Journey to New Life Inc.
3120 Troost Ave.
Kansas City MO 64109
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 960-4808
Mission Statement
Journey to New Life is a nonprofit social service organization organized to serve men and women returning to the community from prison or other involvement with the local, state or federal justice system. The goal is to assist these men and women to become successful and productive citizens and thereby make the community a safer place to live and work.
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Georgia Walker Ph.D.
Board Chair Ms. Sister Rose McLarney CSJ
Board Chair Company Affiliation Avila University
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2013
Financial Summary
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Mission Statement
Journey to New Life is a nonprofit social service organization organized to serve men and women returning to the community from prison or other involvement with the local, state or federal justice system. The goal is to assist these men and women to become successful and productive citizens and thereby make the community a safer place to live and work.
Background Statement
In 2013 individuals with interest, experience and commitment to help those with the greatest barriers to stable housing and lifestyle and most at risk for homelessness turned their conversation into action by creating Journey to New Life Inc. Each had worked with men and women returning to society from prison or jail for a minimum of 15 years and wanted to serve individuals that are falling through the cracks of other service providers. The current return rate to prison is 68% and the number of individuals incarcerated in Missouri increased in 2014-2016 rather than decreasing as planned. The experience of two of the staff in a reentry program in St Louis was that less than 4% of clients served, returned to prison.
The Board of Directors was formed and Journey to new Life incorporated in August 2013. Services began in September 2013 with two part time case managers and 4 volunteers. Over 500 clients were served in the first fiscal year.
Networking with other service providers has been a key to success and reduces duplication of services.
By 2015, an emergency shelter for women (Journey House) began receiving clients from Missouri prisons. The home can house up to fifteen residents. 
In 2016 we conducted a capital campaign to purchase our office building at 3120 Troost in order to accommodate the expansion of our programs. 
Impact Statement
From September 1, 2014 to August 31, 2016:
  • Purchased and started up an emergency shelter which can house fifteen women returning from prison who have no where else to go.
  • Spent 90% of all income on direct client services and 10% on administrative expenses. (Source: 990)
  • Clients returning to prison dropped below 1% compared to a national average of 67%. 
Currently our goals are to: 
  • Help 300 individuals and families per year to obtain permanent housing and address their basic issues causing homelessness and/or incarceration.
  • Assist 300 individuals to establish goals to avoid crime, become self sustaining and to reach their goals.
  • Provide 1,600 individuals with emergency assistance.
  • Develop a social enterprise to create jobs for our clients and a revenue stream back into our organization.
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 bus passes, bus passes for seeking employment and get to treatment programs, and tools or specialized clothing for work, ($25,000)
  4. Case manager for Journey House (emergency shelter for women returning from prison)
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 a PhD in sociology, worked for 20 years with prisoner re entry programs and 3 years with the Greater Kansas City Homeless Services Coalition.
Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start
Compensation Last Year
Senior Staff
Title Program Director
Paid Full-Time Staff 10
Paid Part-Time Staff 2
Volunteers 75
Paid Contractors 0
Retention Rate 100%
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

Organizations that are collaborative partners:

  • Benilde Hall
  • Sullivan Center
  • Greater Kansas City Homeless Services Coalition
  • Greater Kansas City Re entry Coalition
  • Missouri Department of Corrections
  • Missouri and Federal Probation and Parole
  • Seton Center
  • Truman Behavioral Health
  • Hope and Faith ministries
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? No
Board Chair
Board Chair Ms. Sister Rose McLarney CSJ
Company Affiliation Avila University
Term Aug 2013 to Dec 2018
Board Members
Ms. Peggy Baker Retired Physical Therapist
Mr Darnell Coffey Program Graduate & Volunteer
Mr. Thomas Cotton MDRetired Physician
Sister Marie Joan Harris PhD, CSJ
Dr. Toya Like PhDUniversity of Missouri-Kansas City
Sister Rose McLarney Avila University
Mr. John Mocella Community Volunteer
Sister Berta Sailer (Emeritus) BVMOperation Breakthrough
Father Gerald Waris Priest, Kansas City/St. Joseph Diocese
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 7
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 5
Female 4
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 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 11
Advisory Board Members
Mr Bill Dunn SrDunn Construction
Ms. Virginia Dee Evans
Mr. Joe Fahey
Ms Sue Fahey
Ms. Margaret May
Mr Patrick McLarney Shook Hardy Bacon
Father Garry Reichmeier CPPS
CEO Comments We would welcome an interview with anyone interested in the Mission of Journey to New Life and the possibility of being on the Board of Directors or Advisory Board or a "Friend of JTNL."
Fiscal Year Start Sept 01, 2016
Fiscal Year End Aug 31, 2017
Projected Revenue $1,467,350
Projected Expenses $1,443,500
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FYE 8/31/2016, 2015, 2014: Financial data reported using IRS Form 990.
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line item may include contributions from individuals.
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$871,575$344,030$137,067
Administration Expense$22,731$3,912$24,234
Fundraising Expense$34,744$0$0
Payments to Affiliates----$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.152.531.26
Program Expense/Total Expenses94%99%85%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue3%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$907,879$573,897$43,750
Current Assets$197,108$236,946$38,775
Long-Term Liabilities$193,705$0$0
Current Liabilities$10,703$1,330$2,010
Total Net Assets$703,471$572,567$41,740
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities18.42178.1519.29
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets21%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountAnonymous $100,000Christian Foundation $314,265 --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountAnonymous $54,600St. Joseph Medical Center Auxiliary $50,000 --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountAnonymous $31,867Dunn Family Foundation $25,000 --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Organization Comments

Challenge to serving individuals with a history in the criminal justice system is that many people say why would be help them when they have harmed society.   The reality is that 97% of individuals that go into prison return to society.   Without assistance 68% of them return to prison within 3 years.   The experience of Journey to new Life is that only 3% have returned to prison due to the assistance they receive.

The opportunity is to assist individuals to establish stability and become self sustaining contributing members of the greater Kansas City community

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