Don Bosco Community Center
580 Campbell Street
Kansas City MO 64106
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 691-2800
Fax 816- 691-2916
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. Greg Wilcox
Board Chair Company Affiliation Midway Auto
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1975
Volunteer Opportunities
Ways to donate, support, or volunteer Monetary donations to Don Bosco can be made by sending a check directly to The Don Bosco Centers c/o Hillary Thomas at 580 Campbell St., Kansas City, MO 64106.

Online payments are securely taken on our website using Blackbaud Merchant Services. 

Please call (816)-691-2807 for over the phone credit card payments.

Donors may designate which program they want to serve: The Senior Center, the English as a Second Language School, Meals on Wheels, or the Community Center. 

For in-kind donations, please call the Development Office at (816)-691-2807 to confirm that the organization is in need of the donation. Currently, Don Bosco will pick up needed furniture or donated items with a week's notice.  Our seniors and disabled clients are in need of personal hygiene products, warm blankets, sweaters, grocery cards and cleaning products.  Our students are in need of furniture and household items, appliances, winter coats and clothing.  Please call us with questions. (816) 691-2807.

For volunteer opportunities, please call 816-691-2807 or email  We have a variety of opportunities throughout the year and can specialize to meet your needs.  
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
Don Bosco started in the late 1930s when a dedicated group of Columbus Park neighborhood boosters came together to create a new, safe recreational space for children. The neighbors and volunteers built the original Don Bosco Center at 526 Campbell, which they named after St. John Bosco, an Italian priest known for his work with and care for youth.
With the advent of suburbs, school desegregation, and white flight, the Columbus Park neighborhood began to change in the 1950s, at which time immigrants started to move into Kansas City’s Historic Northeast neighborhoods. In response to the changing neighborhood demographics, The Don Bosco Centers opened an English as a Second Language (ESL) school. Don Bosco continued to change with the neighborhood. In 1986, a major capital campaign was mounted which led to the current Senior Center opening in 1990. By 1993, The Don Bosco Centers had seven facilities, including a charter high school. Duplicated area services, coupled with the effects of the Great Recession, led Don Bosco to scale back to just the Senior Center and ESL School by 2012. Since then, under dynamic new leadership, the Don Bosco Centers are once again flourishing, standing for service to the neighborhoods.
Designated as the largest and most comprehensive of its kind in the region, the Don Bosco Senior Center provides hot meals, transportation, fellowship, activities, and emergency services for seniors and adults with disabilities, many of whom are at risk of institutionalization due to frail health, low-income status, and limited resources. Its English as a Second Language School, the largest adult education program in Missouri, provides free educational opportunities in English proficiency, high school equivalency, workforce development, and more to adult immigrants and refugees through a valuable partnership with the Independence School District.
In response to community demand, Don Bosco is in the midst of a rehabilitation of our original Community Center facility at 526 Campbell. The community center is slated to open in March 2020. Upon completion, this facility will also host community education classes, sports and recreation programs for local youth, and an event space with a full-service kitchen, all of which are very much in demand by current Don Bosco clients and the surrounding community. The kitchen will support the growing demand of meals programs for an aging population.
Impact Statement
The Don Bosco Centers completed a $3.2 million capital campaign in May 2018, to renovate the Don Bosco's original 1940's Community Center.  One of a kind to the Northeast area, the comprehensive community center programming 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 Senior Meals Program in the years to come, to reach even more seniors in need of nutritious meals. The Community Center is slated to open in March 2020.  
Despite significant government budget cuts to senior meals programs, The Don Bosco Centers continued to serve and deliver hot meals daily, totaling 141,089 hot meals to local seniors in our fiscal year 2018-19.  By Mid-America Regional Council standards, the center remains the largest, most comprehensive Senior Center in the region.  The organization expanded its senior meals catering program to serve an additional seven new senior centers in four new counties, expanding Don Bosco's reach to outlying, rural areas of the metro. 

The Don Bosco English as a Second Language School added additional training opportunities through its Workforce Development Classes. The program trained 164 students this past year in six in-demand career fields, including Forklift Driving and Certified Nursing Assistant.  Overall, the program remains the largest of its kind in the state of Missouri, providing free English classes to 1,028 unduplicated adult immigrants and refugees.  63% of students progressed one or more English levels.  
Needs Statement

The Don Bosco Centers believe everyone deserves opportunities for independence and literacy.  The organization makes this possible through our three programs: a Senior Center, English as a Second Language School, and soon-to-reopen Community Center—all are headquartered in the historic Northeast.  The neighborhoods in this service area experience high rates of poverty, frequent food desserts, and the region’s highest concentration of zero vehicle households.
The services that the Don Bosco Senior Center provides are critical to keeping seniors from unnecessary institutionalization and for allowing them to age in place. For Don Bosco, aging in place is a research-based, sustainable model for empowering seniors to live independently through barrier elimination and opportunity creation. By eliminating barriers and challenges associated with living independently on a limited income and creating opportunities for social engagement, physical activity, and fellowship, older adults can continue living independently with an empowered sense of dignity and self-sufficiency.  Due to recent government budget cuts to older adult and Meals on Wheels services, the organization must raise additional funds to continue the same level of meal service to hungry, underserved seniors. 
Service Categories
Senior Centers/Services
Developmentally Disabled Services/Centers
Adult Education
Areas of Service
MO - Jackson County
MO - Jackson County Urban Core
MO - Clay County
MO - Platte County
MO - Liberty
MO - Cass County
MO - Lafayette
Geographic Area Served Narrative We provide services to residents through Jackson County, MO but often serve those in the Northeast corridor.  Our Senior Center and new Community Center are located in the heart of Columbus Park, while our ESL School is further east off Benton.  We have five satellite ESL locations to serve clients throughout Kansas City. 
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement With a rich history of over 75 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.
Description Don Bosco Senior Center enables seniors and adults with disabilities to live independently in their own homes for as long as possible while maintaining a high quality of life. The Senior Center does this by providing hot, nutritious meals both on-site and delivered via Meals on Wheels, transportation to and from the Senior Center, opportunities for exercise, fellowship, and recreation, and other activities that promote health, good nutrition, and financial literacy. In addition to these offerings, the Senior Center provides services that are designed to meet clients' emergent needs with emergency assistance in forty different categories, financial counseling, referrals to other agencies, and various other forms of direct assistance. Finally, clients' lives are improved by their participation in the life of the Don Bosco Senior Center community, improving their quality of life and allowing them to maintain independence and dignity. 
Category Human Services, General/Other Senior Services
Population Served Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens, Elderly and/or Disabled, Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
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
93% 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. 
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
1,190 unduplicated individuals served.
141,089 meals served to hungry seniors.
8,528 weekend meals delivered.
16,653 rides provided.
5,441 units of emergency assistance given.
For 25 years, the Don Bosco Senior Center has provided critical services to underserved older adults and adults with disabilities.  We specialize in meeting the needs of this underserved segment of the population.  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.  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 English as a Second Language (ESL) School provides free educational opportunities to adult immigrants and refugees. The program, in partnership with the Independence School District, has grown to be the largest in Missouri. Headquartered in the Northeast with five satellite locations strategically plated around Kansas City, 60 Missouri state-certified Adult Education and Literacy instructors provide quality education to over 1,000 adult immigrants and refugees annually. The program provides free English education, Workforce Development training, Health and Wellness opportunities, High School equivalency classes, Citizenship preparation classes, and technology classes.


Category Education, General/Other Adult Education
Population Served Immigrant, Newcomers, Refugees, Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
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.  
Long-Term Success 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.

Program Success Monitored By The accountability measure for all MO Department of Education-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

·        63% progression rate on all students who were post-tested in 2018-19

Of those who progressed, 91% progressed multiple grade levels.
Of those post-tested and also enrolled in a Workforce classes, 83% students progressed. 
67% of non-literate students progressed.

·       157 students enrolled in Workforce Development classes in ’18-‘19

30 CNA students graduated and attained jobs in their field
40 Forklift students certified and attained jobs in their field


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.  
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Mrs. Mo Orpin
Term Start Apr 2013
Experience 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.  
Former CEOs
Torre Nigro-
Mr. Nick ScielzoSept 2003 - July 2011
Senior Staff
Title Director of Don Bosco Senior Center
Title Director of Development
Paid Full-Time Staff 20
Paid Part-Time Staff 16
Paid Contractors 3
Retention Rate 89%
Staff Diversity (Ethnicity)
African American/Black 17
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 15
Hispanic/Latino 3
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Other (Please Specify) 0
Staff Diversity (Gender)
Female 20
Male 16
Not Specified 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 Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Don Bosco shares in 50+ thriving community partnerships. A few key partnerships are below:
  • The Senior Center is a Mid-America Regional Council (MARC), Kansas City's Area Agency on Aging, designated Senior Center. 
  • The English as a Second Language School partners with the Independence School District to provide instructors for English classes.
  • The Senior Center has partnerships with the UMKC Schools of Nursing, Rockhurst University, and Saint Luke's School of Nursing which provide clinical rotations, health screenings and presentations for Don Bosco clients.
  • Harvester's provides USDA commodity food boxes for Don Bosco clients. 
  • A partnership with Truman Medical Center supports a Wellness Center and regular Mobile Market visits at the ESL School. 
  • The English School provides certifications through third-party agencies including: The Sewing Labs, Assumpta Health, YouthBuild, Job Corps, Shoppe Toyota, and ServSafe. 
  • Don Bosco is a United Way partner agency. 
Alliance of Greater Kansas City United Ways Agency Certification2007
Meals on Wheels Association of America2019
United Way Member Agency2019
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. Greg Wilcox
Company Affiliation Midway Auto
Term July 2019 to June 2020
Board Members
Mr. David ArmstrongAvila University
Mr. Rey BarbosaBarbosa's Kustom Kolor
Mr. Stephen CoppingerImpact Interiors
Dr. Walter H. Guth Ph.D.Prudential Kansas City Realty
Mrs. Angie HeerWomen's Foundation
Mr. Chris HuberCobalt Ventures
Dr. LeAnn KridelbaughSamuel U. Rodgers Health Center
Mr. Mike LallyOlsson Associates
Ms. Lori McGroderShook, Hardy, & Bacon
Mr. Brian MooreSaint Luke's Foundation
Mr. John NeyensSeigfreid Bingham
Mr. Chris NigroNigro Insurance Group
Mr. Torre NigroBroker Services
Ms. Ellen J. PantaeniusHusch Blackwell LLP
Mr. Greg PayneGrant Thornton
Mr. Patrick Pearce
Mr. Joe PriviteraMark One Electric
Mr. Al RettenmaierE3 Consulting
Mr. Monty RogersPharm Assess
Mr. John StradaAllied Refreshment Company
Mr. Paul StrohmC&C Group
Mr. Greg WilcoxMidway Auto
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 13
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 12
Female 4
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 0
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
Standing Committees
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Advisory Board Members
Mr. William Dunn Sr.JE Dunn Construction
Mr. David StakerPlastic 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, 2019
Fiscal Year End June 30, 2020
Projected Revenue $2,517,518
Projected Expenses $2,509,475
Foundation Comments
  • FYE 6/30/2017, 2016, 2015: 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 Year201720162015
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$40,000$1,037,991$1,048,499
Individual Contributions------
Investment Income, Net of Losses$12,762($23,938)$6,541
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$115,691$164,857$89,756
Revenue In-Kind$145,675$161,956$164,801
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$1,816,300$1,567,930$1,557,883
Administration Expense$334,130$423,321$277,307
Fundraising Expense$38,093$43,333$107,230
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.041.271.05
Program Expense/Total Expenses83%77%80%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$2,157,690$2,137,366$1,483,889
Current Assets$1,220,878$1,134,655$422,411
Long-Term Liabilities$37,250$32,385$26,532
Current Liabilities$73,571$136,750$44,399
Total Net Assets$2,046,869$1,968,231$1,412,958
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities16.598.309.51
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets2%2%2%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201720162015
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years No
Organization Comments The Don Bosco Center has a Foundation Board governing a separate reserves account for Don Bosco.  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. 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. 
Other Documents
Organization Name Don Bosco Community Center
Address 580 Campbell Street
Kansas City, MO 64106
Primary Phone (816) 691-2800
Contact Email
CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Mo Orpin
Board Chair Mr. Greg Wilcox
Board Chair Company Affiliation Midway Auto
Year of Incorporation 1975