A Turning Point Ministry Inc
5105 NW Waukomis Drive
Kansas City MO 64151
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 237-0138
Mission Statement
A Turning Point’s mission is to transform lives by empowering people to self-sufficiency.
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Cathy McIntire
Board Chair Ms. Diannah White
Board Chair Company Affiliation Good Shepherd United Methodist Church
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2016
Volunteer Opportunities
Ways to donate, support, or volunteer
You can support A Turning Point financially via our website page with a credit card or mailing a check to address. We are also happy to accept stock donations as well as work with a family about planned estate giving. We encourage folks to make A Turning Point their charity of choice on Amazon Smile so that we can benefit from your shopping sprees! Another easy way to donate is via the Round Up app on your phone selecting A Turning Point as your choice organization.
Donations of food and clothing for our pantry and wardrobe can be dropped off at our location at 5105 NW Waukomis Drive. Volunteers are needed on a regular basis for on-going programming through our Pantry, Wardrobe, Academy, Community Meals, and agency partnerships as well as for special events and one-time projects. If interested in volunteering, contact Julie Roberts, our Program Manager at jroberts@aturningpointkc.org. 
Financial Summary
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Mission Statement
A Turning Point’s mission is to transform lives by empowering people to self-sufficiency.
Background Statement
A Turning Point was launched out of Good Shepherd United Methodist Church as a means to fill the gaps in services needed. The vision was to not replicate already provided services (unless there was a true need) but to provide services and resources that other community agencies were not….to fill the gap for those in need. After extensive research in the community to determine the gaps, A Turning Point’s vision and mission were created. A Board of Directors was formed and went to work putting together the finances, the human resources, the strategic plan, the policies and more to successfully launch A Turning Point in early 2016. Since inception, A Turning Point has partnered with community agencies (Hillcrest Hope, Hillcrest Blessings, Synergy Youth Center, Family Promise, Rebuilding Together Clay County) in the way of both human and financial resources to provide housing, meals, bill assistance, home maintenance, and more. A Turning Point has also started unique programs to our organization at our facility in Northmoor, MO. Our programs include:
  • Food Pantry (unique in the frequency of usage and screening process) 
  • Wardrobe or clothes closet (unique in whom served, frequency, and availability)
  • Academy (an opportunity for an adult to earn a high school diploma
  • Community Garden (partnering with community families to provide fresh produce)
We are excited to see what the future holds in serving our community’s needs.
Impact Statement
  1. Being highlighted on channel 41 news in August 2018 airing on September 7, 2018.
  2. Graduating 24 adult students from our Academy, awarding them their high school diploma.
  3. Hosting a Back-to-School event for over 1300 folks distributing 660 backpacks, school supplies, haircuts, sports physicals, dental screenings and more!
Current Goals:
  1. Expand our Community Meals program to offer a weekly meal.
  2. Locate a site and initiate a capital campaign for emergency housing in the Northland.
  3. Seek fiscal stability by diversifying funding sources and building a financial reserve.
  4. Build rapport and partnerships to work collaboratively on housing dilemma and special projects.
Needs Statement
  1. Financing to meet the on-going needs of programs/partnerships, remodeling, and growth.
  2. Diversity of Board of Directors – we are looking to create a more diverse group of folks to serve on the board to better meet the diverse needs of those we serve.
  3. Future Growth to address the need of emergency housing in the Northland, so increase in volunteers and donors. 
  4. General Facility Maintenance – upkeep with grounds, parking lot, buildings, etc. – both the physical and financial aspect.
Service Categories
Human Services
Areas of Service
MO - Clay County
MO - Platte County
MO - Jackson County
Geographic Area Served Narrative Although we serve anyone who presents with a need for our services, our primary focus is the Northland - Platte & Clay counties. 
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement For many years, I watched people come each week to a Food Pantry. While we were helping them for that week ahead we weren't helping them to move out of the cycle of improving their circumstances. A Turning Point offers that movement. As Chair of the Board I am personally committed to ensuring that our programming is focused on achieving this mission. Our organization is focused on serving those who need help regardless of what brings them to us. We are particular about what programs we offer so that we are filling a need in the community. We seek to offer services that others are not so that more can be accomplished for our neighbors. The biggest obstacle we face is space limitations. Our Food Pantry alone has grown from serving just over 500 people in January, 2017 to over 1100 just 7 months later. We've increased the food supply we can provide so can keep up there thanks to our partnership with Harvesters. The limitations come with space to accommodate the families coming in to receive the food and in the case of our Wardrobe, clothing. It is important for us to make changes to our serving schedules to accommodate more people throughout a longer time frame. The biggest way forward for us is to continue to find funding partners that support our mission to improve the community. This funding is multiplied by making a permanent improvement in space and services.
Description Our Food Pantry partners with Harvesters to provide well-balanced, healthy choices to our clients including perishables, fresh fruit and vegetables, dairy products, and fresh meat. Our program allows an individual/family to receive services on a weekly basis as needed. We serve based on a self-proclaimed need across city and county lines. Families are allowed to “shop” for themselves giving them the opportunity to make the appropriate selections for their household. As of this time, we are serving between 1500-1700 people each month through our pantry.
Program Budget $45,000.00
Category Food, Agriculture & Nutrition, General/Other Food Distribution
Population Served Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Short-Term Success One acknowledgement of short-term success for A Turning Point is the clients’ attitude of gratefulness. The general appreciation and thankfulness for the services A Turning Point provides is evident when those we serve are quick to help in whatever way they can, when they are only willing to receive and take what they need and nothing more, when they consistently share their knowledge of resources with other clients and friends in need. There is a sense of community and sharing of resources – not in “it” for just themselves…that’s success for the greater good.
Long-Term Success The ultimate goal for our clients is self-sufficiency. Our hope is by providing a service for such a basic need as food, the families we serve are released to focus on other necessities for their family until they are able to self-sustain in all areas of life. Ideally, then, our ultimate goal is not to be needed any more by our clients.
Program Success Monitored By
The program measures success in different ways. One being that the clients’ usage of our services actually decreases as we track one family’s usage. This, overall, can be misleading however because our number of clients continue to increase because of such a great need; therefore, the tracking of individual families that we do is necessary. Secondly, a measure of success comes when our clients not only “take” but “give”. Many of our clients give back what they can when they can rather than being continual consumers. One mother donates diapers she has attained and cannot use, yet only takes the formula her baby needs. Many of our clients donate clothing to our Wardrobe program.
Another tool denoting forward movement is when our clients become volunteers and become involved in helping our programs to function well.
Examples of Program Success
Our clients are quick to show their appreciation for the Food Pantry’s service and share how it has impacted their lives:
  • “Even with food stamps, we are struggling to provide food for our family. Your pantry helps us in huge ways have food in our home for our 3 children.”
  • “On my fixed income, money just doesn’t stretch far enough…what you offer through your pantry helps me make it work every month.”
  • “I am so thankful that you serve anyone who comes in because being homeless limits my resources in many ways, but I can come here and know that I can get what I need to be able to cook at my camp.”
Description A Turning Point Academy is a program that provides adults with an opportunity to earn a high school diploma rather than a HiSET or GED. A student presents for enrollment, a transcript from last school attended is ordered and assessed, and a program is developed for that individual based on the required state credits still needed for graduation. Our Academy offers the hands-on curriculum, the technology resources, the supplies, and the one-on-one tutoring/mentoring needed for student to attain said credits. Once credits are all achieved according to MO state standards, a high school graduation ceremony is held where a diploma is issued to the student. This program allows the adult student to achieve success and provides the skills and resources needed for the next step in their education or career.
Program Budget $35,000.00
Category Education, General/Other Adult Education
Population Served Adults
Short-Term Success Our clients (students) experience short-term success frequently in the way of successfully passing tests, gaining credits for courses taken, and realizing their learning potential. Becoming confident in their ability to learn, grow, and achieve is critical not only in earning the high school diploma they’re actively seeking, but in the job place and in life as well. As each tiny step of success is attained, the clients’ excitement and positivity grows as well. Seeing firsthand the transformation of a client’s self-esteem is very rewarding for the volunteers as well as the clients themselves.
Long-Term Success The ultimate goal for our clients (students) enrolled in our Academy is graduation. For every student, this process requires a different length of time, depending upon: number of credits needed, amount of time to commit to program, life circumstances, and other factors. A Turning Point strives to connect our graduating students with their next dream – entrance into a technical or training school, university or college enrollment, career/job path opportunity…whatever the student desires by assisting with applications, resumes, scholarships, and more. Again, the ultimate goal of this program is the same for our organization as a whole: self-sufficiency.
Program Success Monitored By Any forward movement in earning any credits towards graduation is success – we celebrate those smaller milestones as well as the large one – GRADUATION! Ultimate success is graduating from the Academy having earned your high school diploma and moving on to the next phase – whether that’s more education, career changes, or something else. We have had four graduating classes for a total of 24 students to this date. 
Examples of Program Success A Turning Point Academy has graduated eleven students to date. By attaining their high school diploma, these individuals will be able to move on to the next step of their life. For some, this has meant enrolling in specific job training programs; for others it has meant eligibility for promotion in their current job; for others, the diploma has meant advancement into college. All of our graduates worked hard to attain their personal goals for earning this achievement and all have expressed deep appreciation for the opportunities now before them. 
Description A Turning Point’s Wardrobe (aka clothes closet) provides clients with the opportunity to receive clean, stylish, and usable clothing, shoes, coats, and accessories to be successful in the workplace, at school, in the community, and at home. Our Wardrobe is unique in that it services people of all ages – from birth to the end of time. We also have available a specialty area of interview and professional attire for those in need of work environment clothing. Clients are allowed to “shop” in our Wardrobe twice a month.
Program Budget $15,000.00
Category Human Services, General/Other Thrift Shop Operation
Population Served General/Unspecified
Short-Term Success Our Wardrobe clients are extremely appreciative of the ability to attain clean, fashionable, stylish clothing, coats, and accessories for their families. It gives them a great deal of self-confidence to be able to present themselves in a more socially acceptable way than they could without the service. This confidence then begins to spread through other areas of their life as well and allows for transformation to begin.
Long-Term Success Wardrobe clients’ ultimate goal is self-sufficiency and not requiring the use of these services any longer. To that end, our Wardrobe helps to cut the expense of clothing in the clients’ budgets. For some clients, the Wardrobe is able to provide necessary apparel for a job interview or the needed items for proper work attire, which allows for success in the workplace. For some clients, we provide the needed items for the school setting allowing them to attend school in a successful manner.
Program Success Monitored By In large part, the indicator of the success of this program lies in the number of items that are donated, sorted, and distributed. When client families are able to shop the Wardrobe and attain items otherwise unattainable, the program is successful. We monitor the number of items taken by each family as well as the number of visits per month…both of which are limited.
Examples of Program Success Measuring success in this program is a bit more ambiguous, but most often is reflected in our clients’ reactions to the clothes they are able to obtain. There’s often a look of disbelief on children’s faces when they learn that the coat/clothes/shoes they pick out are really theirs to keep. More than one mother has been moved to tears because of her ability to provide school clothing for her children because of our Wardrobe. One young lady was able to find a suitable suit to wear for her job interview. While numbers may not be available or an indicator of success, these reactions are!
CEO Comments A Turning Point not only has the programs mentioned, but has also created partnerships with community agencies to help provide safe homes, emergency and transitional shelter, utility assistance, food, and more. Partnering with Hillcrest Hope, Family Promise, Hillcrest Blessings, and Rebuilding Together has allowed our resources - both financial and human - to be maximized. 
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Ms. Cathy McIntire
Term Start Oct 2015
Experience Cathy has had a career as an educator teaching 15 years in MO public schools. She is an ordained minister with a passion for outreach ministry and serving those in need and has worked in ministry for over 15 years. She is married and has 3 daughters, 1 son-in-law, and two grandchildren. 
Paid Full-Time Staff 1
Paid Contractors 0
Volunteers 200
Retention Rate 100%
Staff Diversity (Ethnicity)
Caucasian 2
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Yes
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Under Development
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
A Turning Point works collaboratively with several other agencies serving the same population of folks in the Northland. Some of these include Synergy, Hillcrest Platte County, Hillcrest Hope, Rebuilding Together,  and Family Promise. We also have existing working relationships with several churches in the Northland as well. 
Board Chair
Board Chair Ms. Diannah White
Company Affiliation Good Shepherd United Methodist Church
Term Jan 2017 to Dec 2019
Board Members
Mrs. Lisa Anderson
Janice BartkowskiAmerican Century
Ms. Kerri GlasgowNorth Kansas City Schools
Mr. Ken HalfordPeopleAdmin
Mr. Alex KutzRSM US
Bridget Mendozaebmjanitorial
Micheal PospisilPospisil Swift Law
Mrs. Stephanie TolanderNKC School District
Ms. Diannah WhiteGood Shepherd United Methodist Church
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 8
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 3
Female 6
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 1
Board Term Limits 0
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 12
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2018
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2018
Projected Revenue $175,329
Projected Expenses $155,329
Audit Documents
Foundation Comments
  • FY 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 Year201720162015
Program Expense$108,638$58,296--
Administration Expense$15,885$9,179--
Fundraising Expense$0$79--
Payments to Affiliates--$0--
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.118.05--
Program Expense/Total Expenses87%86%--
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$494,819$477,016--
Current Assets$53,369$32,380--
Long-Term Liabilities$4,889$0--
Current Liabilities$4,889$656--
Total Net Assets$485,041$476,360--
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities10.9249.36--
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets1%0%--
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201720162015
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountGood Shepherd $34,052 ----
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountDST $20,000 ----
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountIndividual Donor $13,097 ----
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Campaign Purpose We are planning to launch a capital campaign by end of 2018 or beginning of 2019 to raise funds to build emergency housing opportunity for women and women with children. 
Dates Nov 2018 to Nov 2020
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years Yes
Other Documents
Organization Name A Turning Point Ministry Inc
Address 5105 NW Waukomis Drive
Kansas City, MO 64151
Primary Phone (816) 237-0138
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Cathy McIntire
Board Chair Ms. Diannah White
Board Chair Company Affiliation Good Shepherd United Methodist Church
Year of Incorporation 2016