Footprints, Inc.
4501 Troost Avenue
Kansas City MO 64110-1709
Recovery Community Center, 4501 Troost KCMO
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 561-0567
Mission Statement
Founded in 2001, Footprints, Inc. exists to build safe environments that ignite positive change through love and outreach. We provide services to people in recovery including housing, support group meetings, life skills and a drop in center. Also, in partnership with the Veterans Administration (VA), we provide housing and case management for homeless veterans. This includes a variety of services from counseling to transportation.
 
Since 2001, Footprints, Inc. has worked with the community to recognize, embrace, and assist homeless veterans and people afflicted with substance use disorder. We are trusted servants ushering those who seek a new life onto the road to recovery.  
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Michael Liimatta
Board Chair Ms. Faye Johnson-Kendrick
Board Chair Company Affiliation Christian Fellowship Baptist Church
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2001
Financial Summary
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Statements
Mission Statement
Founded in 2001, Footprints, Inc. exists to build safe environments that ignite positive change through love and outreach. We provide services to people in recovery including housing, support group meetings, life skills and a drop in center. Also, in partnership with the Veterans Administration (VA), we provide housing and case management for homeless veterans. This includes a variety of services from counseling to transportation.
 
Since 2001, Footprints, Inc. has worked with the community to recognize, embrace, and assist homeless veterans and people afflicted with substance use disorder. We are trusted servants ushering those who seek a new life onto the road to recovery.  
Background Statement
Wayne White, better known as “Brother Wayne,” was the founder, senior trusted servant, and CEO for Footprints Inc. located at 4501 Troost in Kansas City, Missouri. He started the organization in 2001 and served as director until his passing on February 28, 2012. The name of the organization came from the devotional poem, “Footprints in the Sand.”
 
Brother Wayne was a Missouri Certified Substance Abuse Counselor with eighteen years of experience and a Vietnam Veteran. His compassion for this fellow veterans led him to establish the emergency shelter, Heroes Home gate, in 2009.
 
Brother Wayne was also an active participant in several organizations in the State of Missouri including the Missouri Re-Entry Program, The Caring Solutions Coalition of Kansas City, Access site leader for Alcohol Treatment Recovery Services Network, Organizer for Alcoholics Victorious chapters, the Kansas City Crime Commission and was a spiritual motivational speaker.
 
Brother Wayne was a passionate life change agent in the community as well as a pioneer in substance abuse recovery. His dedication and commitment to the healing of people was paramount. He participated in all efforts to professionalize the faith-based initiative since the early years. He is a father and grandfather with a host of spiritual friends.
 
Wayne D. White, founder and CEO of Footprints, Inc. earned the 2001, and 2002 Missouri Faith Works Award from Committed Caring Faith Communities for his work with Footprints Inc. Wayne also received the C.O.M.B.A.T (community backed anti-drug tax) and Who’s Who Award for three years straight for his work in the community. Under his leadership, Footprints, Inc. co-sponsored several conferences with local and state recognized Faith and Social Service agencies. Wayne D. White also served on the board of the National Council On Alcoholism and Drug Dependencies (NCADD).
 
His passion for the lost and vision for recovery continues to inspire our staff, board and volunteers to be more and do more for the Lord. We are committed to seeing his vision to reach the addicted and the struggling veteran continue and grow.
Impact Statement
Accomplishments:
  1. Provided shelter to 72 homeless veterans, 90% of them found stable housing after completing the program.
  2. Conducted recovery support group meetings daily with over 300 individuals from the community attending.
  3. Opened Kansas City's first Recovery Community Center on August 14, 2017. 
  4. In the first six months of the program over 100 unique individuals with substance use disorder participated in counseling, classes and other activities at the RCC.
  5. Hired an experienced nonprofit professional to serve as executive director.
 
Goals:
  1. Expand programs for recovering addicts who are not veterans.
  2. Open a recovery community center on Troost Avenue in 2017.
  3. Obtain certification as a recovery support center from the Missouri Department of Mental Health.
  4. Establish short-term recovery homes for both men and women.
  5. Provide long-term supportive housing for formerly homeless veterans.
  6. Become a training center for people who want to support recovering alcoholics and addicts.
Needs Statement
  1. Funding to expand programs
  2. Short-term recovery homes for both men and women
  3. Long-term supportive housing for formerly homeless veterans
  4. Volunteers and part-time staff members to support the new recovery community center
  5. Marketing and PR opportunities to spread the word about the programs offered.
  6. Recruit additional active members to the board of directors
Service Categories
Substance Abuse Dependency, Prevention & Treatment
Homeless Shelters
Half-Way House (Short-Term Residential Care)
Areas of Service
MO - Jackson County Urban Core
Working primarily with residents from Eastern Jackson County and Kansas City east of Troost Avenue
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement
Footprints, Inc. was established in 2001 to offer help and support to adults who are seeking to overcome substance use disorder. In 2009, its outreach efforts were expanded to provide a short-term residence to homeless veterans. Though he passed away in 2012, the legacy of our founder, Brother Wayne D. White, continues as we are working to further expand our outreach through the Recovery Community Center on Troost Avenue.
 
The basis of services and programming available through the Recovery Center is Peer Recovery Support Services (PRSS). These are non-clinical services focusing on removing barriers and providing invaluable resources to those who are seeking to achieve and maintain long- term recovery. Support services involve volunteers who seek to share their experience, strength and hope with others.
 
The goal of the Recovery Community Center is to improve quality of life, prevent relapse and sustain long-term recovery. It is not a clubhouse. It is a place where life’s challenges are faced with solutions and guidance. It is a place where skills are shared and learned. It is a place where isolation becomes inclusion and strangers become friends.
 
The RCC is not a treatment center, it is not a 12 Step club, nor is it a drop-in center, though aspects of all of these are apparent. Though qualified staff members will be on duty during operating hours, peer-to-peer recovery support services volunteers will be the primary providers of services.
 
The center provides education, information, referrals, peer support services and fellowship for those seeking long-term recovery from substance use disorder. The program is staffed by qualified addiction counselors and peer support specialists and is be open seven days a week, at least ten hours per day.
 
The goal of the Recovery Community Center is to improve quality of life, prevent relapse and sustain long-term recovery. The RCC is not a treatment center, it is not a 12 Step club, nor is it a drop-in center, though aspects of all of these are apparent.
 
Participation in the Recovery Community Center services is free of charge. The center service emphasizes the peer–to-peer relationship and is managed by staff members certified by the Missouri Credentialing Board as either a MRSS or MRSS-P. Volunteers who self-identify as peers in recovery from a substance use disorder are also involved.
Programs
Description
Because he served in Vietnam himself, our founder, Brother Wayne White, had a special place in his heart for his fellow veterans, especially those who had fallen on hard times. This led to his establishing Heroes Home Gate in 2009, our short-term residence for veterans.
 
This service is offered in partnership with the U.S. Veterans Administration through their Healthcare for Homeless Veterans initiative. We provide a temporary how for up to then men with 24/7 staff supervision.
 
Case management and other supportive services allow them to work toward securing permanent housing, investigate career options, and take advantage of the services available to them through the VA. When permanent housing is secured, we assist them with furniture and other household items to successfully move into their own homes.
 
For more information about Heroes Home Gate, you may call (816) 863-8224. For entrance into the program, contact Kansas City VA Homeless Veterans Services or call (877) 424-3838. Learn how you can support this program. See the Kansas City Star article about our facility – “Homeless veterans in Kansas City get a place to hang their hats.” (08/30/2014)
Program Budget $300,000.00
Category Human Services, General/Other Services for the Homeless
Population Served Veterans, ,
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success
Nearly 90% of the men who participate in the program go on to permanent housing or another program to support their healing and growth.
Long-Term Success
The Heroes Home Gates program has successfully placed over 80% of those who have stayed with us in permanent housing. We provide a healthy, homelike environment, where nearly 100 homeless male veterans each year are able to get out of the daily struggle for survival. Besides basic food and shelter, residents can participate in a variety of spiritual and recovery activities.
Program Success Monitored By
The key indicators are:
  1. Permanent housing
  2. Stable lifestyle
  3. Employment/education opportunities
  4. Financial stability
Examples of Program Success
Grant, is a 29 year old Marine Corps veteran who served in Afghanistan. He found civilian life tougher than military life. He got out of the service in June 2013. Job opportunities in other cities fell through. He has family in this area, but they haven’t helped like he wished they could. If Grant he couldn’t find someone with an available couch, he’d sleep in his car. Preferably at a truck stop, he adds, where the cops won’t mess with you too much.
 
When he moved into the Heroes Home Gate house in mid-July 2015, he found stability and support to sort through his options and to develop a direction for his life. His immediate priorities were to get his car legal and get a job. And, of course, find a place of his own, which he eventually did. . Eventually he’d like to take advantage of the GI Bill and go to college. Grant says of Heroes Home Gate, “Other homeless shelters make you feel like you’re a criminal but not here.”
Description
The Recovery Community Center is a one-of-a-kind oasis for people in recovery and their friends and family members. It provides education, information, peer support services and fellowship for those seeking long-term recovery from substance use disorder. Located in the heart of Kansas City’s Eastside at 4501 Troost Avenue (map), the Troost 25bus stops right in front of the facility.
The goal of the Recovery Community Center is to improve quality of life, prevent relapse and sustain long-term recovery. It is not a clubhouse. It is a place where life’s challenges are faced with solutions and guidance. It is a place where skills are shared and learned. It is a place where isolation becomes inclusion and strangers become friends.
Participation in the Recovery Community Center services is free of charge.
The Center focuses on Peer Recovery Support Services (PRSS). These are non-clinical services focusing on removing barriers and providing invaluable resources to those who are seeking to achieve and maintain long- term recovery. Support services involve volunteers who seek to share their experience, strength and hope with others.
Seven days a week, twelve step groups meet in our facility. These include Alcoholics Anonymous, Cocaine Anonymous, Ala-anon and Alcoholics Victorious.
Another service at the center is our computer training and employment skills program. As a sponsor site for the Northstar Digital Literacy Assessment, we offer a series of proctored exams that demonstrate proficiency in various computer skills.
Program Budget $200,000.00
Category Mental Health, Substance Abuse Programs, General/other Outpatient Substance Abuse Treatment
Population Served Alcohol, Drug, Substance Abusers, ,
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success
This inner city recovery community center on Troost Avenue that has counseling, support groups and classes, plus a computer center teaching PC and job skills. We'll be bringing digital life skills, GED classes and other employment oriented training to formerly homeless vets and people who are just beginning the journey of recovery from addiction.
Long-Term Success
The goal of the recovery community center is to provide a place that is open 7 days a week for people who are seeking to recover from alcoholism and drug addiction.
Program Success Monitored By The focus of this program is to provide support to help those in recovery maintain long-term sobriety. Besides, counseling, support groups and classes, there will be a focus on preparation for employment.
Examples of Program Success Currently support groups are offered at the Troost Center, Alcoholics Anonymous, Cocaine Anonymous, Alcoholics Victorious and Al-Anon seven days a week with over 300 individuals currently participating.
Description
MAMA’s House is our newest program, opened in Decmber 2017. It is a safe and supportive residence for women who are in recovery from substance use disorder. The program is accredited by the National Alliance for Recovery Residences.
 
It is staffed by individuals who have Recovery Support Specialist and Recovery Support Specialist-Peer credentials from the Missouri Credentialing Board. Most have received special training in Medication Assisted Treatment which is critical for helping to residents who struggle with opioid use disorder.
 
Residents of the recovery house participate in the recovery services of the Wayne D. White Recovery Community Center. These include individual counseling, recovery classes, group therapy and support groups. Learn more about our recovery support services.
 
MAMA’s House (Mothers Achieving the Master’s Agenda) is sponsored by Christian Fellowship Baptist Church and DAVE’s Place Community Impact Center.
 
If you are interested in providing support to the women who start at MAMA’s House, see our Items Needed page.
Category Housing, General/Other Transitional Housing
Population Served Females, ,
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success Successfully launch and establish this new program. Doors opened in January 2018.
Long-Term Success Will provide housing and recovery support to at least fifty women each year who suffer from substance use disorder and other difficulties in their lives.
Program Success Monitored By All counselors notes, group notes and treatment plans are maintained in the COMBAT Connections client management system.
Examples of Program Success Meisha is a graduate of the outpatient treatment program at Footprints' Wayne D. White Recovery Community Center. Now, as she is rebuilding her life, she is seeking employment and permanent housing. Her stay at MAMA's House provides her with a safe and supportive residence to begin this transition.
CEO Comments
2017 was an important year in Footprints' history. In 2001, Wayne D. White, better known as “Brother Wayne,” founded Footprints, Inc. and served as its first Executive Director. Brother Wayne was a passionate life change agent in the African America community as well as a pioneer in substance abuse recovery statewide. He began his “Life Change Station” outreach at 4501 Troost in Kansas City, Missouri in 2007 to provide recovery support services to people with substance use disorder. A Vietnam Veteran, his compassion for this fellow veterans led him to establish our emergency shelter, Heroes Home Gate, in 2011 in partnership with the U.S. Veterans Administration.
Shortly after his death in 2012, the organization put the outpatient recovery programs on hold and focused on stabilizing and expanding the shelter for homeless veterans. This focus paid off and Footprints was able to purchase and renovate a new ten bed facility for men, located at 2015 E. 35th Street, Kansas City Missouri.
In August 2017, Footprints took a major step in expanding its services to reach more needy people in Kansas City’s inner city. The facility on Troost Avenue was reopened as the city’s first Recovery Community Center. As part of this effort, the organization is again participating in ATR with additional support from Jackson County COMBAT. Certification as a recovery support program was also attained with the Missouri Department of Mental Health, Division of Behavioral Health. MAMA’s House, a recovery home for women opened in January 2018.
Since the launch of the outreach of the Wayne D. White Recovery Community Center, we became more engaged with people involved with the criminal justice system. Over 25% of referrals to our recovery support services have come from Missouri Probation and Parole and drug court. Because of the relationship between substance use disorder and criminal activity, we currently face a need to offer additional programming that addresses the unique needs of ex-offenders and others involved the criminal justice system who are experiencing substance use disorder.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Mr. Michael Liimatta
Term Start Feb 2017
Compensation $0 - $50,000
Experience
Michael worked with Wayne White to establish the organization in 2001 and has served as a member of the board of directors for many years.
 
He has been involved with outreach to the homeless and addicted for over thirty years. He has served as a college administrator, a nonprofit executive director, a consultant and an addiction counselor. He recently spent a year in Washington, DC at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development working on a special project to bring Internet and computers to families with children who reside in public housing.
 
As Chief Academic Officer, Michael established the Bachelor Science in Addiction Studies degree program of City Vision University in 2008 and still serves as an adjunct instructor. He is co-founder of Connecting for Good and served as its CEO for five years. It is a Kansas City nonprofit organization that is working to close the digital divide. For over 17 years, he served as Director of Education for the Association of Gospel Rescue Missions. In 1979, Michael founded New Creation Center, a licensed residential treatment center in Atlantic Mine, Michigan, where he served as director for ten years.
 
Michael Liimatta holds a graduate degree in Theology from the Inter-Lutheran Theological Seminary and studied at MidAmerica Nazarene University, where he earned the MA in Organizational Administration with a nonprofit management emphasis.
Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start 0
Compensation Last Year
Former CEOs
NameTerm
Wayne D. White Nov 2001 - Feb 2012
Senior Staff
Title Program Director
Staff
Paid Full-Time Staff 4
Paid Part-Time Staff 4
Volunteers 26
Paid Contractors 1
Retention Rate 90%
Staff Diversity (Ethnicity)
African American/Black 6
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 2
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Under Development
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Under Development
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures Under Development
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Collaborations
• Angels of Mercy Recovery House
• Benilde Hall
• Beyond the Conviction
• Counselors Obediently Preventing Substance Abuse dba C.O.P.S
• Dismas House of Kansas City, Inc.
• Healing House, Inc.
• MBSS Counseling Group, LLC
• Sheffield Place
• Sober 1
• House of Hope, Inc.
• Salvation Army
• Catholic Charities
• reStart
• St. Michael's Veterans Center
• Kansas City Rescue Mission
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? Yes
Board Chair
Board Chair Ms. Faye Johnson-Kendrick
Company Affiliation Christian Fellowship Baptist Church
Term May 2011 to May 2018
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Mr. John Brewer Retired, U.S. Marine Corps
Ms. Faye Johnson-Kendrick Christian Fellowship Baptist Church
Mr. Michael Liimatta Footprints, Inc.
Ms. Shirley Pascal Housing Counselor, Greater Kansas City Housing Information Center
Ms. Jessica Thomas Realtor, Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 4
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 1
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 2
Female 3
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 0
Board Term Limits 0
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
CEO Comments We are looking to expand our board to include additional members in the coming year.
Financials
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2018
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2018
Projected Revenue $500,000
Projected Expenses $460,000
Audit Documents
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2015, 2014, 2013: Financial data reported using the IRS Form 990.
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line item may include contributions from individuals.
Detailed Financials
 
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$143,773$133,139$150,146
Administration Expense$47,096$35,511$15,773
Fundraising Expense$0$6,206$0
Payments to Affiliates$0--$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.901.241.13
Program Expense/Total Expenses75%76%90%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%3%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$95,470$119,552$71,319
Current Assets$13,131$29,920$16,761
Long-Term Liabilities$0$42,569$0
Current Liabilities$36,633$0$35,626
Total Net Assets$58,837$76,983$35,693
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities0.36--0.47
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%36%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Organization Comments Our organization is committed to excellency, accountability and transparency. We work with the CPA firm Keller & Owens, LLC, to ensure that our financial records are maintained in an impeccable manner.
Organization Name Footprints, Inc.
Address 4501 Troost Avenue
Kansas City, MO 641101709
Primary Phone (816) 561-0567
Contact Email info@kcfootprints.org
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Michael Liimatta
Board Chair Ms. Faye Johnson-Kendrick
Board Chair Company Affiliation Christian Fellowship Baptist Church
Year of Incorporation 2001