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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

Job & Education Fair November 14th
November 1, 2019


Johnson County Human Services in collaboration with Johnson County Human Resources is hosting a Job & Education Fair on Thursday, November 14th from 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm at the Sunset Drive Office Building (11811 S. Sunset Drive)  in Olathe. The goal of the Job & Education Fair is to assist those who are looking for a job/career where they can make a livable wage and also provide educational resources. 


There are over 30 participating agencies. Some of the agencies include:
* Aerotek
* Aptora
* Baker University
* City of Olathe, KS
* Kansas Department for Children and Families
* FedEx Ground
* First Student Olathe
* Fry-Wagner Moving & Storage
* Garmin International
* Olathe Head Start
* Henke Manufacturing Corp
* Johnson County, KS Government
* Johnson County Developmental Supports - JCDS
* Johnson County Community College
* Johnson County Department of Health and Environment
* Johnson County Park and Recreation District - JCPRD
* Johnson County Med-Act
* Johnson County, KS Sheriff's Office
* KC Degrees
* Kids TLC
* Mid America Nazarene University
* Olathe Public Schools
* University of Kansas - Edward's Campus
* U.S. Census Bureau
* WaterOne
* Workforce Partnership


Here are some great tips to ensure the Job & Education Fair is successful for attendees:

  1. Dress appropriately. First impressions are important and you will probably be most comfortable if you at least dress in "business casual." See https://www.monster.com/career-advice/article/how-to-dress-for-job-fairs
  2. Bring many copies of your resume to submit to employers.
  3. Get your bearings. When you arrive, take a few minutes to review the map and directory for the fair.  See this article for Resume Tips https://www.monster.com/career-advice/article/declutter-your-resume-in-5-steps.
  4. Introduce yourself and be prepared to give your "career pitch" within 2 minutes. Extend your hand, say "hello" and state your name. Have your resume ready to give to the employer. Be ready to talk about your career interests and your background.
  5. Stay upbeat and energized. Try to make an impression through your enthusiasm about the work. Also try to engage the company representative in conversation about the company, and listen to what the rep has to say.
  6. Take notes when you inquire about next steps and the possibility of talking with additional managers. The representative at the fair may not be able to answer all of your questions or know specifics about your job interests. Write down the names, telephone numbers, etc. of other staff in the organization whom you can contact later.
  7. Ask the representative for his/her card, and then promptly send a thank-you note. Having the business card of the representative you have just spoken with serves three purposes. First, you have a direct contact with the organization, including the proper spelling of the representative's name, direct telephone line, etc. Second, a brief thank-you note acknowledges the help they gave you and the time they took to visit with you. Third, sending thank-you notes is a good professional habit. Find sample thank-you letters in our Job & Internship Guide.
  8. Apply online for the positions you were interested in.
  9. Send a thank you note to the person you met with to follow-up and let them know you remain interested in the position.  Thank you letter examples:  https://www.monster.com/career-advice/article/sample-interview-thank-you-letter
  10. Consider any new contacts you meet or information gathered at the job fair as a positive addition to your resources. Be persistent in your endeavors -- job opportunities sometimes come from the least expected sources at the most unexpected times.

For more information about the event please contact Kay Lowe at Kay.Lowe@jocogov.org 

Media inquires for the event should be directed to Suzanne Hess at Suzanne.Hess@jocogov.org 

Aging Services in Johnson County: "Did You Know?" Video
October 22, 2019

The recent Aging Services Community Forum featured a video called  "Did You Know?' which offered some eye-opening facts and information about Johnson County Area Agency on Aging and senior services.   Please click on the link above to enjoy the video produced  by Gragg Advertising  in partnership with the AAA to build awareness and support for the needs of seniors in our community.    

Aging Services Community Forum Gathers Ideas to Meet Senior Needs
October 17, 2019

The Johnson County Commission on Aging is sponsoring the 2019 Aging Services Community Forum on Monday October 21, 2019. at the Arts and Heritage Center, 8788 Metcalf in Overland Park to identify areas of greatest need within the purview of the Johnson County Area Agency on Aging.   Invited attendees representing a broad range of knowledge and experience related to aging services will brainstorm and discuss ideas on how to increase and improve services to Johnson County’s rapidly growing senior population.

Attendees for the forum will include members of the Commission on Aging as well as interested individuals selected to best represent and articulate the needs of seniors in Johnson County.    Please see the Aging Forum Video* and Aging Forum Powerpoint Slides for more information about the growing senior population and the effort to brainstorm ideas  to address senior needs in the community. 

The AAA extends special thanks to the Commission on Aging, for their work and advocacy, including COA Forum committee members, Karen Weber, Pam Shernuk, Chuck Nigro, Paula Hurt and Kim Mann.  Thanks also to Gragg Advertising, Ashley Bain, Account Manager, and Gregory Gragg, CEO, for their expertise and willingness to partner with the COA, Area Agency on Aging and Johnson County Government. And thanks to AAA staff, forum facilitators, and many community members and professionals of Johnson County for their input, involvement, and contributions to our efforts to identify and meet the needs of our senior community.

*The final slide of the presentation illustrates how you eat a whale, one bite at a time...and how you tackle large issues and meet large needs...one step at a time.  Here is the accompanying poem:

Have you heard of tiny Melinda Mae, Who ate a monstrous whale? She thought she could, She said she would, So she started in right at the tail. And everyone said, "You're much too small," But that didn't bother Melinda at all. She took little bites and she chewed very slow, Just like a good girl should...


Read the Sept-Oct Best Times News Magazine for Senior Adults
September 5, 2019

The Best Times News Magazine is printed every two months to inform and support Johnson County senior adults age 60+ and anyone interested in learning about a variety of issues, activities, services, and resources available for seniors in Johnson County, Kansas.   It is available for free to seniors in Johnson County and for everyone else at a $20 annual subscription. Read the current issue online.

See subscription/contact information on page 2, information about the Area Agency on Aging on pages 6-7, a Senior Resource Directory overview list on page 8, and a story about how low-income seniors make ends meet on pages 18-19.  Also check out the classified ads on pages 32-33, and the calendar of events and activities on pages 34-35.

In this issue also read:

Johnson County Meals on Wheels Needs Your Help
September 5, 2019

  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



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