About the Community Access Center

“A place of care and hope where people are served and serve others.”

OPEN -  Monday through Friday 11:00AM – 3:00PM excluding holidays or inclement weather conditions.

The Community Access Center has a variety of resources available to assist a family or individual and also has staff available to help assess their needs, match resources to these needs, make referrals where appropriate, and partner with other service organizations in the community.

Independence Food Basket
Financial Assistance Short Term (FAST)
Salvation Army — Northern Montgomery County Site


History and Purpose
The  Community Access Center(CAC) opened its doors because of the needs within the community after the  established following the flood in SE Kansas in July 2007.   It was developed by caring people and organizations in the community to help local citizens navigate through the many resources available to them.

The goal of the  Community Access Center is to bring many services together within the walls of the center itself in order to more effectively serve families, prevent duplication of services and assist in accessing services that will benefit the particular family’s needs – working more effectively as a team to accomplish more together than separately.

The services and support system garnered at the  Community Access Center will build on existing family and community strengths and focus on improving the lives of those living with in our community.  Referrals are made to local agencies for medical, emotional or spiritual support.   A “One-Stop Shop” concept where residents can gain entry into a variety of services is the focus of the Community Access Center.

The philosophy of the  Community Access Center is addressed in this definition of community; belonging to and maintained by and for the local community.  As individuals and agencies quickly learned, the center’s operation consisted of helping people find help, regardless of the crisis or circumstance.

Mission Statement
“Embodying hope, the  Community Access Center will provide resource and referral for those in need so that lives are changed and communities are transformed.”

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