Don Bosco Community Center
580 Campbell
Kansas City MO 64106

Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 691-2902
Mission Statement

Don Bosco positions our ethnically diverse population, of all ages across metropolitan Kansas City, to be self-sufficient and contributing members of this great community.

CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Mo Orpin
Board Chair Mr. Mike Lally
Board Chair Company Affiliation Olsson Associates
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1975
Financial Summary
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Mission Statement

Don Bosco positions our ethnically diverse population, of all ages across metropolitan Kansas City, to be self-sufficient and contributing members of this great community.

Background Statement
In the late 1930’s, residents of the Columbus Park neighborhood decided to invest in, and forever change, the Northeast Kansas City community. A local community center was proposed as a safe recreational center for youth to gather. Rosa Nigro donated the land, at 526 Campbell, for this vision to materialize. Construction began in January of 1940. Community volunteers worked day and night, brick by brick, to bring this center to life.
The neighbors named the center after St. John Bosco, a 19th century Italian priest, known for his caring spirit and dedication to children. During the 1940’s, the Center became a staple of Columbus Park, with its youth programs. With the Post-War suburban expansion of the 1950’s and the establishment of the interstate highway system, Columbus Park began to change. Immigrant groups moved into the Northeast and The Don Bosco Center responded by opening an English as a Second Language (ESL) School.
Over the next fifty years, cultural shifts in the neighborhood prompted The Don Bosco Centers to adapt to the evolving needs of our community. In 1975, The Don Bosco Center added the National Refugee Resettlement Center to assist thousands of refugees in Kansas City resettlement. In 1986, a capital campaign commenced to build new facilities and by 1990, the current Senior Center opened. By 1993, seven Don Bosco Centers including a Charter High School, were operating in the Northeast.
Efforts to maintain high levels of service to immigrants and refugees were halted when public and private support virtually dried up after the events of 9/11. The National Refugee Resettlement Center was successfully transferred to Jewish Vocational Services in 2004. The economic impacts of the recession, coupled with duplication of services, brought some our youth programs to a halt. By 2012, only the Senior Center and English as a Second Language school remained.
Since then, under new leadership and a partnership with the Independence School District, the Don Bosco Centers is again thriving as a beacon of service to our neighborhood. The ESL School relocated to St. Anthony’s Parish at 309 Benton Boulevard. Our Senior Center is constantly bustling, as we serve over 500 seniors a hot, nutritious meal each day. In 2016, we launched a capital campaign in efforts to renovate our original building and reinstate our youth programming.
Through the years, the Don Bosco Centers has grown beyond our original mission, to meet the dynamic needs of Kansas City’s most vulnerable populations. We are dependent on the generosity of our donors and the efforts of the Don Bosco evangelists, who believe in these imperative programs.
Impact Statement
  • In January 2016, we kicked off a Capital Campaign to renovate the original Don Bosco building, at 526 Campbell, into a comprehensive Community Center for Northeast residents and youth. One of a kind to the Northeast area, our programs will include: Community Education classes, recreational sports programs, and an event space with a full-size kitchen, available for rent.  The full service kitchen will allow us to expand our Meals on Wheels Program, to reach even more seniors in need of nutritious meals. To date, we have raised $1.9 million of our $2.5 million goal. 
  • In 2017, we continued expanding the impact of our English as a Second Language Program by adding additional training opportunities through our Workforce Development Classes. This program has trained over 85 students in in-demand career fields, including Forklift Driving and Certified Nursing Assistant.  Overall, the ESL School continues to expand, growing from 840 students in 2015 to over 1,300 students in 2016-2017. 
  • The Senior Center continues to grow and serve more onsite and homebound seniors each year.  Due to budget cuts, many local Meals on Wheels programs have transitioned to frozen meals delivered once a week, but we continue to deliver hot meals daily.  Additionally, we started a Weekend Meal Program in 2016 that has grown to serve over 130 seniors each week. This program aims at curbing hunger in the days that our Center is closed, by providing a meal and snacks to our seniors over the weekend.  As poverty rates among metro seniors increase, many of our seniors receive less than $100 per month in food assistance.  Clearly, our most vulnerable seniors depend on this vital program.  Finally, our Emergency Assistance Program continues to prove its worth, as we had over 2,900 instances of services for our seniors in the past year.  Examples of vital services this program provides include utility and rental assistance, both critical services in the winter months.
Needs Statement

Don Bosco is embarking on a $2.5 million capital campaign to renovate our original community center building, located at 526 Campbell Street. With $1.9 million already raised, this building will be utilized for youth programming, as well as a multipurpose neighborhood and parish community center for gatherings, special events, classes, etc. 

The Senior Center also has needs for facilities and program funding, which will enable us to continue to serve the growing elderly population in Kansas City. Approximately $150,000 annual funding will provide meals, exercise and wellness programs, financial classes and other vital programs that will help the people we serve be able to live in their homes independently for as long as possible.
The Don Bosco ESL School serves nearly 1,200 adult refugees and immigrants annually.  Many of our students arrive to the United States from war-torn countries, having survived horrific conditions. Approximately $100,000 in annual funding support will enable us to provide them with free learning materials and resources, which will help them acclimate successfully to life in the United States, so they can become contributing members of the community.
Service Categories
Senior Centers/Services
Adult Education
Areas of Service
MO - Jackson County
Although Don Bosco offers some services for individuals throughout the Kansas City metropolitan area, its primary focus in Northeast Kansas City and the zip codes of 64106, 64120, 64123, 64124, 64125, 64126, and 64127.
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement With a rich history of over 70 years in Kansas City, Don Bosco has been a gateway of opportunity to thousands of immigrant and low-income families who have made the Northeast their home. As the years have gone by, families have moved away, and others have taken their place--bringing new languages and traditions. Throughout our history, Don Bosco has changed and evolved along with the community we serve. During this current difficult economic time, Don Bosco is truly a beacon of hope for families struggling to make ends meet. Individuals need a place in which they can turn to find solace and hope. With the support of the Kansas City community, they know they can count on Don Bosco. We continue to search for new funding partners who will join us in building a stronger community--a safe and comfortable place where families can live and children can play. With the support of individual donors, community partners, and funding partners, we will continue to make a difference.

Daily services are provided to a total of 500 Older Adults age 60 years and older and to Persons with Disabilities age 18-59 years of age.  There are no financial eligibility guidelines or restrictions.  

Programs include nutritious hot meals served to clients who attend the Senior Center and also delivered to the home bound. Five experienced staff members provide direct assistance in linking clients to community and government resources. Bilingual staff members assist Spanish speaking and Vietnamese-American clients. Programs include exercise classes and exercise equipment, recreational activities, educational opportunities including financial and health presentations and a computer lab. The Center provides special celebrations, parties and dances with live bands, shopping trips and excursions. The Center is an approved distributor, through Harvesters & the State of Missouri, to register and re-certify older adults to receive a commodity food box each month.   
Category Human Services, General/Other Senior Services
Population Served Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens, Elderly and/or Disabled, Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Short-Term Success
80% of seniors and disabled clients experience improved emotional and mental well-being by attending the Senior Center and participating in the programs provided.  Fellowship with their peers, receiving counseling, enhanced nutrition, exercise and educational opportunities, holistically impacts our clients and improves their lives on a daily basis.
Long-Term Success
  • 95% of those we serve through the programs at the Senior Center will experience improved quality of life and remain living independently in their homes.
  • 75% of the seniors and disabled we serve will experience improvement in health due to enhanced nutrition and exercise provided through programs at the Senior Center. 
  • 80% of all refugees and immigrants attending classes at Don Bosco ESL School will experience greater ability to assimilate to the United States by improving their English as well as their life skills.  
  • 60% of students enrolled in our Citizenship class will obtain their US Citizenship. 
Program Success Monitored By A participant survey is distributed annually for feedback regarding the quality of food, service and impact of program on personal independence. Also, the Mid-America Regional Council (MARC) conducts onsite audits for services annually, and also requires Don Bosco to submit monthly and quarterly reports to verify services provided.
Examples of Program Success
For 25 years, the Don Bosco Senior Center has served disadvantaged, vulnerable seniors and disabled adults.  We specialize in meeting the needs of this underserved segment of the population.  We are 1 of only 2 MARC designated comprehensive senior centers based on the number of services we offer and individuals we serve.  We have successfully served thousands of clients over the years, enabling them to remain living independently in their homes.  Without the Don Bosco Senior Center, many of these individuals would be institutionalized or homeless.  
For the past 3 years, Don Bosco has continuously provided an average of 450 meals Monday-Friday to the home-bound as well as clients who attend the Senior Center for lunch and daily activities.  
Our longstanding partnerships, history, reputation and dedication to providing quality, compassionate services to the poor elderly and disabled adults we serve are singular characteristics that are unique to Don Bosco.

The Don Bosco Centers has been providing free English classes to adult immigrants and refugees for over thirty years.  More than 50,000 new Americans from over 75 countries and vastly differing life situations have benefited from the English as a Second Language (ESL) Center.  In partnership with Independence School District, the ESL program is the largest in Jackson County, Missouri, and offers a seven-level program that teaches vital language and life skills. 

Adult Education and Literacy services are designed to teach eligible persons to read, write English and acquire basic skills necessary to function in society. 

ESL students focus on learning the essentials of reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills. Training in the use of technology is also provided to all students. Once an ESL student reaches the rank of level six, they begin coursework to transition them to post-secondary education or career training and certification.

In addition to ESL classes, Citizenship and Civics instruction, workforce development, basic computer skills, and high school equivalency (GED) instruction are all provided.  Staff members work closely with other agencies to provide resources to students who need assistance in meeting basic needs.

Category Education, General/Other Adult Education
Population Served Immigrant, Newcomers, Refugees, Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent,
Short-Term Success The Don Bosco ESL School provides instruction in English as a Second Language and classes in Adult Education and Literacy (ABE/ASE).  We offer instruction that will improve the overall literacy levels of our community, increase English language skills, teach citizenship skills, provide employment skill training, and provide resources that will enhance the lives of our constituents.  We  strongly believe that all learners should have a chance to achieve success; and in the philosophy of facilitating, educating, and guiding people in their development.  We foster the ability for adults to become self-directed in improving their lives.  Our overall goal is to empower our students to become independent citizens with the ability to make educated choices about issues that impact their community and to produce valuable employees for the community's workforce. Our objective is to provide a service which enhances the lives of our students as well as the overall prosperity of our community.
Long-Term Success New residents of Kansas City will acquire the English skills they need to achieve self-sufficiency and become contributing members of the community.  

To increase student progression rates in civics, reading, writing, speaking, and listening.

Program Success Monitored By The accountability measure for all DESE sponsored AEL programs is reaching Federal Targets in specified areas.  Enrollment and testing data is recorded monthly in the ACES student information system.  Teachers record student attendance hours daily.  Enrollment data is recorded after each enrollment session.  Assessment data is recorded on all formal tests administered both pre and post test.  DESE tracks educational levels, progression, student hours, demographics, goals, labor force status, and post-secondary enrollment on each student.  We continuously assess our instruction methods through the use of both formal and informal assessment data.  Each time that we conduct enrollment, we assess and identify student deficit areas and create individual learning plans for each student.  Teachers create lessons that target student deficits as indicated on a class profile sheet that is created by the program coordinator after each enrollment and post testing session.
Examples of Program Success
The Don Bosco ESL school enrolled 1,396 students, refugees and immigrants during school year 2015-2016.  These students were pretested using the CASAS Reading Test and were assigned to a classroom based on their National Reporting System (NRS) Rating which provides an outcome measure that indicates overall progression for the students.  These NRS levels can be 2-3 grade levels per level attainment.  Progression credit is granted once a student advances an NRS level.  Our program was able to post test on 890 students.  Of these 890 students, 684 students progressed 1 or more NRS levels giving us a 76% progression rate.  All of our students progressed one or more grade levels during the school year.  
2016: The Don Bosco ESL Program continues to be awarded the "Star" level of education by the Independence School District.
2016: The Don Bosco ESL Program received the State of Missouri "High Quality Award" as one of the top five programs in the state for outstanding program performance.
The Don Bosco ESL Program has increased our progression rates each year over the past three years. We have learned that speaking and listening skills are what students want most and improve retention, but reading and writing skills make the greatest impact on their educational attainment. We have also learned that instruction that focuses on real life application is most beneficial to adult learners. The students who attend both our ESL classes and the workforce readiness classes make the greatest academic gains and have the best retention rates.  
CEO Comments

Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Mrs. Mo Orpin
Term Start Apr 2013

A University of Kansas graduate, Mo spent nearly two decades in the parochial school system as a teacher, vice principal, fundraiser, event planner, development director and marketing/public relations coordinator. 

Her personal hands-on approach is to help everyone of the people Don Bosco serves.  She has the ability to engage friends and donors, inspiring them to join the Don Bosco family, and improve the lives of those we serve.  
Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start 0
Compensation Last Year
Former CEOs
Mr. Nick Scielzo Sept 2003 - July 2011
Senior Staff
Title Director of Don Bosco Senior Center
Paid Full-Time Staff 12
Paid Part-Time Staff 19
Volunteers 575
Paid Contractors 0
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 Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy Yes
The Senior Center and Education Center have partnerships with the University of Central Missouri, Johnson County Community College and UMKC Schools of Nursing which provide clinical rotations, health screenings and presentations. The ESL Center benefits from a partnership with Independence School District to provide instructors for English classes. A partnership with Truman Medical Center supports a Wellness Center and Mobile Market at the ESL School. 
Alliance of Greater Kansas City United Ways Agency Certification2007
ESL School is rated in the top 5 ESL programs in the state of MissouriState of Missouri2016
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? Yes
CEO Comments "Don Bosco is divided into two operating centers: the Senior Center and the English as a Second Language School. Each center is managed by an individual that ultimately reports to the Executive Director. The Executive Director, responsible for providing leadership and direction to Don Bosco, reports to the Board of Directors of the organization. The Board, which develops business and strategic plans, approves and monitors annual budgets and establishes macro policies, is composed of up to 24 individuals from diverse backgrounds and professions. The Board uses a committee structure to govern the organization. The Executive Committee establishes policy. The Finance Committee oversees the financial operation of Don Bosco. The Development and Marketing Committee supports the efforts to build awareness of services with the public and to coordinate fundraising and donor retention programs. The Board Development Committee recruits and researches potential new board members."
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Mike Lally
Company Affiliation Olsson Associates
Term July 2017 to June 2018
Board Members
Mr. David Armstrong Avila University
Ms. Tina Boschert Spencer Fane
Ms. Deborah Briggs Director of English as a Second Language, ISD
Fr. Ariel Durian Pastor, Holy Rosary Catholic Church
Dr. Walter H. Guth Ph.D.Prudential Kansas City Realty
Mrs. Angelica Kindt Keller Williams
Mr. Mike Lally Olsson Associates
Mr. Mark Litzler Nelson Atkins
Mr. John Neyens Seigfreid Bingham
Mr. Chris Nigro Nigro Insurance Group
Ms. Laura Nigro-Kelly Cerner
Ms. Ellen J. Pantaenius Husch Blackwell LLP
Mr. Patrick Pearce
Mr. Joe Privitera Mark One Electric
Mr. Monty Rogers Pharm Assess
Mr. Paul Strohm C&C Group
Mr. Greg Wilcox Midway Auto
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 14
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 1
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 12
Female 5
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 3
Board Meeting Attendance % 74%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Under Development
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 12
Standing Committees
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Advisory Board Members
Mr. Tony Ali The Frank Agency
Mr. Bill Dana Central Bank of Kansas City
Mr. William Dunn Sr.JE Dunn Construction
Mr. Torre Nigro Broker Source
Mr. David Staker Plastic Packaging Technologies, LLC
CEO Comments

The Don Bosco Centers consists of two comprehensive community centers: Senior Center and the English as a Second Language Center. Each of the centers is managed by a director who all report to the organization’s Executive Director. The Executive Director, responsible for providing leadership and direction to Don Bosco, reports to the organization’s Board of Directors. The Board of Directors is composed of dedicated individuals who develop business and strategic plans, approve and monitor annual budgets, and establish macro policies for the organization. The Board uses a committee structure to govern the organization. The Executive Committee establishes policy. The Finance Committee oversees Don Bosco’s financial operation. The Development Committee supports the efforts to communicate Don Bosco’s mission to the community, bolster fundraising and retain donors. The Board Development Committee recruits and researches potential new board members. 

Fiscal Year Start July 01, 2017
Fiscal Year End June 30, 2018
Projected Revenue $1,844,486
Projected Expenses $1,806,326
Foundation Comments
  • FYE 6/30/2016, 2015, 2014: Financial data reported from 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 Year201620152014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$1,037,991$1,048,499$1,012,902
Individual Contributions------
Investment Income, Net of Losses($23,938)$6,541$3,064
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$164,857$89,756$52,831
Revenue In-Kind$161,956$164,801$171,171
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$1,567,930$1,557,883$1,296,895
Administration Expense$423,321$277,307$383,517
Fundraising Expense$43,333$107,230$106,670
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.271.051.07
Program Expense/Total Expenses77%80%73%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue2%8%7%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$2,137,366$1,483,889$1,335,410
Current Assets$1,134,655$422,411$382,664
Long-Term Liabilities$32,385$26,532$6,555
Current Liabilities$136,750$44,399$13,719
Total Net Assets$1,968,231$1,412,958$1,315,136
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities8.309.5127.89
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets2%2%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? Yes
Campaign Purpose Major renovations to the original Don Bosco Building. We own the building, and plan on conducting community education programs. 
Goal $2,500,000.00
Dates Jan 2016 to Apr 2018
Amount Raised to Date $1,900,000.00 as of Nov 2017
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years No
Organization Comments

The Don Bosco Center does have money in a savings account which is governed by a separate Board of Directors.  The sole purpose of the Foundation Board is to grow and steward the investments to ensure the longevity of the Don Bosco Centers.  The savings may not be used for programs or to cash flow the Don Bosco organization.  If emergency funding is needed, the organization must submit a grant proposal which will be reviewed and approved or denied by the Foundation Board.  

The Don Bosco Board of Directors, Leadership and staff are 100% committed to operating the organization as efficiently as possible, committing the majority of dollars raised to sustain its programs, rather than on operations. Gifts-in-kind and pro bono assistance is pursued from organizations in the community whenever possible, so Don Bosco can utilize dollars raised directly on programs. 
Organization Name Don Bosco Community Center
Address 580 Campbell
Kansas City, MO 64106
Primary Phone (816) 691-2902
Contact Email
CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Mo Orpin
Board Chair Mr. Mike Lally
Board Chair Company Affiliation Olsson Associates
Year of Incorporation 1975