Hillcrest Ministries, Inc. dba Hillcrest Hope
612 N Grover St, #7
Liberty MO 64068
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 781-8988
Mission Statement
Empowering the homeless and working poor to achieve personal independence through transitional housing, accountability, education and community.
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Laurie Sutton
Board Chair Mr. Brad Johannes
Board Chair Company Affiliation Premier Financial Network
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1976
Former Names
Hillcrest Transitional Housing of Clay County
Financial Summary
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Mission Statement Empowering the homeless and working poor to achieve personal independence through transitional housing, accountability, education and community.
Background Statement

Hillcrest Ministries was founded in 1978 in Clay County as a transitional housing program designed to move homeless families to personal independence and financial stability.   Hillcrest Hope is a place of second changes.  We transform and restore families through rigorous education and curated community.

Impact Statement
Top 2017 Accomplishments: 
  1. Provided transitional housing, including counseling, life-skills classes, and basic needs for 52 families, including 77 children.
  2. Collectively, our families placed into savings $114,835.  We are very proud of our families.
  3. Volunteers served over 35,000+ hours in the Hillcrest Hope program.
  4. 95 families received Christmas presents through our Christmas Adoption Program.
  5. Upon completion of our program and during their move-out process, our graduates received a collective total of $11,430.62 in Thrift Store vouchers to purchase household goods for their own apartment.
  6. 7 sets of parents were reunited with their children during 2017.  A rare and wonderful accomplishment!
Top 2018 Goals: 
  1. To provide transitional housing, including counseling, life-skills classes, and basic needs to 63 families.
  2. To improve several areas of our current program to more effectively serve our families.
  3. To research new facility possibilities to increase our ability serve additional families in Clay County and to increase the type of services provided to those families.
  4. To implement our graduate Opportunities Program to provide additional services, incentives, and reimbursements for families willing to take extra classes both at Hillcrest Hope and at Higher Education facilities, as well as, families who are willing to attend budget training, volunteer at organizations of their choice, and families who work hard at their respective employers and receive merit raises and promotions.
Needs Statement
  • Budget counselors
  • Church Sponsors
  • Affordable childcare for our graduates
  • Affordable housing options for our graduates
  • Skilled labor to assist with improvements to residential facilities
Service Categories
Homeless Shelters
Emergency Assistance (Food, Clothing, Cash)
Youth Development Programs
Areas of Service
MO - Clay County
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement

Hillcrest Hope is experiencing growth in all areas. 2017 was a great year for our families.  They resolved a huge amount of debt and saved a great deal of money for their futures.  Many of them obtained better jobs.  They developed better coping skills and learned to budget for their finances.  The biggest challenges we face are being able to find affordable housing and childcare for our graduates.  The typical graduate earns less than $12 an hour.  This isn't sufficient income to sustain a household of 4.  We are also looking for ways to incorporate job skills training in their life so they can find better employment.  We want to create sustainable households in our area.

Description Serving the homeless and working poor of Clay County by providing a transformational housing program.  Hillcrest Hope provides a 2-bedroom apartment, utilities, weekly food and basic needs to each admitted family.  In addition, Hillcrest Hope provides weekly case management, budget counseling, and life skills and community living to each of its families.  The goal at Hillcrest Hope is to serve the entire person, seeking to address the issues and concerns that brought them to Hillcrest Hope.  Hillcrest Hope offers transformational housing that equips our families with the tools they need to create a second story.
Program Budget $265,000.00
Category Housing, General/Other Transitional Housing
Population Served Homeless, ,
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success
Our short-term success would be defined not only by the number of families we serve, but by the number of families who successfully graduate from the program.  Graduation is defined by the families ability to secure their own housing upon completion of the program, that they are able to pay off a significant amount of debt and have some money in savings.  It is also measured by the overall sense of accomplishment our families experience as they take steps to take charge of their own life.
Long-Term Success The long-term success of our families would be demonstrated in their ability to maintain a dwelling of their own, provide financially for their family with limited government assistance, sustain worthwhile employment, and exercise good management over their emotional well-being and that of their families.
Program Success Monitored By Upon entry into the program, we have each client take a survey that evaluates their support structure, ability to problem solve, reflection of their current financial status and job satisfaction and current wage.  Upon exit of the program, they take the survey again to see what areas have improved and what areas of their life still need further work and examination. Every year we obtain a graduate survey from graduates for the current past 5 years.  Through this survey, we are able to determine if they are still maintaining their own housing, have money in savings, if they are receiving any government assistance, or are in need of additional case management or budgeting. 
Examples of Program Success
Below is our 2017 Tally for Hillcrest Hope:
  • #of families who received transitional housing services - 58
  • #of children in those families - 69
  • Amount of debt resolved - $109,680
  • Amount of money saved - $114,835
  • 92 Families Received Christmas.
  • 27 families received new transportation or car repairs.
  • 23 families received a better job during their stay at Hillcrest Hope.
Description Through the Opportunities Program, graduates are encouraged to give back to the community through volunteering, they are encouraged to take college classes, and to come back to Hillcrest Hope for budgeting and life skills. All of their efforts are recognized and applauded by us through points given to them that can be used to assist them with rent, childcare, and pantry needs. When we launched the program, we thought we’d be lucky to have 2-3 graduates taking advantage of this program. Currently we have 19 graduates working through the Opportunities program. We’re very excited about the work our graduates are doing and that they are continually striving to improve their lives for themselves and their family.
Program Budget $12,000.00
Category Housing, General/Other Transitional Housing
Population Served Homeless, ,
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success The short-term success is also measured by the number of graduates using the program.  Currently we have 23 graduates using the program out of 150 total graduates for the past 5 years.  This is a 15% use rate.  Graduates who are using this program are participating in college courses, budget counseling, additional case management, volunteer work, and job promotion.
Long-Term Success The long-term success of the program would be measured by the number of graduates utilizing the program and the total dollars spent on the program.  We are very excited about the # of graduates currently using the program.
Program Success Monitored By With 20-25% use rate, we will measure success by the increase in job performance, decrease in debt load, and an increase in savings.
Examples of Program Success Success will be measured by the number of families who are still living independently.  Who are supporting themselves and their family through their own income.
CEO Comments

To serve the mission of "breaking the cycle of poverty", Hillcrest Hope is planning on expanding its program to serve not only homeless families, but families who are in need of budget counseling and life skills (and not necessarily housing) that can further increase their chances of financial success.

Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Ms. Laurie Sutton
Term Start June 2013
Compensation $50,001 - $75,000

With 17 years of financial experience, as a Retail and Commercial Banking officer, Laurie provides a much-needed corporate stability to Hillcrest Hope.  With key job skills in fundraising, staff development, finance and accounting, strategic planning, and compliance, Laurie brings the vision and the necessary skill set to manage the growth and expansion of Hillcrest Hope into other areas of Clay County.  Her past work as the Executive Director of the Liberty School District Foundation provides the necessary background in non-profit work to recognize the unique challenges that face non-profits.  Laurie's greatest desire for the families we serve is to see them reach their greatest potential as individuals and as families.

Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start 0
Compensation Last Year
Former CEOs
Mr. Scott Cooper June 1995 - Dec 2013
Ms. Jennifer Duncan June 1993 - June 1995
Senior Staff
Title Program and Marketing Director
Rachel transferred from Hillcrest of EJC to Clay County in 2011. She has served as a Case Manager for Hillcrest since 2009, and was previously an intern for the Liberty housing site in 2008, while attending Manhattan Christian College in  Manhattan, KS.  She received a degree in social services and counseling from that institution.
Title Operations and Fundraising Director
Experience/Biography 4 years as the Planned Giving Manager for the Kansas City Zoo.
Title Thrift Store Manager
Title Program Assistant
Title Case Manager - Liberty
Title Case Manager
Title Program Assistant, Graduate Case Manager
Paid Full-Time Staff 7
Paid Part-Time Staff 11
Volunteers 600
Paid Contractors 0
Retention Rate 99%
Staff Diversity (Ethnicity)
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 17
Staff Diversity (Gender)
Female 12
Male 6
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 Yes
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Yes
Management Succession Plan Yes
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
A Turning Point, Hope Faith Ministries, Rebuilding Together Clay County, Ministerial Alliance, Love Inc., Happy Bottoms, LUMC, Pleasant Valley Baptist, St. Stephen's Lutheran Church, First Presbyterian Church of Liberty, Good Shepherd United Methodist, Journey Covenant, Restore Church, St. Pat's Catholic Church, RLDS-Doniphan Ward, St. James Catholic Church, Briarcliff Church, Antioch Bible Baptist Church, North Cross United Methodist Church and Second Baptist Church of Liberty
Nonprofit Connect of Greater Kansas City2014
Missouri Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence - Member1998
Chamber of Commerce2014
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? No
CEO Comments Hillcrest Hope desires to create sustainable families.  The biggest challenges to this stability is quality education, affordable housing and childcare, and making a sustainable living wage.  There are many low-income jobs available in the marketplace with an average of $8-$10 an hour.  However in a single-parent household this is not a wage that creates a sustainable household.  We continue to pursue educational opportunities for our families, as well as, organizations and businesses who will partner with us to give our families a second chance.
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Brad Johannes
Company Affiliation Premier Financial Network
Term Jan 2018 to Dec 2019
Email bjohannes73@gmail.com
Board Members
Ms. Victoria Cannon Cerner
Mr. Frank Dixon Cerner
Mr. John Fisher Platte Valley Bank
Mr. Steve Hansen City of Liberty
Mr. Brad Johannes Premier Financial Partners
Mr. Shazzie Naseem Berkowitz Oliver Williams Shaw & Eisenbrandt, LLP
Erin Parde VHA, Inc
Janelle Porter North Kansas City Schools
Mr. Robert Saunders RJS Organization Consultants
Ms. Charlotte Smith Retired, North Kansas City School District
Mr. Bob Steinkamp Attorney, Community Volunteer
Dr. William Tinsley Seaport Family Dentistry
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 11
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 8
Female 4
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 85%
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 7
Standing Committees
Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Program / Program Planning
Strategic Planning / Strategic Direction
CEO Comments

2017 was a great year for Hillcrest Hope.  We have a strong, committed board.  In 2017, our working committees continued to meet on the opposite months of the Board meetings.  Much work was done to advance our marketing efforts and address program needs and concerns. Donors and supporters fully support our organization in our mission of bringing homeless families and the working poor to personal independence.  In our autonomy, we are able to better focus on the needs of Clay County and our role in the service of our community.  In 2018, our goal is to serve additional families and bring about stronger families not only financially but professionally and personally.

Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2018
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2018
Projected Revenue $1,076,320
Projected Expenses $1,056,304
Endowment Value $153,400
Spending Policy Income Only
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2015, 2014, 2013: Financial data reported using the 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$0$0$15,878
Individual Contributions------
Investment Income, Net of Losses$570$6,736$8,287
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$74,589$28,923$45,865
Revenue In-Kind$0$0$0
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$321,423$213,232$183,783
Administration Expense$86,214$160,360$188,618
Fundraising Expense$65,443$76,949$52,591
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.010.981.40
Program Expense/Total Expenses68%47%43%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue26%32%16%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$2,780,384$2,795,991$2,832,357
Current Assets$615,119$547,376$617,925
Long-Term Liabilities$714,952$743,136$770,410
Current Liabilities$39,651$34,018$34,044
Total Net Assets$2,025,781$2,018,837$2,027,903
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities15.5116.0918.15
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets26%27%27%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountIndividual Donor $50,000Individual Donor $50,000Liberty UMC $121,825
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountIndividual Donor $16,500Individual Donor $15,000Chandler Baptist Church $42,728
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountIndividual Donor $12,000Individual Donor $10,000Pleasant Valley Baptist Church $35,869
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Campaign Purpose To purchase additional property for more housing, classroom space, meeting space, childcare and education center.
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years Yes
Organization Comments

Our biggest challenge is to establish a monthly-giving program to be able to better manage our monthly cash flow.  Donations come in sporadically throughout the year, with the majority in November and December.  Through the engagement of active donors, we hope to better educate the public on the challenges faced by our graduate families.  Through our yearly net income, we are creating a building fund to be able to obtain additional housing to serve more families.

Organization Name Hillcrest Ministries, Inc. dba Hillcrest Hope
Address 612 N Grover St, #7
Liberty, MO 64068
Primary Phone (816) 781-8988
Contact Email info@hillcresthope.org
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Laurie Sutton
Board Chair Mr. Brad Johannes
Board Chair Company Affiliation Premier Financial Network
Year of Incorporation 1976
Former Names
Hillcrest Transitional Housing of Clay County