Christmas in October, Kansas City
3261 Roanoke
Kansas City MO 64111
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 531-6443
Mission Statement

The mission of Christmas in October is to rebuild houses, lives and neighborhoods in the Kansas City area by helping low-income homeowners--older adults, the disabled, veterans and families with young children--live in safety, warmth and dignity by providing home restoration and repair at no cost to them.

Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Steve Alley
Board Chair Randy Herr
Board Chair Company Affiliation Andrews McMeel Universal
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1984
Financial Summary
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Statements
Mission Statement

The mission of Christmas in October is to rebuild houses, lives and neighborhoods in the Kansas City area by helping low-income homeowners--older adults, the disabled, veterans and families with young children--live in safety, warmth and dignity by providing home restoration and repair at no cost to them.

Background Statement

Co-founded in 1984 by Kansas City philanthropists Dick Miller and John McMeel, Christmas in October continues to thrive through the support of local businesses and corporations, volunteers and investors. Christmas in October provides home repair services (materials and labor) free of charge to older adults, disabled and low-income residents in the Greater Kansas City area. CIO works with social workers, neighborhood councils, city departments and faith based groups to target the most critical needs. CIO believes residents should age in place and remain in their homes whenever possible. 

Christmas in October is focused on three core goals: 
  1. Housing: Repair and revitalize distressed housing with high-quality renovations that enable families to stay in their homes and restore health and self-worth at the same time.
  2. People: Improve intergenerational supports delivered directly to youth and their families. Many of the older adults served through CIO are also caring for younger family members, and it is important to age in place, able to remain living in the community, with some level of independence, rather than in residential care. People prefer to “age in place” because it provides independence, autonomy, and connection to social support, including friends and family. Having people remain in their homes and communities for as long as possible also avoids the costly option of institutional care and is favored by policy makers and health providers. Not surprisingly, an overwhelming majority of older adults want to stay in their homes as long as they can, according to a recent AARP survey.
  3. Neighborhood: Create the conditions necessary for public and private reinvestment in distressed neighborhoods. Safety, good schools, and commercial activity are important to neighborhood stability. Christmas in October has strengthened these urban neighborhoods during the past 30 years: Ivanhoe, Blue Hills Blue Valley, Westside, Town Fork Creek, Washington Wheatley, Wendell Phillips and the Northeast, to name a few.
Impact Statement
Since 1984, Christmas in October has repaired more than 8,722 homes in the greater Kansas City area.  
 
In 2017 Christmas in October is celebrating helping our 9,000th home by going back to our roots and working with our original volunteer base in the most need neighborhoods in both Kansas City Missouri and Kansas

In the last three years, Christmas in October has accomplished the following:  

  • Added roof program to ramps program which repaired 102 roofs in 2015.
  • Developed significant foundation partners, including Hall Family Foundation, W.T. Kemper Foundation and Sunderland Foundation. Major corporate support from Black & Veatch, locally and nationally, has totaled more than $380,000 in the last three years.
  • Volunteers and house captains, many of them veterans of over 10 years, continue to provide experienced team work on homes each October.
  • Strengthened relationship and engagement with Unions.
  • Increased funding from private sector and built broader awareness of CIO and programs.
  • Built a board of directors from public and private sector.
  • Expanded projects to include more complex renovations.
 
Goals for 2017 include:
  • Focus on weatherization, safety and roof repairs.  
  • Add new volunteer groups and teams.
  • Increase funding, especially for roof program.
  • Repair 150 roofs.
  • Assist 325 homeowners repair their homes.
  • Deliver on our 9,000th home program
  • Improve systems for House Captain team leaders to increase efficiency.
  • Expand into new neighborhoods and work with new community partners.
Needs Statement

To achieve the organization's mission, Christmas in October relies on donations of money, in-kind donations and volunteer time. Funding comes from foundations, corporations, businesses and individuals; CIO receives no money from government agencies. Volunteer time is crucial as most of the repairs are completed by groups of both skilled and non-skilled individuals from throughout the metropolitan Kansas City area. 

  1. Increased funding for the roof program.
  2. New van with interior retrofit to facilitate program goals for roof program.
  3. Upgraded computer system to ensure effective communication with Team Captains. 
  4. Additional part-time staff to assist with roof program.
  5. Recruitment strategies to build volunteer support. 
Service Categories
Housing Rehabilitation
Urban & Community Economic Development
Citizen Participation
Areas of Service
MO
KS
KS - Wyandotte County Urban Core
MO - Jackson County Urban Core
MO - Jackson County
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement
There are 24 million low-income homeowners in America today.  Many of these homeowners find themselves having to choose between vital necessities, such as food and medical care, or making essential home repairs and modifications.
 
Homeowners who live in older homes tend to have greater home repair needs than homeowners in more modern units. Homeowners that struggle to make ends meet may delay making repairs in order to cover more immediate costs, such as mortgage payments, utility bills, and property taxes. Eventually, this deferred maintenance may compromise the condition of the home.
 
For many income-eligible households, homeowner rehab assistance programs like Christmas in October provide the only means to make essential home improvements. At the neighborhood level, support for home improvements can prevent blight and stabilize neighborhoods by bringing properties up to code and reduce hazards that can negatively impact nearby properties.
 
As the leading volunteer organization focused on rehabilitating the houses of low-income homeowners in the Kansas City area, in 2016 Christmas in October over 5,000 local citizens worked on over 300 houses. Businesses, faith-based groups, civic organizations, foundations are encouraged to organize a team and adopt a home or homes to work on together.

Christmas in October operates year round, providing emergency repairs. Special emphasis is placed on roofing, plumbing and other problems that may threaten the health and safety of the occupants. The Wheelchair Ramp Program provides ramps to older adults and adults with disabilities. The Roof Program is an ongoing effort to fix or replace as many roofs as possible for low-income families and older adults. These programs facilitate healthy living, improve safety and mobility and provide more energy efficient homes. Christmas in October will build a wheelchair ramp for anyone who requests assistance, regardless of economic situation. 

Christmas in October assists homeowners in metropolitan Kansas City, including Jackson County in Kansas City Missouri and Wyandotte County in Kansas City Kansas. The average age is 70; average income $17,500; 58% are disabled; 83% reside in Missouri.
Programs
Description Christmas in October provides home repair services (materials and labor) free of charge to older adults, disabled and low-income residents in the Greater Kansas City area. CIO believes residents should remain in their homes whenever possible, and CIO's efforts enables these homeowners the opportunity to stay in their home and live in warmth, safety and dignity.
Program Budget $300,000.00
Category Housing, General/Other Home Repair Programs
Population Served Families, ,
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success

Weatherizing homes, building wheelchair ramps, installing furnaces and hot water heaters, performing home maintenance jobs, applying a fresh coat of paint, fixing plumbing and electrical problems. 

 
In 2015: 
  • 21 homes had hot water heaters installed.
  • 25 homes had wheelchair ramps built.
  • 217 homes were winterized.
  • 164 homes received electrical repair.
  • 136 homes had plumbing repairs.
  • 21 homes had gutters repaired or replaced.
  • 120 roofs were repaired including 2.5 complete replacements.
  • 53 homes had windows repaired or replaced.
  • 240 homes were painted. 
Volunteers included:
  •  92 team captains ( several worked on multiple homes)
  • 3,922 unskilled volunteers
  • 757 skilled volunteers
  • There were 540 residents living full or part time in the homes.
Long-Term Success

CIO measures success based on the number of homes restored and lives impacted. At the same time achievement is gauged in terms of increasing volunteer participation. Specifically, short-term goals are defined by the number of homes repaired, the number of specific repairs, and the number of volunteers working on homes.

Program Success Measurements: 

  • How living conditions were improved (healthier and safer).
  • Number of families served.
  • Demographics of families.
  • Number of homes revitalized.
  • Number of those willing to donate time.
  • Quality of work completed.
  • Economic impact to the neighborhood/community.
Program Success Monitored By

Christmas in October monitors progress through house captain reports. These reports are prepared after the work on each home has been completed. Through these reports, staff knows how many volunteers were at each house and what repairs were completed. House captain reports are evaluated in-house by CIO staff.

Examples of Program Success

(CIO) has a long history of serving residents and helping to build a culture of volunteerism. (It) has improved the quality of life for individuals and developed community well-being through neighborhood improvement.

--Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

Example of Impact: Tucked between a crop of trees across the street from Lincoln High School, lies the Niles Home for Children which provides health services and accommodations for children who suffer from neglect, homelessness and abuse. The Niles home started in 1883 when Samuel Eason saw hungry children begging for food on the streets of Kansas City. Mr., Eason founded a safe haven for “street orphans” in his own home, and in 1924 Frank and Emma Niles built a mansion, which has since been replaced by the current facility. In 2008, Christmas in October fulfilled a long held dream to build a space where Niles children could meet and play. A great room for kids can relax and watch TV and a game room, complete with billiards and hockey tables now offer residents a home atmosphere.

Description The Wheelchair Ramp Program provides ramps to older adults and disabled,  many of our homeowners require the ramps to have safe ways to get in and out of their homes.  The Roof Program is an ongoing effort to fix or replace as many roofs as possible.  Our volunteers tend to choose homes that do not require roof repair due to the complexities of these repairs and the reoccurring damage they cause to updates inside the homes. By fixing the roofs we help the homeowner, the volunteers get a maintainable home to repair and the men doing the roofing repairs get a skill they can use going forward.
Program Budget $50,000.00
Category Housing, General/Other Home Repair Programs
Population Served Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens, Elderly and/or Disabled, People/Families with of People with Physical Disabilities
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success xxx
Long-Term Success
  • Ramp Program: 75% of the homeowners assisted are older adults and/or disabled. CIO makes home safer by installing and repairing handrails, wheelchair ramps, and widening doorways enabling them to stay in their home and age in place.
  • Roof Program: If a structure has a leaky roof, it can open the door to a host of problems inside. Leaks can start when shingles wear out with age and tear or curl up at the corners. Replacing old roofing material with new material and fixing any cracks or holes can go a long way to stopping existing leaks and preventing new ones from springing up. One of the most hazardous side effects of this moisture accumulation is the growth of mold. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, exposure to mold can cause or aggravate serious health problems such as allergies, asthma and other respiratory ailments.
In 2015, 25 homes were made handicapped accessible; 102 roofs were repaired, including 2 1/2 full replacements. 
Program Success Monitored By
Christmas in October monitors progress through house captain reports and staff evaluation. These reports are prepared after the work on each home has been completed. Through these reports, staff knows how many volunteers were at each house and what repairs were completed. House captain reports are evaluated in-house by CIO staff.
Examples of Program Success We expect to repair over 110 roofs in 2017.
CEO Comments

When we started this effort 33 years ago our volunteers were younger and the homes were in better shape.  We are rebooting our effort and working to engage a new generation to the task of helping our neighbors in need.  The work we do is critical to maintaining the heart of our city and making sure the people live in warmth and safety.   It’s more than a house, a roof, a wheelchair ramp. Christmas in October addresses issues of poverty, health, housing and community and economic development. We serve our neighbors in urban neighborhoods and build volunteerism in our community.

We believe that the universal dream is to live in a community where people take pride in their homes. Christmas in October supports locally driven strategies to address struggling neighborhoods with distressed housing through a comprehensive approach to neighborhood transformation. Our program stabilizes communities that have suffered from foreclosures and abandonment. In 2016, Christmas in October put over 4,000 people working on hundreds of houses, creating an economic impact of over $1 million. This past year CIO received over 1,000 applications for assistance.  285 homes were selected for the project. 

Contributions to Christmas in October restore economic vitality and improve the quality of life in some of Kansas City’s most vulnerable urban neighborhoods.
 
At the end of the day, there’s a bond that unites us all … a spirit of community, caring and volunteerism that surrounds the extraordinary efforts of all involved.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Mr. Steve Alley
Term Start Mar 2016
Compensation $0 - $50,000
Experience

Professional Experience: 

  • Executive Director/Program Director, Christmas in October 2012 to present
  • Technology Specialist, Microsoft 1991-2012
  • Systems Engineer, Businessland 1986-1991
  • Sales, Tallgrass Technologies, 1984-1986 
Volunteer Leadership:
  • Habitat For Humanity: coordinator for the local Microsoft office
  • United Way: coordinator for the Midwest Microsoft District
  • Member of the Missions Board and CIO House Captain for the Presbyterian Church of Stanley
  • Member of the Olathe Fire Department Community Emergency Response Team(CERT). CERT members are civilians trained as an extension of first responder services offering immediate help to victims until professional services arrive in case of a large emergency.
Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start 0
Compensation Last Year
Former CEOs
NameTerm
Mr. Tom Redmond Mar 2000 - Oct 2009
Mr. John Summers Oct 2009 - Mar 2016
Senior Staff
Title Program Director
Staff
Paid Full-Time Staff 1
Paid Part-Time Staff 1
Volunteers 5000
Paid Contractors 2
Retention Rate 100%
Staff Diversity (Ethnicity)
Caucasian 2
Staff Diversity (Gender)
Female 1
Male 1
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 Under Development
Management Succession Plan Yes
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Collaborations
Christmas in October works with local unions to provide some skilled labor, work with Electricians Union Local # 124 and Plumbers Union Local # 8 typically precedes the work done by the other volunteers.
 
In Kansas City, Kansas during the past several years, Christmas in October selected homes in Quindaro, Armourdale, Argentine and Rosedale. Projects in Rosedale have been a collaboration with Rosedale Development Association whose mission is to work in partnership with residents, businesses and institutions to build a strong and healthy community and to improve the quality of life for those who live and work in Rosedale.
 
This year Quindaro, Douglas-Sumner and Strugglers Hill neighborhoods in Wyandotte County have been identified as priority locations by CIO through discussions with staff at Liveable Neighborhoods, Inc., a non-profit corporation that evaluates community-wide issues and innovative successful programs.
Awards
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
4-Star CharityCharity Navigator2007
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? No
CEO Comments

There were lots of highlights in 2016 -- the most striking to me is that CIO worked on the 8,722nd house in the 32nd year of its existence. There are definitely some repeats in that number, but I was humbled by the accomplishment. Another of those highlights was the repair of the warehouse thanks to the generosity of the Hall Family Foundation and the W.T. Kemper Foundation. The leaks have been greatly diminished, and the ankle breaker of a parking lot is once again safe and smooth. 

The wheelchair ramp program continues as well, and 25 ramps were built this year by several groups. The Church of the Resurrection’s Wednesday crew along with a partnership with Ford and the UAW provided all the labor, while CIO provided the material. We can always use more help here, as the need is great.
 
Finally, I want to thank all the volunteers for their hard work and to all the House Captains that literally take on a part-time job to make sure someone that needs the help so desperately gets it. To their friends and families that show up to support and help, I am always amazed and always humbled, so much grace shown by so many.
Board Chair
Board Chair Randy Herr
Company Affiliation Andrews McMeel Universal
Term Jan 2011 to Dec 2017
Email RHerr@amuniversal.com
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Mr. Greg Clum Black & Veatch
Ms. Evelyn Craig reStart
Mr. Marlon Hammons Washington Wheatley Neighborhood
Mr. Randy Herr Andrews McMeel Universal
Mr. James Lynch DST Systems
Mrs. Maureen Maureen McMeel Carroll McMeel Foundation
Mr. John P McMeel Andrews McMeel Universal
Mr. Paul Miller AxentAdvance Capital, LLC
Mr. Kurt Stackelbeck Hallmark Cards
Mr. James Stacy Stacy Company
Mr. Doug Welch Kansas City Kansas Community College
Mrs. Jennifer Westphal Fleishman Hillard
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 9
Female 3
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 60%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 70%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 10
Standing Committees
Advisory Board / Advisory Council
Financials
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2016
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2016
Projected Revenue $365,000
Projected Expenses $364,700
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
 
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$279,066$267,168$299,113
Administration Expense$76,415$54,105$55,272
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates----$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.300.641.01
Program Expense/Total Expenses79%83%84%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$261,269$214,929$276,011
Current Assets$42,825$43,724$97,695
Long-Term Liabilities$18,402$23,809$28,117
Current Liabilities$43,502$97,660$39,427
Total Net Assets$199,365$93,460$208,467
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities0.980.452.48
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets7%11%10%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountBlack & Veatch   $100,000 --Black & Veatch $135,000
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountHall Family Foundation                                                  $50,000 --Hallmark $24,800
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountMcMeel Foundation $25,000 --Knights of Malta $22,600
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years No
Organization Comments
To ensure financial accountability Christmas in October has a contract grants management coordinator who submits grant applications, tracks program progress, and reports.  We feel it is important to state your plan, execute the plan and report openly and honestly as quickly as possible.  We have a number of safeguards to maintain sound financial accountability.
  • Staff does not have direct access to funds
  • Payroll and accounts payable are handled by a third party
  • The board reviews the spending, budget and receivables at every meeting.
  • We have an outside accounting firm prepare all our public financials
Organization Name Christmas in October, Kansas City
Address 3261 Roanoke
Kansas City, MO 64111
Primary Phone (816) 531-6443
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Steve Alley
Board Chair Randy Herr
Board Chair Company Affiliation Andrews McMeel Universal
Year of Incorporation 1984