Northland Assistance Center
2018 Gentry Street
North Kansas City MO 64116
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 421-2243
Fax 816- 421-3639
Mission Statement
The mission of Northland Assistance Center is to provide compassionate emergency assistance to children, families, and individuals in Clay and Platte counties. We provide a number of services including utility, rent, food, transportation, prescription, medical, school supplies, and social services.
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Rita D. Pearce
Board Chair Ms. Lisa Degginger
Board Chair Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1980
Former Names
North Kansas City Resource Center
Volunteer Opportunities
Ways to donate, support, or volunteer
NAC welcomes donations of money or in-kind gifts. We are currently recruiting new board members. The board meets bi-monthly on the third Wednesday of the month at 1:00 PM. All meetings are held at churches in the Northland.  There are volunteer opportunities to work with our clients Wednesday, Thursday, and Fridays from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM.
Financial Summary
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Mission Statement The mission of Northland Assistance Center is to provide compassionate emergency assistance to children, families, and individuals in Clay and Platte counties. We provide a number of services including utility, rent, food, transportation, prescription, medical, school supplies, and social services.
Background Statement Northland Assistance Center (NAC) was organized in 1980 as the North Kansas City Resource Center when members from four North Kansas City churches recognized the need to coordinate their emergency assistance programs. The programs were designed to deliver services to transient individuals and those living in North Kansas City. In 1996, in response to the growing need for services, the organization incorporated the name Northland Assistance Center and the mission statement changed to include all residents in need in  Clay or Platte counties.  In 2004 the agency hired their first full-time Executive Director.  Since 2004 revenues have continued to increase and in-kind partnerships have been formed to allow for service provisions not indicated in the original mission statement.  These services include but are not limited to medical, school supplies, clothing, and social service referral and application assistance. 
Impact Statement
  • Provided $242,880.00 to 1637 households
  • Partnered with Kansas City's Medicine Cabinet administered $91,400.00 medical services at no cost to the agency 
  • Partnered with MAAC access to services administered $40,765.00 in utility services at no cost to the agency
  • Food donations of $53,800.00 allowed us to provide $51,333.00 in food services at an agency cost of $2,991.15
  • Hired, to replace other part-time staff member, a licensed social worker allowing us to assist clients with paperwork for housing, employment and other services not provided by this agency.
Needs Statement
  • Monetary donations to help us provide more financial assistance to our clients
  • Food, hygiene.and household goods
  • Volunteers in the community to serve on our board
Service Categories
Emergency Assistance (Food, Clothing, Cash)
Alliances & Advocacy
Food Banks, Food Pantries
Areas of Service
MO - Clay County
MO - Platte County
Geographic Area Served Narrative We serve all residents in Clay and Platte counties.
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement
This year (2020) we celebrate 40 years of service to the Northland Community.  In the year 1980 four North Kansas City churches banded together and donated $500.00 per congregation in an effort to provided services to North Kansas City residents.  In the year 1989 the organization filed for and received non-profit status and with the support of grantors, businesses, civic organizations, additional faith-based communities, and individuals Northland Assistance Center began servicing residents in need in Clay and Platte counties.  In the year 1996 Northland Assistance Center hired it's first full-time Executive Director.  We continue to operate with a staff of one and a half.  We have worked hard to overcome the challenges of fund raising in order to provide services.  Our partnerships with Kansas City's Medicine Cabinet and MAAC allowed us to provide over $132,000.00 in services at no agency expense.  Food donations allowed us to spend less than $3,000 with Harvesters.  We provided over $51,000.00 in food services to our community.  We are grateful for the Northland's continued support and look forward to celebrating our 40th anniversary by making this a banner year for or agency.
Description The Northland Assistance Center (NAC) provides homeless and low-income families needing a hand up with a combination of food, financial aid, crisis intervention, case management, and/or referral information. NAC works to alleviate the affects of poverty by partnering with individuals and families to identify strengths, educate, and provide resources addressing their needs in an effort to encourage self-sufficiency.
Category Human Services, General/Other Emergency Assistance
Population Served Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Short-Term Success NAC defines short-term success for our program by meeting the immediate need (e.g. food, bill assistance, community resources) of the client requesting assistance.
Long-Term Success Our program achieves long-term success when individuals and families in need can maintain nutritional needs, remain in their homes, find employment, reduce their debt, and continue to live as self-sufficiently as possible.
Program Success Monitored By NAC’s Director compiles monthly reports tabulating client services provided and grant reports describing our success in achieving yearly outcome measures. Through these means, NAC celebrates areas of success and identifies areas to improve.
Examples of Program Success The number of people served by Northland Assistance Center has increased by the thousands since our founding. Families are receiving food, financial aid, and crisis intervention when they most need it.
Description Clients may receive food assistance once each month. Homeless clients receive food once a week. Currently we have over 25 homeless individuals receiving food assistance on a weekly basis.
Category Human Services, General/Other Emergency Assistance
Population Served Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent, Adults
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success Clients receive food, fresh produce and meat . We also provide personal care items and household goods to pantry clients.
Long-Term Success We continue to struggle to meet the need of all adults, children and seniors. Our goal is to provide access to food, personal care items, and household goods to all clients seeking our assistance.
Program Success Monitored By MAAC database is updated with client information and a client count is tracked.
Examples of Program Success Thanks to food donations in access of $48,000.00 per year we are able to provide food assistance for all qualified clients.
Description Dental emergencies, diabetic supplies, durable medical equipment, prescriptions, and vision care.
Program Budget $8,000.00
Category Human Services, General/Other Case Management
Population Served General/Unspecified
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success Northland Assistance Center would not be able to provide the above indicated services.
Long-Term Success
Northland Assistance Center has partnered with Kansas City's Medicine Cabinet for 10 years.  In return for administering their programs and funds the agency receives a percentage of the dollar value of the services distributed to be applied to the agency's administrative costs.   We are the only Northland agency partnered with KCMC.  In the year 2018 NAC administered the following funds:
Dental:  $2,987.55 
Medical goods:$3,949.20
Medical general: $8,550.00
Hearing Aids: $77,700.00
Optical: $6,966.00
Prescription: $37,251.43 
Program Success Monitored By All entries are recorded in MAAC and monitored by Kansas City's Medicine Cabinet's staff and board of directors.
Examples of Program Success In the year 2018, 246, under insured or uninsured clients received assistance from Kansas City's Medicine Cabinet via Northland Assistance Center.  The clients often come in for food or utility assistance and are surprised that we offer  medical/prescription services.  We assisted 83 individuals with prescription services.  One of our clients suffering chronic pain for over a year reported that thanks to receiving much needed medication she was able to sleep through the night.  Hearing aids are very expensive.  this partnership allowed 57 clients to receive hearing aids.     
CEO Comments
As Board Chairperson and long time board member I continue to be impressed with our Executive Director's ability to find new revenue sources, increase donations from long term partners, and discover partnerships that allow our agency to provide services that exceed our stated mission.  Fourteen years ago Northland Assistance Center took a step forward by hiring a full-time employee and we have not looked back.  As a board we look forward to celebrating this 40th year and continuing to exceeding expectations for services this year.   
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Ms. Rita D. Pearce
Term Start July 2004
CEO Total Compensation $0 - $50,000
In the fourteen  years that Ms. Pearce has been director NAC has seen amazing growth. She has increased revenues by over 35% and in-kind gifts by over 750%.
Former CEOs
Ms. Debbie Noll-ChildressMay 2004 - June 2007
Judy StrainJune 2000 - Mar 2004
Paid Full-Time Staff 1
Paid Part-Time Staff 1
Paid Contractors 0
Volunteers 2
Retention Rate 100%
Staff Diversity (Ethnicity)
Caucasian 2
Staff Diversity (Gender)
Female 2
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
  • The Northland Assistance Center collaborates with other emergency assistance programs in the Northland, business and faith-based communities and organizations, United Way and MAAC Cluster meetings to address the needs of the poor in our community. 
  • Currently we partner with Kansas City's Medicine Cabinet to provide dental, hearing aids, prescriptions, durable medical, and other services. 
  • We collaborate with the Food Donation Center allowing us to partner with 2 Pizza Huts, Papa Johns, Chipolte's, Starbuck's, and Panera's providing over $750.00 in food donations each week. 
  •  We partner with our faith-based communities to provide school supplies and Thanksgiving and Christmas baskets,
Proclamation of the MayorCity of Gladstone2003
ProclamationCity of North Kansas City2003
Certificate of RecognitionClay County Health Department2009
Certificate of RecognitionClay County Health Department2014
Certficate of RecognitionClay County Health Department2015
Certificate of RecognitionClay County Health Department2016
Certificate of RecognitionClay County Health Department2017
Certificate of RecognitionClay County Health Department2019
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? No
CEO Comments
As the Executive Director of this organization I have seen amazing growth. We have partnered with many businesses, churches, and individuals in the community. This has helped us financially and allowed us to provide school back packs, furniture, clothing, and many other in-kind services not provided by the agency. Our challenge in future years is the limited pool of foundations serving Clay/Platte. Two major donors no longer fund direct services. We continue to seek individual and business partners so we may continue to serve our community.
Board Chair
Board Chair Ms. Lisa Degginger
Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Term Jan 2019 to Dec 2021
Board Members
Ms. Shirley CareyCommunity Volunteer
Ms. Lisa DeggingerCommunity Volunteer
Ms. Sue FineCommunity Volunteer
Ms. Louise Jones
Ms. Karren JonesCommunity Volunteer
Mrs. Jana LaneCommunity Volunteer
Ms. Mary LarisonCommunity Volunteer
Mr. Ed MuttiSelf-employed CPA
Mr. Carl NeilsonCommunity Volunteer
Mr. Freddie NicholsCommunity Volunteer
Ms. Rita D. PearceNorthland Assistance Center
Rev. Scott Phillips
Ms. Donna SchnoorFirst Presbyterian, North Kansas City
Mr. John ZaigerCommunity Volunteer
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 14
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 4
Female 10
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 90%
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 6
Standing Committees
Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
CEO Comments The Executive Director serves as administrator for the Northland Assistance Center, supporting program services and providing professional management of the daily operations of the organization that includes program services, personnel and financial management, fundraising, and community, public relations and planning. She is assisted by one part-time staff member and two weekly volunteers. It is important to our agency to keep operating costs low and a challenge to provide services to our community.
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2020
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2020
Projected Revenue $137,100
Projected Expenses $137,100
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2017, 2016, 2015: Financial data reported using the IRS Form 990.
  • Foundations/corporate revenue line item may include contributions from individuals.
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$315,513$209,803$155,573
Administration Expense$34,842$38,372$35,446
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.931.091.10
Program Expense/Total Expenses90%85%81%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$58,649$84,729$63,033
Current Assets$55,956$80,713$57,694
Long-Term Liabilities$1,762$1,737$1,215
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$56,887$82,992$61,818
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets3%2%2%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201720162015
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- --Linscomb Foundation $46,000
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- --Platte Woods United Methodist Church $20,000
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- --Harvest Ball Society $10,000
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years No
Organization Comments
The Northland Assistance Center is a small agency with a limited budget.  Thanks to partners, Kansas City Medicine Cabinet, MAAC, and food, clothing/misc., Christmas gifts, backpacks with school supplies, and other donated items from the community we were are able to provide services at no cost to the agency.  In the year 2020 NAC received an unsolicited grant from the NeVada P. Linscomb Foundation in the amount of $40,431.00 which will allow the agency to exceed budget expectations.
Other Documents
NAC Annual Report2016View
NAC Annual Report2015View
NAC budget actual2015View
NAC budget actual2014View
NAC Annual Report2014View
Organization Name Northland Assistance Center
Address 2018 Gentry Street
North Kansas City, MO 64116
Primary Phone (816) 421-2243
Contact Email
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Rita D. Pearce
Board Chair Ms. Lisa Degginger
Board Chair Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Year of Incorporation 1980
Former Names
North Kansas City Resource Center