Arms of Grace dba Center of Grace

Olathe, KS   |  www.centerofgrace.center

Mission

Our mission at the Center of Grace is to nurture children, strengthen families and build community. We provide services that meet the needs of low income children and youth in Olathe, in partnership with the Boys and Girls Club. They offer before, after school and summer programming. We also have an ELL preschool for 2-5 year old children so they can learn English and get ready for Kindergarten.We have programs and provide resources to strengthen families through food, clothing, and emergency assistance. We offer health screenings, dental screenings in partnership with Johnson County Community College and a medical equipment closet. We partner with Johnson County Community College to offer English classes to adult immigrants. We house non-profit agencies that fit the Center's mission, and we cooperate with other community groups in Johnson County. At the Center of Grace the programs offered are designed to help low income families receive the help they need to make their families strong and ready to flourish into the community.

Ruling year info

2001

Principal Officer

Pastor Sylvia E. Romero

Main address

520 S. Harrison Street

Olathe, KS 66061 USA

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EIN

48-1251324

NTEE code info

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

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

Boys and Girls Clubs (Combined) (O23)

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Boys and Girls Club

The Olathe Boys and Girls Club serves K-12 students before, after school and during the summer.The goal is to have each Club member graduate from high school with post-secondary plans in place.We are currently licensed serve 125 students.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Center of Grace currently provides a preschool for children whose parents attend JCCC English language classes. Preschool children and toddlers are introduced to preschool curriculum on a daily basis as they learn English and get ready for Kindergarten.

Population(s) Served
Immigrants and migrants

The Wednesday and Thursday Night Community Dinner provides a free meal to anyone who is hungry or would like the fellowship of a meal with others.  The leadership team plans the meal, does the shopping and lines up the volunteers to prepare and serve the meal.  Those dining with us vary in their circumstance from people attending meetings at the Center to the homeless looking for a meal and a temperature controlled environment for a few hours.  We mainly serve the working poor and families struggling to have enough food to feed their family, and the elderly who gather for a nutritious dinner and conversation.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

The Shoe Fund provides new shoes for Olathe school age children, in partnership with the Olathe Mayor's Christmas Tree Fund.  The need of the child must be verified through a school counselor, nurse or social service agency. It is often necessary to provide a new pair of gym shoes for a child or youth so they may participate and pass a gym classes.

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Awards

Affiliations & memberships

Boys and Girls Clubs of America 2012

Affiliate/Chapter of National Organization (i.e. Girl Scouts of the USA, American Red Cross, etc.) - Affiliate/chapter 1958

Goals & Strategy

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The ultimate goal at the Center of Grace is to nurture children, strengthen families and build community, primarily in Olathe. We nurture children in our Migrant Preschool, where they are learning English and preparing for Kindergarten as they attend a quality preschool. We also nurture children and youth through our partnership with the Boys and Girls Club. Currently we are serving 120 students K-12. The goal is that each student will graduate from high school with post-secondary plans in place. We also nurture children through the Kansas Reading Roadmap program, which works with K-3 students to make sure they are at or above reading level. We strengthen poor working families by helping them stretch their paycheck as we provide free community meals, clothing, and shoes for their children. We also offer free basic health screenings, dental services in partnership with JCCC, and a medical equipment loaning program. We provide community resource information so that people can access what they need. We strengthen families by partnering with Olathe Parents and Teachers and sharing information about child development. We strengthen families by providing a safe, educational place for their children after school and during the summer in partnership with Boys and Girls Club.  We build community by providing a safe place in Olathe where people from all walks of life can gather. We build community when volunteers from all over the community come together to help in all the different activities and programs we offer. We build community at the Center because those who are in need as well as those who want to help come together and get to know one another, have conversation and learn about each other. We build community because we have individuals who get to know each others' names and stories instead of just being a statistic.

JCCC has received a grant from the state, that we have administered, to offer the Migrant preschool. This grant ends in July of 2018. We have already secured funds to operate next school year and our plan is to continue to look for grants in order to continue to serve these children who otherwise will not be ready to start Kindergarten. The Boys and Girls Club is full and each school year and every summer we have students on a waitlist. The Center of Grace and Boys and Girls Club have agreed to enter into a long term agreement and undergo a capital campaign to renovate and repurpose the building in order to accommodate more students.We plan to continue to reach out to get more financial resources and volunteers to continue to offer those basic services that help those most in need in our community.We also recognize that in order for people to transform their lives, they need opportunities to grow and learn so we will be applying for grants to develop new programs that will give people the chance to be employed and get better jobs.

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Arms of Grace dba Center of Grace

Board of directors
as of 1/6/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mrs Marilyn George

Bruce Funeral Home

Term: 2016 - 2019


Board co-chair

Mrs. Cindy Hahn

Good Samaritan Nursing Home, Administrative

Term: 2009 - 2012

Nanette Roberts

Senior Pastor, Grace United Methodist Church

Sylvia Romero

Executive Director, Center of Grace

Marilyn George

Bruce Funeral Home, Administrative

Lois Waters

Retired

Rebecca Romero

University of Kansas Hospitals

Walt Cooper

Grace United Methodist Church

Gary George

Baker University

Mike Haskin

Haskin Law Office

Brad Hrabik

United Health Care

Leslie Hrabik

DeSoto School District

Brian Conley

MarketSource Inc.

Scott Dandy

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Christy Ziegler

Shawnee Mission School District

Steve Culver

Scholastic Education

John Parks

Retired