Rebuilding Together Kansas City, Inc.

Repairing Homes, Rebuilding Lives

aka RTKC   |   Liberty, MO   |  http://www.rebuildingtogetherkc.org/

Mission

The vision of Rebuilding Together Kansas City is to create "Safe Homes and Communities for Everyone."  Our mission is "Repairing homes, revitalizing communities, rebuilding lives"

Notes from the nonprofit

The entire Rebuilding Together Kansas City (RTKC) organization is extremely excited about the future direction of our community-based services. Several new opportunities are starting in 2021 which will enable us to expand our services to more disadvantaged and vulnerable families. We just signed an agreement with Children's Mercy Hospital (CMH) to start a pilot program that will enable RTKC to create safer and healthier homes for CMH patients. The Mid-America Regional Council is starting a new Minor Home Repair and Safety Modification program that will provide a new funding source for RTKC's services to seniors. RTKC, Clay County Senior Services, and North Kansas City Hospital's Home Health Department are collaborating together to start a new CAPABLE program in conjunction with Johns Hopkins University. These new opportunities will bolster an already highly-respected and renowned Safe at Home program that is reducing the number of falls in homes by 97%!

Ruling year info

2002

Executive Director

Mr. Clay McQuerry

Main address

2050 Plumbers Way, #150

Liberty, MO 64068 USA

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Formerly known as

Rebuilding Together Liberty

Rebuilding Together Clay County

Rebuilding Together Kansas City

EIN

75-3041389

NTEE code info

Housing Rehabilitation (L25)

Community, Neighborhood Development, Improvement (S20)

Energy Resources Conservation and Development (C35)

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Rebuilding Together helps to solve the urgent need for safe homes and communities for everyone. Recognizing that unsafe or unhealthy living conditions at home account for many of the leading causes of preventable fatalities, illnesses and disabilities today – this annual effort demonstrates the positive effects of home and neighborhood revitalization on the overall health of homeowners, families and communities.

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?

Rebuilding Day

Rebuilding Day is our annual, one-day rebuilding blitz when volunteer crews complete home repairs and safety modifications for disadvantaged homeowners. We place a high priority on helping families with children, seniors, people with physical challenges, and veterans. Rebuilding Day is always on a Saturday in mid-September, and the House Selection Meeting is on a Thursday in mid-July.  Although individual volunteers are welcome, most of our crews come from churches, civic organizations, businesses, and contractors.  If crews cannot participate on the designated Saturday in September, it is possible for them to help on other days during the year.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

Rebuilding Together Kansas City's Safe at Home program is designed to improve safety in the homes of older adults and disabled residents. This program involves skilled Project Managers and volunteer laborers completing safety modifications, such as installing: grab bars, handrails, bathroom assistive devices, low-rise stpes, and wheelchair ramps. We also have Occupational and Physical  Therapists who conduct Home Safety Assessments which provide valuable guidance to our installers in creating a safer home environment. Our Project Managers have over 50 combined years of building and remodeling experience, and they oversee the completion of each project.  They also train and supervise the Safe at Home Volunteers.  The Executive Director, Program Director, and Administrative Director are Certified Aging in Place Specialists who provide oversight of the entire program.

Population(s) Served
Seniors
People with disabilities

This is our year-round program that provides urgent repairs for low-income homeowners. The types of repairs that would qualify as urgent would include: no heat in winter, no cool in summer, no electricity, clogged drains, no hot water, dangerous and life-threatening situations, damaging roof leaks, and more.  This program usually involves professional contractors who partner with us to eliminate substandard housing conditions.  These contractors donate or discount their expenses to assist us in helping these disadvantaged homeowners.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
People with disabilities
Veterans
Seniors

Rebuilding Together has become one of the most effective and productive organizations in improving the living conditions of our military families.  We help both the families of those currently serving in the military and the families of military veterans.  Our goal is to serve those who have so faithfully served our country.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

RTKC is collaborating with Children's Mercy Hospital (CMH) to create safe and healthy houses for CMH patients and their families. The Environmental Health Department at CMH will complete home assessments and then send their recommendations to RTKC as to what repairs and safety modifications each house needs. RTKC will follow up by completing the recommended projects.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
People with diseases and illnesses
People with disabilities
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Accreditations

Certified Aging in Place Specialist 2010

Awards

Model Safe at Home Program 2015

Rebuilding Together National Office

Martin Luther King, Jr. Outstanding Community Service Award 2021

Clay County African American Legacy

Service to Mankind Award 2006

Sertoma Club of Liberty

Excellence in Programming Award 2021

Rebuilding Together National Office

Affiliations & memberships

Affiliate of Rebuilding Together National Organization 2001

National Association of Remodeling Institute 2016

Senior Falls Prevention Coalition of Clay and Platte Counties 2008

Home Modifications Coalition of Greater Kansas City 2020

Minor Home Repairs and Safety Modifications with MARC 2021

Healthy Homes Program with Children's Mercy Hospital 2021

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.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

People with disabilities, Veterans, Seniors, Extremely poor people, At-risk youth

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Homeowners and residents of the home

Number of facilities improved

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Seniors, Extremely poor people, Veterans, At-risk youth, People with disabilities

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

homes and non-profit facilities serving clients

Number of volunteers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Seniors, People with disabilities, Veterans, At-risk youth, Extremely poor people

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Includes volunteers for programs and office

Hours of volunteer service

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Seniors, At-risk youth, Extremely poor people, Veterans, People with disabilities

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Total volunteer hours from all programs, board, and office

Number of Facebook followers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Seniors, People with disabilities, At-risk youth, Extremely poor people, Veterans

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Percentage Decrease in Falls

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Seniors, People with disabilities, At-risk youth, Extremely poor people, Veterans

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We conduct follow up surveys one year after completing safety modifications to find out how many times they fell before and after our modifications. These numbers reflect our effectiveness.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Charting impact

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

Our organization is striving to enable disadvantaged and vulnerable residents to safely stay in their own homes for as long as possible.  Rebuilding Together Kansas City (RTKC) firmly believes that a comfortable, livable, and stable living environment has a direct impact on the health of the ones living within.  RTKC aims to eliminate unsafe and substandard living conditions by providing essential home repairs and safety modifications.  Since inception in 2001, 7,102 volunteers have invested 82,931 hours to improve the conditions of 1,046 homes for 455 children, 940 seniors, and 848 people with disabilities. The total value of these improvements add up to a market value of $3,178,561.  These accomplishments are only possible with a large number of generous donors to provide financial support.

Our strategies include: recruiting more volunteers to help with the labor and more sponsors to help with the project expense budget; building on existing partnerships with local hospitals, senior service agencies, falls prevention coalitions, churches, businesses, civic organizations, and more; utilizing the skills of our highly-skilled and experienced project managers to train volunteers and to ensure every project is completed with high quality; strengthening both of our programs - Safe at Home and Rebuilding Day; improving upon our fundraising events - Strike (Out Poverty) & Spare (Homes) Tournament, Bags for Rebuilding Cornhole Tournament, and Rebuilding Day House Sponsorships.

RTKC has two project managers that have over 50 combined years of building and remodeling experience.  They have been highly trained in best practices for completing home safety modifications, and they excel at working with volunteer crews.  Clay McQuerry, Executive Director, is a Certified Aging in Place Specialist, and he is well-regarded for his knowledge and expertise in the Aging in Place arena.  He is a Co-Leader of the Senior Falls Prevention Coalition of Clay and Platte Counties.  RTKC uses close to 30 Safe at Home Volunteers on a year-round basis to complete home safety modifications.  In addition to safety modifications, Safe at Home provides urgent repairs by professional contractors, including: electricians, plumbers, heating and cooling technicians, roofers, carpenters, exterminators, and more.  Most of the home rehabilitation projects are completed by volunteer crews on the annual Rebuilding Day on a Saturday in mid-September. On this day, nearly 400 volunteers work to eliminate substandard conditions on 20-25 homes in the Kansas City area.

With an aging population, the need for more safe and accessible homes is going to continue to grow at an alarming rate.  RTKC's Safe at Home program is already in high demand, but the expectation is that it will need to continue to grow and develop in capacity and capability.  In addition to common repair needs, there is also an incredible need for major repairs, such as: the ability to repair and replace roofs,plus to install new heating/cooling systems and water heaters.  Low-income families are not able to afford minor repairs let alone try to cover the cost of these costly repairs.  RTKC is constantly looking for ways to resolve this enormous problem, and we are constantly recruiting new partnering contractors to help us accomplish this goal.

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 demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Rebuilding Together Kansas City serves low-income families, seniors, people with disabilities, and veterans who need assistance with home repairs and safety modifications. These disadvantaged families do not have the financial means or physical capabilities to complete the repairs and modifications themselves.

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

    Paper surveys, Case management notes, Project Manager conversations,

  • 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 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 improve our services and to create best practices,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    The challenges of the pandemic in 2020-2021 created health and safety concerns to where we established new safe distancing practices that included - no contact services, wearing masks, taking temperatures with thermometers, and regularly using hand sanitizers. RTKC only used volunteers on exterior projects to keep them at a safe distance from the clients we served.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners, Social media contacts,

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

    Feedback from the people we serve is a vital part of the manner in which RTKC approaches our programs. Our project managers create a list of intended repairs that is discussed before any work is done on their houses. The list is agreed upon by the homeowners to ensure they are clear on what work will be completed. We use Homeowner Evaluations to acquire feedback immediately after our projects are completed, and the the entire RTKC staff takes seriously the ratings and comments that are included in these evaluations. Although it is a rare occurrence, any negative remarks or ratings are followed up with a call from RTKC staff and a solution is discussed to ensure the client is satisfied with the outcome. RTKC does everything possible to create positive endings to every project.

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

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, 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 look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Rebuilding Together Kansas City, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 06/24/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mr. Steve Myrick

PrimeLending

Term: 2023 - 2018


Board co-chair

Mrs. Linda Burwell

Retired Realtor

Term: 2017 - 2022

Alan Napoli

City of Gladstone, MO

Andrew Ennis

Polsinelli Law Firm

Jeanine Thill

City of Liberty, Missouri

Steve Myrick

Prime Lending

Ryan McClelland

McClelland Law Firm

Linda Burwell

Retired Realtor

Dan Carr

U. S. Federal Properties

Michelle Goode

Bill Hightower Real Estate Team

Andrea Johnson

Liberty Academy School

Rick Paul

Paul LLP

James Shackelford

University of Missouri - Kansas City

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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/29/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 05/14/2021

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 ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • 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.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
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.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.