Update from the President Dear Friends of KETCH: During this past year, we acknowledge that many have struggled through this difficult economy. Many businesses, organizations and families have suffered greatly. State funding was threatened, and for the first time in my years at KETCH, funding for many individuals we serve was at risk of being eliminated. In response, we focused our attention on our use of resources in an effort to make the necessary changes to continue thriving. We carefully reviewed our budget, eliminated some positions, reduced the number of paid holidays, reduced staff work schedules, cut back overtime hours, and made many other small changes that added up to significant savings. We also received important help from Sedgwick County in replacing the loss of State funding. Because of these changes, we managed to remain in full operation and no one lost their core services. Despite the economy, we were able to continue with plans to improve our capacity to provide safe and affordable housing by renovating our Country Acres Apartments and obtaining funding for new apartments adjacent to our 10th Street group home. One thing that hasnâ€™t changed is that KETCH staff are as dedicated as ever in helping the people we serve to achieve their highest level of ability and independence. It is inspiring to me, my staff, and our Board of Directors to see the rewards of our hard work every day. People are learning, growing and becoming more involved in their communities than ever before. We truly enjoy our work of helping individuals with disabilities achieve their dreams. I would like to give special thanks to our community stakeholders. Without your support, it would not be possible for KETCH to continue its mission of helping persons with disabilities create and maintain meaningful and productive lives. I am grateful for all the concern and support from our volunteers and the community that contributes toward our success in meeting the needs of persons with disabilities. Sincerely, Ron Pasmore President & CEO
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Ron is a soft-spoken, polite young man with a winning smile. He came to KETCH in 1990 after attending Derby High School Special Education courses. He started out working in the KETCH Work Services program in several different areas and eventually transitioned into Community Employment. During his years with KETCH Ron has grown to be independent in many ways. He has learned to live on his own despite his family’s fears, and while doing so ran the risk of losing their support. He wanted to grow up, though, and prove to everyone he would be okay. As part of his path to independence he accepted a position at Dillon’s 11 years ago. He now works there full-time and receives all of the same benefits as other full-time employees. This is a huge stepping stone for Ron.
Total served in work
and/or employment programs*
Prior to working at Dillon’s he had several community jobs but would always quit. With the help of his support team he learned he needed to control his temper and went to counseling. Now, Ron is an exemplary employee. He does everything from product returns, to retrieving carts and cleaning, all with a smile on his face. Even if it’s pouring rain, Ron is the guy who will happily take your groceries to your car. In 2005 a customer wrote a letter to Dillon’s expressing how Ron went above and beyond to help her. He was awarded with the Dillon’s Gold Star Award as a result and recently received the KETCH Achievement in Employment Award for making such great progress at work. Ron is on the road to success.
* Some individuals served in multiple programs.
Ken Haun was born in Nevada on a Piote Indian reservation. He was adopted as a toddler by William and Mildred Haun. When Ken was six years old the only parents he ever knew were killed in a car accident. In that same accident Ken received a severe traumatic brain injury. His life was forever changed.
Kenâ€™s family then moved him to Wichita to attend the Institute of Logopedics (now Heartspring). He came to KETCH in 1977 when he began receiving Supported Living services. At first he lived in an apartment with staff assistance but 10 years later terminated this service. Ken felt strongly he could live on his own. He moved into an apartment owned by Claude and Elsie Engelke. Claude and Elsie began natural supports for Ken. They often helped him with household chores and any other needs he had. Claude and Ken soon began getting coffee together every day and grew to be very good friends. In December 2006, Kenâ€™s dear friend Claude passed away. Elsie helped Ken get back into KETCH services, despite his reluctance.
Total served in residential programs*
Though he was again in KETCH services he wanted as little help as possible. It took a lot of convincing from his targeted case manager and team at KETCH to get him to agree to residential supports. He eventually agreed and has been in the residential program since 2009. He now showers daily and keeps his clothing and apartment as clean as possible. Ken has adjusted well and has grown to enjoy help from staff.
Total served in TCM*
Ken celebrated his 50th birthday in February 2010 with his team and peers at KETCH. This was the first birthday party he could remember since his parents passed away decades ago.
(Targeted Case Management)
It took some time, but Ken is finally home.
* Some individuals served in multiple programs.
Kristi’s start at KETCH was rocky. She was first referred to a work program when she came to KETCH in 2005. It wasn’t long until staff realized a work setting was not appropriate for Kristi. She often refused to work and slept instead. If she became upset she would throw herself out of her wheelchair and onto the floor.
Total served in
Just a few months after starting at KETCH she was referred to PACE, a program for adults with autism. Though some improvements were seen, Kristi’s behavior was still rather inappropriate and aggressive. She never trusted anyone and was extremely defiant. It was not unusual for Kristi to have several emotional outbursts a day, sometimes lasting all day. She would yell, scream, cuss, spit on people, kick, and hit. She also took items from KETCH and/or her peers daily. In late 2006 Kristi was placed in a Good Shepherd facility. She was referred back to KETCH in January 2007. Kristi was placed in the Adult Life Skills program on a trial basis. The ALS coordinator had a history with Kristi and did not feel ALS was the appropriate setting for her as she is higher functioning than other individuals in the program. However, she took a chance on Kristi, set firm guidelines for her in the program and worked hard to build a trusting relationship with her. Today, the ALS coordinator reports seeing tremendous growth in Kristi. She has matured into a very talented, amazing, and funny woman. She still has her bad days, just like we all do, but these are few and far between. Kristi has an amazing sense of humor, is quick witted and intelligent. Kristi is an incredibly talented artist, enjoys playing the piano, singing, and writes poetry and stories. She has participated in the KETCH Talent Show and performed for legislators.
KETCH didn’t give up on Kristi and as a result she didn’t give up on living and enjoying the life she deserves. * Some individuals served in multiple programs.
Board of Directors Ron Pasmore President and CEO Jim Malone Chairman Fred Badders 1st Vice Chairman Carla Bienhoff 2nd Vice Chairman Loren Anthony Secretary Ron Larson Assistant Secretary Dan Krug Treasurer Carl Billings KEA President Carl Lindsey KEA 1st Vice President Carol Hindman Ladies Chairperson Lonna Grewing Assistant Ladies Chairperson Board Members Chuck Buechman Brenda Harrison Sharlou Messerschmidt Frank Springer Jim Standen
July 1, 2009 - June 30, 2010
Program Support 19% 41% 31% 3% 3% 3% 0%
Services and Product Sales Federal Grants & Services State Grants and Services County Support Investment & Misc. Other Income Private Donations Purchased Services Total
$2,442,297 $5,358,441 $3,988,100 $466,571 $367,442 $346,493 $20,838 $12,990,182
3% 3% 0%
Program Expenditures 39% Community Living 19% Vocational Training 17% General Administration 11% Manufacturing 6% Transportation 5% Targeted Case Management 2% Job Placement 1% Fundraising and Public Education Total
$4,165,221 $2,035,649 $1,855,292 $1,141,930 $685,402 $573,068 $218,083 $64,183 $10,738,828
5% 2% 1%
11% 17% Community Living
Manufacturing Job Placement
Targeted Case Management
Fundraising and Public Education
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KETCH began construction on Country Acres, a project funded through the Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program. Construction was completed in December 2010. KETCH was awarded tax credits through the Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program to develop a new 10-unit apartment building in Mid-town Wichita. KETCH purchased an existing single-family home in east Wichita to serve persons in our residential program. It will serve as a transitional environment for persons first entering into KETCH Community Living services. With threatened loss of State funding due to the recession, nearly thirty KETCH clients were in fear of losing their funding. In partnership with the Sedgwick County CDDO, alternate funds were secured allowing KETCH to maintain its services to these individuals. Our capacity to increase the production of air filters was aided by the addition of new equipment that partially automates the manufacturing process of standard sized filters. KETCH clients were trained to build filters in a new way by operating the machine. KETCH introduced product upgrades to all of its air filters, increasing their filtration efficiency and improving their appearance. KETCH filters were branded as “KETCH-aire” filters. KETCH achieved a three-year accreditation from CARF, the highest level awarded. KETCH has successfully maintained CARF accreditation since 1971. KETCH was awarded a Healthy Wichita grant that helped fund the assistance of a registered dietician to develop customized menu plans for each residential setting. The CJ Memorial Golf Tournament awarded KETCH $3,000 that has been put towards the addition of a kitchen to the PACE program. The Adult Life Skills, Community Connections, and PACE programs began to focus on volunteer service projects. They supported the MDA by holding a car wash that raised $500 for MDA. The IT department developed a SharePoint site for the Behavior Management Committee. This has saved over 12 hours of staff time and allows the committee to have ample time for reviewing the necessary documents.
40-49 50-59 60 & over
White Black/African American Hispanic/Latino American Indian/Alaskan Native
61% Male 39% Female
9% 28% 26% 17% 14% 6%
Below 21 21-29 30-39 40-49 50-59 60 & over
75% White 16% Black/African American 5% Hispanic/Latino 2% American Indian/ Alaskan Native 2% Asian
80% MR/DD 6% Emotional 2% Neurological 3% Orthopedic 1% Hearing 1% Vision 7% Other
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Published on Mar 23, 2012