Carry the Cross Ministries

Love. Serve. Restore.

Kansas City, KS   |  http://www.carrythecross.org

Mission

The first part of our mission is to provide homeless families and youth aging out of foster care in Kansas City with hope, restoration and an opportunity to have a fresh start. In the Firehouse, we have two apartments for use for families or individuals in these situations.  Secondly, we want to reach out to the people in our community. In order to do this, we spend time outside playing with the children, working in our gardens, building relationships, offering programs and looking for opportunities to serve and meet the needs of the families in our neighborhood.  Finally, our hope is to open On Eagle's Wings Farm, where we will provide housing, support, counsel, care, and a loving Christ centered family environment to foster, orphaned, at-risk children, and their families.

Ruling year info

2006

Co-Founder/Executive Director

Jason Neland

Co-Founder/Director

Mrs. Courtney Neland

Main address

5517 Freeman Avenue

Kansas City, KS 66102 USA

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EIN

20-1177100

NTEE code info

Family Services (P40)

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

Foster Care (P32)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

This year alone over 22,000 children will be traumatically separated from their families and placed in the foster care system in Kansas and Missouri. Tragically, 66% of them will be homeless, go to jail or die within one year of aging out of the foster care system at age 18. The statistics are shocking: - The number of children in foster care in Kansas has doubled in the past ten years. - 40-50% of foster children will drop out of high school - 80% of the prison population was once in the foster care system - In Wyandotte County alone in 2018 - Almost 700 foster children were needing beds and less than 200 beds were available In our city there is also a major problem with poverty, drug use and violence. A majority of the families that we have worked with in our community have or are experiencing struggles with one or all of these issues. Those three are also the top reasons that families lose their children to the foster care system.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Children and Youth Enrichment

Children and Youth Enrichment:

Illumin8: Illumin8 is a weekly gathering for children and youth of our neighborhood. We have round table dinners, games, homework support, prayer and bible study time for those who want to participate.

ExploreKC: A group of youth and young adults will go out once per quarter and explore a cultural spot in and around KC.Back To Nature: Groups of youth and young adults will go out and explore different nature areas around KC once a month, at least one camping/road trip per year will taken.

MissionGo: Connections will be made with local organizations to provide an avenue for inner city youth to be able to go on a mission trip somewhere in the world once per year, most probably during the summer.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

Our goal is to find and serve families and youth aging out of foster care in the Kansas City metro area who are either homeless or needing a fresh start in life. We will provide shelter, counseling, and support physically, mentally and spiritually for individuals and families that stay at The Firehouse.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

Our goal is to make connections within our community, especially on our street and neighborhood, in order to search out and meet needs whether they be physical, emotional or spiritual.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

For the past fourteen years, Carry The Cross Ministries has been working to meet the needs of children and families in urban Kansas City, KS, by way of short-term housing, neighborhood-based outreach programs and through connections with local schools and programs. We will continue to operate The Firehouse and it's programs in the heart of the city. The same programs in place now will be carried on after the transition. This building will also be turning into a transitional home for youth aging out of foster care especially those that have been through our new branch of ministry that we hope to open soon called On Eagle's Wings Farm.

This new ministry will give children who are orphaned, at-risk, or in foster care an opportunity to have a safe, stable and loving family to call home. On Eagle’s Wings Farm will be a place where families that have been broken or stained by the craziness of life will come to find hope and restoration. On the farm, children and families will be able to experience:

Shelter
On Eagles Wings Farm will be a place of refuge and hope for children who are enduring hardships in life. We will provide a place where children can come and visit or live in a Christ-centered family environment where they will be surrounded by love, encouragement, family counseling and Christian morals and principals. Children who come to stay for long or short term will have full interaction with the farm environment, where they will learn how to care for and ride horses, plant and reap at harvest time, devise ways to harness energy, acquire life and business skills and produce their own products to sell at the market.

Leadership and Skills Training
Children and youth will be encouraged in their talents, whether it is in sports, music, dance, or whatever talent or skill they find joy in. They will be given daily tasks that will prepare them for the world, such as cooking, cleaning, engineering, taking care of siblings and solving daily problems. But, most importantly, grace, hope and love will be consistently modeled and poured into their lives, through living together in a cohesive family structure.

Mentor Program
All of our children will be connected, one on one, with a trained volunteer mentor from within our community. Our mentors will build positive and encouraging relationships with our children, through on and off-site interactions.

Building Bridges Through Relationships
One of our main strengths the farm will be able to offer is a space for parents, children and counselors/therapists to meet that will encourage hope, restoration, renewal and healing. Instead of merely sitting in an eight by eight room, staring at the walls, wondering what to say to each other during visits, families and counselors will have numerous opportunities to participate in all aspects of the outdoor and farm life.

Refuge: a condition of being safe or sheltered from pursuit, danger, or trouble

Our goal, for each child who comes to stay, is to be able to find a safe place, where they can feel love and grace, no matter who they are, where they come from, or what their situation is. Being in a classroom for over ten years has shown us the importance of a child feeling safe in their environment and how that relates to how successful they are in whatever they are trying to accomplish.

Restoration: The biblical meaning of the word "restoration" is to receive back more than has been lost to the point where the final state is greater than the original condition. The main point is that someone or something is improved beyond measure. A restoring to an unimpaired or improved condition

Our goal for each child who comes to stay is that no matter how hopeless or broken they feel their life has been, that through the healing power of God’s love and grace, they can be not only brought back to a point where they feel life is worth living again. But, that they can find a new freedom to be exactly who they were created to be, living with the purpose of bringing glory to God, and finding ways within their families and in the world to use the gifts He has given them.

We will also strive to restore the trail of broken relationships that usually accompany our children that come to stay with us. Whether it be with parents, siblings, or relatives, we will work fervently with them and their families, not only through counseling, but also through interacting and bonding time out on the farm and within the homes.

Renewal: the replacing or repair of something that is worn out, run-down, or broken. to become new or as new, to begin again

Our goal for each child who comes to stay is that they and their families would be able to be given a fresh new start on life. Past brokenness will be addressed through many different facets of counseling and therapy, and all involved will feel a sense of starting over. Our hope will be that everyone will learn from the the past, being careful not to dwell on it. But, looking forward to what the future holds as they find healing through their time at the farm. The renewal and restoration processes will go hand in hand together. Children and their families will grow abundantly together and will be able to share their experiences and help others overcome as well.

Reintegration: to integrate again into an entity :restore to unity

One of our top priorities for each child that comes to stay is that they would be united, back together, with the family they have been separated from, with a new sense of hope.

For the past 14 years, our organization has been working side by side with children, youth, young adults and families in trauma and crisis situations, providing them with the love, hope and skills that they need to overcome the challenges that they face in the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual world. We will continue to utilize the training, skills, and knowledge that we have encompassed over this time and will apply it to our new phase of outreach, giving children and their families the best possible chance to overcome their struggles and find success in their lives.

CTC formed in 2005 out of a desire to help individuals and families suffering from homelessness. Shortly after formation, The Firehouse, a fourplex in the heart of Kansas City, KS, was purchased in order to begin serving homeless families as well as urban families and children in need in our neighborhood. The Firehouse sits on a cul-de-sac in KCK where there is a long history of gangs, drugs, prostitution and broken families. Almost immediately after opening, our housing and community resources were put to use. We have had the opportunity to provide housing for over 20 different families since 2005 and see much improvement come to the neighborhood.

Partnering with local churches and organizations has allowed us to provide numerous types of outreach and event activities that have helped us to build relationships within our community. Those relationships have turned into weekly programs such as Friday Night Fires and Illumin8 where meals are served and those relationships are nurtured. Several years ago a large shed was also donated, which has been used as a clothing and food pantry. This has enabled us to be able to meet many supplemental and emergency needs of those staying in the Firehouse and also from the neighborhood.

As the years progressed, it was decided to explore urban farming. A pen was built on the back of our land for animals, which has housed goats, chickens, rabbits and dogs. Much of our grass was plowed up in order to form three large garden plots that have been made available to our neighbors. Everyone young and old has found joy in feeding the animals, digging in the dirt, enjoying the bounty at harvest time and flying in the air on one of several tire or tree swings that were put up on the land.

By far one of the greatest highlights along our journey has been running a mentoring program for young men who were in trouble with the l. The young men were brought out to a farm each week to learn how to ride, care for horses and how to do work around the farm. It was amazing how well the youth responded to this new environment that they were in and the responsibilities that they were given. This is around the time when the dream of having our own farm began to take shape.

Through all of our many connection points within the community we began to see a huge need within the at-risk and foster child areas. We started to brainstorm and dream about the concept of a farm where youth from these walks of life could come and not only visit and interact with the farm environment but also stay and live in a loving, Christian family community environment supported by and encouraged by the local body of believers and the church.

We have since visited many different farms and homes and networked with those that are already living out our dream. We have come alongside several of them and have learned what has worked for them and what hasn’t. Through this process we have birthed the plan for On Eagle’s Wings, a farm for family restoration!

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Case management notes, Community meetings/Town halls,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Carry the Cross Ministries

Board of directors
as of 11/3/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Justin Hoskins

Comers Children's Hospital

Steve Reed

Daybreak International

Scott Walden

Cobb Refrigeration

Joe Graham

Principal of John Fiske Elementary

Justin Hoskins

Comer Children's Hospital

Mary Cobb

Cobb Refrigeration

Allison Murphy

Grinnell State Bank

Justin Powell

DST Systems

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/25/2020

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data