Mission Project, Inc.
5960 Dearborn
Suite 201
Mission KS 66202
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (913) 777.6722
Mission Statement

The Mission Project enables capable adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities to live independently and safely in their community with individualized support. It strives to enhance the quality of life for its participants through empowerment, self-sufficiency, and continuous growth in independence while providing opportunities for:

  1. Making and sustaining friendships
  2. Finding and maintaining competitive employment
  3. Learning from a variety of continuing education and cultural activities
  4. Developing and maintaining a healthy lifestyle that includes fitness, nutrition, and participating in recreational activities.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Charlie Jennings
Board Chair Mrs. Robynn Haydock
Board Chair Company Affiliation NAA Faculty Member
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2004
Volunteer Opportunities
Ways to donate, support, or volunteer

We truly are thankful for any assistance you can give.   As an independent community of young adults with developmental disabilities, The Mission Project incurs many expenses.

Transportation to and from work is one of our largest expenses. Five vans provided approximately 10,000 rides annually to-and-from work, for individuals with intellectually and developmental disabilities.  Our staff of 5 drivers (1 full-time, 4 part-time) assisted passengers to 24 different work locations over the course of the year! 
 
You can support The Mission Project by organizing a group of friends to attend our Annual Run for the Roses Kentucky Derby Gala in May or our Golf Classic in the fall.  

We are especially in need of volunteers who can assist with our auction for our annual gala, and mentoring of our participants in our healthy living and independent living skills programs.

If you are interested in volunteering, email us at info@themissionproject.org.

 If you are interested in donating to The Mission Project, you can mail a check to The Mission Project, 5960 Dearborn St, Suite 201, Mission, KS 66202.  You can also donate online at http://.dayinthelife.themissionproject.org/product/donation/.  Those interested in corporate sponsorship of events can contact the executive director at info@themissionproject.org.  In-kind items are appreciated and can be used for raffle and auction items during annual fundraisers.
Financial Summary
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Statements
Mission Statement

The Mission Project enables capable adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities to live independently and safely in their community with individualized support. It strives to enhance the quality of life for its participants through empowerment, self-sufficiency, and continuous growth in independence while providing opportunities for:

  1. Making and sustaining friendships
  2. Finding and maintaining competitive employment
  3. Learning from a variety of continuing education and cultural activities
  4. Developing and maintaining a healthy lifestyle that includes fitness, nutrition, and participating in recreational activities.
Background Statement

Introduction to the Mission Project: Three couples, parents of young adults with developmental cognitive disabilities, met in 2004 to talk about shared concerns, specifically: Was there an alternative to our adult children living at home? And what happens to them when we pass away? These were difficult questions; however, they were ever present. The young adults fell into a gap. They were too high functioning for a restrictive, institutional environment. However, living independently would certainly be too much for the individual to handle. The result of those meetings is The Mission Project, Inc. Participants live independently of one another, in an apartment complex in Mission, KS. (Mission Project participants represent about 15% of the total population of tenants at the apartment complex.) They pay rent, hold down a job and contribute. This hybrid program is unique to the metro area. Young adults can rent their own apartments, and a system of support allows them to be a part of the larger community of Mission, KS.

Mission, KS was specifically selected as our launch site. It offers a community with housing, shops, grocery stores, Sylvester Powell Community Center (for exercise classes) and other amenities all within walking distance— important because participants don't drive.

The first three MP Participants (as the young adults are called) moved into their apartments in Mission, KS in the summer of 2004. Two had Down syndrome, one had autism. The parents of the participants formed a board of directors from which they govern. This group of three has grown to a community of 28.  

As our numbers have grown, we have expanded as an organization. Current members have intellectual and developmental disabilities such as Down syndrome, autism or brain injury. There is currently a wait list for new members wanting this unique, hybrid program. This model has also been replicated to an apartment complex in Gladstone (MO), Overland Park (KS), and Austin (TX).  The organization in Austin, TX, A.I.M., is successfully operating and they based their entire framework on our model.  

What members learn: Things most people take for granted, such as going to work and cooking dinner, are skills that participants must continually learn, practice, and re-learn. Skills that are taught in our weekly Problem Solvers meetings include grocery shopping, cooking, laundry, taking medicines, and keeping apartments clean.

Every participant has a job. We provide transportation through our fleet of five vans and 6 drivers. This element is essential for two reasons.
  1. Participants are low-income and rely on their salary for living expenses
  2. Participants have a reason to get up and moving each day with their job. 
It builds self-worth. Job-coaching services and transportation are critical—we would not exist successfully without this component. (Transportation is critical as members do not drive.) The services participants require vary greatly depending on their skills. 
Impact Statement

 2018 Accomplishments:

The successful implementation of the MPower Health Program.  A functional movement program for all participants that focuses on cardiovascular fitness, nutrition, strength, and well-being. Individualized for each person, the goal is to focus on well-being allowing for longer independent living.  Large and small nutrition classes and annual health assessments were added to this program for a well rounded practice for getting healthier.
 
This year 100% of participants were competitively employed throughout the greater Kansas City area.  This contributes to their overall well-being and life satisfaction as they earn money that contributes to their rent and groceries.  This rate is far above the average national rate of employment at 18% for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
 
Nearly 10,000 rides were provided by the Ride to Work program with a rate of 99.6% on-time deliveries to and from work.  These rides provide safe and reliable transportation for participants who are competitively employed.
 
Our participants are showing increased leadership and service, demonstrated by them speaking at an annual autism conference, teaching about person-first language and self-advocacy at corporate 'lunch and learn' sessions.  Participants have also volunteered for other agencies that raise money for those in need (including domestic violence shelters, Bike for the Brain, local cancer centers, and much more.
 
2019 Goals:
  • Grow our participant community and expand our services to more families who need our supports in both Kansas and Missouri.
  • Continue the strong momentum begun with the MPower Health Program and reinforce a lifestyle of healthy eating and fitness with all Mission Project participants.  
  • Continue to maximize participant socialization and communication through Problem Solvers (OT based) and Community Strong (therapy based) classes and other learning opportunities.
  • 100% of participants will continue to work-utilizing The Mission Project Ride to Work Program. 
  • Successfully fund our areas of greatest financial need (transportation, core programing, MPower Health - fitness and nutrition) through a mix of special events, grant applications, and major gifts.
Needs Statement
Pressing needs include :
  • 2 new vans/SUVs for the Ride to Work Program ($20,000 allotted per vehicle)
  • Local employers that would be interested in discussing job opportunities for participants. 
  • Assistance to improve our auctions at our annual signature event, our Run for the Roses Kentucky Derby Gala
  • In-kind donors of food, wine, venue, and other items for our special events. 
Service Categories
Centers to Support the Independence of Specific Populations
Down Syndrome
Digestive Diseases & Disorders
Areas of Service
MO - Jackson County
MO - Clay County
MO - Platte County
KS - Wyandotte County
KS - Johnson County
KS - Leavenworth County
Geographic Area Served Narrative The Mission Project is located in Johnson County, KS.  We are working with groups throughout Missouri and Kansas at this time to replicate our model and have worked with groups in Texas and Connecticut.  We are happy to share our model with any groups who are interested in starting their own organization or would like to become part of The Mission Project in any location.  We serve anyone who comes to us and is interested in membership at our current location or who would like to create a new location.
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement

"I believe that The Mission Project is a brilliant model for providing for the needs of adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities who can live with minimal support. There has been rich development this last decade and there will continue to be growth in the coming years." - Charlie Jennings, Executive Director

Programs
Description When candidates become participants, they and their families work with their case manager and the provider to determine services needed. The provider helps participants learn the living skills they need, such as shopping and cooking. Also, MP members staff a 24-hour hotline and employ a specialist to help participants work out relationship and behavioral issues.
Category Human Services, General/Other In-Home Assistance
Population Served People/Families with People of Developmental Disabilities
Short-Term Success Participants show measurable growth in self-care, home living activities,money management, community living activities,employment, personal organization, social activities, and health and safety activities.
Long-Term Success Mission Project Participants (adults with disabilities) will have skills needed to live in their own apartments, training that helps them grow in independence skills and advocacy skills that allow them to be active and accepted members in their community.
Program Success Monitored By We have developed an instrument (the Mission Project Supports Scale) that rates the frequency that support is needed by MP individuals to participate in activities listed above, the amount of time support is actually provided, and the intensity of support (from full physical assistance at the high end to none at the low end).
Examples of Program Success The employment rate of Mission Project participants is 70% higher than the national average of their peers.  This is a credit to the combined resources of transportation, life-skills meetings, and good job placement provided by The Mission Project.  Job retention for our members is critical.  They are proud to be living and working in the community, paying taxes and contributing.  Additionally, like all of us, they rely on their paycheck for basic living needs.  
Description The Mission Project strives to have each participant employed to his or her highest ability. Licensed service providers develop jobs geared to each participant's abilities and interests. They place participants and coach them on the job as needed.They work with participants' supervisors to ensure effective two-way communication and help participants use feedback from their evaluations to improve their performance.
Category Employment, General/Other Job Search & Placement
Population Served People/Families with People of Developmental Disabilities
Short-Term Success All Mission Project participants would be gainfully employed or in educational or vocational programs that could lead to meaningful employment.
Long-Term Success All Mission Project participants would be employed in positions that provide a competitive wage, fulfillment and opportunities for growth in a career.
Program Success Monitored By Success is monitored by determining the percentage of Mission Project participants who are gainfully employed or participating in educational programs leading to careers. Progress will also be monitored on a quarterly based by rating the degree of support MP participants require on the job using the the Employment Activities sub-scale on the Mission Project Supports Scale. This scale measures frequency and supports needed on skills such as: getting to work on time, communication with boss, interacting socially with co-workers, completing work correctly, completing work on time, seeking help appropriately from co-workers, accepting feedback about job performance graciously.
Examples of Program Success Currently 100% of MP participants are engaged in some type of part-time employment,volunteer work or educational program.
Description

The MPower Health Program works with adults with Down syndrome, autism and cognitive delays to integrate a personalized approach to healthy lifestyle habits including exercise, diet, and day-to-day health challenges. Each participant has unique issues related to health and aging. For example, members with Down syndrome tend to carry more weight and have difficulty exercising due to physical limitations. They can also have issues related to low-vision, thyroid, or other complications. Those with autism can have challenges related to balance, motor skills and coordination. We promote healthy living by teaching (and re-teaching) core concepts 2-3 times per week  As our clients age, they face challenges related to mobility and daily living. This will be more difficult if they grow older with extra weight and less muscle. Through grant funding we provide:  

  1. A part-time fitness coach providing guidance on individualized profiles. 
  2. Small-group fitness classes 2-3 times per week.
  3. Ongoing instruction in healthy eating with "make and take" and "healthy taste-testing" sessions
  4. 'Functional Fitness' skills integrated into day-to-day life.
Program Budget $20,000.00
Category Recreation & Sports, General/Other Physical Fitness
Population Served People/Families with People of Developmental Disabilities
Short-Term Success

Lower baseline heart rates, increase lean muscle mass, decreased body fat, weight loss. Utilizing the baseline information, we implement the "just right challenge"-- having a clear baseline and then challenging the individual to make forward progress but not too much that they get discouraged or don't sustain the work it takes to meet the long term goal. 

Long-Term Success All Mission Project Participants will be physically active and fit and engage in a lifestyle that promotes health and well-being. All Mission Project participants will engage in recreational activities that help build their own sense of community as well as their active involvement with family and friends in the broader community.
Program Success Monitored By

Tim Crough, CSCS, has a degree in Exercise Science from Kansas University. His coaching experiences range from working with athletes at the highest level of the Colorado Rockies organization to working with athletes at the highest levels of the special-needs community. Tim oversees personal training, documenting baseline data, and incorporating forward progress through the “just right challenge”.

Examples of Program Success Tim Crough Fitness and Mission Project Administration monitor participants progress. One case study is Leigh Anna.  Besides needing new clothes to fit her newly fit body, LeighAnna has made remarkable strides from participating in our MPower Health program. You can see it in her eyes and in her smile – LeighAnna has been bitten by the fitness bug.   Before MPower Health, it took some coaxing to get LeighAnna to move. Now she zips through her workouts and has a wide range of exercises she enjoys. Besides attending weekly classes and sessions with the trainers at Move Right KC, formerly Tim Crough Fitness, she jogs up and down stairs, practices boxing combinations and dances to her Wii. In addition, she’s eating better and takes a newfound pride in her appearance. Like other participants, LeighAnna has made improvements not only in strength, conditioning, coordination and balance – which are vital to her health – but also in attitude.
Description Five transportation vans provided 8,927 rides to-and-from work, for individuals with Down syndrome, autism and other cognitive delays last year. Our staff of 5 drivers (1 full-time, 4 part-time) provided on average 744 rides per month. Our rate of on-time passenger delivery (getting individuals to work on time) is 99.6%. We met our goal of picking up passengers within 30 minutes of their shift ending 99% of the time. Drivers assisted passengers to 23 different work locations over the course of the year. 
Program Budget $31,250.00
Category Human Services, General/Other Transportation Assistance
Population Served People/Families with People of Developmental Disabilities
Short-Term Success Success of the transportation program is getting MP participants to and from their jobs reliably and on time. The Mission Project transportation vans will be available and running for 247 of the 254 work days, that participants will be delivered to their places of work between 5 and 30 minutes before starting time 99% of the time, and that participants are picked up from work no more than 30 minutes after quitting time 95% of the time.
Long-Term Success Mission Project participants remain competitively employed for 10 years +.
Program Success Monitored By Information on reliability and timeliness is gathered from the driver's daily log, from monthly interviews with the MP participants, and quarterly interviews with the employers.
Examples of Program Success
  1. The MP van was available for use 100% of workdays.
  2. MP participants were delivered to their workplaces on-time 99.2% of the time. 
  3. MP participants were picked up within 30 minutes of stop time on 98.7% of occasions.
Description To broaden participants' cultural awareness, volunteers coordinate regular attendance at cultural activities, such as concerts and plays. A local actor teaches a Drama Club and the participants organize a production for the community annually.  Participants also participate in art classes organized by volunteers and taught by a local art teacher, and this occurs nearby in the local community center.  Participants also take classes through the Johnson County Community College CLEAR program.
Program Budget $2,000.00
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other
Population Served People/Families with People of Developmental Disabilities
Short-Term Success MP participants will attend and participate in a greater number of cultural and artistic events per month. A greater proportion of MP participants will attend cultural and artistic events per month.
Long-Term Success MP participants will attend and participate in a full range of cultural and artistic events and programs in the community.
Program Success Monitored By We count the number of scheduled events per month and the number of MP participants who attend.
Examples of Program Success The number of scheduled cultural and artistic events and programs has increased over the past year.
CEO Comments

It is important that supporters of The Mission Project know that we are taking our programming to another level, and that you can expect greater outcomes. Participants are learning to utilize their tablets and smartphones to improve time management, social skills, and leisure skills. We are focusing intently on health this year and increasing the number and quality of programs that address healthy eating and physical fitness. We are encouraging leadership and enabling participants to step up as technology specialists, event planners, and public speakers. We are also focusing on self-advocacy in the context of safety and making sure each individual has a definitive way to get their needs met in a moment of crisis regardless of their social and communication challenges.

I believe that The Mission Project is a brilliant model for providing for the needs of adults with developmental disabilities who can live independently with support. There has been rich development these last 15 years and there will be exciting outcomes in the coming decade as well as we grow our participant community and improve our programs.

Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Ms. Charlie Jennings
Term Start Apr 2018
Experience
Experience includes the following:
  • Executive Director: The Mission Project. April 2018 to present.
  • Executive Director: Hope Haven (a domestic and sexual violence shelter/program). May 2015 to December 2018
  • Missouri State University Mediation Trainer/Coach (including civil, family, family reconciliation, group facilitation, and victim/offender mediation). October 2005 to present.
  • Sole Proprietor of H.E.L.P. (volunteer mediation and parenting coordination for individuals who cannot afford the court ordered services). October 2007 to May 2018.
Charlie Jennings received her Bachelor of Arts at Drury University in Springfield, MO, majoring in Psychology and Criminology and graduating Summa Cume Laude with honors. She then pursued her Master of Science at Florida State University in Criminology and Criminal Justice. Charlie has developed many programs through grant funding that include Girl Talk (a pilot program using mediation for juvenile offenders and their parents to rebuild relationships and reduce recidivism), counseling and support groups for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, and response teams that collaborate with community agencies for those victimized by violence crime.
Former CEOs
NameTerm
Ms. Sarah MaiJan 2014 - June 2018
Staff
Paid Full-Time Staff 2
Paid Contractors 3
Volunteers 72
Retention Rate 100%
Staff Diversity (Ethnicity)
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 2
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Other (Please Specify) 0
Staff Diversity (Gender)
Female 2
Male 0
Not Specified 0
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 No
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Collaborations
  • Rockhurst University Occupational Therapy
  • University of Kansas, School of Social Welfare
  • Sylvester Powell Community Center
  • City of Mission
  • Johnson County Community College
  • Special Olympics
  • Shawnee Mission Rotary Club
  • MOCSA
  • Down Syndrome Guild of Kansas City
  • Inclusion Connections
  • NEJC Chamber of Commerce
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? No
Board Chair
Board Chair Mrs. Robynn Haydock
Company Affiliation NAA Faculty Member
Term Jan 2019 to Dec 2023
Email robynnhaydock@gmail.com
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Mr. Lee Baty
Mr. Michael Belancio
Mrs. Diane Botwin
Mrs. Robynn Haydock
Mr. David JanusFirst National Bank
Mr. Patrick Loftus
Mrs. Michelle Niedens
Mr. Bob Serra
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 8
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 6
Female 3
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 4
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 90%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
Standing Committees
Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
Program / Program Planning
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Finance
Housing and Community Development
CEO Comments The board of directors consists of 6 external members and 3 internal members (have a family member in the program).  The board has set out by-law to determine committees that must be run internally as well as externally.  All are overseen by the board of directors for operations and the President of the Board is required to complete oversite of both the Executive Director and Program and Participant Support Director (2 employees).  The board is specifically responsible for fundraising, grant writing, and all other finances.  They are also responsible for replication projects with other groups who are interested in copying our model or joining The Mission Project.
Financials
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2019
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2019
Projected Revenue $507,600
Projected Expenses $500,412
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2018, 2017, 2016: Financial data reported using IRS Form 990.
  • Foundation/corporation revenue line item may include contributions from individuals.  
Detailed Financials
 
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201820172016
Program Expense$206,143$176,740$198,118
Administration Expense$112,772$136,947$99,473
Fundraising Expense$17,448$6,741$28,144
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.160.881.00
Program Expense/Total Expenses61%55%61%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201820172016
Total Assets$287,572$223,963$262,955
Current Assets$286,115$208,289$232,428
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$11,140$0$0
Total Net Assets$276,432$223,963$262,955
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201820172016
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities25.68----
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201820172016
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201820172016
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount --First National Bank $20,000 --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount --Church of the Nativity $15,367 --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount --Menorah Heritage $10,000 --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Campaign Purpose We anticipate a Capital Campaign in the next 5 years as we expand to new sites and increase staff, transportation to and from work and programming needs for new members.
Goal $200,000.00
Dates June 2020 to June 2022
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years Yes
Organization Comments Do to a change in our bylaws, board membership, and executive functioning in 2019, we will have a full audit in 2020 for 2019.
Other Documents
Organization Name Mission Project, Inc.
Address 5960 Dearborn
Suite 201
Mission, KS 66202
Primary Phone (913) 777.6722
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Charlie Jennings
Board Chair Mrs. Robynn Haydock
Board Chair Company Affiliation NAA Faculty Member
Year of Incorporation 2004