Mattie Rhodes Center
148 N. Topping Avenue
Kansas City MO 64123
MRC Summer Art Camp students with a sample of their creations!
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 4712536
Fax 816- 4712521
Mission Statement
Mattie Rhodes Center enriches the lives of individuals, families, and communities in a respectful, multicultural environment. 
CEO/Executive Director Mr. John Fierro MBA, MPA
Board Chair Ms. Marshaun Butler
Board Chair Company Affiliation Children's Mercy Kansas City
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1894
Former Names
Mattie Rhodes Counseling and Art Center
Volunteer Opportunities
Ways to donate, support, or volunteer
Your donations play a key role in the long-term sustainability of Mattie Rhodes Center. Please consider making a donation, being a special event sponsor or giving your time to volunteer with the agency.
Planned Gift - Remember Mattie Rhodes Center in your estate planning.Corporate Matching Programs - Ask your company about matching your gift.United Way Pledge - Designation #550Volunteer - Contact the Development Department at 816-471-2536 or info@mattierhodes.orgDonation - Donate online at or send a check to Mattie Rhodes Center Attn: Development, 148 N. Topping Avenue, Kansas City, MO 64108
Financial Summary
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Mission Statement Mattie Rhodes Center enriches the lives of individuals, families, and communities in a respectful, multicultural environment. 
Background Statement Mattie Florence Rhodes was a teenager who worked for the less fortunate with a group of friends from church called the Little Gleaners. Mattie was only 19 when she died of typhoid fever in 1890, leaving $500 to her friends to continue their work with children. The Little Gleaners honored Mattie’s wish in 1894 by founding the Mattie Rhodes Memorial Society. This was their pledge: “I promise to do all I can to help the needy and suffering by working for them, learning about them, giving for them, and trying to interest others in them.” In the early years, the agency provided day care for children of working mothers and basic necessities for poor families.

During the Great Depression, Mattie Rhodes Memorial Society provided shelter and basic necessities to those facing hardship by operating a settlement house for children, single mothers, homeless individuals and the elderly. Based on a community needs assessment in the 1950s, Mattie Rhodes Center began offering mental health and social service programs. Beginning in the late 1980s, in response to the growing need for mental health and social services for Spanish-speakers, Mattie Rhodes Center began hiring bilingual therapists and case managers. The Mattie Rhodes Art Center was also established during this time, followed by the Mattie Rhodes Art Gallery in 1999.

In 2005, the agency opened it's doors in the Historic Northeast in response to critical needs such as domestic violence services and youth development programs.  Today, Mattie Rhodes Center continues to care for the less fortunate by providing programs that strengthen the ability of Kansas City children and families to become more self-reliant, confident, creative and productive members of their communities.
Impact Statement Mattie Rhodes Center envisions a vibrant community where individuals and families are healthy, safe and have the resources to thrive. The agency provides social services, mental health counseling and arts programming to a growing Latino population. As the only fully bilingual and bicultural certified mental health organization in the Greater Kansas City area that is both Nationally Accredited and State Certified, and the only Latino cultural arts organization in the bi-state area, our agency is uniquely qualified to provide these services.

Mattie Rhodes Center is centrally located in the Westside and Northeast neighborhoods of Kansas City, Missouri, areas of the city with high concentrations of Latino residents. We employ a family system, person-centered and strengths based service model. Our therapeutic services adhere to a philosophy that places knowledge of and respect for culture, ethnicity and religious values as essential to successful treatment. Mattie Rhodes Center is a Midwest leader on Latino issues and cultural competency.
Needs Statement
The most pressing needs of the agency currently are:
  • Capital improvements
  • Unrestricted dollars to cover operational costs
  • Arts Education Funding
  • Improvements to Information Technology
  • Additional volunteers
Service Categories
Family Services
Community & Neighbourhood Development
Visual Arts
Areas of Service
MO - Jackson County Urban Core
MO - Jackson County
KS - Wyandotte County
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement Mattie Rhodes Center has a strong and committed staff, always sensitive and competent in the provision of services. The board is energetic and committed, bringing to the table a whole range of strengths and expertise. I am proud to have been a part of the organization for several years now and have seen the dedication of the staff, other board members and the President/CEO to direct services and all of the participants. While Mattie Rhodes Center specializes in meeting the needs of the local Latino, Spanish-speaking population, all members of the community are welcome through our doors and we do not refuse service to anyone based on race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, color, or any other characteristic. We pride ourselves on being the only bilingual and bicultural nationally accredited and state certified mental health provider in the Greater Kansas City area and the only Latino cultural arts organization in the bi-state (Missouri/Kansas) area. I am proud and humbled to be a part of this organization with such a long history and legacy of service to the community.
  • Mental Health Services: Individual and family therapy services are provided to adults and children by trained mental health professionals. Social services are provided by service coordinators who assist participants in finding employment, housing, childcare, and educational opportunities. Crisis intervention and other support services are available as needed. 
  • Family Violence: Services are available to all members of a family impacted by violence. Survivors and their children can access therapy and service coordination services, as well as legal support. Domestic violence offenders can be referred to a Batterers Intervention Program consisting of groups and individual therapy sessions. 
  • Substance Abuse: The agency provides individual and group counseling for adults and adolescents struggling with drug and alcohol dependency. 
  • Medical Care Services: La Clinica is a program developed to help people lead a healthier lifestyle by providing access to affordable and bilingual (Spanish and English) medical care services after hours. 
Category Mental Health, Substance Abuse Programs, General/other Mental Health Treatment
Population Served Adults, Children and Youth (0 - 19 years), Hispanic, Latino Heritage
Short-Term Success
  • Behavioral Health: Individuals experience a decrease in depressive and/or anxiety symptoms. 
  • Family Violence: Women learn about and/or access resources to promote safety and well-being. 
  • Substance Abuse: Individuals increase their knowledge of addiction and recovery principals.
Long-Term Success
  • Behavioral Health: Individuals and families improve in general functioning and overall well-being.
  • Family Violence: Intimate partner violence among Latino and Spanish-speaking families in Kansas City is reduced. 
  • Substance Abuse: Individuals reduce their alcohol and illicit drug use.  
Program Success Monitored By Particpants are asked to complete an Outcome Rating Scale (ORS) at each individual counseling session, as well as a Session Rating Scale (SRS) that evaluates the counselor.  Participants receiving service coordination services are asked to complete Likert-scaled surveys and substance abuse participants report their drug and acohol usage with the Addiction Severity Index (ASI).
Examples of Program Success A very recent Latina immigrant, Catalina was experiencing feelings of hopelessness, isolation, depression and anxiety following the birth of her second baby. She had no family in the area, did not speak English or know her way around Kansas City. A Mattie Rhodes Center therapist diagnosed Catalina with postpartum depression, a condition she had never heard of. The therapist helped her to develop coping skills and met with her husband to explain postpartum depression and discuss the normalcy of acculturation stress that they were both experiencing. A bilingual case manager helped to enroll their oldest child in kindergarten and connected them with other community support resources. Catalina began attending parenting groups at MRC that enhanced her social support network and helped reduce her feelings of isolation. Over the course of a year of therapy, her symptoms improved, as did her relationship with her husband, and Catalina reported that she felt happier and more empowered.
  • Youth Development: The EXPLORE Program provides after-school and summer programming to youth in grades K-12 The program is made up of two main components, Expeditions and Cultural Journeys. Expeditions is a program for students in grades 6-12 focused on life-skills, academics, leadership and avoiding risky behaviors.  Cultural Journeys is for grades K-5 and utilizes learning through the arts for elementary school children. 
  • In-School Intervention: Social workers are based in three local schools - one elementary and two high schools - to provide counseling and crisis intervention services during the school day. 
  • Supporting Living: Young adults with developmental disabilities participate in independent living skills activities, build a support network, and build self-esteem and self-confidence.
Category Youth Development, General/Other Youth Development, General/Other
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years), Hispanic, Latino Heritage
Short-Term Success
  • Youth Development: Youth increase life skills and positive youth development. 
  • In-School Intervention: Students develop healthy and safe coping strategies. 
  • Supportive Living: Young adults with developmental disabilities learn new independent living and jobs skills.
Long-Term Success
  • Youth Development: Youth will complete and graduate from high school. 
  • In-School Intervention: Violence, teen pregnancy and other behaviors will decrease. 
  • Supportive Living: Young adults with development disabilities will lead independent, successful lives.
Program Success Monitored By
Youth complete pre- and post-surveys measuring their knowledge, beliefs, and attitudes on a Likert-scale
Examples of Program Success

Through our integrated approach to youth development, MRC seeks to achieve the long term goals of 1) creating healthy violent free communities, self-respect, and self-discipline for the youth served and 2) lowering the rate of incidents of escalated violence within the community. Our measurable outcomes seek to quantify the knowledge and behaviors of youth served in our program as we move towards our long-term goals. Below provides a synopsis of the results of the EXPLORE program over the past 3-years:

  • Within the outcome “Youth increased knowledge about substance usage/risky behaviors,” over the past 3 years, on average 79%  of youth in the program have reported fully understanding the effects of alcohol, tobacco, and drugs at post-test.
  • Within the outcome “Youth reported a greater understanding of the causes of bullying and how to combat the behavior,” 70% reported they knew how to respond to conflict in a non-violent way at post-test.
  • Finally, on average, 56% of youth participated in community service programming while involved with the EXPLORE program. Examples of activities have included creating items for the Day of the Dead Festival, wrapping gifts for our Community Posada, helping serve food at our Community Thanksgiving, and various other tasks around Mattie Rhodes Center and the Northeast community.

  • Health and Wellness: Children participate in exercise and nutrition classes using the US Soccer Foundation Soccer for Success curriculum to teach healthy lifestyle behaviors. Additionally, students at partnering schools receive instruction from the "Eating from the Garden" curriculum.  Adults participate in the on-site Zumba classes, and the community has access to Mattie Rhodes Center's community garden. The Health Advocate engages community members (including students, parents, community groups) in designing and implementing healthy lifestyles community initiatives. 
  • Community Engagement: Forums, resources and educational opportunities are available to engage residents in their neighborhoods; a community Liaison works to support the Latino Advocacy Taskforce, providing support and resources to Latino families who have been victims to violent crime. 
Category Community Development, General/Other Community Development, General/Other
Population Served Adults, Children and Youth (0 - 19 years), Hispanic, Latino Heritage
Short-Term Success
  • Health and Wellness: Children and parents learn healthy eating and exercise habits.
  • Community Engagement: Residents learn about their community.
Long-Term Success
  • Health and Wellness: The prevalence of childhood obesity among Hispanic and Spanish-speaking children in Kansas City decreases. 
  • Community Engagement: Residents feel invested in their neighborhoods and actively participate in local activities.
Program Success Monitored By
Individuals and families complete pre- and post-surveys measuring knowledge, beliefs, and attitudes.
Examples of Program Success

The following success story is written by a community member who has accessed our garden and community education classes:

"Hello, I am Cristina. I am very appreciative in this year that has passed because I had the opportunity to enjoy food for my house, to learn more how to plant and harvest in the Jubilee Garden. In the plots (at the Jubilee Garden) I grew different types of chiles, tomatoes, garlic, epazote, cabbage, cilantro and two strawberry plants. After planting so many chiles I had to learn how to preserve them so they wouldn’t go bad. I put them in a jar with vinegar water, salt and vegetables. I also made salsas and put them in the freezer and we have been eating them this winter. With this chile I also sold a little at the La Chalupa Farmers Market. I am very happy with everything I made. I hope that next year is even better for me and for my peers. My hope is that people continue to support this wonderful program and that there are more people interested in planting and selling healthy vegetables and fruits of the region. This year I want to plant more of a variety of vegetables like carrots, onions, sweet potatoes, watermelons and melons. Thank you for all of your support."

**Translated from Spanish to English by MRC Community Services Specialist

  • Art Education: Special classes and cultural workshops are available to children, adults, and families, including spring and summer art camps, an after-school program, fieldtrips, and outreach.
  • Exhibits & Collections: Monthly art exhibitions highlight local and national artists, fieldtrip opportunities are available to view the artwork, workshops complement themed exhibits, and an international folk art collection is on display.
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years), Adults, Hispanic, Latino Heritage
Short-Term Success
  • Art Education: Children learn about the fundamentals of art and learn artistic techniques within five mediums.
  • Exhibits & Collections: Visitors learn about artistic traditions and cultural celebrations.
Long-Term Success
  • Art Education: Children develop creative and interpersonal skills. 
  • Exhibits & Collections: Participants gain understanding and respect for other cultures and celebrate their own heritage.
Program Success Monitored By
Children and teachers complete pre- and post-surveys and visitors to exhibitions and events are counted.
Examples of Program Success One of the best ways to gauge program success is by comments we receive from program participants. The following is just a sampling of these comments. From a parent: "My child's interest in art has grown since attending the Art Center. She loves coming to express herself in the many art activities offered. I love the variety of wonderful things she creates that we can put on display at home." From an artist: "As a Latino artist in Kansas City, I have always been welcomed at Mattie Rhodes. I am fortunate to be a part of the many outstanding exhibits offered and feel that if they were not here, I would not have a place to exhibit and sell my work."
CEO Comments Mattie Rhodes Center has an entrepreneurial spirit in meeting the needs of the participants and community. The highly professional staff is flexible and adaptable, keeping quality programs and service delivery as the goal. Mattie Rhodes Center is the only community-based fully bilingual (Spanish/English) and bicultural mental heath service provider in the Greater Kansas City area, currently certified by the Missouri Department of Mental Health for outpatient mental health services and nationally accredited by the Council on Accreditation. We provide a well coordinated array of services and programs that strengthen the ability of Kansas City children and families to become more self-reliant, confident, creative and productive members of their communities. Our agency strives to provide our services in an environment where participants feel their culture is valued, their language is spoken, and they are treated with dignity and compassion.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Mr. John Fierro MBA, MPA
Term Start Jan 2006
Experience John Fierro was appointed to the position of President/CEO in January 2006. From 1998 to 2005 he served as the agency's Director of Development, responsible for developing and implementing comprehensive fundraising and public relations programs. Mr. Fierro has an MPA from Park University and an Executive Fellows MBA from Rockhurst University. Mr. Fierro
has a strong public administration and civic engagement background. In 2011, he
was appointed by Mayor Sly James to serve on the Port Authority of Kansas City,
Missouri’s Board of Commissioners. He is also currently serving on the Kansas City Public School Board. John’s previous experience
includes tenure as the President of the Board of Commissioners for the Kansas
City Parks and Recreation Department from 2006 to 2011, the first Latino to be
awarded that position. He sat on Mayor Sly James’ Task Force on Arts and is on the Board of Commissioners of the Port Authority of Kansas City, Missouri.  Mr. Fierro has been civically involved with: Kansas City Metro Community Mental Health Stakeholders, Jackson County Safe Family Coalition, Starlight Theatre Board of Directors, Liberty Memorial Association, Mayor’s Hispanic Advisory Group, Housing Authority, Guadalajara Sister City Committee, and the Bi-State Empowerment Zone Committee.
Former CEOs
Mr. Arthurine CriswellApr 1990 - Apr 1993
Ms. Mary Lou JaramilloApr 1994 - Dec 2005
Senior Staff
Title Vice President, Administration and Community Development

David Stadler joined the agency in 2004 and is responsible for quality assurance and compliance with grants and contracts, clinical data management, and licensing and accreditation requirements, as well as overseeing the administrative staff, human resources and information technology. Mr. Stadler has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Sociology with an emphasis in Criminal Justice from Kansas State University and has a Masters Degree in Counseling and Guidance from the University of Missouri–Kansas City. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Missouri and a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in the state of Kansas. Before joining Mattie Rhodes Center, he served as the Clinical Director for the Gillis Center. Mr. Stadler has extensive experience in program development and compliance procedures with the Council on Accreditation of Services for Families and Children,Missouri Department of Mental Health and the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services, serving as a consultant to the Missouri Department of Family Services. He is currently the Treasurer for the Board of Directors of the Northeast Kansas City Chamber of Commerce.

Title Vice President, Family Services & Support
Paid Full-Time Staff 21
Paid Part-Time Staff 27
Paid Contractors 6
Volunteers 173
Retention Rate 81%
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
Mattie Rhodes Center is a United Way agency and collaborates with numerous organizations throughout the city. The arts division works with the Nelson-Atkins Museum, the Kansas City Museum, the KC Arts Institute and Arts KC. We collaborate with Argentine Middle School and St. John the Evangelist to provide mental health services in Wyandotte County, Kansas.  Mattie Rhodes Center also works with the Kansas City, Missouri School District, Kansas City, KS School District, various Charter Schools and the KCMO Parks & Recreation Department to provide after-school youth programming and in-school services.Our community development division is a founding member of NEAT, the Northeast Alliance Together which brings together Northeast neighborhood associations, area business owners and residents to improve the overall liveability of the Historic Northeast.
National Council of La Raza - Affiliate1994
United Way Member Agency1950
External Assessment and Accreditations
Council on Accreditation (COA) [for Children and Family Services] - Accreditation2016
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? Yes
CEO Comments The leadership team is strong, professional and committed. We have strong Vice Presidents overseeing the service areas of:
Family Services and SupportCommunity Programs and Cultural ArtsAdministration and Community Development.Each brings their own unique perspectives and backgrounds to the table to make a well-rounded agency able to holistically meet all of the needs of the participants we see.
Board Chair
Board Chair Ms. Marshaun Butler
Company Affiliation Children's Mercy Kansas City
Term Jan 2019 to Dec 2021
Board Members
Ms. Elizabeth Alex
Ms. Marshaun ButlerChildren's Mercy South
Ms. Terri CurranCommunity Volunteer
Ms. Sara FloresUMB Bank
Mr. Adam GuzmanHOK
Mr. Rigo JuradoCapitol Federal
Mr. Todd LiebermanBrinshore Development
Ms. Jennifer MahoneyFederated Securities Corp
Ms. Alejandra MaldonadoKU Med Center
Mr. Luis Paredes
Mr. Louie PerezKC Police Department
Mr. Philip PolkHallmark
Mr. Jason RomeroStinson Leonard Street LLP
Ms. Vanessa RupertoSprint
Ms. Jessica Salazar - Collins
Mr. Don SaxtonSaxton Law Firm
Mr. Leo ValdezPayless ShoeSource
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 6
Hispanic/Latino 10
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 9
Female 8
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 85%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 88%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
Standing Committees
Housing and Community Development
Program / Program Planning
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
CEO Comments In the last ten years, the budget, number of programs and staff of Mattie Rhodes Center have tripled in size. The growth and strides the organization has made can be attributed to our effectiveness in planning, fund development and organizational management. Our Board of Directors is a strong governing body, with many talented individuals bring their own strengths and working together collaboratively to provide direction, overseeing the strategic planning process and truly understanding the needs of our participants.
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2019
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2019
Projected Revenue $2,942,500
Projected Expenses $2,942,500
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2018, 2017, 2016: 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$998,771$839,156$1,047,054
Individual Contributions------
Investment Income, Net of Losses$6,950$9,485$7,610
Membership Dues--$0--
Special Events$37,229($9,185)$0
Revenue In-Kind--$0--
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201820172016
Program Expense$2,244,055$2,148,287$2,223,531
Administration Expense$243,368$235,758$192,582
Fundraising Expense$241,131$223,811$260,352
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.811.201.03
Program Expense/Total Expenses82%82%83%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201820172016
Total Assets$2,314,776$2,584,172$2,405,772
Current Assets$917,562$1,147,872$906,726
Long-Term Liabilities$320,208$16,906$371,800
Current Liabilities$180,531$219,840$233,578
Total Net Assets$1,814,037$2,347,426$1,800,394
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201820172016
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities5.085.223.88
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201820172016
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets14%1%15%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201820172016
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? Yes
Campaign Purpose We currently undergoing a capital campaign to build a new Cultural Center at 17th & Jarboe near the current Art Center & Gallery. We envision the new Center to be a creative space bustling with innovation and inspiration for thousands of neighbors and visitors each year.
Goal $3,050,000.00
Dates Jan 2016 to Jan 2019
Amount Raised to Date $2,263,000.00 as of Mar 2017
Organization Comments

Mattie Rhodes Center is celebrating its 122nd year of offering critical services to the Greater Kansas City community.  The agency continues to offer a full continuum of direct services. In recent years we have developed new relationships with local foundations and continue to seek to diversify our funding sources in order to fulfill the agencies mission of enriching the lives of the communities we serve. Historically the agency has relied on grants and contracts for a majority of our funding, but we are currently taking steps to expand our individual donor base as well as pursuing Medicaid billing as a source of revenue. We also continuously seek to build and maintain community partnerships to maximize our own and community-wide resources. 

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Organization Name Mattie Rhodes Center
Address 148 N. Topping Avenue
Kansas City, MO 64123
Primary Phone (816) 4712536
Contact Email
CEO/Executive Director Mr. John Fierro MBA, MPA
Board Chair Ms. Marshaun Butler
Board Chair Company Affiliation Children's Mercy Kansas City
Year of Incorporation 1894
Former Names
Mattie Rhodes Counseling and Art Center