In the Fall of 2000, Dr. Timothy Johns, along with a caring group of like-minded people, started Rock Solid Urban Impact – a not-for-profit 501C3 charitable community development corporation. Rock Solid Urban Impact (RSUI) was established to facilitate social transformation on a practical level and to help train at-risk urban youth in life skills. Rock Solid Urban Impact later bought an abandoned inner-city parochial school along with vacant lots to be used for outreach, training, and community gardens.
RSUI combined relational community with sustainable community in the inner-city of Kansas City, which proved to be a winning combination for urban transformation. Crime rates dropped and young people were equipped with life skills within the context of a loving “family”.