Shelter KC: A Kansas City Rescue Mission

There is Hope for all Who Enter Here.

Kansas City, MO   |  www.shelterkc.org

Mission

Shelter KC is a Christ-centered community, offering freedom and hope to the poor and homeless, empowering them to reach their full potential.

Ruling year info

1963

Executive Director

Eric Burger

Main address

1520 Cherry Street

Kansas City, MO 64108 USA

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Formerly known as

Kansas City Rescue Mission

EIN

43-1287029

NTEE code info

Temporary Shelter For the Homeless (L41)

Homeless Services/Centers (P85)

Housing Search Assistance (L30)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty currently estimates that each year at least 2.5 to 3.5 million Americans sleep in shelters, transitional housing, and public places not meant for human habitation. The most recent Conference of Mayors Report found that the top four causes of homelessness among unaccompanied individuals were (1) lack of affordable housing, (2) unemployment, (3) poverty, (4) mental illness and the lack of needed services, and (5) substance abuse and the lack of needed services. Shelter KC: A Kansas City Rescue Mission provides comprehensive programs offering immediate relief and long-term assistance to homeless men and women seeking recovery and re-entry into the community. Today, Shelter KC provides 62 overnight beds for homeless men, 40 residential beds for men in addiction recovery, and 20 residential beds and comprehensive services for single homeless women with co-occurring disorders like addiction and mental illness.

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?

Emergency Food and Shelter

Shelter KC offers relief services to the poor and homeless of Kansas City, providing clean, safe shelter and nutritious, satisfying meals in a warm and friendly environment. Last year alone, Shelter KC served 1,713 unduplicated homeless individuals, providing approximately 42,421 nights of shelter and 87,326 meals! We distributed 16,775 articles of clothing and provided case management during 4,689 sessions.Many of our overnight guests come to Shelter KC for a simple meal or bed for the night. Often, once their hunger and need for safety have been satisfied, they will consider joining Shelter KC's free resident recovery programs, which assist them to overcome addiction and other obstacles toward permanent housing and careers.

Population(s) Served
Homeless people
Adults

Homeless individuals can apply to Shelter KC's resident recovery programs at our Men’s Center and Women’s Center. Each program includes daily life-skills classes, counseling, education, job training, case management, referrals and community service opportunities. Shelter KC's Men’s Center’s C-COR program has two components: graduates of the initial six-month recovery component can opt to return to independent living, or join our resident transitional living component where they can stay up to 24 months completing schooling and establishing careers. Graduates who do not enter the workforce or school may stay six months while applying for disability and obtaining housing. The Women's Center provides a Bible-based resident case management and recovery program for up to 20 women. Clients stay until they have achieved the following goals: a network of support, sustainable mental health treatment plan, addiction recovery, regular income, productive work (paid or volunteer) and appropriate housing.

Population(s) Served
Homeless people
Adults

Shelter KC's case managers at the Men's Center
meet with homeless clients to assist with employment, legal issues, housing, travel, healthcare, mental health, disability applications, obtaining ID and immigration documents and overcoming substance abuse.  At our Women's Center, case managers work with the center's clinical team to ensure women build networks of support that complement therapy. Each woman meets at least weekly with her case manager. Shelter KC's Men's Center case managers maintain Shelter Launch, a program for homeless men who are working on overcoming homelessness for any number of reasons. Shelter Launch members have a reserved bed in our emergency dorm, so they can get the rest and meals they need no matter what hours they work. The Mission also provides a follow up case manager to assist men with moving out and to follow up on past clients' progress.

Population(s) Served
Homeless people
Adults

The Learning Center offers men and women in our recovery programs life skills, job-readiness, computer literacy, GED preparation, a high-school program and more. Residents are Adult Basic Education-tested upon intake. This program is fully implemented at our Men’s Center and at the Women’s Center Education and Fitness Center, which opened in January 2018. The Learning Center also provides limited assistance to emergency shelter guests at the Men’s Center, offering computer literacy and resume building and allowing men to complete online job applications and access email.

Population(s) Served
Homeless people
Adults

Where we work

Accreditations

Association of Gospel Rescue Missions 2010

Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance 2016

Charity Navigator 2014

Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) 2013

Citygate Network Accreditation - Excellence Level 2022

Awards

Affiliations & memberships

Evangelical Council of Financial Accountability - Member 2013

Chamber of Commerce 2015

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Number of people using homeless shelters per week

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Emergency Food and Shelter

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Shelter KC continues to provide emergency food and shelter, but now targets services to homeless people committed to overcoming barriers to independence (addiction, unemployment, mental health,etc.)

Average number of service recipients per month

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Emergency Food and Shelter

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

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.

Shelter KC provides more than 90,000 meals and 43,000 shelter nights to homeless men, yearly. The shelter is considered one of the safest shelters in Kansas City. Our goal is to treat all individuals with dignity, while offering short-term emergency shelter and long-term recovery programs.

Shelter KC offers homeless men two weeks of emergency shelter. After that time, they are encouraged to join the Shelter Launch Program. This program connects shelter guests with a life coach and the resources they need to obtain independent housing: financial, legal and spiritual direction; healthcare, career and addiction recovery support; and housing resources.

Our Christian Community of Recovery Program is for men with drug and/or alcohol addictions. Today, many men have completed the program and are clean, sober, reunited with families and employed in a career.

Through our Women's Center's Sisters of Recovery Program homeless women (many victims of sexual assault and trafficking) with mental issues and addictions are able to overcome obstacles that prevent them from living lives characterized by independence and fulfillment.

Shelter KC's goal is to help homeless men and women acquire the means to be happy, healthy contributors to this community .

Shelter KC provides more than 90,000 meals and 43,000 shelter nights to homeless men, yearly. The shelter is considered one of the safest shelters in Kansas City. Our promise is to treat all individuals with dignity. Led by licensed counselors and case workers, Shelter KC offers men short-term emergency shelter and long-term recovery programs.

Our innovative Steps Toward Success program is for men who are homeless but working full-time jobs and need help saving money and securing stable housing. The program lasts from 30-90 days, while the men meet with case management and begin saving money for rent and utility deposits. The program allows the men to work first, second, or third shifts.

Our long-term recovery program is for men with drug and/or alcohol addictions. Today, many men have completed the program and are clean, sober and employed in a career.

In 2009 and 2010, Shelter KC conducted surveys involving 27 local social service agencies to confirm the critical gap in services for single, homeless women in Kansas City. The studies also revealed that most suffered with co-occurring disorders, such as addiction and mental illness.

In response, Shelter KC’s Women’s Center opened in 2013. The 20-bed residential facility is designed for single, homeless women working to overcome barriers to stability and success. Today, the Women’s Center is leading women through the premium trauma program in Kansas City and watching transformation occur daily.

Educational services are an integral part of every man and woman’s recovery plan at Shelter KC. Our staff provides individualized support that promotes accountability and growth. Clients are assisted in obtaining their high school diplomas through the Shelter KC Academy. We assist our residents by helping them enroll in college, trade and/or technical schools. We work with several professional partners who help our clients achieve their professional goals.

Shelter KC (formerly named Kansas City Rescue Mission) has been serving the homeless in Kansas City for 72 years. Jarrette Aycock, a former alcoholic who received life-changing help through a Los Angeles rescue mission, founded the Mission in 1950. Shelter KC has since grown from a mission outpost to an organization with comprehensive programs offering immediate relief and long-term assistance to homeless men seeking recovery and re-entry into the community. Today, Shelter KC provides 62 overnight beds for homeless men, 40 residential beds for men in addiction recovery, and 20 residential beds and comprehensive services for single homeless women with co-occurring disorders like addiction and mental illness.

Since 1950, Shelter KC (formerly Kansas City Rescue Mission) has provided hope for all who have entered its doors. Continuing to serve since the CoVid-19 pandemic this year has presented many challenges, but also paved the way for re-evaluating and improving established norms. New Executive Director Eric Burger has lead the Mission in undergoing multiple re-alignments that are foundational to its sustainability and ability to help men and women who are homeless find victory over substance abuse, poverty and other challenges that left them unable to find their way to independence and fulfillment.

Financials

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Shelter KC: A Kansas City Rescue Mission

Board of directors
as of 09/06/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Jeran Rowell

Nazerene Theological Seminary

Term: 2018 - 2023

Jeren Rowell

Nazarene Theological Seminary

Terri Bachtel

CPA with Keller and Owen

Tim Dykman

Self-Employed

Eddie Estep

Kansas City District, Church of the Nazarene

Jesse Middendorf

Retired

Jenee Yarborough

First Church of the Nazarene

Tabita Gonzales

Church of the Nazarene

Eric Godroy

University Health Behavioral Health

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? Not applicable
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • 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? Not applicable
  • 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? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 8/17/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 09/06/2022

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Data
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
Policies and processes
  • 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.