Hillcrest Transitional Housing of Kansas
PO Box 901924
Kansas City MO 64190
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (913) 400-2573
Mission Statement

To be a transitional housing program providing supportive services that helps homeless families & youth become self-supportive, self reliant contributors to society.

Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Scott Alan Cooper
Board Chair Mr. Terry Clark
Board Chair Company Affiliation Creal, Clark, Seifert
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2005
Former Names
Hilcrest Transitional Housing of Wyandotte and Johnson County
Financial Summary
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Statements
Mission Statement

To be a transitional housing program providing supportive services that helps homeless families & youth become self-supportive, self reliant contributors to society.

Background Statement

Hillcrest Transitional Housing was founded in 1976 as a transitional housing program designed to move homeless families to self-sufficiency. In 1999 Hillcrest expanded its program to Jackson County. In 2005 the Kansas affiliate was formed to serve Wyandotte County; this affiliate added a youth program in 2010 & additional transitional housing sites in Johnson County, KS in 2014 & 2016. In 2011 the Buchanan County affiliate was formed. The current Hillcrest Transitional Housing facilities are located in Jackson, Wyandotte, Johnson & Buchanan Counties, with ancillary direct & support services for clients provided by Hillcrest of MidAmerica at its offices in Liberty, MO, providing Rapid Re-Housing programs that serve Clay & Clinton Counties, and the Missouri Northland. The supporting entity, Hillcrest of MidAmerica, provides a shared Executive Director, Development & administrative staff to the housing affiliates, to reduce administrative & fundraising costs, so the housing programs can focus the majority of their donated funds on direct services to homeless clients, and to provide shared best practices & resources. While remaining separate tax exempt entities, all Hillcrest affiliates share the same program and methods which result in homeless families moving to self-sufficiency. Hillcrest is a high-accountability program that provides rent-free, utility-free housing, a food pantry, life-skills counseling with direct supportive services (budgeting, nutrition, employment, parenting, and community living), health/medical/dental assessments, and professional services (mechanics, doctors, dentists, barbers, tutoring, education, holiday program, back to school program, GED) to homeless families, singles, youth and children. Households enter the program homeless and leave it self-sufficient, gaining/improving employment, reducing reliance on government assistance, improving self-worth & health, and attaining permanent housing of their choosing.

Impact Statement

Hillcrest Transitional Housing’s accomplishments are best seen through our 95% success rate of transitioning graduate families to self sufficiency. However, Hillcrest has also been recognized for “best practices” in transitional housing by the National Alliance to End Homelessness.  Hillcrest of Kansas currently operates 37 apartments for transitional housing in Kansas City & Overland Park, KS, with the goal of housing 69 families & 10 youth per year. An average of  2 of every 3 families/youth housed will complete the program, achieving self-sufficiency, breaking the poverty-welfare cycle. Hillcrest is also very proud to offer continued direct supportive services (i.e., food pantry, counseling, garden, budgeting, holiday & back to school adoption, etc.) to over 1,000 individuals annually. These adults, youth & children have successfully completed the transitional housing program, and are offered as needed assistance to help them maintain permanent housing & self-sufficiency. 

Needs Statement
  1. The primary need of Hillcrest of Kansas is churches, businesses, private individuals or service organizations to commit financially & in volunteer time on an annual basis to sponsor a transitional unit for a homeless family or youth, to help provide for their housing & personal needs while in the program.
  2. Volunteers from every sector are needed to help maintain the housing units, including professional HVAC, plumbing, landscaping & general maintenance. Volunteers are also needed to sign on as mentors for the Youth Transitional Program.
  3. Sponsors are needed for the major fundraising event, the  annual Gala & Auction in October/November. Donations to the Silent & Live Auctions for the Gala are currently being collected.
  4. Donations of fresh, frozen & non-perishable foods, as well as household pantry items (toilet paper, paper towels, diapers, laundry detergent, etc.) are needed. Also needed are bus passes, gas station gift cards, grocery store gift cards, and Wal-mart/Target gift cards to help with client needs throughout the year.
  5. Volunteers are needed to serve in the capacity of Budget Counselor & Life-Skills Speaker, to aid program participants in their goal of reaching self-sufficiency.
Service Categories
Homeless Shelters
Homeless Services/Centers
Fund Raising & Fund Distribution
Areas of Service
KS - Wyandotte County
KS - Johnson County
KS
MO
MO - Jackson County
MO - Clay County
MO - Clinton
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement There is a tremendous need for Hillcrest's services in the state of Kansas. As the Kansas affiliate grows to meet that need, we must raise our profile and multiply our resources if we are going to support as robust a program as we want. During the past few years we have been continually developing an engaged and energetic board of directors, growing our critical donor base, cultivating partnerships with businesses willing to sponsor our events and amassing the army of volunteers who do the hands-on work of lifting up the homeless in their time of need. Managing this rapidly growing enterprise and developing a fiscally sound operation is challenging, but I am proud of the foundation we have laid and the structure we are building. I believe that over the next few years, the Kansas affiliate will grow to become the strongest affiliate in the Hillcrest organization.

For me, working with Hillcrest has been riveting and rewarding. My eyes have been opened to the reality of homelessness and more importantly the potency of the skills Hillcrest imparts on its graduates. It gives me hope that enormous challenges like generational poverty and chronic homelessness can be solved by people who possess the will and the dedication to donate their time and their resources.
Programs
Description

Hillcrest offers a 90-day transitional housing program for homeless families & adults, providing rent/utility free housing. The goal of the program is to move families from homelessness to self-sufficiency, with support services (case management, life-skills, employment, community living, budgeting), donated services (auto repair, dental, medical, legal, etc.) and self-supporting services (full-time employment, reduction in debt, establishment of savings).

Hillcrest can house 22 families at one time, or 66 annually, in the 90 day program. An additional 6 units are available for families/adults who may have excessive debt, multiple evictions, or barriers to housing for up to 18 months. The family/adult program houses an average of 72 households per year.

Non-residential services are also available to program graduates: food pantry, counseling, budgeting, community garden, bus passes, holiday/back to school adoption. An average of 1,000 individuals, adults & children, receive these services annually.

Program Budget $174,000.00
Category Housing, General/Other Transitional Housing
Population Served Homeless, Families, At-Risk Populations
Short-Term Success
Short term successes are dependent upon each participant family. I.e., a family with children will have a short term success of 100% of school age children attending school regularly.
Some common annual short term goals are:
  1. 69 families will receive food pantry assistance
  2. 69 families will receive at least 1 case management session
  3. 69 families will receive at least 1 budget counseling session
  4. 66% of adults will maintain, find, or improve their employment
Long-Term Success

The goal of the program is to break the cycle of homelessness for every family and individual who enters the program. Historically approximately 2/3, or 66% of those who enter the program, complete the full 90-days, achieving self-sufficiency. Those who maintain self-sufficiency meet the following criteria:

  1. Maintain full-time employment.
  2. Maintain a permanent home of their own choosing.
  3. Do not receive TANF assistance. By maintaining at least a 66% program completion rate, Hillcrest will deem the program a success.
Program Success Monitored By Data compiled through surveys and phone interviews with clients and past program participants shows that approximately 66% of those served by the program complete it and achieve self-sufficiency. In addition, the data further shows that of those who have completed the program, 95% maintain self-sufficiency for a period of no less than 5 years post program completion, supporting the goal of ending the poverty-welfare cycle. Data are collected by staff & volunteers through mailed written surveys, telephone surveys, and personal one-on-one interviews.
Examples of Program Success Since the inception of the Kansas affiliate in 2005, the goal number of families to be served, as well as the goal number of families to be moved to self-sufficiency, has been met or exceeded each year in Wyandotte County. This translates to a minimum of 69 families having been housed, with 46 achieving self-sufficiency.
Description
Hillcrest offers a transitional housing program for homeless youth ages 16-21, for up to 21-24 months, providing rent & utility free housing within a caring, structured environment. 10 private, fully furnished apartments are dedicated to this program.
The goal of the program is to move youth from homelessness to self-sufficiency & independent living, through an intensive network of supportive services (case management, life-skills, employment, community living, budgeting), donated professional services (auto repair, dental, medical, legal, etc.) and self-supporting services (full-time employment, reduction in debt, establishment of savings), while aiding these youth in achieving their educational & personal goals.
Program Budget $150,000.00
Category Housing, General/Other Transitional Housing
Population Served Homeless, Children and Youth (0 - 19 years), Lesbian, Gays, Bisexuals, Transgendered
Short-Term Success

Short term successes are dependent upon each participant youth. i.e., a youth with a child will have a short term success of 100% of children attending pre-school/early education regularly.

Some common annual short term goals are:

  1. 10 youth will receive food pantry assistance
  2. 10 youth will receive at least 1 case management session per week in the program
  3. 10 youth will receive at least 1 budget counseling session per week in the program
  4. 66% of youth will maintain, find, or improve their employment & achieve an educational goal

Long-Term Success

The goal of the program is to break the cycle of homelessness for every youth who enters the program. Historically approximately 2/3, or 66% of those who enter the family/adult program complete the full program, achieving self-sufficiency. We anticipate similar results with the youth program. Those who maintain self-sufficiency meet the following criteria:

  1. Maintain employment post program completion.
  2. Maintain a permanent home of their own choosing.
  3. Do not receive TANF assistance. By maintaining at least a 66% program completion rate, Hillcrest will deem the program a success.
Program Success Monitored By

Data compiled through surveys and phone interviews with clients and past program participants shows that approximately 66% of those served by the family/adult program complete it and achieve self-sufficiency. In addition, the data further shows that of those who have completed the program, 95% maintain self-sufficiency for a period of no less than 5 years post program completion, supporting the goal of ending the poverty-welfare cycle. Data are collected by staff & volunteers through mailed written surveys, telephone surveys, and personal one-on-one interviews. It is anticipated the same methods will be used for the youth program.

Examples of Program Success

Since the inception of the Kansas affiliate in 2005, the goal number of families to be served, as well as the goal number of families to be moved to self-sufficiency, has been met or exceeded each year in Wyandotte County. This translates to a minimum of 36 families having been housed, with 24 achieving self-sufficiency in the family/adult program.

Description

Individuals/Households receive basic needs items & care including: work uniforms, food, transportation, health & dental care, eye glasses, clothing & thrift store vouchers, bus passes/gas cards, auto repair, legal assistance, rapid re-housing financial assistance, etc.

Category Human Services, General/Other Emergency Assistance
Population Served At-Risk Populations, ,
Short-Term Success 100% of clients served will receive a health assessment to determine immediate needs & assign necessary services to the client. 100% of clients will receive an individual needs assessment to determine other basic needs outside of health/wellness. 
Long-Term Success Adults & children experiencing homelessness will receive the tools necessary to meet their basic needs so they may lead successful, healthy, productive lives, and ultimately pass these skills on to their own children. 
Program Success Monitored By All data is tracked utilizing case files & client level data, which is entered into the local HMIS, as well as in agency level systems, to ensure each client receives assessments & services as necessary. 
Examples of Program Success Clients who experience homelessness are more likely to experience health issues, food insecurity, and lack of social/life-skills. Clients of Hillcrest have these basic needs met, so they can focus on gaining employment, paying down debt, establishing a savings, and breaking the cycle of welfare & poverty so they may lead healthy, self-sufficient lives. 
CEO Comments The economic downturn added urgency to the Hillcrest mission. Hillcrest is encountering record numbers of applicants in more dire situations than ever. Where we have traditionally seen mostly people who might be referred to as the "working poor"--those with jobs but with insufficient earnings and/or inadequate money management skills to survive--the majority of our recent applicants are out of work and have few prospects. Hillcrest is working diligently to rise up to meet the challenge of both the increased numbers of applicants and the severity of their situations, always with the hope that the graduates of our program will be in a strong position to survive and thrive when the economy improves (and to weather future storms). The challenge is always to provide enough resources to house and teach as many people as want to participate in our program, but that is more challenging now.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Mr. Scott Alan Cooper
Term Start June 1995
Experience

Scott Cooper began serving as Executive Director of Hillcrest Transitional Housing and its affiliates in June 1995. Scott and his family live on their farm in Kearney, MO. Scott enjoys serving in capacities beyond Hillcrest, including leading mission trips to Central America. He has served as President of Clay County Habitat for Humanity Board, President of the Liberty Lions Club, President of the Liberty Sertoma Club, and as a member of the Liberty Chamber Board and Independence Rotary. He is a current board member & incoming Chair of the Leawood Rotary Club. Scott is a graduate of William Jewell College with a degree in biology and communication. He also studied Spanish in Spain & Costa Rica, which is helpful on his mission trips. As Executive Director, Scott has been instrumental in overseeing the expansion of Hillcrest Transitional Housing into Platte, Eastern Jackson, Wyandotte, Johnson & Buchanan Counties, and looks forward to continued growth of the program to other communities. In 2004 he was awarded the Stuart Whitney Award for advocacy for homeless families in Kansas City.

Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start 0
Compensation Last Year
Senior Staff
Title COO/Interim Director
Title Director of Resource Development
Staff
Paid Full-Time Staff 7
Paid Part-Time Staff 1
Volunteers 1000
Paid Contractors 0
Retention Rate 95%
Staff Diversity (Ethnicity)
African American/Black 2
Caucasian 6
Staff Diversity (Gender)
Female 6
Male 2
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 Yes
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Collaborations
Hillcrest has informal collaborative/referral partnerships with numerous area social service agencies, including Kim Wilson Housing, Riverview Nurse Parish, MLM, Salvation Army, Willa Gill, Mt. Carmel, Swope Health, ReDiscover, and KS Family Services. 

Hillcrest Transitional Housing collaborates with its sister affiliates in the Northland, Jackson, & Buchanan Counties to provide transitional housing, rapid re-housing & supportive services to homeless & needy households throughout the greater Kansas City metro & beyond, regardless of geographic origination, to ensure clients gain housing & stability. This collaboration ensures best practices & shared standards of care, so clients are placed in housing & provided services most appropriate for their individual needs.

Awards
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
Best Practices in Transitional HousingNational Alliance to End Homelessness2001
Whitney Award for Excellence in Advocacy - Scott Cooper, Executive DirectorHomeless Services Coalition of Greater Kansas City2004
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? No
CEO Comments The Hillcrest of Mid-America staff and the staff of the other Hillcrest affiliates are experienced, dedicated and highly effective. They continue to be a tremendous asset to Hillcrest of Kansas.
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Terry Clark
Company Affiliation Creal, Clark, Seifert
Term Jan 2017 to Dec 2019
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Scott Burnham Community Volunteer
Joy Campbell CrossFirst Bank
Terry Clark Creal, Clark & Seifert
Frank Freudenthal Altec
Mr. Ralph Heiden Community Volunteer
Lisa Hodson GEHA
George Kapke Kapke & Willerth, LLC
J. Scott King Attorney at Law
Mr. Chris McCord McCord Appraisals
Mr. Brennan Tucker Blackwell Sanders LLP
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 10
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 8
Female 2
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 90%
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
CEO Comments As the size of the board of directors increases, we are able to deputize subcommittees to oversee various aspects of the affiliate and its operations and events. This is a healthy and natural progression for any non-profit, but it is a new endeavor for the Kansas affiliate. So we are learning as we go. Thankfully the board members--many of whom are new--are bright and sophisticated and have shown tremendous grace in accepting responsibility for the future of Hillcrest of Kansas.
Financials
Fiscal Year Start Jan 03, 2017
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2017
Projected Revenue $764,100
Projected Expenses $764,100
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2015, 2014, 2013: Financial data reported using IRS Form 990.  
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line item may include government, capital campaign, and/or individual contributions.
Detailed Financials
 
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$629,039$680,688$582,476
Administration Expense$42,318$41,228$32,782
Fundraising Expense$67,259$67,089$61,275
Payments to Affiliates--$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.901.040.94
Program Expense/Total Expenses85%86%86%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue10%8%10%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$2,012,485$2,085,098$2,055,000
Current Assets$323,044$339,659$321,984
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$2,012,485$2,085,098$2,055,000
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountHollywood Casino $25,000 -- --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountIndividual Donor $15,000 -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountChurch of the Ascension $12,000 -- --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? Yes
Campaign Purpose To purchase, renovate & operate a thrift store & additional apartment buildings for the transitional housing program in Johnson County, KS.
Goal $1,500,000.00
Dates Jan 2015 to Dec 2017
Amount Raised to Date $1,300,000.00 as of Apr 2017
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years No
Organization Comments The daily function of the affiliate runs very smoothly--the families we serve receive excellent programming.  The Hillcrest program works--our graduates are successful and our resources are in constant demand.  Our operation is strong.  Our challenge lies entirely in continuing to establish a sustainable base of financial and volunteer support to allow Hillcrest of Kansas to continue to impact the community in as large a manner as possible.  We continue to expand our facilities and have accepted the risks associated with doing so because the need is so great.  The entire Hillcrest family has pulled together to supplement the physical structures with the manpower and financial resources necessary to fully utilize those physical structures.  That investment of time and energy is beginning to pay major dividends.  Our stature in the community is expanding and our new and growing relationships with businesses, churches and individuals are beginning to blossom. 
Organization Name Hillcrest Transitional Housing of Kansas
Address PO Box 901924
Kansas City, MO 64190
Primary Phone (913) 400-2573
Contact Email becky@hillcrestkc.org
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Scott Alan Cooper
Board Chair Mr. Terry Clark
Board Chair Company Affiliation Creal, Clark, Seifert
Year of Incorporation 2005
Former Names
Hilcrest Transitional Housing of Wyandotte and Johnson County