Reconciliation Services
3101 Troost Avenue
Kansas City MO 64109-1845
Friday Night Community Meal
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 931-4751
Mission Statement
The mission of Reconciliation Services is to cultivate a community seeking reconciliation, to transform Troost from a dividing line into a gathering place, revealing the strength of all. We work to seek racial and economic reconciliation one heart at a time, through strengths-based Healthy Community Initiatives, Social and Mental Health Services, and Economic Community Building.
CEO/Executive Director Father Justin Mathews
Board Chair Mrs. Dina Gardner
Board Chair Company Affiliation Reese & Nichols
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2005
Financial Summary
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Mission Statement The mission of Reconciliation Services is to cultivate a community seeking reconciliation, to transform Troost from a dividing line into a gathering place, revealing the strength of all. We work to seek racial and economic reconciliation one heart at a time, through strengths-based Healthy Community Initiatives, Social and Mental Health Services, and Economic Community Building.
Background Statement
Fr. Alexii Altschul was an insurance salesman that became inspired and convicted by Christ's admonition to love and serve the poor in the Gospels. When he met his wife, Matushka Michaela (at the time Thelma Gardner), she was housing strangers in her small apartment and feeding them with whatever she had. Fr. Alexii quit his job and married Michaela and began Reconciliation Ministries as a non-denominational church in the building at 3101 Troost. They lived in the building and served meals to the community on a daily basis. About 25 years ago, Fr. Alexii felt the need to focus deeply on prayer as the basis of their work on Troost. After a bit of searching, Fr. Alexii, Michaela and the small community at Reconciliation Ministries became an Eastern Orthodox Church called St Mary of Egypt under Bishop Longin of the Serbian Diocese of the Midwest. Reconciliation Services then became a separate entity, functioning as the missional arm of the church.
The mission of RS found its roots in the deep spiritual prayer of the Orthodox faith and redefined its mission according to the Orthodox profession that all people are living icons of Christ. After Matuska Michaela passed away in 2012, Fr. Alexii began pursuing a life of monasticism in a continuation of his desire to "take root downward in order to bear fruit upward." He passed the task of directing RS on to Fr. Justin, who had been actively serving the poor for years through his service with the Nashville Rescue Mission and serving as the founding Executive Director of FOCUS North America. Fr. Alexii continues to be connected to RS, supporting the ministry through prayer and counsel. In the years since he became the Executive Director of RS, Fr. Justin has worked tirelessly to strengthen RS programs and further define its mission to "reveal the hidden strengths" of the living icons around 31st and Troost.
Impact Statement
The RS Cafe is the literal and figurative "front door" to our services, offering a safe, inviting space that fosters relationship building around shared meals, while reducing stigmas for people seeking urgent social services and intensive case management. In 2017 we served 20,000 meals!
Social Services: By first caring for our neighbors' urgent needs, like rent/utilities aid, Doc/ID assistance, health/dental supplies, and the need for food and fellowship, our neighbors are in a better place to begin the deep heart work of healing and moving towards self-sufficiency. In 2017:
  •  5,000+ hours case management
  • 1,400 Docs & IDs provided
  • 1,000 people received $200,000 in dental/medical supplies w/ KC Medicine Cabinet
  • 300 people received $124,000 in rent/utilities aid
Our "Stealth Mental Health" approach, empowers individuals to build personal resiliency, find healing from trauma and depression, and move towards stability and renewed hope while reducing stigmas. In 2017, 97 individuals received 1,700+ hours of therapy.
We provide volunteer and employment opportunities that build social and financial community capital. The RS Foster Grandparents Program recruits, trains and mobilizes low-income senior adults to volunteer with at-risk area youth. In 2017, 80+ seniors volunteered more than 82,000 hours in 30 locations throughout the KC area. 
RS Social Ventures, llc, creates jobs by providing a hybrid nonprofit/for-profit model uniquely tailored to overcome the barriers our poorer, urban neighbors face and the existing market and funding limitations in our area. 
In 2018: We plan to deepen collaboration with the 12+ neighborhoods east of Troost; reach further east & south in KCMO where help is harder to find; launch the next iteration of our RS Cafe to include a pay-what-you-can menu; grow RS Social Ventures to employ even more neighbors.  
Needs Statement
  1. $15,000 for our IDs program for clients seeking housing, jobs, healthcare, and employment.
  2. $60,000 for utility assistance.
  3. Financial support for our capital campaign to renovate our building on Troost.
  4. Funding for administrative staff funding to hire a Development Director to assist the Executive Director in growing RS program support, a volunteer coordinator and additional case managers/ therapists.
Service Categories
Personal Social Services
Urban & Community Economic Development
Areas of Service
MO - Jackson County
MO - Clay County
KS - Wyandotte County
KS - Johnson County
MO - Eastern Jackson Co
MO - Jackson County Urban Core
KS - Wyandotte County Urban Core
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement

Reconciliation Services is an amazing asset to the community, serving those whose needs typically go unserved and unnoticed.  I have been involved with this organization for the last 15 years (first as a volunteer and then as staff) and have watched as such wonderfully talented, educated and experienced staff have committed themselves to the cause of helping, even on a volunteer basis in some instances.

It is important that we nurture the programs offered here and improve upon our program partnerships so that RS can continue to be the efficient and effective organization it is known to be and communicate this to new supporters in the region.
Reconciliation Services has also been pleased to have been embraced by many in the funding community interested in increasing access to services for low-income, uninsured/underinsured, underserved, transient and high-risk populations in Jackson County.  For that we are most grateful!
  1. Emergency support services and case management for homeless, indigent, disabled, unemployed and underemployed clients in the urban core of KCMO.
  2. Emergency food pantry services.
  3. Friday Night Meals for the community.
  4. Document Assistance services help clients acquire both in-state and out-of-state birth certificates and in-state identification cards.
Program Budget $355,931.00
Category Human Services, General/Other Case Management
Population Served Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent, Homeless,
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success We measure success by the level of client engagement with our case managers and their goals achievement within that program.
Long-Term Success

94% of clients that came to RS in the last fiscal year reported they were satisfied with our services. Our main way to track success, long term, for these clients is to make sure that they leave us feeling that they have been cared for, engaged, and treated with respect. That is best tracked through our satisfaction surveys.

Program Success Monitored By
  • Agency report from intensive case managers Level of needs assessments initially and at set intervals while services are rendered.
  • Satisfaction Surveys and Focus Groups periodically.
Examples of Program Success
5,150 people were assisted through our emergency services program, providing them the necessary assistance to lessen their food insecurity through emergency pantry assistance, hot meals, assistance with medical, utilities, transportation, or housing costs.
In the last fiscal year we assisted clients obtain 1,104 individual documents necessary to obtain housing, employment, and health care—three key areas needed for self-sufficiency.
Clients surveyed reported a 60 percent decrease in their level of needs after 90 days of service.

A young man came in for assistance getting his birth certificate and ID. He was frustrated--he had just gotten a job at Gates Barbeque but needed the documentation before he could start to work. We were able to help him. After an hour he called us to say that he had both his birth certificate and ID, was standing in Gates, and was officially employed by them. From unemployed and frustrated, to employed and exuberant—all in an hour. Reconciliation Services is doing what is needed!
  1. Reconciliation Services (RS) serves individuals and families that lack or do not have access to adequate mental health and substance abuse treatment.
  2. RS provides group sessions and individual therapy, run by an LMSW, assisted by a Case Manager. It also provides aftercare support groups for graduates of our therapy program.
Program Budget $159,892.00
Category Mental Health, Substance Abuse Programs, General/other Mental Health Treatment
Population Served At-Risk Populations, Blacks, African Heritage, Families
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success
  • At least 80% of participants who successfully complete 10 weeks of group therapy will experience a reduction in depression symptoms, as indicated by an 1-point reduction in the Patient Health Questionnaire-9.
  • At least 80% of participants who successfully complete 10 weeks of group therapy will experience a reduction in trauma symptoms, as indicated by a five (5) point decrease in their PTSD Checklist – Civilian version score.
Long-Term Success

According to RS data drawn from the Mid-American Assistance Coalition (MAAC), 79% of the clients served by RS in 2014 have been African American, 17% White, and 4% other ethnicities. The majority of these clients are under age 45, and 60% are female. A very high majority of RS clients are uninsured or are on Medicaid. In addition, when studying the clients served by our clinical case managers 99% of those served are below the 100% Federal Poverty Level guideline. Thus, significant risk factors are present for depression, suicidal ideation, PTSD, and co-occurring disorders. Many have experienced or witnessed life-threatening incidents of violence.

Our long term goal is to see clients seeking care through our mental health services to experience a 90 percent increase in well being that will leaven the health of the entire community.
Program Success Monitored By Patient Health Questionnaire-9, PTSD Checklist – Civilian version
Examples of Program Success
In 2016:
  • Gave 75 men and women suffering from trauma access to our caring therapists and case managers.
  • Provided 800 hours of group therapy and 500 hours of individual therapy to those who would have gone untreated otherwise.
Description Funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), KC Foster Grand Parents Program enables grandparents to mentor at-risk youth throughout the Kansas City metropolitan area.
Program Budget $439,000.00
Category Human Services, General/Other Mentoring
Population Served Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens, Children and Youth (0 - 19 years), At-Risk Populations
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success
Children will receive extra guidance and support in the classroom
  • Indicator: The number of children that receive assistance from a FGP volunteer. 
  • Target: 165 Children will receive assistance
  • How Measured: Survey
Children will promote to the next level
  • Indicator: The percentage of children that promote to the next level after working with a FGP volunteer.
  • Target: 75% of the children will promote to the next level
  • How Measured: Survey
Long-Term Success 80% of grandparents in the program will report a greater sense of well-being as a result of mentoring, as measured by the Quality of Life Index. This will be administered at the beginning of their volunteer contract and after six months of participating in the program. 
Program Success Monitored By
  • Long term success monitored by pre/post Quality of Life Survey.
  • Short term successes monitored by administering surveys to the schools to assure 75% of children in program are being promoted to next level.
Examples of Program Success

Foster Grandparent volunteers serve children with special or exceptional needs by conducting teacher-approved activities that focus on helping children reach reading, math, and social/behavioral goals. These activities are provided one-to-one, at least three times per week. Foster Grandparent volunteer activities include tutoring students in math and reading, helping with homework, reading together, and role modeling social skills. 

85% of the children served by Foster Grandparent volunteers demonstrate improvement and are promoted to the next level.

CEO Comments

The above are only a few of RS' programs. All of our programs work together to provide a continuum or care that begins with an opportunity to initially assist someone, often with the most basic need of food or documents to access city services. From this starting point, deeper needs are revealed through case management. These are met with mental health or substance abuse or assistance with employment. However, long-term success can't be maintained without a relationally, supportive community. Thus, our emphasis on community development and our goal to support the equitable redevelopment of the Troost Priority Area completes the holistic cycle of services.

Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Father Justin Mathews
Term Start Apr 2013

Fr Justin Mathews is the Executive Director of Reconciliation Services and also serves as the Priest of St. Mary of Egypt Orthodox Christian Church. He is the founding Executive Director & CEO of FOCUS North America, a national domestic poverty agency of the Orthodox Christian Church in the United States.  He served as the Executive Director of the Heartland Orthodox Christian Council and as the VP Of Development and Communications for the Nashville Rescue Mission. With over 20 years experience in non-profit executive leadership Fr Justin brings a wealth of expertise to the administration of Reconciliation Services. Fr Justin is a native of Kansas City. He earned his Master in Divinity from St. Vladimir's Orthodox Christian Seminary in New York and a BBA in business and audio engineering from Belmont University.  With his wife and three children, he lives east of Troost in the community Reconciliation Services serves. Fr Justin is active with numerous local agencies as a volunteer and serves on local boards and committees, such as the Urban Neighborhood Initiative Neighborhood board, the EFSP Board with the United Way, and he also serves on the board of the St Moses the Black Brotherhood nationally.

Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start 0
Compensation Last Year
Former CEOs
Father Paisius Altshcul Mar 2005 - Mar 2013
Senior Staff
Title Associate Director
Paid Full-Time Staff 12
Paid Part-Time Staff 2
Volunteers 350
Paid Contractors 1
Retention Rate 95%
Staff Diversity (Ethnicity)
African American/Black 5
Caucasian 5
Hispanic/Latino 1
Staff Diversity (Gender)
Female 8
Male 4
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
Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City, Virginia F. Farah Foundation; Jackson County Housing Resource Commission, United Way of Greater Kansas City; University of Missouri-Kansas City, School of Social Work; University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Nursing; Mid-America Assistance Coalition; Operation Breakthrough; Metro Lutheran Ministries; Episcopal Community Services; ReStart; Greater Kansas City Homeless Coalition; Community Link; Holy Family Catholic Worker House; True Light Family Resource Center; ReEngage; Hope Family Care Center; Connecting for Good; City Vision College; Kansas City Digital Drive; Harvesters; Humana; Dress for Success; Journey to New Life.
United Way Member Agency2009
United Way Member Agency2010
United Way Member Agency2011
United Way Member Agency2012
United Way Member Agency2013
Alliance of Greater Kansas City United Ways Agency Certification2009
Alliance of Greater Kansas City United Ways Agency Certification2010
Alliance of Greater Kansas City United Ways Agency Certification2011
Alliance of Greater Kansas City United Ways Agency Certification2012
Alliance of Greater Kansas City United Ways Agency Certification2013
Alliance of Greater Kansas City United Ways Agency Certification2014
United Way Member Agency2014
United Way Member Agency2015
United Way Member Agency2016
United Way Member Agency2017
Community Engagement AwardHeartland Health Network2012
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? Yes
Board Chair
Board Chair Mrs. Dina Gardner
Company Affiliation Reese & Nichols
Term Jan 2016 to Jan 2019
Board Members
Dr. Michael Abraham MDKU Medical Center
Ms Dina Gardner Reece and Nichols
Mrs. Cecilia Garrett MLACommunity Volunteer
Ms. Carla Hutchinson MSW, LCSWMidwest Psychiatric Services
Mrs. Kathryn Evans Madden United Community Services
Dr. Pauline Sleder MDKU Medical Center
Ms. Crina Slobodnic
Mrs. Melissa VerMeer Honeywell
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 2
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 4 Indian American, Greek Americans, Romanian, Serbian American
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 1
Female 7
Unspecified 0
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 No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 11
Standing Committees
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Program / Program Planning
CEO Comments

Board development and recruiting new board members with non-profit governance experience and time to commit are priorities in the coming year.  We are also considering an advisory board to increase neighborhood and client participation. 

Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2017
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2017
Projected Revenue $1,325,858
Projected Expenses $1,325,858
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2015, 2014, 2013: Financial data reported using 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 Year201520142013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$474,999$469,382$447,463
Individual Contributions------
Investment Income, Net of Losses($11)$323$388
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$55,368$48,553$37,111
Revenue In-Kind$158,730$167,561$126,064
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$824,637$792,340$712,587
Administration Expense$139,433$93,892$40,413
Fundraising Expense$32,423$23,377$21,776
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.101.081.09
Program Expense/Total Expenses83%87%92%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue4%3%3%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$474,128$375,456$252,769
Current Assets$410,394$338,085$208,527
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$74,638$74,869$22,481
Total Net Assets$399,490$300,587$230,288
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities5.504.529.28
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? Yes
Campaign Purpose Our "Reveal the Strengths" Capital Campaign is dedicated to the renovation of our facility at 3101 Troost Ave., Kansas City, MO 64109
Goal $1,000,000.00
Dates Dec 2017 to Dec 2019
Amount Raised to Date $550,000.00 as of Dec 2017
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years Yes
Organization Comments

Organization Name Reconciliation Services
Address 3101 Troost Avenue
Kansas City, MO 641091845
Primary Phone (816) 931-4751
Contact Email
CEO/Executive Director Father Justin Mathews
Board Chair Mrs. Dina Gardner
Board Chair Company Affiliation Reese & Nichols
Year of Incorporation 2005