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Sheffield Place is Making a Difference

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Sheffield Place is a local Kansas City charity that is near and dear to our hearts. Skyler Phelps has served on the board for 12 years and is currently serving as the board President. We are honored to be apart of such a wonderful organization that is making a difference in the lives of homeless mothers and children of Kansas City. Sheffield Place has earned the coveted 4-Star rating from the independent rating agency Charity Navigator for the 3rd year in a row. The agency received a perfect score of 100 for financial health, transparency and accountability. Sheffield Place is the only Kansas City nonprofit to receive a perfect score and is one of only 67 nonprofits in the U.S. to achieve top honors. See the rating for Sheffield Place at

We are excited to be a small part of Sheffield Place’s incredible success and look forward to serving again this year. We invite you to join us in empowering homeless mothers and their children to heal from their trauma and help them become self-sufficient.


Habitat for Humanity Volunteer Day

At Mantel Teter we believe strongly in giving back to our Kansas City community. One of the organizations we support is Habitat for Humanity. Providing not only a shelter, but a home for an individual or family is something we wholeheartedly believe in. Along with other volunteers, our architects and staff helped with demo of an existing Kansas City home as well as reinforcement of the existing structure. There is still a lot of work to be done, but we enjoyed getting our hands dirty and laying the groundwork for this house to become a home. Below are a few photos from the day. 



Sheffield Place

Why I Support the Mission of Sheffield Place: Skyler Phelps, Board Vice President & Secretary

I have a lot to be thankful for and frankly felt selfish for not recognizing it by helping others.

My business partner was transitioning off the Sheffield Place Board of Directors to serve the community in other capacities and didn’t want to leave without identifying a replacement. He introduced me to Sheffield Place’s mission “To empower homeless mothers and their children to heal from their trauma and help them become self-sufficient”. I visited the facility to learn about their programs, staff and the families served and decided to apply for a position on the Board. My application was accepted and I began serving in January 2006.   

I confess that my involvement in the beginning was kind of mechanical. I was “giving back” because it was cosmetically the right thing to do. I know…not a great character testament, but it’s the naked truth. What I was not expecting was to be blindsided by an intense feeling of belonging to something bigger than myself and using my time to join others in making a meaningful difference in the lives of those in desperate need of healing and opportunity.

My breakthrough with the organization happened several months after I began serving. To better connect the Board of Directors with the organization’s mission and the families served, time was set aside during board meetings for Sheffield Place clients to share stories about their lives including where they came from, how they were raised, how they were traumatized, how they became homeless and how Sheffield Place’s programs were helping empower them to break the generational cycle of abuse and homelessness. Those stories galvanized my commitment to the mission of Sheffield Place and the mothers and children we serve.

Many of us have a lot to be thankful for. My encouragement to all is to celebrate it by getting involved in making someone else’s life better. Being a part of Sheffield Place is very rewarding and really has changed my life. I invite you to join our struggle and celebrate each success.

“It is raining still... Maybe it is not one of those showers that is here one minute and gone the next, as I had so boldly assumed. Maybe none of them are. After all, life in itself is a chain of rainy days. But there are times when not all of us have umbrellas to walk under. Those are the times when we need people who are willing to lend their umbrellas to a wet stranger on a rainy day. I think I'll go for a walk with my umbrella.”
— Sun-Young Park

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Empty Bowls, a Kansas City Benefit for Harvesters

Brian Rathsam and Skyler Phelps of Mantel Teter recently attended Empty Bowls, a Kansas City benefit for Harvesters. Empty Bowls is a worldwide project aimed at feeding hungry people one region at a time. Brian and his daughter helped serve various types of soups from Michael Smith RestaurantNara and B.B.'s Lawnside BarB-Q. The evening was filled with good food, a collection of ceramic bowls from Kansas City artist Leroy Grubbs and an art auction. Skyler even walked away with a few art pieces! 

Read the article in INK. 


Off the Wall

On Saturday, October 15, 2016, Sheffield Place held their annual Off the Wall event at the National Airline History Museum. Skyler Phelps, Off the Wall committee chair and member of the Sheffield Place Board of Directors, and several other Mantel Teter staff gathered together to support the mission of Sheffield Place. That evening a record amount - $204,510 – was raised for the mission of healing and self-sufficiency for homeless children and their families! The generosity from the evening is now providing housing, therapy and case management, and the life skills the Sheffield Place families need to move from despair to hope and from homelessness to self-sufficiency. Below are a few photos from the night. 

Skyler Phelps, David Evans, Brad Athey, Emmalee Schaumburg & Brian Rathsam

Skyler Phelps, David Evans, Brad Athey, Emmalee Schaumburg & Brian Rathsam

Jess Stark, Emmalee Schaumburg, Skyler Phelps, David Evans. Gretchen Evans & Ted Cox

Jess Stark, Emmalee Schaumburg, Skyler Phelps, David Evans. Gretchen Evans & Ted Cox