Journey to New Life, Inc.
3120 Troost Ave.
Kansas City MO 64109
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 960-4808
Fax 816- 960-2086
Mission Statement
Journey to New Life maximizes quality of life for men and women returning to the community from prison or other criminal justice involvement.
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Georgia Walker Ph.D.
Board Chair Sister Rose McLarney CSJ
Board Chair Company Affiliation Avila University
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2013
Volunteer Opportunities
Ways to donate, support, or volunteer

Ways to donate:  Credit card; check; stocks; in kind donations of household furnishings, personal care items for clients, office supplies, office equipment, bus passes.

Volunteer opportunities:  Serve as a Mentor; Serve on Board of Directors or Advisory Board; Receive and sort donations; Provide general office assistance - answer phones, filing, data entry 
Financial Summary
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Mission Statement
Journey to New Life maximizes quality of life for men and women returning to the community from prison or other criminal justice involvement.
Background Statement
Journey to New Life was founded September 2013 because at least four major categories of former offenders were being underserved in Kansas City for housing: sex offenders, veterans with chronic disabilities, women, and those with serious mental illnesses who also suffered from addictions. The vision was to create a welcoming service center in the central city where all would be welcome for emergency assistance. Since our founding we have served 6,300 emergency assistance clients and provided them with over $600,000 of assistance such as food, clothing, prescription assistance, identification, personal hygiene, work related items such as uniforms, boots, tools, cell phones, and bus passes. At a cost of $ 785,000, we have assisted 665 persons and their families attain and maintain permanent housing with financial resources and case-management.
Our primary programs include emergency assistance, temporary residential housing for women, transitional housing and permanent supportive housing for offenders and veterans, benefits assistance and mentoring services. Our agencies primary focus is housing with supportive wrap-around services through strategic partnerships. Our agency philosophy follows the Housing First model. This model is the evidence-based practice of putting people into safe and affordable housing as rapidly as possible and then providing wrap-around services based upon the assessment of risks and needs of the individual client. This model leads to decreased use of addictive substances, lower risk of criminal recidivism. and return to homelessness.
Impact Statement
Our overall goal is to maximize the quality of life for our clients by perpetuating successful reentry into society thereby decreasing the likelihood of further involvement with the criminal justice system.  Short term goals include the following; greater than 85% of our clients will have a source of income (employment or disability) to sustain permanent housing within 90 - 120 days after entering our programs and greater than 90% will remain out of prison for either a parole violation or a new offense for at least three years.
PROGRAM ACCOMPLISHMENTS – Fiscal Year 2017-2018:

Served 1885 individuals with emergency services (clothing, hygiene, bus passes, employment referrals, mental health referrals, etc.). Housed over 350 people that were very recently released from prison. through our Rapid Rehousing and Permanent Supportive Housing programs. 

Fewer than 5% of the individuals in our program return to prison. The national average of individuals returning to prison is 67%. 

Placed 50 homeless veterans on Case Management and found them permanent housing. 

Assisted 190 Kansas City Reentry Correctional Facility clients, meeting with them in prison and then providing services to them after they were released.

Needs Statement
  1. SOAR Advocate coordinator to assist clients with completing paperwork for SSI/SSDI and to advocate for their needs ($50,000).
  2. Case manager to provide in-take and follow up with clients and provide emergency services ($60,000)
  3. Funds for emergency services such as food, cell phone, bus passes for seeking employment and getting to treatment, and tools or specialized clothing for work, ($25,000)
Service Categories
Centers to Support the Independence of Specific Populations
Areas of Service
MO - Jackson County Urban Core
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement
Due to the extensive experience of the Board of Directors and staff, the organization accomplished amazing results within the first year of operation.  The return rate of Journey to new Life clients to prison was 3% for those on case management and in housing.  This compares very favorably to the  national average is 68%.
  • 90% of the individuals placed in housing remained in housing after 6 months.
  • Of the 500 served with basic needs, only 1% returned to prison/jail.
  • 40% increased their income by 20% or more. 
In my experience with other programs for individuals returning from prison/jail, they wanted to focus on those most likely to succeed leaving the most challenging without services. Journey to New Life exists for these individuals. The majority of the clients have multiple barriers to their success: a criminal record, mental illness and/or substance abuse addictions. Serving those with multiple barriers is both rewarding and challenging. It takes skill, persistence, and wisdom of the staff to guide these individuals to success. I firmly believe in giving everyone the opportunity to have the best quality of life for them.
The Kansas City community needs for the 1500 individuals returning to this community from incarceration to become productive members of the community and for those that are homeless or at greatest risk of homelessness to have a stable lifestyle. If we want different results, we must equip people with the appropriate opportunity for success. Journey to new Life Inc has the ability to make this difference in the Kansas City community.
Description Case management and connection to mainstream supportive services to guide individuals toward stable housing and management of their risk factors. This includes an initial assessment to determine underlying factors for behaviors and strengths to be promoted. Connecting the client with needed services e.g. mental health, employment readiness, and other services. Placement in housing using the housing first model (get them into housing and then they can more readily address their basic needs).
Category Human Services, General/Other Case Management
Population Served Other Named Groups
Short-Term Success
  • Client will be connected with necessary services e.g. mental health, substance abuse treatment, and placed in permanent housing.
  • Client will want to remain mentally stable, free of substance abuse, and out of prison.
Long-Term Success
The long term success is remaining a law abiding citizen (not returning to prison), remaining in permanent housing at least 2 years, mentally stable, and free of substance abuse.
Program Success Monitored By
  • A primary tool is whether or not they remain out of prison.
  • Information flow between agencies gives data about keeping appointments on mental health and substance abuse appointments.
Examples of Program Success


  • Only 1% of the clients on case management and in housing returned to prison. This compares to a national average of 67% returning to prison.
  • 90% of the clients placed in housing remain in stable housing.
  • 100% of those capable of employment took over their rent payments after 4 months. 


CEO Comments


  • Work on program growth and organizational development at the same time;  need for strong board members, advisory board, and "Friends of JTNL."


  • There are many established collaborative partners and many more that can be developed to provide better service without duplication of efforts. 
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Ms. Georgia Walker Ph.D.
Term Start Aug 2013
Experience Georgia Walker has 20 years experience working with this population. For 8 years she served in various positions at the Center for Women in Transition and for the last 4 years as the Assistant Director. With Sr. Rose McLarney she established a Residential Release Center for women in St. Louis with Department of Corrections funding. She helped co-found a coalition of St Louis re-entry agencies to serve persons who were released to the St Louis area after maxing out their sentences. She served as the administrator of a $ 1,000,000/year grant from the Department of Corrections to serve 200 persons who had returned to St. Louis after they had 12-12’d . While in St. Louis she made monthly visits to Vandalia to conduct re-entry classes with women in the re-entry unit. When she moved to Kansas City she began working for two years with Catholic Charities Turnaround Program as a Case-Manager. There she made regular monthly visits to Chillicothe to the women’s prison and to WMCC in Cameron to conduct re-entry classes for persons soon to be released to the Kansas City area. She then worked for 3 years as the Program Specialist for the Homeless Services Coalition of Greater Kansas City where she monitored the performance of more than 40 homeless agencies on their HUD grants. In that capacity she also provided technical support and education to those agencies and established a data quality control program for monitoring performance standards of the agencies throughout the metropolitan KC area. For the past four years she has been the Executive Director of Journey To New Life.
Senior Staff
Title Program Director
Paid Full-Time Staff 7
Paid Part-Time Staff 2
Paid Contractors 0
Volunteers 75
Retention Rate 70%
Staff Diversity (Ethnicity)
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 8
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Staff Diversity (Gender)
Female 7
Male 2
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 No
Document Destruction Policy Yes
JTNL has developed a number of strategic partnerships to include our relationship with the Health Care Foundation. These partnerships allow us to provide the necessary services to the often forgotten client population we serve. Since our founding, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet have supported us financially. Their support allows us to meet the immediate needs of our clients through our Emergency Assistance program, i.e. food, shoes, prescription costs, clothing, bas passes, hygiene items, and identification. Since 2014, we have partnered with the City of Kansas City and Benilde Hall on several Housing & Urban Development (HUD) grants to provide case management and housing placement services for individuals with a disability, mental illness, veterans who are ex-offenders on probation and/or parole. These housing grants are the only HUD grants in Kansas City that specifically target ex-offenders. We partner with Benilde Hall to provide substance abuse treatment services and/or transitional housing for homeless men too. Jackson County Community Backed Anti-Crime Tax (COMBAT) provides funding for our peer to peer mentoring program.
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? No
Board Chair
Board Chair Sister Rose McLarney CSJ
Company Affiliation Avila University
Term Aug 2013 to Aug 2019
Board Members
Ms. Peggy BakerRetired Physical Therapist
Mr Darnell CoffeyProgram Graduate & Volunteer
Mr. Thomas Cotton MDRetired Physician
Mr Michael Garrett
Mrs Suzanne Garrett
Sister Marie Joan Harris PhD, CSJ
Dr. Toya Like PhDUniversity of Missouri-Kansas City
Sister Rose McLarney CSJAvila University
Mr. John MocellaCommunity Volunteer
Dr Eloise Rathbone-McCuan PhDUniversity of Missouri - Kansas City
Sister Berta Sailer (Emeritus) BVMOperation Breakthrough
Mr Rao Tella
Father Gerald WarisPriest, Kansas City/St. Joseph Diocese
Ms Lissa Whittaker
Mrs Patricia Zidar
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 3
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 11
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 6
Female 9
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 3
Board Meeting Attendance % 90%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 80%
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
Advisory Board Members
Mr William Dunn Sr
Ms. Virginia Dee Evans
Mrs Sue Fahey
Mr Kenneth Green
Ms. Margaret May
Mr Patrick McLarneyShook Hardy Bacon
Father Garry Reichmeier CPPS
Fiscal Year Start Sept 01, 2018
Fiscal Year End Aug 31, 2019
Projected Revenue $1,585,449
Projected Expenses $1,579,415
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FYE 8/31/2018, 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$1,309,162$1,227,934$871,575
Administration Expense$61,932$65,860$22,731
Fundraising Expense$82,967$77,973$34,744
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.000.991.15
Program Expense/Total Expenses90%90%94%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201820172016
Total Assets$842,660$865,208$907,879
Current Assets$134,773$150,716$197,108
Long-Term Liabilities$141,013$158,913$193,705
Current Liabilities$7,226$12,664$10,703
Total Net Assets$694,421$693,631$703,471
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201820172016
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities18.6511.9018.42
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201820172016
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets17%18%21%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201820172016
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount $100,000 --Anonymous $100,000
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount $50,516 --Anonymous $54,600
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount $46,772 --Anonymous $31,867
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Organization Comments

Other Documents
JTNL Program Brochure2017View
Organization Name Journey to New Life, Inc.
Address 3120 Troost Ave.
Kansas City, MO 64109
Primary Phone (816) 960-4808
Contact Email
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Georgia Walker Ph.D.
Board Chair Sister Rose McLarney CSJ
Board Chair Company Affiliation Avila University
Year of Incorporation 2013