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Arms of Grace dba Center of Grace

Olathe, KS   |  www.centerofgrace.center

Mission

Our mission at the Center of Grace is to offer a safe space of hospitality for all; attend to basic, health, and educational needs; and provide opportunities to share, learn, and grow into self-sufficiency. We provide free meals, clothes, hygiene items, and assistance with rent and utilities. We offer basic dental screenings in partnership with Johnson County Community College and a medical equipment closet. We have free basic computer skills classes. We offer before, after school and summer programming for K-12 students in partnership with the Boys and Girls Club. We have an ELL preschool for 2-5 year old children so they can learn English and get ready for kindergarten. We partner with Johnson County Community College to offer English classes to adult immigrants.

Ruling year info

2001

Executive Director

Sylvia 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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Programs and results

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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?

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.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

We distribute free hygiene items for families and individuals in need.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

We distribute free clothing and households goods for families and individuals who are in need.

Population(s) Served
Homeless people

We have medical equipment for patients who do not have insurance or are under-insured. They can borrow walkers, commodes, shower chairs, wheelchairs, and hospital beds.

Population(s) Served
Extremely poor people
Extremely poor people

We offer basic computer and Microsoft skills classes for English speakers and English language learners.

Population(s) Served

We distribute backpacks, school supplies, shoes, socks and underwear for Olathe students who qualify for free or reduced fee lunch.

Population(s) Served
Low-income people
Working poor
Low-income people
Working poor
Low-income people
Working poor
Low-income people
Working poor

Where we work

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

National Literacy Directory Program 2019

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 meals served or provided

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

Community Dinners

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of hygiene kits distributed

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of children who receive new clothing

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of individuals, adults and children, who received clothing.

Number of patients who borrowed medical equipment

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of students enrolled

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

Boys and Girls Club

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of students enrolled in the Olathe Boys & Girls Club.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Our mission at the Center of Grace is offer a safe space of hospitality for all; attend to basic, health, and educational needs; an provide opportunities to share, learn, and grow into self-sufficiency.
We help with basic needs by providing free community meals, a community garden, clothing, free shoes, underwear and socks in partnership with the Olathe Mayor's Children's Fund, hygiene items, and assistance with rent and utilities.
We offer free dental screenings, x-rays and cleaning services in partnership with Johnson County Community College (JCCC), as well as a medical equipment loaning program, for patients to borrow walkers, wheelchairs, commodes, shower chairs, and hospital beds.
We provide a free English Language Learner Preschool, where children can learn English and prepare for kindergarten. We partner with Olathe Parents as Teachers to provide a parent educator who shares parenting and child development resources with the immigrant/refugee parents. We partner with the Boys & Girls Club to offer before, after school and summer educational opportunities for K-12 students. The goal is for each student to graduate from high school with post-secondary plans in place. We also partner with JCCC to offer English classes for adult immigrants four mornings and four evenings a week. We also offer free basic computer skills classes.
We recently began a partnership with KC Scholars to provide certificate and career training opportunities for low-to-modest income individuals, with the goal of increasing their earning power and become more self-sufficient.

In order to continue offering our basic services we continue to build our volunteer base and our partnerships with local businesses, civic organizations, and communities of faith. Our food program, clothing closet, hygiene item distribution, and medical equipment are all lead by volunteers.
We continue to look for grants to fund our ELL Preschool, where we currently serve 25 children.
Last spring we completed a $6 million addition and renovation project, doubling the area for the Boys & Girls Club. This allowed us to go from 125 to 252 children and youth enrolled last summer.
We also secured a grant from the Kansas Health Foundation to provide a fully operational technology center where we are offering free computer classes.
We recognize that in order for people to transform their lives and become self-sufficient they need opportunities to grow and learn so we will be applying for grants to have a work development center, where people can look for jobs, work on their resumes, and apply for jobs.

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.
  • 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 inform the development of new programs/projects, 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

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, 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 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

Financials

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Arms of Grace dba Center of Grace

Board of directors
as of 01/29/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mr Miguel Romero

National Association of Insurance Commissioners

Term: 2023 - 2026


Board co-chair

Christy Ziegler

Shawnee Mission School District

Term: 2024 - 2027

Brent McCune

Coble McCune Wealth Management

Janice Blansit

Retired Director Adult Education Johnson County Community College

John Nelson

BKD Accounting Firm

Bill Elvin

QC Holdings Inc.

Raul Duran

Arvest Bank

Jennifer Meyer

Kansas City Community Gardens

Tracy Hemsath

Johnson County Extension Office

Don Rogers

Don Rogers Consulting

Anh Vinh

Camber Mental Health

Barry Dundas

Grace United Methodist Church

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/25/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Hispanic/Latino/Latina/Latinx
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/25/2024

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.