Veronica's Voice
PO Box 172472
Kansas City KS 66117
Not because we are passionate about body care products, but because we are passionate about jobs for the women we serve.
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 483-7101
Mission Statement

To empower women to exit from, to prevent the entry into, and to end all demand for prostitution- sex trafficking in the United States through survivor leadership.

Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Lucy Bloom
Board Chair Mrs. Jessica Hubbard
Board Chair Company Affiliation Nerium
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2004
Volunteer Opportunities
Ways to donate, support, or volunteer
Donations to Veronica's Voice can be made several ways, including the following:
  • Mailing a check, 
  • On our website, www.veronicasvoice.org/donate, with a debit or credit card, 
  • United Way, 
  • Combined Federal Employee Campaign,  
  • Through employer programs, 
  • Mighty Cause, 
  • Thrivent, 
  • In-kind donations of talent/expertise and time, 
  • Donations of items that are listed on the Veronica's Voice Amazon account, 
  • Donations of gently used professional clothing to A Just Cause social enterprise, 
  • Amazon Smile
Our volunteer needs are posted at www.veronicasvoice.org/volunteer
Financial Summary
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Statements
Mission Statement

To empower women to exit from, to prevent the entry into, and to end all demand for prostitution- sex trafficking in the United States through survivor leadership.

Background Statement Veronica's Voice was founded in 2000. Early services included staffing a crisis line and reaching out to women on the streets with peer support and personal items. 2003 brought the opening of a drop-in center in an area most well-known areas for prostitution. As Veronica’s Voice staff worked to empower women to exit prostitution, it became clear that services needed to be taken to the next level. In 2015, Veronica’s Voice paid in full the recovery home now known as Magdalene KC. In 2017 the social enterprise, A Just Cause, was launched to create job training in a setting that supports continued recovery and economic independence. For every $1 invested into this social enterprise, $2.50 has been sown back into recovery services for the women of Magdalene KC. Through our collaborative, KC-CASE, we work with others to challenge and change systems in which women and children are bought and sold.
Impact Statement
Veronica's Voice is thrilled to be celebrating nineteen years of service and the two-year anniversary of opening our residential program, Magdalene KC. Magdalene KC is a survivor-led, realistic, and meaningful alternative to prostitution. Our program provides women exiting 'the life' up to two years of transitional housing, food, and basic necessities in a supportive, non-judgmental environment. Importantly, Magdalene KC also provides participants intensive case coordination of needed services including trauma and addiction recovery, employment readiness, life skills and other mental and physical health services they need as a result of their years of childhood abuse and being trafficked. Our goal is to empower women of Magdalene KC to become thriving and contributing members of their community.
 
Secondly, we are celebrating the second year of our social enterprise, which provides job-skills training and will ultimately provide job opportunities to survivors. The social enterprise began with the baking of homemade pies for the Holidays and has now moved into the manufacturing body care products that support recovery. We recently launched our Butterfly Boutique pop-up events that will include resale of gently used professional clothing and accessories.
 
The Kansas City Collaboration Against Sexual Exploitation (KC-CASE) includes leaders from multiple community sectors dedicated to the ending of sex trafficking in Kansas City. Since 2018, KC-CASE has mobilized over 500 volunteers in a point-in-time search for missing children. KC-CASE continues work to educate the broader community on the harms of purchasing sex acts and tighten the safety net of services for persons who are subjected to sex trafficking.  
 
The goals of Veronica's Voice for 2019 include the following:
  1. Three to five residents (at a time) will receive housing, mentoring (goals and services navigation), psychosocial educational groups, trauma counseling, financial support (bus passes, stipends, prescriptions, cleaning supplies, hygiene products, clothing, food), matched savings program
  2. Expenses for A Just Cause will come from revenue generated by A Just Cause
  3. Educate lawmakers in KS and MO Engage 25 strategic partners in the KC-CASE Action Plan Johnz School operational - all fees collected will go to services 500 Signatures on our Petition 200 volunteers in The Big Search KC Engage service providers and broaders community
Needs Statement
Veronica's Voice top 3 most pressing needs are:
1. Funding to move our Residence Manager from part-time to full-time
2. A store front to house our social enterprise
3. A 7-passenger vehicle
Service Categories
Victims' Services
Single Organization Support
Civil Liberties
Areas of Service
KS - Wyandotte County
KS - Wyandotte County Urban Core
MO - Eastern Jackson Co
MO - Jackson County
KS - Johnson County
MO - Clay County
KS
MO
National
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement
We are in a critical hour as a culture and community here in Kansas City. With the increasing demand for commercial sex acts, prostitution/sex trafficking is being glamorized and is on the increase in our community. There is no more important time than now for Veronica's Voice to continue leading the way for creating a culture where all people are free from commercial sexual exploitation. 
 
We have shifted from being positioned to bandage up survivors and teach them harm reduction to providing them with the safety and sanctuary necessary to focus on deep healing. While we do not have large numbers, what we do have is lives lived in economic independence!
 
We are grateful to the KC community for supporting our work, persevering in the highs and lows of this work, and committing to changing a culture where women and children are bought and sold.  
Programs
Description

Magdalene KC is a survivor-led and informed, realistic, and meaningful alternative to prostitution. Our program provides women exiting 'the life' up to two years of free transitional housing, food, and basic necessities in a supportive, non-judgmental environment. Importantly, Magdalene KC also provides participants intensive case management consisting of:

  1. Comprehensive trauma, addiction recovery, and other mental and physical health services they need as a result of their years of childhood abuse and being trafficked for sex.
  2. Education, life skills and/or job training, of which they were deprived in their underprivileged childhoods and life of commercial sexual exploitation.

Our goal is to empower the women of Magdalene KC to become thriving and contributing members of their community.

Program Budget $134,150.00
Category Human Services, General/Other Human Services, General/Other
Population Served Alcohol, Drug, Substance Abusers
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success Short-term success is measured in the number of days of sobriety, adherence to guidelines and participation in the recovery program.
Long-Term Success 85% of women graduating from Magdalene KC will be sober and economically independent 18 months after graduation. 
Program Success Monitored By The success of Magdalene KC is monitored by number of days remaining in the house, participation in recovery including medical services, addiction services, mental health treatment, trauma therapy, intensive case management, life-skills training and job-skills training. The women monitor their progress through individual and community goal plans and relapse prevention plans. Random drug screens confirm sobriety. 
Examples of Program Success
Our first resident has been in the program for 14 months as of March 2018. She is a scholarship recipient and a full-time college student. The resident that has been there the longest next to our first resident has been in the program for 9 months. The next longest is 1 month. There have been four other residents. One reunited with family. One moved into a transitional program to facilitate reunification with her child. Two relapsed. 
 
We are very encouraged by the growth of the women in the Magdalene KC program. They are very grateful for the support of the community in making this program possible.  
Description
Veronica's Voice Social Enterprise provides job-skills training for women in the Magdalene KC program, and a solution to the multiple barriers to employment faced by Magdalene KC residents. November 2017, Veronica’s Voice launched the social enterprise by selling pies made from scratch by staff, volunteers and residents of Magdalene KC. Revenue from the pies was used to purchase supplies to manufacture body care products. Those products have generated revenue with a 2.5 return on investment, which has in turn multiplied donor dollars to provide more services.
 
Our vision is that women working at the Veronica’s Voice Social Enterprise would obtain paid vocational training and job placement, full and part-time management level employment. Permanent employment for graduates at Veronica’s Voice moves women out of poverty and contributes to ongoing individual recovery through financial stability and provides a sense of accomplishment and purpose.
Program Budget $59,000.00
Category Employment, General/Other Vocational Guidance
Population Served Alcohol, Drug, Substance Abusers
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success Short-term success involves building our capacity and clientele up to the point where we can provide stipends for women in the job-training program and provide two part-time positions. 
Long-Term Success The long-term success of the Veronica's Voice Social Enterprise will lead us to acquiring a store front and studio with the capacity to provide employment for 50 women who have exited prostitution and are walking out their recovery. The social enterprise will be run by the women for the women. 
Program Success Monitored By The program success is monitored by a team of volunteers who are successful entrepreneurs, business analysts, and marketers. We are using only funds raised through the social enterprise to build the business. In this way, the program budget is not impacted by the activities of the social enterprise. 
Examples of Program Success

Our social enterprise, A Just Cause, has expanded its product line and currently has a 2.5 return on investment. This year, we will be working on our business plan, and launching our online store. We are also piloting a clothing resale event, Butterfly Boutique, in partnership with Denton’s Law Firm. Over the next three years, we see A Just Cause being in a place where we are generating enough revenue to begin hiring women from the Magdalene KC Program.

Description

Thirdly, Kansas City Collaborative Against Sexual Exploitation (KC-CASE) launched The Big Search KC, a point in time search for missing youth, in October 2018. The Big Search KC mobilized 200 volunteers and collected 53 leads. KC-CASE also hosted a Mayor’s Leadership Summit in KCMO to engage decision makers in discussion for solutions in creating a culture where all persons are free from commercial sexual exploitation. The KC-CASE includes nonprofits dedicated to the ending of sex trafficking, educators, law enforcement, health care professionals, faith-based leaders, business leaders and representatives of elected officials.

Program Budget $36,937.50
Category Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy, General/Other Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy, General/Other
Population Served General/Unspecified
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success
Grow community engagement through participation in The Big Search KC.
Educate lawmakers and law enforcement regarding alternative solutions to criminalization. 
Implementation of a restorative justice model for buyers through the Johnz School. 
Long-Term Success Create a culture where all persons are free from commercial sexual exploitation. 
Program Success Monitored By A team of partner organizations track the progress and completion of goals for KC-CASE. 
Examples of Program Success

Thirdly, Kansas City Collaborative Against Sexual Exploitation (KC-CASE) launched The Big Search KC, a point in time search for missing youth, in October 2018. The Big Search KC mobilized 200 volunteers and collected 53 leads. KC-CASE also hosted a Mayor’s Leadership Summit in KCMO to engage decision makers in discussion for solutions in creating a culture where all persons are free from commercial sexual exploitation. The KC-CASE includes nonprofits dedicated to the ending of sex trafficking, educators, law enforcement, health care professionals, faith-based leaders, business leaders and representatives of elected officials.

CEO Comments As we complete our 19th year of service to the most vulnerable and marginalized persons in our community, we are energized by the compassion of the Greater Kansas City Community, the dedication to awareness and the conviction to do something meaningful. We invite all who will to join this effort to create a culture where all persons are free from commercial sexual exploitation. 
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Mrs. Lucy Bloom
Term Start Aug 2017
Experience

Lucy is Executive Director of Veronica’s Voice - Magdalene KC, a Kansas City based organization providing residential services, a social enterprise, men’s education, and advocacy for survivors of commercial sexual exploitation. She leads the Kansas City Collaborative Against Sexual Exploitation. Additionally, Lucy is working at state and federal levels to support the development of specialized services for survivors and reduction of demand. Lucy is a member of the National Survivor Network. Prior to Veronica’s Voice, Lucy served as President and CEO of I’m Coming Home, Director of Operations at Restoration House of Greater Kansas City, as Director of Faith-based and Community Initiatives for the Kansas Department of Children and Families, and as Program Director at National Center for Fathering. 

Co-CEO/Executive Director
Co-CEO/Executive Director Kristy Childs
Term Start June 2000
Co-CEO Experience Kristy Childs, Founding Director Veronica’s Voice: Program Advisor, 19 years experience in community-based, nonprofit leadership, outreach, advocacy, national expert, influencer of federal and state legislation, pioneer of specialized services for survivors of commercial sexual exploitation in this part of the country and of a local johns school focused on restorative justice, provided leadership for a prostitution diversion program serving 80 women, provided services to over 800 women through the Veronica’s Voice Safe Center, founder and current President of Veronica's Voice.
Staff
Paid Full-Time Staff 2
Paid Part-Time Staff 1
Paid Contractors 1
Volunteers 30
Retention Rate 100%
Staff Diversity (Ethnicity)
African American/Black 2
Caucasian 1
Other 1
Other (Please Specify) Multi-ethnic: American Indian, German, French and Spanish
Staff Diversity (Gender)
Female 4
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Bi-Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Quarterly
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Quarterly
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

KC-CASE -The Kansas City Collaborative Against Sexual Exploitation aims to end violence and mistreatment toward all persons being trafficked for commercial advantage in the Kansas City metro area.

Other Specific NGO’s

  • Avenue of Life
  • Children's Mercy
  • Duchesne Clinic
  • Epic Project
  • Exodus Cry
  • Justice & Dignity Center
  • Leawood Rotary
  • Lion's Beauty Queens
  • MOCSA
  • P.O.S.S.E.
  • Rended Heart
  • STOP Trafficking Vineyard
  • The STOP Trafficking Project
  • UMKC School of Criminology
  • WSU Center for Combatting Human Trafficking
  • Wyandotte Behavioral
Awards
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
Amigas AwardOwnmen's Peacepower Foundation, Inc.2001
Honoree for National Businesswomen WeekMayor Kay Waldo Barnes2004
Living Legends Award for Service to HumanitySeventh Day Adventists2018
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? No
CEO Comments We are grateful for the support of a myriad of organizations committed to filling gaps and creating a pathway to prosperity for victims of commercial sexual exploitation. 
Board Chair
Board Chair Mrs. Jessica Hubbard
Company Affiliation Nerium
Term Feb 2015 to July 2019
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Kristy ChildsFounding Director Veronica’s Voice, Inc.
Jacqueline LeaATT
Pete MuenksRetired
Jessica Parle-HubbardNerium
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 3
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 1
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 1
Female 3
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 85%
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 10
Standing Committees
Advisory Board / Advisory Council
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
Volunteer
Project Oversight
Advisory Board Members
NameAffiliation
Suzette MackeIndian Heights United Methodist Church
Maya OstemaAcute Patient Care
Stella RuizCrossroads Hospice, Oak Grove Christian Church
Cheryl ScottKeller Williams Realty Partners, Real Estate Sales Consultant
Kenn SmithCommerce Bank
Julie SmithSpilker McKeone & Nelson PC
Jenny SteinegerLavender Hill Farm
Joe SteinegerHeartland Midwest
Vince TuckerEthical Choices Program
Megan YomanSignatry
CEO Comments We are grateful to our Empowerment Board who has expanded our educational opportunities, volunteer engagement, fundraising, and outreach. Together we have expanded our capacity for community involvement in creating a culture where all are free.
Financials
Fiscal Year Start July 01, 2019
Fiscal Year End June 30, 2020
Projected Revenue $165,000
Projected Expenses $162,000
Spending Policy Income Only
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FYE 6/30/2018, 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$102,629$69,115$105,879
Administration Expense$36,099$19,987$32,136
Fundraising Expense$4,829$10,802$13,252
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.760.690.64
Program Expense/Total Expenses71%69%70%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201820172016
Total Assets$185,016$222,174$253,584
Current Assets$120,954$155,251$183,101
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$1,272$3,638$4,355
Total Net Assets$183,744$218,536$249,229
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201820172016
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities95.0942.6742.04
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201820172016
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201820172016
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountUnited Way of Greater KC $27,733United Way of Greater Kansas City $12,783 --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount --Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth $10,000 --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Campaign Purpose The purpose of our capital campaign is the raise the funds necessary to purchase our second property to provide residential services for an addition five women exiting prostitution and recovering from addiction. 
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years Yes
Organization Comments It is with great gratitude to our donors that we celebrate the continuance of services to women in recovery from prostitution and addiction. These women are courageous, talented and deserving of their opportunity to heal and prosper.  
Other Documents
Organization Name Veronica's Voice
Address PO Box 172472
Kansas City, KS 66117
Primary Phone (816) 483-7101
CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Lucy Bloom
Board Chair Mrs. Jessica Hubbard
Board Chair Company Affiliation Nerium
Year of Incorporation 2004