To All Who We Serve,
All of us here at ECKAN Weatherization understand this is a challenging and unprecedented time and that everyone has concerns regarding their safety and well-being during this COVID-19 pandemic. Through a collaborative effort between the KS Dept. of Health, the Governor’s Office, OSHA, and the CDC, we are implementing the policies and practices outlined below to ensure your safety and the safety of our staff and community as we begin to re-open our program and start providing Weatherization services again.
What You Can Expect
- We will call you to schedule a time to come to your home and make sure you are comfortable with us coming. The person who calls will ask you several health related questions as part of this process related to COVID-19. All of this information is kept private and confidential.
- Once you have given us the go ahead to come to your home to provide Energy Efficiency Coaching, Energy Auditing, Weatherization or Quality Control Inspection services (depending on what phase in the weatherization process you are in), we will call you the day we are due to arrive to double check there have been no health related changes in your household that would keep us from coming to your home.
- Before our arrival, all equipment that will be used in your home will be disinfected. All materials to be installed will have been either disinfected and/or quarantined in our warehouse beforehand.
- Any staff entering your home will be wearing an approved mask, gloves and other personal protective equipment as needed.
- While any of our staff are at your home, you will be asked to wear a mask and maintain social distancing to both protect yourself and our staff as per state guidelines. If you are unable to wear a mask due to health reasons, please let us know and we will make adjustments for this. If you are able to wear a mask but are unwilling to, we will need to postpone our visit until you are either willing to wear one or the State of Kansas deems they are no longer necessary. If you do not have a mask, we can provide you with one.
- Often there are papers which we will need you to sign during our visit. These will be provided to you in duplicate in a plastic zip lock bag. We will ask you to sign them (preferably with your own pen). One set of copies are for you to keep and the other will be placed back into the bag for return to our office.
- Any surfaces in your home which are touched by any of our staff without gloves will be disinfected before leaving.
Because we are funded by both the state and federal governments and we care about everyone’s safety, we are taking the guidelines issued to us for safe operation very seriously. If you have any questions or concerns about our COVID-19 safety procedures, please let us know and we will do our best to address them.
We look forward to serving you and making your home more energy efficient, healthier and comfortable.
Weatherization Director East Central Kansas Economic Opportunity Corporation.
P.O. Box 40 Ottawa, Kansas 66067-0400
ECKAN wants to hear from you! Please take our survey: https://www.surveygizmo.com/
This survey is available until May 15th.
Ottawa—Effective February 3, ECKAN’s Franklin County Community Center is moving to a permanent location, following the flood at Don Woodward last year. ECKAN is excited to be partnering with the Elizabeth Layton Center (ELC) and will be relocating to offices within ELC’s Community Support Services building, located at 204 East 15th Street, Ottawa, Kansas 66067-0677.
ECKAN hours will be Monday through Friday from 9 am to 12 pm and 1 pm to 4 pm.
ECKAN encourages customers to call 785-242-7515 to schedule an appointment at the center.
ECKAN’s CEO, Crystal Anderson, states “I could not be more excited for ECKAN and ELC to be strengthening an already great partnership in this way. Comprehensive behavioral health services are critical and necessary in any community – I’m excited that folks receiving ECKAN services might also benefit from this new space, and also for our staff to be gaining knowledge and insight directly from ELC’s experts.”
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:
Planning & Community Engagement Director
1320 S. Ash St.
Ottawa, KS 66067
Thank you for participating in this valuable assessment survey!
“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.
Effective September 3, ECKAN County Community Centers will change 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.
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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).
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).
“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.