Jacobs Well of Kansas City Ministries
7219 E. 17th Street
Kansas City MO 64126
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 920-7003
Mission Statement
We are dedicated to being the voice for the voiceless. We work to maximize independence and prevent and or delay premature institutionalization through allowing autonomy, individual choice, cultural competence and self-determination.
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Karen Renee Allen LPC
Board Chair Ms. Karen Renee Allen LPC
Board Chair Company Affiliation Executive Director
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2001
Former Names
The Carousel
Financial Summary
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Mission Statement
We are dedicated to being the voice for the voiceless. We work to maximize independence and prevent and or delay premature institutionalization through allowing autonomy, individual choice, cultural competence and self-determination.
Background Statement

Jacobs Well of Kansas City Ministries was incorporated in the state of Missouri in 2001, and is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt nonprofit organization. The Carousel Adult Day Center (The Carousel) is a program of Jacobs Well of Kansas City Ministries, which opened its doors in 2003. The Carousel is licensed by the state of Missouri, the Missouri Division of Senior and Disabilities Service, a division of health and senior services.

For the past 16 years, the Carousel has been impacting the lives of stroke survivors, veterans, adults with Alzheimer’s, autism, cerebral palsy, diabetes, muscular dystrophy and other disabilities. As a medical model adult day health center, the Carousel restores and rehabilitates an individual to his or her highest level of functioning while providing respite for families and caregivers. The Carousel is open seven days per week 6:30 AM—7:00 PM. We offer our program participants who live within a 25-mile radius bus transportation to and from our center.

The Carousel provides nursing care, including diabetic care, wound care and tube feeding; and maintains an Alzheimer’s memory care unit. Our part-time nurse administers medication. We foster cognitive and social skill development through recreational and educational activities including organic gardening, cooking, art, music and dance. Our bus is also used for social outings, doctor's visits and other needs. We provide quality case management by developing treatment or care plans for each of our clients, focusing on areas that will assist our participants in maintaining or improving their present skill level.

The people who attend the day program are people who qualify for a nursing home level of care, but because programs like the Carousel exist, they now have a choice to remain in their own homes connected to family and community.

Impact Statement

2016 & 2015 Accomplishments:

  • Established official partnership with the University of Kansas Department of Occupational Therapy Education
  • Expanded our occupational therapy program through grant funding from the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City
  • Became training site for Avila University’s nursing program
  • Increased community exposure through active participation in the Independence Missouri Rotary Club
  • Art therapy program’s client’s artwork exhibited at Harry S. Truman Library, Safari Café, Mid-Continent Library (Noland Road Branch) and Bishop Sullivan Center
  • Increased enrollment at The Carousel Adult Day Center from 24 to 38 persons; began to outgrow our current location at 7219 E. 17th Street, KCMO 64126
  • To expand our programs and services, successfully acquired the historic Dunbar Elementary School at 5419 E. 36th Street South through the Kansas City Missouri Public School District repurposing initiative


2017 Goals:

  • Secure funding to complete installation of a heating-and-cooling system at our new 36th Street location.  Installation costs amount to $200,000.  This is the most costly portion of our rehabilitation efforts.  It is the only thing preventing us from occupying the facility.
  • Create a physical therapy program for our clients suffering from stroke or dementia
  • Establish a health club in our new building that would benefit both our clients and members of the community


Needs Statement
  • HEATING-AND-COOLING SYSTEM! We need to complete installation of the heating-and-cooling system to move into our new facility.  We have installed two York heating/ac units already and need to install six more.  This is our greatest need today.  We need generous donors to contribute to this vital effort.
  • We need funding for staff support and to establish a new physical therapy program.
  • We need exercise and physical therapy equipment.
  • We need a hospital-quality adult changing table.
  • We need volunteers.  We especially need conscientious, enthusiastic new members to invigorate our board of directors.  We also need volunteers to work with our clients.
Service Categories
Support NEC
In-Home Assistance
Areas of Service
MO - Jackson County
MO - Clay County
MO - Platte County
MO - Eastern Jackson Co
MO - Jackson County Urban Core
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement
In March of 2001, I was in a low place in my life. So low, in fact, I felt empty and void. I cried out in anguish, "God why did you create me?” It was this day I found my purpose.
In June of 2001, Jacobs Well of Kansas City was founded to give voice to the voiceless and hope to those without hope. And in January 2003, I founded The Carousel, to provide the elderly and those with special needs a place to live a purposeful lifestyle.
It is my goal to touch the lives of children, youth, adults and the elderly by giving back the key which unlocks the door of purpose.
This is an exciting time, but a very challenging one as well. We have acquired a former school building from the Kansas City School District that fits our needs. We are completely done with the rehab except for the heating-and-cooling system. We need donors with big hearts to help us bear the cost of this undertaking.
When we move into our new building, we will be able to expand our client-base, affording more low-income elderly and people with special needs a safe, stimulating environment. Our new building is near the VA Hospital. It will give us the opportunity to grow our Veterans Program.
So, if anyone were to ask me what our greatest need is, I would have to tell them to support the heating-and-cooling system installation.
I would be remiss if I didn’t thank our recent supporters. Thank you to the Greater Kansas City Health Care Foundation for its generous grant of $35,000.00. Thank you also to the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and the family of Amelia Smithson for their kind gift of $875.00.
An occupational therapist (OT) from Kansas University Medical Center (KU-MC) is on-site twice a week. Services are rendered through group therapy, individual therapy and staff education and training. The OT works with 8-14 people in a group setting and up to four individuals per day depending on group schedules and programming. Group therapy involves weekly life-skill training groups. Individual therapy is given weekly or bi-weekly to clients for skills training such as job training, strength training for increasing strength and endurance for activities of daily living and interest-based activities, and working on interest-based leisure skills. Individual therapy also involves wheelchair positioning evaluations and modifications.
Besides the therapist from KU-MC, four Carousel Adult Day Care staff devote eight hours twice a week to the program. Nursing students from Avila University and community volunteers also assist with the occupational therapy program. 
Category Health Care, General/Other Occupational Therapy
Population Served Adults, ,
Short-Term Success Group therapy includes a cooking class once a week, a small crochet group once a week, and other interest-based groups. In terms of collecting and analyzing the benefits of the group programs such as the cooking class, the OT and Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) students from the University of Kansas Medical Center have collected weekly data for the cooking class. Data includes independence for skills related to cooking, reactions to the cooking group, and photographs of the cooking groups. From the data collected, 80 % of clients show an increase in independence for initiation for cooking skills. 75% of clients also showed improvements in fine motor skills. Data also suggests an increase in attention to task and communication with peers. Pilot sessions have also taken place with pet therapy through Paws for Freedom; pilot data shows that working with the therapy dogs relates to increased positive mood, increased engagement, increased communication, and increased satisfaction.
Long-Term Success
The ultimate goal is for clients to live up to their full potential and attain greater autonomy. Each client has a Care Plan listing individual goals and milestones. Therapy is tailored to helping the clients meet Care Plan goals. Clients are also encouraged to take part in social activities and learn new skills. Clients can stay in their homes longer and delay institutionalization by increasing their sense of autonomy.
Program Success Monitored By The Canadian Occupational Performance Measure (COPM) was used to assess several clients. The COPM has clients state and prioritize goals as well as rate their performance and satisfaction with those goals; the clients are then reassessed at a later date to see if their performance and satisfaction has increased with skilled services. Of the clients assessed with the COPM, 75% have shown improvement in satisfaction scores and 100% have shown improvement in performance scores.
Examples of Program Success
Fourteen unduplicated clients participated in the program.
  • For Goal No. 1, 100 percent of clients in the program met their goals as described in their individual care plans. 
  • For Goal No. 2, 100 percent of clients in the program participated in other programs and activities, such as art therapy, games, and learning other skills. 
  • For Goal No. 3, 100 percent of clients remained in the Adult Day Care Program.
The Carousel Artists Program has been in existence for the past five years. Clients at Carousel Adult Day Center are trained in drawing, painting and other visual arts by a professional artist. These clients all suffer from disabilities such as Alzheimer's disease, autism, brain injuries, Down's Syndrome, and developmental disabilities. Art classes not only give the clients a chance to express themselves, but act as therapy for cognitive disorders and their symptoms. The program's artistic components are art projects and exhibitions. Clients learn art techniques at the Day Care. The art teacher and staff sometimes takes clients on field trips, for example, to learn how to paint a mural.
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other
Population Served Adults, ,
Short-Term Success Our clients show increased cognitive and social skills through art therapy. More importantly, they show increased self-esteem and happiness. Their artwork provides them with accomplishments that can never be taken away from them.
Long-Term Success
The ultimate goal for the clients in this program is to instill creativity and self-satisfaction in their work. We want our clients to live up to their full potential. These clients, because of their special needs, are not expected to create art and contribute to society. We take a different approach. Our belief is “Every individual was created for a purpose therefore every individual is a contributing member of society. As a contributing member of society every individual has strengths and talents and those strengths and talents are gifts to the market place.”
Program Success Monitored By Program success is monitored by the finished artwork and the client’s satisfaction with it. The main visual arts program involves pencil, pastel, markers, mixed media, and water colors. Participants create both representational and abstract drawings and paintings. Occasionally, the group might use geometric shapes, and then disintegrate the shapes into different shapes; this helps them to learn how to use color and design. We also offer musical therapy, dance and ceramics classes. The clients' work has been exhibited at the Harry S. Truman Library, Safari Café, UMB Bank, Bishop Sullivan Center and Mid-Continent Public Library (Noland Road Branch).
Examples of Program Success One of the outstanding contributors is Luke. He came to the Carousel four years ago. Along with Luke, came hospice care. Per Luke, his only wish was to “make 21”. The Carousel discovered Luke had an amazing talent, the gift of art. The Carousel found an instructor and started an art class in his honor. Luke celebrated his 24th birthday at the end of 2016; hospice is a mere thing of his past. Though he continues to have medical challenges, he is thriving through the arts.
CEO Comments

Nursing Care and Training: 
Nursing care includes diabetic care, wound care, tube feeding, administering special diets, incontinence care, oral hygiene, personal hygiene and grooming.  Our part-time nurse administers medication.  We serve as a training site for Avila University's Nursing program and the Job Corps CNA program.  

We offer the following training programs:

  • First Aid\Blood Borne Pathogens
  • Level I Medication Aide 
Physical and Speech Therapy:
Currently, we contract out for physical and speech therapy services.  One of our 2017 goals is to create an on-site physical therapy program for our clients suffering from stroke or dementia.  
Alzheimer's Memory Care Unit:
We also have an Alzheimer's unit, which gives individuals diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, other dementia or traumatic head injury the ability to stay in their own homes. Our goal here is to maintain clients at their present level or to work toward assisting the client in making improvements, if possible.  The program, also called the memory care unit, is geared toward lessening the progression of the disease. The unit space is designed to look like a home, with familiar living room furniture and decor. The clients have access to books, games and other activities to stimulate their mental abilities.
Recreational, Social and Educational Opportunities:
Every day, our staff provide engaging recreational, social and educational opportunities for clients.  We are equipped with an on-site beauty salon for hair and nail care. We also have a thriving on-site organic garden. Our staff also have taken clients on numerous recreational, social, and educational outings including… In addition, we provide our clients meaningful volunteer opportunities for them to give back to the community.  For example, they have created greeting cards for Children's Mercy Hospitals and have packed medical equipment for other countries.  In 2016, our clients visited and distributed teddy bears and candy to the children of Sheffield Place, a transitioning housing agency for homeless mothers and children.  
Veterans Program: 
When we move into our new building, we will be able to expand our client-base, affording more low-income seniors and individuals with special needs a safe, stimulating environment. Our new building at 5419 E. 36th Street South, KCMO 64128 is near the Kansas City VA Medical Center at 4801 Linwood Blvd, KCMO 64128.  It will give us the opportunity to grow our Veterans Program.  We plan to provide individual and group counseling services to veterans.  
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Ms. Karen Renee Allen LPC
Term Start June 2001

Karen Allen, PhD has over 25 years of experience in social and mental health services.  She is on the Board of the Missouri Adult Day Care Association and is member of the National Adult Day Care Association.  Ms. Allen holds a doctorate in Christian Counseling, a Masters in Counseling, a post-BACC in Applied Behavior Analysis, and she is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Human Development at Capella University.

Her credentials include:

  • National/Board Certified, Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) since 2005
  • Level-1 Certified Trauma Specialist
  • Sexual Offender Specialist
  • Missouri Recovery Support Specialist
  • Licensing Supervisor for the Missouri Board of Licensed Professional Counselors


Her service includes, but is not limited to providing:

  • Mental health services to maximum security offenders.
  • Outpatient therapy for the United States Federal system.
  • Children and families dealing with mental health issues, abuse, and neglect.
  • Children and teens dealing with bullying, suicidal ideation and behavioral and mental health issues. 
  • Individuals in need of substance abuse intervention and prevention services.


Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start 0
Compensation Last Year
Senior Staff
Title Director

Mrs. Barnes is a registered nurse with over 40 years of experience. She has been with The Carousel Adult Day Center for 8 years.

"I like the challenge of being the nurse director and learning the nuances of this population. They are so much fun and every day is a new learning experience.”

Title Occupational Therapist

Joan Augustyn is an occupational therapist who is a full-time clinical assistant professor at KU Medical Center. Through a community partnership with KUMC, Joan is the occupational therapist at The Carousel. She has her doctorate in occupational therapy (OTD) from KU Medical Center. 

"Seeing the smile on our client's faces warms my heart. I enjoy helping them work through challenges and discover that they can do anything they set their minds to do."

Title Licensed General Contractor

Pastor Lee is the senior pastor at a local church and is a licensed general contractor. He has been with The Carousel for 5 years. He is responsible for the grounds, maintenance, repairs, maintenance of the company van and so much more.

"I didn't have experience with this population prior to coming to The Carousel, but I have really come to love each one of our clients."

Title Staff

Desiree has been with the Carousel for 5 years and has been in the medical field for 26 years.

"I truly love serving the clients of this population."

Title Staff

Cristina has been with The Carousel for 3 years. She has a child with developmental disabilities and is perfectly suited to take care of this population. She has also recently received her U.S. citizenship.

"Serving the clients of this population just comes naturally to me. I love taking care of people and I have grown attached to our clients."

Title Staff

Denie has been with the Carousel for a year and has been in the profession 10 years.

"When someone asks me why I do what I do, my response is simply that I really love our clients."
Title Fund Developer

Jennifer Alexander, MPA works as part-time fund developer for The Carousel.  Her other part-time position is administrative coordinator for KC Mothers in Charge.  She has 5 1/2 years of nonprofit administration and capacity building experience.  Prior to her employment, Ms. Alexander provided pro-bono board consulting services to The Carousel.  Ms. Alexander has worked for Amethyst Place and the Child Protection Center; and performed contract capacity building services for Harvesters.  Ms. Alexander has a passion for nonprofit capacity building and holds a professional certificate in fundraising from the Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership.

Paid Full-Time Staff 8
Paid Part-Time Staff 1
Volunteers 5
Paid Contractors 2
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Under Development
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Under Development
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Under Development
Whistleblower Policy No
  • Penn Valley Allied Health Program
  • UMKC Community Music and Dance Program
  • Job Corps CNA Program
  • Avila University Nursing Program
  • University of Kansas Department of Occupational Therapy Education
  • Gather Them Holy in His Church
  • Faith Bible College
  • Missouri Adult Day Care Association
  • American Counseling Association
  • American Society of Christian Therapists
  • Churches of North American Fellowship
I HAVE A DREAM AWARDThe Omar Awards2003
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? Yes
Board Chair
Board Chair Ms. Karen Renee Allen LPC
Company Affiliation Executive Director
Term Jan 2017 to Dec 2017
Email kallenlpc@gmail.com
Board Members
Mr. Farah Abdi Community Volunteer
Ms. Karen Renee Allen LPCExecutive Director
Captain Tyra Perkins United States Army
Ms. Sheri Richey Community Volunteer
Mr. Marco Seabra Principal Partner – Workestrate LLC
Mr. Mark Smith LPC, LCSWLicensed Professional Counselor
Pastor Brenda Smith Gilbert Memorial AME Church
Ms. Lori Steffan Lead BIP Facilitator - Social Change Services
Dr. Ronald Woods PhDRetired Clinical Therapist
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 4
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 3
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 1
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 4
Female 5
Unspecified 0
Written Board Selection Criteria? Under Development
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
Standing Committees
Advisory Board Members
Mr. Curtis Urness Contract Grant Writer
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2017
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2017
Projected Revenue $450,000
Projected Expenses $450,000
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2014, 2013, 2012:  Financial data reported using IRS Form 990.  
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line items may include contributions from individuals.
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201420132012
Program Expense$247,279$342,279$392,962
Administration Expense$163,550$111,661$33,426
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.060.951.00
Program Expense/Total Expenses60%75%93%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%--
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201420132012
Total Assets$0$0$36,967
Current Assets$28,970($31,047)$36,967
Long-Term Liabilities$10,000$10,000$35,703
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets($24,008)($17,183)$1,264
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets----97%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201420132012
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? Yes
Organization Name Jacobs Well of Kansas City Ministries
Address 7219 E. 17th Street
Kansas City, MO 64126
Primary Phone (816) 920-7003
Contact Email kallenlpc@gmail.com
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Karen Renee Allen LPC
Board Chair Ms. Karen Renee Allen LPC
Board Chair Company Affiliation Executive Director
Year of Incorporation 2001
Former Names
The Carousel