Kansas City House of Hope
7044 Antioch Rd
Merriam KS 66204
Christmas tea 2016
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (913) 262-8885
Fax 913- 3620505
Mission Statement
Our mission at Kansas City House of Hope (KCHOH) is to provide residential treatment for hurting, teen girls ages 13-17. During the program, teens will experience the transforming power of love through non-denominational Christian counseling and education. By focusing on the family as a whole unit and not just the child, KCHOH provides comprehensive treatment leading to success.
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Bryon Applegate
Board Chair Dr. Larry Daugherty
Board Chair Company Affiliation Maranatha Acadamy, retired
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2004
Former Names
Freedom House Ministries, dba Kansas City House of Hope
Volunteer Opportunities
Ways to donate, support, or volunteer
Donations may be made online at www.houseofhopekc.net or mailed to P.O. Box 4073, Overland Park, KS 66204.  Please call 913-262-8885 to make a credit card donation over the phone.  Volunteers are needed to assist House Staff, teach our residents life skills and nutrition, and to organize activities for our residents.
Financial Summary
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Mission Statement Our mission at Kansas City House of Hope (KCHOH) is to provide residential treatment for hurting, teen girls ages 13-17. During the program, teens will experience the transforming power of love through non-denominational Christian counseling and education. By focusing on the family as a whole unit and not just the child, KCHOH provides comprehensive treatment leading to success.
Background Statement

Kansas City House of Hope was established in 2004 and began providing the surrounding community with affordable outpatient counseling with a licensed professional. By the fall of 2007, property was acquired and our comprehensive residential treatment center was launched. KCHOH is an affiliate of a nationwide network called National House of Hope that provides professional guidance and has over 100 years experience. KCHOH is one of the eleven residential treatment centers nationwide with others being developed. 

KCHOH is different from other residential facilities in four ways: 
1. KCHOH does not accept government funding, allowing for families for all over the country to utilize the program. This has increased the number of families treated over the years, in particular families who have needed an out-of-state facility to accommodate their child's needs and risks. 
2. Family Therapy is required. Many residential treatment centers offer only partial care for the family, by only treating the child. KCHOH believes in rehabilitating the individual and strengthening the family unit for success. This is believed to be one area that adds an immense value to the program. 
3. Access and affordability of the program is a priority; KCHOH offers a subsidized portion of program fees for families. It believes there is enough value in the program to help financially assist families by offsetting the program costs. 
4. The program is faith-based. The counseling, schooling, and home-style environment the teens reside at while in treatment have a spiritual emphasis.  
Impact Statement
The residential portion of the program has been operating since 2006; over 550 teens and their families have been impacted by the program since the start. Overall, the benefit to the community is invaluable. There are three key ways KCHOH has the ability to make an impact:
  1. Healthy families are the core to success in society. Helping fractured families heal from traumatic events allows for these teens to have an increased likelihood of success and opportunities in their lives.
  2. The educational program at KCHOH allows students from a variety of backgrounds to continue their pursuit of earning high school diplomas. Those who are behind have the option to work at their own pace and complete credits. Residents dealing with ADHD learn techniques in a more conducive school environment.
  3. Through a variety of counseling programs: individual, family, group, and parenting classes, allow for families as a whole to rebuild previously strained relationships.
Needs Statement
Kansas City House of Hope offers residential care and an outpatient program for teens ages 13-17. Costs associated with providing these services exceed $5,000 a month per resident; however, families are only asked to pay $3,800 a month. Through the generous assistance of committed donors and organizations, the remaining difference is subsidized.
The goal is to ensure each year that KCHOH continues to be able to subsidize the costs of the program to allow additional families to gain the treatment they need. Often times, KCHOH is a final resort for families who have used any resources available to them to provide care for their child.
Service Categories
Residential Mental Health Treatment
Secondary & High Schools
Youth Development Programs
Areas of Service
Geographic Area Served Narrative Kansas City House of Hope serves families in the Kansas City Metro area and across the states. Parental involvement is very important, so most families live within 8 hours of our campus. Residents have bi-weekly phone calls and regular visits from their parents, including a once a month weekend pass with them to practice the skills they have learned.
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement
House of Hope KC exists to help fractured families come to a place of restoration. We do this by housing, counseling, and educating teen girls who have disconnected from their parents/caregivers for various reasons. Because most of our residents have experienced some form of trauma, we use a best practice, trauma-informed, approach to our care. Our goal is to reconnect them with their family and restore the strained relationship. However, we cannot do this without full parental participation. Parents and guardians are required to do their part in this process as well, which includes parenting classes and family counseling with our staff.
At House of Hope KC we believe in transparency, good stewardship, and sound financial management. Stewarding donor dollars, to best help the girls we serve, is a priority. Because we subsidize a portion of the monthly tuition for participating families ($1200-$2150 per resident, per month), it is important to us that we guard our spending and make wise financial decisions. We believe enough in our program, that we are willing to financially help families become a part of the House of Hope Kansas City family.
Description Kansas City House of Hope (KCHOH) offers residential counseling services for teenage girls and their families. The program requires individual as well as family counseling to help facilitate the most successful outcome. Each of our counselors hold their Master's in Social Work and use trauma-based therapies to help lead to maximum healing. Parents also participate in weekly classes to help gain a sense of support, while learning new parenting techniques. 
Category Mental Health, Substance Abuse Programs, General/other Specialized Therapy
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years)
Short-Term Success In addition to the long-term outcomes listed above, a standard form is to be filled out by multiple people who know or work with the teen (counselor, teacher, house staff, parent(s), the teenager). The evaluation is to be done within the first month of entering Kansas City House of Hope and reflect where the teen was upon entrance into the program. It is filled out again by the same people upon exit from the program. The compilation of the data should give an accurate assessment of their progress in the relevant areas in an unbiased way. Many teens, because of their current circumstances, are suffering from depression. Therefore, every teen is given a Childhood Depression Inventory (CDI) once a month during the duration of counseling services. The ultimate goal is to decrease their CDI score during the course of counseling by working of their individual goals and objectives described above.
Long-Term Success
The mission statement includes two critical elements: to reconcile the family unit and for the teen to become a functioning, contributing member of society. When entering the program, many teens are not communicating with their parents because they are hurting from the trauma that has occurred. Therefore, if the teen is not functioning within the home, oftentimes they may be acting out behaviorally and emotionally.
Each teen, parent, and counselor create a plan with goals and objectives to outline the counseling treatment. The family will accomplish and resolve all goals and objectives before transitional counseling begins, a phase where the child returns to the family unit and implements the tactics they have learned.
KCHOH is zoned to accept 24 teenage girls on a revolving basis. Long-term success includes maintaining an active admissions process to ensure reaching capacity along with having each of our counselors be fully staffed with residents.
Program Success Monitored By
There are two objective measurement tools given and two subjective tools used with the teens. The two objective tests are as follows:
  1. The score of the Childhood Depression Inventory (CDI). The goal is to lower the score over the course of time.
  2. The pre and post standardized evaluation

The two subjective measurement tools are as follows:
  1. Progress of each teen is monitored in weekly staff meetings between the counselor, house staff and teacher.
  2. Each teen and their counselor develops a treatment plan within a month of entering Kansas City House of Hope with goals and objectives to be achieved or in working order by the time the teen graduates.
Examples of Program Success
Mackenzie (name changed) was adopted and entered a loving home at a year old; her parents thought they were doing everything right, they loved their precious little girl and gave her everything her heart desired. 
By middle school, Mackenzie started to notice her differences from friends and families and struggled with her identity. Mackenzie's temper became more explosive and her parents feared for her safety and their daughters wellbeing and began seeking outside help. 
She fought her parents about going to KCHOH and resisted the program by running away. Each time her parents gave her the love that she resisted and reassurance that they were going to finish what they started. After a few months her heart began to soften. 
Through family counseling, her family worked to reestablish their relationship with one another and learned to communicate more effectively. Now on home phase, their family acknowledges not everything is perfect but they now have the tools they need to succeed.  
The loving, stable family environment of Kansas City House of Hope (KCHOH) creates a welcoming structure for teenagers. Residents are expected to accept responsibility, respect authority and effectively communicate with peers and adults. To accomplish these goals, teens receive instruction in life skills, assigned household duties, and are supervised by 24-hour house staff members. 
Responsibility is earned and tested through a 2-week orientation and 4-phase program, which rewards the teens' performances and attitudes. The residential center is a safe environment for teens at risk of themselves and is coupled with real-time security cameras to monitor resident activities and safety.  
Category Health Care, General/Other Patient & Family Support
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years)
Short-Term Success

The program regularly lasts six-nine months for a family, this includes an orientation and 4-phase program. Each phase has requirements in the areas of respect for peers and authority, personal healing, growth life skills, and spiritual enrichment.

Achievements and improvements can be monitored through a steady progression towards the third and final phase. An aspect of the program that makes KCHOH stand out, is they recognize that each phase may look different for each resident and can be charted by seeing their emotional growth. Many of our teens successfully reintegrate into families and society utilizing the skills they have acquired.

Long-Term Success

Ultimately, teens graduating from the House of Hope program will be productive and contributing members of both their family and society is one aspect of success. The KCHOH program recognizes that human brain development isn't complete until approximately age 25. Therefore, it is difficult to determine the success of residents' lives until they reach this age.

The long-term goal of success in the child is that they will be productive members of society by age 30. It consists of seeing residents lead happy, successful, and productive lives as good citizens, family members and community leaders. Over the years, many of our residents have gone on to attend nursing schools, complete missions work, and begun their own families.  
Program Success Monitored By
Each week, the staff members come together to discuss the progress of each resident in treatment. There are objective requirements for each phase that must be completed. In addition, leadership and on-going effort in counseling must be demonstrated that provides a more subjective success. A steady progression towards meeting the goals set up during the treatment plan are a way to monitor resident's success. 
When residents spend time on their visits with parents, success is also monitored in setting initial goals for the pass and a follow-up form to chart the highs and lows of the visit. This helps for the child, parents, and counselors to have a full knowledge of what KCHOH can do to better assist helping the family unit heal.  
Examples of Program Success In the past 12 months, Kansas City House of Hope has served 53 residents through our residential and outpatient counseling program. Teens' hearts are being transformed with the knowledge that they are treasured individuals who are unconditionally loved by the staff and their family. Mothers and fathers are learning how to be leaders in their household and model the authoritative love to their teens once again. Evidence of success can be taken from the following quotes of past residents. 
  • “Before coming to HOH my self-esteem was non-existent but now I am confident and happy for who God created me to be.”
  • “I came to HOH angry, depressed and hating so many.  Now I know how to show my emotions appropriately and am making new friends.”


It has been said that one life affects over 100 lives. In that case, in the past 12 months serving over 115 teens and parents, it equals over 11,000 lives touched and multiplies our success for generations.

Description Each student attends an on-site school hosted through Basehor-Linwood Highschool. The program offers transferable credits, high school diplomas and junior college-level courses. Prior transcripts are sent to Basehor-Linwood. Then an individualized educational program is then designed for each student, allowing them to progress at their own pace. Many students are behind in their grade level and have the opportunity to work in a more conducive environment to achieve their grade level.
Category Education, General/Other Guidance & Counseling
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years)
Short-Term Success
There are two factors showing short-term success in school:
1. Residents are able to learn and implement study habits, personal space, and develop a level of self-sufficiency in their schoolwork. The residents may come from backgrounds where education varies in importance, therefore it is important to show residents the value of school as well as the tools to succeed. 
2. The second way KCHOH teachers determine success is working to ensure the students have good grades and get back to their correct grade level. This level of success in school is one aspect of how KCHOH helps to re-integrate them once again.  
Long-Term Success
Many teens arrive at Kansas City House of Hope with the mindset that they are "failures." Because of their prior traumas and delinquency, many teens arrive behind in their current grade level and feel there is no hope. At KCHOH, education is believed to be one key in rehabilitating the whole person and boosting their self-esteem. Due to this belief, high value is placed upon succeeding in school.
Statement by KCHOH Principal Lexi Null. “Every student has four essential needs for succeeding in any classroom setting, created by theorist William Glasser. These four needs are, Power, Belonging, Freedom, and Fun.” By keeping these four needs met at KCHOH our students are able to really benefit their future in a positive way.
Program Success Monitored By State of Kansas
Examples of Program Success
A prior student was able to complete both her Junior and Senior year within a school year of taking our classes. When she went home, she enrolled in the community college in her town for the following fall semester. She is 17 years old and she is so pleased to feel that KCHOH benefited her future in this way.
Many students come with thoughts of not being able to achieve academically and this brings their self confidence way down. They are stressed out and feel that they are not intelligent. Once they submit assignments they are so excited with the grades that they receive, many girls say "Wow, I got 100% on my project!" This is something that they are not used to, but they earn this grade with the hard work that they put forth. These grades then give them motivation to continue to want to work.
CEO Comments Evaluation forms to monitor outcomes measurement often overlap between our counseling and residential programs. We have placed them under the "counseling program"; however, those two programs are very fluid, overlapping and flowing into one another.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Mr. Bryon Applegate
Term Start June 2019
Experience Bryon Applegate is a Missouri native who has almost 20 years experience working with families and youth. He earned a BS in Elementary Education at Drury University in Springfield. He then taught for 12 years at Ozark Upper Elementary where he was recognized as District Teacher of the Year in 2013. Presently, Bryon is working on an MA in Nonprofit Management from Grace College, Winona Lake, IN which he is scheduled to complete in 2020.
Former CEOs
Leslie Alford-
Senior Staff
Title Counseling Director
Experience/Biography Mary Beth English, LSCSW, has many years working with families and restoring relationships.  Before coming to HOHKC, she worked at KVC.
Title Program Director
Title House Manager
Title Principal
Paid Full-Time Staff 10
Paid Part-Time Staff 10
Paid Contractors 0
Volunteers 70
Retention Rate 80%
Staff Diversity (Ethnicity)
African American/Black 4
Caucasian 18
Staff Diversity (Gender)
Female 21
Male 1
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
Kansas City House of Hope relies upon its collaborations in order to effectively run our facility.   The following agencies currently collaborate with us to provide services to our clients: Harvesters Food Network, Maranatha and Whitefield Academies, K-LOVE Radio, The Culture House, Area Wide Churches, Tabitha House, Higher M-Pact, Hope Center, Christian Youth Theater, and Christian Family Services.
Award of ExcellenceNational House of Hope2010
Passion Award - Tier 2Servant Christian Community Foundation2007
Passion AwardServant Christian Community Foundation2008
Passion Award WinnerNational Christian Foundation2011
Award of ExcellenceNational House of Hope2015
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? Yes
CEO Comments Kansas City House of Hope is collaborating at the national level. Kansas City House of Hope is an affiliate of National House of Hope that offers professional guidance and funding opportunities to its members. There is regular email and phone contact as well as a National meeting for all affiliates each year. Presently there are ten Houses of Hope operating on a residential basis, 23 affiliates who are in the process of zoning and licensure and 25 pre-affiliates who are in the process of obtaining their 501 (c) 3 tax-status. As of 2010, there are 70 Houses of Hope nationwide. Kansas City House of Hope is licensed by the State of Kansas as status of a group home. We currently provide both outpatient counseling and residential services. Kansas City House of Hope has a strategic, six-year plan recently adopted by the Board.
Board Chair
Board Chair Dr. Larry Daugherty
Company Affiliation Maranatha Acadamy, retired
Email ldaugh@yahoo.com
Board Members
Mr. Jim Beaty
Mrs. Martha Comment, LSCSWCommunity Volunteer
Dr. Larry DaughertySuperintendent, Maranatha Academy
Mr. Paul GemeinhardtCommunity Volunteer
Ms. Judy Hart
Mr. Kraig KohringPolsinelli Law Firm
Ms. Cliftene Lewis
Mr. Lee RobertsonCommunity Volunteer
Mr. Matthew SevernsKessinger Hunter
Mrs. Marilyn ThomasKansas City House of Hope
Mr. Steve WillmanCommunity Volunteer
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
Caucasian 10
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 7
Female 4
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 3
Board Meeting Attendance % 96%
Written Board Selection Criteria? No
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 6
Standing Committees
Advisory Board / Advisory Council
Capital Campaign
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Special Events (Golf Tournament, Walk / Run, Silent Auction, Dinner / Gala)
Advisory Board Members
Dr. Martye BarnardKU Medical Center, Chairman of Behavioral Pediatrics
Mr. Jimmy DoddExecutive Director, PASTORSERVE
Mr. Tyrone FlowersEx-Director, Higher M-Pact
Mrs. Renee FlowersHigher M-Pact
Dr. Grace Kettermanprivate psychiatry practice
Mrs. Anne PetersonTelevision Personality
CEO Comments Kansas City House of Hope is collaborating at the national level. Kansas City House of Hope is an affiliate of National House of Hope that offers professional guidance and funding opportunities to its members. There is regular email and phone contact as well as a National meeting for all affiliates each year. Presently there are seven Houses of Hope operating on a residential basis, 23 affiliates who are in the process of zoning and licensure and 25 pre-affiliates who are in the process of obtaining their 501 (c) 3 tax-status. Kansas City House of Hope is currently licensed by the State of Kansas as status of a group home.
Fiscal Year Start June 01, 2018
Fiscal Year End May 31, 2019
Projected Revenue $574,830
Projected Expenses $574,830
Audit Documents
2016 Compilation
2016 Audit
2015 Audit
2012 Audit
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FYE 5/31/2018, 2017, 2016: 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 Year201820172016
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Individual Contributions------
Investment Income, Net of Losses$16,827$11,439$10,578
Membership Dues--$0$0
Special Events$65,708$173,815$152,776
Revenue In-Kind--$200$29,740
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201820172016
Program Expense$424,356$461,296$538,148
Administration Expense$49,815$74,052$101,694
Fundraising Expense$63,421$53,752$49,379
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.870.820.82
Program Expense/Total Expenses79%78%78%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201820172016
Total Assets$1,650,548$1,718,039$1,867,182
Current Assets$789,222$68,222$132,636
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$27,142
Current Liabilities$35,417$26,659$4,027
Total Net Assets$1,615,131$1,691,380$1,836,013
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201820172016
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities22.282.5632.94
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201820172016
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%1%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201820172016
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years No
Organization Comments House of Hope Kansas City is seeing a greater need for our services as our society becomes more and more intrigued by new technology. Teens struggle more now than ever with self esteem, self worth and feeling loved. House of Hope Kansas City works with parents and their teens to help them get reconnected in a healthy manner so their relationship is strong.
Other Documents
Organization Name Kansas City House of Hope
Address 7044 Antioch Rd
Merriam, KS 66204
Primary Phone (913) 262-8885
Contact Email info@houseofhopekc.net
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Bryon Applegate
Board Chair Dr. Larry Daugherty
Board Chair Company Affiliation Maranatha Acadamy, retired
Year of Incorporation 2004
Former Names
Freedom House Ministries, dba Kansas City House of Hope