The Light House
P.O. Box 22553
Kansas City MO 64113
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 3612233
Mission Statement
MISSION: To provide love, support, and guidance to those experiencing unplanned pregnancies by meeting their physical, emotional, and spiritual needs before, during, and after their pregnancies. VISION: We are a Christian Ministry helping women choose life for themselves and their babies by: providing a safe, loving environment where mothers find unconditional acceptance and hope; encouraging and supporting spiritual formation and life transformation; modeling Christ in our relationships, programming, and management; facilitating excellent medical care; delivering community educational services promoting healthy relationships, sexual purity and responsibility; connecting Christian couples with babies whose birth mothers have chosen adoption; and seeking alliances with those who help us to better serve and advance our vision.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Russell L. Martin
Board Chair Dr. Thomas Sneed
Board Chair Company Affiliation Retired
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1985
Financial Summary
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Statements
Mission Statement MISSION: To provide love, support, and guidance to those experiencing unplanned pregnancies by meeting their physical, emotional, and spiritual needs before, during, and after their pregnancies. VISION: We are a Christian Ministry helping women choose life for themselves and their babies by: providing a safe, loving environment where mothers find unconditional acceptance and hope; encouraging and supporting spiritual formation and life transformation; modeling Christ in our relationships, programming, and management; facilitating excellent medical care; delivering community educational services promoting healthy relationships, sexual purity and responsibility; connecting Christian couples with babies whose birth mothers have chosen adoption; and seeking alliances with those who help us to better serve and advance our vision.
Background Statement

1980: The Metsker family started up a “Youth for Christ” in KC after being challenged by President Reagan to do something about abortion. Youth for Christ worked to raise money to purchase a convent for sale at Meyer and Paseo. Money was raised through a Walk-a-Thon (3,400 attendees raised $432,000), an 8-day telethon (increasing the total to $1.2 million) and additional fundraising efforts until they reached an agreed upon price to purchase the convent. 

 

The convent was remodeled; on April 15th, 1984 The LIGHT House officially opened its doors and immediately welcomed 13 pregnant girls. The first LIGHT House baby was born July 2nd1985, the mother, a college student, found The LIGHT House after her family and doctor encouraged her to have an abortion. 

 

Dr Don Philgreen and his family left a comfortable life in Ottowa to start a modest program in KC where he was the medical director and advisor who helped find doctors and hospitals were LIGHT House babies could be born. 

 

1990’s the Convent was sold and the Maternity Home moved to a location north of the Plaza.

 

2012 The LIGHT House became affiliated with Missouri Baptist Children’s Home. The LIGHT House remains as its own separate entity.

  

Impact Statement
Our maternity home serves young women (12-21) and newborns, with an average length of stay of nearly 100 days. While in the maternity home they meet weekly with both a case manager and a therapist. With staff support and through goal setting, our clients create a path towards self-sufficiency and developing life skills. While in the maternity home, the girls are either in school to continue their education, are working on their GED, are learning job skills or helping to maintain the house. Most days begin with devotionals and end with classes. Mothers and their baby can stay up to 6 weeks following delivery. The program expanded to serve clients who are pregnant and currently have small children.  Last year, the maternity home housed 7 women, 3 infants and 2 toddlers.

 

Our outreach program serves women of any age who are pregnant or have children under the age of 2. The program provides practical, physical and spiritual aid to support them during everyday life. By being involved in the program, clients learn parenting, nutrition, life and leadership skills. Our program had over 1,000 attendees last year with an average of 46 sessions providing over 1500 units of service. 100% of our attendees report learning something new and valuable at each session. 

 

Our adoption agency connects Christian couples with babies whose birth mothers have chosen adoption. We work with both the prospective adoptive families and the birth mothers, providing support, education and guidance. We facilitated 9 adoptions last year.
Needs Statement

Approximately 90% of our funding comes from donations from individuals, churches, corporations, foundations, and special events, with individuals being the single largest category. It is imperative that we have the funds we need to provide the clients in our programs the necessary resources (housing, prenatal care, nutrition, and life skills training) needed to ensure they and their children have successful outcomes.

 

 

Service Categories
Family Services (Adolescent Parents)
Pregnancy Centers
Adoption
Areas of Service
MO
KS
MO - Jackson County
MO - Clay County
MO - Platte County
KS - Wyandotte County
KS - Johnson County
MO - Eastern Jackson Co
MO - Jackson County Urban Core
IL
IA
MI
NE
OK
KS - Wyandotte County Urban Core
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement

Since its beginning in 1985, The LIGHT House has assisted literally hundreds of young ladies facing an untimely pregnancy to give them the resources needed to ensure the safety and well-being of both them and their babies. A constant theme through all these years has been to provide the services in a way that honors God. He loves the little children and we want to be a conduit He can use to show His love for them.

 

The LIGHT House provides three areas of service: a maternity home, an outreach program, and an adoption program. The maternity home can accommodate up to ten (mothers and babies) at one time and we are currently at capacity with a waiting list. The outreach program provides a weekly activity for young ladies and their children to gather for training, refreshments, have the opportunity to obtain needed baby supplies, and for support and encouragement. The adoption program assists young ladies who choose to place their babies to do so with a Christian family selected by them.

 

However, this work would not be possible were it not for the support of individuals, churches, foundations, and corporations who join hands with us by providing the funds necessary to pay the staff and to provide the services necessary to ensure successful outcome for the mothers and babies.

 

The LIGHT House affiliated with MBCH Children and Family Ministries (it being an affiliate of Missouri Baptist Children’s Home) in August, 2012. This affiliation enhances the ministry of The LIGHT House by allowing both agencies to share certain resources to be more efficient and effective. However, The LIGHT House continues to be its own separate 501(c)(3) organization with its own corporate identity, bylaws, and board members.

 

We thank you in advance for your consideration of financially supporting the work of The LIGHT House and impacting the lives of mothers and babies.

 

 

Programs
Description For young pregnant ladies aged 12 - 21 who need a safe place to stay while pregnant, we offer full residential services. The residential services are provided in a large residential home that is clean, beautifully furnished, and private. Our staff provides a loving and friendly environment for the young women, and each client is made to feel comfortable. In the last year, we were able to modify our space to meet the needs of pregnant women who already have a young child.  The home is conveniently located in midtown Kansas City, Missouri, and young ladies are housed twenty-four hours per day, seven days per week. Parents or guardians are encouraged to stay in contact with their daughters. 
Category Housing, General/Other Transitional Housing
Population Served Families, ,
Short-Term Success Short-term success includes healthy birth rates and low complication rates during pregnancy and delivery. In addition, the girls are given the skills they need to improve their chances of a successful and healthy lifestyle after their babies are born. Many become active and successful members of society. Living with other girls and utilizing the counseling services that come with the residence provide an increased level of self-esteem and overall trust. Because of the relationships developed in the home, the girls are able to foster healthier relationships after they leave the house.
Long-Term Success Teen pregnancies bring very high risk to both the mother and the baby. Complications are higher as is infant death rate. Many teen pregnancy complications include preclampsia, toxemia, premature births, low-birth weight, diabetes and more. Long term success would be most of the young women we serve will have healthy babies who will become contributing members of society.  As a result, we have a very low birth complication and death rate. Further, almost all the girls that live in our residence, develop positive relationships that help them succeed in society and helps eliminate unhealthy life patterns. We served 16 young women and 8 infants in the maternity home last year.
Program Success Monitored By Health of our babies and the incidence of premature deliveries is significantly below the average for teen pregnancies. Young women are given an opportunity to continue on in the outreach program for a period of two years after delivery. This provides ongoing support to the women who come through our program and allows them to seek advice for situations as they occur.  Case managers maintain an open relationship with clients once they leave the program. 
Examples of Program Success  24 women and infants were served in the maternity home last year.  8 healthy infants were born.
Description The Outreach Program is offered to aid young mothers with practical, physical, and spiritual needs and support them in their decision to choose life for their babies. The Outreach Program serves young mothers who are either going through pregnancy or already have young children. Young mothers may join the Outreach Program before youngest child is 2 years of age.  By being involved in the Outreach Program, mothers are expected to learn parenting, nutrition, life, and leadership skills to exceed self-sufficiently. Each year a number of topics are covered through Outreach programming.
Category Human Services, General/Other Parenting Education
Population Served Families, ,
Short-Term Success Short term success is attendance at our weekly meetings.  We can not see long term gains and positively changed lives if we do have the opportunity to support and educate effectively on a weekly basis.  36 women participated in the outreach program last year, with total of 1,888 service hours provided.
Long-Term Success Because such significant relationships are developed through our programs, our past clients and outreach clients keep in touch with our staff. We get correspondence weekly informing us of how much the time spent at The Light House in our programs provided a significant turning point for our clients and helped shape who they are today. We have many clients in the community that have high-level education and career achievements. Much of their on-going success is due to the regular communication the girls receive while in our Outreach program.
Program Success Monitored By We measure success with weekly surveys. 100% of our Outreach Clients report learning something new and valuable on a weekly basis. 
Examples of Program Success

Our clients describe their success the best by saying: "I think The Light House has helped me by teaching me how to take care of my baby the right way and has helped me with some items I didn't have money to pay for (through the Baby Boutique)."

There were 36 participants in the Outreach Program last year. 

"I think the staff are great. It is fun to talk to other mothers about their experience in life with their babies, too."

"The Light House has helped me in many different ways, from the speeches to the free gifts (items earned from our Baby Boutique). I'm learning more and more how to be a mother and how to get prepared. Thanks, Light House!"
Description The LIGHT House is a full service adoption agency in Missouri with experienced, licensed staff. We have over 20 years of experience with nearly 300 successful adoptions. We help connect birth mothers who delivered their babies in Missouri with potential Christian adoptive families who can live throughout the country. Some of our services include: confidential counseling, home studies, legal service referral. and education for adoptive parents.  The LIGHT House provides a Birth-Mother Advocate for each young woman wanting to pursue adoption for her unborn child.  This ensures that the birth mother receives the help she needs throughout the process.  This might include housing, pre- and post-adoption counseling, and adoption process education.
Category Human Services, General/Other Adoption
Population Served Families, , Adults
Short-Term Success We define short-term success for this program as facilitating potential parents and birth mothers, and getting them involved through counseling, legal assistance, education, and home studies. Our goal is to make both adoptive parents and birth mothers feel supported and secure during this process.
Long-Term Success Long-term success would be facilitating a successful, uninterrupted adoption that is ultimately a good fit for both parties involved.
Program Success Monitored By We facilitate ongoing adoption counseling, with both parents and birth mothers. We keep communication open with parents, attorneys, and birth mothers to monitor the post-adoption progress of all parties involved.
Examples of Program Success The Light House facilitated 8 adoptions last year.   
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Mr. Russell L. Martin
Term Start Aug 2012
Experience

Mr. Martin has worked for an affliated not-for-profit, Missouri Baptist Children's Home since 1977.  He currently serves as the President of both Missouri Baptist Children's Home and as MBCH Children and Family Ministries in addition to his duties at The LIGHT House.

Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start
Compensation Last Year
Senior Staff
Title Director of Programs
Title Medical Director
Staff
Paid Full-Time Staff 14
Paid Part-Time Staff 0
Volunteers 125
Paid Contractors 0
Retention Rate 90%
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
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 No
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Yes
Management Succession Plan No
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Collaborations
Rachael's House, Harvesters Advice & Aid
External Assessment and Accreditations
Assessment/AccreditationYear
Residential Child Care Agency2012
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? Yes
Board Chair
Board Chair Dr. Thomas Sneed
Company Affiliation Retired
Term Aug 2012 to July 2016
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Mrs. Linda Logue Community Volunteer
Mr. Russell L. Martin The LIGHT House
Mrs. Cara Peoples Community Volunteer
Rev. Ron Robinson 1st Baptist Church of Van Buren
Dr. Thomas Sneed
Dr. Jean Suyderhoud Community Volunteer
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 6
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 3
Female 3
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
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 4
Financials
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2016
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2016
Projected Revenue $587,026
Projected Expenses $587,026
Endowment Value $0
Spending Policy N/A
Percentage 0
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2014, 2013, 2012: Financial data reported from IRS Form 990. 
  • Foundation/corporation 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 Year201420132012
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$428,692$505,372$203,968
Government Contributions$108,981$0$33,588
Federal----$0
State----$0
Local----$0
Unspecified$108,981$0$33,588
Individual Contributions----$0
$10,539$22,373$7,429
$120,997$107,050$3,180
Investment Income, Net of Losses($359)$0$271
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$0$0$0
Revenue In-Kind$1,090$0$0
Other$3,319$15,798$33
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201420132012
Program Expense$381,119$487,884$126,617
Administration Expense$60,959$16,940$7,657
Fundraising Expense$88,064$81,971$42,648
Payments to Affiliates----$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.401.281.57
Program Expense/Total Expenses72%83%72%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue16%16%17%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201420132012
Total Assets$654,360$444,189$413,152
Current Assets$453,368$229,654$183,227
Long-Term Liabilities$98,758$106,002$209,482
Current Liabilities$17,794$12,241$43,901
Total Net Assets$537,808$325,946$159,769
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities25.4818.764.17
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets15%24%51%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201420132012
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
Goal $0.00
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years No
Organization Name The Light House
Address P.O. Box 22553
Kansas City, MO 64113
Primary Phone (816) 3612233
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Russell L. Martin
Board Chair Dr. Thomas Sneed
Board Chair Company Affiliation Retired
Year of Incorporation 1985