In the Name of GRACE
118 N. Conistor Lane, Suite B
Unit 205
Liberty MO 64068-1909
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 518-7327
Mission Statement
GRACE (Giving Recovering Addicts a Chance to Evolve) provides housing and assists recovering addicts in transition to safe, sober living by improving the quality and availability of Oxford Houses in Missouri.
CEO/Executive Director Rob Elsey
Board Chair Rob Elsey
Board Chair Company Affiliation Reece Nichols
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2016
Volunteer Opportunities
Ways to donate, support, or volunteer We welcome donations by check, or through our website at  We also can use donated items for fundraising raffles and prizes, such as gift cards, tickets, gift baskets, jewelry, etc.  Volunteers are needed for fundraising events.
Financial Summary
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Mission Statement GRACE (Giving Recovering Addicts a Chance to Evolve) provides housing and assists recovering addicts in transition to safe, sober living by improving the quality and availability of Oxford Houses in Missouri.
Background Statement
In the Name of GRACE is a non-profit that gives hope to recovering addicts.  We raise funds and advocate for Oxford Houses, giving recovering addicts a chance to evolve from dependence to independence.  Rob and Anissa Elsey had the vision for this organization when their own daughter was spiraling downward with addiction and was unable to get into an Oxford House due to lack of availability.  They joined forces with Doug Ballou and Nancy Whitworth to found the organization, with a mission to significantly increase the number of houses in Missouri.  (Kansas currently has more houses due to state funding).
The organization was founded in 2016.  Because of the time-tested, evidence-based, proven model of Oxford House Inc (OHI), GRACE elected to embrace that model for recovery housing.  We established a service agreement with OHI.  A board comprised of highly respected business leaders was formed and bylaws adopted.  Since our founding, board members have become immersed in the recovery community, opioid task force and sub-committees, and regional and statewide prevention collaboratives and coalitions.  We have cultivated relationships with treatment providers, drug courts and other organizations with a similar mission.  
Impact Statement
Over the past year, the top 3-5 accomplishments include:
  • Hired an Outreach Worker to oversee the quality of the current houses and open new ones. 
  • Closed, relocated or bolstered five under-performing houses in existence before the establishment of GRACE.
  • Reached a service agreement with Oxford House Inc.
  • Opened four new houses, including two women's houses.
  • Hosted first annual GRACE Race 5K fundraiser, including 282 participants, 90 volunteers and netted $30,000+
3-5 Goals for current year:
  • Fund operating budget of $105,000 dollars.
  • Open 4-5 houses toward 20 x 2020 goal. 
  • Continue board development.
  • Host first annual "Your Royal Grace" fundraiser on September 14, 2018.
  • Extend services of Outreach Worker for increased support to residents
We launched our first major fundraising event - "The GRACE Race" and raised over $30,000. 
Our goals for this year are to open five houses (20 houses by 2020), launch our fall fundraiser "Your Royal Grace" at the American Royal, and further enhance our on-line marketing presence.
Needs Statement
Top 5 Most Pressing Needs:
  1. Funds to achieve the GRACE mission, primarily to increase number of Outreach Workers to serve the residents of our growing number of Oxford Houses.   We currently have one part-time Outreach Worker with plans to increase his hours to full-time, and we project adding two additional full-time Workers over the next two years.  Funds needed = $246,000 per year.

  2. 5-6 Additional Board Members with needed skills and expertise (predominantly fundraising, grant research, and marketing) and funding relationships to help achieve the GRACE mission.

  3. Volunteers for fundraising events.

  4.  Donations of prizes, gift cards, jewelry, apparel, etc. for raffles and auctions at fundraising events.
Service Categories
Half-Way House (Short-Term Residential Care)
Areas of Service
Geographic Area Served Narrative We open houses on the Missouri side of the state line, primarily in the Kansas City metro area.
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement Watching my beautiful, young and talented daughter spiral downward with drugs was the most difficult thing in my life.  Watching her fight to climb out of addiction was exhilarating.  Watcher her relapse was heartbreaking. Thus began the emotional roller coaster of my life as the parent of an addict.  But that's just the effect on me, I cannot begin to imagine the cruel and painful ride it has been for my daughter.  We must do something to help addicts fight for their lives.  We must help them on the journey towards a fulfilling life.  We must give them the grace they deserve.
GRACE advocates and raises funds for the support of Oxford Houses in Missouri. Oxford House Inc. (OHI) is a national non-profit organization founded in 1975 that provides a unique, evidence-based, time-tested model for recovery housing. Oxford Houses are private investor-owned houses in good neighborhoods where residents pay rent, become part of an Oxford Charter, and follow the Oxford Traditions. Charter conditions require that the residents: (1) democratically run the house following the procedures and processes, (2) be financially self-supporting, and (3) expel any resident who returns to using alcohol or illicit drugs.
The reliance on residents to govern themselves enables them to develop coping skills, leadership abilities, and renewed confidence in themselves. They obtain jobs, socialize with and support each other, and develop the skills to give back to society as responsible, sober citizens. Based on a DePaul University study of relapse, more than 80% of Oxford residents achieve long-term sobriety. (More information about OHI, including an annual report, may be found at
The funds will be used to underwrite the Outreach Worker(s) who are trained for the following tasks:
  • Helping find suitable houses to rent
  • Help the group apply for a charter from OHI
  • Recruiting initial house residents
  • Teaching residents the system of operations
  • Helping build mutually supportive chapters
  • Developing linkages to providers
  • Working with drug courts and parole officers
  • Employment linkages
  • Documenting success/failure, including monthly reporting to the GRACE board
  • Troubleshooting problems
  • Coordinating with state and local agencies
Program Budget $30,383.00
Category Human Services, General/Other Services for Specific Populations
Population Served Alcohol, Drug, Substance Abusers
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success
The overarching outcome metric is the percentage of individuals who maintain resident status without relapse. We also track the following metrics:
  • Bed utilization
  • Average length of stay
  • of Outreach Workers hired
  • # houses opened
  • Adherence to Oxford House traditions and quality standards
Long-Term Success
This project will result in the opening of at least five houses in Eastern Jackson County which going forward will provide safe, sober living for hundreds of recovering addicts who otherwise are likely to become homeless, incarcerated, relapse, or worse.
Research indicates that recovery housing provides individuals with substance use disorders a greater chance of achieving long-term recovery than those who do not live in recovery-oriented environments. Recovery housing has been associated with numerous positive outcomes including:
  • Decreased substance use
  • Reduced probability of relapse/reoccurrence
  • Lower rates of incarceration
  • Higher income
  • Increased employment
  • Improved family functioning
Program Success Monitored By
  • Monthly Outreach Worker report to Board
  • Daily Oxford House Inc Utilization Report 
  • Periodic Random Drug Tests
  • Outreach Work audits of House and Chapter Performance 
Examples of Program Success


“When I landed in my second Oxford House, I was desperate. Alcohol was my master. I knew if I continued to drink, I would die. God gave me yet another moment of grace and put me in front of a group of women who accepted me and all my defects. I saw my roommates staying sober and it gave me hope. The low spots of relapse and evictions showed me that just following the rules and expectations of the house was not enough. I finally understood that alcohol was just one part of my problem; I had to change.”

DeAnn has been sober for four years and now serves as a mentor for other Oxford House residents.


Linda first entered an Oxford House in 1998 when she left a rehabilitation center in search of a clean start. While other states had several homes with women and children, Missouri was lacking which left Linda in search of care for her child. Linda relapsed after leaving Oxford House the first time and moved back into her previous toxic environment.

After finding her way back to an Oxford House, Linda has been sober for six years and is proud to have helped start the first home for women and children in the Kansas City metro area.

Additional testimonials of Oxford House residents may be found at  
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Rob Elsey
Term Start Aug 2011
Paid Full-Time Staff 0
Paid Contractors 2
Volunteers 9
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation No
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Non-Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Yes
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Yes
Management Succession Plan Yes
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
We partner with Oxford House, Inc.
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? No
Board Chair
Board Chair Rob Elsey
Company Affiliation Reece Nichols
Term Aug 2016 to Dec 2022
Board Members
Doug BallouBlue Window
Anissa ElseyNazdar
Rob Elsey
Michael FoxPinnacle Plumbing
Shelly FreemanJackson Lewis
Michelle McSpaddenOverflow
Nancy WhitworthMcCownGordon Construction
Keith WiedenkellerJewish Community Center
Marlene WilkersonSaving Sight
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 4
Female 5
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 3
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 10
Standing Committees
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Advisory Board Members
Dan HahnOxford House Inc
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2018
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2018
Projected Revenue $55,150
Projected Expenses $60,000
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2017: Financial data reported using the organization's internal financial statements.
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line item may include contributions from individuals.
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$2,508----
Administration Expense$10----
Fundraising Expense$665----
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses5.42----
Program Expense/Total Expenses79%----
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$12,369----
Current Assets$12,369----
Long-Term Liabilities$0----
Current Liabilities$0----
Total Net Assets$12,369----
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
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 ------
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount ------
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years No
Other Documents
Organization Name In the Name of GRACE
Address 118 N. Conistor Lane, Suite B
Unit 205
Liberty, MO 640681909
Primary Phone (816) 518-7327
CEO/Executive Director Rob Elsey
Board Chair Rob Elsey
Board Chair Company Affiliation Reece Nichols
Year of Incorporation 2016