Kaleidoscope Community Services Inc

Endless Possibilities

aka KCS Land & Home   |   Hayden, ID   |  www.kaleidoscopecs.org


Kaleidoscope Community Services acts a a catalyst for the betterment of the local community by connecting community needs and resources. We offer the following services: the 2nd Street Commons (2SC) is a place for our homeless and under-served population that offers free breakfast six days a week, sack lunces and a place to come in out of inclimate weather. Our "Friends Helping Friends" program offers resources (hygiene products, clothing, tents and camping gear), mentoring, support groups and connection to other services Friends Helping Friends has a benevolence fund for urgent expenses. We also have a job training program called KCS Land & Home. We are able to offer the use of the 2nd Street Commons to other local agencies and non-profits to hold community and group meetings.

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Executive Director

Gar Mickelson

Main address

Po Box 3555

Hayden, ID 83835 USA

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Human Service Organizations (P20)

Community Improvement, Capacity Building N.E.C. (S99)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Kaleidoscope Community Services is working on multiple levels with numerous organizations to address urgent needs and remedies related to poverty and homelessness in our community.
In our county of around 150,000, nearly 30% of the population lives at, below, or near the poverty line. This means over 46,000 people are seeking some kind of assistance, either public or private. Roughly ¼ of those (11,500) are kids under the age of 18. The majority are the working poor with many experiencing episodic homelessness. The volume of this need is felt across community systems including health and welfare, law enforcement, education, children's services, and faith-based service systems, as well as business and commerce.
As poverty numbers continue to rise, the challenges we face include serving a statistically increasing constituency with dwindling resources, effectively working with other organizations that historically have preferred working independently, and trying to develop new strategies

Our programs

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

2nd Street Commons

The end of December 2017 marked 47 months of operation for 2nd Street Commons. Volunteers through Kaleidoscope Community Services (KCS) and its collaborative partners team up to provide crucial services to those in need in our local community. Volunteers using the 2nd Street Commons (2SC) venue had over 6000 ‘points of contact’ with guests who received some type of service, whether it was a meal, a practical resource (clothes, camping gear, etc.), or relational encounter with a volunteer. The 2SC venue continues to be the meeting place for a variety of groups, their mission being bringing respite and hope to the poor, homeless, lonely, and drug/alcohol addicted.
Volunteers from one of our collaborative partners, called 2nd Chance Discipleship (2CD), arrive at 2SC at 5:30AM Monday through Saturday to open the building to our local homeless community. 2CD volunteers serve coffee and breakfast, conduct Bible discussions (not mandatory), and distribute resources as needed, until 8:00AM each morning. The efforts of these thoughtful, kind, and generous people combined for over 2000 hours of volunteer service during 2017 alone.
From 8:00AM until 12:00PM Monday through Friday, KCS volunteers and staff members, working with other collaborative partners, interact with guests helping them to connect with local resources and distributing resources as needed. During these times guests are able to utilize the venue to get out of the weather, use the phone, use the computers, catch a shower, read, and engage in positive relationship building. The combined efforts of these volunteers totaled over 3000 volunteer hours in 2017.
During the evening hours and on Sundays, the 2SC venue is used by various groups for community organizational meetings related to homelessness and poverty, recovery meetings, church meetings, Bible studies, home groups, and support groups.

Population(s) Served

Through our "Friends Helping Friends" program Kaleidoscope Community Services (KCS) provides financial help to many who are in crisis We provide motel rooms in the winter, car repairs, identification cards, utility bills, food, housing rent, prescription medications, dental work, and more.
KCS helps individuals and groups interested in assisting the poor by training them how to collaboratively connect to other groups serving those of meager means in our community, how to serve in ways that promote missional unity in the Church; how to provide support to one another; and how to grow deeper in their faith through the crucible of serving.

Population(s) Served

KCS desires to provide stabilizing employment services for those currently experiencing homelessness while also serving those who cannot afford needed land and home services.
Employees receive needed resources such as food, work clothing, and connection to housing opportunities, as well as case management services to help them sort through issues related to their homelessness. Employees also receive job training related to safety, job site ethics, and skills training related to land and home services.
Customers such as Seniors, Veterans, Handicapped persons, and single parent households receive land and home services pro bono which they previously did not have access to for financial reasons. KCS Land and Home also provides services to paying customers with all profits going back into the nonprofit to help pay for work training program.

Population(s) Served

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Goals & Strategy

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Kaleidoscope Community Services desires to become a helpful and reliable catalyst for change in our local community while continuing to offer a variety of services on a daily basis to persons experiencing poverty and/or homelessness in our community, and while continuing to network with our growing list of collaborative partners. We will do this in the following ways:
• We will continue to connect community resources with urgent community needs. Through our venue, the '2nd Street Commons' in downtown Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, we will continue to serve those in need 7 days a week with a variety of meetings, services, and resources, with our own staff and numerous collaborative groups and individuals.
• We will continue to host and attend community networking meetings where multiple collaborative partner organizations learn about each other's work and how we can assist one another to better serve our clients.
• We will continue to host public education and awareness meetings related to poverty and homelessness across Kootenai County.
• We will continue to facilitate the 'Task Force on Homeless Solutions' whose purpose and mission is to develop and initiate practical and sustainable solutions for problems inherent to persons experiencing homelessness in Kootenai County by creating and implementing an integrated county wide strategy to provide sustainable pathways for people desiring to emerge from their current state of homelessness.
• We will continue to work among area churches with the hope of establishing a working collaborative network of volunteers and private financial resources to serve the broken and poor of our community.
• We will continue as an organization to champion the causes of those experiencing poverty and homelessness in our community.

Kaleidoscope Community Services will use a multi-faceted approach to implementing strategies to achieve our goals.
1. KCS will continue to fund the 2nd Street Commons venue.
2. KCS will continue to fund current staff (Executive Director, Administrative Director, Certified Peer Support Specialist), and will plan to add additional staff for key positions as funds become available.
3. KCS will host poverty and homelessness education and awareness meetings across the county.
4. KCS Executive Director will research what other communities are doing to alleviate poverty and homelessness, and will convene smaller, private meetings with community leaders in government, business, and faith-community, bringing awareness to issues related to poverty and homelessness.
5. KCS will actively pursue county recognition of the 'Task Force on Homeless Solutions' as a body of concerned citizens pursuing solutions to local poverty and homelessness.
6. KCS will host fund-raising events and pursue appropriate grant opportunities to raise necessary funds for operations, events, and assistance for urgent needs.

KCS currently employs and Executive Director, an Administrative Director, and a Certified Peer Support Specialist. These staff members are assisted by a number of collaborative partners, volunteers and donors.

• Opened downtown venue- '2nd Street Commons' (January, 2014)
• 2nd Street Commons has been used by over two dozen faith-based ministries to hold meetings and/or to serve the broken and poor
• Hosted over 450 different volunteers from over 30 different area churches
• Initiated the 'Friends Helping Friends' life empowerment program
• Over 50,000 'points of contact' and services to hundreds of individuals in need
• Over $30,000.00 distributed to individuals to meet urgent needs
• Distributed tons of clothing and other un-used resources to area thrift stores
• Helped over three dozen individuals find employment
• Helped over two dozen individuals find housing
• Hosted over a dozen community meetings at the 2nd Street Commons
• Facilitated over 30 community education and awareness events regarding poverty and homelessness
• Assembled the 'Task Force on Homeless Solutions', a think tank on homelessness in Kootenai County
• Participated in a network of over 30 different organizations serving the homeless, mentally ill, chemically dependent, and impoverished citizens of Kootenai County
• Started the 'Pathfinder Tiny House Village Initiative' to serve persons experiencing homelessness with temporary crisis housing
• Successfully initiated a land use code narrative change to Kootenai County Land Use Code to allow for development of transitional housing for indigent, abused, and/or handicapped persons of nine persons or more in all zones in Kootenai County.


KCS staff, volunteers, and collaborative partners understand there is much work to be done by local communities to not only alleviate poverty and homelessness but to reverse local trends.

KCS desires to help lead and guide community discussions that lead to programs and projects that make a real difference in our community.


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Kaleidoscope Community Services Inc

Board of directors
as of 10/10/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Gar Mickelson

Kaleidoscope Community Services, Inc.

Term: 2013 -

Scott Poorman

Scott Poorman Attorney at Law

Janet Poorman

Monarch Mental Health LLC & Substance Use Treatment Center

Vicki Mickelson

Vicki Mickelson Bookkeeping

Levi McPhee

Bouten Construction

Mattea McPhee

Ramsden, Marfice, Ealy & Harris, LLP

Stephen Preston

Keller Williams Realty

Joy Preston

Diego Rodriguez

Crossroads Community Church

Christina Rodriguez

Idaho Dept of Health & Welfare

Jim Lawson

Kaleidoscope Community Services

Tyler Morrison

School Teacher