421 East 137th Street
Kansas City MO 64145
Aerial View of Ozanam's Campus
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 508-3600
Mission Statement

Ozanam provides safe and nurturing environments so at-risk youth and young adults can be successful. With a vision of creating communities where youth and young adults have the hope, skills, and opportunities to live safely and successfully while realizing their full potential, Ozanam is dedicated to developing innovative programs that address the community’s greatest needs.

CEO/Executive Director Mr. Rob Whitten LPC, NCC
Board Chair Mr. Tom Ross
Board Chair Company Affiliation Bukaty Companies
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1948
Former Names
Ozanam Home for Boys
Financial Summary
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Mission Statement

Ozanam provides safe and nurturing environments so at-risk youth and young adults can be successful. With a vision of creating communities where youth and young adults have the hope, skills, and opportunities to live safely and successfully while realizing their full potential, Ozanam is dedicated to developing innovative programs that address the community’s greatest needs.

Background Statement

Ozanam was founded in 1948 by a social worker with the juvenile court when it became apparent that there were very few places in the Kansas City area where emotionally disturbed older adolescents could be given the kind of residential, educational, and support services that they needed. The name Ozanam was selected from the name of a 19th Century social worker in France who founded several group homes for children. Early referrals came from local church-related social services and the juvenile courts. The program began at 36th and Paseo and moved to its present location in the early 1950s. Through the years, Ozanam has grown into a multi-program social service agency providing residential treatment, day treatment, transitional living, mentoring, and school-based consultation services.


Ozanam provides residential treatment for 76 boys and girls, ages 12 to 18, on our main campus in south Kansas City. Our Residential Treatment Program provides comprehensive therapy, a behavioral milieu program, and education services for adolescents whose behavior or emotional struggles preclude them from living in the community. The campus is also home to our Day Treatment Program, which provides intensive special education and therapy services for 60 students in our fully accredited school. Students come to Ozanam School when other district resources cannot meet their educational needs.
Our community-based programs include our Pathways Transitional Living, Trauma-Informed Program for Support & Stability (TIPSS), Mentoring, and Behavior Intervention Support Team (BIST) Programs. Pathways provides housing and wrap-around supportive services to help older youth and young adults develop the skills necessary to transition to independence, focusing on educational and/or vocational goals and life skills training. This program serves both the Kansas City and Wichita metropolitan areas. TIPSS provides in-home and out-of-home respite services, in-home coaching and educational support for families who are in crisis to prevent the child from being placed in an out-of-home setting. Ozanam’s Mentoring Program provides positive adult role models for youth in foster care. Our BIST Program provides school-based consultation and training to support teachers and administrators in over 300 schools throughout the Midwest. With the BIST Model, students and teachers work together to create positive change, making the classroom environment safe and productive for all.
Impact Statement

The children and older youth Ozanam serves have behavioral, emotional and/or learning disabilities. Many have been abused, abandoned or neglected. To guide our work, Ozanam utilizes the Sanctuary® Model, an evidence-supported trauma-informed model of care that considers the impact of  adverse childhood experiences on children and their development. By addressing the loss of the past, a future filled with hope, growth and change can occur. With the goal of making our practices as family-centered as possible and to serve youth in their own homes, Ozanam is participating in a learning collaborative sponsored by our national membership organization, the Alliance for Strong Families & Communities. To that end, we are expanding services for families. This past year Ozanam saw strong occupancy of our residential programming. Our community-based Aftercare Program provides extra support for families to ensure a successful transition to the home for children being discharged from our Residential Treatment Program. In addition, our new Trauma-Informed Program for Support & Stability provides community-based support for families who are in crisis.

In response to school district needs, our Educational Day Treatment Program has been expanded to serve 60 students each day. Our Pathways Program provides transitional living services to approximately 80 older youth each day to help them gain skills that will prevent them from becoming homeless. Our Behavior Intervention Support Team Program is growing as a regional presence. BIST works with 330 schools in the greater metropolitan area and in Nebraska, Illinois and Colorado to assist teachers in providing quality educational opportunities.

Ozanam provides safe and nurturing environments for almost 300 vulnerable youth and young adults each day so that they can be successful. We could not do our work without the support of our many community partners. Together, we provide opportunities for hope, growth, and change.

Needs Statement

Ozanam’s life-changing services are delivered through a variety of contracts, many of which do not fully meet the cost of care. Continued budgetary constraints in state funding pose a significant threat to these critical services. Financial contributions are important so that we can continue to provide quality services to those who need it most. In addition to support for general operating, specific initiatives needing funding include the startup of our Trauma-Informed Program for Support & Stability, which provides families critically needed support in the home. These services prevent youth from being placed in out-of-home settings when their behavior becomes disruptive or dangerous.

Volunteers provide our children with experiences that enhance the effectiveness of treatment. Individual volunteers work one-on-one with a client or with a small group of youth. Groups of volunteers can participate in activities with an entire unit of our children, or can also assist with facility upkeep. Donations of gently used clothing and other household items can help children and families in our services, or be donated to Maj-R Thrift, which provides support to Ozanam. During the holidays, Ozanam seeks donors and volunteers to sponsor holiday gifts and special activities for our youth.

Service Categories
Children's and Youth Services
Secondary & High Schools
Mental Health & Crisis Intervention NEC
Areas of Service
MO - Jackson County
MO - Clay County
MO - Platte County
KS - Wyandotte County
KS - Johnson County
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement

In 2015, Ozanam worked directly with nearly 600 at-risk youth and young adults in both Missouri and Kansas while impacting thousands more across the Midwest through our Behavior Intervention Support Team (BIST) program. The work being done every day by Ozanam staff meets critical needs within the community. The hope we provide to children and families is shaping the next generation for the better.

Ozanam was proud to celebrate a number of accomplishments in 2015. Years of hard work resulted in certification in the Sanctuary Model of trauma-informed care. This model provides a framework for treatment while enhancing services, improving outcomes, and establishing a positive workplace culture for staff. In addition, the Ozanam School was also successfully reaccredited for five years by the accrediting body AdvancED. This accreditation is voluntary and is maintained in order to demonstrate the academic strength of the educational programming at Ozanam.

With a commitment to growth and change, Ozanam continually strives to improve programming and drive best practice. Towards that end, Ozanam engaged in a national learning collaborative sponsored by the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities and geared toward transforming the way in which residential treatment services are provided. Areas of focus include family engagement, integrated services, and community-based interventions. The lessons learned through this residential project are also being applied to day treatment and transitional living in order to broaden the impact and improve treatment for hundreds of youth and young adults.

Whether looking back or looking forward, the work being done at Ozanam would not be possible without the support of the community. In 2015, more than 770 volunteers completed a variety of projects on the Ozanam campus or at satellite locations. There was tremendous support for special events including the plant sale, golf tournament, disc golf event and annual gala. The 32nd Annual Hollywood Holiday Gala was a rousing success, as nearly 700 attendees helped raise more than $560,000.

Because of this support Ozanam continues to pursue a vision of communities where youth and young adults have the hope, skills, and opportunities to live safely and successfully, realizing their full potential.

Tom Ross, 2016 Chairman

Ozanam’s Residential Treatment Program serves 76 boys and girls, ages 12 to 18, on any given day and approximately 160 annually. We provide 24-hour care and treatment for youth who present with emotional, behavioral and learning disabilities. Many have experienced abuse, abandonment, or neglect. The purpose of residential treatment is to help youth heal from past trauma, while learning to cope with their emotions and control their behaviors. Focusing on the future, plans are developed so that they can be successful at home, in a foster home or group home setting, or in the community. While they are living at Ozanam, we provide therapeutic and psychiatric services, behavioral support, educational services, recreational opportunities, spiritual life, and medical care/medication administration. Therapy services include individual and family therapy, as well as a variety of group therapies including substance abuse, anger management, grief and loss, social skills, art and music therapy.
Category Mental Health, Substance Abuse Programs, General/other Residential Mental Health Treatment
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years), Families,
Short-Term Success

In the short-term, our goal is that 75% of children will achieve behavioral stabilization to the point that they can effectively participate in and progress through their treatment programs. In the early stages of treatment, children and adolescents learn to establish trusting relationships with their therapists and youth care staff. Only with trust established are they able to communicate openly and verbalize their treatment issues and goals with these caring adults. As their participation in treatment plans increases and their sense of safety and confidence grows, they learn how to interact appropriately with their peers. Staff help them to learn how to accept responsibility for their behaviors and handle everyday challenges and disappointments without lashing out, losing their temper or seeking excessive attention from adults. With help from Ozanam’s therapists, they also practice engaging with family members in a healthy way.

Long-Term Success

In the long-term, our goal is that 65% of children treated at Ozanam will be discharged to live in a less restrictive environment while demonstrating a reduction in the symptoms that precipitated placement in residential treatment. Some children will return to live with their family. Others will live with a foster family or in a group home setting. Some older youth with very little or no family support will learn to live independently. They will be able to form trusting relationships with caring adults and verbalize feelings with respect to self and others. For many, it will be the first time they will have the social skills necessary to develop meaningful relationships within their family and with their peers. Importantly, they will replace self-harming behaviors with healthy, life-promoting activities.

Program Success Monitored By

At admission, a baseline assessment is completed that includes behavioral markers that warrant intervention. During treatment, client progress is recorded through daily staff observation and monitored monthly with input from the child. These evaluations are collected and aggregated through our client software system, and an evaluation of the data generated through this process occurs quarterly as a component of Ozanam's Performance & Quality Improvement initiative. At discharge, an assessment is completed that considers global progress against treatment goals and the degree to which pre-determined behavioral markers have increased or decreased. Finally, follow-up contact is attempted three months after discharge to evaluate the degree to which improvements gained are being maintained. In addition, clients and their families are also encouraged to provide additional satisfaction feedback at the point of discharge, which we use as another means of measuring effectiveness.

Examples of Program Success
In 2015, Ozanam served 161 youth in our Residential Treatment Program and 65% were discharged to a less restrictive environment. In areas where children needed to improve, 63% showed significant reductions in symptom severity. Functioning improved significantly for 65%. Outcomes are not higher because some youth will not be able to make the changes needed in the time allotted by funding sources. One boy’s story will demonstrate what success looks like: Recently, an Ozanam staff had the pleasant surprise of encountering one former Ozanam boy who was working at his part-time job in a nearby establishment. He was training a new employee and doing a great job of engaging customers. What a change! When he came to Ozanam, he was angry, depressed and defiant. He believed he could not successfully live at home. Today, he is back at home and school. When our staff person was next up in line, the boy smiled and greeted him. He had one request: “Tell everyone hello, and that I am doing good.”

Each day, Ozanam provides special education and therapy services to approximately 60 special education youth who have emotional or behavioral issues. Last year, our Day Treatment Program served a total of 78 students at Ozanam School. Typical students have struggled in traditional classrooms, but their challenges at home or in the community are not severe enough to warrant placement in a more restrictive residential environment. Ozanam’s therapeutic and educational services are tailored to each individual child. We provide middle school and high school instruction in our fully accredited school, and our teachers are certified to provide special education services. Each student's education plan is governed by an Individual Education Plan (IEP). The goal is to keep at-risk youth from dropping out of school by providing them with the help they need to transition back into their previous classroom setting or to graduate from Ozanam School with their high school diploma.

Category Education, General/Other Special Education
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years), ,
Short-Term Success

Short-term success is defined as learning and implementing strategies to manage frustration and anger in the classroom. Ozanam’s students have histories of defiant behaviors toward teachers and classmates. In the short-term, students learn to implement calming strategies to modulate mood and tolerate changes in routine or environment more effectively. They learn to recognize frustration with the learning process and to develop learning strategies that will help them to overcome difficulties. They learn to express anger appropriately so that they can better manage challenging situations while accepting responsibility for misbehavior. The result of learning and implementing these skills is an increase in self-esteem and socially appropriate behaviors, which leads to success socially and academically. For many of our students, this will be the first time they experience success in the classroom.

Long-Term Success

Due to repeated failures at school, Ozanam’s students are at great risk of dropping out. For students enrolled at Ozanam School, 70% will learn skills necessary to succeed in the classroom and will return to the public school setting or graduate with a high school diploma and job readiness skills from Ozanam School. About 30% will be referred for more intensive intervention, such as residential care. At any given time, approximately 3% of these students will drop out of school. When students graduate or leave to return to their own schools, they have replaced hostile and defiant behaviors with the ability to express anger in a controlled, assertive way. Their ability to comply with the rules at home and in school is demonstrably better and they successfully participate in cooperative activities. Their ability to live independently (if that is their only option) and to hold a job is improved because they have developed a plan and practiced job seeking and job retention skills.

Program Success Monitored By

Academic progress is monitored in consultation with the public school system. Behavioral progress is monitored through Ozanam’s Performance & Quality Improvement initiative. At admission, a baseline assessment is completed that includes behavioral markers that warrant intervention. Progress is recorded through daily staff observation and monitored monthly with input from the student. These evaluations are aggregated through our client software system, and an evaluation of the data generated through this process occurs quarterly. At discharge, an assessment is completed that considers global progress against treatment goals and the degree to which pre-determined behavioral markers have increased or decreased. Follow-up contact is attempted three months after discharge to evaluate the degree to which improvements gained are being maintained. In addition, we consider satisfaction feedback from clients and their families provided at the point of discharge.

Examples of Program Success

In 2015, 90% of students in Day Treatment improved enough while in our care that they could successfully participate in school, either progressing in academic studies or graduating as appropriate. The remaining 10% were referred for more intensive services, or moved out of district. Only 4 students dropped out. What success looks like: A student came to Ozanam School after being bullied at his home school. He was failing most of his classes and his confidence plummeted. After an attempted suicide, a therapist determined that he needed a fresh start. His dad toured our facility and convinced administrators at his home school to refer him. The boy attended Ozanam School, taking advantage of small class sizes and time with therapists. He opened up about the abuse and bullying he had experienced in the past, and staff members helped him start the healing process. When asked where he would be without Ozanam, the honor roll student answered, “I wouldn’t be alive."


Ozanam’s Pathways Transitional Living Program provides housing and support for youth, ages 16 to 23, who are aging out of the foster-care system and are at risk of becoming homeless. Ozanam provides safe housing and structured support services, including counseling, employment and educational support, life skills classes and financial literacy education. Housing includes a community-based transition house, and clustered- and scattered-site apartments. Pathways targets needs of extremely vulnerable youth, such as pregnant and parenting young adults; lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, or questioning youth; sexually exploited youth; and juvenile offenders transitioning to independence. Our Pathways Alternative Living Solutions Program provides housing and support for older youth with intellectual disabilities who are living in the community. At Pathways, older youth and young adults will find support from caring, professionals to learn necessary skills to live independently.

Category Human Services, General/Other Children & Youth Services
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years), ,
Short-Term Success

Youth who have had chaotic upbringings and very little or no family support must learn basic independent living skills that they have been missing. Short-term success is defined as youth demonstrating life skills, enrolling in vocational/educational programs and/or obtaining a job, coupled with an ability to follow program expectations. Youth are required to be drug and alcohol free and participate in their treatment plans to remain in the program. Before they are discharged, youth will demonstrate abilities to maintain a clean apartment, prepare food, and develop and follow a household budget. They will create an educational/vocational plan that will help them to fulfill their career goals. In addition, they will complete a job skills class, which includes preparing a resume and applying for jobs. They are supported by staff as they obtain job interviews and become employed. Some earnings are deposited in a savings account to help them when they leave Ozanam.

Long-Term Success

Long-term success is defined as the ability to be as self-sufficient as individual needs and capabilities allow and to be integrated into the community. Youth will leave Ozanam’s Pathways Transitional Living Program with plans for their future and the skills in place to fulfill those plans. They will have basic experience and understanding necessary to successfully obtain and maintain their own housing, to finish school and to gain employment. Many youth will have a job and some savings already in place when they leave Pathways. Others will leave the program with necessary employment experience or with skills to become employed. In addition, youth learn basic housekeeping skills, including budgeting and cooking, that will help them to succeed on their own as they work to make their dreams for their future come true. They will have learned to access community resources, such as transportation and health care that are integral to long-term health and success.

Program Success Monitored By

At the point of admission, a baseline assessment is completed for clients. This considers a number of social history factors, trauma indicators and behavioral markers that warrant intervention, as well as testing for level of life skills attainment. Case Managers meet regularly to review case plans and assess progress and current level of functioning. Once youth demonstrate sufficient progress, the treatment plan is modified accordingly. Evaluation to determine the degree to which improvements gained are being maintained is done regularly. At the time the client leaves the program, a discharge assessment is completed that considers global progress against treatment goals, as well as the degree to which pre-determine behavioral markers have increased or decreased. Finally, follow-up contact is attempted three months after discharge to evaluate the degree to which improvements gained while in the program are being maintained.

Examples of Program Success

In 2015, Ozanam’s Pathways Transitional Living Program served 241 youth. For the youth in Kansas City, 88% were active in an educational/vocational program, 97% showed improvement in life skills, 79% showed improvement in job skills, and 92 older youth were placed into jobs. This client’s story demonstrates what success looks like: After losing her mother at age three, a young woman was abused and neglected and entered foster care at age 12. By age 20, she was homeless with two babies. At Pathways, she applied for an education scholarship from the Ozanam Foundation. What made a difference for this young lady was the scholarship committee. As she explained, “[The Foundation Board members] are volunteers who donate time and riches. They told me that they believed in me.” Today, she works part-time and attends college, earning a B average. She wants to become a Guardian ad Litem to work with kids in foster care and fulfill her wish to give back all that was given to her.


Ozanam’s new Trauma-Informed Program for Support & Stability will expand Ozanam’s community-based services to provide support for biological, foster or adoptive families or guardians whose child is in danger of being placed in an out-of-home setting. Ozanam will offer educational services, including in-home support and coaching, during stressful times of the day (for example, after school) to help parents develop effective parenting styles that address their traumatized child’s need for safety and create an environment that supports their child’s success. More intensive support and/or respite services will be provided to families whose child needs constant one-to-one supervision in order to prevent out-of-home placements or hospitalization. Families may need this support periodically in order to stabilize the family and relieve stress. As this program grows, we anticipate that we will be serving 15 families on any given day.

Category Mental Health, Substance Abuse Programs, General/other Childhood Mental Health Disorders
Population Served Families, ,
Short-Term Success

In the short-term, parents will gain knowledge and understanding of basic concepts regarding the effects of trauma and how families can support traumatized children. Parents will develop effective parenting strategies that address the effects trauma has had on their child. In-home assistance will reinforce positive responses, aid problem-solving skills, provide trauma-informed insight, and help develop customized strategies for improved interactions. Psycho-education for the child will be delivered in the home and specifically address needs there. Guidance will be tailored to usual family activities and reference immediate goals as well as longer-term treatment goals.

Long-Term Success In the long-term, families will have the skills they need to help their child succeed. Parents will use trauma-informed strategies in the home setting to prevent their child’s behavior from escalating to the point that it disrupts the family placement. Children who have been removed from their family of origin for their own safety, will find a “forever family” that provides them the physical and emotional safety they need to work through their grief and loss and have hope for their future.
Program Success Monitored By At the point of admission, a baseline assessment is completed for clients. This considers a number of social history factors, trauma indicators and behavioral markers that warrant intervention, as well as testing for level of life skills attainment. Case Managers meet regularly to review case plans and assess progress and current level of functioning. Once youth demonstrate sufficient progress, the treatment plan is modified accordingly. Evaluation to determine the degree to which improvements gained are being maintained is done regularly. At the time the client leaves the program, a discharge assessment is completed that considers global progress against treatment goals, as well as the degree to which pre-determine behavioral markers have increased or decreased. Finally, follow-up contact is attempted three months after discharge to evaluate the degree to which improvements gained while in the program are being maintained.
Examples of Program Success

This program is in the start-up stage and we anticipate serving 15 families on any given day before the end of 2016.

Description Ozanam’s Behavior Intervention Support Team (BIST) provides consultation and training to educators in 358 schools throughout the Midwest, 180 of them being in the metropolitan area. Educators must reach students who are struggling with behavior in order to maintain a positive and safe learning environment for all students. Ozanam provides ongoing embedded professional development for teachers who are implementing BIST’s evidence-based model of positive behavioral support. With BIST, educators learn when and how to intervene so students can stop acting out. Through methods such as early intervention, caring confrontation, protective planning and outlasting behaviors, educators interact with students in a skilled way to facilitate the development of new skills. The goal is to help each child develop tools necessary to make better choices in life as well as in school. When fully implemented, BIST empowers teachers, students, and families in a positive way to change young lives.
Category Education, General/Other Special Education
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years), ,
Short-Term Success

In the short term, teachers and administrators learn new teaching methods and concepts to decrease disruptive behavior in the classroom and increase teaching time. Ozanam consultants provide on-site support in the classroom and at the building level as educators practice applying these tactics while they teach and go about their daily work responsibilities. BIST consultants work within school Vision Teams to create a common structure and established routines, building by building, to guide students and educators on how to act and communicate. Consultants also work with leadership staff to align school policy and procedures regarding positive behavioral support with BIST’s evidence based techniques while maintaining each school’s unique culture.

Long-Term Success

The BIST Model provides an empowering framework for social and personal responsibility to change how administrators, teachers, students and their families take ownership in the learning environment within their own schools. In the long term, the learning environment is improved for all students as disruptive behavior decreases and teaching time is increased. All students are supported in a clear and consistent manner throughout the day to improve the development of social skills, critical thinking skills and targeted life skills that will improve their learning throughout their lives. The most at-risk students and their families and guardians receive targeted support to address individual needs so that the family can better support their child’s learning into the future.

Program Success Monitored By

BIST’s model of positive discipline is an evidence-based practice. Educators complete competency exams on training topics. Consultants provide classroom observation to evaluate implementation and give corrective feedback. In a longitudinal study, settings where BIST was implemented over 3 to 7 years had statistically significant reductions of office discipline referrals. (In one school, office referrals went from 1028 to 287 over the course of three years.) Disruptions were handled in the classroom indicating that students and teachers had learned skills to deescalate disruptive behavior before safety became an issue. Teacher perceptions of how BIST positively affects all student behavior are rated very high. Both findings together, reduction in office discipline referrals and positive change in teacher perceptions of classroom behaviors, indicate that BIST impacts both teacher management of the classroom and student behavior. http://www.bist.org/about-us/evidence-based-outcomes

Examples of Program Success

Now in fifth grade, one student rejoices her because her grades are excellent and she gets along with classmates. In third grade, she was not doing her work and being disruptive. Removed from the classroom, she spent most of the time tearing up worksheets, throwing papers and hiding under a table. With BIST consultation, her teachers and support staff taught her strategies to calm herself. Her third grade teacher advises other educators, “Remember the (BIST) philosophy – grace and accountability. Accept your students for who they are – problems and all, but hold them accountable. Believe in their ability to change and grow, and believe in your ability to help make it happen.” Schools implementing BIST methods establish a code of conduct. Because school administrators and teachers created a trusting relationship with the student's mother, BIST methods were reinforced at home. This student had the support she needed to continue her success in later grades!

CEO Comments

With an ever-changing landscape in the child welfare and social service sectors, our challenge is to continue to provide high-quality services utilizing best practices while also keeping our programs financially viable. We meet this challenge by evaluating operational capacity and looking for new and innovative ways to provide services to fill targeted needs within the community. Towards that end, Ozanam engages in a dynamic strategic planning process that focuses on program growth and development. Ozanam is coming to the end of participation in an 18-month national learning collaborative  sponsored by the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities that has been geared toward strengthening our efforts to provide family-centered, fully integrated services while working in and with communities.  This collaborative has enhanced some aspects of our residential treatment programming, and has led Ozanam to develop our new TIPSS program (Trauma-Informed Program for Support & Stability) in order to provide additional home- and community-based supports for at-risk youth and their families.

Ozanam has a long history and a strong reputation for helping at-risk youth and families. Ozanam is licensed by both the Department of Social Services Children’s Division and the Missouri Department of Mental Health. Our Residential Treatment, Day Treatment, Substance Abuse Services, Pathways Transitional Living, and Mentoring Programs are accredited by the Council on Accreditation. Our education program is also accredited by AdvanceEd and licensed by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Our substance abuse program is certified by the Missouri Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse.

Ozanam conducts a performance and quality improvement program both internally and externally. Staff members gather data quarterly that relates to the outcomes of the services we provide. We have developed an extensive data collection system with all of our programs using the same overall outcomes. This information is communicated to staff, Board and community on a regular basis. Outcome information is available through our website. Ozanam also has a well-developed risk management program carried out through these PQI activities.

Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Mr. Rob Whitten LPC, NCC
Term Start Jan 2013
Mr. Whitten is in the 19th year of his tenure at Ozanam, and has served as CEO since January of 2013. Mr. Whitten started at Ozanam in 1997 as a therapist. He became Director of Clinical Services in 2000, and Vice President of Clinical Operations in 2001. Prior to Ozanam, he worked with juvenile offenders through the 27th Judicial Circuit Juvenile Court and also spent time providing intensive in-home services for troubled families at Pathways Community Behavioral Health. A seasoned clinician with an extensive career dedicated to working with children and families in both community-based and institutional settings, Mr. Whitten brings over a decade of senior management experience combining strong administrative leadership with innovative clinical thinking, and broad experience in collaboration and problem-solving in a large, complex organization. Mr. Whitten holds a BS in Psychology and a BS in Music from Southwest Baptist University, and an MS in Clinical Psychology from the University of Central Missouri. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Missouri and is a National Certified Counselor.
Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start
Compensation Last Year
Former CEOs
Mr. Paul Gemeinhardt Dec 1973 - Mar 2001
Mr. Doug Zimmerman Mar 2001 - Dec 2013
Senior Staff
Title Vice President
Experience/Biography Ms. Loyd has been with Ozanam for over 16 years, serving as Vice President of Transitional Living Services 1990 to 2012 and Vice President of Clinical and Community Services 2013 to 2015 before taking her current position. She holds a BS in Correctional Administration/Sociology and an MA in Sociology, both from Kansas State University. She also is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Missouri. Past professional experience includes being a Program Coordinator for the Shadow Mountain Institute, the Director of In-Patient Services at West Rivers Hospital, and the Director of Diagnostic and Respite Care, as well as the Director of Residential Treatment for Edgewood Children's Center in St. Louis, MO. Dorothy Loyd, LCSW, Vice President, will be responsible for activities under this grant. Ms. Loyd has over 38 years of experience working in substance abuse treatment, juvenile justice, homeless and child welfare programs in Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. She on the Cultural Competence Advisory Board for the Jackson County Mental Health Fund and the Mayor’s Advisory Council for Disabilities.
Title Director of Development

Mr. Alejos joined Ozanam October of 2014. He holds a BA in Psychology from Washburn University. Past professional experience includes serving as Senior Vice President of Field Services with the American Heart Association out of Atlanta, GA; State Director of the March of Dimes Foundation, Kansas City as well as Executive Director, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation for the state of Kansas. Mr. Alejos has over 20 years of experience in management and fundraising.

Paid Full-Time Staff 152
Paid Part-Time Staff 14
Volunteers 600
Paid Contractors 3
Retention Rate 82%
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 No
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Cornerstones of Care
Missouri Coalition of Children’s Agencies
The Kansas Children's Alliance
United Way Member Agency2015
Alliance for Children and Families - Member2002
External Assessment and Accreditations
Council on Accreditation (COA) [for Children and Family Services] - Accreditation2014
North Central Association of Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement - Accreditation2015
LicensureMissouri Department of Social Services Children's Division2016
LicensureMissouri Department of Mental Health2016
LicensureMissouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education2016
CertificationMissouri Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse2016
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? Yes
CEO Comments

Ozanam has been accredited by the Council on Accreditation since the early 1970s. We value and set as the highest priority the provision of quality services to the children and families in our care. The management staff has extensive experience in their respective fields. The executive team works closely with a senior leadership team to oversee daily operations while also focusing on financial performance and strategic initiatives. Ozanam uses a management team structure to support our performance and quality improvement program, as well as ongoing work sustaining the Sanctuary Model. The management staff meets six times per year with the Board of Directors to discuss and review governance, programs, and development activities. These collective efforts promote the provision of services within the framework of best practices, while also providing a work environment that is appealing to employees.

Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Tom Ross
Company Affiliation Bukaty Companies
Term Oct 2014 to Sept 2016
Email tomross4335@gmail.xom
Board Members
Mr. Cody Bezanson Bank of Kansas City
Mr. Dan Cashen TMS, Inc.
Mr. Peter Clune Lockton Companies
Mr. Fanon Cross Garmin
Ms. Melissa Dailey Ascensus College Savings
Ms. Lisa Dunbar Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception
Mr. William Easley Prosperity Advisory Group
Mr. Patrick Gahagan Hallmark Cards
Mr. Ralph Gaitley BlueScope Buildings
Mr. Jeb Graham V Wealth Management Metcalf Partners
Mr. John Kmetz BKD
Mr. David Leavitt The Victor L. Phillips Co.
Mr. Matt Mayer BMO Harris Bank
Mr. John McAnulty Fleishman-Hillard
Mr. Matt Nordhus Burns & McDonnell
Ms. Tiauna Ousley Accenture
Mr. Terrence Putney Transition Advisors LLC
Mr. John Rabroker American Century Investments
Ms. Jill Roberts Asurion
Mr. Tom Ross Bukaty Companies
Ms. Carol Sherman Community Volunteer
Mr. Mark Van Blaricum Attorney
Mr. Jody Vanarsdale H & R Block
Ms. Laura Wheaton-Werle Double W Communications
Ms. Shelly White Swiss Re
Mr. Kent Wittrock Bryan Cave LLP
Mr. Brady Wombolt Goodman Gravley Insurance
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 25
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 20
Female 7
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 54%
Written Board Selection Criteria? No
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 76%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 44%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
Standing Committees
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Program / Program Planning
Advisory Board Members
Mr. Joseph Agnello Lockton Companies
Ms. Anne M. Cox Community Volunteer
Mr. Paul DeBruce DeBruce Grain, Inc,
Mr. Don Greenwood Burns & McDonnell
Mr. Brian Hakan Brian P. Hakan & Assoc. Inc.
Mr. Paul Holewinski Dickinson Financial Corp.
Mr. Mark Jorgenson US Bank
Mr. Joseph N. Lawson Accounting and Business Planning Services
Mr. David M. Lockton Lockton Companies
Ms. Jan Martinette Community Volunteer
Mr. Tim B. Mesecher The Private Client Reserve of U.S. Bank
Mr. Larry Moore KMBC-TV9
Mr. Les Norman Community Volunteer
Mr. Morrie Pitluck Bernstein-Rein Advertising
Mrs. Sally Quinn Commuity Volunteer
Mr. Martin L. Rosemann GE Insurance Solutions
Ms. Becky Schaid Baptist Medical Center
Mrs. Marny Sherman Community Volunteer
Mr. Dave White DEW Ad Specialties LLC
CEO Comments
Ozanam has been blessed with staff and board members who are extremely committed to carrying out our mission to provide the highest quality of services for the children and families we serve. The Board of Directors provides tremendous support and guidance through a committee structure that focuses on administrative, program, and development areas. The Board also provides oversight to budgeting and strategic planning activities and approves all organizational policies and procedures. Three of our board members also serve as representatives on the Board of Directors for Cornerstones of Care, a family of agencies that serves as our parent organization. In addition, Ozanam also has both a Foundation and Thriftmart Board of Directors to govern these separate entities that benefit Ozanam.
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2016
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2016
Projected Revenue $12,875,105
Projected Expenses $12,866,078
Endowment Value $3,497,122
Spending Policy Percentage
Percentage 5
Form 990s
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2014, 2013: Financial data reported using the IRS Form 990.
  • FY 2012:  Financial data reported using the organization's audited financial statements for Ozanam & Subsidiaries.
  • 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 Year201420132012
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$86,189$106,681$0
Individual Contributions----$0
Investment Income, Net of Losses$141,516$21,100$563,678
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$543,658$590,148$609,475
Revenue In-Kind$39,353$40,879$56,141
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201420132012
Program Expense$10,042,565$9,576,856$9,486,763
Administration Expense$1,069,200$1,108,449$1,141,943
Fundraising Expense$425,205$402,624$364,703
Payments to Affiliates----$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.031.041.11
Program Expense/Total Expenses87%86%86%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue34%22%16%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201420132012
Total Assets$7,491,681$7,349,616$13,330,039
Current Assets$2,721,571$3,023,089$2,422,196
Long-Term Liabilities$328,449$278,895$60,800
Current Liabilities$1,120,555$1,235,326$1,533,273
Total Net Assets$6,042,677$5,835,395$11,735,966
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities2.432.451.58
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets4%4%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201420132012
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountMissouri Children’s Division $3,280,784Missouri Children’s Division $3,232,427 --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountSchool Districts $1,567,994Kansas Juvenile Justice Authority $1,340,770 --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountKansas Department for Children and Families $1,525,235Cornerstones of Care/Healthy Families $1,079,110 --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? Yes
Campaign Purpose Renovations to a dorm-like residence built in 1983 will allow for more privacy, increasing the feeling of safety for clients previously impacted by trauma.
Goal $325,112.00
Dates June 2015 to May 2016
Amount Raised to Date $195,112.00 as of Mar 2016
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years No
Organization Comments
Ozanam has a long history as a financially sound organization. This is demonstrated consistently through our performance as well as our annual audits of our financial records. In today's economic climate, funding through corporate support, targeted grants, and other fundraising activities is a significant challenge. Constraints in state dollars to support social and mental health services, as well as special education services for foster care children, will continue to impact us greatly over the next several years. However, even with these challenges, Ozanam is successful in finding creative solutions and alternative funding sources to help us provide services during these difficult times.

Ozanam benefits from the support of both the Ozanam Foundation and the Ozanam Thriftmart Corporation. The Ozanam Foundation provides Ozanam with annual support, and the amount contributed is determined through a formula that considers the average fund balance of the last five years.   The fiscal year revenue figures reported above include all program and fundraising revenue, as well as the Foundation support. Ozanam enjoys a relationship with Maj-R Thrift and is the beneficiary of three of their stores. Those proceeds are held by the Ozanam Thriftmart Board and are intended to support operations, as well as special projects. Additionally, Ozanam receives support from the community through four annual events, grants and the United Way. Our annual Hollywood Holiday Gala provides annual operating support and is one of the most successful events in Kansas City. We are grateful to our loyal donors and community supporters for making this possible.

Organization Name Ozanam
Address 421 East 137th Street
Kansas City, MO 64145
Primary Phone (816) 508-3600
Contact Email info@ozanam.org
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Rob Whitten LPC, NCC
Board Chair Mr. Tom Ross
Board Chair Company Affiliation Bukaty Companies
Year of Incorporation 1948
Former Names
Ozanam Home for Boys