Footprints, Inc.
4501 Troost Avenue
Kansas City MO 64110-1709
Recovery Community Center, 4501 Troost KCMO


Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 561-0567
Fax 816- 527-8967
Mission Statement
Founded in 2001, Footprints, Inc. exists to build safe environments that ignite positive change through love and outreach. We provide services to people in recovery including housing, support group meetings, life skills and a drop in center. Also, in partnership with the Veterans Administration (VA), we provide housing and case management for homeless veterans. This includes a variety of services from counseling to transportation.
 
Since 2001, Footprints, Inc. has worked with the community to recognize, embrace, and assist homeless veterans and people afflicted with substance use disorder. We are trusted servants ushering those who seek a new life onto the road to recovery.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Rev. Michael Liimatta
Board Chair Mr. Joel Ritchie
Board Chair Company Affiliation Missouri 16th Circuit Court
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2001
Volunteer Opportunities
Ways to donate, support, or volunteer One way to assist the homeless veterans and women in recovery we house is to donate these household and personal items. If you'd like to help call (816) 863-8224.
Financial Summary
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Statements
Mission Statement
Founded in 2001, Footprints, Inc. exists to build safe environments that ignite positive change through love and outreach. We provide services to people in recovery including housing, support group meetings, life skills and a drop in center. Also, in partnership with the Veterans Administration (VA), we provide housing and case management for homeless veterans. This includes a variety of services from counseling to transportation.
 
Since 2001, Footprints, Inc. has worked with the community to recognize, embrace, and assist homeless veterans and people afflicted with substance use disorder. We are trusted servants ushering those who seek a new life onto the road to recovery.
Background Statement
Since 2001, Footprints has brought help and healing to those in recovery from substance use disorders and shelter and hope for homeless veterans.

Our mission is to build safe environments that ignite positive change through love and outreach. We provide services to people in recovery including outpatient treatment, transitional housing, support group meetings, life skills, and a drop-in center. Also, in partnership with the Veterans Administration (VA), we provide housing and case management for homeless veterans. This includes a variety of services from counseling to transportation.

Footprints is certified by the Missouri Department of Mental Health, Division of Behavioral Health as a provider of Outpatient Substance Use Disorder Treatment and Recovery Support services and by the National Alliance of Recovery Residences. It is governed by a board of directors made up of volunteers from the local community.
Impact Statement
Accomplishments:
  1. Provided shelter to over 100 homeless veterans, 85% of them found stable housing after completing the program.
  2. Conducted recovery support group meetings daily with over 300 individuals from the community attending.
  3. Opened Kansas City's first Recovery Community Center on August 14, 2017. 
  4. In 2018, we served over 300 unique individuals with substance use disorders through our state-certified outpatient treatment program. They participated in counseling, classes and other activities at the RCC.
  5. Opened a women's recovery residence in 2018 that was certified by the National Alliance of Recovery Residences.
Goals:
  1. Expand programs for recovering addicts who are not veterans.
  2. Operate a recovery community center on Troost Avenue in 2019.
  3. Maintain certification with the Missouri Department of Mental Health as an outpatient treatment program.
  4. Establish short-term recovery homes for both men and women.
  5. Provide long-term supportive housing for formerly homeless veterans.
  6. Become a training center for people who want to support recovering alcoholics and addicts.
Needs Statement
  1. Funding to expand programs
  2. Short-term recovery homes for both men and women
  3. Long-term supportive housing for formerly homeless veterans
  4. Volunteers and part-time staff members to support the new recovery community center
  5. Marketing and PR opportunities to spread the word about the programs offered.
  6. Recruit additional active members to the board of directors
Service Categories
Substance Abuse Dependency, Prevention & Treatment
Temporary Housing
Half-Way House (Short-Term Residential Care)
Areas of Service
MO - Jackson County Urban Core
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement
Footprints, Inc. was established in 2001 to offer help and support to adults who are seeking to overcome substance use disorder. In 2009, its outreach efforts were expanded to provide a short-term residence to homeless veterans. Though he passed away in 2012, the legacy of our founder, Brother Wayne D. White, continues as we are working to further expand our outreach through the Recovery Community Center on Troost Avenue.
 
The basis of services and programming available through the Recovery Center is Peer Recovery Support Services (PRSS). These are non-clinical services focusing on removing barriers and providing invaluable resources to those who are seeking to achieve and maintain long- term recovery. Support services involve volunteers who seek to share their experience, strength and hope with others.
 
The goal of the Recovery Community Center is to improve quality of life, prevent relapse and sustain long-term recovery. It is not a clubhouse. It is a place where life’s challenges are faced with solutions and guidance. It is a place where skills are shared and learned. It is a place where isolation becomes inclusion and strangers become friends.
 
The RCC is not a treatment center, it is not a 12 Step club, nor is it a drop-in center, though aspects of all of these are apparent. Though qualified staff members will be on duty during operating hours, peer-to-peer recovery support services volunteers will be the primary providers of services.
 
The center provides education, information, referrals, peer support services and fellowship for those seeking long-term recovery from substance use disorder. The program is staffed by qualified addiction counselors and peer support specialists and is be open seven days a week, at least ten hours per day.
 
The goal of the Recovery Community Center is to improve quality of life, prevent relapse and sustain long-term recovery. The RCC is not a treatment center, it is not a 12 Step club, nor is it a drop-in center, though aspects of all of these are apparent.
 
Participation in the Recovery Community Center services is free of charge. The center service emphasizes the peer–to-peer relationship and is managed by staff members certified by the Missouri Credentialing Board as certified peer specialists, who self-identify as peers in recovery from a substance use disorder are also involved.
Programs
Description
Because he served in Vietnam himself, our founder, Brother Wayne White, had a special place in his heart for his fellow veterans, especially those who had fallen on hard times. This led to his establishing Heroes Home Gate in 2009, our short-term residence for veterans.
 
This service is offered in partnership with the U.S. Veterans Administration through their Healthcare for Homeless Veterans initiative. We provide a temporary how for up to then men with 24/7 staff supervision.
 
Case management and other supportive services allow them to work toward securing permanent housing, investigate career options, and take advantage of the services available to them through the VA. When permanent housing is secured, we assist them with furniture and other household items to successfully move into their own homes.
 
For more information about Heroes Home Gate, you may call (816) 863-8224. For entrance into the program, contact Kansas City VA Homeless Veterans Services or call (877) 424-3838. Learn how you can support this program. See the Kansas City Star article about our facility – “Homeless veterans in Kansas City get a place to hang their hats.” (08/30/2014)
Program Budget $300,000.00
Category Human Services, General/Other Services for the Homeless
Population Served Veterans
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success
Nearly 90% of the men who participate in the program go on to permanent housing or another program to support their healing and growth.
Long-Term Success
The Heroes Home Gates program has successfully placed over 80% of those who have stayed with us in permanent housing. We provide a healthy, homelike environment, where nearly 100 homeless male veterans each year are able to get out of the daily struggle for survival. Besides basic food and shelter, residents can participate in a variety of spiritual and recovery activities.
Program Success Monitored By
The key indicators are:
  1. Permanent housing
  2. Stable lifestyle
  3. Employment/education opportunities
  4. Financial stability
Examples of Program Success
Grant, is a 29 year old Marine Corps veteran who served in Afghanistan. He found civilian life tougher than military life. He got out of the service in June 2013. Job opportunities in other cities fell through. He has family in this area, but they haven’t helped like he wished they could. If Grant he couldn’t find someone with an available couch, he’d sleep in his car. Preferably at a truck stop, he adds, where the cops won’t mess with you too much.
 
When he moved into the Heroes Home Gate house in mid-July 2015, he found stability and support to sort through his options and to develop a direction for his life. His immediate priorities were to get his car legal and get a job. And, of course, find a place of his own, which he eventually did. . Eventually he’d like to take advantage of the GI Bill and go to college. Grant says of Heroes Home Gate, “Other homeless shelters make you feel like you’re a criminal but not here.”
Description
The Recovery Community Center is a one-of-a-kind oasis for people in recovery and their friends and family members. It provides education, information, peer support services and fellowship for those seeking long-term recovery from substance use disorder. Located in the heart of Kansas City’s Eastside at 4501 Troost Avenue (map), the Troost 25bus stops right in front of the facility.
 
The goal of the Recovery Community Center is to improve quality of life, prevent relapse and sustain long-term recovery. It is not a clubhouse. It is a place where life’s challenges are faced with solutions and guidance. It is a place where skills are shared and learned. It is a place where isolation becomes inclusion and strangers become friends.
 
Participation in the Recovery Community Center services is free of charge.
 
The Center focuses on Peer Recovery Support Services (PRSS). These are non-clinical services focusing on removing barriers and providing invaluable resources to those who are seeking to achieve and maintain long- term recovery. Support services involve volunteers who seek to share their experience, strength and hope with others.
 
Seven days a week, twelve step groups meet in our facility. These include Alcoholics Anonymous, Cocaine Anonymous, Ala-anon and Alcoholics Victorious.
 
Another service at the center is our computer training and employment skills program. As a sponsor site for the Northstar Digital Literacy Assessment, we offer a series of proctored exams that demonstrate proficiency in various computer skills.
Program Budget $200,000.00
Category Mental Health, Substance Abuse Programs, General/other Outpatient Substance Abuse Treatment
Population Served Alcohol, Drug, Substance Abusers
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success
This inner city recovery community center on Troost Avenue that has counseling, support groups and classes, plus a computer center teaching PC and job skills. We'll be bringing digital life skills, GED classes and other employment oriented training to formerly homeless vets and people who are just beginning the journey of recovery from addiction.
Long-Term Success
The goal of the recovery community center is to provide a place that is open 7 days a week for people who are seeking to recover from alcoholism and drug addiction.
Program Success Monitored By The focus of this program is to provide support to help those in recovery maintain long-term sobriety. Besides, counseling, support groups and classes, there will be a focus on preparation for employment.
Examples of Program Success Currently support groups are offered at the Troost Center, Alcoholics Anonymous, Cocaine Anonymous, Alcoholics Victorious and Al-Anon seven days a week with over 300 individuals currently participating.
Description
MAMA’s House is our newest program, opened in Decmber 2017. It is a safe and supportive residence for women who are in recovery from substance use disorder. The program is accredited by the National Alliance for Recovery Residences.
 
It is staffed by individuals who have Recovery Support Specialist and Recovery Support Specialist-Peer credentials from the Missouri Credentialing Board. Most have received special training in Medication Assisted Treatment which is critical for helping to residents who struggle with opioid use disorder.
 
Residents of the recovery house participate in the recovery services of the Wayne D. White Recovery Community Center. These include individual counseling, recovery classes, group therapy and support groups. Learn more about our recovery support services.
 
MAMA’s House (Mothers Achieving the Master’s Agenda) is sponsored by Christian Fellowship Baptist Church and DAVE’s Place Community Impact Center.
 
If you are interested in providing support to the women who start at MAMA’s House, see our Items Needed page.
Category Housing, General/Other Transitional Housing
Population Served Females
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success Successfully launch and establish this new program. Doors opened in January 2018.
Long-Term Success Will provide housing and recovery support to at least fifty women each year who suffer from substance use disorder and other difficulties in their lives.
Program Success Monitored By All counselors notes, group notes and treatment plans are maintained in the COMBAT Connections client management system.
Examples of Program Success Meisha is a graduate of the outpatient treatment program at Footprints' Wayne D. White Recovery Community Center. Now, as she is rebuilding her life, she is seeking employment and permanent housing. Her stay at MAMA's House provides her with a safe and supportive residence to begin this transition.
Description

For people in need of addiction recovery, we offer state-certified outpatient substance use disorder treatment services staffed by professional counselors.

All activities are held at the Wayne D. White Recovery Community Center.

Participants in the Footprints outpatient treatment program attend three one-hour sessions a week for approximately three months. Two of the sessions are classes or group therapy and one is a meeting with a professional counselor or certified peer specialist. Every participant has an individual assessment and recovery plan. A weekly drug screening is also required.

Classes and groups meet on Monday and Wednesday evenings, Tuesday and Thursday afternoons and Saturday mornings. Counseling and recovery coaching sessions are scheduled individually.

A. Recovery Classes

Our outpatient treatment program starts with eight classes that focus on the basics of recovery:

  • Session One: Values – understanding personal values and prioritizing needs versus wants.
  • Session Two: Four Quadrants Of Awareness – identifying likes/dislikes of using/not using.
  • Session Three: Disease Of Addiction – understanding the bio-psycho-social effects of substance use disorder.
  • Session Four: Mistaken Beliefs – how to differentiate abstinence from recovery.
  • Session Five: Recovery – understanding the principles of recovery and practicing them in sessions, as well as in daily life.
  • Session Six: Partial Recovery – identifying stuck points and develop alternative options.
  • Session Seven: Relapse Prevention Planning – how to list components of relapse and formulate a recovery plan.
  • Session Eight: Family – understanding and identifying the roles in the chemically dependent and dysfunctional family.

These classes are held at 6:00 PM Monday & Wednesday and at 11:00 AM Tuesday & Thursday.

B. Therapy Groups

Once the educational component is completed, participants become part of a ten-week therapeutic process group that is led by a certified counselor. These groups meet on Monday and Wednesday evenings at 6:00 pm. and at 9:30 am Tuesdays and Thursdays. The purpose of the process groups is to help participants implement what they learned in the classes and to support their desire to continue to grow in recovery.

C. Individual Counseling

While involved in the classes and group therapy, participants meet once a week with a substance use disorder counselor or a peer specialist who is certified by the Missouri Credentialing Board.

An individualized treatment plan is developed and updated for all participants. While involved in the program, a weekly drug test is also required.

D. Recovery Community Center

After completing the outpatient program, continuing support is available through our RCC. Learn more about these opportunities.

E. Paying for Services

Self-pay options are available. For those who can’t afford to pay, we do have special funding to cover these services. This includes help for adult residents of Jackson County, Missouri through COMBAT and the Missouri Department of Mental Health’s Recovery Support Services funding.

F. How to Get Involved

A formal intake is required to participate in our recovery support and outpatient treatment services. To schedule an appointment, call (816) 561-0567 or contact us.

Footprints is certified by the Missouri Department of Public Health, Division of Behavioral Health to provide Outpatient Treatment and Recovery Support services.

Program Budget $300,000.00
Category Mental Health, Substance Abuse Programs, General/other Substance Abuse Counseling
Population Served Alcohol, Drug, Substance Abusers
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success
Grow our outreach to low-income men and women who struggle with substance use disorder, especially those involved in the criminal justice system and court supervision.
 
 Maintain a staff of professionals who are providing effective treatment services.
 
Operate according to the rules of the Missouri Department of Mental Health in order to maintain Outpatient Treatment Level III certification. 
Long-Term Success

In our efforts to reach more people in need of our services, we will be continuing our efforts to expand collaborations with drug courts, Probation and Parole and other groups working with individuals returning to the community from incarceration. In particular, we will provide assessment services on-site at the Kansas City Municipal Court, work closely with probation and parole officers in case management efforts to help ex-offenders reduce the rates of recidivism by managing their issues with substance abuse.

  1. The Target Population/Community: The focus will be low-income male and female criminal offenders who are diagnosed with substance use disorders. The goal is to identify them as needing treatment and to refer them to the appropriate treatment and recovery support programs. While referrals will be made to other local providers, Footprints will provide Level III outpatient supported recovery and opportunities to provide services through our women's recovery residence.

2. Proposed Project Activities: Footprints, Inc. offers the following services to those seeking to overcome substance use disorders:

· Professional Outpatient Services: individual counseling, education and therapy groups

· Recovery Community Center: drop-in center, crisis intervention, referrals, case management, support groups, PC classes, peer coaching and mentoring, recovery friendly social activities.

· Recovery housing: transitional residence for women with weekly one-on-one sessions and house meetings. Residents also participate in activities at the Recovery Community Center.

Outreach to individuals in the criminal justice system who suffer from substance use disorders.
Program Success Monitored By In-depth records are maintained in our client services management system, COMBAT Connections. Monthly reports are produced that show services rendered and a productivity report on staff members in delivering them.
Examples of Program Success

Participants in the Footprints outpatient treatment program attend three one-hour sessions a week for approximately three months. Two of the sessions are classes or group therapy and one is a meeting with a professional counselor or certified peer specialist. Every participant has an individual assessment and recovery plan. A weekly drug screening is also required.

Classes and groups meet on Monday and Wednesday evenings, Tuesday and Thursday afternoons and Saturday mornings. Counseling and recovery coaching sessions are scheduled individually.

Though we deal with a very challenging population, we serve over 300 unique individuals each year. Approximately 10% of them complete the full three-month program.
CEO Comments
2018 was an important year in Footprints' history.  In August 2017, Footprints took a major step in expanding its services to reach more needy people in Kansas City’s inner city. The facility on Troost Avenue was reopened as the city’s first Recovery Community Center. As part of this effort, the organization is again participating in DMH's Recovery Support Services funding with additional support from Jackson County COMBAT. Certification as an Outpatient Treatment Program program was also attained with the Missouri Department of Mental Health, Division of Behavioral Health. MAMA’s House, a recovery home for women opened in January 2018. It also received accreditation from the National Alliance for Recovery Residences in the same year.
 
Since the launch of the outreach of the Wayne D. White Recovery Community Center, we became more engaged with people involved with the criminal justice system. Over 90% of referrals to our recovery support services have come from Missouri Probation and Parole and drug court. Because of the relationship between substance use disorder and criminal activity, we currently face a need to offer additional programming that addresses the unique needs of ex-offenders and others involved in the criminal justice system who are experiencing substance use disorder.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Rev. Michael Liimatta
Term Start Feb 2017
Experience
Michael worked with Wayne White to establish the organization in 2001 and has served as a member of the board of directors for many years.
 
He has been involved with outreach to the homeless and addicted for over thirty years. He has served as a college administrator, a nonprofit executive director, a consultant and an addiction counselor. He recently spent a year in Washington, DC at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development working on a special project to bring Internet and computers to families with children who reside in public housing.
 
As Chief Academic Officer, Michael established the Bachelor Science in Addiction Studies degree program of City Vision University in 2008 and still serves as an adjunct instructor. He is co-founder of Connecting for Good and served as its CEO for five years. It is a Kansas City nonprofit organization that is working to close the digital divide. For over 17 years, he served as Director of Education for the Association of Gospel Rescue Missions. In 1979, Michael founded New Creation Center, a licensed residential treatment center in Atlantic Mine, Michigan, where he served as director for ten years.
 
Michael Liimatta holds a graduate degree in Theology from the Inter-Lutheran Theological Seminary and studied at MidAmerica Nazarene University, where he earned the MA in Organizational Administration with a nonprofit management emphasis.
Former CEOs
NameTerm
Wayne D. WhiteNov 2001 - Feb 2012
Senior Staff
Title Program Director
Staff
Paid Full-Time Staff 17
Paid Contractors 7
Volunteers 12
Retention Rate 90%
Staff Diversity (Ethnicity)
African American/Black 16
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 1
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Staff Diversity (Gender)
Female 9
Male 8
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
Collaborations
• Angels of Mercy Recovery House
• Benilde Hall
• Beyond the Conviction
• Counselors Obediently Preventing Substance Abuse dba C.O.P.S
• Dismas House of Kansas City, Inc.
• Healing House, Inc.
• Sheffield Place
• Sober 1
• House of Hope, Inc.
• Salvation Army
• Catholic Charities
• reStart
• St. Michael's Veterans Center
• Kansas City Rescue Mission
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? Yes
CEO Comments I am working with the Kansas City Recovery Coalition as Project Coordinator for the AmeriCorps VISTA project. 

To stem the growing Opioid Epidemic, the Corporation for National and Community Service is supporting Kansas City area substance abuse recovery programs through AmeriCorps VISTA. The first group of VISTA volunteers began their work with local agencies on September 4, 2018. The Kansas City Recovery Coalition is hosting VISTA volunteers to build capacity and sustainability for its front-line member organizations. One volunteer will devote his full-time efforts to the Coalition and will serve as the VISTA Leader for this effort. VISTAs are now working locally in low income, primarily minority communities that are being devastated by opioids and other drugs.

These efforts include:

  • Researching funding opportunities and grant writing.
  • Organizing training events and other meetings.
  • Engaging in promotional activities including social media and newsletters.
  • Meeting with decision makers and policy makers in the community.
  • Supervising and recruiting volunteers.
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Joel Ritchie
Company Affiliation Missouri 16th Circuit Court
Term Jan 2019 to Dec 2024
Email jritchie344@gmail.com
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Mr. John BrewerRetired, U.S. Marine Corps
Ms. Faye Johnson-KendrickChristian Fellowship Baptist Church
Mr. Michael LiimattaFootprints, Inc.
Ms. Raquel MeyerKeller Williams
Mr. Joel RitchieMissouri 16th Circuit Court
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 3
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 2
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 3
Female 2
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 0
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 90%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
CEO Comments We are looking to expand our board to include additional members in the coming year.
Financials
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2019
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2019
Projected Revenue $700,000
Projected Expenses $68,000
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2018, 2017, 2016: Financial data reported using the IRS Form 990.
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line item may include contributions from individuals.
Detailed Financials
 
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201820172016
Program Expense$407,674$246,660$173,443
Administration Expense$108,919$70,882$52,807
Fundraising Expense$37,256$22,478$8,031
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.931.201.18
Program Expense/Total Expenses74%73%75%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201820172016
Total Assets$190,043$211,306$130,957
Current Assets$111,077$124,518$47,331
Long-Term Liabilities$28,518$29,596$30,601
Current Liabilities$39,932$21,400$0
Total Net Assets$121,593$160,310$100,356
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201820172016
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities2.785.82--
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201820172016
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets15%14%23%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201820172016
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount --US Veterans Administration $240,000 --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount --Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City $75,000 --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount --Jackson County COMBAT $35,000 --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Campaign Purpose
Organization Comments Our organization is committed to excellence, accountability and transparency. We work with the CPA firm Keller & Owens, LLC, to ensure that our financial records are maintained in an impeccable manner. Our auditor is Darin Krull LLC
Other Documents
Certification by the Missouri Dept of Mental Health2018View
National Alliance for Recovery Residences Accreditation2018View
Organization Name Footprints, Inc.
Address 4501 Troost Avenue
Kansas City, MO 641101709
Primary Phone (816) 561-0567
Contact Email info@kcfootprints.org
CEO/Executive Director Rev. Michael Liimatta
Board Chair Mr. Joel Ritchie
Board Chair Company Affiliation Missouri 16th Circuit Court
Year of Incorporation 2001