• Standing in the gap, caring for our community.!

Grandview Assistance Program GAP


Every day people that are hurting walk through the door of GAP. Some are scared, some are desperate, and some have no where else to turn. Grandview Assistance Program has been standing up for these families and individuals for over two decades.

GAP provides emergency assistance with basic needs such as rent, utility payments, and food.  Additionally, we provide school supplies at the beginning of the school year and a Christmas store during the holiday season. GAP serves individuals and families in Grandview, MO and the Grandview C4 school district.

Our History

The Grandview Assistance Program (GAP) was first located in the First Baptist Church of Grandview as an outreach to the community. GAP was conceived by the then Mayor’s wife, Linda Wilson, local pastors and concerned citizens along with support from the Jackson County Advocate (James & Aggie Turnbaugh), Grandview Church Alliance, Grandview C-4 School District and the City of Grandview with the purpose of providing for the children and families of our community. Many of the local pastors and leaders from the community thought that it would be a good idea if there was a central agency to where people could be referred for emergency assistance.

With those thoughts in mind, GAP was formed in 1991. In 1992 the first Board of Directors – President, Linda Wilson; Vice President, Rev. Carroll Clark; Secretary, Sarah Plunkett; and Treasurer, Kevin Watson; applied for and received 501(c)(3) Not-For-Profit status, and also became a Missouri Not-For-Profit Corporation. United Way agency status and funding were granted during the first year of GAP’s existence. GAP outgrew the space at First Baptist Church and moved into a larger space at Grandview Middle School. In 1999 GAP moved into a free standing building that is leased through the Grandview School District and is where we are currently located.

Organization Leadership

The team behind the scenes promoting GAP and making decisions to make the greatest impact in our community.

Board of Directors

Brent Husher
2nd Vice Chairman

Jim Blankenship

Karen Wissman

Roger Hochstetler
1st Vice Chairman

Sandy Kessinger

Board Members

Joanie Hoffman

Judy Barret

Katie Benner

Lynn Crow

Mary Sylvestri

Monica Hawkins

Thomas Rousey

Yolanda Bush

Honorary Board Members

Linda Wilson

Vonda Crain (In Memory)

Ex-Officio Members

Kim Curtis
Grandview Chamber of Commerce

Mayor Leonard Jones

Mr. Kenny Rodriquez
Grandview C4 School District

GAP Directors & Staff

Jackie Knabe
Executive Director


The Grandview Assistance Program (GAP) does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, age or disability in admission or access to, and treatment in, its programs and activities.

Client/Donor Privacy Policy

The Grandview Assistance Program (GAP) will not rent, trade, sell or disclose any information about its clients or donors to any other person, entity or organization without prior approval. GAP employees and/or board members who may have access to client and/or donor information are prohibited from disclosing information to third parties.