Clement Waters
1012 E Lakeview Ave
Olathe KS 66061
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 944-1491
Mission Statement
We help people to become better stewards of gifts naturally available to all of humanity: our bodies, our communities and our planet.
CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Joy Ellsworth
Board Chair Mrs. Joy Ellsworth
Board Chair Company Affiliation Ellsworth Collaborative LLC
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2014
Financial Summary
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Mission Statement
We help people to become better stewards of gifts naturally available to all of humanity: our bodies, our communities and our planet.
Background Statement
Clement Waters was founded by Luke and Joy Ellsworth, a husband-wife team driven to make use of the sustainable life practices that they observed working with underserved populations in an extreme rural part of southern Missouri. Witnessing a variety of cost-saving lifestyle solutions that had been tested out by Ozarkians over years of isolation, Luke and Joy were impressed by the local families’ necessity-driven resourcefulness.
Most striking was the prominence of off-grid housing, supported by technological and traditional methods. Luke and Joy resolved to dedicate their efforts toward sharing those solutions, especially those solutions which utilize modern technologies, with urban and suburban populations. Their hope is that this increased publicity of green living methods will encourage widespread adoption of environmentally friendly lifestyles.
Ultimately, Luke and Joy would like Clement Waters to manage a retreat on a nature reserve dedicated to the promotion of a greener society. A retreat and conference center area would occupy the reserve in the most ecologically sound manner possible. Clement Waters would sponsor an annual green residential architecture design and development contest. The winning design each year would be constructed as a guest cabin, making the retreat a proving ground for advancing technologies aspiring toward net-zero resource usage.
Grand monuments must be built on structurally sound foundations, and likewise, grand dreams must have sound beginnings if they are to be achieved. Clement Waters is starting the journey toward that eventual goal by learning, through doing, which green measures make the most impact on cost and long-term health in the everyday household.
We are starting with small local and regional programs and will grow when opportunities allow.
Impact Statement
  • In the past year, Clement Waters relocated from south-central Missouri, amended the mission to include work in the Kansas City metro, and reorganized the strategic plan to reflect the change in preparation for action in 2018.
  • This year, Clement Waters has established an online presence for our affordable sustainable living education efforts and is working to engage them in explorations of green infrastructure and green architecture projects throughout the Midwest.
  • Clement Waters is working with Kansas City community partners to develop a derelict urban property into a maintained site for nature walks and edible gardening. The site will feature a maker’s workshop and a modest but resource efficient caretaker’s residence made from intermodal shipping containers. Achieving support from personnel within the City of Kansas City, MO for this project has been by far our most valuable achievement this year.
Needs Statement
  1. Support our establishment of new sustainable living education programs in the Kansas City area. A civil engineering firm with a proven history working with city planners at the City of Kansas City, MO, is coordinating re-platting, re-zoning, surveying, site planning, utility connection and other site preparation services. Anticipated site-prep cost is roughly $65,000.
  2. Support our integration with KCMO green infrastructure efforts. The Arbor Day Foundation will provide native trees for site naturalization. We anticipate that labor for invasive plant clearing and native forest-bed plant installation, plus equipment and supplies for ongoing maintenance will cost roughly $53,000.
  3. Send teams of volunteers skilled in gardening and building maintenance to significantly reduce our site naturalization costs.
  4. Keep our volunteers, supplies and equipment safe by providing a secure storage container ($2,500) and a security camera system ($700).
  5. Partner with another generous donor who has agreed to partly fund the construction of the shipping container building which will serve as a caretaker residence and our headquarters office. Though still in the bid process, Clement Waters has committed to a maximum $120,000 build cost.
Service Categories
Environment NEC
Educational Services
Home Improvement/Repairs
Areas of Service
MO - Jackson County
KS - Johnson County
KS - Wyandotte County
MO - Clay County
MO - Platte County
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement
Luke and I are grateful to be in a position where we can promote the adoption of cost-saving environmental lifestyles, backed by our friends, family and founding board. Their encouragement and support is largely the reason that Clement Waters is still around today.
Our return to Kansas City is the result of a period of medical complications for one of our children. The experience complicated what otherwise resembled the typical trying times of a startup, but we have learned much as a result, and we are glad to be back.
Clement Waters for me started as a question. Tenets of our economy and messages within the collective media culture are peppered with suggestions that the global frontier of green lifestyle advancement belongs only to people who are able to afford the new technologies.
How can both that reality and the perception of that reality be changed?
I formed that question after years of volunteering in youth programs in Kansas City’s urban core, followed by a three year mission in the Ozarks of southern Missouri. In the Ozarks I recognized the crippling symptoms of poverty—symptoms likely to fix the trajectory of each child’s career achievements squarely in the low income range, or worse. I was astounded to discover more similarities in the lives of urban and rural low income families than differences.
I also began to understand that certain differences do still exist between urban and rural life in poverty. On one end of the population density spectrum, geographic seclusion is prohibitive to service delivery of assistance programs. I witnessed many cases where the absence of help translated into the death of a family member. On the other end of the spectrum, in an area where people are practically living on top of each other, it’s difficult not to inadvertently elbow someone. Interpersonal tensions aggravated by decades-old class segregation takes lives daily.
We don’t expect our measures to immediately start saving lives and preventing deaths, but we know that they will improve quality of life. We suspect the results of our programs will prolong lives, but that can only be proven through longitudinal program evaluation measures. We’re ready to tackle that burden of proof.
Please join us in undertaking simple measures that impact the lives of people who are experiencing poverty but want desperately to get out of poverty, no matter where they live. Help us show everyday people how reliably, “living green saves green.”
  • Residential energy efficiency, homegrown nutrition, and resourceful repurposing are our three areas of cost-savings taught at our Clement Labs headquarters.
  • On four forested acres off of the Blue River Greenway offer energy-efficient buildings, a “hi-tunnel” greenhouse and a maker’s workshop to demonstrate those principles.
  • We will broadcast the construction of our small, low-cost, energy-efficient buildings on our YouTube channel. A monthly Google AdWords grant helps ensure exposure to the public.
  • Holliday Montessori School, located across Jackson Avenue, will use our “hi-tunnel” greenhouse, to show how food can be grown year-round. We will partner with the school to coordinate a community seed-swap for backyard food gardening, a seasonal market and various recipe sharing potluck events.
  • Luke makes household furniture and lighting out of commonly sourced low-cost materials like forklift pallets and tree stumps. His projects will be featured on our YouTube channel.
Category Environment, General/Other Environmental & Sustainable Design
Population Served General/Unspecified, ,
Short-Term Success
  • We want people living in the neighborhoods surrounding our headquarters to have access to low-cost solutions for conserving household energy.
  • We want to see the neighborhoods surrounding our headquarters producing more homegrown nutrition and being more present in the sharing of nutrition resources with other families in the neighborhood.
  • We want the residents of the neighborhoods surrounding our headquarters to demonstrate resourceful, marketable ingenuity, with the end result that they will reduce wasteful household spending and increase sales of handcrafted goods.
Long-Term Success First and foremost, we want to see greater economic prosperity and quality of life in the low-income neighborhoods surrounding our headquarters in Kansas City.
Program Success Monitored By
  • In the first year of program service we will utilize verbal pre- and post-service surveys asking whether participants feel they have the knowledge and ability to take first steps toward a money-saving ecologically sound lifestyle.
  • In the second year, we will repeat the survey, adding questions to second-year participants whether they’ve been able to implement those first steps successfully, and if so, whether they feel those steps made a difference in their household.
  • We will repeat this process every year. We hope to see an increase in the number of participants who feel that they can be effective in lowering household expenses.
  • We hope to engage with increasing numbers of “makers” year-over-year.
Examples of Program Success With your help, we will be able to share great success stories. (We love to listen to tales, especially tales of triumph.)
When we’ve encountered homesteaders “in the field,” we can usually categorize them into two groups: people who are self-reliant as planned, and people whose plans got derailed by unexpected mishaps or tragedy. That second group is the focus of this program.
Clement Waters utilizes its status as the sponsor of the 300-member group KC Sustainable Living & Off Grid Builds to coordinate hands-on volunteer labor. That labor comes in handy when the hardship that has befallen a family makes them unable to pay for contract labor or unable to work on their home by themselves.
The opportunity to work on a green home during the build is valuable to anyone who is planning to build their own green home someday.
Category Environment, General/Other Environmental & Sustainable Design
Population Served General/Unspecified, ,
Short-Term Success We will consider this program successfully running when we can regularly inspire more than five volunteers at a time to show up for a build project weekend. In-kind corporate volunteer teams would be very beneficial to achieve short-term success.
Long-Term Success We want to see DIY green homebuilders more prepared to self-assess their abilities to manage a build, and more prepared to engage professional services when needed.
Program Success Monitored By We will evaluate the effectiveness of this program using a verbal pre- and post-activity survey requesting volunteers’ opinions about the quality of their knowledge surrounding sustainable building techniques.
Examples of Program Success
The Severin family has been building an off-grid build in southern Missouri for 4 years. Their home holds educational value even though the project comes at a tough time for Mary Kay Severin. Mary came to us concerned that promotion of off-grid tech would inspire people to walk blindly into a costly situation. She suggested that Clement Waters focus on bringing hands-on experience to people aspiring to build their own home. Her theory was that realism brings on less trouble in the long run. Mary was able to coordinate volunteers from across the Midwest until she fell ill in 2016. Her doctors discovered breast cancer. Her family’s progress on their home, and her coordination of volunteer labor, came to a halt.
Clement Waters rose to task and is coordinating effort from teams of volunteers in Kansas City and in the Ozarks to come finish the Severins’ home. We stand by Mary as she fights for her life, and we hope we’ll finish by the time she’s ready to move into her off-grid abode.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Mrs. Joy Ellsworth
Term Start Jan 2014
Experience Joy received her M.P.A. from the Bloch School of Management at UMKC, where she focused on social entrepreneurship. She now runs a consulting firm that specializes in nonprofit strategic planning and funding strategy.
Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start 0
Compensation Last Year
Paid Full-Time Staff 0
Paid Part-Time Staff 0
Volunteers 13
Paid Contractors 0
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Yes
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Yes
Management Succession Plan No
Organization Policy and Procedures No
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Board Chair
Board Chair Mrs. Joy Ellsworth
Company Affiliation Ellsworth Collaborative LLC
Term Jan 2014 to Jan 2020
Board Members
Mrs. Lea Ann Christopher Willow Springs Community Foundation
Mrs. Joy Ellsworth Ellsworth Collaborative LLC
Mrs. Mary Kay Severin Retired Retail Manager
Ms. Jennifer Valenzuela U.S. Army
Mr. James Vokac Retired Physics Teacher
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 4
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 1
Female 4
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
Fiscal Year Start Mar 01, 2017
Fiscal Year End Feb 28, 2018
Projected Revenue $15,000
Projected Expenses $14,800
Foundation Comments
  • FYE 2/28/2017: Financial data reported using internal financial documents.
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$475----
Administration Expense$25----
Fundraising Expense$0----
Payments to Affiliates$0----
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.20----
Program Expense/Total Expenses95%----
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%----
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$100----
Current Assets$100----
Long-Term Liabilities$0----
Current Liabilities$1----
Total Net Assets$99----
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities100.00----
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%----
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201720162015
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount ------
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount ------
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Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? Yes
Organization Name Clement Waters
Address 1012 E Lakeview Ave
Olathe, KS 66061
Primary Phone (816) 944-1491
Contact Email
CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Joy Ellsworth
Board Chair Mrs. Joy Ellsworth
Board Chair Company Affiliation Ellsworth Collaborative LLC
Year of Incorporation 2014