. One of our successes also pertains to the troubled youth of the community as we provide an environment for them to be productive, supported and successful by helping cultivate community awareness. A challenge we face as a ministry is the at-risk neighborhood where we are located as we strive to provide participants, interns, and staff with a safe and suitable environment. A personal success story that accompanies this challenge is that of one young man who came into our building right after he was shot next door in an apartment complex. After receiving medical care, he came into the Hope City Training Program and recovered from his drug addiction. He had a strong desire to become a leader, he got his GED and continued his education. We are also faced with financial and space restraints that limit our ability to better serve the community. I am passionate about seeing drug addicts and the homeless, particularly the youth, get a second chance. These are the types of things that we get to do and see every day, and that is why we have such a strong volunteer base.
Description Hope City operates with both a food pantry and a soup kitchen. The food pantry provides neighborhood residents with over 300 hand-packed bags of groceries each week to feed families. Goods such as non-perishables, fruits, vegetables, condiments, packaged meals, and meats are part of the weekly distribution. In addition, loaves of bread are available on a self-serve rack anytime the facility is open. Hope City is a “no fuss” provider; there are no prerequisites of paperwork required to receive food. Alongside the food pantry, we also provide hot lunches 5 days a week and 2 hot dinners on Monday and Friday evenings. During the hours that our café is open, we provide coffee and give out about 200 plates of food weekly.
Category Human Services, General/Other Emergency Assistance
Population Served Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Short-Term Success Some of the changes in behavior, attitude, and conditions that we can identify are an awareness regarding the safety of their children as well as the importance of providing a safe place for the youth to be equipped and educated. Individuals, especially area youth, are becoming more aware of the necessity for personal hygiene. Hope City KC provides showers for the community weekly alongside toiletries and laundering services. Our community is satisfied knowing that they will be provided daily hot lunches and weekly groceries for feeding their families. Some of the youth and students utilize the free Wi-Fi at Hope City KC to complete homework assignments or job applications. The structure, church, and food that our ministry provides the community benefits the “whole man makeover”; a person’s spiritual, mental, and physical well-being.
Long-Term Success The ultimate goal for the clients/participants that are a part of the food pantry we host is to help meet their everyday needs for food while sharing the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Sharing the gospel is a priority for our ministry because without it, the long-term objectives for the participants to become stable and productive members of society will likely not be realized. The gospel assists in creating community amongst the various cultures residing around Hope City. It is an important part of filling the needs of the community by impacting its inhabitants and transforming the impoverished culture currently adopted by its residents.
Program Success Monitored By We know the program is successful by our repeat clients, the families and neighbors that show up weekly to pick up groceries, and the consistent new additions to the program. Monthly we have visitors who want to check out our facilities and our model to see if they can possibly start a similar program in their own area. Success is also indicated by the people that frequent our showers and bread rack on a repetitive basis. Word of mouth has spread that Hope City KC is a safe place of refuge and help. Our success is also indicated by the increasing expenses incurred to meet the expanding demand on our services.
Examples of Program Success
Some of the statistics we use to encourage our staff, interns and volunteers that diligently work to carry out our mission are:
  1. We now serve 150 to 200 hot lunches weekly when we started out with a van and a pot of chili
  2. Initially we gave out 100 bags of groceries and now we weekly distribute up to 325 bags or more
  3. Our directors have transported over 4 million pounds of food in their own truck
  4. We go through 20 pounds of coffee and spend about $200 weekly on sugar for the coffee. We are more than grateful for the increase in overhead expenses as they are a testimony to the fact that we are impacting others.
Description Hope City’s Trade Off Program is a faith based in-house program offering two 90 day back to back tracks to those struggling with addiction and other life altering circumstances. TOP represents the trading off of addictions to receive the life and power of Jesus. Life can than be restarted at the top instead of always trying to come up from the bottom. The first 90 days involves a schedule designed to detoxify and train the individual in the basics of daily living. Examples of this training schedule are getting up at the same time each day, showing up on time for commitments, and doing a diligent job on all assignments such as reading, completing homework assignments, household chores, developing relationships, and new recovery skills.
Category Human Services, General/Other Emergency Assistance
Population Served Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Short-Term Success We observe changes in behavior, attitude, condition, and status of our clients as they progress through the program. Some of our residents that graduate from the TOP choose to become staff members. Our current Case Manager is a successful graduate from the program and now aides others in successful transitions into school, jobs, and housing.
Long-Term Success Our goal is to see each person leading a productive, self-managing, independent lifestyle while discovering their self-worth. We attempt to help clients become law abiding model citizens and whole and healthy people while encouraging them to become believers in Christ. We believe in restoring the family as many of our residents have had their families separated or severed due to their addictions. We believe in cultivating wholeness, accountability, and structure for our residents in order that they can make better life choices and have more opportunities for success in life.
Program Success Monitored By One metric by which this program’s success is monitored is the increase in staff from residents that have completed the program; they desire to join our family and want to stay on to help others as they have been. Our volunteers and interns are also a testimony that something special is taking place here at Hope City KC. Some relocate to Kansas City after completing their internship to join in what’s happening here. A major part of our TOP program being successful and consistently filled up is the recommendations given by our successful graduates to others in need of recovery. We currently have a waiting list of those desiring to enter the program.
Examples of Program Success A few success stories and testimonies will be shared here. One of our very first residents was a violent youth on house arrest. He now functions as our Youth Pastor and is an ordained minister. Several families have been restored such as a married couple that entered our program because they had lost their children to the justice system due to their drug additions. Upon completion of our TOP the state has restored their children and they are once again a family unit. One client relocated to Kansas City for sobriety and emotional issues. He graduated from the TOP program, and met and married a wonderful young lady. He is currently leading his household as a responsible adult, raising his daughter, honoring his wife, and helping with the youth in the neighborhood. Another young man came to our program for alcohol abuse due to the death of his father. He graduated from the program spent some time on staff, and now has a career as an advocate for youth.
Description A community center based on serving the inner city and meeting the needs of the impoverished and youth of the area is part of the Hope City KC story. The Hope City community center is a safe location where lunch is served five days a week. Showers with toiletries are available along with hot coffee provided in a heated and air conditioned building. Many youth from the surrounding area find our community center a safe and comfortable environment which often is more desirable than their own home situation. The community center also offers free Wi-Fi, charging stations for cell phones and computers, transportation if needed, and also sometimes operates as an overnight shelter.
Category Human Services, General/Other Emergency Assistance
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Short-Term Success Some of the changes in behavior regarding our community are the smiling faces and the children. Parents feel comfortable bringing their children into Hope City’s community center. Our clients attain practical life application skills such as attending to their personal hygiene, civil interpersonal relationships in a friendly manner, and the opportunity to improve their reading and writing skills. Violence in our community has decreased because of our prayer room and the atmosphere that we set inside of our community center. The security that the community center provides for the youth is important ; they know where their next meal is coming from and where they can go for assistance for a variety of problems. There are many familiar faces that frequent the community center, some standing right outside our doors each morning awaiting them to be open.
Long-Term Success
Our long term success goal is to evangelize and cultivate unity in the inner city community. We want to provide some of the necessary needs that those struggling with poverty go without. Hot showers and clean clothes, bus fare for transportation to school and work, a bread shelf that stays fully stocked, or even a clean bed through our overnight shelter. Again, Hope City’s goal is to see each person who received from this ministry walking in their true identity in God, leading productive, self-managing, independent lifestyles, and becoming an active member in the Body of Christ.
Program Success Monitored By We know that our community center is successful because it has affected the neighborhood. Neighborhood residents respect the rules of our property and some even volunteer weekly to help unload groceries. Also everyone tells their friends and family members where they can acquire groceries, assistance, and a shower. Some of our other partner ministries continuously drop off clothes and toiletry donations because they know we are a credible source to fill the community’s needs.
Examples of Program Success Hope City community center has various members who attend church faithfully and bring their loved ones. Though our TOP program we invite our resident’s children and families to come and visit them during recovery, and to attend services with them so families can stay connected. When we first opened we started off with twenty-five 12 year olds who are now adults. Some from this initial group have made Hope City their home and now bring their own children to the center, to church, and different events put on by Hope City KC. One of the young ladies out of the initial twenty-five has been a part of Hope City since the beginning. She now has two children of her own that accompany her daily to the community center. She attends school and will graduate next month. She works at a job and is looking forward to her future. She is full of hope for herself and her family.
CEO Comments We have become an agency that provides help with utility bills in the winter months. We are looking to expand our organization by moving to a bigger building. We have continued growth that needs to be addressed. Challenges include a high teen homeless population that comes to our center.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Mr. Ray Stribling
Term Start Mar 2007
Experience Ray Stribling has been the Executive Director since 2009. Has had 25 years of experience of feeding the poor on the streets and 25 years of jail ministry. At Hope City he is responsible for distributing 1 million pounds of food annually. Pastor/teacher in our church services. Executive Director of our Rehab that houses 60 full time residents. Gives oversight to the Community Center and our Community Kitchen which serves 8,000 hot plates of food per month, and oversees 200 people coming in and out of our building daily.
Senior Staff
Title Co-Director
Title Associate Director of Ministries
Title Volunteer Coordinator
Title Associate Director of Prayer Room
Title Operations Manager
Paid Full-Time Staff 3
Volunteers 75
Staff Diversity (Ethnicity)
African American/Black 1
Caucasian 2
Staff Diversity (Gender)
Female 2
Male 1
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Under Development
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Under Development
Management Succession Plan Yes
Organization Policy and Procedures Under Development
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Ray Stribling
Company Affiliation Hope City Homes, Inc.
Term Mar 2007 to
Email raystribling@hopecitykc.org
Board Members
Mr. William BeilCommunity Volunteer
Mr. William DurkesHope City KC
Ms. Bethel HillHope City Homes, Inc.
Mr. Leonard LaguardiaInternational House of Prayer KC
Mr. Ray StriblingHope City Homes, Inc.
Mrs. Lisa StriblingHope City Homes, Inc.
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 6
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 4
Female 2
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 0
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 90%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 90%
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 2
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2017
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2017
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2017, 2016, 2015: Financial data reported using the IRS Form 990-EZ.
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line item may include contributions from individuals.
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$143,868$149,614$264,202
Administration Expense$7,442$14,623$17,479
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.041.121.03
Program Expense/Total Expenses93%91%94%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$72,076$84,176$64,393
Current Assets$8,214$12,923$11,646
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$72,076$84,176$64,393
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201720162015
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount --IHOPKC $68,000 --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount --Individual Donor $12,080 --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount --Individual Donor $10,146 --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? Yes
Campaign Purpose To raise money for a new facility
Dates Nov 2017 to Feb 2018
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years Yes
Organization Comments Our opportunity today is getting to take our mission vision in front of the city council and KCMO School district and our neighborhood at large to acquire the property Askew Elementary School. This will take financial increase on our part. Our challenge is to increase and find funding for this project.
Other Documents
Organization Name Hope City Homes, Inc.
Address 5101 E 24th Street
Kansas City, MO 64127
Primary Phone (816) 6513914
Contact Email info@hopecitykc.org
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Ray Stribling
Board Chair Mr. Ray Stribling
Board Chair Company Affiliation Hope City Homes, Inc.
Year of Incorporation 2003