Don Bosco Community Center
580 Campbell
Kansas City MO 64106
Ms. Omi exercises at the Senior Center

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 Ms. Ellen Pantaenius
Board Chair Company Affiliation Husch Blackwell
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 the Italian community in Columbus Park decided their children needed a safe place to gather.  A community center was proposed where people of all ages could gather for social interaction and safe play. Over $8,800 was pledged.  Rosa Nigro donated the land. In January, 1940, the cornerstone of the Don Bosco Community Center was laid. Over the year the building rose, brick by brick, built by community volunteers on evenings and weekends. The Center was named after St. John Bosco, a 19th century Italian priest known for his caring spirit and dedication to the special needs of children. During the 1940’s, the Center became a center point of Columbus Park, including sports, games, arts and crafts, cooking and photography classes. With the post War suburban expansion of the 1950’s and the establishment of the interstate highway system, Columbus Park began to change. Many Italians moved to newer suburbs, while new immigrant groups moved into the older neighborhood.  The Center responded by opening the English as a Second Language (ESL) School and Family Support Center.  With many Vietnamese arriving, the organization added the Nationalities Refugee Resettlement Center in 1975, which helped thousands of refugees establish themselves in Kansas City. In 1986, a capital campaign was started to renovate and build new facilities. The Senior Center was built in 1990 and the Counseling Center was also added.  In 1991, the organization acquired the 531 Garfield property for a Charter High School. Seven centers were now operating in the Northeast, serving an average of 2000 clients daily.  Efforts to maintain high level of services to immigrants and refugees were halted when public and private support virtually dried up after 9/11.   The Nationalities Refugee Resettlement Center was successfully transferred to Jewish Vocational Services in 2004.  By 2011, the economic impact of dwindling financial support led to the closing of the Charter High School. Changing area needs and duplication of services led to the closing of the Counseling and Family Support Centers in 2012. In 2012, Youth services were suspended.  The properties at 531 and 535 Garfield were sold in 2013. Renovations are underway at the Senior Center and Youth Center buildings.   The ESL School relocated to St. Anthony’s at 318 Benton Boulevard.  Under new leadership, Don Bosco seeks to serve the needs of the greater Kansas City community.  

Impact Statement
  • In January 2016, we kicked off a Capital Campaign to renovate the Original Don Bosco building. the building has a full size basketball court and classrooms. it will serve the residence of North East with Community Education Classes, sports, a full service kitchen to expand our Meals on Wheels Program and hold ethnic dinners and receptions. Some of our accomplishments for 2016 were:  
  • Expanding our ESL Program by adding Workforce Development Classes. This program kicked off in February of 2016, and by July 1, there for 60 adults attending, and 30 placed in full time jobs.
  • The ESL School also went from an enrollment of 840 adult students in 2015 to 1,235 adult students enrolled in 2016.
  • The Senior Center continues to serve more people, onsite and through Meals on Wheels to those home-bound seniors. We started a Weekend Meal Program in 2016 that served 130 seniors with a "weekend meal" that otherwise would not have food for the weekend.  These seniors are home-bound and live below the poverty level. They only receive $15 a week in food assistance. This program is growing, and would not be possible with out a grant from the McGowan Foundation.

Our goals for 2017: 
  • To complete fundraising on the Capital Campaign to revitalize the original Don Bosco Building, proving community education, sports and public space for receptions or parties.
  • Will be adding a Housing Specialist  Position to help those senior clients who struggle with finding permanent housing due to unfortunate life experiences (Evictions, criminal past etc)
  • Increase the capacity of serving those Senior clients through our Emergency Assistance Program. This past year we served 320 seniors and look to serve 400+ in 2017
  • The Don Bosco School of English will plan to enroll over 1400 adult students in 2017.  2016 produced just over 1200 students.  Most enrollment comes through word of mouth by the refugees, and JVS is a prominent referral source. 
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. 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 70-year history, 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 700 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


Community Relations
  • The Don Bosco Board of Directors, leadership and staff are striving to be good stewards of the neighborhoods in which we offer services.  We have an open door policy, which welcomes suggestions from our donors, friends, and neighbors, if they have ideas on how we can improve services for our clients.  
  • The Don Bosco Centers will have a major event in the Fall and in the Spring to raise funding and awareness for our mission.

Improved Revenue Stream

  • The goal of the organization is to raise $500,000 through Development endeavors and by adding at least one new program partnership each year.  Don Bosco is working with Newhouse and Bishop Sullivan Center to build a Work Empowerment Program.
  • The goal to improve the revenue stream of the Senior Center is to increase the number of clients and meals served and events catered.


  • Utilizing the participation of the Board of Directors and Don Bosco Leadership, the organization went through the process of creating a new mission statement, vision statement and logo to reflect the new direction of the mission of the organization. 
  • With the help of generous gift-in-kind work from a Don Bosco Board member who works for a large marketing firm, Don Bosco has a bright new logo to highlight our bright future.  
  • Additional plans include enhancing our presence through social media, such as Facebook, Twitter, and potential blog sites.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Mrs. Mo Orpin
Term Start Apr 2013

A KU grad, 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
Compensation Last Year
Former CEOs
Mr. Nick Scielzo Sept 2003 - July 2011
Senior Staff
Title Fund Development Director
Title Director of Don Bosco Senior Center
Paid Full-Time Staff 16
Paid Part-Time Staff 15
Volunteers 575
Paid Contractors 0
Retention Rate 98%
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
External Assessment and Accreditations
American Association for State and Local History2007
American Association of Museums2007
American Association of Museums - 10 Year Accreditation2007
American Association of Pastoral Counselors2007
American Association of Poison Control Centers2007
American Association of Suicidology (AAS) - Certification2007
American Bar Association - Approved Paralegal Education Program2007
American Association of Blood Banks - Accreditation2007
American Association of Museums2007
American Association of Museums - 10 Year Accreditation2007
American Association of Pastoral Counselors2007
American Association of Poison Control Centers2007
American Association of Suicidology (AAS) - Certification2007
American Bar Association - Approved Paralegal Education Program2007
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 Ms. Ellen Pantaenius
Company Affiliation Husch Blackwell
Term July 2016 to June 2017
Board Members
Mr. David Armstrong Avila University
Ms. Tina Boschert Spencer Fane
Ms. Deborah Briggs Director of English as a Second Language, ISD
Mr. Marc DeLeo Ameristar Casino/Pinnacle Entertainment
Fr. Ariel Durian Pastor, Holy Rosary Catholic Church
Dr. Walter H. Guth Ph.D.Prudential Kansas City Realty
Mr. Cary Hall HIA Radio Network
Mrs. Trina Henke
Ms. Jodi Kaplan American Express
Mrs. Angelica Kindt Keller Williams
Mr. Mike Lally Olsson Associates
Mr. Torre Nigro Jr.BlueCross BlueShield of Kansas City
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
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 15
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 1
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 11
Female 8
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
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 78%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
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. Carl DiCapo
Mr. William Dunn Sr.JE Dunn Construction
Mr. Robert Dunn
Mrs. Anita Gorman Community Volunteer
Mrs. Catherine Nigro
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, 2016
Fiscal Year End June 30, 2017
Projected Revenue $240,148,807
Projected Expenses $221,684,484
Foundation Comments
  • FYE 6/30/2015, 2014, 2013: 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 Year201520142013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$1,048,499$1,012,902$975,291
Individual Contributions----$0
Investment Income, Net of Losses$6,541$3,064$503,096
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$89,756$52,831$25,646
Revenue In-Kind$164,801$171,171$95,412
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$1,557,883$1,296,895$1,311,697
Administration Expense$277,307$383,517$327,985
Fundraising Expense$107,230$106,670$87,613
Payments to Affiliates----$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.051.071.27
Program Expense/Total Expenses80%73%76%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue8%7%6%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$1,483,889$1,335,410$1,309,466
Current Assets$422,411$382,664$709,591
Long-Term Liabilities$26,532$6,555$0
Current Liabilities$44,399$13,719$129,156
Total Net Assets$1,412,958$1,315,136$1,180,310
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities9.5127.895.49
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets2%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- --Individual $57,500
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- --Individual $30,000
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- --Individual $17,708
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. the building will have multiple class rooms for technology, fitness etc. the gym will be fully accessible, commercial kitc
Goal $2,500,000.00
Dates Jan 2016 to Apr 2018
Amount Raised to Date $1,100,000.00 as of Jan 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 Ms. Ellen Pantaenius
Board Chair Company Affiliation Husch Blackwell
Year of Incorporation 1975