Hillcrest Ministries, Inc. dba Hillcrest Hope

aka Hillcrest Hope   |   Liberty, MO   |  www.hillcresthope.org

Mission

Empowering the homeless and working poor to achieve personal independence through transitional housing, accountability, education and community support.

Ruling year info

1979

Executive Director

Mr. Brian Williams

Main address

PO Box 17

Liberty, MO 64069 USA

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Formerly known as

Hillcrest Transitional Housing of Clay County

EIN

43-1175750

NTEE code info

Temporary Shelter For the Homeless (L41)

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

Youth Development Programs (O50)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Hillcrest Hope primarily focuses on families and individuals who are either homeless or are in crisis and in need of homelessness prevention services. 8.1% of the population identifies as homeless in Clay County, MO. This is approximately 17,977 people and approximately 20,893 are considered below the poverty line. The average median income for a single-parent household ranges from $21,088 (for women) and $31,918 (for men). The market rate for a two-bedroom apartment is $925.00, together with food needs of 10-15% of income, childcare, transportation, utilities, insurance, and phone, our families are left with a monthly deficit of $200-$300 a month. Hillcrest Hope works to help families identify where they can save money in their monthly expenses, but also works with them to obtain higher paying employment through the Hope Essentials program. Through our Fresh Start Program, Hillcrest Hope provides rent and utility assistance to help families achieve greater financial stability.

Our programs

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

Hope Essentials - Transformational Housing and Support

Serving the homeless and working poor of Clay County by providing a transformational housing program.  Hillcrest Hope provides a 2-bedroom apartment, utilities, weekly food and basic needs to each admitted family.  In addition, Hillcrest Hope provides weekly case management, budget counseling, and life skills and community living to each of its families.  The goal at Hillcrest Hope is to serve the entire person, seeking to address the issues and concerns that brought them to Hillcrest Hope.  Hillcrest Hope offers transformational housing that equips our families with the tools they need to create a second story.

Population(s) Served
Homeless people

Through the Opportunities Program, graduates are encouraged to give back to the community through volunteering, they are encouraged to take college classes, and to come back to Hillcrest Hope for budgeting and life skills. All of their efforts are recognized and applauded by us through points given to them that can be used to assist them with rent, childcare, and pantry needs. When we launched the program, we thought we’d be lucky to have 2-3 graduates taking advantage of this program. Currently we have 19 graduates working through the Opportunities program. We’re very excited about the work our graduates are doing and that they are continually striving to improve their lives for themselves and their family.

Population(s) Served
Homeless people

Fresh StartProvides rental assistance and supportive services to families at risk of homelessness in Clay County.Provides case management, budget counseling, life skills classes and community activities to coach and teach financial literacy, employment and soft skills, coping skills, and more.Offers incentives and reimbursements to financially support families during this process.A review of the requirements:  Legal citizen and Clay County residentHouseholds served are families with children at or under the age of 18, including single parents, expectant parents, and grandparents with custody or guardianship of minor children)At least one adult in the household but have full-time employment or be actively seeking full-time employment.Annual income at or below 80% of the average median income for the KC areaMust provide proof of past due rent/mortgage or utilitiesHousing expense must be at or below fair market rate for unit sizeMust be willing to follow all program requirements as outlined in an interviewMust be clean and sober at least 30 days prior to entering program

Population(s) Served
Homeless people

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Nonprofit Connect of Greater Kansas City 2014

Missouri Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence - Member 1998

Chamber of Commerce 2014

Goals & Strategy

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Families that graduate from Hope Essentials will be living in a place of their own, working full-time and earning a sustainable income. On average families complete the program having saved $2,015 and resolving $3,457 in debt. This is a net financial improvement of $5,508 in just a few short months. In an average year we will serve 53 families, provide 37,500 meals and create a stable environment for over 60 children. In the past three years Hillcrest Hope has served 160 families, including 197 children. The total money saved and debt resolved by our families resulted in a net financial gain of $881,307. Staff has invested over 6300 hours in individual case management and community members have contributed nearly 14,000 hours to the success of our families. We have implemented a new case management software to track families' progress and developed a holistic evaluation to measure their non-financial improvements.  Our goal is for families to be personally independent. Personal Independence is defined by:Has steady, sustainable employmentHas developed coping and soft skills to navigate everyday livingCan successfully manage personal relationships with healthy-boundariesCan within their financial means have quality and affordable childcare and transportationAnd while maintaining their own household operate within the confines of a budget that includes debt reduction and savings’ accumulationsHave developed a strong support system of community resources and private acquaintances and friends.”

We achieve our goals through case management, life skills, budget counseling, mental counseling, life style changes and structure. We also achieve these goals through assisting families through their individuals goals and visions for their families' future.  The goals for case management are to set weekly and monthly goals for families to achieve weekly progress and success towards long-term goals.  Budget counseling teaches families how expenses impact future success and little expenses add up to long-term financial failure. Awareness becomes a key component in a family's long-term financial stability.  Teaching important life skills regarding healthy relationships, personal boundaries, parenting, everyday maintenance and general knowledge.

Through 40 years of experience in working with impoverished families, Hillcrest Hope has put into place several key programs to help clients achieve financial stability. Through the work of weekly case management, clients set weekly and monthly financial, family, and life goals. Families also work with their case manager to determine areas of their life that have been struggles in the past. These struggles can be financial, emotional, substance abuse, or depression/anxiety. Through the acknowledgement of these struggles, the case manager and client can identify specific goals and resources needed to address them.  With the support of the local community, Hillcrest Hope has the financial resources to hire top-quality case managers, as well as a knowledgeable and experienced Program Director. Because of funding, no case manager has more than 11 families they work with concurrently. This allows for intensive and focused case management for each family.  Through community volunteers, our families are supported through budget counseling, life skills classes, and mentoring. These crucial volunteers provided the needed extra support to strengthen families.

Financials

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Operations

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Hillcrest Ministries, Inc. dba Hillcrest Hope

Board of directors
as of 2/25/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Janelle Porter

North Kansas City Public Schools

Term: 2020 - 2021

Bob Steinkamp

Attorney, Community Volunteer

Shazzie Naseem

Berkowitz Oliver Williams Shaw & Eisenbrandt, LLP

Brad Johannes

Premier Financial Partners

Janelle Porter

North Kansas City Schools

Erin Parde

VHA, Inc

Victoria Cannon

Cerner

Stacy Menhusen

All Systems Designed Solutions

Danielle Nistendirk

Community Volunteer

Kristin Shultz

Seaport Family Dentistry

Lori Tritz

HR Fuzion LLC

Ryan Chambers

Midwest Capital Mortgage

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