Marian Hope Center for Children's Therapy
14820 E 42nd Street
Independence MO 64055
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 695-1255
Mission Statement

Marian Hope is a faith-based organization founded in 2007 to provide nurturing, educational environment where all children- no matter the challenges they may face- may reach their full potential. Marian Hope uses a model of inclusion where children with and without special needs can learn, laugh, and grow together. Marian Hope serves children, families, and our community.

The Developmental Children's Learning Center provides a nurturing environment where children feel safe and loved. The center offers an array of classes and services for differentiated learning and learning diagnoses, including: autism spectrum disorders, childhood apraxia of speech and other speech disorders, Down syndrome and other genetic disorders, dyslexia and other reading disorders, varying specific language and learning disabilities, feeding disorders, sensory integration disorders, and motor disorders. We serve all children.
 
Marian Hope Christian Academy for Creative Learning provides students with a multi-sensory personalized education which acknowledges individual learning styles.  The goal of Marian Hope Academy (MHA) is to create a Christ-like community which emphasizes rich literature, oral and written language, problem-solving and critical thinking- in a blended school with children of all spectrums of abilities.
 
The Family Health and Nutrition program provides specialized nutrition information for families. What a child eats is critical for his health, learning, and behavior. Marian Hope is passionate about educating families and the community about the importance of healthy eating. A Registered Dietitian provides individualized nutritional counseling, feeding classes, food/recipe ideas, and support.
 
Home and Community Outreach services provide parents and caregivers of children with learning challenges the tools they need to support their child. Staff travel to homes, churches, day care and early education settings, private schools, and community organizations to offer specialized expertise and assistance.  
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Angie Knight
Board Chair Bob Perkins
Board Chair Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2004
Former Names
Outreach Center for Holistic Learning
Financial Summary
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Statements
Mission Statement

Marian Hope is a faith-based organization founded in 2007 to provide nurturing, educational environment where all children- no matter the challenges they may face- may reach their full potential. Marian Hope uses a model of inclusion where children with and without special needs can learn, laugh, and grow together. Marian Hope serves children, families, and our community.

The Developmental Children's Learning Center provides a nurturing environment where children feel safe and loved. The center offers an array of classes and services for differentiated learning and learning diagnoses, including: autism spectrum disorders, childhood apraxia of speech and other speech disorders, Down syndrome and other genetic disorders, dyslexia and other reading disorders, varying specific language and learning disabilities, feeding disorders, sensory integration disorders, and motor disorders. We serve all children.
 
Marian Hope Christian Academy for Creative Learning provides students with a multi-sensory personalized education which acknowledges individual learning styles.  The goal of Marian Hope Academy (MHA) is to create a Christ-like community which emphasizes rich literature, oral and written language, problem-solving and critical thinking- in a blended school with children of all spectrums of abilities.
 
The Family Health and Nutrition program provides specialized nutrition information for families. What a child eats is critical for his health, learning, and behavior. Marian Hope is passionate about educating families and the community about the importance of healthy eating. A Registered Dietitian provides individualized nutritional counseling, feeding classes, food/recipe ideas, and support.
 
Home and Community Outreach services provide parents and caregivers of children with learning challenges the tools they need to support their child. Staff travel to homes, churches, day care and early education settings, private schools, and community organizations to offer specialized expertise and assistance.  
Background Statement
Marian Hope Center was born of a vision for enhancing the lives of children with special needs through integrative, holistic programs. The center was founded by Angie Knight, speech-language pathologist and Karen Embry, parent of a child with special needs.  Classes began in the basement of Angie Knight's house in 2004.  In 2007, MHC had 8 children enrolled in one therapy class.  In 2016, more than 400 children and families received support from Marian Hope on both sides of the state lines (KS and MO).  Staffed by a highly talented and nurturing team of multi-functional therapists and paraprofessionals, Marian Hope continues to grow and gain recognition among health care, academic, and child advocacy professionals for its unique functional approach and phenomenal successes in treatment, instruction, and complete care for children and their families. Our student-to-therapist/staff ratios and “whole child” programs set us and make the difference in each child’s success.  We believe in integrative, intensive, and elite therapy. We treat the child and not the diagnosis. We believe that each child is an individual and has many things to offer. Marian Hope offers speech/language, occupational, and physical therapy in group and individual settings.  Parent/caregiver education and training occurs with all therapy.  Marian Hope is also working in the community to successfully integrate children with special needs into a variety of community programs (karate, dance, gymnastics, etc....)  
 
In September 2013, Marian Hope Academy opened its doors.  Twenty-two children receive individualized education in a creative Christian environment.  A Reggio model preschool began with a licensed speech/language pathologist as the lead teacher and 4 children. In 2014, enrollment of the Academy doubled including 100% re-enrollment of children from the previous year and this year we are approaching 100 students.  Marian Hope also opened a location in KS. Harvest Ridge Covenant Church located in Shawnee, KS partnered with Marian Hope and allowed for more children to receive services eliminating location as a factor.     
Impact Statement

Marian Hope continues to see an increase in need and is currently offering services to more than 400 children in the greater Kansas City area.  Marian Hope Center has a location in Independence, MO as well as provides services at a location in Shawnee, KS. The children and families vary in level of support needed.  Some children have severe autism and require individualized attention the majority of their day; some children have a few social weaknesses; some children have learning challenges.  Marian Hope strives to give every child opportunities, despite any challenges.   Therapists provide therapy in small class setting as well as in natural environments (home, day care, preschool, private schools).  In September, 2013, Marian Hope Academy - a Christian Academy for Creative Learning opened its doors. Twenty-two children received individualized education the first year. Enrollment has tripled in three years and we continue to receive referrals daily. Marian Hope believes that each child is created "uniquely special".  Varying teaching strategies and experiential learning activities are incorporated into each child's individualized education.  A staff/student ratio of 1:8 provides daily opportunities for one-on-one learning as needed.   

Vital to our success and mission to meet the needs of the children we serve is support from our community.  Marian Hope has two major fundraisers each year (Spring / Fall) with several smaller scale events throughout the year. It is our hope to engage community support at various levels in partnership with our mission.     
 
Our top 3 goals for the upcoming year include, funding a scholarship fund (so no child will need to be turned away for services), establishing a Capital Campaign for a building to expand the amount of services that are currently being provided, and expanding our community partners and supporters to meet the needs of the children we serve.  
Needs Statement

Marian Hope prepares children to become resilient life-long learners and positive community participants. Our most pressing needs to meet our mission include: 

  1. Scholarship fund for cost of therapy ($5,000/per child for 12 months). There are children in our community who need therapeutic intervention but because of financial limitations cannot access and receive appropriate services.  
  2. Capital Campaign- With the increased community need, our goal is to have one central location housing the Center, Academy and administrative offices.  
  3. Nutrition program ($50,000) – Children with and without special needs can experience increased health, emotional regulation, awareness and behavior management when properly fueled. 
  4. Para-professionals- Many children enrolled in programs through Marian Hope require a para-professional- someone to help a child stay and remain on-task. These essential support staff are necessary for the success of children in our programs.  We are seeking $25,000 to support this need. 
  5. Practice Management System - It is critical we have the infrastructure to keep up with the pace of referrals and the varying insurance landscape.  Cost initially is $15,000 and will become self-sustaining over time.  
Service Categories
Children's and Youth Services
Areas of Service
MO
KS
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement

I am in awe of the generosity and support Marian Hope has received since its founding in 2007. Over the past years, we have grown from serving fewer than 12 children to now serving more than 400 children. It is the love and commitment of our community that has allowed our organization to flourish and provide services of excellence to all children, despite developmental learning challenges they may endure.

It is my hope and prayer that you will fall in love with this God-orchestrated organization and feel called to support us. My heart is full of deep love and compassion for children who learn differently- those children who are often defined by their diagnosis, such as autism, Down syndrome, dyslexia, ADHD, learning disabled, rather than by the core of their unique character. Our organization serves children throughout the Kansas City metropolitan area in their homes, daycare centers, at the Learning Center and Academy.
 
Our plans include identifying a central location that will accommodate both the Learning Center and Academy. Currently, our Learning Center is in a 3200 square foot building where our educators and therapists have maximized every inch of space.  Because of restricted space, we are limited to comfortably serving more than 15 children at one time. Our Academy was originally being held in a church for which the initial maximum capacity was limited to 50 students, which we reached in only our second year.  The church opened up more space for us and again we reached capacity.  We have recently moved to a new location and feel blessed to have room to grow.  We believe we can be more effecient and improve service delivery with a facility where all physical and professional resources can be accessed. A centralized service center will offer many of our Academy students the opportunity to be peers for children with disabilities. Integrated opportunities will capitalize on the richness of the educational experiences for all students.
 
We strive for an organization that is inclusive for all children.  
Programs
Description We provide feeding therapy for children and families that have issues with eating due to a variety of factors (sensory, physical, picky eating, etc...) . The goals of this program are to increase intake of fruits/vegetables, decrease intake of processed foods, increase parent confidence in identifying and preparing nutritious foods, and shift the child's behavior after providing therapy.  The Registered Dietician works closely with occupational and speech therapists to provide support to child and families to provide Nutritious Beginnings for each child. 
Program Budget $0.00
Category Health Care, General/Other Patient & Family Support
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years), ,
Short-Term Success Each child has goals that are written and discussed with the family. Each child's progress is discussed with the parents on a frequent basis (sometimes weekly).
Long-Term Success We define success on an individual basis. For example, if a child touches a piece of fruit to his lips when he hasn't touched a fruit before, that is success. When a child that is fed by a tube is able to chew and swallow a small piece of food, that is success.
Program Success Monitored By Goals are written and assessed formally every month. We discuss goals with parents on a weekly basis because parents accompany their children in these groups and then are able to follow through at home.
Examples of Program Success

"AS we experience more and more things with the Gluten free David, we are just blown away by his behavior change. We are also noticing that it is still improving the longer we go with it. I was thinking, his behavior change has impacted pretty much, every area of our lives. The most important being the relationship with his twin. Now that David his changing, his twin is also changing.... I am changing... we are all changing. My in-laws were in from out of town this last week-end. They were speechless. (When we told them we were trying gluten free they were very, very skeptical.) When they left they told us they had compiled a scrapbook of their visit from last summer and they noticed that David wasn't smiling during any of the pictures and they were very sad about that..... and now seeing him this visit, there is a different kid, who is smiling..... often." From a parent trying the gluten free diet with her son

Description Marian Hope Academy (MHA) provides highly personalized education for children whose development is strengthened by individualized instruction.  Staff use teaching strategies that are appropriate to challenge each learner. The academy is inclusive and integrative- a documented disability is not required for enrollment, though nearly 50 percent of students do have at least one diagnosis (e.g., Autism Spectrum, developmental delay, Apraxia (motor/motor planning/speech), visual processing disabilities), dyslexia (reading disorder). MHA’s curriculum encompasses core areas of study including language arts, mathematics, science, history, and music, as well as a physical education component to develop healthy lifestyle habits and enhance motor skills. Emphasis is placed on providing education that addresses multiple learning styles. All learning is focused on an experiential approach that engages students fully in activities that nurture individual confidence and academic curiosity.
Program Budget $0.00
Category Education, General/Other Education, General/Other
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years), Adults,
Short-Term Success

Each child's progress is tracked using assessments and grade cards. The students are evaluated each 9 week period during the school year.  The teachers meet formally with parents/caregivers at least two times during each school year. Teachers communicate with families weekly via electronic communication.

Long-Term Success

The long term success of Marian Hope Academy is children that accept other's differences and are confident, well spoken, and well educated individuals of society. We expect the children that are receiving an education at Marian Hope Academy will be those that make a difference in our community.

Program Success Monitored By Progress is recorded with grades, observations from teachers, staff and caregivers. Data is recorded and communicated with families.   
Examples of Program Success

"As parents of a son diagnosed with Aspergers, we have struggled to find a school- public or private- that understood his needs and would try to meet them. Enrolling him at Marian Hope Academy was the best decision we have made. The instructors understand his needs and appreciate the way he thinks and learns. In fact, they are helping him learn how to think, not just what to think. Our inquisitive son is encouraged to ask questions and to question what he reads and observes. This was not true at other schools; and, as this is his third school in five years, we can honestly attest to the difference. Moving your child is not an easy decision, but we are so thankful that he is finally happy. We have a child excited about going to school and who is willingly taking on extra projects because he sees that learning can be fun. We credit Marian Hope Academy with being a huge part of why we finally have our happy and confident child back!"

Description
Marian Hope is working with several area educational settings to provide education and training to staff so that children with all abilities can be successfully integrated into classroom settings.  Speech/language pathologists,  occupational therapists, registered dietician, and development educators provide education and training to staff about best practices for children with different learning styles.  Accommodations and modifications are discussed.  When a teacher has a specific concern, a meeting takes place with staff and parents to develop a plan so that the child can be successful.  Often times, a few changes can make the difference.  At other times, providing therapeutic support to the child is necessary.  Communication with teachers and parents is important. 
Program Budget $10,000.00
Category Education, General/Other Education, General/Other
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years), ,
Short-Term Success Each situation and community program is unique and different.  Some programs/staff need more education and training than others. The short-term success is measured when a staff member has more tools and more education to successfully integrate a child into her program.
Long-Term Success The long term success of this program is to have all children accepted and integrated successfully into our community- day cares, preschools, Sunday school programs, karate, dance, sporting programs, etc.... It is our goal that each child's difference be accepted and embraced.  Providing education to the community allows for the ripple effect- each child and each family and each community member touched in a positive way. For example, instead of children being kicked out of daycares, Marian Hope can provide education to those child care providers.  Those strategies can then be used with other children.
Program Success Monitored By Parent, staff, and therapist observations will be monitoring success. This can be completed through surveys, oral communication, and observation of behaviors and communication with families.
Examples of Program Success "My child was recently kicked out of a day care setting. After the staff at Marian Hope provided education and training to the daycare staff, my child was able to successfully be a part of his classroom. I did not dread dropping him off or picking him up from school because of the negative report I was going to receive." 
 
Description
At Marian Hope Center, speech/language pathologists, occupational therapists, developmental educators, and registered dietician work together to provide functional educational supports and training to children with and without special needs and their families in small group/class settings.  The ratio of therapist to student is at most 1:2.  Each child has his/her own individual goals and therapists meet with parents to communicate progress and areas of need.  Therapists provide support to families through communication.
Category Education, General/Other Education, General/Other
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years), ,
Short-Term Success Each child works on individual goals during class setting. Although 3-5 goals are reported on for each child, many other areas are addressed as well. The therapists communicate with caregivers after each session and at least 1x/month a more formal evaluation/review of goals is communicated as a team. An example of a short term goal for a child is "XX will answer yes/no questions with 80% accuracy during one session."
Long-Term Success Each child enrolled in classes at Marian Hope Learning Center has goals (speech/language, occupational, academic, developmental) that are applicable. Therapists work to meet each goal and provide education and training to families so strategies and activities can be worked on in all settings.  The long-term success is that each child be integrated successfully into our community with or without therapeutic supports. The ratio of 1:1 (or at most 1 therapist to 2 children) provides the support that some children need to be successful in a social setting.
Program Success Monitored By Each child works on individual goals during class settings. Therapists report on each goal after each session. This information is shared with parents during conference visits (at least 1x/month). The information is saved and share with parents in written format when requested. 
Examples of Program Success

"Marian Hope has helped both of my children with special needs. They have grown tremendously because of the support of Marian Hope Learning Center. They would not be as far in their growth without the support of their speech therapist and reading help."

"It provides amazing care for my little one who has speech and social delays which allows me to better communicate with him."
 
"The therapists at Marian Hope Center see the brightest future for our children and help them reach their highest potential."
CEO Comments
We are excited that we are meeting the needs of our community.  When Marian Hope Center was founded in 2007, 8 children and their families received services at MHC.  Today, more than 400 families receive support!  Marian Hope has 4 programs- Marian Hope Center (classes and individual therapy-  Classes offered include handwriting, language enrichment, reading, motor, play skills, social skills, feeding, and assistive technology), Marian Hope Academy- a Christian Academy for Creative Learning (opened its doors in September, 2013 with 22 students receiving personalized education by individualized instruction), Marian Hope Family and Nutrition Services (providing education and training to children and families to feel better), and Marian Hope Community Outreach Services (providing education and training to children, families and community so that children with special needs can be successfully integrated into community programs and meet their God-given potential).   MHC offers consultation time after each session so that caregivers can work on generalization of skills in a variety of environments.  A challenge that is currently facing MHC is parking space.  The 18 parking spaces in front of the current facility are often full and leave families unable to find spaces to park.  Neighboring businesses/organizations have asked that MHC not use their parking spaces as overflow.  Marian Hope is exploring options to locate a facility that would house the Learning Center and Academy.  With 1 in 6 children being diagnosed with some type of learning disorder, the need for MHC and the services it provides is necessary for the Kansas City metropolitan area.  
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Mrs. Angie Knight
Term Start Mar 2013
Experience
  • Owner of Outreach Therapies and Consulting, Inc., 1999-2013
  • Co-founder of Marian Hope Center- 2004-current
  • Speech/Language Pathologist
Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start 0
Compensation Last Year
Former CEOs
NameTerm
Mrs. Heather Ruoff Sept 2004 - Mar
Senior Staff
Title Chief Operating Officer
Experience/Biography
University of Kansas, 2000
Speech/language Pathologist
Staff
Paid Full-Time Staff 25
Paid Part-Time Staff 20
Volunteers 150
Paid Contractors 0
Retention Rate 95%
Staff Diversity (Ethnicity)
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 43
Other 1
Other (Please Specify) Jamaican
Staff Diversity (Gender)
Female 41
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 Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Collaborations
Marian Hope works with a variety of organizations in the community.  A few of these partners include First Steps (birth to three state of Missouri program for children with delayed development), variety of pediatricians and medical doctors, Cornerstone Church in Lee's Summit, Oakwood Baptist Church in Kansas City, MO, Harvest Ridge Covenant Church in Shawnee, KS, and Nativity of Mary Catholic school, SkyZone in Lee's Summit, MO.   
Affiliations
AffiliationYear
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association2017
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? No
CEO Comments We are continuing to learn about non-profit organizations, the cost that is involved, the importance of volunteers, and how crucial it is to have community support. We have been blessed with donors who believe in our mission.  This is demonstrated by donations of use of  buildings, fence, playground equipment, funds.  In addition, we are building our volunteer base which is crucial to support the children and the families that we serve.
Board Chair
Board Chair Bob Perkins
Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Term Apr 2017 to Apr 2018
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Ms. Amy Beau Hallmark
Mr. Colby Jones Big Brothers Big Sisters
Mr. Brian Miller Government Employees Health Association
Mr. Bob Perkins Nature's Pantry
Mr. Nicholas Pieroni 1861 Wealth Advisors
Mr. Brandon Pratt National Bank of Kansas City
Ms. Mary Verssue Experian
Mr. Jimmy Wilkerson Community Volunteer
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 7
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 6
Female 2
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 88%
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 8
Standing Committees
CEO Comments We are continuing to learn about non-profit organizations, the cost that is involved, the importance of volunteers, and how crucial it is to have community support. We have been blessed with donors who believe in our mission.  This has been demonstrated by the donation of a building, fence, playground equipment, and funds for general operating costs. In addition, we are building our volunteer base which is crucial to support the children and the families that we serve. We are looking to increase the number of board members to support our organization.  As we move from a small grassroots organization to a larger organization, we are working to increase our knowledge of the non-profit world.  As we grow, we are searching for a facility to house our organization wholly. With growth comes challenges, i.e. funding. We are searching for grants to assist with program and capital costs.
Financials
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2017
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2017
Projected Revenue $1,516,800
Projected Expenses $1,447,501
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2015, 2014, 2013: Financial data reported from IRS Form 990.  
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line items may include contributions from individuals.
Detailed Financials
 
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$1,170,089$1,091,183$718,185
Administration Expense$194,757$199,956$155,245
Fundraising Expense$41,007$36,791$0
Payments to Affiliates----$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.000.931.05
Program Expense/Total Expenses83%82%82%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue12%13%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$535,948$527,226$227,713
Current Assets$310,652$256,505$203,704
Long-Term Liabilities$28,576$23,519$0
Current Liabilities$62,217$56,369$17,224
Total Net Assets$445,155$447,338$210,489
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities4.994.5511.83
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets5%4%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount --Cartwright Donations $20,000Fiest Foundation $20,000
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount --Feist Foundation $20,000Ruoff Donations $17,000
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount --Lamb Donations $13,000Russell Donations $13,000
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years Yes
Organization Comments Marian Hope provides therapy and education opportunities to children with special needs and their families. In addition, we provide community education in order to integrate children with special needs into community programs. In order to provide effective and functional speech/language and occupational therapy for these children and their families, we provide a ratio of 1 therapist/paraprofessional to 2-3 children in our developmental learning center. We provide inclusion at Marian Hope Academy. Each child is an individual and special.  Our ratio depends upon the needs of each child. At the learning center, we provide a one-to-one ratio, if necessary.  Because of this low ratio, we are finding it is costly to operate. Para-professionals are needed at Marian Hope Academy too in order to make inclusion successful.  We have had a few fundraisers in which volunteers have been helpful, however we continue to need to build our donor base in order to provide effective and functional therapy to children with special needs and their families. Our main source of income at this time comes from a variety of billing sources for our services, including insurance and private pay. We continue to have many financial needs to pay for operation expenses. We appreciate all that believe in our mission.  We are partnering with several local universities to provide training for students pursuing a degree in therapy services (occupational and speech/language therapy).   
Organization Name Marian Hope Center for Children's Therapy
Address 14820 E 42nd Street
Independence, MO 64055
Primary Phone (816) 695-1255
Contact Email hruoff@marianhope.org
CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Angie Knight
Board Chair Bob Perkins
Board Chair Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Year of Incorporation 2004
Former Names
Outreach Center for Holistic Learning