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.