Grandview Assistance Program
1121 Main Street
Grandview MO 64030-2415
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 761-1919
Mission Statement
Our mission is to assist in a dignified manner, families and individuals in Grandview and the Grandview school district, with emergency assistance and guidance toward ultimate self-sufficiency.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Rachel Casey
Board Chair Mrs. Sandy Kessinger
Board Chair Company Affiliation Bank of Blue Valley
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1992
Financial Summary
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Statements
Mission Statement Our mission is to assist in a dignified manner, families and individuals in Grandview and the Grandview school district, with emergency assistance and guidance toward ultimate self-sufficiency.
Background Statement
In 1991, the wife of Grandview's mayor along with other concerned citizens, local pastors, owners of the Jackson County Advocate newspaper, the Grandview Church Alliance, Grandview C-4 School District and the City of Grandview came together with a concern and purpose to provide for the senior adults, children and families of this community. The discussion grew into a need for a central agency where people could be referred for emergency assistance. 
 
From a room in a local church basement, to two rooms at the high school and then in 1999 GAP moved into its current building on Grandview's Main Street. In GAP's first year (1992), GAP was accepted as a United Way agency, serving Grandview and the outlying areas, including all of the Grandview School District. GAP has remained a United Way agency for every year since opening its doors. We are an emergency assistance agency that helps the economically challenged with assistance in preventing their utilities from being shut off or help to get them back on, preventing eviction, and help to put food on their table. We help with school supplies to start the school year and throughout the year. We provide hats, mittens, gloves, coats, blankets, hygiene items, food baskets and toys though our Holiday Store. We also refer clients to other programs that they may also be eligible for such as LIHEAP, ECIP, food stamps, as well as, job fairs and employment programs.
Impact Statement
In 2016 we provided:
  • More than 4,800 individuals with commodities, pantry, meat, bakery, produce and household/hygiene items,
  • More than $67,000 for electric, gas, prescriptions (medical & eyeglasses), housing and water assistance,
  • 358 children with backpacks and all necessary school supplies for the 2016 - 17 school year,
  • 499 individuals with food for our holiday distribution, and
  • 262 children with holiday presents.
One of our goals for 2017 is to retain current funding and to continue to obtain and secure new funding resources. We have a dedicated case worker to assist clients and director to oversee day-to-day operations.
Needs Statement

Our top needs:

  1. Unrestricted funding to meet the increasing needs of our clients particularly to avoid homelessness and utilities cutoff and to address medical needs.
  2. Unrestricted funding to meet the increasing needs of space to fully execute our programs to assist individuals and families in our community.
  3. Volunteer or staff to help clients search for and obtain jobs.
  4. Volunteer or staff to help expand, maintain and employ our donor database and improve fundraising capacity.
Service Categories
Emergency Assistance (Food, Clothing, Cash)
Financial Counseling
Gift Distribution
Areas of Service
MO - Jackson County
MO - Jackson County Urban Core
City of Grandview and the Grandview C-4 School District
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement

For more than 25 years, the Grandview Assistance Program (GAP) has assisted families and individuals in our community with emergency assistance.  Now more than ever, we are facing a growing demand for our assistance and services due to the challenging economic environment. The Grandview Assistance program staff and leadership are committed to an aggressive plan to raise the funds and resources needed to meet the increased demand for services within our community.  With dedicated leadership, along with vision and commitment of our board, staff and our supporters, we will be focusing on taking GAP to the next level to meet the growing needs of our community.

Programs
Description To prevent homelessness by assisting families with rental/mortgage and/or utility assistance.
Category Human Services, General/Other Emergency Assistance
Population Served Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent, ,
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success Prevention of eviction/foreclosure and/or reconnection/prevention of disconnection on utilities. In 2016 GAP provided 74 households representing 182 individuals with emergency rent assistance when an eviction notice had been received. In 2016 GAP provided 163 households (410 individuals) with electric utilities assistance, 63 households (118 individuals) and 33 households (104 individuals) when cut-off notices had been received.
Long-Term Success For clients to be self-sufficient to the point of not needing assistance with housing or utilities.
Program Success Monitored By Progress is monitored by using MAACLINK (Mid America Assistance Coalition) to see if clients has continued to need services.
Examples of Program Success
In 2016, GAP was able to assist 814 individuals to maintain their housing, keep or restore their utilities. Total value of assistance provided was $58,608
Description This program is designed to assist families by stretching their dollars by providing them with food. They may receive assistance one time per month.
Category Human Services, General/Other Emergency Assistance
Population Served Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent, ,
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success To provide families with food to meet basic nutritional requirements. In 2916 GAP was able to provide 256 households (1214 individuals) with commodities, 222 households (985 individuals) with groceries, 177 households (659 individuals) with bakery items, 189 households (795 individuals) with meat and 100 households (242 individuals) with produce.
Long-Term Success Families have enough to eat while maintaining housing and utilities.
Program Success Monitored By We are able to secure enough donations to provide families with food. Number, ages and genders of households and individuals and the assistance received is tracked through Mid America Assistance Coalition.
Examples of Program Success In 2016 GAP provided 2,544 individuals (this includes all family members ie: adults, seniors and children) with pantry, fresh produce, commodities, Thanksgiving and Christmas food with a value of $92,931 to meet basic nutritional requirements.
Description Budget awareness is discussed at the time of appointment. We see where we can assist client to shift funds to cover expenses we can't help with. This could mean paying a utility bill, or giving food so those funds may be utilized elsewhere.
Category Human Services, General/Other Emergency Assistance
Population Served Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent, ,
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success Clients become aware of how they are spending and how they can rearrange their budget to better provide for themselves. Clients to have a working budget in place that helps them to plan for bills accordingly. Clients to be able to pay rent and utilities in a timely manner.
Long-Term Success Economic self-sufficiency for our clients.
Program Success Monitored By This budget awareness is communicated at time of appointment in conversation between client and case worker. There is no formal program at this time.
Examples of Program Success We have turned a small office space into a life-skills resource room, which includes a web-based budgeting module.
Description Children receive a new backpack with all the supplies needed to start school.
Category Human Services, General/Other Emergency Assistance
Population Served Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent, K-12 (5-19 years),
Short-Term Success All students that are in need of school supplies are serviced. Giving the students a sense of pride in having their own school supplies and create an eagerness to attend school.
Long-Term Success The economically disadvantaged students of Grandview School District have all the necessary supplies to start the school year.
Program Success Monitored By The number of students served.
Examples of Program Success We serviced 287 students with school supplies for the 2015 - 16 school year.
Description Christmas gifts, including toys for children, a gift bag for families which includes wrapping paper, shampoo, tooth paste, and a large box of food is also provided. Coats, jackets, gloves, mittens, hats and blankets are also made available.
Category Human Services, General/Other Holiday Assistance
Population Served General/Unspecified, ,
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Short-Term Success To help lessen the stress of clients by being able to provide holiday food and gifts for their families.In 2016 GAP provided
Long-Term Success That economically disadvantaged residents have gifts for their children and food for the holiday.
Program Success Monitored By The verbal feedback from clients.
Examples of Program Success In 2016 we serviced 579 individuals with food for Thanksgiving and Christmas and 399 children with toys for Christmas totaling a value of $40,864.
CEO Comments The Grandview Assistance Program (GAP) began in the basement of a local church in Grandview as an outreach to the community. In 1992, GAP applied for United Way status and was accepted. GAP out grew the basement room at the church and moved into two rooms at Grandview High School. From there GAP moved into its own free standing building that is leased through the Grandview School District and is where we are currently located. One of our greatest achievements is our respect within the community. However, we recognize that we could not have done what we have without the community’s support. We have achieved a reputation for honesty and integrity that has sustained us through a difficult period of economic stagnation. We will continue to seek out additional opportunities to impact our community and will implement new programs that will benefit our target population.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Ms. Rachel Casey
Term Start Apr 2017
Experience Rachel Casey, Interim Executive Director for Grandview Assistance Program, has worked more than 30 years in nonprofits, focusing on education, human services and cultural organizations. Before becoming interim executive director she was on contract for GAP for several years working closely with the executive director to write contracts and seek out additional funding opportunities. Through her consulting, Rachel has also provided communications and development services for the Grandview Chamber and the Grandview Education Foundation. She has served on the Board of Education of the Grandview School District and as a volunteer with serveral school organizations.
Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start 0
Compensation Last Year
Former CEOs
NameTerm
Mrs. Sharon Kinder 2004 - 2017
Senior Staff
Title Case Worker
Experience/Biography Catherine Burr has been working at the Grandview Assistance Program since September 2006 as a case worker. Prior to working for GAP, she worked as a case worker for the Salvation Army for six years and as a case worker for the Community Assistance Program for three years. In all three of the case worker positions, she worked with low income households. The jobs included assisting qualified clients with rent, utilities, food, seasonal items, clothing, budgeting guidance, and an assortment of other social issues relating to low income households. Catherine has her Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology with a minor in Social Work from Central Missouri State University. She also has an Associate of Arts degree from Mesa Community College in AZ. Catherine has adopted her two biological grandsons and her community involvement revolves around the boys.
Staff
Paid Full-Time Staff 2
Paid Part-Time Staff 0
Volunteers 20
Paid Contractors 0
Retention Rate 50%
Staff Diversity (Ethnicity)
Caucasian 2
Staff Diversity (Gender)
Female 2
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Under Development
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Under Development
Management Succession Plan No
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Collaborations
We have many facets of collaborations. Several area churches and businesses contribute with donations of money, food, hygiene items and time. We partner with another local agency in assisting clients to a greater degree than we would be able to alone. There are two local sources outside our agency that collaborate with us when clients are in need of clothing. We have a partnership with Mitzvah Garden; they supply us with fresh produce for our pantry. We also have a partnership with Kansas City Medicine Cabinet to meet the health needs of our clients.
Affiliations
AffiliationYear
Alliance of Greater Kansas City United Ways Agency Certification1992
Awards
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
Outstanding Friend of Society Patient ServicesAmerican Cancer Society2005
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? No
CEO Comments Our staff is dedicated and committed to providing clients with the assistance needed and they strive to determine the core reason clients are seeking assistance. Our Board of Directors is proactive in the extracurricular activities surrounding agency operations. The diligent monitoring and updating of our policies enable us to provide the maximum services possible. This reflects the board's concern for our clients. Their empathy for those seeking assistance enables them to continually seek additional avenues in which we may assist the clients. We have an excellent core of volunteers. They are always willing to help the staff, board and clients with their needs.
Board Chair
Board Chair Mrs. Sandy Kessinger
Company Affiliation Bank of Blue Valley
Term Mar 2016 to Jan 2019
Email skessinger@bankbv.com
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Mrs. Judy Barrett Pacific Coast Business Services
Ms. Katie Benner Wingz & More
Mr. Jim Blankenship Community Volunteer
Ms. Yolanda Bush Farmers Insurance and Financial Services
Mrs. Lynn Crow Donald L. Crow, Atty., Paralegal
Mrs. Monica Hawkins U.S. Bank
Mrs. Joanie Hoffman Community Volunteer
Ms. Valarie Johnson Retired
Mrs. Sandy Kessinger Bank Midwest, VP Small Business
Mr. Thomas Rousey Retired
Mrs. Mary Sylvestri Sylvestri Associates, LLC
Ms. Karen Wissman Stivers Staffing Services
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 4
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 8
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 12
Female 10
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 1
Board Meeting Attendance % 69%
Written Board Selection Criteria? No
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Standing Committees
Human Resources / Personnel & Finance & Marketing & Nominating & By-laws
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Advisory Board Members
NameAffiliation
Ms. Kim Curtis Grandview Chamber of Commerce
Mayor Leonard Jones City of Grandview
Dr. Kenny Rodrequez Grandview C-4 School District
CEO Comments Our staff is dedicated and committed to providing clients with the assistance needed and they strive to determine the core reason clients are seeking assistance. Our Board of Directors is proactive in the extracurricular activities surrounding agency operations. The diligent monitoring and updating of our policies enable us to provide the maximum services possible. This reflects the board's concern for our clients. Their empathy for those seeking assistance enables them to continually seek additional avenues in which we may assist the clients. We have an excellent core of volunteers. They are always willing to help the staff, board and clients with their needs.
Financials
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2017
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2017
Projected Revenue $213,905
Projected Expenses $213,905
Endowment Value $10,004
Spending Policy Income Only
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2015, 2014: Financial data reported using the IRS Form 990.
  • FY 2013: Financial data reported using the organization's audited financial statements. 
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line item may include contributions from individuals. 
Detailed Financials
 
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$305,006$329,310$322,488
Administration Expense$8,919$8,700$8,332
Fundraising Expense$4,214$4,106$3,921
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.981.050.96
Program Expense/Total Expenses96%96%96%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue3%2%3%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$190,656$194,082$176,441
Current Assets$124,332$134,679$122,308
Long-Term Liabilities$5,728$5,118$4,570
Current Liabilities$1,742$928$2,618
Total Net Assets$183,186$188,036$169,253
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities71.37145.1346.72
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets3%3%3%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountUnited Way $62,811 -- --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountMid America Assistance Coalition $10,782 -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountFlarsheim Charitable Foundation $10,000 -- --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Campaign Purpose To possibly address physical updates to the cramped and outdated GAP facility.
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years Yes
Organization Comments While GAP has always been financially stable with strong support from United Way, local fundraising efforts and grants, the last few years, the number of requests for rent and utilities (as well as food pantry assistance) has far outpaced GAP's funds. GAP has aggressively sought new grants and has successfully written and received several new grants.
Organization Name Grandview Assistance Program
Address 1121 Main Street
Grandview, MO 640302415
Primary Phone (816) 761-1919
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Rachel Casey
Board Chair Mrs. Sandy Kessinger
Board Chair Company Affiliation Bank of Blue Valley
Year of Incorporation 1992