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

Grandview Assistance Program GAP

WHAT WE DO FOR GRANDVIEW


Every day people who are hurting walk through the door of GAP. They may feel scared, ashamed, or desperate. Most have no where else to turn. The Grandview Assistance Program has been standing up for these families and individuals for over 25 years.

GAP provides emergency assistance with food, rent, utility payments, as well as help with the cost of medicine and glasses.  We also provide families with grade-required school supplies at the beginning of the school year and holiday meals in November and December, and a Holiday Store with gifts and winter wear.

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

Jim Blankenship
Treasurer

Jim Crain
Secretary

Mary Sylvestri
1st Vice Chairman

Sandy Kessinger
Chairman

Yolonda Bush
2nd Vice Chairman

Board Members

Charlene Henderson

Elonia Norwood

Joanie Hoffman

Judy Barrett

Judy Slimmer

Karen Wissman

Kim Randolph

Lynn Crow

Michelle Jones

Thomas Rousey

Valerie Johnson

Honorary Board Members

Linda Wilson

Vonda Crain (In Memory)

Ex-Officio Members

Dr. Kenny Rodrequez
Grandview C4 School District

Kim Curtis
Grandview Chamber of Commerce

Mayor Leonard Jones

GAP Directors & Staff

Catherine Burr
Case Woker

Charlie Knight

Jackie Knabe
Executive Director

Wanda Richberg

Nondiscrimination


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.