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.

 

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.

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→

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.

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.

2018 Share the Warmth Flyer

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 for the week of October 8-12, 2018

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

 

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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