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Metropolitan Lutheran Ministry dba Metro Lutheran Ministry

Kansas City, MO   |  www.mlmkc.org

Mission

With abiding faith in the intrinsic value of all God's children, Metro Lutheran Ministry connects those in need with food, housing, health care, education, employment services and other resources in order to nurture greater hope, health, opportunity and peace.

Ruling year info

1975

Principal Officer

Mr. Scott Cooper

Main address

3031 Holmes

Kansas City, MO 64109 USA

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Formerly known as

Metro Lutheran Ministry

Metropolitan Lutheran Ministry

EIN

43-0970991

NTEE code info

Emergency Assistance (Food, Clothing, Cash) (P60)

Employment Procurement Assistance and Job Training (J20)

Temporary Shelter For the Homeless (L41)

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Programs and results

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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?

Rapid Rehousing

MLM’s Rapid Re-Housing is an intervention informed by a Housing First approach; offering permanent, affordable housing as quickly as possible through a tailored package of assistance. Case managers work with individuals and families to obtain affordable housing through services that include ensuring housing security, adequate income, and food security. Participants may receive up to 24 months of rental assistance alongside necessary optional supportive services; each household requires an average of six to twelve months of rental assistance and supportive services.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people
Victims and oppressed people

MLM food programs connect those in need with food and other resources to nurture greater hope, health, opportunity, and peace. Food programs support individuals and families so they can use their limited finances to cover other critical expenses. MLM operates three choice food pantries in Jackson, Clay, and Wyandotte counties and a mobile food pantry to distribute fresh produce. MLM's Senior Commodity Distribution program assists seniors with basic nutritional commodities each month. The Saturday Breakfast Ministry provides a free hot breakfast every week in midtown Kansas City, MO. The Sack Lunch program provides free lunches at MLM’s midtown location, and the KCK and Northland sites as supplies are available, to anyone who is hungry. MLM distributes weekly backpacks filled with nutritious, child-friendly food for neighborhood school children. The MLM urban orchard and community gardens provides free produce to neighbors from over 80 fruit trees and 36 garden beds in two locations.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

The Minor Home Repair (MHR) Program began in 1971 as one of MLM’s original flagship outreach services. MHR supports “aging in place” or independent living for low-income seniors or persons with disabilities by providing home repair services to increase the safety and security of homes. All direct services are provided by a repair team of staff, volunteers, corporate and church service groups who spend time each week doing safety and security repairs. Our volunteers are an integral part of making MHR funds stretch further, allowing us to assist more homeowners. Contracted repairs are scheduled and completed depending on contractor availability and complexity of the repairs.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

MLM’s Financial Opportunity Center (FOC) works to move families toward financial stability. The FOC offers seamless services to help individuals and families achieve financial stability, improve financial literacy, and achieve long-term financial success. In partnership with Greater Kansas City Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), MLM’s FOC site in Kansas City provides integrated financial coaching, career guidance, and income support services. Services are offered over an 18-month period, with up to five years of follow-up support.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

MLM operates permanent supportive housing in Missouri and Kansas to care for chronically homeless, disabled, and mentally ill individuals. In addition to receiving a safe, fully furnished apartment with utilities, MLM tenants have access to a number of individualized supports in the areas of physical and mental health, socialization, alcohol and smoking cessation, and healthy living. Grace Homes serves 23 chronically mentally-ill/ chronically homeless individuals. A full-time case manager meets and communicates with MLM’s program partners to ensure that each tenant has the opportunity to achieve his or her health and wellness goals.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

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Awards

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.
  • 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, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

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

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, 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 look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), 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?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time, It is hard to come up with good questions to ask people

Financials

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Metropolitan Lutheran Ministry dba Metro Lutheran Ministry

Board of directors
as of 07/05/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. David Anderson

KBS Constructors

Term: 2022 - 2021

Melissa Campbell

American Century Investments

David Anderson

KBS Constructors

J. Doug Clopton

University of Kansas

Kathryn Fuger

UMKC

Erik Olson

Gear for Sports

Travis Schram

Grata Development

Phil Kernen

Mitchell Capital Management

Robert Long

Economic Development Corp.

Stephen Barbee

Consultant

Tanya Sargeon

American Century Investments

Leslie Dickerson

Augeo

Tracy Kaufman

NeuNet Consultants

Angela Morehead

Preserving US

Mark Gash

Summit Pointe

Clarence Nichols

Consultant

Timothy Howard

Cogent Companies

Kelly Brende

Attorney at Law

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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 7/5/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

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

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 07/05/2022

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.