The Community Partnership

aka TCP   |   Rolla, MO   |


The mission of The Community Partnership is to support the development of healthy and thriving communities by promoting awareness of needs, creating and implementing services and partnerships to help meet those needs, and encouraging individual responsibility.

Ruling year info


Executive Director

Jean Darnell

Main address

1101 Hauck Dr

Rolla, MO 65401 USA

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Formerly known as

Phelps County Community Partnership



NTEE code info

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

Developmentally Disabled Services/Centers (P82)

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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?

Youth Development

This program works with pregnant and parenting teens and older foster youth.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth

To ensure young children are ready socially, emotionally, physically and intellectually to enter school.

Population(s) Served
Infants and toddlers

To provide support, resources and equipment for families with children birth to 12 years who have developmental disabilities.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities

Home Visiting provides intensive services for pregnant and parenting families with a child under the age of 3. The program provides parent support and education to increase the school readiness of children in nine counties.

Population(s) Served
Low-income people
Children and youth

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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 clients served

This metric is no longer tracked.
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Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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

We have several programs under The Community Partnership. The goals of some are outlined here:
The goal of Youth Development (YD) is to improve outcomes for our community by developing services and coordinating efforts and by working with youth who are underserved or who face challenges by helping them find the support, skills, and resources they need to become successful and independent adults.

The goal of the Independent Living Program is to provide older youth (14-21) who are living in State foster care with the skills and tools necessary to be successful, independent adults upon leaving care.

The goal of PLUS 1 is to provide training, education, and mentored support to pregnant and parenting youth to help them be better parents and economically self-sufficient.

The Goal of the Early Childhood is to assure that young children are in high quality learning environments that consider both the care and educational needs of young children.

The Goal of Capable Kids and Families is to increase the developmental progress of children with disabilities and reduce the stress and isolation of their families

The goal of Friendship Circles is to facilitate the development of friendships among children with disabilities and their peers through the provision of Friendship Circles in Phelps County schools

The goal of PEAK is to increase participation of children with disabilities in Physical Education through the loan of adaptive PE equipment to schools in Phelps County

The goal of Home Visiting is to increase parenting skills and support development leading to school readiness

The strategies that The Community Partnership uses to meet the program goals are (1) To provide "best practice" services that honor every persons dignity and worth, (2) Employ and support staff who value excellence, continual learning, and the dignity and honor of every person, (3) Create opportunities for awareness and engage the community in active participation and decision making. The tools used include the use of advisory councils for all programs, advocacy, barrier removal, home visits, networking, resource referrals, resources to encourage positive choices and goal setting, support services and opportunities (mentoring), training and education and educational assessment and planning.

Since 1996 The Community Partnership (TCP) has worked with citizens and organizations to match public and private funding, resources, and programs in south central Missouri. TCP was formed in 1996 as a Caring Communities initiative, part of Missouri's systems reform initiative to achieve core results through partnerships between state agencies and local communities. TCP became a 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit organization in 1997. At that time annual revenue was $75,000 with limited service in only one county. Today TCP operates a $1.5 million budget that serves six counties annually.

The Community Partnership programs include: the Chafee Independent Living Program that assists youth aging out of the Missouri foster care system; the Early Childhood program to educate and support child care providers; Capable Kids and Families, a program for children with developmental disabilities and their families; the PLUS 1 program for pregnant and parenting youth and the Home Visiting program for families in need of parenting education and support.

The Community Partnership measures organizational progress and success through several different evaluations (1) Pre and Post Testing (2) Measurable Data (3) Life Skills Assessments (4) Piers-Harris Children's Self Concept Scales (5) Dashboards. The Board of Directors annually reviews progress made toward the measurements set out under the dashboard goals and objectives.

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?

    Families of children with disabilities Pregnant and parenting teens and young adults Foster youth who are aging out of the system Child care providers and the children in their care Families referred due to concerns about parenting skills

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

    SMS text surveys, Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Case management notes, Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees,

  • 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 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,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We changed the incentives provided for the completion of participant goals in response to needs identified by participants.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our funders,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    Program participants feel they have an active voice in the services they receive.

  • 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,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, 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,


The Community Partnership

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The Community Partnership

Board of directors
as of 1/18/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Dan Hier

Retired Physician

Term: 2022 - 2024

Tom Manion

Bloomsdale Excavating Company, Inc, Vice President--Retired

John Denbo

Phelps County Regional Medical Center, CEO--Retired

John Butz

Rolla City Administrator

Jean Darnell

The Community Partnership, Executive Director

Tom Thomas

Thomas, Birdsong, Mills & McBride PC, Attorney--Retired

Michael Brooks

St Patrick's Catholic Church & School, Principal--Retired

Wendy Young

Phelps County Bank, Sr Vice President and Director of Marketing

William (Bill) Morgan


Jeff Cawlfield

Vice Provost, Missouri University School of Science & Technology

Daniel Hier

Community Member

Laura Brown

Rolla Public Schools, Director of Early Childhood

Mark Calvert

Associate Circuit Judge--Phelps County

Katie Croker

Phelps County Family Crisis Service--Attorney

Ernie Kost

First State Community Bank--President

Elissa Jennison

Benton Square S and S Owner

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? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 12/8/2021,

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


The organization's leader identifies as:

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

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