Carry the Cross Ministries
5517 Freeman Avenue
Kansas City KS 66102-1454
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (913) 515-0045
Mission Statement
The first part of our mission is to provide homeless families and youth aging out of foster care in Kansas City with hope, restoration and an opportunity to have a fresh start. In the Firehouse, we have two apartments for use for families or individuals in these situations.
 
Secondly, we want to reach out to the people in our community. In order to do this, we spend time outside playing with the children, working in our gardens, building relationships and looking for opportunities to serve and meet the needs of the families in our neighborhood.
 
Finally, our hope is to open On Eagle's Wings Farm, where we will provide housing, give stability, support, counsel, care, and a loving Christ centered family environment to foster, orphaned,at-risk children, and their families.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Jason Neland
Board Chair Mr. Justin Hoskins
Board Chair Company Affiliation Comers Children's Hospital
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2006
Volunteer Opportunities
Ways to donate, support, or volunteer
First and foremost, our hope is to recruit as many people to faithfully pray for our ministry as we possibly can. Pray that we would be able to be a light to those who come to stay with us and our surrounding community.  Pray that a door would open for land to start our new branch, On Eagle's Wings Farm, for the children who will be coming to stay with us, and for the staff that will be serving.  
 
We have many volunteer opportunities ranging from adopting families, mentoring, joining us for weekly or special events, and setting up an event through your church or organization at our facility in Kansas City, KS called The Firehouse.  As we also begin the process of bringing everything together for On Eagle's Wings Farm, there are many areas where we could also use support. One is making connections within our community with businesses, programs, and churches who would be interested in partnering with us as we go through the process of finding and opening the farm. If you are interested in helping to network and connect with our local community please get in touch with us for further details.
 
Our hope is to build a financial foundation that will enable us to begin and continue in our ministry to children debt free. Whether you wish to offer a one-time gift or to give on a monthly basis, a donation in honor of or in memory, every penny will go to support the daily needs of our children who will be staying with us. We have many options for you to give. If you wish to give in a way other than what we have offered please contact us so we can go over the details.   
 
For Volunteer Opportunities:  https://carrythecross.org
 
 
For information about On Eagle's Wings Farm: https://www.oneagleswingsfarm.org/
 
You may also send a check made out to Carry The Cross Ministries to:
 
Carry The Cross Ministries
5517 Freeman Avenue
Kansas City, KS 66102 
 
 
Financial Summary
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Statements
Mission Statement
The first part of our mission is to provide homeless families and youth aging out of foster care in Kansas City with hope, restoration and an opportunity to have a fresh start. In the Firehouse, we have two apartments for use for families or individuals in these situations.
 
Secondly, we want to reach out to the people in our community. In order to do this, we spend time outside playing with the children, working in our gardens, building relationships and looking for opportunities to serve and meet the needs of the families in our neighborhood.
 
Finally, our hope is to open On Eagle's Wings Farm, where we will provide housing, give stability, support, counsel, care, and a loving Christ centered family environment to foster, orphaned,at-risk children, and their families.
Background Statement
CTC formed in 2005 out of a desire to help individuals and families suffering from homelessness. The Firehouse, a fourplex in the heart of Kansas City, KS, was purchased in order to begin serving homeless families as well as urban families and children in need in our neighborhood. The Firehouse sits on a cul-de-sac where there is a long history of gangs, drugs and violence. Almost immediately after opening, our housing and community resources were put to use. We have had the opportunity to provide housing for over 20 different families since 2005 and have seen much improvement come to the neighborhood.
 
Partnering with local churches and organizations has allowed us to provide numerous types of outreach and event activities that have helped us to build relationships within our community. Those relationships have turned into weekly programs such as Friday Night Fires, Illumin8 and ExploreKC where meals are served and those relationships are nurtured. Several other programs including mentoring based programs have blossomed as well.
 
As the years progressed, it was decided to explore urban farming. A pen was built on the back of our land for animals, which has housed goats, chickens, rabbits and dogs as well as several plots for gardening. Everyone young and old has found joy in feeding the animals, digging in the dirt, enjoying the bounty at harvest time and flying in the air on one of several tire or tree swings.
 
Through all of our many connection points within the community we began to see a huge need within the at-risk and foster child areas. We started to brainstorm and dream about the concept of a farm where youth from these walks of life could come and not only visit and interact with the farm environment but also stay and live in a loving, Christian family community.
 
We have since visited many different farms and homes and networked with those that are already living out our dream. We have come alongside several of them and have learned what has worked for them and what hasn’t. Through this process we have birthed the plan for On Eagle’s Wings, a farm for family restoration!
Impact Statement
Accomplishments
  • We implemented two new programs, Illumin8, a weekly outreach to the children of our neighborhood and ExploreKC, where we take a group of youth out to explore cultural aspects of Kansas City.
  • We transitioned one of our apartments into a space for young adults, aged 18-24 who have aged out of foster care.
  • We saw over 200 volunteers come alongside of us over this past year to serve in many different capacities

Goals
  • Our top goal for the upcoming year will be to complete our capital campaign and find land to begin the process of opening On Eagle’s Wings Farm.
  • Secondly we would like to expand our board of directors.
  • Third, we would like to secure several more grants and expand our individual donor base.
  • Finally, we will enter in to our next phase of programming as we expand on our mentoring program and offer mission trips to other countries.
Needs Statement
Volunteers:
  • To continue to run our programs smoothly and efficiently we need to continue to build our volunteer base. Volunteers are needed for weekly Illumin8 groups to help with food prep, games and homework.
  • For our Equipped Mentoring we need people who would be willing to commit to being regular mentors to the young adults and families who are in our programs.

Leadership:
  • We would like to secure at least 3 new board members with in-depth board experience including a Chairman.
  • We would also like to expand on our advisory and youth boards.

Finances:
  • It is our hope to secure a larger vehicle in order to transport the many children who desire to participate in our programs, this in turn will lead to an expansion of our program capabilities. Cost will be around $50,000.
  • As of this moment we need to raise around $700,000 more in our capital campaign in order to purchase land for the farm.
Service Categories
Family Services
Children's and Youth Services
Foster Care
Areas of Service
KS - Wyandotte County Urban Core
KS - Wyandotte County
KS - Johnson County
Geographic Area Served Narrative We currently service mainly the Wyandotte County area.  Our goal is to soon serve the KC Metro area.
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement
To best describe the successes and challenges that we have faced as an organization over the years I find it best to share a story about one of our families that stayed at the Firehouse for several months.
 
I had met a young man of about 9 years old through my work as an intake counselor at KVC. His family came to a rough point in life where they were in need of housing and asked if they could move into the Firehouse. We were reluctant because of their past history but after much time in prayer decided that they could come and stay. The next several months were very fruitful as the family was doing everything they could to make things work.
 
Unfortunately after a slip back to meth they tumbled headlong back into that lifestyle, going as far as to cooking the drug in our building. They would be up until all hours of the night screaming murderous threats at one another. One memory that stands out vividly in my mind is when the mom chased the dad across the yard with her car, trying to run over him as he took a lid from a toilet and smashed in the windshield. They moved out not long after this incident, and we felt defeated.
 
.They all ended up in jail not long after they left our program. We were distraught thinking that we had failed even through all of our best efforts to love, care and pray for them.That was until we received a phone call several years down the road that came at a time when we were contemplating leaving the ministry.
 
The voice on the other end of the line was the mother. She began to tell her family's story from the time that they left the Firehouse. They had all went to jail but while in jail she had something of a spiritual revelation. She thanked me over and over for the foundation that we had tried to lay for them while they were with us, saying that is what helped her to begin her own spiritual awakening. Once she got out of jail she was determined to lead a better life and chose to enter nursing school. The phone call was to let me know that she was graduating and she wanted my wife and I to be there. I wept like a child when she walked across the stage on graduation day.
 
You see, our job is to love and care for the broken, no matter how lost we think they may be, no matter how hard it is. We may not see direct results immediately, but we know that if we continue to persevere, that God can do a work way beyond what we could ever have imagined. We will continue to carry these same principals into our new walk with the farm.
Programs
Description
Children and Youth Enrichment:
  • Illumin8: Illumin8 is a weekly gathering for children and youth of our neighborhood. We have round table dinners, games, homework support, prayer and bible study time for those who want to participate.
  • ExploreKC: A group of youth and young adults will go out once per quarter and explore a cultural spot in and around KC.
  • Back To Nature: Groups of youth and young adults will go out and explore different nature areas around KC once a month, at least one camping/road trip per year will taken.
  • Mission Go: Connections will be made with local organizations to provide an avenue for inner city youth to be able to go on a mission trip somewhere in the world once per year, most probably during the summer.
Program Budget $15,000.00
Category Youth Development, General/Other
Population Served At-Risk Populations
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Examples of Program Success Over the past two years we have continued to expand our program offering due to the success and growth of what we have offered.  Last year we were averaging 10 children involved weekly with our programs with occasional volunteer help.  This past year we have been averaging 35 children and volunteers helping at each event.  Through the connection with the children and youth, doors have opened to deeper relationships with parents.  
Description Our goal is to find and serve families and youth aging out of foster care in the Kansas City metro area who are either homeless or needing a fresh start in life. We will provide shelter, counseling, and support physically, mentally and spiritually for individuals and families that stay at The Firehouse.
Program Budget $33,000.00
Category Housing, General/Other Transitional Housing
Population Served At-Risk Populations
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Examples of Program Success As families or individuals come to stay in our facility our top goals for them as they exit are that they will be moving into a stable living environment, they will have a vehicle, and they will be able to pay their bills without falling behind.  Over the past 15 years we have had a 95% success rate in each of those categories.  
Description Our goal is to make connections within our community, especially on our street and neighborhood, in order to search out and meet needs whether they be physical, emotional or spiritual.
Category Human Services, General/Other Family-Based Services
Population Served At-Risk Populations
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Examples of Program Success Our goal is to meet the needs of our community that we are serving, especially as pertaining to the critical needs of food, clothing, appliances and shelter.  Over the past 15 years we have continually helped to meet those needs through the generous support of local churches, organizations and individuals who have provided us with the many supplies to help meet the wide range of needs that we face on a daily basis.  Our recent partnership with Harvester's has dutifully increased our ability to help meet nutritional needs on a more regular basis.  
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Jason Neland
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Justin Hoskins
Company Affiliation Comers Children's Hospital
Email justin.t.hoskins@gmail.com
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Mrs. Mary CobbCobb Refrigeration
Mr. Joe GrahamPrincipal of John Fiske Elementary
Mr. Justin HoskinsComer Children's Hospital
Mrs. Allison MurphyGrinnell State Bank
Mr. Justin PowellDST Systems
Mr. Steve ReedDaybreak International
Mr. Scott WaldenCobb Refrigeration
Financials
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2019
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2019
Foundation Comments
  • FYE 2018, 2017: Financial data reported using the IRS Form 990.
  • Foundations/corporate revenue line item may include contributions from individuals.
Detailed Financials
 
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201820172016
Program Expense$17,991$15,892--
Administration Expense$4,300$8,243--
Fundraising Expense$1,030$20--
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses2.301.53--
Program Expense/Total Expenses77%56%--
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201820172016
Total Assets$0$167,624--
Current Assets$0$12,084--
Long-Term Liabilities$0$107,200--
Current Liabilities$0$707--
Total Net Assets$0$59,717--
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201820172016
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities--17.09--
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201820172016
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets--64%--
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201820172016
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 We are currently raising and securing funds to open On Eagle's Wings Farm, a new branch of outreach that will house and provide hope  to foster, orphan, at-risk children and their families.
Other Documents
Organization Name Carry the Cross Ministries
Address 5517 Freeman Avenue
Kansas City, KS 661021454
Primary Phone (913) 515-0045
CEO/Executive Director Jason Neland
Board Chair Mr. Justin Hoskins
Board Chair Company Affiliation Comers Children's Hospital
Year of Incorporation 2006