Bridge Home For Children
6033 Swope Parkway
Kansas City MO 64130
Mission Statement
The Bridge Home for Children’s mission is to provide life skills, self-esteem, educational support, and a loving family environment to children from disadvantaged backgrounds, to enable them to succeed in life as responsible and meaningful members in the community.
CEO/Executive Director Beverly Jean Watson
Board Chair Ms. Judith Westmoreland
Board Chair Company Affiliation CASA
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1991
Financial Summary
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Mission Statement The Bridge Home for Children’s mission is to provide life skills, self-esteem, educational support, and a loving family environment to children from disadvantaged backgrounds, to enable them to succeed in life as responsible and meaningful members in the community.
Background Statement
Over the past, 26 years, The Bridge has significantly impacted the lives of over 1,000 children as well as the entire community.  Reverend Jesse Watson, Chaplain, at KS State Penitentiary/Juvenile Detention Center (1975-1989) and Beverly Watson, child growth and development professional, in visiting juvenile facilities, recognized the institutionalized, sterile environment, vowing some day to offer a loving, kind environment that troubled children could call home.
In 1990, the home next door to theirs became drug infested and eventually caught fire. They decided rather than fleeing the declining neighborhood, they would buy the home to establish a home for troubled youth. The MO Children's Division requested they work with girls.  In 1995 Bridge II was purchased and in 2009, The Bridge expanded its program to include teen moms and their babies. The Bridge provides residential services for girls/teens/teen-moms with behavioral disorders between 8- 21 years of age, licensed for placement by Missouri’s Children’s Division for Level III/IV placement.
Impact Statement
Top Accomplishments:
  • Increased number of bed nights by 69% from 2015 to 2016 by providing over 4,400 bed nights to teens, teen moms and babies, serving over 13,000 meals and 1,400 snacks and changing over 7,000 diapers.
  • Completed licensure review and received renewal of State license for next two years.
  • Maintained status as a United Way Partner Agency and was awarded for renewal funding for next three years
  • Increased public support by approximately 36%.
  • Through dedicated volunteers and donors, provided over $4,000 in Christmas gifts to 3 teen moms, 2 babies and 6 teens based on personalized lists to “Santa” from each resident.
 Top Goals :
  • Continue to diversify funding base.
  • Implement a smooth leadership transition over the next year from our Founder/Executive Director to the next Executive Director.
  • Increase visibility in the community and statewide.
Needs Statement
Top 5 Urgent Needs: 
  • Funding to support teen moms, children and babies not placed through the state of MO Children's Division.
  • Funding to replace kitchen equipment including commercial grade refrigerators and freezers.
  • Funding for capital improvements and replacements to residential homes.
  • Diapers, baby hygiene and personal care items, as well as wipes, paper towels, toilet paper, etc.
  • Volunteers with web development experience to upgrade website.
Service Categories
Children's and Youth Services
Residential Mental Health Treatment
Areas of Service
MO - Jackson County
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement

Keeping a dream alive and successful for twenty-five plus years has been a rewarding mission. Remaining true to the mission and core values means recognizing the need for productive growth and changes to meet the needs of the population we serve; children ages 12-18 from disadvantaged backgrounds who are victims of abuse and neglect with behavior challenges. 2016 was one of the most financially stable years in the history of The Bridge due to the generosity of foundations, corporations, individuals, and the United Way of Greater Kansas City, and an increase in the resident population of Teen Mothers and Their Infants.

We continue to serve many children, as more children suffer from the effects of neglect, abuse, and abandonment. The Bridge Home for Children continues to care for our communities’ most vulnerable children. I have found myself reflecting on the impact we have made on hundreds of children the past 26 years. Some of our former residents, could tell you, how The Bridge impacted their lives, and set them on a positive course.     
I am so proud to have been a part of the “Bridge story” and to have played a part with so many others to help our children get their lives back on track. Let me tell you about Melinda. This 14 year-old girl came to The Bridge begging for the opportunity to be accepted into the program. She was very anxious and explained she had been in more than fifteen other facilities.  She truly wanted another chance. The lasting effect of abuse and neglect caused her to have extreme behavior and she was socially stunted. Her reading and writing ability was on pre-school level. Within 24 months, The Bridge was happy to report she improved her reading and writing ability to a fourth grade level. Her self-esteem, pride, and belief in herself helped her develop social skills. She now has a different view of what is possible for her to accomplish in life.
We are very fortunate to have ongoing support from the Children’s Division, individuals, the corporate community and are thankful for continuing support from the Hall Family Foundation and as a United Way Partner Agency.  We are extremely thankful to add the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City to our list of supporters in 2016. 
With Sincere Gratitude,
Beverly Watson, Executive Director 
Description The Bridge Home for Children, Inc., Bridge I, is a Level III (severe behavior challenge) and IV (intense behavior challenge) residential Behavior Modification treatment facility. The program is designed to modify behavior, improve social interaction skills, identify and support personal goal achievement, elevate self-esteem, and encourage academic success. Positive reinforcement, a four-step level system, and tokens/rewards are some support techniques used.
Category Human Services, General/Other Mentoring
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years), ,
Short-Term Success All girls are established in the behavior modification program to help them adjust their behaviors to meet their progress goals as outlined in their initial intake assessment and their personal hand book. The level program helps them identify personal changes that must occur for them to achieve their goals. The meaning of responsibility and accountability is learned through this program.
Long-Term Success The Bridge’s ultimate goal for each of our clients is to enable them to succeed in life as responsible and meaningful members of our community.
Program Success Monitored By The Four Step Level System is the measuring tool used to track daily progress. This system permits the girls to achieve increasing levels of independence based on their successful daily behavior, hygiene, respect for staff/peers, academics, chore completion, honesty, positive participation in all program requirements, working toward goals/plans, following directions and program procedures. Success is observed by the girl’s ability to advance levels and complete the program. The Four Step Level System is the measuring tool used to track daily progress. This system permits the girls to achieve increasing levels of independence based on their successful daily behavior, hygiene, respect for staff/peers, academics, chore completion, honesty, positive participation in all program requirements, working toward goals/plans, following directions and program procedures. Success is observed by the girl’s ability to advance levels and complete the program.
Examples of Program Success
Just this past summer, Alan, the very first boy to live at the Bridge returned to visit with his wife. Alan is now in his thirties, lives in California, and works as a contractor.
Three former residents have returned to The Bridge to work as Youth Care Workers—giving back to the community that raised them. One of the workers states, “My life has been hard and without the Bridge family, I would not have made it.”
A recent email from a former resident writes...“Thanks to the Bridge Home and the Watsons, I am now an engineer.” 
Another former resident, Abdul, came to The Bridge severely abused at 9 years old and remained until high school graduation. He continued on to complete a master’s level degree and remains in contact with us.
We are honored to have loved, guided, and supported these and many more children into successful, happy adults.   Beverly and Jesse Watson, Founders of the Bridge Home for Children
Description The Bridge Home for Children, Inc., Bridge II, is a Level III and Level IV residential treatment maternity home for teen mothers (12 to 21) with behavior problems and their infants (pre-birth to age 5). We strive to help teen mothers increase their parenting and life management skills, develop positive attachments and bond to their babies, understand and achieve goals, recognize and accept educational opportunities, prepare for employment, understand child support complexities, be proficient at securing safe housing, learn family planning, and practice regular health care.
Category Human Services, General/Other Family Services for Adolescent Parents
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years), ,
Short-Term Success After the Intake Assessment is completed, the teen mother begins the 10-Step Program designed to address and modify inappropriate behavior and attitude. Become familiar in an atmosphere of safety, trust, and learn importance of accountability and responsibility and what it means to become a meaningful member of our community.
Long-Term Success Young moms will increase positive attachment and bonding with their infant/child, increase their understanding of child development, and increase their knowledge of resources in the community to enhance their daily lives. The Bridge’s ultimate goal for each of our teen mothers is to enable them to succeed in life as responsible and meaningful members and parents in our community.
Program Success Monitored By The 10-Step Program and Daily Point Sheet are used to measure progress. These tools track the mother’s behavior, ability to meet the needs of their infant/child—indicated by their interaction with child, appropriate dress of the infant/child, infant hygiene, crib/bed safety, feeding schedule, appropriate discipline, speaking appropriately to infant/child, and any other positive behaviors of parenting. Positive behavior in parenting, life skills, anger management and other program requirements noted on the Daily Point Sheet determines advancement within the 10-Step Program. Positive advancement leads to a more autonomous, individualized program for the teen mother and baby.
Examples of Program Success
Our goal is to help teen mothers learn/accept the responsibility of a nurturing motherhood via parenting classes, daily intervention & educational techniques. We have witnessed generational breakthrough by observing how teen mothers desire & recognize a need to parent their child in a manner different from parenting they received. We are one of the few homes that permit an undisciplined/troubled mother to become a parent while assuring the safety of their child.
Cynthia, a 20 month resident, reported, “I learned how to parent my child, graduated high school and my son is no longer in state custody. My child is safe with me and I know I have the skills to be a good mother.” Mary says, “I came to The Bridge with my daughter because there was no other place I could go to keep her with me. I now have my own apartment and I learned how important parenting is from the classes & help I got at The Bridge. I know how to keep my daughter safe & I am successfully using learned skills.”
CEO Comments As with most nonprofits, our biggest challenge continues to be financial in nature. The costs to provide a caring and structured environment for teenage girls continue to rise without offsetting reimbursement rates from the State. Throughout this past year the Bridge has found that several girls referred to us have not had any funding to pay for those services. Nevertheless we served those children with no reimbursement because the need was so great. As an organization we have spent time this past year implementing our strategic plan developed in 2015. Part of this plan was to implement a succession plan for Jesse and Beverly Watson who founded the home and who for 25 years have been a guiding light in providing care and a loving home to the children in our community. It  is critically important that the Bridge is able to find the right Executive to lead the organization forward and to ensure the legacy of the Watson's.  We are hopeful that we can find the financial support to complete this extremely important transition process that will help us ensure our future.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Beverly Jean Watson
Term Start Jan 1990

Beverly J. Watson, co-founder and executive director of the Bridge Home for Children, developed and planned and has managed this very unique home for “at-risk” children over the past 26 years. She is responsible for accurate accounting practices, preparing and presenting the annual budget to the Board of Directors, hiring, training and managing 18 full and part-time employees in an efficiently managed organization. Mrs. Watson is an international trainer of child care providers, owned and operated a licensed and registered child care center for over 30 years, and was named the “Child Advocate of the Year” by the Child Development Corporation, the first ever awarded to an individual in 1993, and was honored as a “Champion for Children” in 2005. She also participated in a White House Conference on Child Care sponsored by the First Lady Hillary Clinton.

Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start 0
Compensation Last Year
Senior Staff
Title Program Director
Title License Practical Nurse
Title Counseling, Educational Staff & Presentations
Title Office Manager
Paid Full-Time Staff 9
Paid Part-Time Staff 4
Volunteers 35
Paid Contractors 1
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 Bridge primarily serves children in custody of the Missouri Children’s Division, and primary partner/referral source. The needs in this community continue to increase and there is a great need for our services to children not officially in their custody. These children are referred to us by  collaborating organizations such as health and mental health care providers in our community. Organizations such as Mother's Refuge, Cornerstones of Care, Ozanam Home for Children, Synergy Services, Swope Parkway Health/Mental Health Center, Preferred Health, Catholic Charities, Salvation Army Shelter, as well as through word of mouth and volunteers in the community.  

Every child must appear in court every six months for the Judge or Commissioner to assess their status and ongoing placement. Every three months, each child's case is reviewed by a Family Service Treatment Team at Children’s Division. In addition, The Bridge holds monthly meetings including all parties involved in the child's life.   

Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? Yes
CEO Comments See CEO and Board comments in financial section.
Board Chair
Board Chair Ms. Judith Westmoreland
Company Affiliation CASA
Term Jan 2014 to Dec 2017
Board Members
Ms. Sylvia Goodloe
Ms. Dorothy Johnson volunteer
Mr. Bryan Seibeneck Siebeneck Agency
Rev. Jesse Watson Retired
Ms. Judith Westmoreland CASA
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 3
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 2
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 2
Female 3
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 80%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Under Development
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 10
Standing Committees
CEO Comments

The Bridge Home for Children is a unique organization in that its sole purpose is to provide a loving home environment for teenage girls with behavioral disorders and teenage mothers and their babies.  As such, stability within the organization is an integral part of the work we do.  On challenge we are facing at the moment is succession planning for our founder and current Executive Director, Beverly Watson.  Mrs. Watson started the Bridge Home for Children with her husband, The Reverend Jesse Watson, over 25 years ago and has been a constant pillar of love and support for the children who live there ever since.  After a lifetime of service to others, Mrs. Watson is ready to retire and we, as a Board, have been working with her to prepare the most comprehensive succession plan possible.  This year, we are working to ensure a smooth transition and make sure the new Executive Director and Program Director have the same passion and commitment to the lives of children in the Kansas City community as Mrs. Watson has shown.  We are able to feel confident in our succession plan because each member of the Board and staff are able to work together to accomplish the goals of the organization. 

Judith Westmoreland, Board Chair

Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2017
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2017
Projected Revenue $723,485
Projected Expenses $675,705
Audit Documents
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2015, 2014, 2013: Financial data reported using IRS Form 990. 
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line item may include contributions from individuals  
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$459,478$456,993$400,745
Administration Expense$38,495$33,067$29,706
Fundraising Expense$6,295$12,780$8,214
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.791.131.02
Program Expense/Total Expenses91%91%91%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue11%22%35%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$189,332$261,622$197,816
Current Assets$84,068$148,741$80,660
Long-Term Liabilities$175,646$195,775$212,957
Current Liabilities$166,353$122,859$109,717
Total Net Assets($152,667)($57,012)($124,858)
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities0.511.210.74
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets93%75%108%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
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
Campaign Purpose Building and grounds renovations and replacement of capital equipment including kitchen equipment and vans.
Goal $250,000.00
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years Yes
Organization Comments The Bridge Home for Children has provided services to emotionally disturbed children and to parenting teens for over 25 years. We are proud of what we have been able to accomplish as an organization.Today our challenges are primarily financial in nature. The cost to provide these services continues to increase while at the same time we are not reimbursed for some of the children in our care. One of the greatest challenges we have currently is seeking the financial support necessary to transition to new leadership within the organization. Beverly and Jesse Watson founded the Home over 25 years ago and it is now time to seek new leadership as they are beginning the process of stepping back from the Bridge leadership to retire. It is both a challenge and an opportunity for the Bridge to institute this transition process to new leadership as we seek to ensure the Watson's legacy and to build upon their successes as we move into the future. Through their hard work and dedication hundreds of children served over these past 26 years are now leading more productive lives. During this next year we hope to be able to find the financial support to carry out this transition process. 
Organization Name Bridge Home For Children
Address 6033 Swope Parkway
Kansas City, MO 64130
Primary Phone (816) 3338711
CEO/Executive Director Beverly Jean Watson
Board Chair Ms. Judith Westmoreland
Board Chair Company Affiliation CASA
Year of Incorporation 1991