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
Financial Summary
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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 2016 Accomplishments:
  • Last November, Peace Partnership began our second school partnership with Chapel Lakes Elementary School in Blue Springs, Missouri, to support school counselors by providing one-on-one counseling support to children in their own schools, free to families and the school. We are proud that Chapel Lakes has already reported positive changes in their students through this collaboration.
  • Peace Partnership continues to show an overall client success rate that is significantly higher than the national average. The success rate in 2016 was 74%, compared to a national average of 64%. Family counseling sessions saw an 83% success rate.
  • Two of our three counselors, Jon Thompson and Cary Corley, earned their LPC licensures from the State of Missouri in spring of 2016. Additionally, Jon Thompson and Lindsay Bonebrake received doctorates in May and December of 2016, respectively, at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Goals for 2017:
  • Excellence in professional practices. In May 2017, Cary Corley received a Doctorate in Counseling. We strive to provide exceptional counseling from highly qualified counselors who specialize in specific areas of study. Our counselors regularly participate in continuing education, counselor supervision, college teaching opportunities, public speaking seminars, and additional certification and licensure opportunities.
  • Increase our reach in the community. To meet the current demand for requested counseling services both in the office and in schools, Peace Partnership is working to increase staff by hiring an additional counselor. This addition will allow Peace Partnership to collaborate with at least one additional school, increase in-office visits, and grow our reach in the faith community by partnering with new churches and faith-based organizations.
  • Raise awareness of our mission in the community. To date, Peace Partnership has relied upon referrals from clients and other human service organizations to retain a full schedule of clients. As we look to expand, we continue to raise awareness of Peace Partnership. We do through collaboration with other non-profit organizations, creating a cross-referral system for low-income families, increasing our social media presence, and creating comprehensive marketing materials to effectively communicate our influence within the community.
  • Increase funding for our programs. As we provide essential counseling services and meet increased demand, we work to raise additional funds. As a private operating foundation, less than 15% of our budget can come from session fees, relying on generous donors to sustain our organization.
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 and cover the cost of adding a fourth counselor to the Peace Partnership staff.
  • Identify and acquire a larger office space to accommodate increased staffing.
  • 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.
  • Invest in a donor management system to effectively manage vital relationships with active and prospective donors, allowing more time for staff to cultivate and steward our supporters.
Service Categories
Counseling
Areas of Service
MO - Eastern Jackson Co
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, ,
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 2016, our overall client success rate was 74%, while the national average was 64%. Our adult success rates were 10% higher than the national average at 66%; married/family success rates were 26% higher than the national average at 76%; and child success rates were 15% higher than national average at 85%.
Description
Peace Partnership’s in-school program creates a safe place for children to heal by partnering with public schools to provide counseling support for their students. Peace Partnership believes 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 two schools by providing two counselors that work one day per week at William Southern Elementary in Independence, Missouri, and one counselor one day per week at Chapel Lakes Elementary in Blue Springs, Missouri.
 
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 to this, many families do not have the capacity or means to seek counseling outside of the school, which leaves many families and children with little hope. 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.
Category Mental Health, Substance Abuse Programs, General/other Mental Health, Substance Abuse Programs, General/other
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years), ,
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 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. 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, workshop 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, ,
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.
Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start 0
Compensation Last Year
Senior Staff
Title Counselor
Title Counselor
Title Director of Development
Title Business Manager
Staff
Paid Full-Time Staff 5
Paid Part-Time Staff 0
Volunteers 0
Paid Contractors 0
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 2018
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Mr. Rick Britton Digital Monitoring Products
Ms. Samantha Compton Wise Wealth
Mr. Jeff Cox Abundant Life Baptist Church of Lee's Summit
Mr. Ron Haley Community Leader
Mr. Terry Hyer CEO, Zarda Barbeque
Ms. Kathy Keith Principal, Westwood View Elementary School
Mr. Sean McCurry Pinnacle Family Advisors
Mr. Don Pearce Pearce Construction
Mr. Craig Rookstool AvidAir International
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 8
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 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
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Financials
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2017
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2017
Projected Revenue $521,306
Projected Expenses $448,359
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2016, 2015, 2014: Financial data reported using the audited financials.
Detailed Financials
 
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$303,968$287,469$223,485
Administration Expense$98,513$93,772$90,350
Fundraising Expense$72,502$77,198$65,168
Payments to Affiliates----$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.101.150.83
Program Expense/Total Expenses64%63%59%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue15%16%23%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$260,670$213,579$145,188
Current Assets$229,633$157,076$54,638
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$260,670$213,579$145,188
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
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