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Enews 10-19-23: Hispanic Heritage Month; KS Public Policy Forum 2023; Expungement Clinic; GivingTuesday 2023

Enews 10-19-23: Hispanic Heritage Month; KS Public Policy Forum 2023; Expungement Clinic; GivingTuesday 2023

UCS Celebrates the Contributions of Hispanics and Latinos in Johnson County During the past month, Johnson County communities have been celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month which honors the cultures and contributions of both Hispanic and Latino Americans. Johnson County is home to 52,575 Hispanic or Latino residents, representing 8.5% of the county’s population. More than 2 in 3 of those residents identify as Mexican, with Puerto Rican, Cuban, and other national identities also represented in the Hispanic and Latino populations. The median household income of Hispanic residents is $76,534, compared to an overall median household income of $98,523 across all Johnson ...
Enews 8-31-23: Seniors in Johnson County; Livable Communities; Perspectives on Homelessness; Health Assessment Survey

Enews 8-31-23: Seniors in Johnson County; Livable Communities; Perspectives on Homelessness; Health Assessment Survey

A Profile of Johnson County’s Older Adults More than 93,000 seniors call Johnson County home, representing 15.3% of the population who are age 65 and older. One in four seniors live alone, a trend that is more common in the United States than in many other countries, according to Pew Research Center. Among other challenges, the cost burden of housing affects 23% of homeowners and a striking 64% of renters. Our latest fact sheet emphasizes the need for support networks, housing options, and community services to enhance the health and well-being of older adults in our community. Editorial: Livable Communities ...
Enews 8-17-23: Child Care and Financial Stability; Family Friendly Workplaces Summit; Perspectives on Homelessness; Health Assessment Survey

Enews 8-17-23: Child Care and Financial Stability; Family Friendly Workplaces Summit; Perspectives on Homelessness; Health Assessment Survey

The Role of Child Care in Financial Stability For women in the workforce who have young children in their household, child care is not only important but is a critical element for workforce participation and long-term financial stability. When child care is affordable and accessible, it can support parents’ and guardians’ ability to work and provide lifelong benefits to children. But childcare costs stand out as one of the biggest barriers to financial stability for women in the workforce. Learn more in the video below: Family Friendly Workplaces Summit – Registration Open Society for Human Resource Management of Johnson County ...
Enews 8/3/23: New Episode of One Small Step; Perspectives on Homelessness; New Director of Policy & Planning; Community Health Assessment Survey

Enews 8/3/23: New Episode of One Small Step; Perspectives on Homelessness; New Director of Policy & Planning; Community Health Assessment Survey

Listen In: New Episode of “JoCo’s One Small Step” In this episode, we'll hear from Tom and Jon. Tom considers himself an "Eisenhower Republican," and was heavily influenced by the Vietnam War and Civil Rights Movement during his youth. Jon, who grew up with a more conservative mindset, has recently been re-evaluating his political beliefs after a major life event and isn't sure he fits into one political party. Listen in to their conversation. This episode is presented by United Community Services of Johnson County with support from Resurrection, A United Methodist Church. One Small Step is a podcast framework ...
Enews 6-1-23: Executive Director Search; Perspectives on Homelessness; Human Service Summit 2023; One Small Step

Enews 6-1-23: Executive Director Search; Perspectives on Homelessness; Human Service Summit 2023; One Small Step

UCS Seeks Its Next Executive Director United Community Services of Johnson County has retained OMNI HRM to assist in the search for their next Executive Director. This role has overall strategic and operation responsibility for UCS’ staff, programs, initiatives, and execution of mission. The ideal candidate will embrace the mission, vision and values of UCS and work to propel the organization forward. Referrals are welcome for this key role. For more information, please click this link: https://tinyurl.com/ucsexecdirsearch Perspectives on Homelessness: Megan Foreman Megan Foreman brings a public health background to her role as Johnson County, KS Government's newly-created housing coordinator position, ...
Enews 7-13-23: New UCS Executive Director; 2023 CoC NOFO Announcement; Community Health Assessment Survey

Enews 7-13-23: New UCS Executive Director; 2023 CoC NOFO Announcement; Community Health Assessment Survey

Kristy Baughman Named as New UCS Executive Director The UCS Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Kristy Baughman, UCS’ current Director of Education and Planning, has been chosen to lead UCS as the new Executive Director effective July 24. Kristy brings more than 20 years of nonprofit experience to the Executive Director role. Throughout her career, she has built authentic, productive relationships with leaders, stakeholders, and community members across the globe, here in Johnson County, and in her own neighborhood. Kristy joined UCS in 2018, and in her current role has advanced our organization’s housing work, illuminated health ...
Enews 6-29-23: Human Service Summit 2023 Summary; Safety Net Fact Sheet; Perspectives on Homelessness; Community Health Assessment Survey

Enews 6-29-23: Human Service Summit 2023 Summary; Safety Net Fact Sheet; Perspectives on Homelessness; Community Health Assessment Survey

Recap: UCS Human Service Summit Focused on Taking Action to Address Homelessness in Johnson County Approximately 200 attendees came together for the UCS 2023 Human Service Summit, where the theme of the day was “From Me to We: Tackling the Big Issues Together.” The big issue that participants focused on was establishing a shelter for our unhoused community members, and how each participant could play a role in helping establish a continuum of housing within Johnson County. Two panel discussions framed both the impact of housing challenges and homelessness in our community, as well as visions for possible solutions. One solution highlighted ...
Enews 6-17-22: Summit Event Summary; Faith Communities' Collaborations; Youth & Social Media Mental Health Event; KS Homeowner Assistance Fund

Enews 6-17-22: Summit Event Summary; Faith Communities’ Collaborations; Youth & Social Media Mental Health Event; KS Homeowner Assistance Fund

2022 UCS Human Service Summit — Connecting Community, Creating Resilience The UCS 2022 Human Service Summit hosted more than 150 attendees in-person for the first time since 2019. Leaders from various sectors of Johnson County came together to foster ideas about creating strong and resilient communities in the face of shared challenges. After assessing the impact of the pandemic, the need for connectedness is greater now than ever before. The event kicked off with a UCS presentation from Kristy Baughman, Director of Education and Planning, and Kathryn Evans, Manager of Special Projects, who demonstrated the importance of creating strong communities ...

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