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Aging and Human Services

Central Office: 913-715-8800

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

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Johnson County’s Aging and 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

CARES funded Food Care Packages for Older Adults Project launches today!
November 23, 2020

Linked below is a video created by the Johnson County Public Information Office regarding today’s CARES-funded Food Care Package for Older Adults project.

https://youtu.be/Fwkyle_ehj4

Older adults living in seven subsidized senior living facilities throughout Johnson County are receiving boxes filled with $100 worth of Hy-Vee groceries today.  The groceries are courtesy of the Federal COVID-19 Relief fund and made available from Johnson County’s Aging and Human Services Department. The care package is targeted to assist older adults in need living in Johnson County, to make their life a little easier and help them remain safe and healthy during this period.

Area Agency on Aging Director Dan Goodman led this project, coordinated with the assistance of Aging Program Services Manager Angela Pelger, Stephany Ikpe, Nutrition Program Manager, Dyani Kallauner, Nutrition Program Coordinator, and support staff.  Staff were able to reach an agreement with our local Hy-Vee, to provide up to 670 older adults with these  food care packages.

Hy-Vee agreed to deliver all  food care packages throughout the County free of charge. These packages are being delivered today to various subsidized senior high-rises throughout Johnson County.  Hy-Vee offered the Aging and Human Services Department a price break on various products in order to maximize the purchasing power of the order. 

Stephany and Dyani  compiled a list of shelf stable nutritious foods in order to build the items purchased for each package. Stephany made sure that the items being purchased would be appropriate for the diet of a typical older adult .

Angela worked to identify subsidized senior living housing around the County,  specifically those that have an employee at each complex that would agree to coordinate the distribution of packages to the residents.  With Angela’s assistance we were able to get the numbers of clients in each program identified and secure the support of the facility’s staff.   

 

Explore Your Options 2020 – Service Directory Survey: Your Input is Needed!
October 30, 2020

Front Cover of Explore Your Options directoryThe Explore Your Options Directory for Senior Adults - 2020 is a guide to resources and services in Johnson County with bookmarks, hyperlinks and special features.   The Johnson County Area Agency on Aging is trying to raise awareness of Aging Services for County residents.  We are looking for feedback regarding our directory, and would appreciate your time in completing a brief survey to let us know what you think about the directory and how it works for you.  The survey is available at  http://EYOsurvey.jocogov.org through Nov. 20th, and is also in the November/December Best Times Magazine.  Feel free to complete the survey online or call 913-715-8861 with questions or to request a copy.  

Best Times readers who complete the paper survey may mail their completed paper survey by Nov. 20, 2020 to:  AAA EYO Survey, 11811 S. Sunset, Suite 1300, Olathe, KS 66061.  But the easiest way to give your input is through the online survey at http://EYOsurvey.jocogov.org .  We value your ideas and look forward to your response. 

Human Services Hosts Virtual Food Drive to Help Residents this Fall.
September 9, 2020

Virtual Food Drive 

This spring during the onset of COVID-19, Johnson County Human Services hosted a Virtual Food Drive through Amazon that allowed residents to safely purchase essential items for the three food pantries located in Gardner, Lenexa, and Mission.  The virtual food drive was very successful filling the bare shelves of our pantry. With school starting and high utility bills, the need for assistance is rising in our community. Our shelves are beginning to become bare. You can help! We have updated our Amazon wish list to include the most needed items for our food pantry which include non-perishable foods and hygiene items. All items will be shipped to Human Services and distributed to the three food pantries located in Gardner, Lenexa, and Mission. 

View our Amazon Wish List

If you or someone you know is in need of utility or food assistance, please call 913-715-6653 for more information.  

Residents with inquiries about our Virtual Food Drive may contact Brandy Hodge, Community Relations Manager, 913-715-8866 or [email protected]  

Human Services: COVID-19 Update
August 14, 2020

Human Services is taking a number of precautionary measures to protect our clients, volunteers, and staff as we continue to monitor the coronavirus (COVID-19). We are working with Johnson County government to make the best decisions concerning our programs and services. 

All updates will be posted to the webpage:  County services impacted by COVID-19

 

Housing Services: Now accepting applications for HOME Rehabilitation in Olathe
November 6, 2020

The HOME Program assists eligible Johnson County homeowners with rehabilitation of their homes to bring them into compliance with local housing codes (Housing Quality Standards). 

  Applications are now being accepted for HOME projects in the City of Olathe. For more information, please contact Sue Carter at (913)715-6612. Also please see the HOME Program web page on this site.

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