Kansas City Rescue Mission
1520 Cherry Street
Kansas City MO 64108-1530
Volunteers serve dinner at our Men's Center

Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 421-7643
Fax 816- 421-0405
Mission Statement
Mission: Kansas City Rescue Mission is a Christ-centered community, offering freedom and hope to the poor and homeless, empowering them to reach their full potential.
Vision: People served by KCRM are able to live in community in  balanced and interdependent lives with Christ.
CEO/Executive Director Rev. Joe Colaizzi
Board Chair Mrs. Terri Bachtel
Board Chair Company Affiliation Keller and Owen Accounting
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1958
Volunteer Opportunities
Ways to donate, support, or volunteer For information about these giving opportunities, contact Chief Development Officer Julie Larocco at jlarocco@kcrm.org or (816) 421-7643, ext. 141. Give to KCRM by mail (1520 Cherry Street, KCMO 64108) or give at www.kcrm.org. You may designate your gift to your favorite program or project. KCRM accepts gifts of stock directly transferred, and other non-cash gifts. Contact us before making gifts of real estate and vehicles. KCRM donors established the KCRM Endowment Fund in 2015, helping ensure our financial health in the years ahead. We welcome your gifts of cash and stock directly transferred. KCRM does not pursue government funding and is not a United Way member. KCRM participates in United Way's Donor Choice program: write in EIN #43-1287029. For Combined Federal Campaign, write in Kansas City Rescue Mission and #90936. To make an estate gift, add this codicil: I, [name], of [city, state, zip], give, devise and bequeath to Kansas City Rescue Mission, Kansas City, Missouri,
[percent or amount] of my estate for its unrestricted use and purpose. Always consult your attorney when making or changing your will. Volunteers are an important part of KCRM's workforce, providing meals, repairs, landscaping, painting, mentoring, life skills and professional services. During the holidays, KCRM depends on donors and volunteers to provide thousands of meals and gift packages for homeless men and women. Contact our volunteer coordinator at nfranklin@kcrm.org to learn more. KCRM values in-kind gifts that help erase line items from our budget. Since 2010, we have held our Toilet Paper Rally to collect 10,000 rolls of TP and "wipe this $6000 expense" from our general fund. You can also participate in Operation Shower Power, collecting hotel-size soap and shampoo, and we welcome donations of medicines, housekeeping supplies, food and more. Check out www.kcrm.org/immediateneeds to learn more.
Financial Summary
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Mission Statement
Mission: Kansas City Rescue Mission is a Christ-centered community, offering freedom and hope to the poor and homeless, empowering them to reach their full potential.
Vision: People served by KCRM are able to live in community in  balanced and interdependent lives with Christ.
Background Statement
In 2018, KCRM celebrated 68 years of service to the homeless of Kansas City. The Mission was founded in 1950 by Jarrette Aycock who, as a young man, received life-changing help in a Los Angeles rescue mission and later became a leader in the Church of the Nazarene.
KCRM has grown from a struggling shelter in Kansas City’s River Market to an organization with comprehensive programs offering immediate relief and long-term assistance to homeless men and women seeking recovery and re-entry into the community.
KCRM’s Men’s Center and Women’s Center currently provide free nutritious meals, hot showers, clean clothing, safe shelter, case management, counseling and healthcare to an average 100 men and up to 20 women each night. Hungry and homeless men enter the Men’s Center seeking the immediate relief of a hearty meal and safe shelter. Our hope is that, once a man’s basic needs are met, he will join our resident recovery program offering positive and lasting change.
For homeless men and women who wish to overcome life-dominating habits and barriers, KCRM offers resident recovery programs at no cost. Our Men’s Center offers the Christian Community of Recovery (C-COR), a six-month resident recovery program and two-year transitional living program. Recovery graduates can opt to stay in the transitional living program up to 24 months while completing education and career goals as the final step toward independent living.
Our Women’s Center offers an open-ended resident recovery program for single, homeless women with co-occurring disorders, including clinical counseling, case management, life-skills classes, adult education and referrals to other agencies. KCRM’s services are available to everyone regardless of race, culture, lifestyle, religion or creed.
In 2018, the Mission finalized its business plan for a food-recycling social enterprise, providing training and job readiness for residents, a new income stream for KCRM and a positive environmental impact on our community. The program is slated to launch February 2019.
KCRM is poised to serve Kansas City's homeless population for generations to come, offering freedom from the past and hope for the future to men and women who've lost their way. To do so, we are strengthening our financial base and infrastructure, adding key staff positions and expanding and improving our services. We welcome volunteers, financial supporters and others who want to join in this front-lines effort to fight homelessness.
Impact Statement
During KCRM’s 2018 calendar year, we achieved the following: Achieved several goals set forth in our 2015 strategic plan that says in summary: “Prayer is the compass by which KCRM sets its direction. It is our core ministry strategy as we seek to increase sustainability, improve outcomes and expand capacity.” These include: 
  1. Completion of the KCRM Women’s Center Education and Fitness Center, which opened debt-free in January 2018.
  2. Completed the business plan for a food-recycling social enterprise to provide a training grounds for recovery program residents, an income source for KCRM and a positive impact on our community.
  3. Received $126,000 in MARC funding for KC Can Compost for a soft launch of the social enterprise in February 2019.
  4. Initiated Efforts to Outcomes data collection and analysis system that will inform changes and improvements to individual and program outcomes for the men and women served by the Mission.
  5. With the help of  Arseth Consulting, KCRM staff participated in an Organizational Health Assessment designed to identify areas of need and strategies for better interpersonal and interdepartmental communication and collaboration.
  6. In FY2018, the needs of 1,713 unduplicated clients were met, including food, shelter, case management, healthcare, resident recovery, and job training with an average 160 receiving services daily. 
KCRM is on track to accomplish:
  1. Initiate a succession plan for long-time executive director Rev. Joe Colaizzi with an anticipated completed transition in February 2020. 
  2. Initiate a KCRM-wide organizational health assessment and programmatic restructure as we prepare to launch a social enterprise in March 2019. 
  3. Increase Thanksgiving food box distribution to 250 and single-service meal deliveries to 500. 
  4. Initiate new client management database to track the progress of each client from intake through aftercare. This program will help assess strengths and weaknesses in program components, and recommend paths to desired outcomes.
Needs Statement

$36,000 to provide a security camera system at our Women's Center reaching throughout the new Education and Fitness Center, resident building, and campus, and viewing Prospect Avenue and Prospect Plaza Park. This system will provide greater security and accountability for residents and assist Central Patrol of the KCPD with drug dealers, sex trafficking and other crime.

Approximately $68,000 to support the customization, management salary, training and first-year annual fee for a new client management database, Efforts to Outcomes, tracking clients from intake on. The new system will monitor clients' progress during their KCRM journeys, helping identify and implement next steps toward success, and provide data for KC as it seeks solutions for homelessness.

$24,280 for new commercial laundry equipment for KCRM’s emergency shelter

Funds to hire a major gifts officer, a critical next step in maintaining and strengthening our financial base for future growth.

Community support for KC Can Compost as it prepares to create jobs for homeless men and women in FY2019 and generate revenue for KCRM in FY2020. Funding in the amount of $86,000 to support administration costs until revenue from KC Can Compost can support the need.

Service Categories
Homeless Shelters
Homeless Services/Centers
Housing Search Assistance
Areas of Service
MO - Jackson County
KS - Wyandotte County
MO - Platte County
MO - Clay County
KS - Johnson County
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement

Kansas City Rescue Mission’s primary goal remains to offer freedom and hope through Christ to poor and homeless men and women and to empower them to reach their full potential.  To that end, the organization recognizes the need for a sustainability plan that will ensure it will continue serving Kansas City’s homeless population for many years.  After much research and unceasing prayer, the board of directors and leadership team moved forward with creating a social enterprise that will provide financial stability for KCRM and help secure its vital message, its programs and its services for the future.

The new social enterprise, KC Can Compost (KC Can), is an innovative, nonprofit business committed to changing the lives of homeless men and women while improving the social and environmental landscapes of Kansas City. Over the next three to five years, refining training programs, developing marketing strategies and initiating operations of the new business will be a top priority with a goal to begin generating revenue for KCRM by the end of year three. Support for this project until that time will be critical to its success.

As this project quickly unfolds, effective communication, coordination, cooperation and vision will be critical. In FY2018, KCRM engaged Suzann Arseth (Arseth Insights) to lead the staff in an organizational health assessment designed to identify barriers to success. Continuation of this process will be vital in the next few years for the KC Can Compost project, the Mission’s ongoing programs and services and coordination between the two entities.

All KCRM initiatives, including KC Can, are designed to provide services that target the underlying factors and co-occurring issues that precipitate homelessness. The Mission’s current data collection system is limited to general information like bed nights, meals served, etc. In FY2018, KCRM began the initial stage of customization and training on an innovative collection system, Efforts to Outcomes (ETO), that will provide measuring tools for each client's progress and the data necessary to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of our programs, services and the burgeoning social enterprise. Customization and implementation will be a priority in FY2019 and beyond.


Kansas City Rescue Mission offers relief services to the poor and homeless of Kansas City, providing clean, safe shelter and nutritious, satisfying meals in a warm and friendly environment. Last year alone, KCRM served 1,713 unduplicated homeless individuals, providing approximately 42,421 nights of shelter and 87,326 meals! We distributed 16,775 articles of clothing and provided case management during 4,689 sessions.

Many of our overnight guests come to KCRM for a simple meal or bed for the night. Often, once their hunger and need for safety have been satisfied, they will consider joining KCRM's free resident recovery programs, which assist them to overcome addiction and other obstacles toward permanent housing and careers.
Program Budget $1,178,698.00
Category Housing, General/Other Emergency Shelter
Population Served Homeless, Adults, Alcohol, Drug, Substance Abusers
Short-Term Success

One hundred men served by KCRM's emergency shelter are fed, housed and feel secure, have the prescription and other drugs they need, have adequate ID and other official documents, have referrals to other supportive agencies, have access to spiritual, veteran's, addiction and other counseling, and access to resident recovery programs. These basic services are also provided to up to 20 women at the KCRM Women's Center each day. 

Long-Term Success

More than 1,700 unduplicated men and women who come to KCRM are well fed, housed in safe shelter and have access to case management, healthcare, referrals and other services. Individuals feel empowered and have achieved employment and permanent housing as a result of our Steps to Success Program within our Men's Center emergency shelter.  Approximately 1,300 individuals living in the low-income housing who receive Thanksgiving assistance from KCRM will have the means to provide an abundant holiday meal for themselves and/or their loved ones. 

Program Success Monitored By Each new client undergoes an intake interview and is entered into KCRM's internal database and MAACLINK, a database networking with other area service agencies.  Clients are regularly screened by our shelter, medical, chaplaincy and case management staffs, and their information is regularly updated in the database and MAACLINK.  Weekly staff meetings address unique needs, policies and procedures for departments affecting our food and shelter program. Client-care wrap-around meetings are held regularly to identify ongoing problem areas and suggest solutions.  These cases are reviewed and evaluated at each subsequent meeting. Clients are surveyed annually to offer a platform for complaints and recommendations, and to help leadership determine strengths and weaknesses in our emergency relief programs; changes are made when recommendations are reasonable and practical. 
Examples of Program Success

Only KCRM Men's Center provides emergency services, though residents in our Women's Center receive the same basic services.  In FY2018, served 1,713 unduplicated homeless individuals, providing approximately 42,421 nights of shelter and 87,326 meals! We distributed 16,775 articles of clothing and provided case management during 4,689 sessions. provided 37,047 nights of shelter and 87,074 meals to 1,480 unduplicated people.

Matt knew he couldn’t do it alone. “I needed help with my addiction to alcohol, and the Mission was exactly what I needed.” After graduating the Mission’s recovery program, he entered college and began working again. But he knew he needed a new community where he could continue to grow. Matt decided to visit Church of the Resurrection Downtown one weekend and instantly knew he had found a home. “Because of KCRM and Resurrection,” Matt smiles, “I feel like a normal working part of society. I feel as accepted sitting next to a business man as I do by a homeless man. I’m part of something for the rest of my life and I have a lot to offer!”


Homeless individuals can apply to KCRM’s resident recovery programs at our Men’s Center and Women’s Center. Each program includes daily life-skills classes, counseling, education, job training, case management, referrals and community service opportunities. KCRM Men’s Center’s C-COR program has two components: graduates of the initial six-month recovery component can opt to return to independent living, or join our resident transitional living component where they can stay up to 24 months completing schooling and establishing careers. Graduates who do not enter the workforce or school may stay six months while applying for disability and obtaining housing. The Women's Center provides a Bible-based resident case management and recovery program for up to 20 women. Clients stay until they have achieved the following goals: a network of support, sustainable mental health treatment plan, addiction recovery, regular income, productive work (paid or volunteer) and appropriate housing.

Program Budget $218,142.00
Category Housing, General/Other Transitional Housing
Population Served Homeless, Adults, Alcohol, Drug, Substance Abusers
Short-Term Success

Beginning with enrollment in KCRM's CCOR Stage One (resident recovery), each participant is drug and alcohol free. Counseling, Bible study and life-skills classes guide residents as they resolve physical, social, psychological and spiritual issues that hinder successful participation in society. After graduation men are prepared to work, attend school, reconcile with and even rejoin family units and become productive members of their communities. Men who complete C-COR Second Stage (transitional living) after graduation have saved income to move into permanent housing. Courtney, a member of transitional living, is completing a two-year degree in business management while working as manager of a retail store. He also assists our Learning Center with creating policies and procedures for janitorial, maintenance, reception and other C-COR onsite duties so when a man leaves our program he has been "certified" by KCRM in any one of several marketable skills.  

Long-Term Success

An estimated 65 percent of C-COR graduates live on their own, are gainfully employed and continue to lead active, constructive and satisfying lives. The remaining 35 percent are assisted by KCRM counselors and case managers to apply for disability, subsidized housing and other assistance. Some support KCRM financially and through in-kind gifts and services. Hundreds of former graduates are raising families and/or have gone on to complete college and work in successful careers. Michael graduated in May with his Master's in mathematics and will teach children on military bases overseas. Matt has achieved his welding certificate and works full-time. John is enrolled at Calvary Bible College with hopes to become a youth pastor. Les is working as waitstaff at a catering company. Doug manufactures parts for GM.  They are deeply thankful for the opportunities for success they once thought were gone for good.

Program Success Monitored By

After assessment, and with the guidance of a counselor, each C-COR participant develops and carries out a personal life-recovery plan. All participants submit to regular random drug and alcohol testing, attend weekly counseling sessions and are regularly evaluated by their counselors and peers. Participant must complete the program's stringent requirements before graduation from C-COR Stage One.  C-COR residents also hold weekly house meetings to resolve conflicts and discuss projects and policies that affect them. C-COR Stage One graduates moving into Stage Two transitional living continue to receive counseling, and are evaluated and held accountable by their counselors and other transitional living residents.  A follow up program was established in 2016 to continue evaluation, offer guidance, and provide relapse prevention following a member's successful exit from the program. 

Examples of Program Success

108 men participated in KCRM Men’s Center’s C-COR resident recovery and transitional living program last year. Every client has an addiction; 40% of members have mental disorders. 25 completed requirements for graduation and are in school, are employed or both. 40 men are currently in C-COR. 38 women participated in the Women’s Center resident recovery program in 2018; 10 completed graduation requirements or left due to positive outcomes such as family reconciliation, permanent housing or entrance into another treatment facility. 15 women are currently in residence.  Sarah came to KCRM from Jackson County Drug Court.  She was angry, defiant, and said she would not stay longer than was necessary to satisfy her parole officer.  18 months later, Sarah is reconciled with family, has completed requirements for graduation, has enrolled in school to become a certified social worker and is active in her church. Deb graduated in May 2016, and volunteers 16 hours a week at the Women's Center.  


KCRM Men’s Center’s full-time R.N. coordinates with volunteer doctors, nurses and students to provide health care daily to homeless men. The clinic also monitors care for up to 10 medical clients referred by local hospitals for shelter while recuperating from surgery, illness or injury. The clinic also provides physical health assessments, education, smoking cessation classes, immunizations, TB tests, blood pressure and glucose screening, urgent care services, health maintenance and referrals. Often the clinic's staff encourages men to join our recovery program to address addiction and other concerns contributing to poor health. Our part-time Women’s Center R.N. creates nutritious meal plans, handles health assessments, oversees medication, advises the clinical team and provides referrals for residents. KCRM is currently partnering with Swope Park Health Services' Mobile Medical Team to bring additional services to our clients. KCRM Men’s Center’s health care coordinator, Liz Preston, currently serves on Swope Park Health Service’s board of directors.

Program Budget $175,274.00
Category Health Care, General/Other Health Care, General/Other
Population Served Homeless, Adults, Males
Short-Term Success

Each client assessment reveals unique medical issues often associated with homelessness and addiction. Most often seen: diabetes, respiratory disease, heart disease, conditions related to hepatitis C and liver disease, injuries and serious dental problems. Last year, 423 unduplicated clients received medical care during more than 1,940 visits with our nurses; up to 10 men nightly received medical care and a bed in our shelter. Homeless men may access the Men’s Center clinic Monday-Friday. Men who visit our clinic are less likely to go the ER, are more likely to seek treatment from a physician, and are more aware of their personal health. Women accessing the Women’s Center nurse are more aware of their personal health, are learning valuable information about nutrition and diet and are less likely to visit the ER.

Long-Term Success

KCRM's free healthcare programs provide assessments, treatment, maintenance and referrals for homeless individuals who would otherwise depend on emergency room care or simply go without. Homeless patients visiting KCRM's clinic have medical resources to help them maintain and improve their health, receive preventive care and handle chronic issues. They require fewer visits to the ER, are more likely to seek treatment from a primary care physician and are more aware of his or her personal health. 

Program Success Monitored By
Every client intake assessment is entered into KCRM's database. Client information is updated with each visit. KCRM's medical clinic also networks with other agencies, doctors, and hospitals to maintain the most complete records possible on this very transient population. 
Examples of Program Success

The majority of men and women asking for health services at KCRM rely on emergency rooms for medical care. Our nurses help clients connect with local clinics to provide more stable ongoing care. James came to KCRM with rotting teeth after decades of drug use. While in our recovery program, our clinic worked with three different dental facilities to have James' teeth pulled, his gums repaired and dentures fitted. Our clinic fund covered much of the cost. James is employed at KCRM today, but we know his new teeth will make a difference when he begins looking for outside employment. Doug was in withdrawal when he asked to join our recovery program after being on the streets for several months. Our Men's Center clinic monitored Doug through withdrawal, and provided counsel, prayer and pain medication to lessen his suffering. He has since graduated KCRM's recovery program, is a long distance runner and has enrolled in a certification program for addiction counseling so he can help others.


KCRM case managers at both centers meet with homeless clients to      assist with employment, legal issues, housing, travel, healthcare, mental health, disability applications, obtaining ID and immigration documents, overcoming substance abuse, terminal illness and death.  At our Women's Center, case managers work with the center's clinical team to ensure women build networks of support that complement therapy. Each woman meets at least weekly with her case manager. KCRM Men’s Center case managers maintain Steps toward Success (STS), a program for homeless men without addictions who are working and saving aggressively for permanent housing. STS members have a reserve bed in our emergency dorm, so they can get the rest and meals they need no matter what hours they work. The Mission also provides a follow up case manager to assist men with moving out and to follow up on past clients' progress. Case managers participate in MAACLink and other networking opportunities. 

Program Budget $183,218.00
Category Human Services, General/Other Services for the Homeless
Population Served Homeless, Adults, Alcohol, Drug, Substance Abusers
Short-Term Success

Following an assessment to determine each client’s unique needs, case managers guide him or her toward resolving every barrier to stability. After each session, the client is assisted to complete a task: locate housing, overcome legal, medical and mental health challenges, obtain ID, locate jobs or continue schooling, thereby taking responsibility for his or her own process and progress. In the last fiscal year, case managers held 3,548 sessions with 1,119 unduplicated clients. One-hundred-forty-six men received reserved beds and meals through our “Steps Toward Success” program, allowing them to work full-time and save money for housing without worrying about shelter and food. Sixty were placed in housing; 73 were placed in jobs; 87 obtained ID such as visas, birth certificates and driver’s licenses; 54 received a referral to other agencies. All received shelter, meals, clothing, showers and an opportunity to meet with a chaplain or counselor.

Long-Term Success

KCRM residents and clients will obtain employment, permanent housing, medical and mental health care, an income resource such as disability or social security and/or placement in an appropriate care facility through our case management program. They will carry an official form ID and/or documents needed for citizenry. They will be free of or successfully working through legal issues, debt and other barriers to success. Ultimately, the goal of KCRM case management is to assist each individual to become a stable, independent member of the Kansas City community with appropriate housing, regular income and a sustainable treatment plan.

Homeless men struggling with a terminal illness will die with dignity with appropriate housing, care and burial arrangements and, if possible, be reconciled to family members.

Program Success Monitored By

Each client meets with his case manager weekly to identify goals, objectives and action steps in a strategic case management plan. Follow-up weekly meetings monitor the client's progress toward his or her objectives. Client information is entered into the case management database and updated following each session.  Client care staff meet with case managers twice monthly to evaluate progress and provide additional support where needed. Germaine came in after being evicted from his apartment for nonpayment of rent. Health issues kept Germaine from working, yet his disability had been inexplicably rescinded. A KCRM case manager signed up Germaine for a reserved bed in our emergency dorm and arranged for him to eat his meals here, then networked with Swope Health Care to obtain the documents he needed to get disability reinstated. Once his disability payments began again, our case manager located a ground floor apartment for Germaine in midtown Kansas City.   

Examples of Program Success

Jeffrey’s parole officer called KCRM’s case managers before his release from prison. We accepted Jeff in our “Steps toward Success” program, providing a reserved bed and meals in our Men’s Center. Jeff stayed at KCRM two weeks, during which our case managers continued to work with his parole officer, assisting him to find work, providing bus passes and locating housing. Jeff  is now employed in two jobs, has saved enough money to pay the deposit and first month’s rent on an apartment and can cover his own transportation.  He will soon move into his new home, which KCRM will help furnish. Deanna, a KCRM Women's Center resident, worked with her case manager to overcome legal and debt issues stemming from years of drug abuse and sex trafficking. The case manager advocated for her in court, worked with a volunteer attorney and assisted in helping Deanna reconcile with her children. Today she is living on her own and volunteers at the Women's Center twice weekly as receptionist.


The KCRM Learning Center is now full-time, offering men and women in our recovery programs life skills, job preparation, computer literacy, GED preparation, a high-school program and more. Residents are Adult Basic Education-tested upon intake. This program is fully implemented at our Men’s Center and at the newly completed Women’s Center Education and Fitness facility, pending the opening of its Education and Fitness Center, which opened in January 2018. The Learning Center also provides limited assistance to emergency shelter guests at the Men’s Center, offering computer literacy and resume building and allowing men to complete online job applications and access email.  Currently six men in our 20-bed transitional living program are enrolled in college or trade school through our Learning Center. For information about funding the Women's Center Education and Fitness Center, providing educational opportunities for homeless women, contact Julie Larocco at (816) 421-7643 or jlarocco@kcrm.org. 

Program Budget $112,592.00
Category Education, General/Other Adult Education
Population Served Homeless, Adults, Alcohol, Drug, Substance Abusers
Short-Term Success

All C-COR/Transition participants complete basic life-skills classes including self-confidence, decision-making, and financial, time and anger management. Success is achieved each time a C-COR member puts his newfound skills into practice in the "real world." C-COR members or graduates may also attend Transition to Work classes such as job seeking, writing resumes, interviewing, retaining and resigning a job. After completing these classes, graduates locate—and keep—jobs using these new skills. Overnight client participants learn to use a computer to create resumes, locate jobs, fill out online applications and receive emails in response to job applications. Success is achieved each time a participant uses a new skill and moves to the next step in learning. With each achievement confidence and hope grow!

Long-Term Success

KCRM Learning Center’s long-term goal for its C-COR/Transitional Living students is to improve interpersonal, work and life skills as they prepare for transition out of our recovery community. Additionally, men taking developmental classes will improve skills in specific educational subjects. Men needing GEDs will work on computer-based studies and ultimately take the GED test and acquire high-school equivalency status. Men can also obtain a high school degree through KCRM’s onsite high school program. KCRM's long-term goal for overnight client students is to assist each man toward improving his computer skills and reaching the job market to secure employment that will provide income for independent living.

Program Success Monitored By

C-COR members are evaluated using the Test of Adult Basic Education with an expected academic improvement of two grade levels after completion of each specific class. Success in comprehension of new life skills is monitored through observation and testing. Teachers monitor overnight guests' progress toward learning new computer skills, filling out applications and securing jobs during classroom sessions.

Examples of Program Success

One-hundred percent of C-COR graduates completed the Learning Center’s Life Skills course. Many go on to take college-level or trade school courses that provide marketable skills and a regular income that will sustain independent living. Robert, 28, a graduate of the Learning Center Academy and KCRM’s C-COR program, left KCRM for his hometown in Ohio, where his family still resides. Within a week of arrival, Robert secured a job at a local manufacturing plant, thanks to his new high school diploma and new interpersonal skills. Robert credits KCRM programs such as the Learning Center and C-COR with his success at reconciling with family, locating and KEEPING a good job. Jesse, a recent KCRM graduate, says the Learning Center was instrumental in teaching him life skills and in reawakening his desire to learn. He has enrolled in an MCCC school to become a dental technician.  

CEO Comments

KCRM focuses on individuals who, for whatever reason, cannot overcome barriers to success without assistance. We are strongly committed to offering our services with kindness, compassion and excellence, and have selected our staff, designed our programs and offered our services with the intent to empower homeless people to find hope, self-worth and dignity and become interdependent community members. Annually, our staff, programs and services are submitted to evaluation, and improved and expanded to become as effective as possible. KCRM program development emphasizes controlled and quality-based expansion. In Spring 2015, KCRM underwent a strategic planning process to build on our programs for homeless men and women, expanding and improving each to reach the best outcomes possible. Our efforts focused on the addition of a follow-up care case manager for men, the expansion of our Learning Center to include residents at our Women’s Center, and a full-time Learning Center staff member to replace the current volunteer part-time position. KCRM's new Education and Fitness Center opened in January 2018.

Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Rev. Joe Colaizzi
Term Start Jan 1985

Joe Colaizzi grew up in Pittsburgh, Penn., and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the University of Cincinnati. After graduation, he joined Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood production team and later became director of instructional television at Carnegie Mellon University.

At CMU, Colaizzi experienced a life-changing encounter with Christ, which led to an adventure in faith as a homeless person in New York City. He found shelter at the Lamb’s Manhattan Church of the Nazarene then served for seven years as a Lamb’s ministry team member and associate pastor.

In 1983, the Colaizzi family moved to Kansas City where he pursued a Master of Divinity from Nazarene Theological Seminary and volunteered at Kansas City Rescue Mission; he became KCRM’s executive director in 1985. During his 31 years of leadership, KCRM has grown to include emergency shelter and meals, resident recovery and transitional programs, case management, health care, adult education, chapel services, counseling and support groups for poor, homeless and addicted individuals.

In July 2013, Colaizzi spearheaded the establishment of the KCRM Women’s Center, a 20-bed facility for homeless, single women with co-occurring disorders.

Colaizzi has served as chairman of the Homeless Services Coalition of Greater Kansas City, as a member of the Partner’s Steering Committee for ACCESS and as an advisory board member for the Kansas City School Districts Adult Basic Education for the Homeless. He was recognized as a “Hope Hero of KC” in 2009 and received the Second Mile Award from the Kansas City District Church of the Nazarene in 2010. He and his wife, Marilyn, have two grown children, Janna and Joey, and two grandchildren, and live in Blue Springs, Missouri.

Co-CEO/Executive Director
Co-CEO Experience N/A
Former CEOs
Mr. David BlackburnJan 1981 - Jan 1983
Mr. Tim KilbyJan 1983 - Jan 1985
Senior Staff
Title Chief Development Officer
Experience/Biography Julie Larocco joined the staff of Kansas City Rescue Mission as chief development officer, January 2009.  “Born” into rescue mission work, she is a granddaughter of Rev. David and Beulah Bulkley and a daughter of Rev. Maurice Vanderberg, respectively cofounders and former executive director of City Union Mission.   Larocco worked there as director of community relations for 14 years then served as a consultant to rescue missions nationwide for 12 years through ENEX GROUP, a development and public relations firm.  She is a media and crisis specialist, former trainer for the Association of Gospel Rescue Missions and a motivational speaker for churches, rescue missions and other organizations.  She and her husband Rob have three grown children and eleven grandchildren, and reside in Kansas City’s Northland.
Title Director of Finance and Administration
A former executive with DST (2004-2017) Steve Riddle joined KCRM's staff as Director of Finance and Administration in February 2017. His experience includes a highly diversified career in Accounting/Finance and Product Management for progressively sophisticated business products and technical applications. Steve has a proven record in developing, analyzing, and delivering valuable, relevant information and creating reliable accounting systems and processes. His unique blend of highly effective team building and customer relationship skills combined with detailed analytical thinking has already benefited KCRM, raising the bar in our accounting practices and assisting in sourcing new streams of revenue. Steve is one of three members of the KCRM executive team, and directs accounting, human resources, facilities, food services and general administration.
Professional Experience:
Kansas City Rescue Mission, Kansas City, Missouri
Director of Finance and Administration – (January 2017 – present)
  • Oversee all Accounting, Finance and Administration functions. Present Annual Budget, Monthly Forecast and consolidated Cash Flow to Board of Directors (Quarterly), Executive Team and Departments leaders (Monthly)
  • Direct capital building and remodel projects from design, financing, project planning, and maintenance
  • Direct Human Resource department along with review of policies and procedures and benefit plans
  • Direct internal and annual external audit process and related non-profit information filings
Paid Full-Time Staff 28
Paid Contractors 0
Volunteers 2566
Retention Rate 82%
Staff Diversity (Ethnicity)
African American/Black 12
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 40
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Staff Diversity (Gender)
Female 24
Male 30
Not Specified 0
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 Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes

KCRM cooperates and networks with more than 100 organizations in the Kansas City area annually.  Of those, 25 participated in surveys by KCRM to determine the need for services for single, homeless women.  After opening the KCRM Women’s Center, July 2013, we continue to collaborate with each, and most frequently with The Salvation Army, City Union Mission, Homeless Services Coalition, Truman Medical Center, Assertive Community Outreach, Vocational Rehabilitation, Swope Health Services, Helping Hand of Goodwill, Jewish Vocational Services, Samuel U. Rodgers, Veteran’s Administration, Catholic Charities and Metropolitan Lutheran Ministries.   

KCRM also collaborates with MAACLink, the Homeless Trust Fund snapshot survey and the AGRM snapshot survey.  
Evangelical Council of Financial Accountability - Member2013
Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance - Organization2016
Chamber of Commerce2015
External Assessment and Accreditations
Association of Gospel Rescue Missions2010
Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance2016
Charity Navigator2014
Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA)2013
Passion AwardServant Christian Community Foundation2005
Passion AwardServant Christian Community Foundation2006
Passion AwardServant Christian Community Foundation2008
Passion AwardNational Christian Foundation-Midwest2010
Outstanding Field Agency of the YearAvila College2014
Circle of HopeHarvester's2013
Circle of HopeHarvester's2015
Food Safety Excellence AwardCity of Kansas City Health Department2014
Food Safety Excellence AwardCity of Kansas City Health Department2015
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? No
CEO Comments
KCRM’s Executive Team, with prayer as its compass, serves the ministry in fulfilling its mission and vision. Strengthened by the Mission’s values, the team will:
  1. Foster a Christ-centered, service-oriented culture that promotes an open exchange of ideas, concerns and solutions.
  2. Empower staff to identify, develop, and use their skills, gifts and talents, pursue excellence, and recognize and celebrate individual achievements.
  3. Facilitate KCRM’s purpose, plans, policies and procedures.
A local foundation has provided funding for the following in 2018: a two-year succession plan for KCRM’s executive director; a two-year organizational health assessment and; a one-year retainer for the continued services of KCRM’s social enterprise planner. Each January, our executive team and staff review, revise and recommit to our employee handbook, including signing off on the following: confidentially statement, electronic communications acknowledgement, staff covenant, statement of understanding, code of conduct statement, whistleblower policy, conflict of interest policy, antifraud policy, employer information and property-nondisclosure of proprietary information acceptance form. The mission has a Voice Team promoted by HR through which employees can register comments, complaints, suggestions and questions if they desire to be anonymous. The executive team members welcome employee feedback, questions and recommendations at all times and without repercussion.
Board Chair
Board Chair Mrs. Terri Bachtel
Company Affiliation Keller and Owen Accounting
Term Jan 2017 to Dec 2020
Email tbachtel@comcast.net
Board Members
Mrs. Terri BachtelCPA with Keller and Owen
Mr. Bob CoxController-Johnston Insurance
Mr. Ron CrowellQTS Data Center
Mr. Tim DykmanWaddell & Reed
Mr. Don W. MartineauRetired
Dr. Jeren RowellKansas City District, Church of the Nazarene
Mr. Bob TaylorCommunity Volunteer
Mr. Michael WilsonSoftware Consultant
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 6
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 6
Female 2
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 90%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Under Development
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Standing Committees
CEO Comments

Fiscal Year Start July 01, 2018
Fiscal Year End June 30, 2019
Projected Revenue $3,044,353
Projected Expenses $3,044,353
Endowment Value $205,000
Spending Policy Income Only
Form 990s
Audit Documents
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FYE 6/30/2017, 2016, 2015: 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 Year201820172016
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Individual Contributions------
Investment Income, Net of Losses$9,800$9,154$9,719
Membership Dues$0--$0
Special Events$0$82,575$0
Revenue In-Kind$469,512$431,360$567,978
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201820172016
Program Expense$2,857,201$2,572,032$2,596,812
Administration Expense$209,660$256,748$248,944
Fundraising Expense$247,014$288,934$284,737
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.931.040.95
Program Expense/Total Expenses86%82%83%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201820172016
Total Assets$4,860,410$5,098,924$4,954,387
Current Assets$825,990$1,331,484$921,236
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$76,530$67,886$63,412
Total Net Assets$4,783,880$5,031,038$4,890,975
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201820172016
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities10.7919.6114.53
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201820172016
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201820172016
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- --Anonymous Foundation $86,000
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- --Individual Donor $50,000
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- --Hotel Management and Consulting  $25,000
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years No
Organization Comments

KCRM is a private organization dependent on the gifts of individuals, churches, corporations, civic groups and private foundations. KCRM chooses not to receive government or United Way funding,but can receive gifts through the United Way Donor Choice program and a similar campaign with CFC.  

Our donor base has a lower than standard attrition rate, increased average response and average gift amount each year, and continues to cultivate donors through traditional direct mail cultivation, social media, regular e-newsletters, and other communication means.

At the same time, the Mission struggles with traditional methods of countering donor attrition such as direct mail acquisition. The cost for direct mail acquisition is very high and the return has dropped significantly over recent years. Our development team is seeking new ways in FY2019 of introducing potential donors to the ministry through social media, increased small -- even weekly -- events, tours, public speaking and phone calls, and retaining loyal volunteers through relationship-building.

During FY2018, KCRM, with the help of social entrepreneur consultant Kristan Chamberlain, finalized plans for a social enterprise with three objectives, providing: 1. a training grounds and temporary employment for KCRM's recovery program graduates, 2. an income resource for KCRM, and 3. a positive environmental impact on our community. We also underwent an organizational health assessment and the restructuring of our programs as part of our preparation. We are on target to launch the new enterprise February 2019.

A two-year succession plan for longtime Executive Director Joe Colaizzi was initiated in FY2018 with an anticipated transition in February 2020.

KCRM has received a 4-star rating with Charity Navigator five years in a row, is a member in good standing of the Better Business Bureau, the Association of Gospel Rescue Missions, Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability and the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce. KCRM practices full transparency and welcome scrutiny. Visit www.kcrm.org for more information.
Other Documents
General Brochure2013View
Organization Name Kansas City Rescue Mission
Address 1520 Cherry Street
Kansas City, MO 641081530
Primary Phone (816) 421-7643
Contact Email info@kcrm.org
CEO/Executive Director Rev. Joe Colaizzi
Board Chair Mrs. Terri Bachtel
Board Chair Company Affiliation Keller and Owen Accounting
Year of Incorporation 1958