Hope Network of Raytown
10500 East 350 Highway
Raytown MO 64138
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 778-1105
Fax 816- 778-1134
Mission Statement
Hope Network reaches out, meets needs, and changes lives by leveraging a plethora of local resources. The mission of Hope Network is to offer hope to the hungry and hurting by delivering exemplary care, affirming value, and meeting basic needs.
 
These critical services enable the impoverished Raytown population to build a foundation to meet the basic daily requirements to succeed. At each point of service a client is met with a volunteer case manager who personally works with the client. The individualized attention allows for a relationship of trust to be built, creating fertile ground for growth. Our goal is to usher families out of a life of poverty by meeting their immediate food need, equipping them with tools for success, while filling them with hope for the future. 
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Michele C. Workman
Board Chair Mrs. Lucretia Raby
Board Chair Company Affiliation Lucretia Raby Consulting
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2007
Volunteer Opportunities
Ways to donate, support, or volunteer

 

  • Donations may be made online or via phone using your credit card. Checks may be mailed to Hope Network 10500 E. 350 HWY Raytown MO 64138.
  • In-kind donations of food, clothing, or school supplies may be delivered to The ROC, 10500 E. 350 HWY, Raytown, MO 64138
  • Volunteers are always welcome. Visit our website and Facebook to view various opportunities in our food pantry, as well as event-specific roles.

 

Financial Summary
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Statements
Mission Statement
Hope Network reaches out, meets needs, and changes lives by leveraging a plethora of local resources. The mission of Hope Network is to offer hope to the hungry and hurting by delivering exemplary care, affirming value, and meeting basic needs.
 
These critical services enable the impoverished Raytown population to build a foundation to meet the basic daily requirements to succeed. At each point of service a client is met with a volunteer case manager who personally works with the client. The individualized attention allows for a relationship of trust to be built, creating fertile ground for growth. Our goal is to usher families out of a life of poverty by meeting their immediate food need, equipping them with tools for success, while filling them with hope for the future. 
Background Statement Hope Network is a nonprofit organization whose roots began with the desire of the congregation of Connection Point Church to help the poor and disadvantaged in their city. The organization began in 2006--first as a volunteer led and operated program of the church, and then, upon completion of its 501(c)(3) status in 2007, as an independent organization.

According to 2017 Census data, the average income of households in Raytown is $51,089; however, over 12.5% of households earn less than $15,000 each year. Hope Network focuses its resources on assisting the individuals living at or below that level. The clients deal with joblessness, homelessness, transient living situations, insufficient wages and life circumstances that are beyond the family’s financial ability to control. With so many in need, Hope Network was developed to offer hope and demonstrate care for those living in this community.
Impact Statement
Accomplishments for 2019:
  • Over 2,000 people were fed from our client choice based food and clothing pantry.
  • 200 BackSnack packs are given to Raytown School District children every month.
  • Over 127 children are provided with Christmas presents and their families are treated to a Christmas party and distribution of gifts collected by community members.
  • Fundraising, grant revenues  and individual contributions increased exponentially over the past year.
  • Over 100 guests are assisted with rent and utility payments for the year of $150 or more.
 
2019-2020 Goals:
  • Increase clients served from our food pantry
  • Increase fundraising and grants
  • Reaching new clients through additional programs like Christmas gifts for kids, Thanksgiving boxes and vehicle repair assistance
  • Increase our outreach to Senior Citizens through various programs and Senior Commodity boxes.
  • Build community partnerships
Needs Statement
  1. Additional food suppliers to keep the food pantry fully stocked.
  2. Event sponsorship/participation
  3. Increase fundraising and grant funding 
  4. Additional volunteers to meet the expanding needs for new programs. 
Service Categories
Emergency Assistance (Food, Clothing, Cash)
Food Banks, Food Pantries
Areas of Service
MO - Jackson County
Geographic Area Served Narrative Service the Raytown School district residents. 
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement
 The demographics of Raytown are changing drastically.  There are 28,993 residents in Raytown and the median age is 39.4 years of age. The number of children on the free and reduced lunch program in Raytown continue to increase from 62% in 2018.  Hope Network reaches out to the elementary schools with our "Supplied For Success" program.  In order for children to be successful in their academic and social world they must have the proper tools.  This program works with the school counselors to meet the individual needs of students by providing resources to teachers that best suit their classroom environment.  We continue to look for ways to keep this program as up to date and helpful to the schools as we can.  
 
Communication with the schools is a vital part of  our Supplied for Success, Backsnack program and the Christmas Gift program called Gifts of Hope.  We continue to foster great relationships with the district and serve on a leadership committee through the Parents as Teachers program. 
Programs
Description

The Hope Network Food Pantry distributes nutritious food and individualized counseling to its clients. Each distribution includes the crucial elements of fresh fruits, vegetables and protein. Using a “Clients Choice Pantry” offering the clients an opportunity to select only the products that their family will use. Each client is offered a "personal shopper" who assists with making wise healthy food choices and assists with meal planning suggestions. Developing a relationship with their personal shopper helps Hope Network better understand the individual needs of each client.

We believe that nourishing the soul is as important as feeding hunger. By using this holistic approach, we have developed a continuum of care within Hope Network. Offering a Thanksgiving box of food and treating qualified guests with a Christmas party and pizza dinner makes the holiday's a bit more enjoyable to guests who might not be able to afford a nice season for their family. 
Program Budget $22,300.00
Category Food, Agriculture & Nutrition, General/Other Food Distribution
Population Served Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent, Families, Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success Our clients that have visited the pantry are making wise food choices. By choosing items that prepare nutritious meals instead of filling sacks full of chips, cakes and high calorie items. Hope Network strives to make the pantry user friendly and environment friendly. Our clients feel comfortable at the pantry and share their issues and concerns with the volunteers. Through open communication, the volunteer assist’s the client with wrap around services offered through Hope as well as community resources to meet the needs of the family. 
Long-Term Success Hope Network desires to combat hunger in the homes of those in need in our community. Families that are living in food-insecure homes need to receive food assistance in an environment that treats them with dignity and respect. Hope Network also desires to educate the client about healthy food choices. Explaining which foods are high in calories and low in nutrition helps with educating clients about eating healthy. It is important for our clients to understand how to have a healthy lifestyle. Clients are able to have 3 meat choices and are provided 1 gallon of fresh milk as well as an array of fresh produce. 
Program Success Monitored By We utilize an evaluation form that measures a variety of levels of service satisfaction. By evaluating the outcomes, we have a picture of how we are meeting our goals. We also monitor based on the retention of particular clients.  We see which clients are transient, or "1 visit and done" type of visit, which clients are consistent each month and after taking a year break after 12 visits we are able to see which clients need to return for another year of visits.  This helps us see how we need to focus on educating them and empowering them to not become fully dependent on our services.  
Examples of Program Success A 26-year-old man showed up at Hope Network’s food pantry out of a job, out of food and out of hope. The volunteer learned he had been unemployed for several months. He was eager to work but had been unable to find a job. A volunteer informed him of an opening at Burger King and went with him to submit the application. On the ride over the volunteer said “If you get this job, promise me you will stick with it. There are not many jobs available right now, so it is best to stay with a job once you get hired”. The young man was hired and began working. Hope Network did not see him again for a year. He returned to tell us, “There were many times that I wanted to quit but I had made a promise that I would not leave unless I had another one. I have been promoted to Manager. My wife and I are planning on buying our first home this month. Thank you for the groceries you provided when we were hungry, thank you for taking me to that job and encouraging me to stay with it”.
Description
The development of the "Supplied for Success" program builds on Hope Network's relationship with the elementary schools located in Raytown C-2 Schools District.  This program is designed to meet the needs of underserved students living at the poverty level.  The school  year begins with the distribution of  school supplies to assist transient children as well as teachers in need. Next, counselors identify 245 students that are living in food insecure homes so that weekend meals will be provided throughout the school year. Physical Education coaches identify the clothing and shoe needs of the students. 
Program Budget $3,000.00
Category Human Services, General/Other Emergency Assistance
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years), Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success
The Supplied for Success program will cut down on absenteeism. Healthy children have better attendance records. Hope Network equips an entire Raytown school each year with a backgroupd and school supplies.
Long-Term Success
A family came to a Raytown school as transient motel dwellers and were provided backpacks full of supplies. Their children loved being at school with their new backpack and the family was able to get on their feet and rent a place to call home.  
 
Teachers are able to save money on purchasing supplies for their students, thus providing care and other extra's for children with their saved budget.  
Program Success Monitored By
Teachers email when supplies are low and we are able to use budget from the program to assist mid year should additional transient children come in need of supplies.  
 
The backsnack program is tracked at the end of the year with a survey that is sent home to the parents.
Examples of Program Success
The school counselors are working closely with Hope Network to meet the individual needs of the families in their school. Hope Network placed a family expecting another child in an apartment at River of Refuge.  The family was able to get children enrolled in school, and the adult was able to get and keep a job. They left the program successful and thankful for the chance at a great productive life. 
Description Hope Network registers clients identified by the school district that might need some Holiday assistance.  Once the children's wish list is received, we reach out to local church and community members for assistance in providing gifts for these children.  The unwrapped gifts are given to the parents in secret while attending a family Christmas holiday party, thus allowing the parents to be the gift giver rather than an agency. The evening holiday party consists of a visit from Santa, dinner, a trip to Santa's Winter Wonderland Workshop and the opportunity to choose a toy donated by Toys for Tots.   
Program Budget $4,000.00
Category Food, Agriculture & Nutrition, General/Other Food Distribution
Population Served Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success Family's are able to provide their children birth through age 11 gifts they get to wrap.  This enables the families to focus on other expenses during the difficult time of year. 
Long-Term Success Families are allowed to participate in the program for 2 consecutive years before taking a year break.  We very rarely see families need to come back after taking a year break which tells us they may be on their feet and established in an job to be able to provide for their families.  We have many non-English speaking families register for this event, many who's head of households are trying to establish into a new line of work or who may be in construction and out of work due to colder months. 
Program Success Monitored By The number of families registered.  We hold this program at Connection Point Church and are limited to space to have the event.  We assist approximately 50-60 families each year. 
Examples of Program Success
Families are bursting to come say thank you for the gifts, many writing notes and mailing to us explaining the face of their child on Christmas morning due to our assistance with the gifts.  The parents can opt to keep it from the kids and appear as if the gifts came from them instead of an agency if they wish. 
 
A particular returning family for a 2nd time came to the Program Manager beaming with pride having practiced in English the words "Thank you for our special Christmas, we can never repay you".   
CEO Comments
More families are unable to meet their family's members' basic needs for food, clothing, and shelter. Hope Network continues to find opportunities for funding for the programs. Demands on each program continues to grow as more of our family demographics change and they are unable to meet their financial needs to run their households. We have witnessed an increase in household members over the past two years as we have serviced many families that has as many as 8 children living under the same roof. 
While statistics such as these aren't always pleasant to proclaim, nonprofits like Hope Network are pleased to be able to sustain with the generosity of grant funding and direct assistance to continue opening the doors for those families in our community. 
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Mrs. Michele C. Workman
Term Start Mar 2014
Experience
Michele has a passion for working with children and families of all ages and backgrounds.  She is specifically passionate about raising awareness of children and elderly living in disadvantaged homes.  Michele has one adopted son that comes from an impoverished birth home and has worked in the school district mentoring students in a creative and fun atmosphere.  Michele is passionate about elderly and being sure they are not forgotten particularly the home bound elderly. Michele gets the opportunity to assist the elderly with the Senior Commodity food supplemental program held once a month at Hope Network. 
 
With a background in children, education and elder care, Michele's focus at Hope Network is providing care to the community and showing grace to all individuals from all walks of life. 
 
In her free time she enjoys volunteering at local elementary schools and church, reading, traveling with her husband and young son in their RV, watching NFL (Go Chiefs!) with her oldest son and supporting her middle son who serves in the Marines.   
Former CEOs
NameTerm
Mrs. Christie HammondSept 2013 - Sept 2017
Janet M. Lowe2007 - 2013
Staff
Paid Full-Time Staff 1
Paid Part-Time Staff 4
Paid Contractors 0
Volunteers 120
Retention Rate 60%
Staff Diversity (Ethnicity)
African American/Black 0
Caucasian 4
Hispanic/Latino 1
Staff Diversity (Gender)
Female 2
Male 3
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive 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 No
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Collaborations
Advanced Eyecare Raytown, United Way, River of Refuge, Raytown Emergency Assistance Program, Raytown Christian Church, HyVee, Connection Point, WalMart, Raytown School District, NonProfit Connect, Community Action Agency of Greater Kansas City, Feeding America, Harvesters, Price Chopper. 
Affiliations
AffiliationYear
Nonprofit Connect of Greater Kansas City2014
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? No
Board Chair
Board Chair Mrs. Lucretia Raby
Company Affiliation Lucretia Raby Consulting
Term July 2018 to
Email lucretiaraby@sbcglobal.net
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Mr. Steve Biotta
Mr. Mark Browning
Mr. Paul CrisafulliEpic Insurance
Mr. John DavisHoneywell, Engineer
Ms. Laura DavisFirst Baptist Raytown, Director of Administration
Mr. Brian EdwardsGEHA
Mr. Curt FielekeRetired, South Haven Baptist Church
Mrs. Sandy Houston
Ms. Desiree Hugill-HoustonAdvanced Eyecare - Raytown
Mr. Rob JordanBurns-McDonald
Mrs. Nathalie KuhnsConnection Point Church
Mr. Beto LopezARO Real Estate
Mr. Jeff PhillipsMO Bank
Mrs. Lucretia RabyLucretia Raby Consulting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 12
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 9
Female 5
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 75%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 75%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Financials
Fiscal Year Start Oct 01, 2019
Fiscal Year End Sept 30, 2020
Projected Revenue $219,400
Projected Expenses $170,000
Spending Policy Income Only
Foundation Comments
  • FYE 9/30/2018, 2017, 2016: Financial data reported using IRS Form 990.  
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line items may include contributions from individuals.   
Detailed Financials
 
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201820172016
Program Expense$212,454$72,927$71,098
Administration Expense$30,922$40,780$46,019
Fundraising Expense$1,992$2,923$0
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.030.830.91
Program Expense/Total Expenses87%63%61%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201820172016
Total Assets$94,391$86,824$107,324
Current Assets$94,391$86,824$107,324
Long-Term Liabilities$165$0$0
Current Liabilities$165($243)$92
Total Net Assets$94,226$87,067$107,232
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201820172016
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities572.07--1166.57
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201820172016
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201820172016
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountBed, Bath & Beyond $100,347Homelessness Trust Fund $10,000 --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountWalmart $17,700H&R Block $2,700 --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountGreater Kansas City Community Foundation $10,000Truman Heartland Community Foundation (Beaudine Family) $2,000 --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years No
Organization Comments The rising demand of Hope Network services and the rising cost of food, clothing, and shelter make funding a daily challenge. Hope Network continues to look for new sources of fundraising while continuing with the established methods. Our original donor base continues to offer support but we are in need of new voices to come along side of this mission. Passionate and caring people that are looking for an opportunity to serve their communities are welcome to come volunteer at our programs.
Other Documents
Organization Name Hope Network of Raytown
Address 10500 East 350 Highway
Raytown, MO 64138
Primary Phone (816) 778-1105
CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Michele C. Workman
Board Chair Mrs. Lucretia Raby
Board Chair Company Affiliation Lucretia Raby Consulting
Year of Incorporation 2007