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Human Services

Central Office: 913-715-8800

11811 S. Sunset Drive, Suite 1300, Olathe, Kansas 66061

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Johnson County’s Human Services department manages programs and activities that support the independence, dignity and self-sufficiency of Johnson County residents. These services and opportunities primarily target older adults, people with disabilities, low-income families, and other residents who require assistance.

Department News

Commission on Aging selects recipient for 2018 Leadership in Aging Award
August 31, 2018

On August 8, 2018, the Johnson County Commission on Aging (COA) selected Frank Cockrell to receive the 2018  Peg Deaton Leadership in Aging Award which honors individuals, groups, or organizations making outstanding contributions to the quality of life for older adults and their families in Johnson County.  It will be presented at the COA meeting on September 12th.

Cockrell, 83, of Overland Park, has been a leader in serving older adults for many years.   He worked as a CPA for fifty years (including time with Arthur Anderson and Co, as Chief Financial Officer with Black and Veatch, and with Saint Paul School of Theology) and then began giving back to his community through service to others.  

Frank served on the Shepherds Centers of America Board of Trustees to promote and support programs for seniors, worked as a Kansas Long Term Care Ombudsman advocating for the rights of nursing home residents, and has shared his leadership skills with SenCom, the Senior Computer Users Group of Kansas City, and Friends of the Library.  

Currently he is president of the Funeral Consumer Alliance of Greater Kansas City which provides a wide-spectrum of funeral information and choices for families in the area.  As a member of Leawood’s Church of the Resurrection, he will participate in an upcoming October volunteer mission trip to Malawi in Africa to share his expertise in economic empowerment.

Regional Long-Term Care Ombudsman Marilyn Randa says “Frank has carried himself with dignity, always thinking of others…I am honored and proud to say he is my new-found friend and colleague.”   Steve Nicely, Secretary for the Funeral Consumers Alliance says “You may not know that Frank Cockrell has business cards.  Along with his contact information is his job title, stated simply and clearly: Volunteer.  The guy simply has a passion for helping people, especially seniors, in their times of need. I can’t imagine that you will find someone more qualified or deserving than Frank for the Peg Deaton Leadership in Aging Award.”

Clearly, the Commission on Aging echoes those sentiments.    See Leadership in Aging Award for past recipients.


Minor Home Rehabilitation Program has funds available to assist with home repairs
June 21, 2018

The Minor Home Rehabilitation Program has funds available to assist with home repairs. Income-qualified homeowners may be eligible to receive minor home rehabilitation assistance for household repairs/modifications of a health, safety or accessibility nature. 

Typical project scopes include:

•    Electrical repairs
•    Plumbing repairs
•    Roof replacement
•    Bath modifications
•    Ramps, grab bars, adaptive equipment
•    Window and door replacement
•    Furnace/air conditioner repair or replacement

  Please refer to https://www.jocogov.org/dept/human-services/housing/minor-home-rehabilitation on this website, for eligibility and application details.

Johnson County Meals on Wheels Needs Your Help
September 7, 2018

Are you interested in being a volunteer delivering meals on wheels?

- Volunteers deliver meals to homebound seniors once a week, once a month, or when available.
- Meals are delivered 10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m., Monday - Friday
- Meals can be delivered by:
• Individuals
• Civic & other groups
• Faith community teams
• Employee teams
- Routes are available in your neighborhood
- Children are welcome to accompany parent or grandparent on the route.

 If you are interested or want additional information, please call Brandy 913-715-8859, e-mail Brandy.Hodge@jocogov.org or see our web page about Volunteer Opportunities


Johnson County Catch-a-Ride Needs Your Help!
June 13, 2018

Are you interested in driving county residents to critical appointments?  We hope so, because Catch-a-Ride needs you! And Catch-a-Ride has a special need for drivers in rural areas such as Gardner, Spring Hill, and De Soto.

Catch-a-Ride is a completely volunteer-based program in which elders, people with a disability, and people in a major life transition are given rides to medical appointments, grocery stores/food pantries, and social service agencies. Clients are people who cannot drive themselves and do not have a network of people who can drive for them.

Volunteers can drive “anytime, anywhere” or only at certain intervals or in certain areas of the county. We are very respectful of driver needs and schedules.

   If you are interested or want additional information, please call Brandy 913-715-8859, or e-mail Brandy.Hodge@jocogov.org.

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