Newhouse
PO Box 240019
Kansas City MO 64124-0019
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 474-6446
Fax 816- 474-4157
Mission Statement
The mission of Newhouse is to break the cycle of domestic violence by providing the tools that allows individuals and families to make positive choices and lead self-sufficient lives.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Vicki G. Kraft
Board Chair Ms. Rochelle Stringer
Board Chair Company Affiliation Huhtamaki, Inc.
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1971
Former Names
Northeast Ecumenical Witness & Service (NEWS)
NEWS
Volunteer Opportunities
Ways to donate, support, or volunteer
Support individuals and families who seek safety, comfort and hope at Newhouse by volunteering your time, your financial support, or both.
  • Take a tour of the shelter
  • Check out our website and sign up for our e-news
  • Share our mission and our needs with your friends and family
  • Donate much-needed funds at our secure website
  • Volunteer at the shelter
  • Donate the most-needed items listed on our website (like diapers, food, clothing, personal care items and household goods)
  • Attend our “Signature Event” – House Party, and our annual New Day Luncheon 
To learn more about Newhouse, and how you can help the individuals and families seeking shelter there, please contact us at (816)-474-6446 or info@newhouseshelter.org.
Financial Summary
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Statements
Mission Statement The mission of Newhouse is to break the cycle of domestic violence by providing the tools that allows individuals and families to make positive choices and lead self-sufficient lives.
Background Statement
Newhouse, the oldest domestic violence shelter in the area, is located in historic Old Northeast KC, serving clients from the greater metropolitan area, across the nation and around the world. Our neighborhood is fractured with the lowest income levels and highest crime rates in the state.
 
Our location is confidential to ensure residents’ safety with the campus secured by a fence and electronic gate. Newhouse is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
 
Our Advocates monitor access, answer the 24-hour hotline and attend to residents’ daily living needs. All services at Newhouse are provided at no cost to our residents. We welcome adults and their children, who come to shelter in a police car, often with nothing more than the clothes they are wearing. From the first moment they arrive at Newhouse, our residents are treated with compassion and understanding.
 
Our comprehensive programs grow and change to meet the increasingly complex needs of the area’s most vulnerable individuals and families, which include: homelessness, mental illness, substance abuse and poverty.
 
Children’s needs are met with specialized therapists and advocates, childcare, a secure playground, a preschool program, and our onsite K-6 school (in partnership with the Kansas City Missouri public school system). As the only shelter in Kansas/Missouri with an onsite school, Newhouse is uniquely positioned to offer individualized attention to traumatized children with the special care they receive from our dedicated teacher, certified in both elementary and special needs education.
 
Breaking the cycle of violence for the adults in shelter involves their participation in the Newhouse Programs of Care, which include practical steps for holistic healing, and provide increased autonomy and movement toward a self-sufficient future. The active Board of Directors and 41 staff provide comprehensive services which incorporate innovative evidence-based practices. Nearly 600 volunteers generously donated their time and resources in 2017 to Newhouse’s efforts on behalf of our area’s most vulnerable.
 
In 2017, Newhouse provided 21,052 nights free from violence to 496 adults and children. Our Advocates answered more than 15,079 hotline calls (a 34% increase from 2016). Our Court Advocate served 633 adults in court. Our kitchen served more than 77,000 meals. Our comprehensive programs provided 7,334 adults and children with direct supportive services such as therapy, counseling, education, childcare and more.
Impact Statement
Accomplishments for 2017 and 2018:
1. Newhouse successfully delivered on the goals of our Programs of Care, moving more families into self-sufficiency and violence-free lives with personal attention, compassion, innovative programs and evidence-based therapies.
 
2. Newhouse upgraded all of its Information Technology - servers, computers, cable and wireless networks, cloud phone system, digital security infrastructure, and software. These upgrades have streamlined everything at Newhouse.
 
3. Newhouse is collaborating with Kansas City Municipal Court Judge Courtney Wachal to offer victims’ advocacy and therapy services to support the shared objectives of this innovative domestic violence court. The “compliance docket” in this “mentor court” (the only Municipal Court in the nation) will serve as an example of best practices for increasing offender accountability in courts around the country.
 
4. Newhouse efforts to fund our mission resulted in its highest annual organizational revenue for 2017 due to strong efforts by the leadership team, development staff and volunteers. Funds raised from new sources have supported the expansion of therapy and education programs. House Party 2017, our annual gala, set records for gross revenue ($316,000) and attendance (520), and the 4th Annual New Day Luncheon built community awareness, introducing 300 attendees to the important work of Newhouse.
 
5. As a result of Board research into pay parity and opportunities offered by new funding sources, for the first time in many years, Newhouse staff received salary increases to bring them to parity.

Goals for 2018 and 2019:
1. Newhouse will continue to seek funding to complete the renovations needed for its 1960’s-era facility and will seek funding to hire the additional staff needed to to allow the shelter to be at capacity, with 88 residents.
 
2. Newhouse will expand community relationships to greater assist residents and increase the breadth and success of fundraising.
Needs Statement
Newhouse's five most pressing needs are:
  1. Program funding to support the additional staff and training needed to serve the more complex challenges of today’s shelter residents, both adults and children.
  2. Additional court advocates to help victims of abuse navigate the complex and intimidating legal system.
  3.  Funding to make upgrades to security and to continue renovations to the shelter’s 1960’s building.
  4. Continued commitment of funders, volunteers and donors to assure the sustainability of shelter operations and programs.
  5. Expanding and enhancing our community partnerships and relationships with donors.
Service Categories
Family Violence Shelters and Services
Hot Lines & Crisis Intervention
Alliances & Advocacy
Areas of Service
MO - Jackson County
MO - Clay County
MO - Platte County
KS - Wyandotte County
KS - Johnson County
MO - Jackson County Urban Core
KS - Wyandotte County Urban Core
MO - Eastern Jackson Co
MO - Liberty
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement
From Paul Savastano, Newhouse Board Chair:
Our 23-member Board of Trustees meets monthly to support the inspiring efforts of everyone at Newhouse, providing invaluable assistance in 2017 and 2018, including:
  • Legal advice
  • Financial advice
  • Guidance and funding support for computer and phone systems
  • Job skills training for residents
  • Event planning and management
  • Donations of auction items for fundraising events
  • Attendance at fundraising events
  • Marketing and communication support
  • Grant research and editing
  • Referrals of potential board members, donors, vendors and contractors, clients
  • Guidance for building renovations projects
  • Advocacy with Missouri legislators
  • Activities for residents
  • Activities and presentations at all-staff meetings
  • Collaborations
  • Committee service and leadership
  • Safety advice and hands on projects

The reality of the individuals and families we serve, arriving at our shelter in a police car, with few possessions and complex physical, emotional and social issues, motivates our caring community to contribute time and talent for those who need it most.
Our strides in financial stewardship include:
  • The highest annual organizational revenue for 2017. Funds raised from new sources have supported the expansion of therapy and education programs.
  • Completed the New Beginnings Campaign raising more than $4 million to improve our campus and sustain life-changing services.
  • House Party 2017, our annual gala, set records for gross revenue ($316,000) and attendance (520), and the 4th Annual New Day Luncheon built community awareness, introducing 300 attendees to the important work of Newhouse.
  • Strategic recruitment of new staff and Board members.
  • Improving existing relationships and fostering bonds with new community partners.
  • Upgrading internal technology to better serve individuals and families seeking shelter and to support our focused fundraising efforts.

Our dedicated staff has made great strides in incorporating innovative, evidence-based practices into every aspect of shelter life. More individuals and families leave Newhouse with hope, as well as practical skills, jobs and housing.
 
It is an honor to serve with the dedicated individuals at Newhouse who so selflessly work to break the cycle of violence and rebuild lives. We rely on and appreciate the continued support of the community to help us continue these vital services.
Programs
Description
Emergency Shelter Services include 24-hour hotline, personal advocacy, court advocacy, safety planning and safe shelter for adults and children. Upon entry, staff members strive to provide safety and hope, while meeting the new resident’s basic immediate needs (bedding, clothing, nutritious meals, hygiene products, etc.). Shelter residents receive ongoing basic needs while participating in support groups, job and life skills training.
 
Our Court Advocate supports both Newhouse residents and other victims as the exclusive liason for victims in Judge Courtney Wachal’s Kansas City Municipal Domestic Violence Mentor Court. This provides a positive support system to victims on the docket who come in feeling severe anxiety, overwhelmed by the formality and legal language, and fear of facing their abuser. Our Court Advocate is there at each docket to provide emotional support, hallway navigation, and to explain the proceedings, keeping victims safe and holding offenders accountable.
Category Housing, General/Other Emergency Shelter
Population Served Victims
Short-Term Success
  • With our short-term goals to provide safety, shelter, and relief from violence for adults and their children entering shelter at Newhouse, these adults and children find safety and the supportive services they need to achieve those goals.
  • All adults residing in Newhouse have access to individual, personalized court advocacy, including assistance filing documents (like orders of protection), escort to court appointments, and transportation to other legal appointments.
  • The Court Advocate has as many as 800 contacts with domestic violence victims in Municipal Court each year.
  • The Court Advocate coordinates semi-monthly meetings with Legal Aid of Northwestern Missouri, and connects residents with other cost-effective legal representation in the Kansas City area.
Long-Term Success
  • Adults and children fleeing domestic violence feel immediately safe, become self-sufficient and remain safe from violence in the future.
  • Survivors and their children remain safe from domestic violence because they are aware of their legal rights and are able to navigate the legal system.
Program Success Monitored By

Newhouse staff collect demographic data and record interactions with residents. Staff routinely request that residents complete questionnaires to evaluate program effectiveness and provide feedback.

Examples of Program Success

"The day I thought he was going to kill me and leave my children without anyone to depend on, I knew something had to change. I’d been told all the things people always say … You could do better, you don’t deserve the way he treats you, you should just call the police. Newhouse provided a safe place to live, peace of mind, and people around me who were willing to do whatever they could to see my needs were met. They were concerned about me. Newhouse gave me the time and space I desperately needed to get myself together. I now can live my life as a woman who is whole and complete." --Newhouse Resident

Description
Of the children at Newhouse, 81% are 9 or younger; 11% were the primary victim of abuse; 47% have lived in a shelter before; 36% witnessed violence/abuse; and 14% have a diagnosed disability. Newhouse actively works to break the intergenerational cycle of violence with trauma-focused play therapies which are offered in tandem with our childcare, preschool and onsite school.
 
Newhouse is the only shelter in KS/MO with an onsite K-6 school. Children arrive at our shelter traumatized, with complex personal and educational issues. Often they fell below their grade-level due to the negative effects of DV. Our unique program offers individual attention from a teacher certified in elementary and special education.
 
Free onsite childcare and preschool is provided to encourage residents to pursue employment, education, and participate in our onsite programming. Our Early Childhood Program offers security, encourages positive social and non-violent interaction, and teaches early education skills.
Category Education, General/Other Special Education
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years), Victims, Children Only (5 - 14 years)
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success
  • Children receive individualized education in a safe, secure environment.
  • Fear of abuser harm or kidnapping is minimized with children in school onsite.
  • Easily removes common barriers of transportation and childcare needs.
  • Provides concurrent strengths-based support and therapeutic services for children as they participate in play therapy and school.
Long-Term Success
  • The onsite school with its individualized, nurturing attention within the safety of the shelter allows school-age youth to continue their education, regain ground lost because of the trauma and disruption of abuse, and blossom. Children leaving shelter have an easier transition back into a neighborhood school.
  • Free onsite childcare and preschool encourages adults in shelter to pursue employment, continue their education, attend therapy and participate in life-skills training, thus improving their hope and practical skills, as well as their opportunities for jobs, housing and self-sufficiency.
Program Success Monitored By
Newhouse utilizes data collection and evaluation tools to measure program success and client outcomes. Newhouse staff review the information collected to determine whether outcomes meet program standards, and to make programming modifications for greater effectiveness.  
 
Additionally, success is monitored by Individualized Goal Plans with measurable outcomes as noted in APRICOT and MACC, database management systems utilized by domestic violence shelters.
Examples of Program Success "Every day I tell myself I can do it! I can be strong... I feel like there is a good road ahead for me. There are people out there who care." --Newhouse Youth Resident
Description
Domestic Violence creates chaos in families for generation after generation. Over 78% of residents are uninsured, and less than 10% have received prior mental health services.
 
Adult domestic violence victims have an increased likelihood of substance abuse. Newhouse therapists address these issues immediately so that residents gain the clarity necessary to address their trauma.
 
Clinical services are part of our comprehensive continuum of care. Our staff uses evidence-based practices to help residents recover from the combined effects of domestic violence and mental health issues, including: Trauma Informed Care; Seeking Safety; Dialectical Behavioral Therapy; and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing.
 
By integrating on-site therapeutic care with intensive therapy, case management and counseling, Newhouse residents receive the counseling, support, and monitoring needed to remain in shelter and stabilize their lives, as well as assistance in accessing community support services.

Category Mental Health, Substance Abuse Programs, General/other Family Violence Counseling
Population Served Victims, Adults, Children Only (5 - 14 years)
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success
Mental Health Services: The outcomes are based on evidence-based practices presented in the program description and include:
  • 85% of residents show improved positive cognition
  • 85% increase social and emotional interaction skills
  • 90% demonstrate increased hopefulness
  • 80% of parents increase their knowledge of the effects of domestic violence on children
  • 80% of children show a decrease in trauma symptoms
Substance Abuse Services: In addition to abstaining from drugs/alcohol, outcomes also consider:
  • Improved employment and/or educational status
  • Improved family relationships and living environment
  • Creation or enhancement of a social support system
  • Retention in treatment for a period of time that maximizes treatment effects
Long-Term Success
By disrupting the cycle of domestic violence, and providing residents and their children with the practical, psychological and behavioral tools they need to create success and happiness in life, adults and children who take advantage of Newhouse’s continuum of care find greater success in achieving a violence-free, self-sufficient life.
 
Mental Health Services: The Program Logic Model and Outcome Measurement Framework identify measurable program outcomes for our comprehensive mental health services and referrals to community resources to assure recovery success.
 
Substance Abuse Services: Our substance abuse counseling results in abstinence from alcohol and/or drug use, which allows for the clarity and stability needed for residents to address the trauma of abuse and participate in the Newhouse Programs of Care.
Program Success Monitored By

Newhouse substance abuse counselor and therapists monitor progress through case notes, self-report, and satisfaction surveys. They also administer evidence-based assessment tools to the clients upon intake and 30 days after. Data and feedback are all recorded in the APRICOT database and evaluated for programming effectiveness.

Examples of Program Success “When I came to Newhouse, I had been hospitalized for mental health problems and substance abuse. The staff were so caring and really wanted to help me. I worked the program and have had 6 months sobriety. My therapist also helped me get my mental health medications stabilized. I am now on a list waiting for housing. Thank God for Newhouse.” --Newhouse Counseling Client
Description
Case Management empowers residents by providing financial management, job referrals, access to community resources, high school equivalency classes and employment skills. We use strengths-based case management to help our clients establish their own goals for a positive, healthy, non-violent lifestyle. Newhouse transitional living offers greater independence to residents working towards permanent housing. When residents are ready, our case managers guide them through the process of moving from Newhouse to a permanent home in the community.
 
The Rapid Rehousing Case Manager assists residents in developing a plan for long-term safety and success and helps them apply for housing assistance. This Case Manager collaborates with local landlords who have available units for Newhouse residents in need of housing. A prestigious federal grant from the Office of Violence Against Women expands the transitional housing opportunities and safety support network Newhouse can provide.

Category Human Services, General/Other Case Management
Population Served Families, Females, Families
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success
  • Adults in shelter set and achieve interim goals toward self-sufficiency.
  • 85% of residents who work with a Newhouse Case Manager achieve at least two goals in their individual plan from one or more categories: financial, education, legal, parenting, or health.
Long-Term Success

Adults take parenting classes and work with a Case Manager, Substance Abuse Counselor, Therapist, Advocate, and Case Worker. They receive mental health treatments and learn job readiness skills. They interview, get jobs and apartments, where Newhouse staff visit to supplement their continued counseling and therapy at the shelter.

Program Success Monitored By

Case Managers track the number of times a client applies for employment, attends financial groups and applies for housing. In addition, they document when a client increases income, secures housing and secures employment.

Examples of Program Success

Heather, a Newhouse client, spoke eloquently to the Newhouse Board about how the shelter had helped her, how she would soon be moving into an apartment because of her participation in the Newhouse Programs of Care. She expressed sincere appreciation for the patience, care and understanding she received at the shelter in those early days, when she could do no more than rest and realize that she was safe. Heather took parenting classes. She described her work with her Case Manager, her Substance Abuse Counselor, her Therapist, her Advocate, and her Stability Case Worker. She received mental health treatments and learned job readiness skills as a result of our partnership with Catholic Charities. She praised DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) as life-changing. As a result of a job interview at the shelter, Heather got a job. She has an apartment, and Newhouse staff visit her there. Heather returns to the shelter for continued counseling and therapy.

Description Newhouse promotes community outreach and education because it is important advocacy on behalf of domestic violence victims. It creates awareness of domestic violence and educates the public to help prevent the cycle of generational violence before it begins. It educates victims of domestic violence about Newhouse, and encourages them to seek help here. Newhouse uses “In Her Shoes” and the Silent Witness Project as interactive resources that reenact the plight of victims trying to leave their abusers. Newhouse also provides qualified speakers on numerous domestic violence topics.
Category Education, General/Other Educational Programs
Population Served Victims
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success
  • The Kansas City community has opportunities to learn about domestic violence and related issues.
  • Victims of domestic violence learn about how they can find safety and resources for violence-free living at Newhouse.
Long-Term Success
  • Community outreach and education bring issues of family and teen dating violence to light.
  • Individuals who learn about Newhouse often volunteer there and/or donate to the shelter’s vital services for our community’s most vulnerable adults and children.
Program Success Monitored By

Our dedicated full-time Community Engagement Coordinator (CEC) oversees all volunteer and speaker inquiries, volunteer training, and community donations. The CEC monitors our shelter maintenance and residents direct services needs to ascertain volunteer opportunities available and matches these opportunities with long-term, annual, and one-time volunteers. The CEC collects data throughout the year noting number of requests, attendees, topics requests, number of volunteers, hours spent, etc. These figures are analyzed and compared to national standards to ascertain marketing of opportunities available.

Examples of Program Success

In 2017, Newhouse staff conducted 101 presentations to community groups reaching 4045 members of the community with messages about domestic violence. 594 volunteers donated 3,093 hours of service to Newhouse.

CEO Comments
From Vicki Kraft, Newhouse President and CEO
 
Most of the violent crime in Kansas City happens near Newhouse. Much of the violence has its roots in domestic violence. Our location is critically important for the health of our community. In 2017, we helped more than 16,000 individuals recover and heal.
 
Newhouse is seeing an increase in the number of individuals who successfully complete our program; breaking the cycle of violence, achieving the goal of self-sufficiency, and living a life free from abuse. Our residents tell us that the comprehensive services offered within the safety of the shelter make all the difference in overcoming complex, interwoven and often overwhelming issues that include poverty, homelessness, mental health issues and addictions.
 
Children usually comprise half of the residents at Newhouse each day. Children exposed to domestic abuse suffer developmental and psychological damage. There is a correlation between the experience of abuse and neglect in childhood and perpetrating domestic violence and sexual abuse in adulthood. When children have the help they need to heal from the trauma of violence at home, they have a better chance of finishing high school and becoming well-rounded, productive adults. The Newhouse Early Childhood Program, onsite kindergarten through sixth grade school, and structured summer activities allow children to learn in the safety of our shelter, with children’s therapists steps away offering age-appropriate therapies, including SandTray, art, play and family therapy sessions. The individualized holistic attention Newhouse provides each child stands out as our most significant impact in reducing the effects of domestic violence and breaking this devastating cycle.
 
Newhouse works closely with a myriad of community partners. The shelter relies heavily on the continued involvement and generosity of individuals, corporations, foundations, and the faith-based community for everything we need to continue these life-changing programs. Together we are making a difference.
 
Take a tour of Newhouse or attend the New Day Luncheon to better understand the reality of living in shelter. Contact me (president@newhouseshelter.org) to learn more about the therapies and programs these traumatized individuals need to be violence free and self-sufficient.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Ms. Vicki G. Kraft
Term Start June 2014
Experience
Vicki Kraft became the Newhouse President and CEO on June 16, 2014, leaving a successful career at Thrivent Financial for Lutherans and nine years of volunteer service to Newhouse on its Board (including her role as Board Chair).

Ms. Kraft, recognized in Who’s Who of Women Executives, is a talented MBA and award-winning business professional with versatile and high-profile experience in sales management, inventory control, and finance. She has a results-driven history that demonstrates achievement and dedication to exceeding both personal and team goals. Her advanced organizational skills, adept decision-making, and passion for the families we serve, has led Newhouse to its many recent successes in fundraising, programming, and facilities improvements.

Ms. Kraft's strong passion for the mission of Newhouse is evident through her tireless efforts as Newhouse President and CEO, her volunteer work and her financial contributions over the years.
Former CEOs
NameTerm
Mr. James L BogleAug 2012 - June 2014
Ms Leslie CaplanJan 1996 - Aug 2012
Senior Staff
Title Executive Vice President of Clinical Services
Experience/Biography
Bridgette Mavec, LCSW. Bachelor's Degrees in Psychology and Social Work, Master's Degree in Social Work. Ms. Mavec has over twenty years experience at Newhouse as a therapist and currently as Program Director. Ms. Mavec has been instrumental in implementing innovative, evidence-based programs. She also has four years of experience as a child abuse investigator for the Wyandotte County SRS, and similar experience as the night manager at a domestic violence/rape crisis center.
Staff
Paid Full-Time Staff 28
Paid Contractors 0
Volunteers 687
Retention Rate 91%
Staff Diversity (Ethnicity)
African American/Black 45
Caucasian 50
Hispanic/Latino 5
Staff Diversity (Gender)
Female 93
Male 7
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
Collaborations
The complexity of recovering from domestic violence demands a broad spectrum of care with a diversity of direct service, short-term,  and long-term care. To avoid duplication of resources and promote a continuum of care outside of the shelter, Newhouse collaborates with numerous community groups. These include:
  • Metropolitan Family Violence Coalition – a collaboration of the six area domestic violence shelters
  • United Way of Greater Kansas City
  • Missouri Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence (MCADSV)
  • Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
  • Skill Power LLC
  • Social Change Services
  • Samuel U. Rodgers Health Center
  • Children’s Place
  • Swope Health Services
  • Truman Medical Center
  • MOCSA
  • Legal Aid of Western Missouri
  • KCMO Municipal Court Victim Assistance Program

Our Court Advocate works with:
  • Kansas City Municipal Court Judge Courtney Wachal’s Compliance Court
  • Kansas City Prosecutor’s Victim Assistance Program
  • Jackson County Safe Family Coalition of Kansas City Police Department Family Violence Unit
  • Board of Probation and Parole
Affiliations
AffiliationYear
Alliance of Greater Kansas City United Ways Agency Certification2005
Missouri Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence - Member1983
Nonprofit Connect of Greater Kansas City2000
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? No
CEO Comments

From Vicki Kraft, Newhouse President and CEO:
Newhouse enhances the safety and quality of life for abused and traumatized families with a comprehensive continuum of care that results in self-sufficiency and success, breaking the cycle of violence and rebuilding lives. Newhouse has grown and adapted its services to meet the complex physical, emotional and social challenges facing individuals and families fleeing violence. Newhouse is uniquely positioned to provide critical safety and services to our city’s most vulnerable populations. In the last three years, Newhouse has:

  • Assisted individuals and families to find safety, comfort, hope and a self-sufficient future
  • Completed the New Beginnings Campaign raising more than $4 million to improve our campus and sustain life-changing services
  • Evaluated and overhauled all direct service policies and procedures
  • Implemented Trauma Informed Care, and other evidence-based therapies and programs
  • Strengthened educational programming for residents with an onsite school for K-6th grade education, high school equivalency, and job skills training
  • Provided an Early Childhood Program for our youngest residents
  • Interwoven therapeutic activities for children (SandTray, play, art and family therapies) in the Early Childhood Program and onsite school
  • Completed a comprehensive Information Technology transformation which includes new software, servers, network, computers, phones and security
  • Set records for gross revenue ($316,000) and attendance (520) at House Party 2017, our annual gala
  • Built community awareness at the 4th Annual New Day Luncheon, introducing 300 attendees to the important work of Newhouse
  • Created the Newhouse Fund, an annual fund which will help sustain shelter operations in the future
  • Strengthened and expanded our community partnerships and relationships with donors
Newhouse sees an increase in the number of individuals who successfully complete our program, breaking the cycle of violence, achieving the goal of self-sufficiency, living a life free from abuse. Newhouse residents report that the comprehensive services offered within the safety of the shelter make all the difference in overcoming complex, interwoven and often overwhelming issues that include poverty, homelessness, mental health issues and addictions. With renovations making it possible for Newhouse to serve more residents, greater community support will ensure that Newhouse can add the staff necessary to offer these vital comprehensive services to our growing number of residents.

Board Chair
Board Chair Ms. Rochelle Stringer
Company Affiliation Huhtamaki, Inc.
Term June 2017 to May 2019
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Ms. Vicki ClaymanPartners N Promotion, Inc., Owner
Ms. Nadia CruthRPS Benefits by Design, LLC
Ms. Sally Ellis FletcherUMKC School of Nursing
Ms. Christine FrancoChinquapin Trust Co.
Mr. Patrick FrickletonCamp Bow Wow
Ms. Jolyan HermanSolo Parent Magazine
Ms. Mindee HolmesDissinger Reed, LLC
Ms. Traci JohnsonTruman Medical Center
Ms. Sandy KessingerBank of Blue Valley
Ms. Krista KlausKrista Klaus Consutling, LLC
Mr. Matthew ModersonStinson Leonard Street LLP
Mr. Duval "DJ" PierreSpencer Fane, LLP
Mr. Paul SavastanoTechnology Management Professional
Ms. Rochelle StringerHuhtamaki Inc.
Mr. John SullivanCommunity Volunteer
Ms. Debbie SwearingenCommunity America Credit Union
Ms. Courtney ThomasCentral Exchange
Ms. Karen TorlineTorline Law
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 13
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 3 Multi-Racial
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 5
Female 13
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 3
Board Meeting Attendance % 95%
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 12
Standing Committees
Advisory Board / Advisory Council
Board Development / Board Orientation
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Executive
Finance
Nominating
Community Outreach / Community Relations
Special Events (Golf Tournament, Walk / Run, Silent Auction, Dinner / Gala)
CEO Comments The active, involved Board of Directors is committed to ensuring that Newhouse is providing comprehensive services and meeting the needs of the area's most vulnerable individuals and families. The Board meets once a month and participates in training and "deep dive" sessions into specific topics. We strive to invite Board members with a diverse range of skills, talents, backgrounds, and experiences. We are constantly seeking new members who are committed to volunteering in such a significant manner. If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity, please contact our President/CEO, Vicki Kraft, at president@newhouseshelter.org.
Financials
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2018
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2018
Projected Revenue $2,023,500
Projected Expenses $2,023,500
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2017, 2016, 2015: Financial data reported using the 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 Year201720162015
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$1,114,828$1,309,211$1,291,636
Government Contributions$749,517$642,271$818,839
Federal----$0
State----$0
Local----$0
Unspecified$749,517$642,271$818,839
Individual Contributions----$0
$57,851$64,154$60,711
$2,195$0$0
Investment Income, Net of Losses$57$1,996$93
Membership Dues----$0
Special Events$326,388$302,516$293,714
Revenue In-Kind$112,558$115,472$122,301
Other$25,295$1,607$0
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$1,443,592$1,489,179$1,491,639
Administration Expense$275,880$205,895$193,807
Fundraising Expense$331,739$349,852$385,934
Payments to Affiliates----$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.111.141.25
Program Expense/Total Expenses70%73%72%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$3,147,366$3,003,135$2,118,903
Current Assets$859,484$679,864$1,154,111
Long-Term Liabilities$203,771$522,922$0
Current Liabilities$635,957$397,495$226,023
Total Net Assets$2,307,638$2,082,718$1,892,880
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities1.351.715.11
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets6%17%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201720162015
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- --State of Missouri $314,795
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- --BNSF Railway $150,000
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- --Jackson County Department of Finance $145,541
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? Yes
Campaign Purpose
Phase 1 of the New Beginning Campaign was quickly completed with the funds raised to support capital improvements. Phase 2 of the NBC will raise funds to support:
 
1. Children’s programming: Adding educators and counselors to the shelter school will provide children with skills and confidence necessary to prevent the cycle of violence.
2. Expand adult programming: Adding professional staff will provide new skill-based opportunities.
3. Complete kitchen renovation: Allow for space renovation and upgrade to energy-efficient, commercial-grade appliances.
4. Court advocacy: As the rate of domestic violence incidents increase, the number of victims attempting to navigate the legal system also increases. Our court advocate is one of the few free resources readily available at the courthouse each day.
5. Complete four renovation projects: Identified four projects with the most dire need: technology overhaul and replacing the hot water heaters, elevator shaft and roof.
Goal $4,200,000.00
Dates Oct 2014 to Jan 2019
Amount Raised to Date $4,022,000.00 as of July 2018
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years Yes
Organization Comments


Other Documents
Annual Report2017View
Annual Report2014View
Organization Name Newhouse
Address PO Box 240019
Kansas City, MO 641240019
Primary Phone (816) 474-6446
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Vicki G. Kraft
Board Chair Ms. Rochelle Stringer
Board Chair Company Affiliation Huhtamaki, Inc.
Year of Incorporation 1971
Former Names
Northeast Ecumenical Witness & Service (NEWS)
NEWS