We want your opinion

ECKAN requests your participation in completing this 10-minute anonymous survey to help us better serve you and your community.

Please complete the survey by Friday, November 15. If you prefer a paper survey, each ECKAN site will offer them. The information you provide is anonymous; results from all participants will be combined and shared with the public.

The survey is part of an annual Community Needs Assessment process and will be used by ECKAN staff and partners to identify areas of community need, identify projects that will meet the needs of communities, and pursue funding through CSBG (Community Services Block Grant), Head Start, and additional local, state, federal, and private programs.

For questions about the survey, please contact:

Nancy Wiebe

Planning & Community Engagement Director

1320 S. Ash St.

Ottawa, KS 66067

(785) 242-7450

(866) 242-7450

nwiebe@eckan.org

 

Thank you for participating in this valuable assessment survey!

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ReStart FSS Case Management Helps Meredith Attain Financial Stability

“Going back to feeling hopeless and beaten down is not on my list of goals.”

 

When Meredith Harbison enrolled in 2017 in ECKAN’s ReStart Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) Program, offered through the Housing Choice Voucher program, she was struggling financially and was ready for a change. Teresia Templeton, Meredith’s ReStart case manager in Franklin County, helped her set and achieve goals including budgeting classes, opening and maintaining a savings account and paying off debt to improve her credit score. Teresia also helped connect Meredith to other local support groups to help address the emotional toll of living in poverty.

As Meredith’s income grew, her monthly housing voucher assistance amount decreased. The ReStart Program deposited the difference each month into an ESCROW account. Meredith received a check for the full balance of the ESCROW account plus interest upon graduation from ReStart in July. Meredith was able to reach her final goal with the purchase of her first home through the support of the ReStart FSS Program.

“If I didn’t put time and responsibility in my job, finances, and friendships, moving forward would be impossible,” Meredith said. “Going back to feeling hopeless and beaten down is not on my list of goals.”

Click here for more information about ReStart FSS.

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County Community Centers Changing Office Hours September 3

Effective September 3, ECKAN County Community Centers will change hours. 

New hours: 

  • Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-Noon and 1 p.m.-4 p.m. in Anderson, Douglas, Franklin, Miami, and Osage counties 
  • Monday through Wednesday, Friday 9 a.m.-Noon and 1 p.m.-4 p.m. in Lyon County 
  • Monday, Wednesday 8:30-11:30 and Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 1:30-4:30 in Coffey County 
  • Thursday 9-Noon, 1-4  in Morris County 

ECKAN encourages customers to call ahead to reserve an appointment at their local center. 

Follow ECKANKS on Facebook for updates or www.eckan.org. 

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ECKAN Announces Post-Flood Schedule, Location Changes

 

Volunteers clean ECKAN food storage area at Don Woodward Community Center after Aug. 1 flood, the second this summer.

 

Ottawa ECKAN’s Franklin County Community Center, 517 E. 3rd St., in the flooded Don Woodward Community Center, is closed. ECKAN is temporarily providing services from its central office at 1320 S. Ash, Ottawa.  

Hours are 8-noon, 1-5 until September when they will change to 9-noon, 1-4. 

 The ECKAN Community Center has Salvation Army flood kits and disaster funds for food, household items or other flood-related needs for individuals impacted by the flood. Call the center at 785-242-7515 to make an appointment and learn what documentation is needed.  

Tuesday Food Distribution will resume August 13 in the Don Woodward Community Center parking lot at 9 a.m. Harvesters Food Distribution held the first Wednesday of each month, 2-4 p.m., will resume September 3, also in the Don Woodward Community Center parking lot.  

 School supply applicants who missed the Resource and Readiness Fair may pick up their shoe vouchers and backpacks at the ECKAN Community Center, 1320 S. Ash, by calling for an appointment. The United Way fill the Bus campaign, American Eagle and local donors provided nearly 500 school backpacks. ECKAN distributed backpacks remaining after the fair to school counselors at all Franklin County elementary, middle and secondary public schools.  

 “We are very grateful to the volunteers who helped the agency get through this post-flood week and for the generous outpouring of school supplies,” said Crystal Anderson, CEO 

 ECKAN lost records, office furniture, equipment and food in the August 1 flood, the second to affect the Don Woodward building this summer. ECKAN accepts monetary donations to help with flood losses on its website or at 1320 S. Ash, Ottawa KS 66067.  

 ECKAN posts updates to www.eckan.org, Facebook (ECKANKS) and Twitter (ECKAN_CAP).  

 

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Changes to ECKAN Service Locations Following August 1 Flood

Ottawa—ECKAN services at the Don Woodward ORC Center, 517 E. 3rd St. Ottawa, which was flooded this week for the second time this summer, will change as follows:

  • 5-9, Noon, Summer Lunch Bunch moved to the Goppert Building, 705 W. 15th St.
  • The Franklin County Community Center has relocated to ECKAN Central Office, 1320 S. Ash, Ottawa, 785-242-7450. Call ahead to set an appointment. Hours: 8-11 a.m., 1:30-4:30 p.m. weekdays.
  • Aug. 6 ECKAN Emergency Food Distribution and Aug. 7 Harvester Food Distribution are canceled and will be rescheduled.– Aug. 7 Harvester distribution rescheduled to Don Woodward Center.
  • Aug. 8, 1:30-3:30 p.m., School Supply Resource and Readiness Fair moved to the Goppert Building. Please help us Fill the Bus at Walmart for families who may have lost possessions and work hours because of flooding and to replace any supplies lost at the flooded Woodward Center.

 

ECKAN posts updates to www.eckan.org, Facebook (ECKANKS) and Twitter (ECKAN_CAP).

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Help with Bill, Budgeting Avoids Power Shutoff for Douglas County Mom

“Ellen,” mother to three teens, participates in our Douglas County Stepping Stones case management program and is making financial progress. But last month Ellen couldn’t pay her large monthly catch up electric payment. ECKAN staff pooled help from ECKAN, a church, another nonprofit and @One Hundred Good Women so Ellen could pay the bill and avoid a shutoff. ECKAN staff then coached Ellen to pay one quarter of the amount from each weekly paycheck to avoid a large amount due at the end of each month.

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Franklin County Services Opening on Staggered Schedule After Flood

ECKAN services at the Don Woodward Community Center, 517 E. 3rd St. Ottawa, will resume on a staggered basis. Staff and volunteers need time to clean and reorganize after the building was flooded June 22 and 23.

ECKAN services will reopen:

  • Monday, July 1: ECKAN Summer Lunch Bunch only at noon
  • Tuesday, July 2: ECKAN Franklin County food distribution only
  • Wednesday, July 3: ECKAN Franklin County Community Center services resume including accepting school supply applications.
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Flooding Causes Closure of Don Woodward ORC Building

Ottawa—Flooding from Saturday night’s storm has closed the Don Woodward ORC Building, 517 E. 3rd St., for three to five days.

Beginning Monday, June 24, ECKAN’s Summer Lunch Bunch will move temporarily to the Ottawa Recreation Commission Goppert Building, 705 W. 15th St.

ECKAN Franklin County Community Center services will be temporarily housed at  ECKAN’s regional office, 1320 S. Ash. The Tuesday Food Giveaway must be cancelled this week, announced Teresia Templeton, ECKAN Franklin County Human Services Coordinator.

 

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Timely Help Reunites a Mother and Child

“Mandy” came into our Franklin County office very upset. DCF removed her child from her home because Mandy had fallen behind on her utility payments during a hospital stay. ECKAN worked with other agencies and the City of Ottawa to have her utilities restored. Her child is back home with her.

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Anderson Era at ECKAN Begins

“Crystal Anderson is hitting the ground running as she eagerly starts her new role.”..Ottawa Herald, June 4, 2019

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ECKAN Adds Five Counties to Its Weatherization Program Service Area

To increase efficiency and maintain quality service to clients, Kansas Housing Resources Corp. announced the realignment of service providers for the Kansas Weatherization Assistance Program.

Effective June 1, ECKAN will become the new weatherization service provider for Allen, Bourbon, Linn, Morris, and Woodson counties. South Central Kansas Economic Development District – SCKEDD will become the new weatherization service provider for Butler, Harvey, and Marion counties. All 105 Kansas counties are served by a weatherization service provider as outlined in the map.

Check out our Weatherization page for information and applications.

U.S. Rep Steve Watkins to Co-Sponsor Anti Poverty Bill

U.S. Rep. Steve Watkins has announced he will join more than 30 of his congressional colleagues to co-sponsor HR 1695, the Community Services Block Grant Reauthorization Act of 2019 (HR 1695). This act is a major funding source for many anti-poverty services ECKAN provides in nine counties in east-central Kansas.

H.R. 1695 will renew the nation’s commitment to reducing poverty through more than 1,000 Community Action Agencies across America.  The Community Action Network is celebrating 55 years of services to individuals and families this year.

Rep. Watkins learned firsthand about ECKAN’s efforts to help low-income Kansans achieve self-sufficiency in April when he and his staff visited the ECKAN administrative office in Ottawa and a Head Start classroom in Emporia.

ECKAN (East Central Kansas Economic Development Corp.) is a community action partnership agency fighting poverty in 16 east central Kansas counties. HR 1695 supports self-sufficiency programming in the following ECKAN-serviced counties: Anderson, Coffey, Douglas, Franklin, Lyon, Johnson, Miami, Morris and Osage.

 

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New Affordable Duplexes Expected to Lease in August

Construction of a new 34-unit mixed income duplex development in north Ottawa is scheduled for completion in time for August leasing.

ECKAN, the City of Ottawa and Prairie Fire partnered on this project, which will add 28 new units of housing at below-market rates. Square footage is 1,000 for two-bedroom units and 1,250 for three-bedroom units. Depending upon unit size and income qualifications, monthly rents are projected at $240 subsidized to $995 market.

Seldin Co. is the leasing agent: 785-241-9885 / https://www.seldin.com/prairieview

ECKAN also supports affordable housing in 16 east central Kansas counties through its own below-market rental housing, federal voucher programs and weatherization of existing homes.

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Crystal Anderson Named ECKAN CEO

Crystal Anderson will assume the position of ECKAN CEO on June 1, 2019.  She is currently Assistant CEO and has been with the agency since 2013. “Over the last several years Crystal has helped grow ECKAN through new initiatives within our communities, and has become well known and respected by our partners at the local,…Read More→

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Introducing ECKAN Head Start’s Health Coordinator – Candy Burenheide

Candy Burenheide, RN

We’re excited to recognize National Nurses Day by highlighting ECKAN Head Start’s Health Coordinator, Candy Burenheide, RN.  Candy has been with the agency for a few short months and has jumped in with both feet!

What do you do at ECKAN?

I oversee the entire health program throughout our seven-county service area. It is important to ECKAN to staff fulltime nurses in the program to be available for families, children and staff. I am a Registered Nurse and Lisa Brown, who assists me with our program, is a Licensed Practical Nurse; we ensure that we stay within the scope of our practice through the Kansas State Board of Nursing.

The Head Start Performance Standards require us to ensure each child receives and is up to date on physicals and immunizations to begin school. Prior to the school year, children receive health screening within 45 days of enrollment, which includes a check of their hearing, vision, nutrition and dental needs. We support families to ensure that children have access to insurance and primary care physicians. In the classroom, we monitor safety, documentation of all health related records and nutritional intake. We work closely with Family Service Workers and Home Visitors to provide education and answer health related questions of the families of the children.

What is your favorite part of your job?

Working with children! I am beginning to connect with the children and their parents, who are their child’s first and most important teacher. ECKAN makes a positive difference in the lives of the children and families each year as evidenced in the parent and child health outcomes.

$17,342 in Emergency Savings Funds Presented to ECKAN Clients

Emporia Stepping Stones Graduates April 2019

Twenty-six Lyon County individuals proudly graduated from ECKAN’s Stepping Stones to Success Emergency Savings program April 29, 2019, at Emporia State Federal Credit Union. Each received a 2:1 match check of $667. Added to their own six-month regular savings, this established a $1,000 emergency savings fund for each graduate. Eight more are on track to graduate in Lyon County.

Greg Bachman represented the Jones Foundation which granted ECKAN the funds for this pilot savings program. The credit union ethusiastically partnered with ECKAN to establish and maintain the savings accounts.

Graduates, who met low income guidelines, navigated very tight budgets to make monthly savings deposits of $55.50. They also met monthly with their Stepping Stones case manager.

ECKAN and our partners are very proud of these graduates’ accomplishment, and encourage them to continue to save for emergencies on their path to self sufficiency.

Summer Lunch Bunch

Communities Centers Closed Friday, October 12, 2018 (Anderson County will be open)

Anderson County Community Center will be open on Friday, October 12 2018.  All other county community centers will be closed for meetings.  This includes Coffey, Douglas, Franklin, Lyon, Miami, Morris, and Osage Counties.  Offices will reopen on Monday, October 15, 2018 at 8 a.m.

Anderson County Community Center Hours of Operation October 8-12, 2018

Anderson County Community Center Hours for the week of October 8-12, 2018

Monday 8-5
Tuesday closed
Wednesday 8-12 
Thursday 8-12
Friday 8-5

AARP Safer Driving Free for October

 

Call a location below to sign up!!

10/9/2018 8:45

SALINE COUNTY SENIOR CENTER

(785) 827-9818

245 N 9TH ST

SALINA

10/10/2018 8:00

BEAM SENIOR CENTER

(620) 873-5363

624 W CARTHAGE ST

MEADE

10/10/2018 13:00

COWLEY COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE

(620) 441-5286

125 S 2ND ST

ARKANSAS CITY

10/11/2018 8:00

DODGE CITY SENIOR CENTER

(620) 338-8863

2408 CENTRAL AVE

DODGE CITY

10/11/2018 8:00

Kirwin Public Library

(913) 543-6652

1st & Main

KIRWIN

10/11/2018 9:00

VILLAGE PRESBYTERIAN CHRUCH

(913) 671-2333

6641 MISSION RD

PRAIRIE VILLAGE

10/11/2018 10:00

LAWRENCE LIBRARY

(785) 843-3833

707 VERMONT ST

LAWRENCE

10/13/2018 9:00

ROELAND PARK COMMUNITY CENTER

(913) 826-3160

4850 ROSEWOOD DR

ROELAND PARK

10/15/2018 9:00

Basehor Community Library

(913) 724-2828

1400 158TH ST

BASEHOR

10/15/2018 13:00

INMAN SENIOR CENTER

(620) 585-2159

103 E GORDON ST

INMAN

10/16/2018 9:00

SYLVESTER POWELL JR COMMUNITY CENTER – MISSION

(913) 722-8200

6200 MARTWAY ST

MISSION

10/17/2018 8:00

LIBERAL SR CTR

(620) 624-0828

701 N GRANT AVE

LIBERAL

10/17/2018 9:00

Library District #2 of Linn County

(913) 757-2151

209 N BROADWAY ST

LA CYGNE

10/17/2018 13:00

WINFIELD PUBLIC LIBRARY

(620) 221-4470

605 COLLEGE ST

WINFIELD

10/18/2018 8:00

AARP-Kansas

(785) 234-1366

6220 SW 29TH ST STE 300

TOPEKA

10/18/2018 8:00

PRATT COMMUNITY CENTER – TIFFANY BROWN

(620) 672-7811

619 N MAIN ST

PRATT

10/19/2018 8:00

Horton Public Library

(620) 412-3906

809 1ST AVE E

HORTON

10/20/2018 8:00

ROELAND PARK COMMUNITY CENTER

(913) 826-3160

4850 ROSEWOOD DR

ROELAND PARK

10/20/2018 9:00

Stilwell United Methodist Church

(913) 897-2101

19335 METCALF AVE

STILWELL

10/20/2018 9:00

MESSIAH LUTHERAN CHURCH

(785) 639-1750

2000 MAIN ST

HAYS

10/22/2018 17:30

Newton Recreation Center

(316) 283-1157

415 N POPLAR ST

NEWTON

10/23/2018 12:30

DERBY SENIOR CENTER

(316) 788-0223

611 N MULBERRY RD

DERBY

10/24/2018 8:00

DELOS V SMITH SENIOR CENTER

(620) 662-0111

101 W 1ST AVE

HUTCHINSON

10/24/2018 8:00

Prairie View Senior Citizens Community Center

(785) 973-2216

304 MAIN ST

PRAIRIE VIEW

10/24/2018 9:00

LEAVENWORTH COUNTY FARM BUREAU ASSC

(913) 250-0016

102 OLIVE ST

LANSING

10/24/2018 13:00

WELLINGTON SR CENTER

(866) 653-9337

308 S WASHINGTON AVE

WELLINGTON

10/29/2018 13:00

LINDSBORG SENIOR CENTER

(620) 345-2139

116 S MAIN ST

LINDSBORG

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Equipment Donation Drive

Better Brains for Babies

Better Brains for Babies

Professional Development for Early Childhood Professionals available in two locations.

BBB trng. Oct 6 – Lyndon

BBB trng. Nov 3 – OttawaBBB trng. Nov 3 – Ottawa

Sponsored by:
ECKAN Head Start & Early Head Start
Frontier Extension District

“Better Brains for Babies:
The mission of the Better Brains for Babies initiative is to improve the potential of young children by promoting the use of early
brain development research in everyday life experiences. Better Brains for Babies is a collaboration of national, state and local,
public and private organizations dedicated to promoting awareness and education about the importance of early brain
development in the healthy growth and development of infants and young children. The initiative began in Georgia, and has
become available to Kansas professionals through a partnership between University of Georgia Extension and K-State Research
and Extension.”

Anderson County Community Center Schedule Adjustment Week of September 24-29, 2018

Anderson County will be open the rest of the week on the following schedule:
Tuesday 8-5
Wednesday 8-12 pantry from 8-12
Thursday 8-5 ks food bank distribution 10-4
Friday closed
 

Proclamation Signing for Community Action Month

April 23, 2018

ECKAN’s Tenant Workshop

http://www.ottawaherald.com/news/20180421/eckan-plans-tenant-workshop

Ottawa University’s WE Conference Rescheduled

The WE Conference has been rescheduled to April 19th! The schedule for the event is below:

Poverty Simulation in Emporia, Kansas

January 26th in Emporia Gazette—A great article about the poverty simulation was published the day after Family Promise and ECKAN held the simulation.  Please check it out.   http://www.emporiagazette.com/area_news/article_1c696324-80a3-5b89-911b-e50aae94609d.html  This coordinator was slightly misquoted but, it was close.  This coordinator said it is not personal deficiencies that are the cause of poverty and the gazette published not personal “decisions.”

One highlight from the article—

“This experience was a super positive experience,” he said. “It’s really cool being able to play characters. This time I was a 16-year-old pregnant woman and my boyfriend was there, so we were trying to hang out quite a bit. For an older economist that’s sometimes a bit of a challenge, but sometimes we forget about the dire circumstances people face when they’re in poverty.”

Catlett said, overall, the simulation reinforced his belief that poverty does not have to exist in today’s society.

“We don’t have to have poverty,” Catlett said. “President (John) Kennedy’s inaugural speech said we’ve got the power to destroy the Earth, which means we’ve also got the power to eliminate poverty. We’ve got one of the most affluent societies on the planet and we still struggle with poverty, and that’s inexcusable from my perspective.”

ECKAN Human Services Coordinator Julia Wilson, who moderated the event, told participants that more than 6,300 Emporians currently live in poverty. With a population of just less than 25,000, that amounts to a 25.5 percent poverty level in the city. Wilson said last week 16 homeless people came to her office seeking assistance. That, she said, was reason enough to keep pushing for anti-poverty programs.

“We can’t just give up on anti-poverty efforts,” she said. “It can be the easy way out to say we’ve been offering food assistance for so long and now so many people depend on it, and they’re just not motivated. I just don’t think that’s the case. It’s not individual decisions that create poverty. It’s time to take a step back and think about how we can change our approach and keep trying.”

Community Presentations or Other Outreach Activities:

The Poverty Simulation with Family Promise on January 25th went extremely well!  ECKAN brought attention to the realities of poverty and Family Promise gained much needed attention and support for their efforts to start housing homeless families inside local churches.  At the end of the simulation a woman who is now a professor at the college came up to this coordinator and reported that she grew up in extreme poverty and said it was just like the simulation.  This was great reinforcement and motivating.  Another poverty simulation is already in the works as a result of connections made at this simulation for the staff at Walnut Elementary school.

Spreading the Word

January 17th in the Gazette—Family Promise leader and President of the school board, Doug Epp, put out an article with the Emporia Gazette to spread the word before the poverty simulation the hosted with ECKAN.  This coordinator was slightly disappointed ECKAN wasn’t mentioned in this article.  However, ECKAN did get this conversation started and a lot of community attention to poverty sprouted.

http://www.emporiagazette.com/area_news/article_af699cb6-5e2a-58c1-9a42-d479c100644d.html

Guest Editorial: Governor’s legacy of punitive policies targets poor

http://www.ottawaherald.com/opinion/20171127/guest-editorial-governors-legacy-of-punitive-policies-targets-poor

Black Awareness Committee hosting annual essay contest

http://www.ottawaherald.com/news/20171125/black-awareness-committee-hosting-annual-essay-contest

 

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Douglas County Community Center Gets Ready for Back to School Supply Distribution

We packed back packs and sorted shoes today in Douglas County.  We sorted over a thousand shoes and backpacks. 
 
The distribute dates will be August 9-11, 2017.  We provide a back pack from pre-K through the 12th grade.  Shoes were provide K-6th grade.  There were some neat looking shoes.
 
Programs like this would not be possible with out the generous donations of organizations within our communities.   These are pictures of the Human Service Coordinator, accepting the award for $2,000 from Prairie Potawatomi Nation Charitable Contribution Award Ceremony. We thanked them for the award and their partnership with Eckan. We informed the group and the members that the money will be for buying back to school supplies for grades pre-k- 12th grades for Douglas County which consist of Eudora, Baldwin City, and Lecompton.

Arvest’s Million Meals Campaign

ECKAN is so thankful for those that generously gave during Arvest’s Million Meals Campaign.  It is with wonderful community partners, like Arvest, that we can provide food for those in need in our area!  Be sure when you stop in to Arvest that you thank them for their community minded vision!