Lee's Summit CARES
1555 NE Rice Road Bldg B
Lee's Summit MO 64086

Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 347-3298
Fax 816- 2468207
Mission Statement
Lee's Summit CARES is a nonprofit community coalition dedicated to preventing youth substance use and violence, empowering positive parenting and promoting exemplary character. 
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Rachel Nelson-Segobia
Board Chair Mrs. Julie Doane
Board Chair Company Affiliation Lee's Summit R-7 School Board
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1985
Former Names
Drug & Alcohol Abuse Referral Exchange, INC.
Volunteer Opportunities
Ways to donate, support, or volunteer
Checks can be mailed to Lee's Summit CARES, 1555 NE Rice Rd Bldg B., Lee's Summit, MO 64086.
Credit card donations can be made online at http://weblink.donorperfect.com/LSCares
Information regarding in-kind donations and volunteer opportunities is available on our website: http://www.lscares.org/donate.html
Financial Summary
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Mission Statement Lee's Summit CARES is a nonprofit community coalition dedicated to preventing youth substance use and violence, empowering positive parenting and promoting exemplary character. 
Background Statement

Lee’s Summit CARES (LSC), formally known as the Drug Referral Exchange, has been in business since 1985. The name was changed in 1999 and the mission was revised to include the discussion of youth violence in our community.

LSC is located in the Southeastern part of Jackson County. Raytown, Greenwood, Lake Lotawana, Greenwood, Blue Springs, Lone Jack, Raymore-Peculiar and Grandview surround us. LSC's current population is over 100,000 and continues to grow. New programs have been developed over the years determined by the organization’s commitment to an “ask for” and “listen to” response regarding the expressed needs and desires of the youth in the community. In partnership with Lee's Summit R-7 School District, three of Search Institute's Developmental Asset Surveys have been conducted since 2013, giving LSC insight into the risk and protective factors that exist for Lee's Summit's young people.  An annual State of the Youth presentation helps teens present this data, along with personal, first person insight to community leaders, ensuring a community-wide voice for young people.

LSC has made inroads in collaborating with other communities, coalitions, and organizations. These efforts have helped to build strong alliances with neighboring communities and organizations that share our mission. This work maximizes our ability to provide programs and resources to the larger population that may not have been available before.

Our commitment to community partnerships includes engaging parents and students as well as representatives from ReDiscover Mental Health, Lee’s Summit Medical Center, Truman Medical Center, St Luke’s East Medical Center, and Preferred Family Healthcare. Beyond the health sector, LSC collaborates with the Lee’s Summit Police Dept., Parks and Recreation, the Lee’s Summit Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Lee’s Summit Main Street, Lee’s Summit City Government, Ministerial Alliance, PTA Area Council, Lee’s Summit School District, Youth Advisory Board, Metropolitan Community Colleges - Longview, John Knox Village and many local businesses.

Lee’s Summit CARES is an excellent model that demonstrates how organizations can collaborate for the greater good of the community. LSC has 15 board members, 75 at large members, a Community of Character Council, the Partnership to Prevent Risky Behaviors Committee, a Parenting Committee, several Fundraising Committees, a Finance Committee, a Youth Mental Health Task Force and a Youth Advisory Board. Currently the staff consists of a director and two program coordinators.

Impact Statement

Lee’s Summit CARES (LSC) is a 33-year old 501(c)(3) community coalition dedicated to preventing youth substance use and violence, empowering positive parenting and promoting exemplary character. The Coalition is a Year 10 Federal Drug-Free Communities (DFC) grantee and has strong relationships with more than 50 local partners representing the 12 DFC sectors, which include education, law enforcement, health care, businesses, churches, civic groups, media, students and parents.

Some highlights of our 2018 programming include:

  • 478 students representing 10 schools participated in the "To Be a Teen in 2018" survey.
  • 276 parents educated through Positive Parenting Practices classes.
  • 164 anti-bullying workshops facilitated to 4604 elementary students and 153 adults.
  • 183 students reporting a problem with bullying to their school counselor directly following their anti-bullying workshop.
  • 1715 pounds of expired or unused prescription medication collected through 7 Drug Take-Back sites.
  • 700 attendees at the 15th Annual Mayor's Character Breakfast, recognizing 11 citizens for their strength of character.
  • 72 compliance checks completed by LSPD.

2019 Goals:

  • To sustain adequate funding and resources to support existing programs, as well as add additional programs.
  • To strengthen Board commitment and involvement.
  • To strengthen volunteer commitment and involvement.
  • To ensure the public is aware of the mission and services of Lee's Summit CARES.
  • To provide effective research-based services across a broad spectrum that completes the mission of Lee's Summit CARES.
Needs Statement

LSC’s most pressing needs are:

  1. Funding: In 2019, LSC completes its 10th year of the Drug Free Communities grant. In preparation, LSC is continuing to work through its sustainability plan that identifies and grows funding sources.
  2. Board Engagement: In 2019, the board is engaging in a 3-year strategic planning process and committed to increasing funding.
  3. Public Relations: Based upon results from LSC's marketing assessment, board and staff members continue to grow and develop a marketing campaign for each LSC program, with primary focus on social media. 
  4. Volunteers: As part of our strategic plan, LSC will continue to identify one volunteer and one board member to partner with staff and other volunteers to oversee development of each LSC program. In 2019, we will focus on the Partnership to Prevent Risky Behavior and Character Council.
  5. Youth Mental Health: In 2019, we will focus on gathering community members together through the Youth Mental Health Task Force to analyze local youth mental health data, identify youth mental health resources in our community, address gaps in services and create or adopt programs to meet the needs of our young people.

Service Categories
Substance Abuse Prevention
Youth Development Programs
Family Services
Areas of Service
MO - Jackson County
Geographic Area Served Narrative City of Lee's Summit and Lee's Summit school district
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement


2018 was a year of expansion. As a 33-year old community coalition, we know that to prevent youth substance use and violence, we must stay current on and aggressive toward the popular new risky behaviors that threaten our young people. Some of our areas of growth include the programs identified below.

· With suicide now the 2nd most common cause of death for young people ages 10-24 (CDC, 2016), Lee’s Summit CARES introduced a new parenting focus track on mental health topics with over 100 attendees at our first event, co-sponsored by LSPD.

· Drug offenses account for 35% of referrals to Lee’s Summit Youth Court, a peer diversion program approved by the Jackson County Family Court. To complement this process, LSC is working collaboratively with LSYC to offer the CHOICES program to youth offenders charged with drug offenses.

· Approximately 200 youth in Lee’s Summit were victims of sex offenses (LSPD, 2016). Lee’s Summit CARES partnered with Launch to tackle the difficult subject of sexual assault for our young women heading off to college.

· Since 2010, Lee’s Summit CARES has championed the collection of over 11,000 pounds of unused or expired medications through our Drug Take Back events. In 2018, LSC strengthened this program by collaborating with the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department to host a year-round drop box in Lee’s Summit and to provide staffing for semi-annual Drug Take Back days.

If you look closely, you’ll notice that our work to create a healthy and safe community for our children, youth and families is taking on a new look. Issues revolving around bullying, internet safety, mental/behavioral health, and school violence make up six of the top seven health concerns that parents believe will impact their children’s health (C.S. Mott, 2017). Our end goal remains the same: healthy and safe youth in our communities.

The risks that threaten our young people are preventable problems, but as always, they require the combined efforts of the entire community. When we see representation from all the sectors that make up our community, we begin to see change. Thank you for joining with Lee’s Summit CARES as we work together to create a healthier and safer community for the children, youth and families in Lee’s Summit.



The Becoming a Love and Logic Parent program is a parenting workshop designed by the Cline/Fay Institute.  Love and Logic provides parents and care givers with practical strategies for preventing and reducing behavioral problems.  Lee’s Summit CARES offers the program at least ten times annually through three formats.  Love and Logic Early Childhood Parenting Made Fun targets parents with children 0-6 years.  Parenting the Love and Logic Way offers strategies for parents with children of any age, with one course specifically targeting parents of teens.  Nine Essential Skills for the Love and Logic Classroom is offered to educators.  Each class runs for five weeks and meets for 1.5 hours, one day a week.

Program Budget $17,500.00
Category Youth Development, General/Other Youth Development, General/Other
Population Served Adults, Adults
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success

Lee’s Summit CARES uses the following outcomes to measure short-term success.

In 2018, by the end of their 5-week Love and Logic session:

  • 80% of program participants will miss one or fewer questions designed to determine their knowledge of the Love and Logic philosophy and techniques.
  • 80% of participants will increase their knowledge of community resources that support healthy family development.
  • 80% of participants will indicate two or more positive behavioral changes in their child. 
Long-Term Success

The Alberta Family Wellness Initiative advises that “adverse childhood experiences significantly increase the risk of developing mental health problems, including posttraumatic stress disorder, depression, and addiction.” LSC seeks to decrease the number of youth in our community who grow up in negative environments by educating parents on how to provide a healthy environment and appropriate experiences for a child’s brain development.

Program Success Monitored By

Participants complete a pre-test on the first day of class and a post-test on the last day of class.  The test addresses the following: behavior concerns and progress toward addressing concerns, knowledge of Love and Logic behavioral strategies and increased awareness of community resources that support healthy family development.  Attendance is tracked through sign in sheets.

Examples of Program Success

  • In 2018, fifteen community classes were facilitated to 276 participants. 
  • 97% of program participants missed one or fewer questions on the knowledge of Love and Logic quiz. 
  • 99% indicated they had received information on additional community resources that promote positive family development. 
  • 93% indicated two or more positive behavioral changes in their child.
  • Participants are encouraged to attend future training sessions at no cost for ongoing support. 
  • Since 2001, Love and Logic workshops have been facilitated 162 times to 3759 participants.
  • In 2018, 19% of participants received a scholarship to attend the class.

One parent, whose 2-year old son has autism, reported that after implementing Love and Logic parenting strategies with her son, he “stopped hitting her and started kissing her”. She also reported that his daycare teachers noticed a significant improvement in his daily behavior.

Another parent, Melissa Shay, reported "This class helped my stress level when dealing with my children”. “The program gave me new ways to deal with power struggles and getting my children to listen."

The purpose of the Alcohol Retailer Training (ART) is to provide information to clerks and managers regarding the laws for selling alcohol in Missouri responsibly. It is a two-hour class that provides information on:

  • Alcohol and the customer
  • Laws and regulations
  • The Underage Drinker
  • The Intoxicated Customer

LSC partners with the Lee’s Summit Police Department to provide training to those individuals who have failed a compliance check by selling to a minor. This diversion training is held at the Lee’s Summit Police Department and facilitated by Lee’s Summit CARES on a monthly basis. Each participant is ordered to attend these mandatory classes by the City Prosecutor. A certificate of completion is provided to the City Prosecutor as proof of attendance and participation. In 2018, LSC led 10 diversion classes for 19 participants.

LSC offers an additional community course to local businesses who sell alcohol on premise. LSC hosted 2 community trainings for 60 participants.

Program Budget $2,000.00
Category Mental Health, Substance Abuse Programs, General/other Mental Health, Substance Abuse Programs, General/other
Population Served Adults, General/Unspecified, General/Unspecified
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success

The short-term success is measured by quarterly compliance rates. LSC’s goal is keep our compliance average at 80% or above.

Participants of Alcohol Retailer Training begin the training by taking a pretest and then end with a post test. The participants also do a short evaluation of the class.

The goal is for 95% of participants to improve their test score and 85% to rate the training worthwhile.

In 2018, LSC held 12 ART trainings for 79 participants. 100% of participants increased their knowledge and 100% rated the training worthwhile.

Students who take the Alcohol Retailer Training are aware of the repercussions of those who are caught selling alcohol are less likely to sell alcohol to minors.

Long-Term Success

Studies confirm that adults are the number one source of alcohol for youth. In order to decrease the availability of alcohol to minors, restaurants and businesses must sell alcohol responsibly by checking Identification of each underage buyer.

The long-term success of this program is measured by the results of compliance checks conducted four times each year. Without enforcement, businesses would be more likely to sell alcohol to minors and our compliant rates would be lower than 70%. Our compliant rate since 2014:

  • 2014 - 67.00% (Procedural change impacted success rate)
  • 2015 - 84.00%
  • 2016 - 77.00%
  • 2017 - 80.00%
  • 2018 - 91.00%
  • 2019 - 90.00%

100% of off premise stores are being checked for compliance.

Program Success Monitored By

Participants of Alcohol Retailer Training begin the training by taking a pretest and then end with a post test. The participants also do a short evaluation of the class.

Retailer compliance checks are conducted quarterly by the Lee's Summit Police Department.  In 2018, LSPD conducted 71 compliance checks. 100% of off premise stores are checked for compliance.

Examples of Program Success
  • In 2018, 100% of participants improved their knowledge of how to sell alcohol responsibly. All participants remarked that the training was valuable. 
  • Students who take the Alcohol Retailer Training are aware of the repercussions of those who are caught selling alcohol are less likely to sell alcohol to minors and to serve already intoxicated customers.
  • Retailer compliance rate in 2018 was at 90%, significantly above our goal of 80%. 

Lee’s Summit CARES and the Lee’s Summit Police Department work with the DEA bi-annually to host Drug Take-Back events so that unused and expired medications are kept of the reach of youth. The Take-Back initiative also allows citizens to dispose of medications in an environmentally safe manner. 

The two events are generally held in April and October. The LSPD generates pre-and post-event news releases to the media.  LSC creates and prints fliers and posters that are distributed to community locations.  Presently, seven sites in Lee’s Summit participate in the Take-Back event.
Program Budget $4,876.00
Category Mental Health, Substance Abuse Programs, General/other Substance Abuse
Population Served Families
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success

Success is defined by the number of participants, weight of drugs collected by the DEA, number of host sites participating, evaluation of communication tool success, and event evaluations completed by LSC volunteers and LSPD Officers. 

Evaluation goals include:

  • To receive a 4.5 ranking that volunteers/LSPD officers were prepared to volunteer for the event.
  • To receive a 4.5 ranking that volunteer/LSPD officer time was used wisely.
  • To receive a 4.5 ranking that input on the event was valued.
  • To receive a 4.0 ranking that volunteer efforts were appreciated.
Long-Term Success

Research shows twice as many Americans regularly misused prescription drugs than the number of those who regularly used cocaine, hallucinogens, heroin and inhalants combined.  The same study reveals more than 70% of people abusing prescription pain relievers got them through friends or relatives, which includes raiding the family medicine cabinet (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 2011). 

Long-term success is defined by the pounds of medications kept out of the hands of youth and disposed of properly to help combat the following statistics:
  • 2,500 teens begin abusing prescription drugs each day

  • Next to marijuana, prescription drugs are the most common drugs used by teens to get high. 

Program Success Monitored By
  • Number of participants: 582 
  • Weight of drugs collected = 1715 pounds collected in 2018.
  • Number of host sites participating = 5 sites, specifically invited to promote the permanent drop box at their site location that stays there year round.
  • Evaluation of communication tool success = most cited tools by participants were fliers printed by LSC, water bill inserts provided by the Lee’s Summit Water Department and newspaper articles by the Journal, Tribune and John Knox Village Voice.
Examples of Program Success

Since 2010, more than 11,132 pounds of expired and outdated medications were collected from citizens, achieving the goal of keeping these medications out of the hands of youth and out of landfills and water systems.

In 2017, two additional permanent medication disposal drop boxes were installed in Lee's Summit so that unused and expired drugs can be collected year round, bringing the total for our community to 5 permanent drop boxes. 
In partnership with the Jackson County Sheriff's Office, Drug Take Back day expenses have been significantly lowered as the sheriff's office takes on more of the cost for personnel.  This helps LSC with future sustainability of the program, particularly as community members gain awareness of the permanent drop boxes available year round. 

Lee’s Summit CARES (LSC) unites community partners to develop confidence and self esteem in local youth to refuse the influence of alcohol and drugs.

LSC facilitates a city-wide Youth Advisory Board (YAB) of students from all Lee’s Summit high schools. YAB creates and implements two campaigns during the school year: an anti-drug campaign in the fall to coincide with Homecoming and Red Ribbon Week events, and the Celebrate Sober campaign in the spring to coincide with Prom and Graduation season.

Lee’s Summit CARES also helps support middle and high school SMART Clubs that incorporate substance use prevention and distracted driving. Students plan monthly substance-free activities for their peers. 

Each month, adults and youth convene as part of the Partnership to Prevent Risky Behaviors Task Force (PPRB). This committee is charged with conducting community assessments, creating collaborative prevention approaches, and tracking enforcement activities.

Program Budget $125,000.00
Category Mental Health, Substance Abuse Programs, General/other Mental Health, Substance Abuse Programs, General/other
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years)
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success

Lee’s Summit CARES is viewed by community institutions and leaders as the content expert on youth substance use issues. The agency focuses on providing up-to-date and reliable research and information on substance use issues to youth and adults. Coalition volunteers and partners also focus on population-level strategies to reduce underage substance use and access to these substances. These goals were supported by the following objectives:

  1. Increase the percentage of alcohol retailers complying with underage server laws by 5%.
  2. Decrease middle school youth alcohol use by 5%.
  3. Decrease middle and high school youth marijuana use by 5%.
  4. Decrease student prescription drug misuse by 5%.
Long-Term Success

Through its prevention work with students and the community, LSC hopes to reduce youth substance use and violence to create a healthy and safe community for the Greater Lee’s Summit area.

Program Success Monitored By
The Drug Free Communities grant Core Measure data measures underage substance use every two years. Data regarding youth use and perceptions of illegal substances was assessed in 2013, 2015, and 2017 and used in community wide State of the Youth presentations occurring early in 2018.  Data will be collected again in 2019.
2017 Core Measure data shows that 21.8% of students used alcohol in the last 30 days, 9% used marijuana in the last 30 days; 5.6% misused prescription drugs in the 30 days, and 3.7% of students used tobacco in the last month.
Other important take-aways include:
  • Less than half of 12 graders perceive marijuana to be harmful. 
  • 6% of students have driven under the influence of alcohol or drugs in the last month.
  • 19% of students have ridden with someone under the influence in the last month.
  • Tobacco use has dropped 66% since 2013.
Examples of Program Success

  • In 2017, Collaboration with the Lee’s Summit Health Education Advisory Board that resulted in the passage of the Lee’s Summit Tobacco 21 ordinance to address underage access to tobacco;
  • Passage of a Lee’s Summit Keeping Missouri Kids Safe resolution to reduce underage marijuana use;
  • The installation of five local permanent medication drop boxes to reduce access to unused and expired prescription drugs;
  • Volunteer advocacy to support statewide and regional policy efforts to reduce opioid misuse through the development of a Prescription Drug Monitoring Program;
  • Student surveys showing cigarette use has dropped 66% since 2013 and 94% of students have not driven under the influence in the last month. 
Description The I Can Make a Difference programs educate and empower students to take a positive stand against bullying. Kindergarten students are taught the importance of standing up against bullying and learn age-appropriate ways to do so. Fifth grade students watch a variety of clips from popular movies that depict bullying and are led through a discussion of what to do in each scenario. They work with the instructor to identify ways to stand up against bullying if targeted, as well as how to stand up as a witness. The 6th grade program is designed to get students thinking about on-line behavior and potential consequences of inappropriate internet activity. Participants learn how to protect themselves and others from cyber-bullying and identity theft.  Lee’s Summit CARES has expanded the program to three middle schools with a focus on developing school culture.
Program Budget $30,000.00
Category Youth Development, General/Other Youth Development, General/Other
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years)
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success
Students complete a brief true/false questionnaire about what they learned upon completion of the workshop. The goal is for 85% of students to achieve 100% correct.
Kindergarten teachers rate and review the program based on their perception of classroom reception. The goal is for 95% of kindergarten teachers to rate the program as excellent.
Long-Term Success
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA) confirms that students who bully their peers or are bully-victims are more likely than their peers to abuse drugs or alcohol. LSC’s bully prevention programs are designed as early prevention programs to decrease youth substance abuse and violence in Lee’s Summit.
Lee’s Summit CARES conducted a youth safety survey in the fall of 2013 and 2016 and will complete an updated survey in 2019. This survey asks students about incidences of bullying. The results are used as a baseline to measure long term program success.
Program Success Monitored By
Kindergarten: Teachers complete an evaluation after the workshop. A Likert Scale is used to rank the following: Were students engaged during the program? Was the activity relevant to kindergarten students? Were the strategies presented age appropriate? Would you like the workshop back next year? Did the facilitator work well with the students?
  • Fifth Grade: Students are given a true/false quiz at the completion of the workshop.
  • Sixth Grade: Students are given a true/false quiz at the completion of the workshop.
The success of the program is further determined by tracking the number of students coming forward to report problems after the workshop.
Examples of Program Success
  • In 2018, 164 workshops were offered to 4604 elementary students and 183 adults, with 183 students reporting a bully related incident to their school counselor directly after attending the training.
  • A group of middle school students and staff worked together to create an anti-bully middle school campaign, called “I CARE,” that was rolled out in 2017 to Summit Lakes Middle School and was being piloted in Pleasant Lea Middle School and Lee's Summit West High School in 2018.
  • More than half of fifth grade students said they learned how to stand up for others and themselves if targeted.
  • 90% of fifth and sixth grade students students scored 100% on a quiz on how to prevent and respond to cyber-bullying.
  • 100% of kindergarten teachers rated the program as excellent.
  • One student reported, “I feel better about knowing what to do if someone bullies me.”
CEO Comments

Lee’s Summit CARES actively revises and adapts programs to meet the needs of the community. Program evaluations and community assessments program curriculum have been adapted over the years to keep pace with the changing needs of the community.

LSC is currently in year two of implementing bullying prevention activities at the middle school level that include:

  1. Staff training
  2. Establishing a process for students to report bullying and a follow up process
  3. Educational program for 8th grade students
  4. Additional resources for parents, students and staff 
Key students and staff have rolled out the "I CARE" Bully Prevention campaign at Summit Lakes Middle School.  Bernard Campbell Middle School and Lee's Summit West High School are working to pilot the programs in their schools in 2018. Student focus groups determine student perspective on bullying and possible solutions. Staff training is taking place at each school to share the outcomes from student focus groups and steps teaching staff can take to address bullying.

Love and Logic classes remain a strong component of our community outreach. LSC has seen an increase in the number of court referrals for the Love and Logic classes, and more Lee’s Summit residents are applying for city scholarships. The Community Parent Assessment survey completed in 2016 by 450 parents, grandparents and guardians has helped guide parenting classes to include one-hour topical sessions that meet a variety of parents' needs.  Additionally, LSC has introduced online programming components and responded to parents' requests for a Youth Mental Health focused program pathway. 

LSC’s Parent Liaison Program for the residents at Sage Crossing, a government subsidy housing complex, has been a big success, garnering community support and receiving COMBAT’s Step Up Award for 2016. The Parent Liaison works closely with the city, the Lee’s Summit Police Department Crime Reduction Team, Meadow Lane Elementary and Bernard Campbell Middle School to address the risk factors and provide help with the protective factors, such as building individual parent relationships in the school and community. The program has received additional funding to expand it to several other neighborhoods in Lee’s Summit and participation has nearly doubled. In 2018, Bridges programming will focus more strategically on job development for the enrolled parents. 

LSC continues to work with our Youth Advisory Board to create an educational campaign for youth and families regarding the harms of marijuana. As an organization that combats youth substance abuse and violence, our concern is the potential legalization of marijuana in Missouri. Based on the significant increase of youth use of marijuana in other states who have legalized the substance and aware of the fact that youth use increases as social stigma decreases, LSC anticipates a negative impact on Missouri youth and families. Youth Advisory Board members also receive training on the negative impact of alcohol, tobacco, opioids, and prescription drug misuse.

LSC is proud to have sustained the Love and Logic parenting program for 16 years, the Community of Character for 13 years and the Partnership for Preventing Risky Behaviors for 13 years. The community support we receive is incredible.

Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Ms. Rachel Nelson-Segobia
Term Start July 2015

Rachel Nelson-Segobia has dedicated both her professional and personal life to non-profit work that is committed to empowering young people.  A graduate of Lee's Summit High School class of 2001, Rachel received her Bachelors of Science from Valparaiso University in Indiana, where she studied International Economics and Cultural Affairs. She graduated with her Masters of Science in Non-profit Administration from Louisiana State University - Shreveport. 

Rachel began her non-profit career working with the Hispanic Mission Gloria Dei in Valparaiso, Indiana, where she assisted in translations, fundraising and the start up of an English-speaking pre-school for Spanish speaking youth.  Rachel's next career move was to the Girl Scouts, first as a District Field Executive with Girl Scouts of Riverland Council in LaCrosse, Wisconsin, where Rachel trained volunteers, recruited girl members, coordinated international travel opportunities for girls, and wrote and implemented a grant that taught teenage girls how to identify a problem within their community to design and create a sustainable solution to that problem.  During her work in La Crosse, Rachel was selected as one of three representatives from the United States to attend a World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts leadership seminar in Cuernavaca, Mexico.  Soon thereafter, she was hired as Director of Membership and Marketing with USA Girl Scouts Overseas - North Atlantic in Pisa, Italy.  During her three years overseas, Rachel worked in Italy, Spain, Germany, Belgium, Amsterdam, and Turkey.  She worked to build community relations, implement a public relations campaign, and manage a volunteer program of more than 500 volunteers.  Before joining Lee's Summit CARES, Rachel worked with the State of Louisiana's Department of Children and Family Services provided her with insight into public administration and the judicial system.  She represented the State in court and assisted non-custodial parents in workforce development. 

 As Executive Director of Lee's Summit CARES, Rachel leads a team of 3 staff members to and 4 contractors to build a healthy and safe community for the youth and families in Lee's Summit.  She oversees an organizational budget of $400,000, which includes several federal, county and local grants.  She sits on various boards and committees as a representative of Lee's Summit CARES, including the Great Beginnings Early Educational Center Advisory Board, the Saint Luke's East Board of Directors and the Lee's Summit Chamber advocacy committee, Friends of Lee's Summit.  Rachel resides in Lee's Summit with her husband and daughter, where she enjoys reading, running and spending time with friends and family.     
Former CEOs
Ms Roby Coombs-LittleJuly 2001 - July 2015
Paid Full-Time Staff 3
Paid Contractors 4
Volunteers 200
Retention Rate 100%
Staff Diversity (Ethnicity)
Caucasian 3
Staff Diversity (Gender)
Female 3
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

Lee’s Summit CARES, a community coalition, collaborates with several sectors; including education, public safety, city government, businesses, medical, faith, media and family. On the Board of Directors, there are liaisons from the city council, the school board and First Call.

LSC is a United Way Agency and receives COMBAT funds, collaborates on programs with ReDiscover Mental Health, the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City (HCFGKC), the Greather Lee’s Summit Health Care Foundation, Truman Medical Center, United Way, Rotary Club, Lee’s Summit School District, Lee’s Summit Police Department and First Call. In 2009, LSC received the Drug Free Community Grant award by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and in 2016 LSC received the competitive Year 8 Drug Free Communities grant.

LSC is a member of the Lee’s Summit Chamber of Commerce, Community Anti-Drug Coaltion of America (CADCA), ACT Missouri and First Call.

National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependent - Affiliate1998
Alliance of Greater Kansas City United Ways Agency Certification2002
Chamber of Commerce2002
United Way Member Agency2000
Res In Motus -- NominatedLee's Summit Chamber of Commerce2008
Roby Little - Citizen of the YearElks Lodge 2804 Lee's Summit2005
Susan Coffman - Citizen of the YearElks Lodge 2804 Lee's Summit2007
Community Partnership AwardCOMBAT2002
Community Oriented Policing Award - Susan CoffmanLee's Summit Police Department2008
Ethics in Business Award Semi FinalistHeart of America2009
Roby Little - Outstanding work with Lee's Summit CARESLee's Summit Parks and Recreation2009
Res In Motus - NominatedLee's Summit Chamber of Commerce2011
Res In Motus - FinalistLee's Summit Chamber of Commerce2011
Res In Motus - NominatedLee's Summit Chamber of Commerce2012
Citizen of the Year - Susan CoffmanCity of Lee's Summit2012
Hall of Fame - Roby LittleLee's Summit High School2013
Spirit Award - Monica MeeksYMCA of Greater Kansas City2013
Truly 150 - Community Hero - Roby LittleCity of Lee's Summit2015
State Coalition of the YearACTMO2014
Step Up AwardJackson County COMBAT2015
Milestone Achievement AwardACT Missouri2016
Truly the Best Not for Profit Business of the Year AwardLee's Summit Chamber of Commerce2017
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? No
CEO Comments

As the director of Lee's Summit CARES, I follow the lead of the Board of Directors. The director and staff annually reviews the strategic plan, the by-laws, the policies, and organizational charts. LSC has been adding one or two new policies each year as the need arises. Part of the review process directly impacts our collaboration with United Way by ensuring that we follow their rules of compliancy. The board training component is scheduled to be updated this year in efforts to increase board member engagement. The President of the Board approves the monthly agenda prior to distribution.

As the director, I am in charge of managing the staff and making work assignments. I make daily work decisions, but decisions that affect the budget and the overall mission of the organization are voted on by the Board. There are two Program Coordinators, one oversees prevention and one oversees community relations and finances. I complete annual evaluations each year with the help of two board members. Susan Coffman, a program coordinator, works closely with me and the treasurer to establish the annual budget that is taken to the Board for approval.

Board Chair
Board Chair Mrs. Julie Doane
Company Affiliation Lee's Summit R-7 School Board
Term Jan 2019 to Dec 2019
Email doanette@comcast.net
Board Members
Ms. Kimberly AlonzoLee's Summit R7 School District
Dr. Fel BagunuGracePoint Community Church
Mr Ray DlugoleckiJackson County Health Department
Mrs. Julie DoaneOptimist Club - Civic
Chief Travis ForbesLee's Summit Police Department
Mrs Diane ForteLee's Summit City Council Liaison
Mr Ryan GibsonLee's Summit Parks and Recreation
Mrs. Kerri GrayHealth -- Therapist
Dr. Rexanne HillLee's Summit R-7 School District
Mrs Susie KrugSaint Luke's East Hospital
Ms. Lisa LambkinLisa J. Lambkin Financial Services, LLC
Mrs Lauren MoyerReDiscover
Mr Monte StullFamily Representative (Mens Wearhouse)
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 11
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 5
Female 8
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 98%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 60%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 85%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
Standing Committees
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Program / Program Planning
Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
CEO Comments

As Director for Lee’s Summit CARES, I work for and report to the Board of Directors. The Board completes my annual evaluation and creates a work plan for me to follow. The Board of Directors has four officers: President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer. There are eight standing committees: Parenting, Partnership to Prevent Risky Behavior, Marketing, Youth Mental Health Task Force, Finance, Public Relations, Fundraising, Holly Festival and the Character Council. I attend each of these committee meetings on a regular basis to stay current with what is being proposed. There are six Board meetings and five At-large meetings annually. All items that require a vote are brought to the Board meetings for review and discussion. Items that need board approval are the annual budget, treasurer’s report, and changes in policies, by-laws and programs.

The At-large meetings allow us to update members on what is happening in the organization and issues that are facing the community. They bring together volunteers from a variety of committees and task forces to celebrate, analyze or assess as a whole how Lee's Summit can continue building a healthy and safe community. 

Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2019
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2019
Projected Revenue $424,775
Projected Expenses $401,644
Form 990s
2017 LSC 990
2016 LSC 990
2015 LSC 990
2014 LSC 990
2013 LSC 990
2012 LSC 990
2011 LSC 990
2010 LSC 990
2009 LSC 990
2008 LSC 990
Audit Documents
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2017, 2016, 2015: Financial data reported using the IRS Form 990.
  • Foundations/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 Year201720162015
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$176,349$170,490$122,969
Individual Contributions------
Investment Income, Net of Losses$3,519$1,798$140
Membership Dues----$0
Special Events$0$0$46,259
Revenue In-Kind--$30,287$39,962
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$262,537$259,413$312,819
Administration Expense$40,088$33,670$45,930
Fundraising Expense$29,676$31,201$15,086
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.141.070.94
Program Expense/Total Expenses79%80%84%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$0$143,956$125,042
Current Assets$0$117,366$99,482
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$3,401$23,436
Total Net Assets$0$140,555$101,606
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities--34.514.24
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets--0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201720162015
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountDrug Free Communities Grant $125,369JE Dunn Construction $5,000Combat $54,959
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountHealthcare Foundation of Greater KC $54,607 --KC Healthcare Foundation $40,000
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountCOMBAT $37,986 --Individual Donor $24,290
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years No
Organization Comments

Lee’s Summit CARES is a financially sound organization. Every expenditure is approved through our budget and our grant expectations. Due to our positive financial growth we had our first audit in 2010. Our major funders are SAMHSA- Drug Free Communities, COMBAT, Jackson County Community Children's Services Fund, Health Forward Foundation (formerly Greater Kansas City Health Care Foundation), Feld Trusts, Gourley Foundation, and United Way. As a staff, we annually match in-kind donations to the grants and programs provided.  In 2019, we will complete year 10 of a 10-year federal grant.  LSC staff are working diligently to identify new funding sources through grants, foundations, individual donors and corporate sponsors. 

Part of our strategic plan is to broaden our financial base so that programs can be sustained and new programs begun to address growing community needs.

In 2011 we had our first community fundraiser, Lee’s Summit’s Got Talent. This year, we are hosting our ninth Got Talent show in June of 2019. The competition is limited to performers ages 18 and under from the Kansas City Metro area. This will allow us to offer  $6,000 in scholarships. The success of the show continues to grow due to the positive reactions of the audience.

The community partnerships are important to help Lee’s Summit CARES sustain the work of the organization.

Other Documents
LSC Annual Report2017View
LSC Annual Report2016View
LSC Annual Report2015View
LSC Annnual Report2014View
LSC Annual Report2013View
LSC Annual Report2012View
Organization Name Lee's Summit CARES
Address 1555 NE Rice Road Bldg B
Lee's Summit, MO 64086
Primary Phone (816) 347-3298
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Rachel Nelson-Segobia
Board Chair Mrs. Julie Doane
Board Chair Company Affiliation Lee's Summit R-7 School Board
Year of Incorporation 1985
Former Names
Drug & Alcohol Abuse Referral Exchange, INC.