RJ Children's Haven, Inc.
2924 Cherry Street
Kansas City MO 64108
Rendering of construction
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 888-9036
Mission Statement
We are committed to the mind, body and spirit healing of children who have compromised immune systems due to cancer treatment, organ transplantation or other medical conditions.
CEO/Executive Director Karen Anthony
Board Chair Karen Anthony
Board Chair Company Affiliation Executive Board, President & CEO
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2011
Volunteer Opportunities
Ways to donate, support, or volunteer We need the community's support to help make this dream a reality for children undergoing cancer, organ transplants, and other life threatening autoimmune diseases. We need volunteers, donors and supporters to share the RJCH story and help us serve and care for these extraordinary children. For monetary donations, donors can choose to mail a check to P.O Box 3295, Independence, MO 64055. They can also donate on our website through PayPal: www.rjchildrenshaven.org. When shopping on Amazon Smile, individuals can choose RJ Children's Haven as their non-profit of choice. In-kind donations are accepted, please contact the executive board for more information. Volunteers are welcome during the construction phase of the center, as well as after RJ Children's Haven opens.
Financial Summary
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Mission Statement We are committed to the mind, body and spirit healing of children who have compromised immune systems due to cancer treatment, organ transplantation or other medical conditions.
Background Statement
In 1998, a nurse caring for children with cancer imagined a center where children undergoing immune suppression therapy would have a stress-free environment to recover. This passionate nurse dreamed of a center that provided a home away from home where children could interact with others while awaiting immune recovery. The concept of RJ Children’s Haven (RJCH), an Immune Recovery Child Care Center, was initially developed in 2011 and received non-profit status. RJCH is inspired by Rachel and Jason. Rachel is a young woman who was treated for pediatric cancer and survived. Jason was a passionate nurse who used his gifts to heal children with cancer but lost his life too soon.
RJCH will care for 30 children, ages two to eight years old, to help them continue to learn and develop through interaction with other children, volunteers and staff. Children need social interaction as an integral part of recovery. This innovative center will provide children a solace from isolation, communication with others undergoing immune therapy, and opportunities for interaction with adults and peers who understand the solitude that occurs when they cannot attend school, play with friends, or go to family gatherings due to the risk of infection and illness. RJCH offers a safe environment for child care, therapies, socialization, education, and support for children who are immunocompromised and their families. The first of its kind in the country, we offer a safe daycare environment for children who are normally isolated for many months or years. They may experience social deprivation, depression, academic setbacks and may not be able to get needed wraparound therapies and services. We also offer respite for parents and the opportunity to return to work while their child is receiving treatment.
The center will soon have a home due to some generous donors, and is slated to open in fall 2019. Our hope and dream is that the age range of children and number of children served will be expanded in the future.
Impact Statement
In 2018, a building was been purchased in Hospital Hill neighborhood at 2924 Cherry, Kansas City, MO 64108. This is the future site of RJ Children’s Haven, where we will serve 30 children who are recovering from cancer, transplant or other life threatening illnesses. On March 20th, 2019, we received our first family reservation for when our doors open.
We received the permit from the city to start renovating in June 2019. A capital campaign is almost set to renovate 6581 square feet to accommodate 30 children on two floors and offer additional 922 square feet of outdoor patio/play space. We have partnered with SecureAire to provide a sophisticated air filtration system for the highest air quality possible, along with Tersano to provide a safe, chemical free way to clean the center. We have currently raised over $1,000,000 in funds to secure 62% of our goal.
Our current goals include securing the remaining balance to cover the first year of operation, completing renovations of the center for opening, and hiring highly qualified staff to ensure the safety, health, and emotional wellbeing of those children fighting various autoimmune deficient illnesses.
Needs Statement
Relationships with the Kansas City community, which includes the health community as well, are essential to the success and growth of RJ Children’s Haven (RJCH). In order to make the opening of RJCH not only a reality, but a success the following needs will be required:
  1. RJCH needs financial support for general operating expense. This may include financial grants and contributions to meet the next milestone of $100,000 to ensure at least the first year's operating costs.
  2. Partnerships with the community to help secure the remaining $400,000 needed to complete a $1.5 Capital Campaign for renovations on the building.
  3. Individual or corporate support to be able to sponsor all 30 slots for children/families, so they do not have to pay the yearly tuition.
Service Categories
Child Day Care
Student Services
Areas of Service
MO - Cass County
MO - Clay County
MO - Eastern Jackson Co
MO - Jackson County
MO - Platte County
MO - Ray
KS - Johnson County
KS - Wyandotte County
Geographic Area Served Narrative RJ Children's Haven is open to any child/family, who meets the criteria of having a compromised immune system due to cancer treatment, organ transplant, or other immunosuppressed medical conditions, in the Kansas City Metro area. Our building is located at 2924 Cherry St, Kansas City, MO 64108
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement
Our team successes:
One of the greatest accomplishments of RJ Children’s Haven (RJCH) is the response of the KCMO Community. Once RJCH spoke of the needs and goals for the children with disease and cancer; the community responded positively, both emotionally and financially.
To safely vet a child’s ability to attend RJCH, we have established a Medical team led by our well respected and experienced Medical Director, Dr. Mohamed Radhi. Dr. Radhi is Board certified in pediatrics and pediatric hematology/ oncology, with over 30 years’ experience. His background in Pediatric hematology / oncology and hematopoietic stem cell transplant affords him the record of success. Together collectively is a team of nurses and Advanced practice nurses with over 75 years’ experience in hematology/oncology and stem cell transplant. This group of individuals will evaluate each child’s ability to attend, based on their diagnosis, treatment, stage of treatment, and their general wellness. This assessment is practical and necessary for us to succeed.

The Challenges:
Because we are a new and unique entity, we are given an opportunity to lay groundwork for the first ever immune recovery childcare. To date, there is no childcare center to learn from, this increases our time and concentration to develop safe practices ensuring the welfare of each child attending.

Children undergoing cancer treatments, received organ transplants, or other life threatening immune diseases often have endured multimodal treatment including surgeries, chemotherapy and radiation, which can cause numerous long-term side effects. Painful procedures, hospitalizations and uncertain prognosis are stressors to the children and their families. Psychological impacts include depression, PTSD, anxiety, and other mental health components. Due to the type and length of treatment, these children are often isolated, lonely, and dealing with an array of emotions that they may not have the capacity to verbalize. Death can also be a topic that may need to be addressed with these children. Research has shown that children rely on the parents/caregivers to help regulate their emotions during and post-treatment.

These children will continue to be susceptible to cognitive, language, motor, and social delays that need to be addressed, in addition to their medical treatment.

Category Education, General/Other
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success That the children who attend RJ Children's Haven will learn strategies to communicate emotions, learn strategies to regulate emotions and social interactions with others, and increase social interactions with peers of the same age through play.
Long-Term Success For children ages 2-8 years of age, that 80% of our population at the center will have improved outcomes with treatment, healing, and social-emotional well being.
Program Success Monitored By RJ Children's Haven will utilize pre and post internal evaluations and surveys to gather data on social emotional skills. Pairing with outside providers to generate evaluative measures will ensure the optimum social emotional data on our population of children.
Examples of Program Success As we are a new entity and have not opened our doors, we are not able to share data at this time.
CEO Comments
RJ Children’s Haven (RJCH), the first of its kind in the country, will offer a safe caring environment for children who have compromised immune systems due to organ transplantation, cancer treatment, or other medical conditions. For these very ill children, upon hospital discharge, engagement in typical daily activities is extremely limited. There is no day care, no pre-K or elementary school, no home-away-from home, for this special population. RJCH, with the assistance of forward-thinking philanthropists, will change the landscape of recovery for children and families who have faced unthinkable diagnoses and those battling the risk of infections yet craving socialization.
RJCH will provide a learning environment to support children, ages 2 1/2 to 8 years of age, with appropriate educational interventions for those who have fallen behind. Professional staff at RJCH will create and embed literacy activities and instruction, e.g. literacy; designed at a developmentally appropriate level for each of the age groups. For the RJCH younger population, skills can be developed through play and hands-on experiences. Educational similar goals and objectives will be designed for RJCH children.
Designated, specially designed rooms are under construction to accommodate a wide range of “home health” and outpatient services the children are lacking. Due to the overwhelming pressures and inability to get children to standard appointments, uniquely, families will have physical, occupational, speech and social service therapies available to their child while attending RJ Children’s Haven.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Karen Anthony
Term Start May 2009
Karen is president and co-founder of RJ Children’s Haven. She began her career as a licensed practical nurse in 1971. Working as a nurse and a mother, Karen returned to school and became a registered nurse in 1995. Karen started in Bone Marrow Transplantation with Heart of American Bone Marrow Donor Registry in January 1989, where she was responsible for coordinating with marrow donors from all over the U.S. While working under the auspices of the National Bone Marrow Donor Program (now called - Be the Match), she set up the Unrelated Bone Marrow Harvesting Center at Research Hospital in Kansas City. A few responsibilities included finding and bringing unrelated donors to Kansas City, preparation and calculation of marrow, and couriering the marrow to a waiting recipient in the US and abroad.
Karen has a true love and passion for children and in 1998 she accepted an offer to work with Children’ Mercy Hospital as the Stem Cell Transplant nurse coordinator for a new and growing segment of the hospital’s practice. She was responsible for matching children with potential donors; setting up stem cell harvesting procedures; and managing the process of a child’s transplantation through admission and infusion of stem cells. While Karen’s contributions to the program were significant, she became more aware of the challenges that the children and families of the children she transplanted faced after discharged.
Karen retired after a 16-year period in the fall of 2014 to focus her efforts on addressing these challenges. "It became evident while watching these children undergoing therapy, and those getting lost in the process, that there was much more that we could do to help enhance their recovery. Along with parents and several medical persons, we started RJ Children’s Haven.”
Co-CEO/Executive Director
Co-CEO/Executive Director Wanda Gooch
Term Start May 2009
E-mail wgooch@rjchildrenshaven.org
Co-CEO Experience Wanda Gooch is vice president and co-founder of RJ Children’s Haven. Wanda began her career as an LPN in 1978. Working as a nurse and mom, Wanda returned to school and became an RN. She has worked as a registered nurse for Consultants in Gastroenterology for 34 years as both a physician nurse and ambulatory surgery staff nurse. She has been a volunteer for Boy Scout Troop 383, teaching First Aid and was a camp buddy at Camp Quality of Greater Kansas City.
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Yes
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Yes
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures Under Development
Nondiscrimination Policy Under Development
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? Yes
CEO Comments
At this time, RJ Children's Haven is still under construction. As this is a new venture, providing daycare for children recovering from cancer, transplants, and other autoimmune diseases, there will be challenges and many opportunities once the facility opens. At this time, the board has been diligently planning for possible outcomes, challenges that may arise, collaborations, and staffing needs. This will continue to be an ongoing practice until the center opens its doors.
Our full time Director will oversee the coordination of all medical and educational aspects of the center and ensures that the center complies with local and federal regulations. Our nurses are prepared to work with patients who have been diagnosed with life-threatening conditions. He/she must be capable of tending to urgent/emergent situations and to direct immediate care as needed. Only oral medications will be distributed by our full time registered nursing staff, similar as a school. Daily assessments are done to assure no child or adult will enter our facility if they are ill. We have a no shoes policy to lessen the burden of contaminants and outside pathogens from entering.

If a child transitions to being ill during the day, we have a separate room (The OK Corral) where a child can be safely separated from all other children until a parent can pick him/her up. Policies and procedures are in place to assure the safety and welfare of each child attending. Our full time teacher will implement the best practices and educational resources for continued education while in attendance of our facility. State regulations will be met to promote the safety and welfare of each child.

Additionally we will have volunteers, already committed, to include retired nurses and semi-retired teachers as well as students completing nursing training, students in the areas of pediatric health care, psychology, psychiatry, social work, and others completing practicums. Spanning the varying areas of need of young children, RJCH programming will include Education, Health, and Behavioral Health, with an emphasis on fostering socialization and reducing isolation.

Board Chair
Board Chair Karen Anthony
Company Affiliation Executive Board, President & CEO
Term May 2009 to
Email kanthony @rjchildrenshaven.org
Board Co-Chair
Board Co-Chair Wanda Gooch
Company Affiliation Executive Board, Vice President & Treasurer
Term May 2009 to
Email wgooch@rjchildrenshaven.org
Board Members
Becky CrokerSocial Services
Julia HadleyBusiness Manager & Secretary
Elliott HeitmanFacilities & Construction
Meghan HoveeFinance
Angie LeondedisMarketing & Communications
Megan Maciel
Dr. Mohamed Radhi
Cassandra ToomeyOperations & Education
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
Caucasian 9
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 2
Female 8
Board Meeting Attendance % 90%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Under Development
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Under Development
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 24
Standing Committees
Community Outreach / Community Relations
Board Governance
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Advisory Board Members
Goldie BenzNurse
Dr. Jignesh DalalBone Marrow Transplant Doctor with Rainbow Babies Children's Hospital
Dr. Sangeeta DalalPediatrician, Samuel Rogers Health Clinic
Kathy HopfingerFundraising Professional
Dr. Melissa JeffersonPhysician, Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, Urgent Care, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics @ UMKC
Chris Paul JonesIT Specialist, President of 531 Digital LLC; IT Director with healthcare for over 9 yrs.
Karen KopischkeNeonatal Advanced Practice Nurse, Overland Park Regional Hospital
Sue McCalleyProfessor, Education and Psychology Department at Avila University
Dr. Carla McCravePhysician, Pediatric Hematology/Oncology/Bone Marrow Transplant at CMH
Polly PrendergastSr. Director Program/Project Operations; UMKC; School of ED @ Edgar L and Rheta A. Berkley Child and Family Development Center
Micheal SimmsBSBA in Accounting and is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in KS and MO
Maureen WallCommunity Volunteer
CEO Comments
For the welfare of the children who will attend, we have a well-rounded board of directors with profound experience and skills in medicine, teaching, social workers, marketing, business, and finance. United we are a team putting together this unique service for children and families with disease.
Like any new entity, the issues we face are time management, strategic thinking, and decision-making. But we have an excellent board of directors, a group of individuals working together to develop a common focus and ways to address the needs of children’s education, psychosocial needs and their physical, occupational and speech deficits.
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2019
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2019
Spending Policy N/A
Foundation Comments
  1. FY 2017, 2016: Financial data reported using organization's internal financials. 
  2. Foundation/corporate revenue line item may include contributions from individuals.
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$0$0--
Administration Expense$7,392$6,796--
Fundraising Expense$0$0--
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.733.12--
Program Expense/Total Expenses0%0%--
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$18,912$20,894--
Current Assets$18,912$20,894--
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0--
Current Liabilities$0$0--
Total Net Assets$18,912$20,894--
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%--
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? Yes
Campaign Purpose RJ Children's Haven (RJCH) capital campaign has been to ensure the demolition and reconstruction of the building that will house RJCH. This includes outside renovations to the building and patio areas, as well as the children's activity rooms, bathrooms, health rooms, and staff offices upstairs.
Goal $1,600,000.00
Dates Aug 2018 to
Amount Raised to Date $1,000,000.00 as of July 2019
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years Yes
Organization Comments
A building has been purchased in the Hospital Hill neighborhood at 2924 Cherry, less than five blocks from Kansas City’s premier, world-class pediatric hospital, Children’s Mercy Hospital (Children’s). RJCH’s capital campaign will renovate 6,581 total square feet: 3,806 on the 1st floor with 1,853 square feet of mezzanine space. An outdoor patio playground will offer 922 square feet of outdoor space.
The corporate community was likewise moved by the RJCH vision and the opportunity to be a part of an innovative compassionate solution for families in need. Solicited and led by a respected team of civic thought-leaders, listed within the Board of Directors and Campaign Committee rosters, businesses joined together to secure more than $1,000,000 for capital expenses. Companies with no history of providing in-kind or financial charitable support as well as new entrepreneurs and corporations that have provided decades of funding to nonprofit organizations, are represented. Thanks to the corporate sector, 62 percent of the capital costs have been secured.
The campaign budget is $1,606,541 for capital. Construction will begin in the late summer of 2019 with an anticipated opening of late December 2019. In addition to raising funds for capital gifts to complete, construction, renovation and the equipment and furnishings to operate the facility, additional funds are critical to operate. For those families without the financial means to enroll their children, RJCH is establishing a scholarship fund who meet eligibility criteria.
We have implemented a 3-year budget which is available upon request.
Other Documents
Ingrams Ad2018View
Fact Sheet2018View
Sponsorship Packet2018View
Organization Name RJ Children's Haven, Inc.
Address 2924 Cherry Street
Kansas City, MO 64108
Primary Phone (816) 888-9036
CEO/Executive Director Karen Anthony
Board Chair Karen Anthony
Board Chair Company Affiliation Executive Board, President & CEO
Year of Incorporation 2011