True Light Family Resource Center
712 E 31st St
Kansas City MO 64109-1439
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 561-1700
Mission Statement
The mission of True Light Family Resource Center is: We serve at-risk individuals and families by providing for critical needs, connecting to community resources, and teaching job and life skills in a safe and supportive environment. 
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Rev. Alice L. Piggee-Wallack
Board Chair Dr. Vicki Copp
Board Chair Company Affiliation True Light Church of the Nazarene
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2006
Financial Summary
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Statements
Mission Statement The mission of True Light Family Resource Center is: We serve at-risk individuals and families by providing for critical needs, connecting to community resources, and teaching job and life skills in a safe and supportive environment. 
Background Statement
The True Light Family Resource Center (TLFRC) was founded in April 2006, to serve the needs of at-risk individuals and families in Kansas City. True Light had been an integral part of meeting community needs. In 2004, Alice had a "chance" encounter with the President of City Impact, Oxnard, California, a 501 ( C)(3) that inspired True Light to become organized as a Resource Center in what was perceived as a "dangerous" community. The work of accepting people where they are, educating, feeding, clothing, sheltering was begun with the help of City Impact as sponsor. 
  
Our goal is to empower those served become self-sufficient, confident, and educated consumers in every aspect of their lives. TLFRC hopes to become a model and inspiration for others living in, urban, high-risk, multi-ethnic, and impoverished communities become trusted partners in their community meet community needs by developing resource centers to meet the growing needs of these populations. 
  
True Light Family Resource Center has served, and continues to serve, thousands of individuals and families since 2006. Many have been homeless and living on the streets; others have lived in shelters. Some of TLFRC's  clients are a paycheck eviction and  being on the streets while others deal with mental illness or addictions and find it difficult to make substantial choices and decisions without assistance.  Many of our clients are women and children whom have fled abusive home lives and are attempting to transition to a life of self reliance. Some find it difficult to work their way through applications, leases, and matters critical to their well-being. 
  
Since we serve a wide range of people we must offer a wide range of services. From the beginning, our services have included emergency food, clothing, health screenings, nutrition classes, and a comprehensive referral /problem resolution program.  Our referral program is integral to and underlies all of TLFRC's other services because clients generally suffer with multiple problems and have need for coordinated assistance to get them back on their feet.
  
In 2007, TLFRC added a day-shelter, the Emancipation Station (the Station).  The Station provides daytime shelter, safety, food and life-skill classes to homeless women and mothers with children; those who have no safe, place to go during the daytime hours when night-shelters have closed their doors. Case Managers, most typically University of Missouri Kansas City social work interns, gather their experience in the field by working with clients while completing their beginning and advanced practicums under the supervision of Alice Piggee-Wallack, MSW. 
 
Freedom House, a family style home was added in 2010, to help women transition from homelessness to permanent dwelling places while they work, pay off bad debts--especially evictions, court cost and other debts that preclude them from getting new leases. 
 
True Light Family Resource Center is located in the urban core, dedicated to serving the needs of clients with good case management, daily essential needs, referrals while affirming the client.
Impact Statement
True Light Family Resource Center's thrust is to serve at-risk clients within the community and those communities surrounding TLFRC  with services that bring empowerment and connect clients with solutions. In the next 7 to 10 years we expect to implement programs that will help individuals who participate achieve self-sufficiency and, as a result, enjoy heightened self-esteem and more employable skills.
 
 
2016 Accomplishments: 
  • The Kitchen Project was completed and the kitchen dedicated. TLFRC's first capital campaign was successful. 
  • TLFRC's  Board of Directors completed a strategic plan.
  • Case Managers implemented "wrap around" services to insure women who attain permanent housing receive support for a time period.

2017 Goals:
  • Create a succession plan
  • Seek funding to hire an Assistant Director
  • Develop plans for a "signature" fundraiser
Needs Statement
True Light Family Resource's  needs are based on how best to serve the client and community. Our most pressing needs are as follows
  • Skilled contractors, e.g. plumbers, electricians, etc. who can use their skills  for various building projects and troubleshooting or donations to help with cost.
  • Adopt one resident at Freedom House. $3,600 will support the house and her daily needs for one year. 
  • IT person to maintain computer
  • Invite the Director to speak to your group/organization about the work of TLFRC
  • Host a drive to collect needed items. We cannot have too much paper goods, eg. paper towels, toilet paper, hygiene items, towels for client showers, and Freedom House, non-perishable food items.
Service Categories
Family Services
Homeless Shelters
Areas of Service
MO - Jackson County
MO - Jackson County Urban Core
TLFRC serves any individual who presents with a need. Approximately 96% of those served are Jackson County residents. A small percentage present from Cass, Clay, and Wyandotte Counties and are usually referred to other agancies within their catchment area. Most of TLFRC's clientele (68%) are African American, 27 % White, 5 % Hispanic and other. A significant number are homeless--some newly homeless from other locales. 
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement
The work that is accomplished at TLFRC is remarkable.  The dedication and commitment of staff, volunteers, and board are what makes the difference in the lives of those served. TLFRC's basic value is dignity and respect. Because TLFRC adheres to this value, lives are changed everyday as client needs are met in an atmosphere that inspires and encourages those who have lettle or no hope. Sometimes client needs are as simple as food, clothing, shelter, a shower. At other times the need is not simple due to the complexities of addiction and mental illness. Whatever the need, TLFRC seeks to affirm the dignity of the individual. A year or so ago, I was waiting at the KC airport for my bags to come off the conveyor. Since the luggage carousel had not begun, I decided to use my time to freshen up in the women's restroom. I found the restroom was closed for cleaning; however, the maintenance man removed the barrier shortly. When he came out, this man glanced up and stopped to exclaim, "You are that lady on 31st Street!" Your programs--especially the breakfast (collaboration with Metropolitan Lutheran Ministry) was the springboard to my being here. Keep doing what you're doing." 
  
The TLFRC Board is actively involved in the TLFRC mission.  Members visit the Center frequently to take part in some aspect of the work--accounting, arranging work or doing work. It is easier to commit to the work of serving when one sees change and, of course, board members see change in the lives of many.
  
For every success story we have, and there are many, much work has to be done to reach those whose needs are greater.  We remain vigilant in our efforts to reach and help those who remain on the streets of our city.  There is still much work to be done.  With the additional resources we have listed in our needs statement, we will be able to reach the many men, women and children who have not yet had the opportunity to see improvement in their life circumstances. As you read these pages, know that you are  or can become a valued part of the team - people caring for people.  You are welcome to come and visit TLFRC,  join the work, and add to our efforts. We sincerely thank you for your support. 
Programs
Description
  • Emancipation Station provides daytime shelter and safety, food and life-skill classes to homeless women and mothers with children and those who have no safe place to go during the daytime hours when night-shelters have closed their doors. Currently our daily attendance averages 15 women and children, ages infancy to 83 years. Women are of multi-ethnic backgrounds. The Station opens at 8 a.m and remains open until 5:30 p.m. when the women and children may return to a night-shelter bed.
  • 100% of guest receive meals.
  • 70% of guest engage in skill building exercises e.g. sewing, knitting, groups, nutrition classes, etc.
  • 60% will engage a case manager to find assistance in obtaining overnight shelter and permanent housing, mental health or medical referrals, etc.
  • 80% will go on to find permanent housing or longer term transitional housing, e.g. Community LINC.
Program Budget $29,079.00
Category Human Services, General/Other Services for the Homeless
Population Served Females, Homeless, Families
Short-Term Success
Short term success: 
  • 90% of the women will reduce risk factors associated with being out on the streets during the daytime. 
  • 85% will exhibit changed behavior e.g. lessened anger, lethargy, and increase positive behaviors e.g. concern for others.
Long-Term Success

Long-term outcomes:

  1. 70% of homeless women who come to E-Station will find permanent housing. 
  2. 85% of women will enhance their life-skills and become self-sufficient. 
  3. 70 % will increase competency through computer skills for employment. 
Program Success Monitored By The progress of this program is measured by daily attendance participation, class and group session enrollment, and individual evaluation by program participants.  Objective measurements for goal attainment, such as securing permanent housing and educational enrollment, are recorded and maintained through the referral program.  This data is compiled in a monthly status report and utilized by staff in determining program achievements and modifications.
Examples of Program Success
The program has achieved success in the following ways:  
  1. 30% increase in daily attendance during the first full year of operation.
  2. Self-evaluation by program participants has indicated a 75% rate of improved feelings of self-worth , safety, and confidence after a week of program attendance.
  3. Permanent housing has been achieved within an average of six weeks for those women in that goal attainment group.
  4. 35% of the computer class attendees experienced substantial improvement in skill level.
  5. 15% of unemployed participants have found work in the past year. 
  6. 33% of participants claim that they have experienced skill enhancement in the areas of cooking meals and preparing a household budget.
Description
Freedom House, a transition house for up to six women, allows the clients to focus on securing employment, or finishing school without the hassle of locating shelter.
  • 80% of the residents find permanent housing within one year.
  • 100%  gain household management skills.
  • 100% women experience increased social skills and accountability to house management,social work interns and maintain a positive residential environment.
  • 70% will find employment
  • 100% of residents will work with case managers to establish goals and work on budgeting and understanding skills sets that will prevent future homelessness.
Program Budget $9,980.00
Category Housing, General/Other Transitional Housing
Population Served Homeless, Females, Adults
Short-Term Success

On average, 100% of the beds at Freedom House will be occupied.

Long-Term Success

These outcomes will be achieved through case management, individual goal-setting, True Light Family Resource Center assets and ongoing support.

  • 100% of the clients will employed clients will save 10% of their income toward permanent housing deposit an other essentials.
  • 100% of the clients will participate in house meetings.
Program Success Monitored By

Success will be monitored by daily attendance, the length of time to find a job and the length of time to find stable housing.

True Light also monitors the type of intake process that produces the most successful residents. Due to this process, they have limited their pool to women who have received services from Emancipation Station and those referred to the program by case managers in other community programs. They no longer take applicants off the street without any references. There are challenges and we continue to learn what works so that we may be able to help residents be successful.

Examples of Program Success
Since Freedom House opened, two women have successfully found full-time jobs in solid Kansas City companies that led to permanent housing. On average, the length of stay is only four months.
 
Gail had been in and out of shelters for over a year. When she applied to Freedom House, she was staying with her mother. Her mother lives in a senior high rise that limits the number of days an overnight guest can stay. Even though Gail had a part-time job, housing was impossible because of previously unpaid debt. Gail made application, was interviewed by our U.M.K.C. graduate social work student. In the process, it was agreed that Gail would resolve these debts so she could successfully secure housing. A contract was made whereby Gail was required to pay each pay period. Gail, an ideal resident, became even more motivated to pay off the debts quickly and found another part-time job. Today, Gail is in her own apartment, working two part-time jobs and very secure and happy.
Description
  • This program provides resources that serve the immediate needs of families, individuals, or children with: clothing, food, and transportation (bus passes) for work or medical appointments when available, rent and utility assistance when available, and diapers for newborn through toddlers. The program also provides dignity products, e,g. tissue, hygiene products through partnership with "Giving the Basics" to households utilizing food stamps. 
  • 100% of the clients will receive services or referrals
  • 100% of diaper clients receive diapers
  • 50% of clients will receive specific case management from social work interns.
  • 100% of clients receive items not available with food stamps.
Program Budget $4,560.00
Category Human Services, General/Other Emergency Assistance
Population Served Families, Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent, Unemployed, Underemployed, Dislocated
Short-Term Success
  • 100% of clients will be interviewed for needs.
  • 70% of clients will find immediate help. Others will be referred to other agencies.
Long-Term Success

Unfortunately, there will always be those in our community who need emergency assistance. The goal of this program is that families will be able to get back on their feet without additional assistance beyond the initial assistance provided. 

Program Success Monitored By

Program success is monitored by client response, and testimony. Students are preparing an evaluation form for client evaluation.

Examples of Program Success True Light FRC's immediate need programs continues to serve and impact the community where ti makes a difference. In 2014, 104 people at-risk for water disconnect were served. These were people who have not been served by TLFRC before. The diaper program, Happy Bottoms, has grown from 40 to 200 in about three years. Clothing is enjoyed by those requesting school uniforms to those seeking new employment or going to an unexpected funeral.These are simply examples. Our computers are available for the general public Monday through Friday to job or apartment search, put resumes together or check email to see if a potential employer is trying to contact. Ronnie, came in almost daily to search for jobs and put applications in by computer. He had a baby in a sling on his chest area. He said a job was critical to take care of his family. At the public library where computers are available, this would have been difficult at the least. One day, Ronnie proclaimed that he had an interview at Cheese Cake Factory. He looked disheveled , and was advised to get interview clothes from the closet. The next day, Ronnie came to announce he had the job. Immediate needs are critical to a community that is impoverished and usually crisis driven. We strive to take the crisis out of driven by helping those we help think and plan ahead.
Description

The Referral program is coordinated by case managers to prioritize the needs of a client and locate the necessary resources.  The majority of needs require collaborative effort with one of the many agencies and associations within the area. Collaborative referrals have involved all of the following needs:  locating housing, financial assistance with utility payment (water), accessing prescription medications, obtaining documentation for employment and government programs, obtaining eligibility criteria with State and Federal programs and assistance in obtaining benefits under such programs.True Light FRC works with those who do not understand how to access services to better understand the process. Social work interns are a vital part of this program.

  • 100% of clients will receive services including case management provided by UMKC social work interns and other professional volunteers.
Category Human Services, General/Other Information & Referral
Population Served Homeless, Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent, Unemployed, Underemployed, Dislocated
Short-Term Success

The short term improvement for clients would be: 65% of clients will attain final resolution for the referred problem.

Change in self-concept, self-esteem, and self-sufficiency will be evidence by behavior and self-evaluation, comments.
Long-Term Success

The long term success of this program would include a 70% reduction in return clientele for same or similar referral matter and a 15% increase per annum in affiliations and collaborative associations.

Long term success would be these affiliations and collaborative partners to work together to ensure at 90% of the homeless population--especially women and children are domiciled. In addition, long-term success is seeing the self-concept of those who come through our doors heightened through programs that build self-esteem and self-sufficiency.
Program Success Monitored By Our program success is determined by self-reporting, Case Managers progress notes, observation of client's self-motivation and survey conducted following the final contact between staff and client.  The client is queried on satisfaction of problem resolution, the quality of the resolution, whether the referring agency performed adequately, whether the receiving agency performed adequately, if the client did all that was required of him/her, and if any follow-up activity is necessary.  This data is reported to the Executive Director by Case Managers (usually social work students) for further suggestions as to how clients can be helped to move forward or further need for contact terminated. True Light FRC knows we have been successful when the client no longer needs services and support.
Examples of Program Success
In the past twelve months, the referral program has assisted people. Complete resolution of the client's problem was made directly through TLFRC in 40% of the cases while an additional 37 % of cases were resolved successfully through referral to another agency. Resolution was in areas of securing employment; obtaining permanent housing; locating legal resources; obtaining documentation, birth certificates and government identification; filing claims, providing prescription medications; enrolling children in school; discovering means to pay rent and utilities; assisting with elder housing;  and referrals for addiction counseling.
 
A recent cases are the Latina who was homeless and going blind because she could not receive services other than prescriptions for her eyes. She was   going blind. True Light FRC made sure she had medications  and social work interns got her to where she will have the necessary surgery.
 
90% of the women who came to Freedom House are currently employed.
Description
True Light Family Resource Center has joined with Metro Lutheran Ministry, a community partner, to provide a place where a wholesome meal is served each Saturday to poor, economically disadvantaged, indigent, and homeless individuals and families. Attendance continues to grow.
 
Currently, 170 to 300 individuals are served each Saturday. Program success is evaluated through a count of guest and volunteers in attendance,  number of volunteers who participate, many who live in the community and community receptivity and guest comments. Examples of Program Success: In the last twelve months, the program served over 9000 people breakfast.
  • 100% of the guest will be served a balanced meal without cost.
  • 80% of guest  will gain social skills by having the opportunity to fellowship with others.
  • 100% of volunteers gain greater insight into community needs, ethnicity and social economic differences that is reported to be useful in their life.
  • Increased participation.
Category Food, Agriculture & Nutrition, General/Other Meal Distribution
Population Served Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent, Unemployed, Underemployed, Dislocated, Homeless
Short-Term Success

One-hundred (100%) of those present for breakfast will be fed without cost to the participants.

Long-Term Success
The breakfast program provides 100% of its participants with a balanced, nutritious meal--eggs, sausage, pancakes, muffins, juice, coffee. This, all you can eat meal, may be the only full meal a participant eats this day. Everyone is served as long as the food holds out.
Program Success Monitored By This success is evaluated through a count of participants and numbers of volunteers who serve and interact with guest. Also, the guest suggestions and interactions are taken into consideration.
Examples of Program Success In the last twelve months, the program as served 8,000 a breakfast consisting of scrambled eggs, pancakes, sausage, muffins, juice and coffee. Guests are invited to eat all they want because for many, it is the only full meal they will eat that day. Admission is free on a first-come, first-served basis, no questions asked.
CEO Comments
True Light Family Resource Center is faced with the increased needs of those persons who have little or none. Our organization is, itself, faced with increased cost to operate. Financial donations to operate and serve clients is the greatest challenge we face. It is a challenge to meet needs; yet we consider it an opportunity to be able to enter into the lives of clients and to offer services and hope. Increased hope is what we have witnessed since our inception in 2006. Individuals, formally, addicted or caught in the cycle of poverty, homelessness, and broken, dysfunctional relationships have been helped to become functioning, contributing citizens of Kansas City. Our neighborhood is transitioning from one formerly known as "dangerous" to one where people are seen walking, bicycling, or where neighbor helps neighbor. Our neighbors often volunteer to help us feed, clothe and care for the needs of others. We are living our mission, to serve at-risk individuals and families by providing for critical needs, connecting to community resources, and teaching job and life skills in a safe and supportive environment. Again, I say that any community is only as good as the people who traverse its streets. The 31st Street corridor has become safer because of the work of True Light FRC, MLM,  and others. We collaborate and engage in non-duplicative services. True Light FRC has completed its first capital campaign--raising funds to remodel the small apartment sized kitchen to serve increasing numbers and accommodate volunteers.This was a challenge that you, the funders and public helped us through. Other challenges are the upkeep of building  (leaky roofs, etc.) that often require a disproportionate amount of revenue, sometimes, unexpectedly. Our ongoing aim is to build up the downtrodden and we absolutely hate to think that there may not be enough revenue to meet the needs. Opportunities at TLFRC are many. Volunteers serve our clients daily with skills they excel in. An example is the Wednesday sewing class. It delights our Wednesday volunteers to see women excited to accomplish  projects they never thought they could do. There is opportunity for volunteers to experience this sort of satisfaction. Volunteers report they too are recipients of changed lives as a result of helping others accomplish new goals and seeing increased self esteem.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Rev. Alice L. Piggee-Wallack
Term Start Apr 2006
Compensation $0 - $50,000
Experience
Alice Piggee-Wallack is as a social worker and ordained minister for the past twenty-five years. Her experience is in working with substance abuse, mentally-ill and homeless populations. Alice is also a certified Montessori teacher, Founder of True Light Church of the Nazarene,and Founder/Director of True Light Family Resource Center, Alice comes to this position with urban experience obtained in social work practice in Chicago.  Alice received her B.A. from the University of Illinois at Chicago; M.S.W., Jane Addams School of Social Work, U of I Chicago; M.Div. Nazarene Theological Seminary at Kansas City; Montessori Certificate, Saint Mary's College at Leavenworth. She has practiced social work at Mile Square C.C.H. C. at Chicago and taught at Alpha Montessori, and as Adjunct Professor at Mid-America Nazarene University. Alice believes that every individual has talents and is capable of making life changes that benefit themselves, community and the whole of humanity. She has seen individuals break out of the cycle of poverty, addiction, and violence and is dedicated to the reclaiming of lives and neighborhoods by fostering healing through love, self-worth, self-respect and respect for others.Honors received: 2013 Martin Luther Luther King Living Legacy Award; the Delta Sigma Theta 2012 Women of Courage Award, 2012 Young Women On The Move Profile of Courage, and Kansas City Chapter of Drifters, Inc, 2012 Unsung Heroine award;  and is featured in "Women and Girls Lead," a Public Television broadcast. A clinician, Alice has led TLFRC from a staff of two to a full-time staff of  three full-time, five part-time and nine volunteers, in addition to many who volunteer their time and talents weekly and/or periodically. Her vision, to see participants in TLFRC achieving self-sufficiency through participating in programs that produce heightened self-esteem, and more employable skills. She believes women, can learn skills to care for families emotionally and financially.
Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start 0
Compensation Last Year
Senior Staff
Title
Title Assistant to the Director
Title Client Services Coordinator
Title Executive Director
Staff
Paid Full-Time Staff 1
Paid Part-Time Staff 4
Volunteers 30
Paid Contractors 0
Retention Rate 100%
Staff Diversity (Ethnicity)
African American/Black 6
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 2
Hispanic/Latino 0
Other 0
Staff Diversity (Gender)
Female 6
Male 2
Not Specified 0
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation No
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Semi-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
True Light Family Resource Center (TLFRC) collaborates with Metro Lutheran Ministry, a community partner with the breakfast program and program referrals. TLFRC referrals homeless women with children  to Community LINC from the Emancipation Station/day shelter program. True Light Church of the Nazarene partner, in particular when there is a need to help a clients and funds are not available through regular channels.The  University of Missouri-Extension Program partners by providing family education nutrition programs. TLFRC is also a member of the Homeless  Services Coalition. Other collaborations are with the Happy Bottoms,Giving the Basics and Mid-America Assistance Coalition.  TLFRC routinely refers to Truman Behavior Health outreach specialist homeless clients in need of  services and/or working with specialist to make sure they receive education about available services. TLFRC has actively sought to better serve clients through non-duplicative, collaborative efforts since 2006 and looks forward to collaborating with other agencies in the near future.Partnership with "The Sewing Lab" is in the early stages. Swope Health Services screens clients at TLFRC on the medical mobile unit.
Awards
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
Finalist for work with womenAvon Hello Tomorrow2008
Proclamation for Women's Health Week presented by the MayorCity of Kansas City Missouri2008
Women of Courage AwardDelta Sigma Theta2012
Unsong HeroineThe Kansaas City Chapter of Drifters, Inc.2012
Martin Luther King, Jr. Living Legacy AwardMidAmerica Nazarene University2013
Women and Girls Lead Campaign ShortsITVS/Local KCPTV2012
Profile of Courage AwardYoung Women On the Move2012
Fund Raiser for TLFRC's Emancipation SationWomen of the Arts2014
Alice Piggee-WallackSheer Essence Mrs. Josette Outstanding Achievement Award2014
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? Yes
CEO Comments

The challenges of providing for the needy have increased beginning 2007/08.  Although a few are again prospering, the number needing our help has remained largely unchanged.  The challenge continues.  We recognize that recovery has begun; however, it is slow and the gap between those who are impoverished and others has not changed significantly. The services of True Light FRC and the voice it offers is still very relevant and needed by those still impoverished. As we expand and have more client service opportunities, our operations costs grow as well. In order to meet these challenges we are working on capacity and sustainability. We realize that needs are dynamic and that our programs must adapt to meet changing needs. We strive for greater community involvement. We find that when people learn about us, our work, and changed lives that result from our work and interaction, they are very interested in helping us. A growing array of supporters are helping our efforts through volunteer work and financial donations.To this end we continue strive to and expand needed services. We are diligently working on  fundraising and community awareness. The first fundraiser is September 28, 2017.

If TLFRC had a mantra it would be, "I can." We always believe we can do what appears to be "impossible" and to that end, the capitol campaign started in 2013 to enlarge kitchen space and capacity is completed (June 2016). The impossible was $181,000. That goal was reached thanks to committed individuals and foundations. The Director and Board believe the same zeal that brought a large commercial like kitchen into existence to feed the homeless and working poor  will happen in the area of paid  professional staffing needs. To that end, grant writers and fund raisers/fund developers are needed.
Board Chair
Board Chair Dr. Vicki Copp
Company Affiliation True Light Church of the Nazarene
Term May 2009 to Dec 2017
Email vickidcopp@gmail.com
Board Co-Chair
Board Co-Chair Mr. Paul Griesemer
Company Affiliation HNTB
Email pgriesemer@HNTB.com
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Mr. Walter Brown Partner, Seyferth Blumenthal & Harris LLC
Dr. Vicki Copp Overland Park Church of the Nazarene
Mrs. Katie Donaldson Student Nazarene Theological Seminary
Ms. Paula Gangel Director of Volunteer Services KU Med Center
Mrs. Sarah Garibaldi Community Volunteer
Mr. Paul Griesemer HNBT
Mrs. Carla Hayes BHC Rhodes
Mrs. Ramanda Hicks Secondary Missionary Baptist
Ms. Shannon Neal Arvest Bank
Mrs. Rachael J Stanovcic Rachael Jane Photography
Ms. Debbie Swearingen Community America Credit Union
Mrs. Kenna Valentine Sr. VP-Finance, Mariner Holdings, LLC
Ms. Kelli Wright UMKC
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 3
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 10
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 2
Female 11
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 3
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 90%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
Standing Committees
Board Development / Board Orientation
Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
Executive
Finance
Advisory Board Members
NameAffiliation
Rev. Tom Anderson Community Volunteer
Mr. Gary Chumley Retired Community Volunteer
Mr. Richard Lester Retired
Mr. Philip J Wallack JCCC
CEO Comments
We have seen many of the challenges faced overcome.  We  have a dedicated, talented and hard working board of directors, and volunteers committed to the work of TLFRC. We meet, work and move projects and programs along. This is TLFRC's strength. Some challenges have been our need to work with a largely volunteer staff and students more than paid professional staff; however, growth is yet evident with volunteers and students. TLFRC continues to learn the ropes of being a good 501 (C)(3); but, that's not good enough.  We desire to be excellent and a model of what it means to say, "You can!"  We have dreams for our community and its people that are yet to be realized. We believe, without a doubt, that the dreams will happen. We teach our clients important lessons about "keeping on" and overcoming the mountains(circumstances, obstacles) in their lives. We tell clients that perseverance is key. We are dedicated to living out what we teach. A key challenge is being able to obtain  paid, professional personnel. We have personnel through Catholic Charities and through the Department of Social Work at UMKC. These are beneficial to both True Light FRC and the sending organizations; however, the ability to hire professional personnel is necessary if we are to see continued growth.
 
True Light FRC expanded commercial like kitchen presents another to engage community in the area of nutrition education, and area that is greatly needed. TLFRC's board of directors, staff, and volunteers believes 2017 will see challenges overcome, and see lives transformed.
Financials
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2017
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2017
Projected Revenue $217,000
Projected Expenses $282,000
Form 990s
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2015, 2014, 2013: Financial data reported using IRS Form 990 EZ.  
  • Individual contribution line item may include revenue from foundations/corporations. 
Detailed Financials
 
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$54,750$49,400$66,455
Administration Expense$0$0$0
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses2.371.151.66
Program Expense/Total Expenses100%100%100%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$182,935$108,400$100,428
Current Assets$182,935$108,400$100,428
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$420$0
Total Net Assets$182,935$107,980$100,428
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities--258.10--
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountHall Family Foundation $40,000William T. Kemper Foundation $25,000 --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountIndividual Donor $19,284 -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountIndividual Donor $10,000 -- --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years Yes
Organization Comments
True Light Family Resource Center is growing and learning as we grow. At our inception in April 2006, we literally hit the ground running, serving the needs of clients when the doors opened. We are having to play catch up in terms of grant writing and searching for funding. We have some good people who have come alone side to help and there is need for more. Some who are helping have expressed awe at what TLFRC has done with such a little bit.  TLFRC desires those who have worked in the non-profit sector, fundraising/development, board work to come along and help in areas of their expertise.. We look forward to becoming a model for anyone who is called to transforming community in Kansas City, Missouri. The TLFRC board is a working board, professional, committed and capable.True Light concluded its first capital campaign to expand our small apartment sized working kitchen to a professional kitchen that is serving clients and educating the public--in particular those with children. The Board and staff are laying a stronger foundation. Again, we have taken a little and done incredibly well. With further development, TLFRC expects to make an impact on issues dealing with homelessness, women, and poverty in 2017.
Organization Name True Light Family Resource Center
Address 712 E 31st St
Kansas City, MO 641091439
Primary Phone (816) 561-1700
Contact Email truelightfrc@gmail.com
CEO/Executive Director Rev. Alice L. Piggee-Wallack
Board Chair Dr. Vicki Copp
Board Chair Company Affiliation True Light Church of the Nazarene
Year of Incorporation 2006