Downtown Outreach, Inc.
1307 Holmes St.
Kansas City MO 64106-2845
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 842-0975
Mission Statement
Feeding the homeless and residential poor of metropolitan Kansas City, Missouri, through a hot lunch program and food pantry operating every Saturday of the year. 
CEO/Executive Director M/M Henry & Sharon E. Putsch
Board Chair Mr. Dennis Robinson President
Board Chair Company Affiliation Retired
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2002
Financial Summary
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Mission Statement
Feeding the homeless and residential poor of metropolitan Kansas City, Missouri, through a hot lunch program and food pantry operating every Saturday of the year. 
Background Statement Downtown Outreach was established in 1992. The program operates on the premises of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church at 1307 Holmes, Kansas City, Missouri. It was recognized as a tax-deductible, public charity by the IRS in 2002. Now in its twenty-fourth year, the program has served a free hot lunch once a week (Saturdays) and distributed grocery bags once per week (Saturdays). Both the hot lunch and food pantry programs provide volunteer opportunities for individuals and groups throughout the Kansas City metro area. Downtown Outreach does not means test clientele or require residence in a particular geographic area. The program purchases food from Harvesters for its pantry program. The hot lunch program is partially supplied by Harvesters Food Rescue. Downtown Outreach is one of very few Food Pantry operations in the Kansas City metro area that operates on a weekly basis and is open to all.
Impact Statement
2015 Accomplishments (data reported monthly to Harvesters):

  • Served 8,338 hot meals and distributed 4,300 bags of groceries.
  • Served 586 homeless persons, 1,568 families, & 2,146 individuals.
  • Our patrons included 5,121 adults, 1,936 children, & 808 seniors.
  •  Those three groups represent a food pantry total of 7,865 unique persons. Add to that our estimate that 40%  of our hot lunch patrons do not use the Food Pantry, and we believe that in 2015 DTO served 11,200 unique persons. The year before, that number was 11,031.
  •  Downtown Outreach continues to be  the only downtown hunger relief program which is open to all - -there are no geographical or income level or other qualifications for our patrons.
Primary current year 2015 goals include:
  • Meet increasing needs due to cut backs in "safety net" programs.
  • First quarter 2015 increases were in excess of 20% hot lunch program  and 20% food pantry program.
  • Increase the base of foundation and corporation supporters.
  • Develop fourth year Annual Appeal for December 1, 2015. 
Needs Statement
  • Cash Donations for purchase of food from Harvesters and other vendors
  • In-kind gifts of non-perishable food
  • In-kind gifts of personal care items
  • Volunteers always needed and welcome!!!
Service Categories
Emergency Assistance (Food, Clothing, Cash)
Areas of Service
MO - Jackson County
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement
Issues: (1) Major Growth in demand over the past three years,  (2) Increase Quality of our food offerings,  (3) Develop resources independent of parish. (1) As noted above, growth in Meals served and Sacks of Groceries provided grew 20% over the last three years as a result of cut backs in the both Federal and the Missouri State food stamp and Welfare programs. (2) Our goal for 2016 is to improve the quality of the hunger relief we offer as the only downtown weekend hot meal available in Kansas City and the only food pantry available year-round each weekend. (Examples: personal care items and fresh produce items.) (3) “Develop Resources Independent of Parish” refers to the need to establish a much broader base of contributed financial support than currently exists. For many years, Downtown Outreach had one major patron – the Combined Federal Campaign - which represented nearly 75% of its operating budget and while we greatly appreciate that support, it is currently diminishing in scope and we are convinced the future health of the program depends on creating a broader funding base which does not depend on annual subsidy from the parish.  
Homelessness and poverty are as old as Western civilization itself, and we have no remedy to offer except if you visit on any Saturday, you will quickly see how important the need we are addressing is in Kansas City.
How does it happen that in the most affluent country in history the average age of a homeless person is nine years old? Worse, that in Kansas City that average age is seven? Worse, that the KC City Council estimates that 75,000 of our children are going to bed hungry "most nights"? 
Description Downtown Outreach offers a hot lunch and food pantry every Saturday at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 13th and Holmes' in downtown Kansas City.  Lunch is served between 11:30 and 1:00 pm on Saturdays. Grocery bags are distributed from 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m..  The program serves low income, disabled and unemployed persons and their households as well as  homeless persons. Volunteers and non-stipendiary staff are responsible for 100% of program operations.  In 2015, 320 volunteers provided approximately 4,800 hours of service through Downtown Outreach.
Program Budget $37,050.00
Category Human Services, General/Other Human Services, General/Other
Population Served Families, Families, Elderly and/or Disabled
Short-Term Success
(1)Clients are fed as noted above. (2.) We do not run out of food (3) We increase the quality of the meals we serve and the sacks of groceries we distribute.  There seems to be a national political trend at both the federal  and state levels that "social safety net" should be cut or deeply diminished, and we are deeply concerned about our capacity to meet  increasing needs in 2016 and beyond.
Long-Term Success
Clients have regular assurance of one full, well-balanced meal every weekend.  Households experiencing food insecurity are assured of a basic supply of groceries weekly regardless of their residential status or geographical location or income.  Since its July, 1992 inception Downtown Outreach has provided 216,944 hot meals and 94,828 sacks of groceries to the poor and homeless of Kansas City as of Dec. 31, 2015.
Program Success Monitored By
The program is able to serve each client who arrives on every day of operations. Saturday lunches served are tracked by two measures: a head count taken every fifteen minutes and a plate count taken at the close of each luncheon session. Downtown Outreach maintains a data base for its pantry (grocery sacks) operations.  At the end of 2013, 1,439 Family households, 2,029 individuals and 558 homeless persons were registered for the Food Pantry representing 4,630 Adults (18-64), 1,058 children (0-17), and 758 Seniors (65 or over) for a total population served of 6,446 people who needed grocery sacks from the DTO Food Pantry. Over the last five years, each year has seen increasing numbers of households with children benefiting from this program.  This hunger relief program is, in fact, monitored by Harvesters in two ways: (1) monthly statistical reports are required to remain in good standing with Harvesters, and (2) Harvesters sends an auditor to Downtown Outreach approximately every 24 months. That auditor evaluates each step and procedures of the program. Over twenty four years, DTO has been audited by an outside agency (Harvesters) on many occasions, and
found fully satisfactory. Downtown Outreach also operated under the supervision of the Health Department of Kansas City which re-licenses the program each year.
Examples of Program Success
The food pantry program operated weekly without interruption through 2015 with sufficient quantities of food to serve all participants every week.
Capital gifts in recent years have supported renovation of the dining room and the storage and distribution areas for the food pantry.  Our weekly volunteers continue to come from diverse organizations (from an African-American motorcycle club called "High Rollers" to the Islamic Sufi Community) and they maintain the highest standards of personal integrity and commitment to the relief of hunger in Kansas City. Our weekly patrons say that this Hot Meal and Food Pantry program are the best in Downtown Kansas City.  Finally, it must be said: how could a 100% volunteers program produce 216,944 meals and distribute 94,828 sacks of groceries over the twenty-four year period 1992 to 2016. Now, that is truly extraordinary! (sometimes it feels like  a miracle!)
CEO Comments
Recent years have seen an economic recovery for most Americans, but also increasing cuts to the social "safety net".  At this writing both the federal and Missouri State governments are processing further cuts which will worsen, rather than improve the situation of the working poor and the homeless. These factors present this hunger relief program with increasing needs on a weekly basis.  Total registrations in the Food Pantry, for example, have increased over recent years at remarkable rates. For the ten months prior to Nov. 1, 2013, we averaged 600 hot meals and 280 sacks of groceries each month, but since the first round of cut backs, we are averaging 700 hot meals and 360 sacks of groceries each month. 
The State of Kansas adopted severe cuts in welfare programs in April of  2015, and at this update in June of 2015 SB24 which was vetoed by Gov. Nixon was passed to override that veto by the Missouri Legislature. One result is 3,100 families including 6,400 children will be denied support from the TANF ("Temporary Assistance for Needy Families"program, and 47,000 Missouri adults without dependents will be denied food stamps beginning Jan 1, 2016. 
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director M/M Henry & Sharon E. Putsch
Term Start Apr 2014

Henry & Sharon Putsch worked together as a leadership team (as President and Vice-President for Academic Affairs) in Connecticut for twelve years as they created a new, independent, fully accredited BFA degree-granting, fine-arts college: the Lyme Academy, College of Fine Arts.

Now retired, they were recently appointed "Executive Co-Directors" of Downtown Outreach where Sharon will focus on Program Management and Henry will focus on Fundraising and Financial Management.        
Sharon holds a Masters Degree from UMKC, and Hank holds a B.A. degree from Yale University. Both have done extensive graduate level work beyond their degrees in such places as the Corcoran School of Art  (Washington, D.C.),  Union theological Seminary (NYC), and other institutions  of higher education.
Sharon is an accomplished artist as well as an accomplished
administrator.  Henry is an effective fundraiser and administrator.
Working as a team, they have a proven record of success. 
Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start
Compensation Last Year
Paid Full-Time Staff 0
Paid Part-Time Staff 0
Volunteers 320
Paid Contractors 0
Retention Rate 100%
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Quarterly
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Yes
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Under Development
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures No
Nondiscrimination Policy Under Development
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Downtown Outreach works collaboratively with Episcopal Community Services through the Kansas City Community Kitchen.  Downtown Outreach collaborates also with the outreach programs of St. Peters, St. Mary's, St Mary Magdalene,  Grace and Holy Trinity, and Saint Andrews Episcopal Churches and the Shining Heart Sufi Community all of Kansas City.  These parishes provide in-kind donations, cash contributions, and schedule volunteers to work regularly for Downtown Outreach. DTO also collaborates with Harvesters on an ongoing basis.
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? Yes
CEO Comments Thank You for your interest in Downtown Outreach, Inc!
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Dennis Robinson President
Company Affiliation Retired
Term Jan 2016 to Dec 2016
Board Members
Ms. Mary Blair TreasurerDirector, Cerner Corporation
Ms. Joni Jones DirectorU.S. Dept. of Human Services
Mr. David Kleen DirectorCerner Corporation
Ms. Roslyn Powell DirectorCommunity Volunteer
Mr. Dennis Robinson PresidentCommunity Volunteer
Atty. Darin Shreves DirectorLathrop & Gage LLP
Ms. Nancy Wagner SecretaryCommunity volunteer
Mr. Baylor Washington DirectorCommunity Volunteer
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 4
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 4
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 4
Female 4
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 1
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 80%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Under Development
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
Advisory Board Members
Mr. John Hornbeck advisorNonprofits Helpdesk
Rev. Patrick Perkins advisor
Mr. Henry Eckles Putsch Executive Co-DiretorCommunity Volunteer
Ms. Sharon Hunter Putsch Executive Co-DirectorCommunity Volunteer
CEO Comments
In keeping with the spirit of a 100% volunteer organization, this board is a "hands on", working board. One of its members manages the Food Pantry, another member provides book keeping and other financial services, another picks up food donations from Hi-Vee food markets weekly, and the list goes on.  Of the famous "three w's" this board is a working board.  That means they are close to the activity/operations, and the major question facing them is: "how can we do better?" 
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2016
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2016
Projected Revenue $42,500
Projected Expenses $41,472
Endowment Value $550
Spending Policy N/A
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2014, 2013, 2012:  Financial data reported using IRS Form 990.  
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line item may include contributions from individuals.
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201420132012
Program Expense$38,250$38,295$35,850
Administration Expense$0$0$0
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.161.001.17
Program Expense/Total Expenses100%100%100%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201420132012
Total Assets$15,368$8,512$9,154
Current Assets$15,368$8,512$9,154
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$15,368$8,512$9,154
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201420132012
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- --Village Presbyterian Church $5,000
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- --Hallmark Corporate Foundation $5,000
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- --Oppenstein Brothers Foundation $5,000
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Campaign Purpose NA
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years No
Organization Comments
Our Annual Audits are done by volunteers familiar with and fully qualified to apply the Audit Standards and Guidelines of the Episcopal Diocese of Western Missouri.  These auditors are not Certified Public Accountants, but rather, specialists in utilization of the national standards promulgated by the by Episcopal Church of America.   
Organization Name Downtown Outreach, Inc.
Address 1307 Holmes St.
Kansas City, MO 641062845
Primary Phone (816) 842-0975
CEO/Executive Director M/M Henry & Sharon E. Putsch
Board Chair Mr. Dennis Robinson President
Board Chair Company Affiliation Retired
Year of Incorporation 2002