Seton Center, Inc.
2816 E. 23rd St.
Kansas City MO 64127
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 231-3955
Mission Statement

Seton Center is a Catholic-sponsored human service agency that helps people break cycles of poverty. Seton Center provides health, social, and educational programs to address current community needs and tools to support people in transforming their lives.

CEO/Executive Director Sister Loretto Marie Colwell SCL
Board Chair Mr. Eric Floyd
Board Chair Company Affiliation JE Dunn Construction
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1969
Financial Summary
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Mission Statement

Seton Center is a Catholic-sponsored human service agency that helps people break cycles of poverty. Seton Center provides health, social, and educational programs to address current community needs and tools to support people in transforming their lives.

Background Statement

Seton Center was founded in 1969 to provide food and clothing to the elderly inner-city population of Kansas City, Missouri. As demographics changed and younger families moved into the area, Seton Center added Dental Services in 1997 to address the needs of a medically-underserved community. Today, Seton Center serves a diverse community in need through a full-service dental facility, social welfare programs for older adults, and safety-net social services, including a food pantry.

Seton Center Social Services has a food pantry that provides food and personal hygiene essentials, and a thrift store. Social Services also provides rent and utility assistance, as well as assistance to pay for prescription eyeglasses and medication.

Seton Center’s Senior Buddies Program is a lifeline for older adults in the inner-city. Senior Buddies meet twice weekly for lunch and socialization and take regular daytrips throughout the city. Senior Buddies participate in exercise and basic wellness screening (blood pressure checks, glucose screening, etc.), as well as light group exercise.

Seton Center provides social services and older adult services for residents within a 750 square block area from 18th to 43rd Streets, north to south, and Brooklyn Avenue to the Blue River, west to east.

Seton Dental provides all basic services except oral surgery and orthodontics. Dental Services is not restricted by the boundaries observed by Seton Center’s Social Services. Dental clients are accepted from throughout the region and currently; we serve patients from ten counties.

Seton Center’s Christmas Sharing Program each December provides nearly 1,300 services to people who meet financial criteria. Christmas Sharing consists of holiday foods, clothing, gifts, and new toys for children.  

Seton Center is governed by a Board of Trustees, an Executive Director, and the Leadership Team, assisted by a Community Support Board and the Ladies of Charity of Metropolitan Kansas City – an organization that co-founded Seton Center, along with Sister Mathilde Comstock.

Impact Statement

Accomplishments for 2016:

  • Expanded the number of partnerships and essential services. 
  • Dental Services provided 9,600 patient visits.
  • Over 900 children received oral screenings and fluoride varnish in five schools through the Adopt-a-School Program.
  • Seton Center provided food and personal hygiene items to individuals and families 7,880 times.
  • The Christmas Sharing Program served 1,800 individuals with food, clothing, blankets, coats, toys, and gift items.
  • Rent and utility assistance enabled 528 individuals in 240 households to maintain utility service or stay in their homes.
  • Older adults meet two days a week to take field trips.
  • The annual Health Fair draws over 100 of area residents to Seton Center to receive health screenings and visit exhibits and participate in activities.
  • Backpacks, school supplies, socks, and underwear were distributed to 410 school children.
  • For over 20 years, the Washington Wheatley Neighborhood Association has met at Seton Center on a monthly basis.
Goals for 2017:
  • Continue to build strong support among area organizations that ensures continuity of patient care and will continue to receive and provide referrals to meet basic and other needs. Individuals seeking treatment for acute dental pain at the closest hospital emergency room are now referred to Seton Center. These referrals, along with others from area homeless shelters, mental health services, and the criminal justice system, ensure free and discounted dental services for the most vulnerable members of our community. Seton Center continues to work with social service organizations to ensure a basic needs safety-net.
  • Increase partnerships with organizations focused on violence prevention while at the same time, equipping Seton Center staff with knowledge about domestic violence and human trafficking.
  • Seeks to increase the funded higher payer mix to offset costs associated with free and discounted dental services.
Needs Statement

The top 5 most pressing needs of Seton Center include: 

  1. Funding for social services prvided through Seton Center. Requests for funding continue to increase as our neighbors continue to struggle with double digit unemployment in the area we serve. The need for food, essential hygiene items, utilities and rent assistance, and assistance with prescription medication continues to increase.
  2. Funding to assist with the costs of operating Seton Dental Services – one of the area’s largest providers of low cost oral health care.
  3. Funding to defray the costs of doing business: personnel, equipment, supplies, and other overhead and administrative costs.
  4. Funding to support other operational needs of Seton Center, including information technology and community advocacy.
  5. New generations of volunteers to support Seton Center well into the future.

Service Categories
Emergency Assistance (Food, Clothing, Cash)
Community Clinics
Food Banks, Food Pantries
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 - Cass County
MO - Liberty
MO - Ray County
Clients receiving Human Services come from zip codes 64126, 64127, 64128 and portions of 64109, 64129 and 64130. Dental Services patients come from a 10-County service area.
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement

Seton Center is uniquely focused on activities which help alleviate the effects of poverty through dental, older adult, and social service programs. Seton Center strives to deliver a holistic safety net of services that address basic human needs. The organization remains vibrant through the financial, volunteer, and prayer support of many who have sustained it since its inception in 1969. The successful completion of a $5 million expansion and renovation project in 2013 and subsequent growth in the number of services we provide is evidence of both our base of support and Seton Center's commitment to serving neighbors in need in Kansas City's urban core for years to come. 

There are countless stories of miracles that happen every day at Seton Center. Recently, a woman came to Dental Services after receiving a guarantee of employment on the condition she have dental work completed. After being fitted for dentures, she had two reasons to smile again. As she came out to the waiting room, her daughter said, “Mommy, you look so pretty.” Treatment restored her confidence and impacted her ability to earn a living. With new dentures she was able to provide for her family.
Despite numerous stories like this, our organization’s challenge is to meet the ongoing needs of the community we serve. Our neighbors continue to struggle with food insecurity and paying monthly bills.
Our commitment to them is steadfast. We continue to work diligently to help our neighbors provide for themselves and their children in a dignified setting where respect is a core value. Our strategic priorities continue to be: effective delivery of social services, financial stability, and board and leadership assessment and input that guide programmatic responses to neighborhood and community needs.

Social Services includes both emergency and case management components. Emergency Services includes:

  1. A three-week supply of food and personal hygiene essentials per family from the food pantry.
  2. Rent, mortgage, and utility assistance on a first come, first served, limited basis, if funding is available.
  3. Vouchers for clothing in Seton Center’s thrift shop.

Case Management includes continual review and update of clients’ social and economic qualifiers, holistic consideration of clients’ circumstances and recommendation for additional Seton Center services or referrals to other agencies, as appropriate. Social Service clients are encouraged to participate in wellness programs such as smoking cessation, healthy eating, and control of chronic illness. Social services are available to people living within the zip codes of 64126, 64127 and 64128, and portions of 64109, 64129 and 64130.

Program Budget $300,000.00
Category Human Services, General/Other Emergency Assistance
Population Served Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent, Unemployed, Underemployed, Dislocated, Minorities
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success
Clients receive nutritious food to feed themselves and their families, reducing incidents of hunger in the most economically-disadvantaged area of the city. Clients gain access to season-appropriate clothing for each family member. Clients receive nonfood essentials, such as deodorant, bath and laundry soaps and toothpaste, allowing for personal grooming for health and acceptable social interaction. In the case of utilities and rent assistance, families are able to retain or restore utility services and/or avoid eviction.
Establish a dental home for patients and continue to provide a dental treatment plan and related oral health education for each patient.
Educate medically compromised patients about specific oral health issues and provide bilingual oral health education.
Long-Term Success

Seton Center continues to help alleviate hunger, provide clothing, and assist with other basic living essentials in the disadvantaged urban core of Kansas City.

Program Success Monitored By

Seton Center keeps detailed confidential information about each client in internal files and through shared information at the Mid-America Assistance Coalition MAACLink. Seton Center’s Executive Director, Director of Social Services, and Director of Finance regularly assess the program and receipt and disposition of funds in support program  mission and goals.

Examples of Program Success
The social services clients share stories of the difference it makes in their lives when they receive food, clothing, prescription medication or glasses, and/or utility or rent assistance from Seton Center.
Seton Center provided food and personal hygiene items to individuals and families over 8,000 times in 2016. Rent and utility assistance enabled 528 individuals in 240 households to maintain utility service or stay in their homes.
Dental Services provides general dentistry including: fillings, crowns, cleaning, root canals, dentures, bridges, x-rays, extractions, periodontics and, on a limited basis, repair of diseased, broken, and missing teeth. Patients not qualified for Medicaid are offered a sliding scale based on household income and number of dependents; most forms of insurance coverage are accepted. Dental Services accepts patients without geographic restriction.  Dental Services helps children establish good oral hygiene from an early age through an outreach program for students, called "Adopt-a-School." Seton Dental goes onsite to area schools to conduct oral assessment and educational programs. Dental Services makes arrangements to pick up the young people who need oral care and bring them to Seton Center for treatment. (Seton Center maintains a passenger van to transport children and seniors to and from Seton Center.) Dental Services works cooperatively with the University of Missouri - Kansas City (UMKC) School of Dentistry and serves as a training facility for dental school students.
Program Budget $942,568.00
Category Health Care, General/Other Dental Health Care
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years), Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent, Minorities
Short-Term Success
  • Establish a dental home for our patients. 
  • Establish a dental treatment plan and related oral education for each individual patient.
  • Educate medically compromised patients about their oral health issues.
  • Bilingual oral health education.
Long-Term Success Dental Services improve patients' oral health/self-esteem/employability. Patients are educated in the importance of good oral health and how to achieve it. Dental Services establishes a trusting relationship with patients who would not otherwise receive oral health care, and instills good oral health habits in children.
Program Success Monitored By

Patient feedback and anecdotal evidence through stories and before and after pictures are documented in the patient's files. Young people from area schools receive assessment and dental care through an outreach program in which Seton Center  transports youth for oral health care. Those schools also document and report the program successes.

Examples of Program Success
  • Patients love to come to the dentist/children's smiles and patient hugs of happiness and appreciation after treatments are finished. Some patients report finding employment after oral rehabilitation. Patients are healthier and getting proper nutrition. Many letters of gratitude are received from our patients. 
  • Dental Services provided 9,600 patient visits in 2016, representing an increase of 20% over the previous year.
  • In 2016, over 900 children received oral screenings and fluoride varnish in five schools through the Adopt-a-School Program.
Description The Older Adult Program offers social and educational programs as well as health screening for adults age 55 and older. Senior Buddies meet at Seton Center twice weekly for lunch, socialization, games and informational programs. Seton Center also sponsors Senior Companions, a peer-review program in which seniors assess peers to determine feasibility of continuing independent living versus assisted living and what aid is necessary and available. Seton Center operates a van that picks up and returns seniors safely to their homes in the inner-city.
Program Budget $15,000.00
Category Human Services, General/Other Senior Services
Population Served Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens, Blacks, African Heritage, Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Short-Term Success
Area seniors become part of a beneficial social network. Seton Center employs a van driver who picks up seniors at their homes in the Seton Center passanger van. They can be assured of safety as they leave and re-enter their homes with assitance.
Long-Term Success

Seniors in the lower socio-economic area of Kansas City’s inner city have an extended family at Seton Center.  Thee “Senior Buddies” meet twice weekly, engaging in social interaction and therapeutic activities that stimulate cognitive functions and interaction. The senior program is literally a lifeline for such seniors, providing birthday celebrations, exercise, wellness information and screening, and companionship. Seniors in the area with the highest crime and lowest socio-economic advantages have a safe, free, fulfilling option to a life of loneliness and solitude.

Program Success Monitored By Success is monitored by attendance at bi-weekly meetings and special events, adherence to dietary/exercises regimens suggested by health screenings, and a high degree of social and emotional satisfaction as evidenced through interaction and anecdotal naratives.
Examples of Program Success Some participating seniors lose weight; participants exhibit better mental attitudes along with better health care and positive interest in life. Seniors with no attending family have someone looking out for them.
CEO Comments

Except for Dental Services, which has a 10-County area restriction, Seton Center serves the Kansas City, Missouri inner-city with the highest rates of poverty, unemployment, underemployment, crime, and high school dropouts, and the lowest prospects for jobs and economic growth. Our clients live at or below the federal poverty level and most are classified minority; 57% are African American; 21% are Caucasian; 15% are Latino/ Hispanic, and 7% are all other ethnicities. Ten percent are seniors and thirty-seven percent are minor children.

The area has suffered disproportionately high rates of home foreclosure, job loss, and other economic fallout since 2008; unemployment remains in double digits - consistently near double the national average (Bureau of Labor Statistics).

Our clients have disproportionately high rates of diabetes, heart disease, stroke, hypertension, obesity, malnutrition and other chronic illness, with little access to preventative care or affordable, healthy food options.

Social Services provides applicants with enough food for about two weeks per household member. Through community partnerships with garden co-ops, bread bakers, grocers, and Harvesters, we also provide bread and occasionally fresh produce. The Seton Center food pantry served over 8,000 families in 2016. We even stay open on some federal holidays to accommodate people with low-wage jobs. Pantry distributions include food plus essential personal hygiene items (soap, deodorant, etc.).

Seton Center budgets to assist approximately 20 area households each month with funds to retain or restore utilities; yet, we reluctantly turn away applicants from our coverage area. Clients regularly request assistance with multiple bills.

Seton Older Adults Services provides socialization, health screening, and activities for area senior citizens. Seton Dental completes nearly 9,000 procedures per year. The Dental Program has patients from ten area counties at this time.

Funding Seton Center programs – both direct services and administrative
support – remains one of our greatest challenges. We receive donations of food from area churches, individuals and organizations, but we still provide the majority of the cost for each distribution from the food pantry for supplemental food and hygiene products. Most donors want to fund direct services only; yet, those operations exist within a framework that includes overhead and administrative expenses for which we are constantly seeking assistance as well.

Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Sister Loretto Marie Colwell SCL
Term Start Dec 2006
Experience Sister Loretto Marie was named Seton's Executive Director in December, 2006. She has a Master of Healthcare Administration from St. Louis University and came to Seton from St. Francis Health Center in Topeka, Kansas, where she served as President/CEO for fifteen years. While in Topeka, Sister Loretto Marie was deeply involved in community activities reaching out to diverse ethnic and economic populations to solve community problems. Before coming to Topeka, Sister Loretto Marie spent seven years as President/CEO of St. James Hospital in Butte, Montana and prior to that, held various administrative positions in St. John's Health Center in Santa Monica, California.
Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start 0
Compensation Last Year
Former CEOs
Ms. Rachel (Perri) Asaro July 1993 - June 2004
Sr. Mary Lou Stubbs D.C.Oct 2004 - Nov 2006
Senior Staff
Title Director of Dental Services
Title Director of Development
Experience/Biography Michelle began her service as Seton Center’s Director of Development in 2016. Biondo earned her MBA from Rockhurst University with an emphasis in Marketing, and has over 15 years non-profit community experience, specializing in business development, grant writing and communications.
Title Director of Older Adult Services
Experience/Biography Opal C. Blankinship is Director of Older Adult Services. Opal has served Seton Center in some capacity for more than 30 years and has 22 years of entrepreneurial experience. Opal has 30 hours master’s credit in Sociology/ Psychology and a B. A. in Fine Arts.
Title Chief Financial Officer
Title Director of the Food Pantry
Paid Full-Time Staff 9
Paid Part-Time Staff 3
Volunteers 400
Paid Contractors 8
Retention Rate 85%
Staff Diversity (Ethnicity)
African American/Black 4
Caucasian 8
Staff Diversity (Gender)
Female 8
Male 4
Formal Evaluations
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Yes
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Yes
Management Succession Plan No
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy Yes

Ladies of Charity of Metropolitan Kansas City, UMKC School of Dentistry, UMKC School of Dental Hygiene, Mid-American Assistance Coalition, Harvesters, Cristo Rey High School, Phillis Wheatley Elementary School, ReStart, City Union Mission, County Prisoners, Holy Cross Catholic School, Hope Academy, Scuola Vita Nuova Charter School, Truman Medical Centers, Arts Tech, Senior Companions, Journey to New Life and 25 agencies as part of our annual health fair. For over 20 years, the Washington/Wheatley Neighborhood Association as held monthly meetings at Seton Center.

Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? No
CEO Comments

Seton Center is sponsored by Ascension Health, a national not-for-profit organization which provides expertise and other assistance to Seton Center. Ascension Health's Board of Trustees holds some reserve powers, including approval of the Mission and of members for Seton Center's Board of Trustees. The Trustee Board is assisted with input from a Community Support Board and with recommendations from working committees and invited experts. Management is led by the Executive Director who is selected by the Board of Trustees. Each department has a director with defined functions and outcome goals and staff which reports to that director. Organizational charts and job descriptions are current, and routine meetings assist consistent communications. Seton Center has approved Policies and Procedures in place, which are distributed to and agreed to by each employee.

Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Eric Floyd
Company Affiliation JE Dunn Construction
Term June 2017 to June 2019
Board Members
Ms. Bonnie Branson PhDUMKC Outreach
Sr. Loretto Marie Colwell SCLSeton Center Family and Health Service
Mr. Pat Coppinger Colliers International
Mr. Eric Floyd J. E. Dunn Construction Company
Mr. Robert P. Frazier Retired from Carondelet Health System
Mr. Damian Garcia IBM
Deacon Kenneth Greene St. Monica Parish
Mr. Tom Grever Attorney, Shook, Hardy & Bacon
Mr. Marlon Hammons Pyramid Builders Group
Mr. Michael Haverty Barrier Companies
Mr. John Hayes, Jr. Retired
Ms. Karen Leimer Ladies of Charities of Metropolitan Kansas City
Mr. Michael O'Flaherty Stinson, Morrison, Hecker, LLP
Mr. Gary Pettus Retired
Sister Beth Marie Ruder DCGriffin Center
Father Gerald Waris Retired Priest
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 13
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 12
Female 4
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 3
Board Meeting Attendance % 78%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 99%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
Standing Committees
Advisory Board Members
Ms. Michelle Biondo Seton Center
Ms. Sharon Brown
Ms. Laura Caulfield
Sister Loretto Marie Colwell Seton Center
Mr. Patrick Coppinger Grubb & Ellis
Mrs. Virginia Coppinger
Mr. Ryan Curtis
Mr. Jim Fern Metropolitan Appraisers
Mrs. Patricia McCallop Community Volunteer
Mrs. Albe McGurk Communitiy Volunteer
Mr. John Mura
Ms. Anemarie Mura
Mr. Terry Noel
Mr. Steve Pierce Muehlbach Funeral Home
Ms. Dolly Powers
Mr. Bob Reiter DST
Mrs. Joan Ward Community Volunteer
Ms. Bonnie Welsh
Ms. Kourtney Woodbury
Ms. Rita Zahner Community Volunteer
CEO Comments

Seton Center is governed by the mission and strategic plan adopted by the Board of Trustees and Seton Center’s Leadership Team, consisting of the Executive Director and the Directors of each department. The Board of Trustees for Ascension Health holds some reserve powers and acts in an advisory role, along with Seton Center’s Community Support Board  and invited consultants and legal counsel, as appropriate.

Fiscal Year Start July 01, 2017
Fiscal Year End June 30, 2018
Projected Revenue $2,479,212
Projected Expenses $2,482,394
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
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 Year201620152014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$28,117$48,601$35,000
Individual Contributions------
Investment Income, Net of Losses$40,951$40,876$47,587
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$29,614$36,984$21,300
Revenue In-Kind$59,300$0$0
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$1,599,680$1,251,697$1,047,281
Administration Expense$429,413$674,378$659,349
Fundraising Expense$160,665$214,572$218,046
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.211.131.12
Program Expense/Total Expenses73%58%54%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue8%12%13%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$7,147,963$6,703,189$6,433,511
Current Assets$5,972,188$5,603,881$5,373,279
Long-Term Liabilities$31,639$32,037$32,513
Current Liabilities$109,883$89,325$71,046
Total Net Assets$7,006,441$6,581,827$6,329,952
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities54.3562.7475.63
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%1%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountAnonymous $970,572Daughters of Charity Foundation $970,572 --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountAnonymous $247,506Health Care Foundation $290,000 --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountAnonymous $50,000Individual Donor $47,000 --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years No
Organization Comments

The area served by Seton Center continues to suffer lingering ill-effects of the recession that began in 2008.  Many area inner-city residents have been out of work for more than three years. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, unemployment in Seton Center’s coverage area continues at twice that of the national average. There are only four major employers in the area, most providing jobs in the service sector, and fewer than 20% of area residents hold those jobs close to home. Jobs and housing loses have altered the ethnic mix of those served by Seton Center as more non-minority families join minorities making the inner-city home.

Public transportation is via the bus system that has inadequate service links to areas with employment and amenities. Area residents suffer from food insecurity. (Missouri has one of the highest rates of hunger, especially for children.) Many people seek assistance with high utility bills and delinquent rent payments. Residents need personal hygiene items and clothing to go on job interviews, and oral health is pushed far down the list of basic needs vying for priority.

The safety-nets required by people under these circumstances are exactly those provided by Seton Center. Although the need for assistance continues to increase, Seton Center continues to meet the basic demand.

Forty years of service attests to the stewardship of Seton Center. Note: The top three funding sources include:

1. Daughters of Charity Foundation
2. Individual Constituents
3. Health Care Foundation
Organization Name Seton Center, Inc.
Address 2816 E. 23rd St.
Kansas City, MO 64127
Primary Phone (816) 231-3955
Contact Email
CEO/Executive Director Sister Loretto Marie Colwell SCL
Board Chair Mr. Eric Floyd
Board Chair Company Affiliation JE Dunn Construction
Year of Incorporation 1969