Moving Toward Solutions

2015 Human Service Summit will focus on putting what’s been learned into practice

 Since 2011, much of UCS’ work has focused on understanding Johnson County’s increasing poverty.  Recent Human Service Summits have explored how other communities experiencing similar trends have responded.  This year, the summit will focus on taking action – moving toward solutions.

After learning more about what services and supports are currently available and strategic changes underway within County Government to reduce poverty, participants will generate actions they can take individually or organizationally in one of the three small group discussions: 1) household-sustaining jobs, 2) opportunity for healthy development and learning, and 3) safety net supports. These actions will act as a foundation for a strong community and expand opportunity for low-income individuals and families.

“Poverty is a complex issue, without a single solution. Research has identified any number of evidenced-based programs, policies and practices that may be effective in reducing poverty. Selecting the ones that are right for a particular organization or agency requires an understanding of who is affected by poverty in our community.”  

– Karen Wulfkuhle, UCS executive director

2015 UCS Human Service Summit
Tuesday June 9, 2015
8:00-8:30 a.m. Check-in and continental breakfast
8:30 am to 12:00 noon Program
Best Conference Center, KU Edwards Campus

To register online with a credit card for the 2015 Human Service Summit, go to:

To register by check download and complete the 2015 Human Service Summit registration form and mail it with check to:

United Community Services of Johnson County
12351 W 96th Terr., Suite 200, Lenexa, KS 66215

Registration for the Summit will close Tuesday June 2, 2015.

Every community must face an ever-changing environment and its influence on human well-being.  How a community responds can be shaped by effective planning. That’s where United Community Services of Johnson County comes in. Through information, collaborative planning and mobilization of resources, the availability of health and human services can be enhanced to meet present and emerging needs.

Johnson County Poverty Trend

According to the 2013 Census data released in September 2014, the overall county poverty rate is 5.9%.  The number of poor was estimated at 33,000.  More on Johnson County Poverty.

Homelessness 2015 Point in Time Count

Each year, the Johnson County Continuum of Care on Homelessness counts the number of persons experiencing homelessness in the county over one night to better understand their characteristics and immediate needs.  In 2014, 86% of persons identified as homeless in Johnson County were in households that included children under the age of 18 years.

This year’s count was conducted on Wednesday January 28, 2015 and reflected the number of persons who slept overnight in emergency shelter, transitional housing having come from emergency shelter, or in places not meant for human habitation (e.g. on the streets, in their car, in abandoned building, in temporary camps) the evening of Tuesday January 27 into Wednesday morning the 28.  Understanding who experiences homelessness locally assists housing and service providers plan for appropriate services and supports to assist households regain safe and stable housing.

Johnson County CoC members and volunteers used the attached 2015 Point-in-Time Count Form to collect data between Wednesday January 28thand Friday January 30th. Final results will be posted in April.

Johnson County Poverty, a two-page overview of local poverty.

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Now available, the October 2014 UCS Community Report.

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Human Service Safety Net. A one-page handout 2014 edition highlighting some of the local programs that rely on state/federal funding administered by the State of Kansas.

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