Freedom Works Development Corporation
PO Box 270061
Kansas City MO 64127
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 726-0077
Mission Statement
Our mission is educating and resourcing urban youth and young adults so that they can become productive citizens and be able to obtain steady employment and a healthy living environment. There will be an emphasis on shared responsibilities alongside mentors in specific projects through long-term relationships with dual goals of skill and character development. Celebrating the value of each individual will encourage healthy people to become effective leaders.
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Bruce McGregor
Board Chair Mr. Bruce McGregor
Board Chair Company Affiliation Freedom Fire Urban Ministries
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1992
Financial Summary
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Mission Statement Our mission is educating and resourcing urban youth and young adults so that they can become productive citizens and be able to obtain steady employment and a healthy living environment. There will be an emphasis on shared responsibilities alongside mentors in specific projects through long-term relationships with dual goals of skill and character development. Celebrating the value of each individual will encourage healthy people to become effective leaders.
Background Statement
The legal name for this organization is Freedom Works Development Corp. The common name is Freedom Works. The organizational structure of Freedom Works consists of the Board of Directors, staff, and advisory board, for discussion purposes.  This organization, with well over 30 years of established history in Kansas City, serves as a platform for leadership development.  Freedom Works allows the deep investment and support in community leaders.  This unique objective means our programs are very diverse in nature.  Allowing us to invest in the leaders as they invest in the community.  Each program operates with a specific advisory board, mission, vision and fundraising plan.
The Freedom Works board also exists for the purpose of encouraging and supporting the staff, helping to formulate plans for the acquisition and improvement of local facilities and programs, approving budgets, participating in fund raising, and making recommendations with respect to properties, programs, expenditures, and other matters relating to the work. 
Impact Statement
Our strategy for accomplishing our mission is focused in two general areas. First, we are building strong purposeful friendships people from the urban core. Second, we are committed to educating these youth and young adults because we believe it plays a vital role in equipping them.
Freedom Works is diverse in it’s programming, and has seen a wide range of success, implementation and grown. In the past year we’ve seen the following accomplishments from our programs:
  • Growing the Lead to Read KC program from 300 volunteers to over 950 volunteers.
  • Freedom Works had five job shadows and five service projects completed.
  • Freedom Wood Works began its operations, working with young adults on furniture making and marketing their items social media.
Five of our goals for 2017 include:
  • Compete in NCAA live events (Freedom Hoops Program)
  • Successfully run a fireworks stand (Freedom Works Program)
  • Begin a garden and sell at a farmer’s market (Freedom Hoops Program)
  • Freedom Tech Works: Tangibly, our biggest need is to become e-Steward or R2 certified so that we can receive equipment donations from more places. This is a time and cost intensive endeavor.
  • Freedom Works - Our biggest goal for 2017 is to find another manager. It takes a very specific person to be able to do this and we’re being intentional in this process.
Needs Statement
  1. Garden space and materials (Freedom Hoops Program)
  2. $150,000 in funding to sustain and grow the Lead to Read KC program so it can continue working toward its goal of every student in Kansas City with a reading mentor.
  3. $5,000-$7,000 for on-going research funding for program measured outcomes. (Lead to Read Program)
  4. Covered trailer to transport completed furniture (Freedom Wood Works)
  5. Volunteers with construction experience to help renovate a new recovery house (Saints from the Streets)
Service Categories
Leadership Development
Areas of Service
MO - Jackson County Urban Core
KS - Wyandotte County Urban Core
MO - Jackson County
We serve the greater metropolitan area of Kansas City.
Description We use basketball to engage urban youth to fight the cycle of fatherlessness, hopelessness, and under resourcing. We are an urban basketball movement deeply developing each young man through faith, recreation, education, and employment. As a program we value perseverance, accountability, sacrifice, transformation, and joy.
Category Recreation & Sports, General/Other Basketball
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years), ,
Short-Term Success Our young men are more prone to listen and follow directions than two years ago. They continue to develop a growth mindset. As a result of our oversight, their grades continue to improve. Our young men continue to work hard at ACT math prep questions each week and some expressed interest in doing math problems on Khan Academy (online tutoring website) with their free time. They enjoy working and crave opportunities to work and make money. We have a core group of young men who deeply desire to see their lives transformed. Recently they changed our team name to the Trailblazers, because they all agreed that they are blazing a trail in their current circumstances for a better life.
Long-Term Success To transform urban youth through growth in recreation, education, and employment skills to impact their communities. Our program commits to helping our young men graduate high school, gain post-secondary training, maintain a job, love their wife and kids, help serve their community, and ultimately we want them to eventually lead Freedom Hoops. Our goal is not to have 20-30 teams but deeply invest in a handful of urban teams to see them impact their communities.
Program Success Monitored By We want to take 15 young men to Kids Across America (urban camp for kids). We want to have two basketball teams compete in eight tournaments this spring, summer, and fall. We are going to have an apprenticeship program where two young men will shadow the program director, help run a fireworks stand, lead basketball clinics for youth, perform yard work, and develop financial literacy. We are exploring a garden and want to use it as a way to get jobs for our young men and help them build people skills as they sell the produce at farmer’s markets. We will require that each player performs one to two job shadows and that the team participates in six to eight service projects. Weekly we will have grade checks and have ACT prep questions for math and English.
Examples of Program Success
We have two young men who deeply desire perseverance and accountability. They will help run the fireworks stand this summer. One of them has been deliberate about asking how he can improve his ACT score and get more math problems to practice to help his grades. When I helped him get a Khan Academy account, he said that he would work on the problems over the weekend. He now is helping lead our younger team of athletes, and all of them look up to him as a role model. He uses his influence to promote our team’s core values.
Last summer out of the 12 young men on our team, there were only two dads involved in their sons’ lives. Despite the parental care, our young men made our program a priority and not only showed up to all events, but they finished the tasks at hand. They followed through on what they committed to do. They finished the games the way they were capable of instead of quitting like the season before. They showed signs of becoming men.
Description Freedom Tech Works provides hands-on training with computers, primarily with unemployed men. While receiving computer technology training, they refurbish second-generation computers and donate them to charities and sell others, using the profits to help pay for the training.
Category Employment, General/Other Job Training & Employment
Population Served Unemployed, Underemployed, Dislocated, ,
Short-Term Success The men that participate seem to have a renewed energy from being able to work since, for some, it may have been a while since they've worked a regular job. The work itself is challenging and rewarding so they experience a boost in confidence. Since the primary focus is time spent together and mentoring the men experience a sense of belonging while learning some new skills.
Long-Term Success Our long term goal for the men that participate at Freedom Tech Works is development of character and standard job skills as well as acquiring gainful employment elsewhere. For many men it's a landing place while they get their feet under them in order to find full time work. We want to see men making better life decisions and to see changes in their character and their relationships.
Program Success Monitored By We will know the success of the program by the number of men lives’ that are transformed from the inside out. It's great if men go on to find gainful employment, but we want see a change in their character and decisions. That's more of how success is measured in our program. If we see steps of progress in those areas then we feel we are successful.
Examples of Program Success In the past 2 years, we've had 5 men that have participated and gone on to find full time work in other places. There are others who are still around on a regular basis, and though they may not have full-time work, they may be performing temporary work at various places. Mainly, though, all of them would tell you that their time spent with us was fruitful. One man said, "I cannot wait for the chances I get to work there and I don't want to leave."
Description This program offers residential care for those who are recovering from addiction. They receive counseling, mentoring, and work opportunities.
Category Mental Health, Substance Abuse Programs, General/other Residential Substance Abuse Treatment
Population Served Alcohol, Drug, Substance Abusers, ,
Short-Term Success To see each individual man grow in their independence and wholeness. Daily cleanliness such as housekeeping skills, personal hygiene and care of personal property is taught and encouraged daily. Each individual gentleman has a daily chore they are responsible for, some men will be responsible for the cooking and cleaning of the kitchen, some of the living quarters, some the bathrooms and each their own bedrooms. They are also given responsibilities such as the care of the lawn, gardening, walking the dogs, laundry, small home repairs and car maintenance so as to teach them responsibility and skills in different areas. Saints from the Streets has had a positive outcome with 75% of the individuals coming through the program with short-term goals. We see behavior changes such as more confidence, more self-esteem, teamwork, manners and an overall better attitude towards others.
Long-Term Success To support, encourage, and challenge each man that enters the program to get back to a position of being successful in life. Several avenues are used to achieve this goal, job placement, savings plan, personal budget, life building skills and a solid foundation through a compassionate heart of love in grace and mercy while holding the men accountable to healthy boundaries. Since Saints from the Streets Ministries has opened we have had one man who has fulfilled the six-month requirement of the program, has sustained a full time job and maintained his sobriety. This gentleman has asked to stay in the program and has a desire to become an employee of our organization.
Program Success Monitored By April 2016 we were able to open the door to ten men whom were looking for change. We offer a safe place of restoration and healing for men from homelessness. Our three-fold approach of protection, prevention, and promotion. The number of men we’re able to successfully see through our process and into stable life will gauge our success.
Examples of Program Success "My battle with alcohol began in Seattle Washington in 2001. In the early 90's I was a professional musician, later earned a bachelor's degree in culinary arts. My ten-year marriage ended, the street life and homelessness soon followed. I had no respect for myself and became distant from everyone. Over the last fifteen years I have been in and out of "treatment" centers and "rehab" facilities all of them labeled me as a "recovering alcoholic." In April I moved to Kansas City. By May I had all but given up, I was in a detox unit and had made several calls but to no avail. Someone suggested I call Saints from the Streets. I was welcomed in immediately. At first it was hard to let go of my coping devices and my urges to return to the comfort I felt from the years on the streets. I don't have to shuffle through life "recovering." I have respect and love for others and myself. I am employed full-time. Saints from the Streets is and will always be a place of healing and peace of mind.”
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Mr. Bruce McGregor
Term Start Aug 1999
During school days at Wheaton College, Bruce worked as director of Young Life in Glen Ellyn, Illinois. In 1983, Bruce moved to the inner city of Kansas City and began working with an urban ministry. That job led to a teaching position with De La Salle High School, an alternative school for urban youth. From 1986 to 1997, he worked with a suburban church as a teacher and pastor. As a pastor, Bruce led numerous mission trips. During this period, Bruce earned his Master of Divinity degree and Doctorate of Ministry, which focused on leadership development. Bruce founded Freedom Fire in 1997. Since that time the ministry has expanded and includes two sister organizations, Freedom Works (focused on holistic care), and Shalom Retreat Center (120 acre retreat facility Near Mound City, KS). In 2009, Bruce helped start Freedom Covenant Church.
Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start
Compensation Last Year
Paid Full-Time Staff 1
Paid Part-Time Staff 13
Volunteers 1005
Paid Contractors 0
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
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Bruce McGregor
Company Affiliation Freedom Fire Urban Ministries
Term Aug 1999 to Dec 2017
Board Members
Mr. Kevin Cacy Freedom Fire Urban Ministries
Mr. Bruce McGregor Freedom Fire Urban Ministries
Mr. John Walker Retired
Mr. Bob West Retired
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 4
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 4
Female 0
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 3
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2017
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2017
Projected Revenue $300,000
Projected Expenses $299,000
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2015, 2014: Financial data reported using the IRS Form 990-EZ.
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line item may include contributions from individuals.
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$82,616$77,071--
Administration Expense$7,674$7,158--
Fundraising Expense$0$0--
Payments to Affiliates$0$0--
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.222.18--
Program Expense/Total Expenses92%92%--
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%--
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$109,822$89,931--
Current Assets$42,896$15,955--
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0--
Current Liabilities$1,095$1,095--
Total Net Assets$108,727$88,836--
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities39.1714.57--
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%--
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountFreedom Fire $41,085 ----
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountNational Christian Foundation $15,000 ----
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountIndividual Donor $7,000 ----
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Organization Name Freedom Works Development Corporation
Address PO Box 270061
Kansas City, MO 64127
Primary Phone (816) 726-0077
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Bruce McGregor
Board Chair Mr. Bruce McGregor
Board Chair Company Affiliation Freedom Fire Urban Ministries
Year of Incorporation 1992