Veronica's Voice

The Voice of the Sexually Exploited

aka KC-CASE   |   Kansas City, KS   |  www.veronicasvoice.org

Mission

To empower women to exit from, to prevent the entry into, and to end all demand for prostitution- sex trafficking in the United States through survivor leadership.

Notes from the nonprofit

Thank you for growing a culture of generosity and for compassion towards the most marginalized of our society. Together we create a culture where all persons can be free from commercial sexual exploitation.

Ruling year info

2007

Executive Director

Mrs. Lucy Bloom

Main address

PO Box 172472

Kansas City, KS 66117 USA

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EIN

20-3902846

NTEE code info

Victims' Services (P62)

Single Organization Support (L11)

Civil Liberties Advocacy (R60)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Since 2000, Veronica's Voice has been dedicated to the empowerment of women with a history of prostitution, addiction and homelessness, while educating lawmakers and the general public on the exploitive and violent reality of prostitution. Programs of Veronicas Voice include our residential program that provides the sanctuary needed to focus on deep healing; a social enterprise for job-skills training; a buyers education program for demand reduction; and a community-wide collaborative called KC-CASE. Volunteers engage in administrative work, mentoring of residents, working in our social enterprise, conducting outreach. Volunteer hours equaled approximately $56,000 in in-kind support to Veronica's Voice in this last year.  www.veronicasvoice.org/volunteer Together, we create a culture where all people are free from commercial sexual exploitation.

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?

Magdalene KC

Magdalene KC is a survivor-led and informed, realistic, and meaningful alternative to prostitution. Our program provides women exiting 'the life' up to two years of free transitional housing, food, and basic necessities in a supportive, non-judgmental environment. Importantly, Magdalene KC also provides participants intensive case management consisting of: Comprehensive trauma, addiction recovery, and other mental and physical health services they need as a result of their years of childhood abuse and being trafficked for sex. Education, life skills and/or job training, of which they were deprived in their underprivileged childhoods and life of commercial sexual exploitation. Our goal is to empower the women of Magdalene KC to become thriving and contributing members of their community.

Population(s) Served
Substance abusers

Veronica's Voice Social Enterprise provides job-skills training for women in the Magdalene KC program, and a solution to the multiple barriers to employment faced by Magdalene KC residents. November 2017, Veronica’s Voice launched the social enterprise by selling pies made from scratch by staff, volunteers and residents of Magdalene KC. Revenue from the pies was used to purchase supplies to manufacture body care products. Those products have generated revenue with a 2.5 return on investment, which has in turn multiplied donor dollars to provide more services.  Our vision is that women working at the Veronica’s Voice Social Enterprise would obtain paid vocational training and job placement, full and part-time management level employment. Permanent employment for graduates at Veronica’s Voice moves women out of poverty and contributes to ongoing individual recovery through financial stability and provides a sense of accomplishment and purpose.

Population(s) Served
Substance abusers

Thirdly, Kansas City Collaborative Against Sexual Exploitation (KC-CASE) launched The Big Search KC, a point in time search for missing youth, in October 2018. The Big Search KC mobilized 200 volunteers and collected 53 leads. KC-CASE also hosted a Mayor’s Leadership Summit in KCMO to engage decision makers in discussion for solutions in creating a culture where all persons are free from commercial sexual exploitation. The KC-CASE includes nonprofits dedicated to the ending of sex trafficking, educators, law enforcement, health care professionals, faith-based leaders, business leaders and representatives of elected officials.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Awards

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Average number of dollars received per donor

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Women and girls, Adults, Sex workers

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of clients who complete job skills training

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Women and girls, Victims and oppressed people, Adults

Related Program

Veronica's Voice Social Enterprise

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Magdalene KC can have up to 5 residents at a time

Number of clients participating in support groups

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Women and girls, Victims and oppressed people, Adults

Related Program

Magdalene KC

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Magdalene KC can house up to 5 women at a time.

Number of clients in residential care

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Women and girls, Victims and oppressed people, Adults

Related Program

Magdalene KC

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Magdalene KC can house up to 5 women at a time.

Number of training workshops

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Women and girls, Victims and oppressed people, Sex workers

Related Program

Magdalene KC

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of participants who gain employment

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Women and girls, Victims and oppressed people, Sex workers

Related Program

Magdalene KC

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Our recovery home can house up to 5 women at a time. One of the women who lived in the home was a full-time student on a full scholarship.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

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

By 2028, Veronica's Voice aims to be celebrating the following accomplishments: The Magdalene KC program will have expanded to 3 homes for 15 residents at a time; with graduates experiencing a 80% success rate (sober and economically independent 18 months post graduation); Veronica’s Voice Social Enterprise will be employing 10 survivors in our own store front; We will have a loyal and engaged community of support: 50 volunteers; 1,000 donors; 30 community partners; 10,000 social-media following; 50 Survivor Voices; By 2030, KC-CASE will be celebrating reducing demand for the sex-industry/commercial sexual exploitation; providing prevention and education services for 50 individuals annually.

Our strategy to grow to three homes with an 80% success rate involves steady growth of community involvement and the fidelity of the program. Veronica's Voice residential program, Magdalene KC, is modeled after Thistle Farms in Nashville, TN. Thistle Farms was selected as the model because of their high success rate. As a sister organization, we have access to updated in policies and practices. As we have followed this model, we have seen tremendous growth and healing experienced by the women in our program. We plan on a steady growth, with plans to have two homes operating in 2024, and opening our third by 2028.Our strategy to employing 10 survivors is centered around the growth of our social enterprise. Current strategies for growth include identifying opportunities for pop-up events, distribution sites, the development of an online store, and partnership with space that would allow us to host our own sales events. Equally important is the development of a strong client base who are socially aware and proud to be part of our cause. Our goals include providing an apprenticeship program to 5 women by 2022, and hiring 10 women for part-time and full-time employment in our own shop by 2028. Engaging the support of the community is the backbone of our efforts. Our current strategy involves the development of a highly effective process for on-board and retention of volunteers.

Survivor leadership is at the core of our cultural competency. We have survivors of commercial sexual exploitation on staff, on our Board, and serving as peer mentors. Our services are specialized for assisting women with the trauma experienced through commercial sexual exploitation. This is a two-year, rent-free residential program that is also providing a matched savings program. Veronica’s Voice Magdalene KC program is replicating a proven model, Thistle Farms, based in Nashville, TN. Thistle Farms has 20 years of experience in residential programming for women who have experienced prostitution, addiction and homelessness. Thistle Farms has an 80% success rate (graduates sober and economically independent 18 months past graduation).  Our staff, volunteers and community partners ensure Veronica's Voice capacity to provide and expand the services that we offer. Staff: Kristy Childs, Founding Director Veronica’s Voice: President and Director of our social enterprise "a Just Cause", 21 years experience in community-based, nonprofit leadership, outreach, advocacy, national expert, influencer of federal and state legislation, pioneer of specialized services for survivors of commercial sexual exploitation in this part of the country and of a local johns school focused on restorative justice, provided leadership for a prostitution diversion program serving 80 women, provided services to over 800 women through the Veronica’s Voice Safe Center, founder and current Program Advisor of the Magdalene KC program, leader of the Veronica’s Voice Social Enterprise.  Lucy Bloom, Bachelors of Science Psychology: Executive Director, 20 years experience in community-based, nonprofit leadership, 5 years in government as State Director of Faith-based Community Initiatives standing up a statewide human trafficking initiative and working on legislation to provide services for minors who are victims of commercial sexual exploitation, Board member of Veronica’s Voice in 2015, member of National Survivor Network, national speaker.  Volunteers: Veronica's Voice volunteers provide over 10,000 hours of service annually. Our volunteers provide a diverse array of services through our residential program, our social enterprise, and in other areas of the organization.  Community Partners: Veronica's Voice has established partnership with the following organizations: Mirrors Inc., RADAC, KC Care Clinic, Wyandotte Behavioral Health, Swope Health Services, Hope Faith Ministries, Harvesters, Habitat for Humanity, Keeler Women's Center, Workforce Partnership, Adelante Thrift, and Sam's Club. Veronica's Voice is in the early stages of partnership with Weave Got'cha Covered. The Executive Director of Veronica's Voice also leads the KC Collaboration Against Sexual Exploitation which is a collaborative effort including the following agencies: Avenue of Life, Children's Mercy, Morris Nelson and Associates, Missouri Missing.

Veronica's Voice is thrilled to be celebrating the two year anniversary of the opening of our residential program, Magdalene KC. We are thrilled to celebrate maintained sobriety of 93% of women during the time in our residential services. The women served have accessed medical care, mental health treatment, addiction recovery services, job-skills training, life skills training, financial literacy, computer training, art therapy, healthy relationship training and intensive case coordination. We look forward to welcoming more women into the home in 2019.

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 shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Veronica’s Voice uses the national standard to define low income: those earning less than twice the federal poverty line ($12,760). 100% of residents are living below the federal poverty line when they enter our program. 100% qualify for food stamps, have experienced homelessness and/or incarceration, and have been unable to maintain steady employment. 100% of the women who call our recovery program, Magdalene KC, home have co-occurring mental health and addiction issues.

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

    Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Case management notes, Suggestion box/email,

  • 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,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We are strengthening the integration of our educational classes with our case management, strengthening the coordination of team members working with clients.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff,

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

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

Financials

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Veronica's Voice

Board of directors
as of 8/24/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mrs. Jessica Hubbard

Nerium

Term: 2015 - 2020

Kristy Childs

Founding Director Veronica’s Voice, Inc.

Pete Muenks

Retired

Jacqueline Lea

ATT

Jessica Parle-Hubbard

Nerium

Steve Hontz

Ace Pipe

Julie Smith

Shelter KC

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? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • 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? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 04/21/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Native American/American Indian/Indigenous
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 04/21/2021

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Data
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
Policies and processes
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.