Rachel House Pregnancy Resource Centers, Inc.
1260 NE Windsor Dr.
Lee's Summit MO 64086
Making a Difference Across Generations
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 921-5050 804
Fax 816- 380-3774
Mission Statement
Rachel House is dedicated to helping meet the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of those who seek assistance when dealing with an unplanned pregnancy. Our focus is to help women make the best choices for their future and the future of their child.
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Kathy Edwards
Board Chair Mr. Steve Burns
Board Chair Company Affiliation Assistant Dean , College of Health Science and Technology, UCM
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1998
Volunteer Opportunities
Ways to donate, support, or volunteer We at Rachel House, on behalf of those we serve appreciate your interest in donating.  Please mail your donation to our administration office at 1260 NE Windsor Drive, Lee's Summit, MO 64086 OR visit our website at www.rachelhousefriends.org , click the DONATE button to make a secure donation by credit card or through Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT).  Thank you for considering a gift to Rachel House!
Financial Summary
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Mission Statement
Rachel House is dedicated to helping meet the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of those who seek assistance when dealing with an unplanned pregnancy. Our focus is to help women make the best choices for their future and the future of their child.
Background Statement
Rachel House Pregnancy Resource Centers have been serving in Kansas City since January of 1992 when we first opened as The LIGHT House of Blue Springs. In 1998, our name officially changed but our work has always remained the same. Since we opened our original center, we have grown to offer services across the metro area from the Northland to Lee’s Summit. Our mission is to help women who are experiencing an unplanned pregnancy to create a parenting or adoption plan that is best for their life and the life of their baby. Over the past 25 years we have assisted an estimated 35,000 women.
Following is a bulleted list of highlights in our history:
  • 1992: Founded by the Light House of Kansas City
  • 1998: Became independent non-profit organization.
  • 2003: Opened 2nd location in Northland
  • 2013: Opened 3rd location in Mid-town
  • 2016: Took over operations of centers in Independence and Grandview
Impact Statement
Top five accomplishments in the past year:
1. Began a Fatherhood Program for men involved in the unplanned pregnancy
2. Updated pregnancy education material and utilization of ipads and tablets to replace paper records
3. Ran a mentoring pilot program to follow clients through baby's first year
4. Hired full-time VP of Advancement
5. Complete refresh of Client Website 
Top four goals for the current year:
1. Train 25 male volunteers for Fatherhood Program
2. Serve 500 male clients 
3. Refresh Partner/donor website better functionality
4. Legacy giving program  

Needs Statement
  • Internet advertising funds to reach target clients ($120,000 for annual SEO)
  • Monthly or one-time donor partnerships to meet client service costs ($500.00 per client x 3000)
  • Committed long-term volunteers who will serve one day weekly for 4-6 hours each week.
  • Male Client advocates for new Fatherhood program (volunteer opportunities Monday-Friday 9:00am-4:30pm)
  • Various material gift items - most pressing $5.00 QT gift cards
Service Categories
Pregnancy Centers
Areas of Service
KS - Wyandotte County
KS - Johnson County
MO - Jackson County
MO - Clay County
MO - Platte County
MO - Lafayette
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement Our greatest success has been helping women to achieve their goals and dreams while still giving birth to their children. Initially, most clients feel powerless and hopeless in early pregnancy, but soon they realize their plans can still come to pass. Hundreds of young adults, age 18-24 are now living out lives that were once deemed nearly impossible. Children from newborn to 17 are looking forward to the future. Challenges for Rachel House have always included a political climate where our work has been hindered in the misunderstood vernacular between those who label themselves as “pro-life” and “pro-choice”. At Rachel House, we understand that every woman has the right to choose her destiny regarding her encounter with an unplanned pregnancy. We are not suggesting that it is our choice over hers and that harsh measures should be taken to force certain decisions upon her. However, we have seen that thorough the kind, compassionate and useful services we provide, most women would rather carry their child to term and accept our offer of assistance to build a solid foundation for her and her baby. Rachel House Pregnancy Resource Center Board Chairman, Sue Vogt states, “I've served on the Rachel House board of directors for 13 years because I'm committed to the great work the organization does to help women navigate the challenges of an unplanned pregnancy. The services, educational programs and practical support are life changing for these women, their babies and other family members. I also am committed to high quality board governance in non-profit organizations and I believe that volunteering in this way is a valuable service to the greater Kansas City community.”
The Pregnancy Resource Centers provide free pregnancy testing, client advocacy, proof of pregnancy verification, and MO Health Net application and instructions. Services are provided by website, phone or walk in appointments.
All positive pregnancy clients are assessed for the assistance that is needed and eligibility for additional services including ultrasound and the Rachel House educational program. It is estimated that we will perform nearly 3000 pregnancy tests in 2018 from our combined locations. An estimated 78% of those tests will be positive.
We provide an initial assessment to determine the clients’ greatest needs. Community referrals are made as needed along with information about our continuing pregnancy and parenting education program.
Category Human Services, General/Other Services for Specific Populations
Population Served Females
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success When a client decides to come to Rachel House, they may be experiencing a range of emotions: fear, confusion, hopelessness, helplessness and isolation. They may not know where their life is headed. From the moment the client steps through the door at Rachel House, our goal is to show compassion, love, support and understanding in a non-judgmental way. The immediate response to this environment is the client feeling valued as a human being. The immediate changes in the clients’ behavior are positive ones. They are no longer alone. They now have an advocate on their side and are offered the tools to cope with their unexpected situation. The combination of support and tools gives the client the power and knowledge to make positive decisions about and for their life and the life of their child. Short term success is making sure that each woman gets the community resources that she needs to continue a healthy pregnancy and when appropriate, enrolls in the Rachel House Education program. In 2017 nearly 2900 women were served with free pregnancy tests and 1317 ultrasounds were provided.  In 2018 we are on track to serve approximately 3000 women and 500 men from our four locations.
Long-Term Success The ultimate goal for clients who come to a Rachel House Pregnancy Center location is for them to feel empowered to make the best decisions concerning their future and the future of their child. Rachel House strives to equip our clients with the tools that will enable them to take care of their immediate and long-term needs and to make well thought out decisions regarding their child’s future.
Program Success Monitored By
One of the ways we judge our success is through the change in our clients’ lives. When these women begin making positive steps, their attitudes change. This in turn, changes the look on their faces. Their outlook on life is positive. Another way to judge is that these women will bring other women to Rachel House. They want to share all they learned with others. The stories that these women share are invaluable. Many of our volunteers, and even some employees, initially came to Rachel House seeking help. This speaks volumes. One final way we judge our success is in the lives of the children that are alive today because their moms chose life for them because of the on-going support they received at Rachel House.
Additionally, statistical analysis is available through our cloud based client data base. Through this data, client participation and success can be tracked quantitatively.  In 2017 there were nearly 4200 education visits from women receiving individual case management and attending group classes.
Examples of Program Success

In 2018 the following email was received from a former Rachel House client.  We know that children, whose parents came to Rachel House as long as 26 years ago are now thriving as young adults, teenagers, and adolescence! Here is one story:

"I went to Rachel House when I was 18 years old.  Now my twins are about to turn 10 and I'm 6 months away from turning 30! I can't believe how long it's been and how far we've come.  I will be forever grateful for the Rachel House and everything they did for me.  When I found myself pregnant and alone, I was terrified. I got an ultrasound there and that's when I learned I was having twins! Seeing them changed my mind and the wonderful ladies gave me hope."
The Rachel House Ultrasound program is staffed by trained medical professionals who are able to introduce mother and baby via the window to the womb known as ultrasound. National statistics indicate that when a woman experiencing an unplanned pregnancy is allowed to see her baby through ultrasound, 80% of the time she will choose to carry the pregnancy. At Rachel House centers, ultrasounds are offered the same day or by appointment for women who are making tough decisions regarding an unplanned pregnancy. Ultrasounds are offered for women whose babies are no more than 14 weeks gestation and administered by trained RN’s. The procedure allows the woman and her family their first introduction to the baby. In 2017 Rachel House centers will provide an estimated 1400 ultrasound scans free to our clients.
Category Health Care, General/Other Reproductive Health
Population Served Females
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success The ultrasound program is the next step in developing a strong relationship with our clients. A community referral appointment as well as enrollment in our pregnancy and parenting education program are positive results of the ultrasound program. This program also provides case management services. These steps build a foundation for the clients’ long-term success.
Long-Term Success The ultimate goal for the clients who receive an ultrasound at Rachel House is for them to make the best possible decision for their unborn child, whether they choose to parent or to place their child for adoption. The ultimate goal for the unborn child is a long, healthy, happy and productive life in a caring and supportive family.
Program Success Monitored By Approximately 84% of the clients who view their baby through ultrasound are excited to continue their pregnancy. Success for them includes receiving the community referrals and on-going support that Rachel House provides.
Examples of Program Success Here is one client’s story in her own words, “The Rachel House ultrasound nurse calmed my feelings of self-doubt. I began to feel that my fears were unfounded. Laying on the table as the nurse prepped my tummy for my first look at the little bean; I was no longer conflicted, but hopeful. My world spun on its axis, and I wasn’t just looking at one little life but two. Are you kidding me? I was just starting to warm up to just the one! Now there are TWO! Talk about a change in the game that I wasn’t ready for at all. Ironically, it wasn’t panic that set in, but a sense of delirium. I mean, one kid will work your anxiety, but two is almost comical. I was all over the map emotionally. It’s strange to feel your heart swell to the size of the universe and your mind shrink to the most minute, inane details that you will ponder day and night for the rest of your pregnancy. The Rachel House staff helped me with all my fears and anxiety. I can’t imagine life without my twins! We are so happy!”
The Rachel House Education program offers a combination of group classes and one-on-one sessions facilitated by an education coordinator.
Clients who choose to take advantage of this program will be given the opportunity to learn practical ways to care for themselves and their babies during and after pregnancy. Each client will visit our center 20 times during a 12-week period as they work their way through the curriculum. Emotional and spiritual support is offered during one-on-one sessions with our education staff. The education program is supported by a paid staff education coordinator and her team of volunteers. There is one education coordinator at each of our four locations.
Category Human Services, General/Other Parenting Education
Population Served Females
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success
This program is focused on empowering our clients to become confident in their parenting skills in a variety of areas. We teach small classes on topics such as:
  • Safe Sleep for Infants following the 2011 American Academy of Pediatrics Recommendations
  • Breastfeeding
  • Importance of folic acid during pregnancy
  • Use of substances such as alcohol, tobacco and other drugs during pregnancy
  • Importance of prenatal care
  • Immunizations
  • Shaken baby syndrome
  • Car seat safety
  • Nutrition and healthy eating
Short term success would be for each client to complete all these classes as well as attend all their one-on-one sessions. Individual case management sessions help clients process emotional, spiritual and other personal issues. During these sessions, education coordinators provide additional community referrals for necessary services outside our scope of practice.
Long-Term Success

The Rachel House Education program is designed to provide long term-success for it's participants.  This program consists of 20 weeks of participation, half in a classroom environment covering topics related to pre-natal care, newborn infant care, shaken baby syndrome, fetal alcohol syndrome, safe baby sleep, stress management and much more.  Alternating weeks are reserved for private case management sessions to deal with social needs, relationship issues, community referral assistance and generally any assistance the client is in need of.  This program helps the client plan and prepare for parenting or adoption.  It also provides for  material needs assistance for baby.  In 2017 over 4,000 appointments were kept for our education clients.  We are repeatedly told how valuable these sessions are for mother, now father and most of all baby.  Preparation is vital for this period of life and helps equipped parents handle the challenges that come along with having and caring for a newborn or dealing with the decision to place the baby for adoption. 

Program Success Monitored By
After completing the education program, every effort is made to help our client bring her baby home to a safe, nurturing home or complete a successful adoption plan.
Next is usually the post-partum visit. At this time, clients are evaluated medically, physically and emotionally. If there are reasons for concern, referrals are made to ensure they get the support and professional help needed.
Most of our clients show evidence of resolving the initial issues they were facing. By program completion, the clients have developed a parenting, work and home life plan. They have identified those who will support them at home during the critical first months and have developed tools for coping, how to ask for help, and how to take care of themselves and their baby.
Many of our clients establish long term, mutually supportive relationships with each other and form support systems that they may not have elsewhere. Over the years, many Rachel House clients return with an offer to help.
Examples of Program Success Becky was not sure what to do when she first found out she was pregnant. She questioned if she would have any support. She met with an Education Coordinator and enrolled in the pregnancy education program. Becky was eager to come to class each week. She continually asked questions, was quick to engage with other girls in the class, and even made the other girls baby blankets. Becky’s mother wrote a thank you to the education coordinator, saying “Thank you for being a support system for my daughter, when she felt like she had no one. My grandson is such an incredible gift for our family.” Becky has expressed that her son is her pride and joy. She makes a point to get together with the other girls who were enrolled in the education program with her and sends the Education Coordinator pictures of their children playing together. Becky says coming to Rachel House was the best decision she ever made.
Description Realizing that the Father's of babies from unplanned pregnancies are often disregarded, our Fatherhood Program has been established to give the Father a voice as he sorts out his feelings regarding best decision for his child.  When a Father accompanies a women to Rachel House, he is greeted by a male advocate.  A confidential conversation is offered and pertinent information is gathered from the father's perspective.  Needed resources are offered, the Father is invited to meet his child through the window to the womb of ultrasound and encouraged to share his feelings with the mother of the baby.  Although this is a new addition to the services we offer, we are having an overwhelming response from the men who are participating.  Our goal is to prepare Dad for the new role he has to play as the child's father, whether the couple stays together or not.  In any circumstance, he will have an important role in the child's life forever.
Program Budget $60,000.00
Category Community Development, General/Other Community Development, General/Other
Population Served Males
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success We have added a link on our client website to indicate if the Father of the Baby will be attending the pregnancy test appointment. We will soon be adding a appointment module for father's to make their own appointments.  Short-term success for us will be reaching the highest percentage of father's coming to the appointments with the mother of the baby.  Extending encouragement and support to the men from the beginning of the pregnancy is our first short-term goal.  We will realize continuing ways to meet their needs as we get to know them and hear what their felt needs are.
Long-Term Success

The long term success of the Fatherhood program will ultimately be determined by the father's involvement in the child's life. Completion of the Fatherhood program will be a good indicator for us as this program is very new 

Program Success Monitored By Success in this program is monitored in three ways at this time. First, is actually getting the male partner to come in for an appointment and initial advocacy appointment.  Secondly, monitoring his engagement throughout the pregnancy and finally we rely on the feedback we are getting about what he received and what he would like to receive.  Again, this is a very new program.
Examples of Program Success Successful examples are already apparent! One Dad is now telling us that the things he and his girlfriend learned in classes are so helpful to him now as a hands on dad.  Another Dad has thanked us for helping him find his voices to express his desire to parent the child to the mother of the baby. 
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Ms. Kathy Edwards
Term Start Feb 1998
Experience Kathy Edwards, president of Rachel House Pregnancy Resource Centers, has been involved in the life-affirming work for 25 years. A native of Overland Park, Kansas, she attended Kansas State University before returning to the Kansas City area to make her long-term home. She first became involved with the organization of Rachel House Pregnancy Resource Centers as a volunteer in 1992. In addition to serving as President, Kathy has also worked in the development director role. Kathy has served as treasurer of Alliance for Life Missouri Board of Directors and remains active with AFL. She and her husband, Moe live in Raytown, Missouri. The Edwards have three grown sons and eight grandchildren.
Senior Staff
Title VP of Operations
Title VP of Client Services
Title VP of Advancement
Paid Full-Time Staff 27
Volunteers 150
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Yes
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Yes
Management Succession Plan No
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Evangelical Council of Financial Accountability - Member2004
Lee's Summit Chamber of Commerce2003
External Assessment and Accreditations
Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA)2004
Best Christian WorkplaceBest Christian Workplaces2016
Non-profit of the YearLee's Summit Chamber of Commerce2016
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Steve Burns
Company Affiliation Assistant Dean , College of Health Science and Technology, UCM
Term Dec 2015 to Feb 2019
Email sburns@ucmo.edu
Board Co-Chair
Board Co-Chair Ms. Sue Vogt
Company Affiliation Retired non-profit VP Advancement
Term Feb 2003 to Feb 2019
Email svogt322@gmail.com
Board Members
Mr. Dennis BaconBacon Financial Advisors
Mr. Andy BrownBrown Industrial Supply
Mr. Steve BurnsAssistant Dean, UCM
Ms. Cheryl DavisVP, Advancement Stonecroft
Mr. Sterling FarberTransportation Manager - Retired
Mr. Mark HammettVP/ Commerce Bank
Mr. Steve HankinsBKD
Ms. Tammy HerzigCommunity Volunteer
Mr. Pat HudsonAssistant to the Dean at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
Ms. Michele ThompsonCorporate Secretary
Ms. Sue VogtRetired
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 10
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 6
Female 4
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 4
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 80%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2018
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2018
Projected Revenue $1,513,100
Projected Expenses $1,553,521
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2016, 2015, 2014: Financial data reported using the IRS Form 990.
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line item may include contributions from individuals.
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201620152014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Individual Contributions--$0$0
Investment Income, Net of Losses$1,009$1,009$754
Membership Dues--$0$0
Special Events$420,752$371,901$340,553
Revenue In-Kind$213,315$123,297$38,878
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$1,000,971$786,957$598,476
Administration Expense$134,136$110,145$122,156
Fundraising Expense$163,875$124,266$107,382
Payments to Affiliates--$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.050.881.01
Program Expense/Total Expenses77%77%72%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$942,211$874,897$1,007,790
Current Assets$355,713$259,375$430,170
Long-Term Liabilities$248,789$267,108$284,746
Current Liabilities$26,201$11,436$8,512
Total Net Assets$667,221$596,353$714,532
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities13.5822.6850.54
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets26%31%28%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount --Anonymous $75,800Anonymous $100,000
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount --Anonymous $40,336Anonymous $45,395
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount --Anonymous $25,000Anonymous $20,485
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Organization Comments Because we are under the $3,000,000.00 income level we have our financials reviewed annually by an outside source. 
Other Documents
Organization Name Rachel House Pregnancy Resource Centers, Inc.
Address 1260 NE Windsor Dr.
Lee's Summit, MO 64086
Primary Phone (816) 921-5050804
Contact Email info@rachelhouse.org
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Kathy Edwards
Board Chair Mr. Steve Burns
Board Chair Company Affiliation Assistant Dean , College of Health Science and Technology, UCM
Year of Incorporation 1998