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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).