Bishop Sullivan Center
6435 Truman Rd.
Kansas City MO 64126
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 231-0984
Mission Statement
Inspired by Christian faith, Bishop Sullivan Center shows God's love to people in financial hardship by providing food, help in finding jobs and other aid. Beyond material assistance, Bishop Sullivan Center strives to build relationships between those who live in poverty and those who do not, promoting mutual understanding and affirming the dignity of all.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Thomas Turner
Board Chair Mr. Nick Porto
Board Chair Company Affiliation Porto Law
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1996
Former Names
Cooperative Social Services
Financial Summary
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Statements
Mission Statement Inspired by Christian faith, Bishop Sullivan Center shows God's love to people in financial hardship by providing food, help in finding jobs and other aid. Beyond material assistance, Bishop Sullivan Center strives to build relationships between those who live in poverty and those who do not, promoting mutual understanding and affirming the dignity of all.
Background Statement Bishop Sullivan Center is a social service agency that assists low-income families in a variety of ways. We began as an outreach of a Catholic parish in 1972 and have been serving the needs of the poor since then. The Center began primarily as a food pantry and has grown over the years to offer other services (see above). People who come to us live within 150% of the government guidelines for poverty. Their poverty is caused by many reasons: disability, single-head of household, low-paying job, or temporary loss of income. People who come here typically do not enjoy the support of extended family; consequently, they need assistance here for their survival. Though we provide a significant amount of household assistance (food, rent, utility help), we look for ways to help people become self-sufficient. We move people to self-sufficiency through our employment services program by helping those who are  able-bodied find jobs.
Impact Statement
Our top three accomplishments from last fiscal year were: 
  1. 402 people fund work through our Employment program.
  2. 1,200 families received food each month through our 2 food pantries.
  3. 1,546 households were helped with financial assistance, typically for rent or a utility.
 
Other Accomplishments:
  • We launched a new program with Sporting KC's Matt Besler called Defend Against Hunger. The purpose of this program is to teach families about those living with food insecurity.
  • Thanks to generous a grant from the Merrill Foundation, we hired 25 college interns for the summer of 2017. There were placed at 8 non-profits, including our own. It was a good way for them to earn money and to learn about the needs of the community.
 
Our goals for the coming year:
  •  Continue to help people find employment.
  • Provide food for those families in need.
  • Provide household financial assistance to bring immediate relief and to prevent homelessness.
  • Renovate our soup kitchen to increase its capacity, provide healthier meals, and make it so those who can afford it can eat there as well by paying or donating what they want for their meal.
Needs Statement
The top three pressing needs of our organization are:
  1.  Increase funding to meet the needs of so many low-income people who call us. With so many calls we receive on a daily basis, the amount needed for this is virtually limitless. 
  2. Increase marketing to the unemployed so that we can help them find work.
  3. Increase our funding for our renovated soup kitchen.
  4. Seek out more volunteers for our community kitchen.
Service Categories
Emergency Assistance (Food, Clothing, Cash)
Personal Social Services
Areas of Service
MO - Jackson County
MO - Jackson County Urban Core
KS
Our pantries serve zip codes 64120-64129 as well as the Midtown Kansas City area. Our household assistance services are, for the most part, restricted to people living in zip codes 64050-64055,  64101 through 64138, excluding 64135 and 64136. Our employment services is available to anyone in the metro area. Our Project ElderCool Program which provides a window air-conditioner to any low income senior is available to any senior in the metro area.
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement
Bishop Sullivan Center does great work! We provide basic help – food, clothing, household assistance and job advocacy to many of Kansas City’s poorest people. We have a dedicated, talented, and compassionate staff. Each staff member is committed to our mission and truly cares for the clients we serve. I am always impressed by their willingness to evaluate what we do and to add new programs as needed.
 
Our board is a diverse group, all committed to our cause. We work together with the staff and our donors to assist our clients. I invite you to join our donors and help!
Programs
Description
  • Household Assistance: Financial assistance primarily for rent and utilities for low-income households. 
  • Project ElderCool: Provide window air-conditioner for any indigent elderly person. 
  • Christmas Assistance: Provide Christmas gifts to children and food to low-income families at Christmas. 
  • Clothes Closet: Provide used clothes to low-income people.
  • Legal Clinic: Volunteer attorneys provide free legal advice to those in need.
  • Operation Heart and Sole: We provide new tennis shoes and socks to children in the Kansas City Public School System.
  • Kansas City's Medicine Cabinet: Two of our locations serves as Kansas City's Medicine Cabinet sites.
Program Budget $510,000.00
Category Human Services, General/Other Emergency Assistance
Population Served General/Unspecified, ,
Short-Term Success The clients have their lights on, the heat on, and are not homeless.
Long-Term Success In an ideal world, people have enough income or support from friends and family to help them in a crisis, that there is no need for assistance from a social service agency.
Program Success Monitored By All household assistance from our agency is recorded on MAAC, hence we are able to track people who come in here to see if they are moving toward self-sufficiency.
Examples of Program Success
As a program, it is successful as we help so many. Last year, we helped 1,546 households with some form of financial assistance, primarily rent or utilities.
Description Food is distributed 4 days a week to low-income households living in our service area. Families may come once every 30 days for food. Our organization has 2 food pantries.
Program Budget $270,000.00
Category Human Services, General/Other Emergency Assistance
Population Served General/Unspecified, ,
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success There are no hungry people. All are fed.
Long-Term Success In an ideal world, there are no food pantries and everyone is able to buy enough food for themselves and their families.
Program Success Monitored By Every recipient of food is recorded on MAAC's database so we can check frequency of pantry visits.
Examples of Program Success No one is starving in our streets.
Description Employment Services helps the unemployed and underemployed find work. We visit with employers and find out about job openings. Our program provides one-on-one job counseling to serious job seekers.
Program Budget $304,000.00
Category Employment, General/Other Job Search & Placement
Population Served General/Unspecified, ,
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Short-Term Success Clients are obtaining and maintaining employment. In FY2017, 402 people were able to find employment with the help of our program. 
Long-Term Success Everyone is working at a living wage job.
Program Success Monitored By We have a database where we track interactions with our employment clients. Once they have found work, we follow-up at 3 month and 12 month intervals for an update.
Examples of Program Success

Over the past 5 fiscal years, we have helped 1,912 people find work. That accounts for over 50% of the clients who entered the program during those years. We follow up with those clients after 3 months and after 12 months. 75% of our clients are still working after 12 months.

Description

Our Troost location serves a hot meal to about 250 people each weeknight.

Program Budget $90,000.00
Category Food, Agriculture & Nutrition, General/Other Hunger Action
Population Served Adults, ,
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Short-Term Success People who are hungry receive enough food for at least one meal.
Long-Term Success Long term success would be if people had enough income that a Community kitchen would be unnecessary.
Program Success Monitored By We do not ask any questions of people who come to our community kitchen. All are welcome and clients can come every night if the meal is needed.
Examples of Program Success The fact that so many come each night for food, at some level, is a sign of success for the program, though a sign of failure for our society.
CEO Comments Our food pantries and household assistance programs are there to assist people who have trouble paying for life's basic necessities. We have increased our capacity in our food pantry so that we can help more people. The demand for assistance with rent or utilities is unrelenting. Our Employment Services program provides assistance to people who are unemployed and need work in order to survive. This year, we are on pace to help more than 400 people find work.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Mr. Thomas Turner
Term Start Oct 1993
Compensation $75,001 - $100,000
Experience Thomas Turner is a former Catholic priest. He has a Masters Degree in Philosophy and Theology. He is an adjunct teacher of Ethics at Avila College. Turner has been Executive Director at Bishop Sullivan Center for the past 24 years. He has published a book and articles on matters of poverty and social justice.
Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start 0
Compensation Last Year
Former CEOs
NameTerm
Ms. Kathleen Gier Jan 1972 - Jan 1993
Senior Staff
Title Office Manager
Experience/Biography Mrs. Fencl has a Master's degree in Accounting and passed the CPA Exam in 1997. She has over 10 years experience in the corporate world and 11 years experience in the not-for-profit sector.  She is a former Board Member and volunteer of the Center.
Title Employment Services Director
Experience/Biography Ms. Kennedy has a masters in social work and has worked at various agencies in Kansas City over the past 25 years. She is also a LCSW.
Title Troost Manager
Experience/Biography Mr. Langner has a Master's of Divinity and is a former Catholic Priest who served for 4 years as a pastor of a parish.  He also has 3 1/2 years experience in the corporate sector.
Staff
Paid Full-Time Staff 14
Paid Part-Time Staff 5
Volunteers 300
Paid Contractors 0
Retention Rate 93%
Staff Diversity (Ethnicity)
African American/Black 4
Caucasian 9
Hispanic/Latino 6
Staff Diversity (Gender)
Female 13
Male 6
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Yes
Organization Has a Strategic Plan No
Management Succession Plan No
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Collaborations
In 2015, we launched a collaboration with Catholic Charities of NE Kansas. They have a large facility in Kansas City, Kansas. They offered us free space to satellite our Employment Services program out of their location. It has been a very good partnership.
Also, we receive a large grant from the Merrill Foundation to hire 25 college interns for the summer. We spread them around to the following agencies in addition to our own: Don Bosco, Boys Grow, Upper Room, Hope Faith Ministries, Operation Breakthrough, Jewish Vocational Service and  Journey to New Life
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? No
CEO Comments Our board meets every two months. We have a small but committed board of ten members. All ten are donors and several are volunteers. It's a very hands-on board. Appropriate financial controls are in place to insure fiscal integrity. An outside accounting firm reviews our books every year. An outside CPA reconciles bank statements on a monthly basis. Checks over $300 need two signatures. Bookkeeper cannot sign checks. Board chair and executive director meet at least monthly to review operation of the Center.
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Nick Porto
Company Affiliation Porto Law
Term July 2016 to July 2019
Email nporto@portolaw.com
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Ms BJ Atkinson St. Therese Little Flower Parish
Mr. Steve Busser KCP&L
Mr. Luke Ismert Schier Product
Ms Sandy Midkiff Judge
Mrs. Leslie Mitchell Cerner
Mrs. Mary Murphy Johnson County Community College
Mr. Nick Porto Lawyer
Mr. Daniel Reardon Jr.Reardon Pallet Company
Ms. Cristina Ruiz Community Volunteer
Mr. Thomas Turner Bishop Sullivan Center
Mr. Stephen Williams
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 8
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 6
Female 5
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 90%
Written Board Selection Criteria? No
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 50%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
Standing Committees
Endowment
Executive
Advisory Board Members
NameAffiliation
Mrs. Mary Bulman-Griggs
Ms. Kathy Jaderborg
Mr. Jim Olshefski Retired
CEO Comments Our board meets every two months. We have a small but committed board of ten members. All ten are donors and several are volunteers. It's a very hands-on board. Appropriate financial controls are in place to insure fiscal integrity. An outside accounting firm reviews our books every year. An outside CPA reconciles bank statements on a monthly basis. Checks over $300 need two signatures. Bookkeeper cannot sign checks. Board chair and executive director meet at least monthly to review operation of the Center.
Financials
Fiscal Year Start July 01, 2017
Fiscal Year End June 30, 2018
Projected Revenue $1,893,000
Projected Expenses $1,953,000
Endowment Value $4,641,838
Spending Policy Income Only
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FYE 6/30/2016, 2015, 2014: Financial data reported using the IRS Form 990. 
  • Foundations/corporate revenue line item may include contributions from individuals.
Detailed Financials
 
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$1,499,856$1,374,143$1,383,687
Administration Expense$225,054$221,880$176,170
Fundraising Expense$104,786$133,625$138,726
Payments to Affiliates----$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.101.211.36
Program Expense/Total Expenses82%79%81%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue5%7%7%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$5,954,066$5,771,998$5,412,287
Current Assets$1,215,508$1,582,948$1,374,640
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$15,719$10,677$17,290
Total Net Assets$5,938,347$5,761,321$5,394,997
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities77.33148.2679.50
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount --Individual Donor $183,300Anonymous $110,000
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount --Catherin V. Merrill Foundation $85,000Anonymous $61,000
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount --Individual Donor $50,000Anonymous $53,100
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years No
Organization Comments
Our strength as an organization has been that most of our donations come from over 3,000 individual donors, rather than from foundations or the government. Recently, we developed a new website aimed at increasing our donor base and contributions. So far, it has been successful. We are more sustainable as an organization because we are not dependent upon any one foundation or government grant, rather our thousands of individual donors make us strong.
Organization Name Bishop Sullivan Center
Address 6435 Truman Rd.
Kansas City, MO 64126
Primary Phone (816) 231-0984
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Thomas Turner
Board Chair Mr. Nick Porto
Board Chair Company Affiliation Porto Law
Year of Incorporation 1996
Former Names
Cooperative Social Services