Our Mission Statement
The mission of this public charity is to serve the Independence area* by helping the poor, people with disabilities, the elderly and Veterans and their families repair their homes, building relationships among neighbors, and bringing hope and spiritual renewal to our Community.
* The service area for Community Mission for Improved Housing, Inc., is defined as a physical address within the city limits of the City of Independence, Kansas. This area of service will be reviewed annually.
Community Mission for Improved Housing, Inc., is committed to mentoring and guiding other communities to start their own home repair ministries. This will allow the ministry to be more effective in other cities.
Why is This Needed?
High living cost + low wages = little money for home repairs.
There are State and Federal programs to help homeowners repair their homes. However, these programs are very specific and many who need help don’t qualify. Others can afford the materials, but can’t afford to hire the work to be done and/or can’t do it themselves.
What is the Process?
The homeowner completes an application for assistance. An inspection is completed on the property. If the project is approved, permits are obtained and the project is staffed with volunteers to complete the work according to city building codes. Once the project is completed, the homeowner is expected to help others repair their homes.
How is This Funded?
Each project must be fully funded before the work begins. We look first at the homeowner’s resources, then donated materials and cash donations. Some parts of projects may qualify for grants. The laborers, including office staff, are all volunteers.
How Can You Help?
CMIH needs donations of funds and building materials. We also need licensed contractors to donate one project a year and many volunteers to do the repairs.
Community Mission for Improved Housing, INC (CMIH) is governed by an Advisory Board. Officers of CMIH are elected by the Board from members of the Board. Board duties and organization of various tasks are detailed in the Bylaws.
The Original Board was composed of six people:
Renita Butler – President and Treasurer
Jürgen Hanke – Vice President
Dana Hart – Secretary and Fund Raising
Jerry Bright – Project Manager
Chris Mitchell – Volunteer Coordinator
The Board also changed the Mission Statement to specifically include Veterans:
Original Mission Statement – September 21st, 2015: Our mission is to serve the Independence area by helping repair the homes of the poor, elderly and disabled and by building relationships among neighbors and bringing hope and spiritual renewal to our community.
Updated Mission Statement – October 5th, 2017: The mission of this public charity is to serve the Independence area by helping the poor, people with disabilities, the elderly and Veterans and their families repair their homes, building relationships among neighbors and bringing hope and spiritual renewal to our Community.
The Current Board elected officers are as follows: (Officers are elected for a two year term.)
Dean Hayse – President
Jerry Bright – Vice President/Chief Operating Officer
Dana Hart – Secretary
Bob Bennet – Treasurer
Other Board members have specific tasks in various committees. Other Board members are: Chris Mitchell, Jürgen Hanke, Cindy White, Philip Groth and Gary Hogsett.
Ruth Hanke designs and updates the website.