Thrive Health Connection
5008 Prospect Avenue
Kansas City MO 64130
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 561-8784
Fax 816- 531-7199
Mission Statement
A regional healthcare leader and influencer, Thrive Health Connections, formerly GSP, provides inclusive, holistic, and integrated health and wellness services to individuals affected by HIV and other STIs, LGBTQ communities, and those seeking a welcoming and affirming health and community center.
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Caroline Huffman
Board Chair Mr. Charles Everson
Board Chair Company Affiliation Academy Bank
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1984
Former Names
Good Samaritan Project, Inc.
Volunteer Opportunities
Ways to donate, support, or volunteer
There are several ways you can support the work of Thrive Health Connection:
  • Join our monthly giving program, Champions for Health -
  • Make a one-time donation -
  • Sponsoring or hosting an event during the annual FLAVOR! Series -
Contact Brian Williams, Director of Development & Marketing at 816.778.0786 or for more information about supporting Thrive Health.
Financial Summary
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Mission Statement
A regional healthcare leader and influencer, Thrive Health Connections, formerly GSP, provides inclusive, holistic, and integrated health and wellness services to individuals affected by HIV and other STIs, LGBTQ communities, and those seeking a welcoming and affirming health and community center.
Background Statement Thrive Health Connection was the original AIDS service organization founded in 1984 in response to the AIDS crisis in Kansas City. In 2019, Good Samaritan Project, now Thrive Health Connection, celebrates 35 years of providing exceptional care in the community. An inclusive, welcoming team ensures those individuals living with HIV/AIDS have access to integrated, and holistic health care options. Thrive Health offers a wide array of case management, prevention and education services. Combined with connecting individuals to community support services, including housing, food security, mental health services and job training, we strive to empower and enrich the lives of those in the community.
Impact Statement
2018 Accomplishments: Thrive Health Connection, after 35 years in mid-town, relocated its office to 50th and Prospect which lies in zip code "64130". This zip code is 1 of 2 in the KC area with the largest population of people living with HIV/AIDS, as well as the lowest life expectancy. Thrive Health Connection provides Care Management services to one-in-four people living with HIV in the KC Ryan White Transitional Grant Area (TGA). Of the 650+ clients we serve, 93% are virally-suppressed, compared to 86% of individuals living with HIV who are case-managed through the Ryan White-TGA. By helping this population achieve and maintain viral suppression, Thrive Health has helped to not only improve the health outcomes of this population, we’ve helped to reduce new infections in our region. Due to the dedication and commitment of our skilled Care Management staff, Thrive Health scored 97% on our most recent contract monitoring audit done by the Kansas City (MO) Health Department. The Prevention Department tested, counseled and educated nearly 20,000 people throughout an eleven-county region. Thrive Health prevention outreach engages members of the target community to facilitate programs that are relevant to that population. This allows the organization to easily move within the community without fear of shunning or ostracizing individuals who use our services and allows Thrive Health to return to the community for future prevention outreach.
Needs Statement

Thrive Health Connection is seeking funding to do a feasibility study ($48,400) to explore the development of a Kansas City-based social enterprise coffee shop. The coffee shop will be designed to create a safe and inclusive gathering space for the diverse Kansas City LGBTQ community and its allies. The space would provide workforce training for those the organization serves as well as a new stream of revenue.

Thrive Health is seeking funding ($57,200) for a part-time onsite Mental Health Clinician to provide counseling to those living with HIV/AIDS who do not qualify for this service through the Ryan White program.
Thrive Health has an annual FLAVOR! Series fundraiser that typically runs late Summer through November. The success of the series relies on generous community members willing to host a public or private event of any size to help raise: 1) awareness of the work, 2) Ambassadors for the organization and 3) funds to support critical programs for those who are at-risk. Champions for Health members that will make monthly contributions to help continue our mission to serve those in Kansas City affected by HIV/AIDS
Service Categories
Human Services
Health Support
Youth Development Programs
Areas of Service
MO - Jackson County
MO - Clay County
MO - Platte County
KS - Wyandotte County
KS - Johnson County
MO - Eastern Jackson Co
MO - Jackson County Urban Core
KS - Wyandotte County Urban Core
MO - Liberty
MO - Ray County
KS - Leavenworth County
MO - Cass County
MO - Lafayette
MO - Clinton
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement Excellence in service to Thrive Health Connection’s clients and community members is the top priority for the Leadership Team and the Board of Directors for the organization. Thrive Health Connection believes that high-quality service from its staff is facilitated by a healthy workplace; a work environment that encourages open communication and transparency, strives for equity, recognizes exemplary work performance, and respects the differences and rights of individuals. Thrive Health has a strong belief in people and a respect for relationships, both internal and external. Motivation to achieve excellence is maximized when everyone is treated with decency, trust and respect. Using a strengths-based approach that recognizes that despite the impact of stigma and discrimination with those individuals with HIV/AIDS, Thrive Health is the champion organization that consistently practices radical hospitality and meaningful inclusion. We have created an environment where everyone feels respected, supported and there are connections built on a foundation of cultural humility, and giving those we serve meaningful tools to live life fully. Thrive Health believes that adopting a “whole person” perspective gives us the best change of improving health outcomes for those we serve.
Thrive Health provides case management to 1 in 4 individuals living with HIV/AIDS in the KC transitional grant area - helping them acquire health insurance, navigate the health system, and connect with medical and supportive services across 2 states and 11 counties. The primary goal of Case Management is helping individuals stay engaged in health care services.
Thrive Health has created a culture of care in everything we do; radical hospitality is at the forefront of how we offer customer service. Radical hospitality is the forging of lasting, authentic connections to each other, to our clients, and to the community. We do this by focusing on creating a warm and welcoming environment for anyone who comes through our doors.
Program Budget $414,650.00
Category Health Care, General/Other Health Care, General/Other
Population Served People/Families of People with HIV/AIDS
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success Clients remain engaged in case management and improve their well being by making progress on their plan of care. Clients access care as appropriate. Clients begin to exercise self-management.
Long-Term Success Individual living with HIV/AIDS learn to manage their chronic health condition and maintain their drug treatment regimen. They take adequate precautions to reduce their risk of re-infection, and they protect others from being infected.
Program Success Monitored By
Clients progress is monitored against the following benchmarks:
  1. Clients see their doctor regularly to monitor HIV status;
  2. Clients complete annual needs assessment to update their plan of care;
  3. Clients adopt at least one goal in the plan of care.
Examples of Program Success Clients reduce the number or frequency of hospitalizations. Clients are empowered to manage their health and life, and they live longer and at the highest level of independence their disability allows.
Thrive Health received funding to hire an in-house, part time, bilingual Mental Health Clinician. It has been over decade since the organization has offered this wraparound service to those we serve.
The same mental disorders that occur in the general population occur among individuals living with HIV but at almost twice the rate. Mental illness can become an HIV risk factor for individuals who are emotionally unstable and may not be making good decisions for themselves. Having a dual stigma of HIV and mental illness continues to be one of the major problems that many of our GSP clients face. This can compound clients’ suffering and increase their sense of isolation.
Program Budget $311,003.00
Category Mental Health, Substance Abuse Programs, General/other Outpatient Mental Health Treatment
Population Served People/Families of People with HIV/AIDS
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success
The goals of our improved Mental Health Services Program are to:
  1. being able to manage medications as prescribed, maintain health, nutrition, hydration, sleep, and keep up with doctors' appointments
  2. Sustainability -- including being able to maintain/manage mental health symptoms and use coping skills as needed
  3. Building up self-reliance and self-determination
Long-Term Success
The goals of our improved Mental Health Services Program are to:
  1. Form connection & trust, alleviate feelings of isolation
  2. Identify and implement coping skills
  3. Connect to other resources (i.e. psychiatric services) and/or supports (i.e. support groups) 
Program Success Monitored By
Client services have outcomes and monitoring specific to the service. 
  1. Mental health providers monitor client progress using the Global Assessment of Functioning (GAF) tool.
  2. Those tested for STD/HIV are served promptly, courteously and obtain results on time. All positives receive post counseling and linkage to treatment.
  3. Volunteers are trained and certified and provide periodic feedback on satisfaction and service delivery. 
Examples of Program Success The new Mental Health Clinician has already seen eleven individuals living with HIV/AIDS in the 90 days she's been on the job. There were a total of nine individuals served through mental health counseling for all of 2018.
Thrive Health Connection provides free, on-demand screenings for HIV and other STIs at Thrive Health, as well as educational outreach and prevention activities throughout the region. Additionally, our trained Community Prevention Specialist offer CLEAR (Choosing Live, Empowerment, Action, Results) which is a program designed to help people living with HIV reduce their risk of transmitting HIV to their partners.

The Community Prevention Specialists meet with those individuals one-on-one for six one- hour sessions either at Thrive Health or in a private location. The goal of Prevention for Positives is to help clients maintain health, reduce transmission of HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases, and improve their quality of life through individual counseling. Both of Thrive Health Connection's current Prevention contracts are specific to working with communities of color: the Latinx Community and African American Men Who Have Sex with Men. (Our Testing and Prevention Coordinator, as well as one of our Medical Case Managers, are Latina women who whose first language is Spanish. Having three bilingual staff on our Programs Team uniquely positions Thrive Health to be able to provide culturally sensitive and competent care across the HIV Care Continuum for the Latinx population.
Program Budget $359,453.00
Category Health Care, General/Other Preventive Health
Population Served At-Risk Populations
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success
  1. High-risk individuals learn modes of HIV transmission, barriers to infection, and partner negotiation/refusal skills needed to protect themselves.
  2. The number of high-risk individuals receiving STD and/or HIV testing increases significantly.
Long-Term Success
  1. Those vulnerable to HIV infection adopt risk-reduction behaviors.
  2. The stigma of AIDS is reduced and HIV testing is commonplace.
  3. The number of new HIV infections shows a marked decline.
  4. The incidence of common STIs, such as chlamydia, gonorrhea and HPV, begin to decline, especially among youth 15-24. 
Program Success Monitored By
  • Pre- and post-tests are administered to all workshop participants to measure effectiveness of training.
  • The total number of men, women and youth engaged in outreach and education annually.
  • The number of Community Partner organizations recruited by Thrive Health to host workshops and testing for youth, in partnerships with youth-focused groups such as Passages and Center for Inclusion.
Examples of Program Success About 4,000 youth will participate in HIV/STI prevention workshops. Youth are learning to protect themselves from infection and/or reinfection. Outside organizations are collaborating with Thrive Health Connection's Prevention Team to partner with them and offer testing and education to their vulnerable communities: Care Beyond the Boulevard, Artists Helping the Homeless, Hope Faith, UMKC and Passages to name a few.
CEO Comments The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) is responsible for is responsible for the organization's administration and personnel, along with execution of its mission, strategic plan and financial objectives; overall accountability for the implementation of programmatic services lies with the CEO. Leadership Team support is provided by the Director of Programs, the Director of Business Operations, the Director of Development & Marketing, and the Case Management Supervisor.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Ms. Caroline Huffman
Term Start Mar 2017
Experience Caroline Huffman has over twenty years serving in leadership positions in the non-profit sector, and has proven leadership experience in strategic planning/ program design to create and sustain competitive advantage, operational/ personnel management, board development, and relationship leveraging/ collaborative partnership development. Caroline has two Master’s degrees, one in education from East Texas State University and one in social work from the University of Pittsburgh (PA); her undergraduate degree is from the University of Oklahoma. Also, Caroline was trained and certified at Southern Methodist University’s, Edwin L. Cox School of Business Executive Management Program.
Former CEOs
Mr. David SchlomerJan 2006 - Jan 2017
Mr. Jimmy R. WoodcockFeb 2006 - Nov 2007
Senior Staff
Title Director of Case Management
Title Director of Operations
Title Supervisor of Case Management
Title Director of Development & Marketing
Paid Full-Time Staff 21
Paid Part-Time Staff 1
Volunteers 35
Retention Rate 75%
Staff Diversity (Ethnicity)
African American/Black 4
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 14
Hispanic/Latino 2
Staff Diversity (Gender)
Female 18
Male 3
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation No
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 Under Development
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

Throughout the year, Thrive Health collaborates and/or partners directly with multiple organizations. These organizations include community groups, social service agencies, professional groups, local, state and federal agencies, private foundations, churches, civic and corporate organizations, and others.

Specific examples of collaborative activities include: Kansas City (MO) Health Department; SAVE, Inc., and reStart, Inc., for housing needs for individuals living with HIV; Wyandotte County Health Department in Kansas City (Thrive Health’s Linkage to Care Manager is co-located there); Giving the Basics (we maintain an on-site pantry); Kansas City Free Eye Clinic; and Calvary Community Outreach Network. Thrive Health has a MOU’s with Hope Faith Ministries, KCAVP, Artists Helping the Homeless and Care Beyond the Boulevard to provide activities related to Prevention/Education/Testing. Thrive Health has a strong partnerships with the Mexican Consulate and Argentine Community Center to do testing and outreach with Latinxs.
Human Rights AwardCounseling Association2004
Philly AwardCouncil on Philanthropy2005
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? No
CEO Comments Thrive Health Connection is governed by a 11 member Board of Directors (BOD). Board members are recruited from the broad diversity of the community for their professional expertise, their diverse knowledge of constituent and community perspectives, their connections to local, national, or international resources, colleagues, or peers, their philanthropic support, or other forms of needed assistance. One of the fundamental roles for the Thrive Health Board is to ensure that current programs and services are consistent with the mission and vision of Thrive Health. Given limited resources and unlimited demands on those resources, the Board is expected to help clarify from among competing priorities. Financial and program decisions should not be made independently of one another.
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Charles Everson
Company Affiliation Academy Bank
Term June 2019 to June 2020
Board Co-Chair
Board Co-Chair Mr. Ryan Cox
Company Affiliation Truman Medical Center
Term June 2019 to June 2020
Board Members
Mr. Ryan CoxTruman Medical Center
Mr. John EscaladaReece Nichols
Mr. Charles EversonPeoples Bank
Mr. Daniel GravesPolsinelli
Ms. Robbie HarrifordNorth Kansas City Hospital
Ms. Sarah KesslerKU Med Center
Ms. Julie MosburgHallmark, Inc.
Mr. Corey PeckCherokee Nation Businesses
Mr. Reid SamuelAlpha Phi Omega National Service Fraternity
Mr. Daniel Volin
Mr. G. Gabriel Zorogastua
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 8
Hispanic/Latino 2
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 8
Female 3
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 65%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 27%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 10
Standing Committees
Board Governance
CEO Comments The Board of Directors establishes policies that outline how Good Samaritan Project operates in meeting its mission. The board is involved in long-range strategic planning with staff and is responsible for monitoring the plan once the board has approved it. Day-to-day management of the organization is the responsibility of the CEO who ensures that the plan is implemented. Each year, the agency's strategic plan, including programs and services, is reviewed and revised by the management and program staff and reviewed and approved by the Board. Progress is tracked and measured quarterly. The Volunteer Fundraising Team meets independently of the Board and its co-chair is a liaison to the Board. This group plans and conducts fundraising activities for the agency.
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2019
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2019
Projected Revenue $1,283,462
Projected Expenses $1,198,858
Audit Documents
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$950,269$869,305$637,303
Individual Contributions------
Investment Income, Net of Losses($2,362)$0$0
Membership Dues------
Special Events$64,104$49,919$9,285
Revenue In-Kind------
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201820172016
Program Expense$1,120,412$1,157,101$1,043,346
Administration Expense$209,794$190,698$158,653
Fundraising Expense$154,212$180,720$163,914
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.031.030.97
Program Expense/Total Expenses75%76%76%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201820172016
Total Assets$817,635$624,892$689,716
Current Assets$815,780$609,619$667,254
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$219,420$68,256$178,267
Total Net Assets$598,215$556,636$511,449
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201820172016
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities3.728.933.74
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201820172016
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
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? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years No
Organization Comments

Thrive Health Connection continues to diversify its funding sources in order to ultimately expand its services. In addition to applying for a multitude of federal and private grants, Thrive Health continues to revitalize its annual events in order to maintain relevance and elicit interest among new supporters who have not previously been engaged with Thrive Health’s services or events.

Other Documents
Organization Name Thrive Health Connection
Address 5008 Prospect Avenue
Kansas City, MO 64130
Primary Phone (816) 561-8784
Contact Email
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Caroline Huffman
Board Chair Mr. Charles Everson
Board Chair Company Affiliation Academy Bank
Year of Incorporation 1984
Former Names
Good Samaritan Project, Inc.