Family Promise of the Northland
4406 NE 45th Terrace
Kansas City MO 64119
Mission Statement
Our mission is to help unemployed and underemployed homeless families in the Clay and Platte counties achieve self-sufficiency.  
CEO/Executive Director
Board Chair Ms. Vicki Vance
Board Chair Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2010
Volunteer Opportunities
Ways to donate, support, or volunteer Family Promise of the Northland welcomes donations in many forms to assist us in serving the Northland homeless population. Donations can be processed electronically via our website, set up through our direct debit program for automatic withdrawal (call to be sent an ACH authorization), mailed to our P.O. Box, or dropped off at our Day Center. Additionally, the 300 Club is our monthly giving program where we seek 300 members pledging to donate $25.00 per month to support the daily operating expenses of our Day Center. Most importantly, Family Promise of the Northland welcomes in-kind donations of goods and services, and has various volunteer opportunities for individuals and groups.
Financial Summary
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Mission Statement
Our mission is to help unemployed and underemployed homeless families in the Clay and Platte counties achieve self-sufficiency.  
Background Statement

Family Promise of the Northland is an independent affiliate of the national Family Promise network which first started in New Jersey in 1986. It is the first affiliate in Missouri and is one of 200 affiliates operating in the United States. Through the collaborative efforts of more than 180,000 volunteers, Family Promise affiliates nationally have served over 700,000 children and adults, and more than 74% of the families we serve find housing in less than nine weeks because of our intensive case management and community support.

Family Promise was introduced to Kansas City Northlanders in January 2010, and by 2011, Family Promise of the Northland (FPN) was incorporated. After years of planning, fundraising, purchasing property and two buildings (one of which houses our Day Center), extensive renovations, and countless volunteer hours, FPN began serving homeless family clients on June 1, 2014. We are a non-sectarian, community-based response to the growing number of homeless families in the Northland.

FPN works with up to 14 homeless family members (usually 3 to 4 families at a time). Common characteristics of all FPN guest families is that they are all homeless with custody of at least one child under 18 or are expecting a child. Most of the families are either unemployed or underemployed, which has contributed to their homelessness.

We work with community members and agencies to utilize existing resources to provide shelter, meals, and help families access employment training, healthcare, budget counseling, educational programs and other services. FPN also provides individualized case management services geared toward the development of enduring life skills so our families can achieve self-sufficiency, which includes securing safe and sustainable housing, stable employment, and affordable child care.

Impact Statement
2016 Top Accomplishments: 
  • Provided temporary/ transitional housing, including counseling, life-skills development, referral services, and basic needs for 17 families (61 individuals).
  • Provided housing and supportive services to 38 children in families.
  • Engaged our community with local volunteers serving approximately 18,443 hours.  
  • Increased donations by 42.5%.
  • Decreased Day Center operational expenses by 17.7%.
2017 Top Goals: 
  • To provide temporary/ transitional housing, including counseling, life-skills development, referral services, and basic needs for 18 families (65 individuals).
  • To provide housing and supportive services to 40 children in families.
  • To reach 75% or greater membership in our 300 Club monthly pledge commitments.
  • To obtain affordable child care and reliable transportation to and from work and child care for our families.
  • To create partnerships with local organizations and volunteers to provide programs and courses for our guests in order to help them obtain self-sufficiency.
Needs Statement
  1. Transportation for our families to and from our day center for work and child care ($12,000-15,000). 
  2. Affordable child care for the children we serve for both full time and before and after school care ($10,000-$15,000). 
  3. Support with Day Center operating expenses in order to provide meals, shelter, hospitality, and family services for our families ($20,000-$30,000).  
  4. Support funding for staff to assist in daily operations and case management ($7,500-$10,000).  
  5. Volunteers to aid in programs for our guests, including budgeting, lifestyle skills, parenting, and healthy relationships.
Service Categories
Homeless Services/Centers
Areas of Service
MO - Clay County
MO - Platte County
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement

We had a great 2016, as we successfully transitioned countless families to self-sufficiency by finding full time employment and permanent or transitional housing. It is our goal to offer a hand-up, not just a hand-out. We strive to break the cycle of poverty to help not only the family we are serving, but future generations as well. We focus on the success of the adults, and especially on the stability of the children. We work to ensure each child’s life is as secure as possible in such hard circumstances. Once in the program, adults are required to obtain full-time employment or attend school full-time, or a combination of the two. School age children attend school during the day and our families’ younger children must be enrolled in child care services. We work with the families to help them find both stable employment and affordable child care. All basic expenses are paid and families are required to save 80% of their income, which may then be used to pay down debt and to be saved for future housing.

We understand that effective budgeting is key in the future success and sustained independence of our families and we are currently in the process of redesigning our budget counseling program and seeking partners to assist in this development. One of our biggest challenges at present is transportation for our guests to and from work and for the children to and from child care. We are recruiting volunteers and seeking financial assistance to assist with our transportation needs at this time. Another challenge for our program is finding affordable child care for our guests. We work with various agencies to assist families in this endeavor and are in the process of developing new child care opportunities for our guests.  

Description Family Housing Initiative
Category Human Services, General/Other Human Services, General/Other
Population Served Families
Short-Term Success
  • Providing secure, temporary housing.
  • Providing for basic food, shelter and clothing needs.
  • Providing for laundry, shower, and personal hygiene needs.
  • Liaising with local education authorities regarding continued enrollment for school-aged children in local public schools.
  • Providing assistance for parents needing child-care in order to secure employment.
  • Securing documentation needed for employment purposes (e.g. birth certificate, SSN, physical mailing address).
  • Obtaining employment if unemployed or better employment if underemployed.
  • Paying down debts.
  • Securing more permanent, stable housing.
  • Obtaining health insurance for entire families.
  • Obtaining banking accounts.
  • Applying for or renewing family support division subsidies.
Long-Term Success
  • Stable employment with adequate income to maintain affordable housing
  • Long-term, sustainable housing
  • Reliable, affordable transportation
  • Children enrolled in school or childcare
  • Medical care available and accessible for entire family
Program Success Monitored By
Ongoing contact with clients with inquiry as to status of: 
  • Employment
  • Healthcare
  • Transportation
  • Children’s education
  • Medical care 
These contacts occur after the following time intervals: 
  • Upon exit from the program
  • Between 3 to 6 months after exit from the program
  • 12 months after exit from the program
Examples of Program Success
One of our incredible success stories includes a mother with two teenage children and three grandchildren. Although this mother had employment, she had recently lost her home. As a result of the program, she was able to find a better paying job and was able to get into a house with her children and grandchildren. She is now in the process of buying her family a home! Another wonderful success story involves a mother with two children and two grandchildren. With the assistance of our program she was able to secure two jobs to support her family and moved into a transitional living apartment.
CEO Comments

Our families receive intensive case management, where we set attainable goals and meet regularly with them to monitor progress and provide guidance. Our Day Center is home base for families in our program, providing an address and phone number for potential employers to reach them, access to computers for job and housing searches and a familiar place for them to regroup while addressing their goals. We are in the process of developing classes for our families to assist in their journey toward self-sufficiency, including budget counseling, life skills, parenting, and healthy relationships courses.  Fortunately, family homelessness can be a very temporary situation, if they receive strong services during this time of crisis. Our program offers a lifeline-a connection to caring volunteers and community services that can help families work through their temporary crisis toward hope, improved circumstances, and ultimately, independent living.

Executive Director/CEO

Paid Full-Time Staff 0
Volunteers 45
Retention Rate 0%
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Semi-Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Semi-Annually
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Semi-Annually
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Under Development
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Under Development
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures Under Development
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
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Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? No
CEO Comments The highest ambition of Family Promise of the Northland is to see each and every family in our program achieve self-sufficiency. Securing affordable child care, reliable transportation, and stable housing are the primary focal points for our organization. We are reaching out to various agencies and organizations, and are working to gain volunteer and financial support, to assist our program in meeting these needs for our families.
Board Chair
Board Chair Ms. Vicki Vance
Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Term Jan 2015 to Dec 2018
Board Members
Ms. Carolyn CookRetired
Ms. Marilyn GardnerRetired
Mr. Jerry HeadRetired
Mr. Jeffrey HonCommunity Volunteer
Ms. Janelle JohnsonRetired
Mr. Russell JohnsonCommunity Volunteer
Mr. Carl PratherRetired
Ms. Joann QuinnCommunity Volunteer
Ms. Vicki VanceCommunity Volunteer
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 9
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 4
Female 5
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 90%
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 12
CEO Comments

Our Board of Directors is committed to helping local low-income families facing homelessness in the Northland area. In fact, our Board members alone volunteer almost 500 hours each month. Each Board member is passionate about every individual family member welcomed into our program and they work tirelessly to help our guests achieve self-sufficiency.

Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2017
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2017
Projected Revenue $95,801
Projected Expenses $85,325
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FY 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$57,657$69,339$75,254
Administration Expense$3,693$5,916$3,232
Fundraising Expense$4,524$1,420$1,565
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.240.851.01
Program Expense/Total Expenses88%90%94%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$666,797$662,563$651,954
Current Assets$35,717$14,003$7,505
Long-Term Liabilities$0$6,797$6,919
Current Liabilities$17,085$21,950$0
Total Net Assets$649,712$633,816$645,035
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities2.090.64--
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%1%1%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
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
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years Yes
Organization Comments

Our biggest financial priority this year is to increase membership in our 300 Club.  The 300 Club is our monthly giving program where we seek 300 members pledging to donate $30.00 per month to support the daily operating expenses of our Day Center.  Additionally, we are actively seeking support to secure reliable drivers for our transportation program for our guests to and from work and child care and to assist our guests with child care expenses.

Other Documents
Organization Name Family Promise of the Northland
Address 4406 NE 45th Terrace
Kansas City, MO 64119
Primary Phone (816) 888-7070
Board Chair Ms. Vicki Vance
Board Chair Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Year of Incorporation 2010