Shelter KC: A Kansas City Rescue Mission

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The Kansas City Rescue Mission is a Christ-centered organization providing food, clothing, medical care, case management, emergency shelter and recovery programs for up to 120 men and 20 women each night. We welcome the poor, hungry, hopeless and hurting and offer them help through the process of relief, recovery, and re-entry.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Shelter KC: A Kansas City Rescue Mission
1520 Cherry Street
Kansas City, MO 64108


Phone: 816-421-7643

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 431287029

CEO/President: Eric Burger

Chairman: Jeran Rowell

Board size: 9

Founder: Jarrette Aycock

Ruling year: 1963

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 06/30

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 2013


Shelter KC is a Kansas City Rescue Mission helping Kansas City's homeless men and women experience freedom from the past and hope for the future. We believe the love of Jesus Christ changes lives.

Mission statement

The Kansas City Rescue Mission is a Christ-centered community offering freedom and hope to the poor and homeless; empowering them to reach their full potential.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Rescue Missions/Homeless Shelters

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating175 of 103336 of 161
Fund acquisition rating522 of 103583 of 161
Resource allocation rating194 of 103535 of 161
Asset utilization rating212 of 103333 of 161

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$147,613$126,365$144,179$129,442$128,105
Short-term investments$339,133$193,129$154,383$92,784$40,854
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$956,436$1,106,605$1,485,867$1,125,258$1,221,872
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$3,633,640$3,753,805$3,613,057$3,829,129$3,895,161
Other long-term assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term assets$3,633,640$3,753,805$3,613,057$3,829,129$3,895,161
Total assets$4,590,076$4,860,410$5,098,924$4,954,387$5,117,033
Payables and accrued expenses$102,320$76,530$67,886$63,412$81,390
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$102,320$76,530$67,886$63,412$81,390
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term liabilities$42,913$0$0$0$0
Total liabilities$145,233$76,530$67,886$63,412$81,390
Net assets20192018201720162015
Without donor restrictions$3,735,959$4,305,543$4,447,178$4,602,268$4,915,431
With donor restrictions$708,884$478,337$583,860$288,707$120,212
Net assets$4,444,843$4,783,880$5,031,038$4,890,975$5,035,643
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$3,113,283$3,021,040$3,189,810$2,902,293$2,896,263
Program service revenue$23,758$31,896$53,198$41,798$37,767
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$18,865$9,800$9,154$9,719$7,705
Other revenue$2,656$8,787($668)$20,656$3,364
Total other revenue$45,279$50,483$61,684$72,173$48,836
Total revenue$3,158,562$3,071,523$3,251,494$2,974,466$2,945,099
Program services$3,048,285$2,857,201$2,572,032$2,596,812$2,580,074
Management and general$232,129$209,660$256,748$248,944$263,714
Total expenses$3,579,665$3,313,875$3,117,714$3,130,493$3,181,470
Change in net assets20192018201720162015
Surplus (deficit)($421,103)($242,352)$133,780($156,027)($236,371)
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets($421,103)($242,352)$133,780($156,027)($236,371)


Joseph ColaizziExecutive Director$115,276
Steve RiddleDirector of Finance$83,435

Compensation data as of: 6/30/2019

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Shelter KC was founded in 1950 by Dr. Jarrette Aycock, a man who knew the heartache and shame of alcoholism and homelessness because he had experienced them himself! After many years of drinking and drifting, Aycock's life was transformed when he accepted Christ as his Savior during a chapel service at Union Rescue Mission in Los Angeles.

For the next 32 years, Aycock served as an evangelist. In 1942, he became superintendent of the Kansas City District Church of the Nazarene and eight years later, founded Kansas City Rescue Mission (KCRM). Establishing KCRM wasn't easy - in fact, the Mission moved three times in its first five years before finally purchasing a three-story building at 523 Walnut Street which became its home for almost three decades.

Rev. Joe Colaizzi became executive director of KCRM in 1985, just in time to lead the struggling ministry through its greatest challenge yet. In the late 1980s, city leaders implemented a plan to redevelop the blighted "River Quay" area, forcing the Mission to find a new location. The City of Kansas City purchased the Mission's property on Walnut and, in 1991, KCRM used the money to buy a four-building complex that continues to house the Main Administrative Offices and Men's Center today.

From 1991 to 2001, hundreds of individuals, churches, businesses and private foundations contributed expertise, labor and materials to complete renovations to the sprawling four-building complex. During those years and up until 2010, the Mission focused on providing quality relief and recovery programs for homeless, often addicted, men. But challenges and changes were coming!

Around 2010, three studies were commissioned to identify gaps in services for those who were homeless in Kansas City. By August 2010, KCRM confirmed that single homeless women, many with co-occurring disorders, were the most underserved population in Kansas City.

Determined to stand in that gap, the Mission established the Women's Center, a 20-bed residential facility offering homeless women a secure environment where they could heal, learn and grow. On July 15, 2013, the Women's Center opened its doors and welcomed its first clients.

In 2019, after extensive research and surveying, the board of directors voted to rename Kansas City Rescue Mission to Shelter KC to distinguish itself and reflect the "new things" God is doing as the Mission nears its 70th anniversary. Eric Burger was named as the new Executive Director to succeed Joe Colaizzi in February 2020, following his retirement after 35 years of service to the Mission.

Today, Shelter KC serves 240 meals and ministers to an average 150 men and women every day to offer freedom from the past and hope for the future!

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