ECKAN is happy to share our 2021 annual report. The report contain service and fiscal information along with several success stories shared by our customers and community partners.

ECKAN is happy to share our 2020 annual report. The report contain service and fiscal information along with several success stories shared by our customers and community partners.

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. 

Jeremy Graham

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/s3/5565028/ECKAN-Urgent-Needs-Survey

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.”

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!

“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.