Peace Partnership
605 NE Woods Chapel Road
Lee's Summit MO 64064
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 886-0195
Mission Statement
Peace Partnership is a non-profit mental health center whose passion is to provide high quality, affordable counseling and education services to financially disadvantaged children and families in the Kansas City metropolitan area.
Peace Partnership is founded on the following principles:
  • Everyone deserves exceptional, quality care.
  • We are all equals; however, we face different obstacles in life.
  • Humor is good for the soul.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Dr. Jon Thompson LPC-MO
Board Chair Mr. Rick Britton
Board Chair Company Affiliation Digital Monitoring Products
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2013
Volunteer Opportunities
Ways to donate, support, or volunteer
We have a variety of ways in which you may support Peace Partnership. Please use one of the options listed below for a financial donation:
- one-time or monthly online donation through www.peacecounseling.org
- one-time or monthly donation via check sent to Peace Partnership, 605 NE Woods Chapel Road, Lee's Summit, MO 64064
- donation via credit card either through our website or you may call 816-886-0195 to make a donation over the phone
 
We would also appreciate in-kind donations for our Peace Partnership Golf Classic in September each year. For more information, please email amy@peacecounseling.org 
 
We also have a variety of volunteer opportunities including a variety of events and administrative work. If you are interested, please email Amy at amy@peacecounseling.org
 
Thank you for your interest in Peace Partnership! 
 
 
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Statements
Mission Statement
Peace Partnership is a non-profit mental health center whose passion is to provide high quality, affordable counseling and education services to financially disadvantaged children and families in the Kansas City metropolitan area.
Peace Partnership is founded on the following principles:
  • Everyone deserves exceptional, quality care.
  • We are all equals; however, we face different obstacles in life.
  • Humor is good for the soul.
Background Statement
As a school counselor, Jon Thompson quickly realized the unmet need for children to receive quality, affordable counseling outside of a school setting. Because of the high cost of counseling fees, many families did not have the capacity or means to seek counseling, leaving parents and children with little hope. With that in mind, Jon formed Peace Partnership in 2012 in conjunction with local business owners who saw a clear and immediate need to provide affordable counseling for low-income families in our community.
 
Peace Partnership focuses on three main areas of counseling support including: in-office counseling services, partnerships with area schools to provide free counseling support for students, and confidential and faith-based counseling and education to area churches.
We believe our unique counseling approach is our greatest strength. We treat our clients as equals; working to create a normalized environment from the moment someone walks in our doors. Our focus is on reaching the goals set by the client and counselor, uninhibited by the time limits and red tape imposed by insurance companies. To obtain these goals, our counselors offer a combination of time-proven life principles used in conjunction with progressive psychological techniques and services.
 
This approach helps Peace Partnership consistently maintain a full schedule of clients and boast success rates significantly higher than the national average. Currently, the demand for our services is larger than we can accommodate with our limited staff. To meet the needs of our community, we must find a way to increase our staff, which will require additional funding.
Impact Statement
Top 2017/18 Accomplishments:
  • Peace Partnership added two new schools to its free in-school program, providing counseling to children in their own schools. Currently, we partner with the elementary schools of Randall and William Southern in Independence, MO and Franklin Smith and Chapel Lakes in Blue Springs, MO.
  • Peace Partnership continues to show client success rates significantly higher than the national average. Our 2017 overall success rate was 68%, compared to a national average of 64%. Child counseling sessions saw a 75% success rate compared to 70%.
  • Peace Partnership began implementing fundraising events in 2017 which contributed to $45,000 towards our budget. In 2018, events raised more than $80,000.
 
2018/19 Goals:
  • Increase program funding. As our counselor’s case loads remain at capacity, we must find additional funding to grow our services through businesses, individuals and grant opportunities. Our focus is on increasing both our donor base and major gifts.
  • Increase our reach in the community. Peace Partnership has implemented a new masters level internship program, allowing growth in our in-office and in-school counseling programs.
  • Raise awareness in the community. Since inception, Peace Partnership has relied solely upon referrals. As we expand, we must find new ways to raise awareness by collaborating with non-profit organizations, increasing social media presence, and creating effective and informative marketing materials.
  • Excellence in professional practices. Our counselors regularly participate in continuing education, teaching opportunities, public speaking seminars, and additional certification and licensure opportunities to continue to provide exceptional counseling for our clients.
Needs Statement
The top five most pressing needs for Peace Partnership are:
  • Identify and secure additional funding to help support our new and current programs.
  • Work to create a broader donor base so that we have greater diversification of our funding. Increase the number of our major gifts so that we are less reliant upon a few sources of major income and create stronger relationships with Peace Partnership.
  • Identify ways in which we can continue to grow our reach in the community while also remaining fiscally responsible.
  • Create powerful and informative marketing materials to promote and raise awareness of our services to the community.
  • Increase the size and breadth of our Board of Directors in order to create a stronger and more diversified reach in our community.
Service Categories
Counseling
Human Services
Areas of Service
MO - Eastern Jackson Co
MO - Cass County
MO - Jackson County
MO - Clay County
KS - Johnson County
Geographic Area Served Narrative Our clients come from all over the greater Kansas City metropolitan area in both Missouri and Kansas. We see clients from Archie to Liberty and Olathe to Grain Valley. Nearly 50% of our clients come from Eastern Jackson County.
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement
Since our 2012 inception, our organization has been fortunate and humbled to partner with individuals seeking change in their lives. We work to bridge the gap between healing and hope with our clients and are grateful to walk with them in their journey. Our counselors have consistent wait lists and we have outgrown our space. To address these challenges, we have implemented several additional events and partnerships to garner additional funds and educate our surrounding community about our services.
Counseling is incredibly important to me personally and its impact in my life cannot be understated. I (Jon) was an at-risk teen. I was kicked out of my house as a teenager. I lived with different friends or in my car for several years. Counseling was instrumental in helping me make sense of my past so it would not negatively affect my future. I am dedicated to serving the less fortunate in our community because I was one of those affected. Earlier in my life I was in a place where I needed help, now I am in a place of providing help. Experience lends credibility to what someone says, and it is because, and not in spite of my past, that I am a successful counselor.
Programs
Description
To provide high-quality, affordable in-office counseling services for low-income families, individuals, couples, and children in the Kansas City metropolitan area. Counseling services include play therapy, individual therapy for all ages, and marriage and family therapy, with fees beginning as low as $5 per session. Peace Partnership has a strong focus on children, with half of its clients under the age of 18 years old.
Category Mental Health, Substance Abuse Programs, General/other Mental Health, Substance Abuse Programs, General/other
Population Served Families
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success
Peace Partnership utilizes a collaborative, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy model. In the first few sessions, the counselor works with the client to identify and establish therapeutic goals. We collaborate with the client to establish these therapeutic goals.
Often clients work to make proactive, practical changes in their lives. This could look like working toward changing negative thought patterns, implementing mindfulness, processing through grief or trauma, problem solving, creating healthy boundaries, changing a lifestyle and/or a variety of other coping skills to work toward mental wellness and positive changes.
Long-Term Success
We work with our clients to establish goals that will establish safer family environments for children, healthier communication patterns, and a well integrated self image. Once these goals are met, it is important that clients move on from Peace Partnership to continue making healthy life choices.
Program Success Monitored By
We believe successful counseling can be accurately measured by a straightforward assessment of the client’s progress toward their established therapeutic goal. Defined in a broader context, Peace Partnership believes you can tell the success of a counseling center not by the clients that walk in the door, but by those that walk out. This is proven through Peace Partnership’s success rates that continue to remain significantly higher than the national average. We will continue to monitor these yearly success rates while keeping our main focus on the well-being of our clients.
Examples of Program Success
In 2017, our overall client success rate was 68%, while the national average was 64%. Our adult success rates were 10% higher than the national average at 65%; married/family success rates were 12% higher than the national average at 62%; and child success rates were 5% higher than national average at 75%.
Description
Peace Partnership’s in-school program creates a safe place for children to heal by partnering with schools to provide individualized counseling support for their students all year long. We believe it is our responsibility to give back to our community, which is why these services are provided completely free to both the families and schools. We currently partner with four elementary schools – Randall and William Southern in Independence, MO and Franklin Smith and Chapel Lakes in Blue Springs, MO.
In partnering with schools to provide additional counseling support to their students, our counselors are meeting children in their own environment, providing a positive adult/child interaction, and giving them the tools needed to effectively manage their mental health needs.
Program Budget $52,000.00
Category Mental Health, Substance Abuse Programs, General/other Mental Health, Substance Abuse Programs, General/other
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years)
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success
The program’s target audience is elementary students that the school principal and counselor identify as being students who, with extra attention, support and guidance, could make a marked improvement at school. Each Peace Partnership counselor meets one-on-one with up to eight students weekly throughout the school year to provide essential guidance and support to help them work through the challenges in their lives.
Long-Term Success
At Peace Partnership, our ultimate goal is to create a better community, one family at a time. When students deal with difficult family, social, or personal issues, their education can suffer.
Unfortunately, school counselors are being tasked with increased responsibilities and larger numbers of children to support, leaving little time to focus on the well-being of a single child. The national average is one counselor to 500 students. In addition, many families do not have the capacity or means to seek counseling outside of school, leaving many families and children with little hope.
By helping children learn to cope with these issues at a young age, they will be more successful in their education and relationships as they grow. Our in-school program is a proven method to creating positive change in our community by giving children the tools necessary to create healthy and positive lives.
Program Success Monitored By
The in-school program is evaluated by the student’s success rates in three areas: increase in attendance, decrease in major disciplinary referrals to the office, and increase in grades.
Examples of Program Success
Each year, students continue to see a marked improvement at school, with a 62% increase in overall attendance, 44% decrease in major disciplinary referrals to the office, and a 7% increase in overall grades.
Description
Peace Partnership partners with area churches to provide counseling support for pastors and their families, and additional counseling, workshops and seminars for their congregation. Our faith-based counselors take pride in our relationships with churches in the Kansas City metropolitan area and are honored to make a difference in the lives of their congregations. Specific support for pastors is provided through clinical insight and assistance into pastoral counseling issues, individual consultation, treatment planning support, additional insight on counseling issues, and as a personal mentor for counseling methods and matters. Many churches with whom we partner see our work as part of their local mission’s fund.
Category Mental Health, Substance Abuse Programs, General/other Pastoral Counseling
Population Served General/Unspecified
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success
We work to establish a professional relationship with supporting churches. We are providing a service that they a.) do not have the man power or facilities to offer themselves, or b.) offer only to members and attenders of that church. What Peace Partnership offers church staff, pastors, and their families is an added layer of privacy and anonymity by offering off-site counseling services.  
Long-Term Success
In this program, we define success utilizing two criteria:
  1. Church staff involvement. We want churches to know we support them. One indicator of this comfort level can be found in whether or not churches are utilizing our services.
  2. Client referrals. People that believe in a service or product are highly likely to participate in, or purchase the product again. When a church refers a client to us that is a strong indicator that the church believes the person referred will get quality mental health care.
Program Success Monitored By Program success within the church partnership realm of Peace Partnership is identified through yearly meetings with church personnel.
Examples of Program Success
We do not acquire statistics specific to our church partnerships as this information could be used to identify clients thus violating HIPAA regulations. Clients from these partnerships are included in the overall in-office success rates listed above.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Dr. Jon Thompson LPC-MO
Term Start June 2013
Experience
Prior to working at Peace Partnership, Jon was an elementary school counselor for eight years and a crisis counselor at a psychiatric hospital.
 
Jon is a K-12 certified school counselor, a Nationally Board Certified Counselor, Nationally Board Certified School Counselor and a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Missouri. He holds a BA in Biblical counseling, an MA Ed in educational Counseling, and earned a Doctor of Counseling degree in 2016.
Senior Staff
Title Counselor
Experience/Biography Before joining Peace Partnership, Lindsay served as an elementary school counselor in Kansas City, KS and completed her practicum at a local non-profit serving at-risk children. She holds a BA in politics, philosophy, and economics from King’s College, and obtained two MAs in Christian education and counseling from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. She completed her Doctorate in Counseling in 2016. Lindsay is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in KS, a Licensed Professional Counselor in MO, a Registered Play Therapist, and a Nationally Certified Counselor.
Title Counselor
Experience/Biography Cary has has worked at the Dallas Children‘s Advocacy Center and in the private practice sector. He obtained his BA in psychology from the University of Alabama and holds a MA in Biblical counseling from Dallas Theological Seminary and a Doctorate in Counseling from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Cary is a Nationally Certified Counselor, and a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Missouri.
Title Director of Development
Experience/Biography Amy has spent 16 years in the performing arts world as an events manager and fundraising professional in Kansas City. She holds a bachelor of business administration from the University of Missouri – Kansas City. Amy enjoys finding ways to connect the passions of an individual with the aspirations of non-profit organizations. She is passionate about helping children and finding ways to support single parents and blended families as they navigate through unique parenting dynamics.
Title Business Manager
Experience/Biography Naomi has over 11 years experience working as office manager in the dental field. She holds a bachelor's degree in psychology from Liberty University. With her management background and warm personality, she is excited to work in the mental health profession while utilizing her business skills. In her free time she enjoys playing and watching volleyball and soccer, trying new restaurants, baking, and drinking gourmet coffee. She is also very involved in her church and enjoys traveling with her husband Jon.
Staff
Paid Full-Time Staff 5
Paid Contractors 0
Volunteers 0
Staff Diversity (Ethnicity)
Caucasian 5
Staff Diversity (Gender)
Female 3
Male 2
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Yes
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Yes
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Rick Britton
Company Affiliation Digital Monitoring Products
Term June 2014 to July 2021
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Mr. Rick BrittonPresident, Digital Monitoring Products
Ms. Samantha ComptonFinancial Advisor, Wise Wealth
Mr. Jeff CoxWellness Director, Abundant Life Church of Lee's Summit
Mr. Michael HorsleyCommunity Volunteer
Mr. Terry HyerCOO, Zarda Barbeque
Mr. John OtradovecSr. Loan Consultant, NASB
Mr. Don PearcePresident, Pearce Construction
Mr. Craig RookstoolPresident/CEO, AvidAir International
Mrs. Nancy SheaRetired, Marketing Director, Hy-Vee
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 9
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 7
Female 2
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 0
Board Term Limits 0
Written Board Selection Criteria? No
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 50%
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Financials
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2018
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2018
Projected Revenue $540,000
Projected Expenses $541,885
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2017, 2016, 2015: Financial data reported using the audited financials.
Detailed Financials
 
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$330,599$303,968$287,469
Administration Expense$82,220$98,513$93,772
Fundraising Expense$117,530$72,502$77,198
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.731.101.15
Program Expense/Total Expenses62%64%63%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$116,451$260,670$213,579
Current Assets$92,507$229,633$157,076
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$116,451$260,670$213,579
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201720162015
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountJeremiah 924 Foundation $100,000 -- --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountIndividual Donor $100,000 -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountLoretto Foundation $10,000 -- --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Other Documents
Organization Name Peace Partnership
Address 605 NE Woods Chapel Road
Lee's Summit, MO 64064
Primary Phone (816) 886-0195
Contact Email info@peacecounseling.org
CEO/Executive Director Dr. Jon Thompson LPC-MO
Board Chair Mr. Rick Britton
Board Chair Company Affiliation Digital Monitoring Products
Year of Incorporation 2013