Lee's Summit Social Services
108 SE 4th Street
Lee's Summit MO 64063-2728
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 525-4357
Fax 816- 525-6859
Mission Statement
To assist low income, elderly and/or disabled persons in the Lee's Summit Social Services service area with emergency needs, while enabling them to maintain their dignity and learning to set and meet realistic goals which will lead to greater independence.
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Matthew S. Sanning
Board Chair Mr. Donald Killion
Board Chair Company Affiliation
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1992
Volunteer Opportunities
Ways to donate, support, or volunteer
We accept checks, either mailed or brought to the office and welcome in-kind donations of food, good usable furniture, household goods, medical needs such as wheelchairs, hospital beds, shower chairs, and clothing. We welcome volunteers to assist with all our programs. Our volunteer coordinator, Carla McDaniel, carla@lssocialservices.com will talk to you about your interests, volunteer jobs available, and welcome you to our agency.
Financial Summary
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Source: IRS Form 990

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Mission Statement To assist low income, elderly and/or disabled persons in the Lee's Summit Social Services service area with emergency needs, while enabling them to maintain their dignity and learning to set and meet realistic goals which will lead to greater independence.
Background Statement Incorporated in 1992 on property leased from the City of Lee's Summit, as an Emergency Assistance Agency, serving low-income citizens of Lee's Summit, Lone Jack, Lake Lotawana and Greenwood, Mo. The building has been constructed and expanded from 2,000 s.f. to over 15,000 s.f. debt-free. We are a full-service agency, offering Emergency Assistance including food, infant needs, clothing, budgeting, utility assistance, rent, prescriptions and medical supplies, small home repairs for senior citizens, school supplies, new shoes and clothing for our Back To School Program, Holiday baskets and Christmas store. Over 100 volunteers serve in every capacity in the Agency.
Impact Statement
Accomplishments of 2018:
  1. Acquired 2 walk-in freezers to maximize space and keep all perishable goods.
  2. Provided 121,983 total services to 2,098 individuals.
  3. Provided 555 families with budget counseling.

Goals for 2019:
  1. Replace 3 computers that are in constant need of repair.
  2. Set up a kiosk for clients to access.
  3. Find funding to assist low-income senior citizens with home safety. This will include working smoke detectors and other issues that will keep them in their homes longer and safer.   
Needs Statement
  1. Upgrade 3 computers, printers, and software. An estimated cost of 3 units is $2500.
  2. Replace lighting throughout building with more efficient cost-effective LED lighting. An estimated cost is $3000.
  3. Add a generator to avoid disruption of storage of perishable foods for our clients during inclement weather.  An estimated cost is $10,000.
  4. Replace 2 of our out-dated inefficient air conditioning units.  An estimated cost is $10,000.
Service Categories
Emergency Assistance (Food, Clothing, Cash)
Food Banks, Food Pantries
Areas of Service
MO - Eastern Jackson Co
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement
Lee's Summit Social Services is the emergency assistance organization that helps supply basic needs to the people of our community.  We are locally managed and work diligently to assist those in need with food, clothing, budgeting and financial support to help families and individuals become stable, with the goal of self sufficiency in their future. Generous donations of  food and clothing have been instrumental in assisting clientele, but additional funding to assist with basic needs is necessary to help the client to become self sufficient.  Challenges are locating funding to hire an additional staff person to assist the agency with financials and grant writing.
Description Emergency Assistance Program includes all of the areas of help for low income individuals and families to meet basic needs. The program includes assistance with food, utilities, rent, medical supplies and prescriptions, clothing, budget counseling, small home repair, and other needs as determined during first interview and consecutive visits. If a client feels something requires emergency assistance, we take a look at it and decide on a course of action.  
Program Budget $422,500.00
Category Human Services, General/Other Emergency Assistance
Population Served Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent, Families, At-Risk Populations
Short-Term Success Initially, the family must be stabilized by assisting them with basic needs of food, clothing, shelter and/or utility assistance. Budget counseling to find strengths and weakness in the spending habits will bring desirable results which ultimately assures long-term success.
Long-Term Success
Long term success would be to assist a client into self sufficiency by meeting basic needs, helping them identify goals, and guiding them to a better understanding of how to meet those goals. To see a client enter the workforce and become responsible or to help an elderly client remain healthy is the meaning of program success. Our goal is to see at least 10% of the newly unemployed clientele rejoin the workforce. Long term success would be to make sure no child goes to bed hungry or misses school because of inadequate clothing, shoes or supplies. To see senior citizens able to stay in their own home longer because some small home repairs make that possible, is a success. 
Program Success Monitored By Subsequent visits to the agency give the case manager or social worker the information to see if the household is becoming stabilized. All information is entered into the MAACLink program through Mid America Assistance Coalition, and can be utilized to monitor how often a client has emergency needs. All information gathered from a client is tracked and the changes are recorded and filed. Clients self report on job success or changes to household.
Examples of Program Success
In 2017, 641 families received budget counseling. Direct assistance totaling $137,000 for utilities/rent was provided to clients after a need was determined by the case manager. A total of 131,530 total services were provided to 3,043 individuals overall in 2017.  Some families are able to become stable after a few visits. Others require more intensive work. Our ultimate goal is to help the family retain dignity while becoming stable. The caseload is growing, but a large number of newly unemployed workers who sincerely hope to return to work come in daily to check our updated work board, we cautiously anticipate a 5% increase of these workers will find employment during 2018.
Description In the year 2018, 650 school children received new backpacks filled with supplies, also received new shoes, jeans, shirts, underwear, socks. This program takes place each year beginning at the end of July, and assists as needed until the new school year starts. Many children beginning kindergarten receive their first pair of new shoes and show pride in their new backpacks filled with supplies.
Program Budget $0.00
Category Human Services, General/Other Children & Youth Services
Population Served Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent, Children Only (5 - 14 years)
Short-Term Success All children who need supplies and clothing are assisted, confidentially and have supplies and clothing as well as new shoes to begin the school year.
Long-Term Success Children who are beginning Head Start through High School are eligible to receive supplies and are able to attend school well equipped to concentrate on studying and do their best in school and not be distinguished from their peers because of clothing or supplies. We work with Mid America Assistance Coalition to track services given and generate reports.
Program Success Monitored By The program is monitored by the number of children assisted. As a child is assisted with their shoes, clothing and supplies, their pleasure in receiving their first new shoes, backpack or new jeans assure the program is working. The volunteers who work with the program return year after year, as donors and workers because they are so impressed with what the program does for so many children. They see first hand the good that is happening for the children.
Examples of Program Success In 2018, 650 school children received new backpacks filled with supplies, new shoes, jeans, shirts, underwear, and socks. Some children started Head Start or Kindergarten with their first new pair of shoes, instead of shoes handed down from an older sibling. Many of the youngest children received their first new backpack.
CEO Comments In 2017, LSSS provided 131,530 total services to 3,043 clients. This includes in-kind and monetary assistance.  743 children were assisted with new shoes, new clothing, backpacks and school supplies during this time period. 641 families received budget counseling.  The challenges we face are increased requests for assistance from our families due to economic conditions of rising cost of food, gasoline, utilities and rent expenses with income levels not keeping pace because of job loss by the head of household in many families. Many of the families are now working two low-income jobs which have less income than a formerly better paying job that supported the household. Funding donations are unable to keep pace with the demand for services.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Mr. Matthew S. Sanning
Term Start Jan 2011
Matt became director of Lee's Summit Social Services in January 2015, following the retirement of former director, Geneva High. Matt had been Assistant Director for 3 years prior to his advancement through the agency's succession plan. He is a member of the Lee's Summit Ministerial Alliance, LS Chamber, Human Services Advisory Board and Lee's Summit Rotary.   
Former CEOs
Mrs. Geneva Jane HighMar 1992 - Dec 2014
Senior Staff
Title Program Manager
Experience/Biography Janna started with the agency in 2011 as Social Worker.  Prior to employment at Lee's Summit Social Services, Janna formerly held positions at City Union Mission,  
Title HR/Office Manager
Experience/Biography Megan has her MBA and is SHRM-CP certified.  She has been with the organization since 2016.  
Paid Full-Time Staff 10
Paid Contractors 0
Volunteers 58
Retention Rate 99%
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Bi-Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Bi-Annually
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Under Development
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
  • Kansas City Medicine Cabinet                                                          
  • Mid America Assistance Coalition
  • Lee's Summit Ministerial Alliance
  • R-7 School District
  • United Way of Greater Kansas City
  • Lee's Summit Firefighters
Chamber of Commerce2003
United Way Member Agency1992
Alliance of Greater Kansas City United Ways Agency Certification1992
Res In Motus, Sanctimonious catagoryLee's Summit Chamber of Commerce2013
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? No
CEO Comments In line with our strategic planning, we have added new board members (by age, gender, and ethnic backgrounds) during the last two years to inject additional focus on increasing marketing efforts and to increase visibility in the community.
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Donald Killion
Term Jan 2016 to Dec 2018
Email dlkillion@hotmail.com
Board Co-Chair
Board Co-Chair Mr. Thomas Earley
Company Affiliation Summit Bank of Kansas City
Term Jan 2016 to Dec 2018
Email tearley@bankofleessummit.com
Board Members
Mrs. Susan CoffmanLee's Summit Cares
Mr. Tom EarleyBank of Lee's Summit
Mr. Raul GuerreroRetired, Gov't
Ms Syrtiller Kabat PhD.Psychotherapist
Mr. Don KahanDon Kahan Motors
Mr. Don KillionUS Gov't GSA, Retired
Mr. Dan ManleyLee's Summit Fire Department
Mr. Duane MuckeyRyan International Airlines, Pilot
Dr. Darryl Nelson MDFamily Health Specialist
Deacon Nancy NevinsSt. Paul's Episcopal Church
Mrs. Carmen SpaethLSPD
Mr. Philip StrawbridgeFinancial Consultant
Mr. Roy WheelerAmerican General, Retired
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 13
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 1
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 11
Female 5
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 74%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 12
Standing Committees
Human Resources / Personnel
Program / Program Planning
Advisory Board / Advisory Council
CEO Comments The greatest challenge facing Lee's Summit Social Services is stretching funds to meet the caseload. The board is constantly exploring new fundraisers. As the population in our communities grow, we can anticipate a growth in numbers of persons who need assistance. We have implemented a long-term budgeting process for families who show a need for education in this area and will work with families to make resources available to them, which we expect will help them become better financial managers with their own funding. We also work with small groups who normally manage their limited finances fairly well, to point out available resources and counsel as needed. We are working with them to help them through the process of understanding income versus expenses. Our volunteer coordinator is working with teens who are giving community service, by teaching them how to prepare, plant and harvest foods from a nearby community garden, which is one of our new endeavors to give teens the opportunity to learn better nutrition and a skill which may be helpful in future.  
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2018
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2018
Projected Revenue $525,000
Projected Expenses $521,300
Form 990s
Audit Documents
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2017, 2016, 2015: Financial data reported using the IRS Form 990.
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line item includes government grants and 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
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Individual Contributions------
Investment Income, Net of Losses$20,422$14,588$20,167
Membership Dues----$0
Special Events$0$22,700$0
Revenue In-Kind$1,000,000$1,000,000$915,258
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$1,580,005$1,544,269$1,410,916
Administration Expense$3,513$39,100$62,615
Fundraising Expense$1,045$35,106$7,191
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.950.961.03
Program Expense/Total Expenses100%95%95%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$985,367$1,073,694$1,129,937
Current Assets$828,420$835,805$873,680
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$5,419$12,637$5,815
Total Net Assets$979,948$1,061,057$1,124,122
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities152.8766.14150.25
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201720162015
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years Yes
Organization Comments The population in our service area of four communities continues to grow steadily and the increase in the caseload has expanded greatly. Over 100 volunteers assist in service delivery. The Lee's Summit Social Services building, located at 108 SE 4th Street in downtown Lee's Summit is completely debt free which ensures that funding is applied to ongoing program needs. We have a well-established relationship with other community agencies and are able to give and receive referrals from them to better assist our clientèle in their goal toward independence. LSSS major annual fundraiser, a Pancake Breakfast in February observing the United Way campaign blackout period. The LSSS Board of Directors are all volunteers, meet monthly, assist in all policy-making and fundraising efforts. Lee's Summit Social Services has a thrift store which is open to the public. Any funds raised from the sale of donated merchandise to the thrift store is used to support the Emergency Assistance program.
Other Documents
Organization Name Lee's Summit Social Services
Address 108 SE 4th Street
Lee's Summit, MO 640632728
Primary Phone (816) 525-4357
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Matthew S. Sanning
Board Chair Mr. Donald Killion
Year of Incorporation 1992