Arms of Grace dba Center of Grace
520 S. Harrison Street
Olathe KS 66061
English Second Language Class
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (913) 764-1353
Fax 913- 764-7180
Mission Statement
Our mission at the Center of Grace is to nurture children, strengthen families and build community.

We provide services that meet the needs of low income children and youth in Olathe, in partnership with the Boys and Girls Club. They offer before, after school and summer programming. We also have an ELL preschool for 2-5 year old children so they can learn English and get ready for Kindergarten.

We have programs and provide resources to strengthen families through food, clothing, and emergency assistance. We offer health screenings, dental screenings in partnership with Johnson County Community College and a medical equipment closet. We partner with Johnson County Community College to offer English classes to adult immigrants.

We house non-profit agencies that fit the Center's mission, and we cooperate with other community groups in Johnson County. At the Center of Grace the programs offered are designed to help low income families receive the help they need to make their families strong and ready to flourish into the community. 
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Pastor Sylvia Romero
Board Chair Mrs Marilyn George
Board Chair Company Affiliation Bruce Funeral Home
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2001
Volunteer Opportunities
Ways to donate, support, or volunteer
There are many ways that you can be part of the outreach at the Center of Grace. We have many volunteers opportunities in all areas, just give us a call. You can also donate items for the clothes closet or durable medical equipment for the medical closet.
We will also be glad to accept your financial gifts. You can donate through our website www.centerofgrace.center, or by sending us a check in the mail. Thank you.  
Financial Summary
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Statements
Mission Statement
Our mission at the Center of Grace is to nurture children, strengthen families and build community.

We provide services that meet the needs of low income children and youth in Olathe, in partnership with the Boys and Girls Club. They offer before, after school and summer programming. We also have an ELL preschool for 2-5 year old children so they can learn English and get ready for Kindergarten.

We have programs and provide resources to strengthen families through food, clothing, and emergency assistance. We offer health screenings, dental screenings in partnership with Johnson County Community College and a medical equipment closet. We partner with Johnson County Community College to offer English classes to adult immigrants.

We house non-profit agencies that fit the Center's mission, and we cooperate with other community groups in Johnson County. At the Center of Grace the programs offered are designed to help low income families receive the help they need to make their families strong and ready to flourish into the community. 
Background Statement
The Center of Grace was established in 1999 when First United Methodist Church and Hope United Methodist Church merged to form Grace U.M.C. They built a new building and relocated from 520 Harrison to 11485 Ridgeview in north Olathe. The Board of Trustees decided to keep the building and turn it into a Mission and Outreach Center. 
 
From the beginning the idea has been to assess the needs of the community, partner with those who are addressing those needs or develop new programs to help those most in need. 
 
We have a passion for offering basic services as well as educational opportunities so that people can transform their lives and reach their potential. Some of the programs we have offered through the years are: foster and adoptive parent training with Kansas Children's Service League, adult day services for adults with dementia or Alzheimer's, Spanish classes, immigration counseling with Jewish Vocational Services, a high school diploma completion program with StepUp, after school programming for youth with the Olathe School District, a community computer lab with the Olathe Public Library, Main Street USA social studies opportunity for Olathe elementary students.
 
Currently we offer free dinners on Wednesdays and Thursdays in partnership with Johnson County Food Ministry and volunteers from the community at large. We have a community garden in partnership with K-State Extension Office. We have a free clothing closet and partner with the Olathe Mayor's Christmas Tree fund to help needy Olathe students get new shoes. We help Olathe residents with rent and utilities payments. We have free health screenings, free dental screenings in partnership with Johnson County Community College, and a medical equipment closet.
 
We partner with Boys and Girls Club to offer before, after school and summer programming for K-12 students. We partner with Johnson County Community College to offer English classes to newly arrived immigrants as well as a preschool for their children. We sponsor Scouts.
 
We house the office for Pathway to Hope, a non-profit organization that helps those individuals who struggle with mental illness and their families. We are also the site for the Deaf International Community Church.  
Impact Statement
Top five accomplishments from the past year:
  1. We began a capital campaign to renovate and expand the building so we can serve more students through the Boys and Girls Club. 
  2. We served 32,337 free meals in partnership with several community organizations and congregations in and around Olathe. 
  3. We helped 825 Olathe needy school age children get a new pair of shoes.
  4. 485 adult immigrant students were enrolled in the Johnson County Community College ESL classes and 37 of their children attended our ELL Preschool. 

The top 3 goals for this year are to: 
  1. To complete the first phase of the building renovation.
  2. To successfully complete our communications and fundraising plan for the year.
  3. To raise more awareness about the programming at the Center through social media.
Needs Statement
  1. Financial support for the ongoing programs offered at the Center of Grace.  The annual cost of operating the Center of Grace and its programs is $400.000.
  2. Funds to continue to operate the ELL preschool which prepares children, who live in homes where English is not the first language, to be ready for Kindergarten. 
  3. Organizations who also have a passion for helping those most in need with services to improve and transform their lives, that we can partner with.   
  4. Volunteers are the life-blood of the Center of Grace.  Every program uses volunteers to accomplish their goal.  In addition to the various programs there are always projects within the building that can use volunteer help. 
Service Categories
Educational Services
Emergency Assistance (Food, Clothing, Cash)
Boys and Girls Clubs (Combined)
Areas of Service
KS - Johnson County
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement

As a mission center near downtown Olathe, the Center of Grace responds to a diversity of needs. Our focal points are community education, helping to feed and clothe those in need of help, and assisting the immigrant community with cultural and language differences.

We are very well known in the community as a safe place where people can come to seek help, regardless of their race, economic status, country of origin, or religious beliefs. We are also well known as the place to come and volunteer for members of the community who enjoy lending a hand and making a difference.
 
The Center of Grace educational focus is seen through our partnerships with Boys and Girls Club, offering before, after school and summer programming for K-12 students. Johnson County Community College offers English language classes for adult immigrants and we have an ELL Preschool for their children.  
 
The Center of Grace provides emergency assistance for rent and utilities. Need is assessed through community channels.  The Free Community Dinner on Wednesday and Thursday evenings continues and is well known in the area.  Our Clothing Closet is used by many for apparel and home goods.  The Shoe Fund provides new shoes for Olathe children referred by public schools, social workers, and community agencies. The Center of Grace provides health screenings for the uninsured. The goal is to catch problems before it is an emergency. Finally, the JCCC dental van is on-site twice a month to provide free screenings, cleanings and x-rays to those without dental insurance. 

The Board of Directors vision for the Center of Grace is to “Serve the World” through our building. Our challenge is funding these programs. The Community Dinners, Emergency Assistance, Health Screening Clinic, Clothing Closet and Shoe Fund are funded through donations from civic/community groups and church donations.  While the economic gap grows, the commitment of volunteers is steadfast. We continue to search for financial resources from as many streams as possible. 
Programs
Description
The Olathe Boys and Girls Club serves K-12 students before, after school and during the summer.
The goal is to have each Club member graduate from high school with post-secondary plans in place.
We are currently licensed serve 125 students.   
Program Budget $150,000.00
Category Education, General/Other Afterschool Enrichment
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years)
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success
Each Club member will feel welcome and encouraged to learn and grow
Each Club member will have opportunities to develop leadership skills
Each Club member will make progress in school, maintaining at least a C average  
Long-Term Success Each Club member will graduate from high school with post-secondary plans in place. 
Program Success Monitored By
The attendance and progress are monitored by the Unit Director as well as the group leaders who work with the different age groups. 
The Olathe Unit is also monitored by Boys and Girls Club of Greater Kansas City.
Examples of Program Success
We started with a 5 week Summer Program in 2012 that quickly filled up.
Once the Boys and Girls Club determined the need in the Olathe community, they began offering year around programming in 2015. This is a quality program and the waitlist is constant.
We have begun a Capital Campaign to renovate and Expand the building so we can serve up to 300 students in the future.  
Description
Center of Grace currently provides a preschool for children whose parents attend JCCC English language classes. Preschool children and toddlers are introduced to preschool curriculum on a daily basis as they learn English and get ready for Kindergarten. 
Program Budget $55,000.00
Category Education, General/Other Early Childhood Education
Population Served Immigrant, Newcomers, Refugees
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success
- By the end of each semester 100% of the children will be understand basic English and speak more words in English
- 100% of the children will be evaluated at the beginning and the end of each semester in all areas of development
- 100% of the parents will attend ESL classes with JCCC
- 100% of  the parents will attend parenting and child development classes with Olathe Parents as teachers 
Long-Term Success
  • 100% of the children will be better prepared to begin Kindergarten
  • 100% of the children will have access to books they can home and keep
  • 100% of the children will be graduate from high school
  • 100% of the families will be involved in their children's learning process
Program Success Monitored By
The ELL preschool is overseen by the Director of Children's ministries at Grace UMC.
We use the Creative Curriculum assessment tools to test each child in all areas of development at the beginning and the end of each semester.  
Examples of Program Success
100% of the children come from non English speaking homes. In each classroom we have native English speaking teachers as well as bilingual assistants. 90% of the children have never been exposed to the English language at home.
2 year old Paul, from Korea came to us not understanding any English at all. As the semester progressed he learned to say hi and bye, to sing songs, and follow the basic classroom instructions. He is now ready to transfer to the preschool room where next semester he will continue to learn about colors, shapes, days of the week, the weather, etc.
5 year old Isaac was excited to look at a poster of letters and animals I was showing him. He confidently pointed to the "N" and blurted "I love narwahls!" I was shocked that he knew that word, and proud that thanks to our ELL Preschool he is ready to enter Kindergarten. 
Description
The Wednesday and Thursday Night Community Dinner provides a free meal to anyone who is hungry or would like the fellowship of a meal with others.  The leadership team plans the meal, does the shopping and lines up the volunteers to prepare and serve the meal.  Those dining with us vary in their circumstance from people attending meetings at the Center to the homeless looking for a meal and a temperature controlled environment for a few hours.  We mainly serve the working poor and families struggling to have enough food to feed their family, and the elderly who gather for a nutritious dinner and conversation. 
Program Budget $18,000.00
Category Food, Agriculture & Nutrition, General/Other Meal Distribution
Population Served Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent, Homeless
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success
The short-term success of the Community Dinner is determined by the number of people who attend and return weekly for the meals.  Efforts are made to provide a welcoming and comfortable environment for everyone attending and tasty well-balanced meals.  Our short-term success is to feed each person who arrives and send them on their way with a full stomach.

Additional food items are provided from varied sources for dinners to take home; i.e., bread, fresh vegetables from the Farmers Market (in season), other items from a variety of sources.  The speed with which the items are removed also allows us to judge the success of the program. 
 
Our short-term success is how many are fed and our ability to continue to provide the meals and the volunteers to run the program. 
Long-Term Success The success of this program can be viewed by the number of people being served.  As the economy has turned downward the number of people calling and joining us for dinner has increased.  They will often eat more than one serving, an indication that they are definitely hungry when they arrive.  Our long-term success would ultimately be for the program to not be needed except for fellowship of those attending.  When everyone has enough to feed their families and our program is not needed, we will have succeeded in providing for the hungry in their hour of need.  Until that time we will track the success of the program by the number of meals being served which is tracked by the plates served. 
Program Success Monitored By Program success is measured by meals served which is tracked by the team that coordinates the Food Ministry.
Examples of Program Success The word has spread about the Wednesday and Thursday evening dinners and we are increasingly receiving calls about the meals as the information is shared with people in the surrounding areas.  After serving in the kitchen, one example of success is the excitement on the face of the children when they eat with us.  Adults will comment on how the food is delicious and they often thank us for the plates. 
Description The Shoe Fund provides new shoes for Olathe school age children, in partnership with the Olathe Mayor's Christmas Tree Fund.  The need of the child must be verified through a school counselor, nurse or social service agency. It is often necessary to provide a new pair of gym shoes for a child or youth so they may participate and pass a gym classes. 
Program Budget $24,000.00
Category Human Services, General/Other Emergency Assistance
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years), Adults
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success

Each Olathe needy school age child who has been referred to us will be able to have a new pair of shoes of their choice that will fit properly.

Long-Term Success Information about the Olathe Shoe Fund is available in the social service agencies and the schools. Any Olathe student without proper shoes for school or everyday wear can be referred to the Center of Grace Shoe Fund where they pick up a shoe voucher to go shopping at Shoe Carnival. In 2018, we helped 825 children get a new pair of shoes.  The long term success of the program can be defined by the variety of groups who help to provide funding for the program. The Shoe Fund receives support from the Olathe Mayor's Christmas Tree Fund, area churches, Junior Service League, P.E.O. chapters, and several other civic organizations.  This program fills a need in the community.
Program Success Monitored By The financial records of the Shoe Fund are carefully maintained and monitored by the Administrative Assistant and the Director of Center of Grace. We have a database to track the families and children who are helped each year.
Examples of Program Success The Shoe Fund helped 825 Olathe school age children get a new pair of shoes in 2018.  
CEO Comments
The programming at Center of Grace continues to grow and change with the assessed needs of the community. We began the health screenings on Wednesday evenings to provide preventative care before the difficult health situation occurs. We also have a wonderful partnership with Jo. Co. Community College providing dental hygiene students and their mobile dental van every other week at the Center of Grace. 
 
Our community clothing closet, Wednesday and Thursday evening community meals, and medical equipment closet are all volunteer run. Immigrant ministry and outreach are  important aspects of  Center of Grace. Under the leadership of a multilingual staff  there continue to be increasing resources for immigrant individuals in our community. In looking at future programming, we hope to assess the needs of the community, partner with other organizations so  services are not duplicated, offer optimum access to resources, and work creatively to address the realities of serving those who are most vulnerable. We are finding that the synergy of working with agencies and individuals beyond our doors makes possible more than we ever imagined.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Pastor Sylvia Romero
Term Start July 2003
Experience
Pastor Sylvia was born and raised in Bogota, Colombia. She moved to the U.S. in 1981 and is fluent in Spanish, French and English. She has lived in Olathe since 1993. She holds a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration from MidAmerica Nazarene University and she is a Licensed Local Pastor with the United Methodist Church. She has held several positions at the Center of Grace since November of 2000, becoming the Director in 2013 and the Executive Director in 2018. 
 
Through the years Pastor Sylvia has built strong working partnerships with the City of Olathe, the Olathe School District, Johnson County Community College, Boys and Girls Club, El Centro, Catholic Charities, and many other local organizations. She leads the Hispanic Task Force, a monthly gathering of organizations that seek to network to better serve the Hispanic/Latino community. She is a member of the Olathe Latino Coalition, the Johnson County Latina Leadership Network, the Olathe School District Human Relations Council, the Olathe Chamber of Commerce, and Non Profit Connect.
 
Pastor Sylvia is passionate about diversity, building community and helping those who are most vulnerable.
Co-CEO/Executive Director
Co-CEO Experience
 She facilitates a monthly meeting of the Hispanic/Latino Task Force, a networking group that helps to better serve the community.
Staff
Paid Full-Time Staff 4
Paid Part-Time Staff 8
Paid Contractors 0
Volunteers 4344
Retention Rate 100%
Staff Diversity (Ethnicity)
Caucasian 4
Hispanic/Latino 8
Staff Diversity (Gender)
Female 11
Male 1
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Yes
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Under Development
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Collaborations
Center of Grace has partnered with Johnson County Community College to provide English classes for adult immigrants for over 20 years. Last year they served 485 students from 39 different countries. The Boys and Girls Club of Greater Kansas City began offering summer camps in 2012 and started year around programming in 2015. They enrolled 225 Olathe K-12 students. The Community Dinners are in partnership with the Johnson County Food Ministry and several congregations, civic groups and community volunteers. We also partner with Pathway to Hope, NE KS Migrant Office, the Deaf International Community Church, the K-State Extension Office, the City of Olathe Mayor's office, Scouts, the Olathe School District, El Centro, Johnson County Human Services, Catholic Charities, Salvation Army, among others.  
Affiliations
AffiliationYear
Boys and Girls Clubs of America2012
Affiliate/Chapter of National Organization (i.e. Girl Scouts of the USA, American Red Cross, etc.) - Affiliate/chapter1958
Awards
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
Diversity and Community ServiceCity of Olathe Human Relations Board2013
Humanitarian AwardCity of Olathe Human Relations Board2015
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? Yes
CEO Comments Center of Grace is governed by the Board of Directors of the Center of Grace. The Oversight Committee handles issues concerning the facility, building use and needs of the programs. Center of Grace is a community-based center confronting needs of people in Olathe and surrounding areas. Although Johnson County is a wealthy area, many in the area struggle to provide necessities for their families. No one on the Board of Directors receives compensation for their Board work. Center of Grace came into existence in 1999 when Grace United Methodist Church moved to their new location and building. Unable to sell the property, decision was made to keep it for community not-for-profit groups/programs. The English Second Language program expanded to meet needs of a burgeoning immigrant population. The Clothing Closet was renovated this year. The weekly Community Dinners provide a free hot meal on Wednesday and Thursday evenings; and we have a Community Garden. The area community and social agencies are aware of the Center and its services.
Board Chair
Board Chair Mrs Marilyn George
Company Affiliation Bruce Funeral Home
Term Jan 2016 to Dec 2019
Email georgemarilyn@sbcglobal.net
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Mr Brian ConleyMarketSource Inc.
Mr Walt CooperGrace United Methodist Church
Mr. Steve CulverScholastic Education
Mr. Scott DandyU.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Mrs. Marilyn L. GeorgeBruce Funeral Home, Administrative
Mr Gary GeorgeBaker University
Mr Mike HaskinHaskin Law Office
Mr Brad HrabikUnited Health Care
Mrs Leslie HrabikDeSoto School District
Mr. John ParksRetired
Rev. Nanette E. RobertsSenior Pastor, Grace United Methodist Church
Pastor Sylvia RomeroExecutive Director, Center of Grace
Mrs Rebecca RomeroUniversity of Kansas Hospitals
Mrs. Lois D. WatersRetired
Mrs. Christy ZieglerShawnee Mission School District
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 13
Hispanic/Latino 2
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 8
Female 7
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 6
Board Meeting Attendance % 80%
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 10
Standing Committees
Advisory Board / Advisory Council
Program / Program Planning
Trusteeship
Finance
CEO Comments Center of Grace is governed by the Board of Directors. Center of Grace is a community-based center confronting needs of people in Olathe and surrounding areas. Although Johnson County is a wealthy area, many in the area struggle to provide necessities for their families. No one on the Board of Directors receives compensation for their Board work. Center of Grace came into existence in 1999 when Grace United Methodist Church moved to their new location and building. Unable to sell the property, decision was made to keep it for community not-for-profit groups/programs. The English Second Language program expanded to meet needs of a burgeoning immigrant population. The Clothing Closet was renovated and expanded; and new programs continue to be added; weekly Community Dinner provides a free hot meal on Wednesday and Thursday evening; The area community and social agencies are aware of the Center and its services.
Financials
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2019
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2019
Projected Revenue $384,586
Projected Expenses $384,586
Spending Policy Income Only
Audit Documents
2017 Audit
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2017, 2016, 2015:  Financial data reported using internal financial information provided by the organization. 
  • For FY 2016, the Internal Financial document states that the Total Revenue is $198,477. However, the actual amount is $198,567.
Detailed Financials
 
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$754,043$284,090$266,740
Administration Expense$195,689$0$0
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates--$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.990.700.79
Program Expense/Total Expenses79%100%100%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$51,022$0$0
Current Assets$46,626$0$0
Long-Term Liabilities$3,167$0$0
Current Liabilities$20,975$0$0
Total Net Assets$26,880$0$0
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities2.22----
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets6%----
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201720162015
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
Campaign Purpose
The purpose of the Capital Campaign "Growing with Grace", is to renovate and expand our existing facility so we can increase the number of children and youth we serve through the Boys and Girls Club from 125 to 300.
 
The present structure was built in 1958. We want to provide a space that is safe, secure and up to date. We will have dedicated entrance for the different groups we serve, as well as a sprinkler system and an updated HVAC system. 
Goal $6,000,000.00
Dates Sept 2018 to Sept 2023
Amount Raised to Date $1,500,000.00 as of Dec 2018
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years Yes
Organization Comments Because funding is always a concern and programming for the Center of Grace is outside of budgetary requests, any additional funding provided through grants is invaluable. Current programs are projected to be ongoing, but we dream of additional programs to greater benefit the people we serve. Our dreams can be made possible only through foundation and grant requests. This type of funding is a major part of the success the current programs. Huge strives have been made in improving the physical plant housing the Center of Grace. In the past six years, roofs have been replaced; new guttering on the main building has been replaced; the whole entry has been redecorated; new furnace and air conditioning have been added to the gym building; restrooms and showers in the gym have new fixtures and plumbing plus new flooring and paint; kitchen in the gym building has refinished cabinets, new carpet, new dishwasher and new countertops; five exterior doors have been replaced, the parking lot has had major hole repairs and has been sealed. There continues to be maintenance needs on the 50-year-old building and funding these repairs is on ongoing struggle.
Other Documents
990-N2016View
Organization Name Arms of Grace dba Center of Grace
Address 520 S. Harrison Street
Olathe, KS 66061
Primary Phone (913) 764-1353
CEO/Executive Director Pastor Sylvia Romero
Board Chair Mrs Marilyn George
Board Chair Company Affiliation Bruce Funeral Home
Year of Incorporation 2001