Friends of Johnson County Developmental Support
The Mark D. Elmore Center
10501 Lackman Road
Lenexa KS 66219-1223
Friends of JCDS enriches life through expanded program opportunities.
Special assistance from Friends of JCDS aids children and adults with critical needs and therapies when no other resources are available.
Friends of JCDS makes community outings possible.
Friends of JCDS-sponsored social opportunities foster friendship and joy!
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (913) 826-2270
Mission Statement

Mission of Friends of JCDS, Inc.

To enhance the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities by supporting Johnson County Developmental Supports' (JCDS)  people and programs when additional resources are needed.
To support enhanced quality of life for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. 
For 26 years Friends has been a fundraising partner with JCDS, a public agency of Johnson County government that provides community-based programs and supports for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The vital partnership between the nonprofit fundraising arm and the county agency has helped fulfill the needs for thousands of our friends and neighbors who face daily challenges, hardships and adversity. 
Friends is a 501(c) (3) non-profit charity established in 1990.
CEO/Executive Director Chad VonAhnen
Board Chair Mr. Mike Hughes
Board Chair Company Affiliation Sprint
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1990
Financial Summary
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Mission Statement

Mission of Friends of JCDS, Inc.

To enhance the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities by supporting Johnson County Developmental Supports' (JCDS)  people and programs when additional resources are needed.
To support enhanced quality of life for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. 
For 26 years Friends has been a fundraising partner with JCDS, a public agency of Johnson County government that provides community-based programs and supports for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The vital partnership between the nonprofit fundraising arm and the county agency has helped fulfill the needs for thousands of our friends and neighbors who face daily challenges, hardships and adversity. 
Friends is a 501(c) (3) non-profit charity established in 1990.
Background Statement
Friends of Johnson County Developmental Supports (Friends) was founded in 1990 with the mission of: Enhancing the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities by supporting JCDS' people and programs when additional resources are needed. Our vision statement is: To support enhanced quality of life for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. We are a stand-alone nonprofit organization that operates independently from Johnson County Developmental Supports and does not supplant any county, state or federal funding.
Friends of JCDS focuses on resolving issues of accessible housing and special assistance for individuals served. We believe that having a house that you can easily afford, that is completely accessible and barrier free greatly impacts quality of life and health. We also believe that by providing special assistance for critical unmet needs we are enhancing individuals’ ability to improve their lives- through adequate access to healthcare and therapies, access to community activities and programs, provision of basic needs, and enhancement of their ability to live, work and engage in our local communities.
Impact Statement

2017 Accomplishments: 

  1. Opened a new home in Gardner that is currently is currently providing a home to 5 individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) who are also experiencing Alzheimer's and dementia.
  2. Completed renovations on 3 existing Friends' homes to improve accessibility. Investing $121,493 in improvements to our homes.
  3. As a part of our Special Assistance Fund, we were able to provide additional resources to increase long term health outcomes for individuals with I/DD, this was part of a grant received that enabled us to make such a positive impact for those served. This equated to providing over $23,000 in direct assistance to those who need us most.
  4. By the end of 2017 we will have launched a new website that is easier to use and provides better details about the work we do.
2018 Goals: 
  1. Complete renovations on 3 currently owned homes to provide additional accessibility and upgrades.
  2. Continue to build capacity to provide more affordable housing options to individuals with I/DD.
  3. Build additional resources for Special Assistance Funding, meeting more needs and improving the health and well being of those served. 
  4. Continue to build awareness in what we do. There is a common misconception that we fund JCDS. We are actually a standalone organization that helps provide additional resources to individuals served by JCDS- these resources include affordable and accessible housing and special assistance funds to help individuals. 
  5. Begin the planning process on 13th home.
Needs Statement
  1. Increase our fundraising capacity to address the needs of individuals served by JCDS.
  2. Attract, recruit, and retain volunteers that are interested in small renovation projects at homes owned by Friends.
  3. Ensure that Friend's Homes address individual's unique needs, increasing the availability of barrier free housing.
  4. Increased opportunities for community awareness, engaging in speaking opportunities and presentations. 
Service Categories
Developmentally Disabled Services/Centers
Single Organization Support
Alzheimer's Disease
Areas of Service
KS - Johnson County
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement

As the Board Chair, I am very excited about our commitment to ensuring that individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Johnson County have access to affordable, safe, barrier-free housing, access to community services and supports and our ability to provide special assistance for urgent needs. 

The next three years will be filled with a lot of excitement and hard work as we have accepted the challenge of creating 3 to 4 additional barrier-free homes that are designed to meet the specific needs of our individuals served who are also experiencing dementia and/or Alzheimer’s. The staff at JCDS have gone to great lengths to research and study the very specific needs of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities who also have dementia and/or Alzheimer’s. We have developed group with staff, volunteers and community stakeholders to ensure that the homes we develop will meet these needs and allow our “friends” to age in place, with the caring and support that they deserve. 

We opened one house in 2016 that is home to 5 individuals with this dual diagnosis, and then add at least two additional homes by the end of 2018. This has the full engagement of our board and partners and has energized an already engaged and dedicated Board of Directors.
Mike Hughes, Board Chair 
Provide accessible housing options for people with intellectual/developmental disabilities. 
Friends owns 12 homes throughout Johnson County.  Most of the homes were built in the 1950s and 1960s.  Friends is raising capital improvement funds for the homes to ensure that they are safe and sound. Funds are also being raised to purchase three more homes that will be renovated or built to meet the needs of our the aging individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities that are also living with Alzheimer's or dementia. The homes will be renovated to address the specific needs of those suffering from Alzheimer's or dementia.
The individual living  in Friend's homes represent the full range of developmental disabilities.  Subsidized monthly rent is $325, paid through Social Security Disability and Section 8 Housing.  Most residents can not work and live below or at poverty level.
Program Budget $150,000.00
Category Housing, General/Other Barrier-Free Housing
Population Served People/Families with of People with Disabilities, People/Families with People of Developmental Disabilities, People/Families with of People with Physical Disabilities
Short-Term Success When a new Friends of JCDS home is opened, between 3-5 new residents move in and immediately begin experiencing the benefits of a home where architectural barriers have been removed. The homes are designed to encourage both convenience and personal independence. First-floor laundry rooms outfitted with front-loading appliances allow residents to wash and dry their own clothes. Lowered kitchen counters and roll-up snack bars allow residents to participate in preparing and sharing meals. Fully-accessible bathrooms with roll-in showers greatly enhance the area's function and safety. Widened hallways and doorways allow residents to easily maneuver throughout all areas of their homes. Front entry ramps permit residents to enter through the front door - something every person should have the option of doing! Interconnected audio-visual smoke alarm systems and residential fire sprinkler systems installed in all homes create an exceptionally safe living environment as well.
Long-Term Success
  • With the addition of each property, the inventory of wheelchair accessible homes in Johnson County is permanently expanded. Friends of JCDS is helping to build an inclusive community -- one where everyone belongs. Bringing people with developmental disabilities into closer connection with their neighbors also helps break down the barriers of fear and prejudice that have historically shaped public perception of this population. "Fear of the unknown" becomes the familiar, friendly face of a neighbor. Once commonalities are recognized, acceptance and respect soon follow.
  • Through this project, Friends of JCDS is able to maximize the impact of federal support by augmenting Community Development Block Grant  funds with privately-raised resources from the local community.
  • Each time an aging property is purchased & renovated, the surrounding neighborhood is upgraded and revived. Friends homes have been universally well-received by neighbors; the homes are often the most attractive on the block!
Program Success Monitored By
  • JCDS residential staff make every effort to honor each resident's lifestyle preferences while maintaining a safe and functional home environment. Annual satisfaction surveys are completed by individuals served.
  • JCDS residential services are accredited at the highest (three-year) level by CARF, an international rehabilitation accreditation commission. CARF standards are developed and regularly updated with input from clients, rehabilitation professionals, state and national organizations. CARF uses the standards to determine how well an organization is serving its clients and how it can improve. 
  • While not quantifiable, our greatest success is in seeing the individuals we serve living in their community, shopping at stores, being involved in community events and being embraced by their neighbors. 
Examples of Program Success
  • 45 people with developmental and physical disabilities are living in affordable, attractive, wheel-chair accessible homes.
  • Friends of JCDS was able to make significant renovations to three homes that included foundation repairs.
  • Story of Person Served: We had two brothers that were living in substandard housing that was not well maintained, and not suited for individuals in wheel chairs, the hallways were too narrow, and there was no room for them to be independent or engaged in their home life. Personal care was also an issue as the bathroom was not adequately maintained for accessibility. Friends was able to move both gentle into completely barrier free homes where they can be engaged in normal activities and increase their independence. Both brothers now participate in normal everyday activities such as meal preparations, laundry, and the community they live in.
Direct financial assistance to JCDS clients who have no safety net and experience a critical need.  Most JCDS clients can not work because of their disability and live below or at the poverty level.  Typical examples of fund usage include medical, dental, utility, clothing, food, emergency transportation and housing expenses.  This is a basic needs fund, so as a place of last resort, JCDS client case managers may file requests for funding.  As a prime example, Medicaid only covers dental cleanings and extractions, but no fillings, crowns, bridges or dentures, the Special Assistance Fund often is the only resource to provide funds to pay for those critical dental services.  In 2016 total of $23,777 was distributed for critical needs. 
As an addition to this program, we also provide funding for assistive technology to help individuals be successful. Assistive technology funds are used to improve functional capabilities of individual with disabilities, enhancing their ability to work.
Program Budget $0.00
Category Human Services, General/Other Emergency Assistance
Population Served People/Families with of People with Disabilities, Elderly and/or Disabled, Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Short-Term Success Friends of JCDS Emergency/Special Assistance Funds are not intended to meet on-going support needs, but rather as a strategic resource of last resort. Since grants are given in response to a specific crisis or acute situation, the results obtained are immediately apparent. All applicants have demonstrated a critical need and lack of alternative alternative financial resources.
Long-Term Success Overall quality of life for JCDS clients is improved relative to health, safety, personal independence and community integration.
Program Success Monitored By
Results of all Special Assistance requests are well-documented. Requests are submitted via a standard Special Assistance Request Form by the individual's case manager, documented in the client's case file and maintained in the JCDS Records office. The case manager also verifies and records resolution of the situation once achieved. Friends office staff pays all special assistance bills directly from Friends' bank account and also maintains documentation of each transaction.
Current status of remaining Special Assistance funds allocated for the year are tracked on the organization's financial statements, which are updated and reviewed monthly. Friends administrative staff also maintain records on the disposition of each request received and provides detailed information to the Friends board on how the funds are being administered.
Examples of Program Success
  • Samantha participates in Project SEARCH, a program that helps provide individuals with intellectual/developmental (i/d) disabilities community employment training & opportunities. Samantha's father is a State Trooper & her mother has been unable to work due to illness. Samantha had limited choices for clothing (2 pairs of pants,3 polo shirts & 2 sets of shoes: steal toed boots & slip on sneakers. While the clothing was acceptable, it was not necessarily appropriate for a young woman to wear in the work place, nor appropriate for an interview.  Friends was able to provide a funding to ensure that Samantha had clothing for both work and interviews. She has since gone on multiple interviews & felt successful on interviews.
  • Dental Expenses are not fully covered by medicaid or medicare. Many adults with i/d disabilities have long term dental problems stemming from poor oral hygiene, medications, & lack of availability of services. Friends has provided over $8,000 in dental assistance.
CEO Comments

For more than 25 years Friends of JCDS has been the fundraising partner for Johnson County Developmental Supports (JCDS), the public agency of the Johnson County Government that provides community based programs and supports for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Because of this relationship, one of Johnson County’s most vulnerable populations is able to be an active and contributing part of our neighborhoods and communities. Friends has enabled the individuals served by JCDS to fully participate in housing, commerce, employment and all the other amenities, daily choices and responsibilities that every citizen in our County takes pride in. We believe that these opportunities have only contributed to the cultural identity and increased the quality of life for all citizens of our County.

As a standalone entity, Friends has made substantial improvements to the lives of individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities. Friends has recognized the need to continue efforts to offer barrier free housing options, special needs assistance and other projects that provide for the substantive needs of individuals served by JCDS. In looking towards future projects, Friends is currently working toward finding solutions to support the needs of our aging population, specifically related to Alzheimer’s and dementia. Unfortunately, those with intellectual/developmental disabilities are more susceptible to early onset of Alzheimer’s and dementia, leading to an increased need for highly specialized support and housing options.

With insecurities in Medicaid, federal and state funding, Friends will play an even bigger role in supporting persons served by ensuring that our community members with intellectual/developmental disabilities continue to be thriving and engaged citizens in our community.
Chad VonAhnen, Executive Director

Johnson County Developmental Supports

10501 Lackman Road Lenexa, Kansas 66219

Direct (913) 826-2631 | Office (913) 826-2626

Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Chad VonAhnen
Term Start June 2015

Chad VonAhnen was appointed Executive Director at Johnson County Developmental Supports, effective June 17, 2013. Mr. VonAhnen assumed additional responsibilities as Executive Director of Friends as a component of his role as Board President of Friends of JCDS.

He comes to JCDS from Wichita, KS where he worked for Sedgwick County government for 10 years. While at Sedgwick County his experiences included work in the Budget Office, served as Director of Community Relations, Director of the Sedgwick County Developmental Disability Organization and most recently as Director of the Division of Public Safety. Prior to that, he worked for Polk County, Iowa in Youth Services for seven years.

A native of Des Moines, IA, Mr. VonAhnen attended the University of Northern Iowa located in Cedar Falls, IA where he received a bachelor's degree in Criminology. He received his master’s degree in public administration from Drake University in Des Moines, IA.
Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start 0
Compensation Last Year
Former CEOs
Martha Hagendorn-Krass July 2014 - June 2015
Janet Hoffman Jan 2000 - Dec
Senior Staff
Title Director of Development
Experience/Biography Ms. Bowers has a Masters in Philanthropy and Development from Saint Mary's University of Minnesota, as well as over 15 years experience in fund development and over 20 years of experience in working or volunteering with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Paid Full-Time Staff 1
Paid Part-Time Staff 0
Volunteers 85
Paid Contractors 2
Retention Rate 100%
Formal Evaluations
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
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 No
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
The Friends of JCDS Accessible Housing Project is an excellent example of collaboration. In 1997. the Friends Board allocated $30,000 to purchase two ranch-style homes while JCDS secured $90,000 in CDBG funds for property renovations.A cross-organization team implemented the project. Today Friends has completed 12 homes, having allocated $362,000 toward property acquisition complimented by $640,180 in CDBG funds for accessibility improvements. 
JCDS is CARF accredited. Under that umbrella, Friends of JCDS' homes are inspected and certified as well under JCDS' licenses for residential services through KDADS.
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? No
CEO Comments

I am grateful for the opportunity to serve as the Executive Director of Johnson County Developmental Supports (JCDS) and the President of Friends of JCDS.  We have many challenges and opportunities ahead of us in the near future, and our involvement with our community partners is critical in achieving success for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.    

Some of the challenges include the large number of people waiting for funding for their services on the statewide waiting list; a transition to a new system of Medicaid managed care; and exploring ways to increase employment opportunities. In recent years we have started to address the needs of our aging ID/DD population, and have taken great strides to address the very specific needs of our individuals that have now been diagnosed with Azlheimer's and/or dementia. This will be a new direction in how Friends builds and renovates homes so that they can address the very specific needs of individuals with ID/DD and Alzheimer's/dementia. In 2016 we created a home specifically to address those needs, and will be moving to create 3 to 4 more additional homes in the next few years. 
Despite the challenges, we are committed to our mission to expand resources to meet the needs and enhance the lives of persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families with excellence and the highest ethical standards.
Chad VonAhnen, JCDS Executive Director and President, Friends of JCDS
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Mike Hughes
Company Affiliation Sprint
Term Jan 2013 to Dec 2017
Board Members
Ms. Carly Boothe Booth Walsh Law and Mediation
Mr. Dale Chaffin Retired
Mr. Mike A. Cochran Swiss Re America Holding Corporation
Mr. Mike Hughes SKC Communications
Mr. Ali Lotia USDA
Ms. Micquelyn Malina Keller Williams Real Estate
Mrs. Jamie Needham American Century Investments
Ms. Tammy Nigus Summit Marketing
Mr. Tim Owens Self-employed
Mr. Kyle Russell Jackson Lewis PC
Dr. Kara Tan Bhala Seven Pillars Institute
Mr. Scott Tschudy Martin, Pringle, Oliver, Wallace & Bauer, LLP
Mr. Chad VonAhnen JCDS
Mr. Ron Worley State of Kansas, House of Representatives
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 12
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 1 Middle Eastern
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 9
Female 5
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 75%
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 No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 7
Standing Committees
Board Development / Board Orientation
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Special Events (Golf Tournament, Walk / Run, Silent Auction, Dinner / Gala)
CEO Comments

Their support and advocacy on behalf of Friends of JCDS is crucial. We believe our mission “to enhance the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities by providing support to JCDS’ people and programs….” is a compelling reason to serve. Those we assist need our commitment to make sure they are engaged in the community, have opportunities to work, live and play in our neighborhoods in Johnson County. Those who volunteer their time to help support those with intellectual and developmental disabilities build rewarding relationships, and we are all transformed.   

Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2017
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2017
Projected Revenue $481,957
Projected Expenses $454,717
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2015, 2014, 2013: Financial data reported using IRS Form 990.  
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line item may include contributions from individuals.
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201520142013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$75,500$64,000$97,324
Individual Contributions----$0
Investment Income, Net of Losses$50$104$125
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events($1,589)$8,554$9,338
Revenue In-Kind$0$0$0
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$275,249$247,508$241,157
Administration Expense$51,329$75,916$32,064
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates----$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.861.021.06
Program Expense/Total Expenses84%77%88%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$1,830,178$1,909,738$1,946,905
Current Assets$217,402$248,838$234,887
Long-Term Liabilities$559,184$594,489$628,052
Current Liabilities$4,486$3,544$15,106
Total Net Assets$1,266,508$1,311,705$1,303,747
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities48.4670.2115.55
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets31%31%32%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- --William T. Kemper Foundation $20,000
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- --Clinical Reference Labs $16,380
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- --Jewish Community Foundation $6,987
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years Yes
Organization Comments
In 2015 Friends of JCDS re-organized how the leadership team functioned and to reflect organizational goals. A Director of Development was brought in to focus on raising funds to accomplish the mission of Friends.
In 2016  Friends has focused on adding 1 additional home that will serve the needs on individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities that are also experiencing dementia and/or Alzheimer's. That home is set to open up in November of 2016. 
In 2017 we continue to grow our efforts in creating awareness for who we are. We saw several great leaps in 2016, with a wonderful piece published in the 913 on July 13th and with great coverage from Action 41 news prior to our fall fundraiser. But know that we need to continue to create awareness regarding affordable and accessible housing, as well as provide more access to housing that will allow those individuals served by JCDS that are experiencing Alzheimer's/dementia to age in place.
Organization Name Friends of Johnson County Developmental Support
Address The Mark D. Elmore Center
10501 Lackman Road
Lenexa, KS 662191223
Primary Phone (913) 826-2270
Contact Email
CEO/Executive Director Chad VonAhnen
Board Chair Mr. Mike Hughes
Board Chair Company Affiliation Sprint
Year of Incorporation 1990