About Flourish Furnishings

Our Mission

Flourish Furnishings’ mission is to improve lives by providing essential home furnishings to those seeking housing stability.

WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO

FURNITURE SOLVES A REAL NEED

We help families struggling with poverty and other severe life challenges.  Often, every spare dollar earned/received goes to basic needs like food and health care.  When you have to choose between a bed or dinner for the next few weeks, dinner always wins.

FURNITURE PROVIDES THE OPPORTUNITY FOR FAMILIES TO FLOURISH

In our homes, the most critical conversations take place around dinner tables and couches.  It’s where spouses comfort each other at the end of a long day.  Where parents help their children with their math homework.  Where siblings gather for play.  It creates cherished moments.

FURNITURE IS ESSENTIAL TO THE BASIC ACTIVITIES OF LIFE

Imagine laying down on a floor or air mattress at the end of a long hard day.  Imagine eating your dinner out of a can because you don’t have basics to prepare a meal and then sitting down to a card board box while sitting in a lawn chair.  There’s a certain feeling of defeat that settles when you find yourself scraping by.  Furniture can have a psychological impact that.  It provides a level of dignity and self respect that assures a family that they will Flourish. 

Flourish Furnishings Staff

Michelle Van Pelt

Michelle Van Pelt

Executive Director

Michelle has been working with the Flourish Leadership team for the past 4 years preparing for the launch into nonprofit status. She is a Program Director at Church of the Resurrection in their Missions ministry, and she has previously worked as a Training Manager for McDonalds USA and as a National Account Manager for Danone International. Michelle is a Texas girl at heart – she loves the beach and the Texas Rangers – and she has a passion for health and fitness.

Paula House

Paula House

Operations Director

Paula has been working with Flourish Furnishings for 2 years in an Operations capacity.  She previously worked as a Mortgage Compliance Officer for several years. Paula holds a BS from William Jewell College in Business and Recreation Administration. Paula feels a strong calling to help people to work towards being their best self. 

Flourish Furnishings Board

Steve Warta

Steve Warta

Chairperson

Steve is currently Founder and Managing Director of Roadmap Wealth Management, LLC. He is looking forward to helping Flourish thrive as a self-sufficient 501(c)(3) to improve the lives of those in need by providing home essentials in the Kansas City community.

Barbara Patterson

Barbara Patterson

Vice Chair

Barbara was raised in Kansas City and holds a BA from William Jewell and an MBA from Rockhurst University. She has served on the Boards of Kaw Valley Habitat for Humanity and Safehome. In 2019, Barbara chaired the Gardens at Sunset fundraiser for Kansas City Community Gardens. Barbara’s passion is advocating for those who are socio-economically vulnerable or otherwise disadvantaged.

Gene Lampe

Gene Lampe

Secretary

Gene has an MBA from the University of Iowa and is currently Senior Director Human Resources for Garmin International, Inc. His prior professional experience includes leadership positions with Sprint, Dow Chemical Company and USG Corporation. His board experience focuses on healthcare reform and retirement preparedness, causes he has advocated in his professional career. Gene serves on Boards with Healthy KC, Mid-America Coalition on Health Care and T. Rowe Price Client Board.

Rich Kline

Rich Kline

Treasurer

Rich Kline graduated with a BBA from Washburn University and currently is the Chief Financial Officer for Guardian Medical Logistics. His previous professional experience includes DST Systems, Baxter Healthcare Corporation, Puritan Bennett Corporation, and Arthur Andersen. He has served on boards for Children’s Mercy Hospital of Kansas City Cancer Center and Flourish Furnishings, and he completed the Boston Marathon in 1998.

Carol Cartmill

Carol Cartmill

Member at Large

Carol Cartmill has been on staff at Church of the Resurrection since April 1999, and provides vision and oversight to the church’s mission programs. Her goal is to maximize the congregation’s involvement in life-changing ministry beyond the walls of the church – both locally and across the globe. Carol’s passion is equipping people for ministry. She has over 25 years of practical experience in discipleship, leadership, mission, and mobilizing volunteers.

Yvette Richards

Yvette Richards

Member at Large

Yvette Richards currently Director of Community Connection for St. James UMC.  She is deeply involved with the United Methodist Women Organization, the Global Board of Ministries and the World Methodist Council.  She is an active member of over 30 years in Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and has a civic interest in her community. 

Amy Rush

Amy Rush

Member at Large

Amy Rush is Associate General Counsel – Regulatory and Senior Vice President at Waddell & Reed.   She and her daughters serve over 250 hours of community service each year through their church’s ministries, KCReGap, Operation Breakthrough, as well as other outreach groups.  

Employment Opportunities

Flourish Furnishings is an equal opportunity employer and all candidates will be considered regardless of race, age, national origin, religion or gender.  

To apply, please submit a resume to michelle@flourishfurnishings.org.

Executive Director

The Executive Director position is the visionary leader accountable for development and execution of overall strategy to fulfill our mission and vision, yet the hands-on leader accountable for the ongoing operational and financial results of Flourish Furnishings. This position reports to the Board of Directors.

VISTA Volunteer-Fundraising

Flourish Furnishings is looking for an energetic individual interested in research and writing of grants and other fundraising initiatives.