Car Seats Available

If you know of someone that needs a car seat and lives in Montgomery or Elk County they may be eligible for a free car seat through Safe Kids Montgomery and Elk County and the Kansas Safety Resource Office.  Currently, Independence has two car seat technicians trained through the Kansas Traffic Resource Office.  Officer Jason Goza and Officer Christina Johnson of the Independence Police Department will be available to install seats at the Community Access Center at 307 ½ W. Pecan. 

Seats are obtained through a grant of the Kansas Traffic Resource Office and must go to families who find it difficult to purchase them themselves.  Families who live in Montgomery or Elk County and participate in any of the WIC or KanCare programs or have a Vision card are eligible to receive a seat at no charge.  Donations, however, are accepted to help offset the costs associated with these seats.  To schedule a time to have a car seat installed please contact the Community Access Center at (620) 331-5115. 










The Community Access Center has been chosen as a participant in Walmart’s “Food Pantry Holiday Makeover” and we need your VOTE!    Seventy-five pantries will each be awarded $20,000 to help with infrastructure and equipment.  If we win, we will utilize funds for the purchase of a walk-in/reach-in cooler.  This will allow us to add perishable items to our client choice food pantry.  

Voting begins December 2, 2014 and runs until midnight December 12, 2014

You must have a Facebook account to VOTE.

Here is how to VOTE:
·         Go to
·         Search for Kansas in the box – you will then see Community Access Center – Independence Food Basket
·         Click VOTE then login to your Facebook account
·         Share on your Facebook page and encourage your friends to vote
·         Remember to vote every day – voting resets every 24 hours 

Stuff the TruckHelp support the Community Access Center Food Basket by participating in the Stuff the Truck Community Food Drive of FedEx.  We thank them for their generosity in organizing this event.

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Poison Pevention Week – March 16 – 22, 2014

Calling 800-222-1222 from anywhere in Kansas will connect you to the Kansas poison center.  Poison Prevention Week is March 16-22, 2014! Visit

  • Grandma’s heart medicine or candy? A toddler searching for sweets can’t tell the difference. Keep medicine out of reach.
  • Poison prevention is for everyone, from children to seniors. Poisons span a lifetime. 800-222-1222
  • When it comes to preventing poisonings, child-resistant isn’t child-proof. Re-seal, lock up, out of sight and reach.
  • For poison emergency, call Poison Help 800-222-1222. If person is unconscious, not breathing or having a seizure, call 911.
  • Weekly pill containers give children easy access to poison. Keep medicine locked up, out of sight and reach.
  • The Internet is a great resource but not for poison treatment. Call the Poison Control Center 800-222-1222.
  • What’s in your purse? Lots of potential poisons. Keep your purse out of reach of children.
  • Post the Poison Control Hotline next to every phone and program into your cell phone. Be prepared for emergencies. 800-222-1222
  • Get rid of old medicines through the Kansas Medication Disposal Program @
  • Medications account for 50% of all poisonings. Keep medicine locked up, out of sight and reach of children.

We’ve MOVED!!!  We have a new location – 307 1/2 W. Pecan, in Independence.  Exciting things are happening.  The Community Access Center has a new location next to the Kansas Food Bank.  We will be working with the  Kansas Food Bank to provide a new model for those needing food assistance.  A new model of customer choice – you will be able to pick the foods you will use off of the shelf – much like at a supermarket.  What a win-win for everyone.  Services will continue as we have always provide.  We will be open Monday, March 3 from 11:00am – 3:00pm.  Come by and see our new location.

Craft Class – Trash to Treasures

Come to the next Trash to Treasure class November 12 from 9:30 – 11:30 and be inspired to give that trash a second chance.  Before you discard that empty cereal box, mac & cheese, or oatmeal container save and bring these items to the next crafting class held by Sandy Moore.

Attendees need to bring: scissors, glue sticks, crafter’s glue, pencil, ruler, clear tape, rubber stamping ink pad (preferably black ink).  We will be covering the boxes so bring your preference of scrap book paper, gift wrap, and or tissue paper and anything that you would like to use to embellish the box such as ribbon, lace, pretty yarn, or string.  If you like buttons and bling, bring it.  For those that have been the to other classes, if you have any of the flowers made up, bring them along.

Please contact the Community Access Center at (620) 331-5115 and register for the class.  Please don’t shy away from the class because you do not have any of the items listed – let the Community Access Center know so that there will be plenty to share.

“Which Part of the Sandwich are YOU?

Sandwich PSA  (Click to hear more this conference)      “ Which Part of the Sandwich are YOU?” is the title of a free conference to be held November 21 at the Independence Civic Center, 401 N. Penn.  There will be two opportunities to attend this conference  – from 9:00AM – Noon and again at 6:30PM – 8:30PM.
Linda Farrar, BSN, will address the subject of how all generations are affecteElder Conf Nov 2013 Sandwichd as they become dependent upon one another when you, your parents, grandparents, or spouses, whose physical or mental health are impaired by sickness or aging.  This conference focuses on the needs of each “part of the sandwich” and helps you see what your role is in your family.  Depending on “which part of the sandwich” you are – information addressed in this conference will assist you in planning for the years when you may be the caregiver or need care yourself.
The conference focuses on recognizing symptoms that a loved one may need your help and the need to protect them from any neglect or even self-neglect.
Topics that will be covered are:
~     What to expect as families grow older and age
~     Recognizing self-neglect and exploitation
~     Prevention of neglect and abuse
~     Signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s and Dementia
~     How to focus on the caregiver’s needs in order to keep a healthy balance
The Silent Generation (those born between 1925-1942) are now dealing with issues associated with aging.  The Baby Boomer population (those born between 1946 -1964) are the fastest growing aging population and are faced with responsibilities caring for the older generation and may still be responsible for children and perhaps grandchildren while dealing with their own health.  Generation X&Y (those born in early 1960’s – 1980 and early 1980’s – 2000) will soon replace their parents in providing support where needed or be responsible for providing care for them.
Linda Farrar has dedicated her professional career to providing elders in senior living centers with quality of life and quality of care.  Linda received her BSN from The University of Iowa and her post-graduate Licensed Adult Care Home Administrator education from Kansas University. In 2000, Linda obtained her Nursing Home Administrator’s license and has served in the roles of administrator, Executive Director, Executive Management and Chief Operating Officer.  In July, 2011, Linda retired from her full-time position to enable her the time to enhance her work with elders in a consulting role.  Linda is a Kansas-approved Certified Activity Director instructor, and a certified ELNEC (End of Life Nursing Education Consortium).  In the recent past, Linda has presented webinars for Kansas Health Care Association and Leading Age Kansas.  Linda has maintained a positive working relationship with Kansas Department on Aging and Disability Services’ regulators and currently serves on a Survey Consistency Taskforce with KDADS regulators and other providers to improve the survey process in Kansas within the current regulatory parameters.  Linda has also served on the Health Occupation Credentialing Advisory Committee and the Washburn University School of Nursing Educational Advisory Council.
The conference is sponsored by the Southeast Kansas Senior Safety and Wellness Coalition, with funding provided by a grant of the Prevention of Elder Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation from the Kansas Department of Aging and Disability Services.
There is no charge for the conference.  No matter where one falls in the cycle of life – this conference is for you.  Registration is not necessary but is appreciated by calling Susan Hill, at Four County Mental Health Center, 620.332.1912.

Fall Craft – at free “Trash to Treasures Craft Class”

The Community Access Center 315 W Sycamore is offering a free “Trash To Treasures Craft Class” on Oct. 8, 2013.  This class is open to anyone who would like to attend.  The class will run from 9:30AM-11:30AM.
     This month the class will be crafting for Fall.  Attendees will be making a Fall Garland out of brown paper and need to bring:  Brown paper or paper bags, used dryer sheets, acrylic paint – with fall colors: red, maroon, orange, golden rod, yellow, brown & green, crafting glue, scissors, pencil, jute, paint brushes in assorted size, and paper towel or rag for clean up.
Newspapers, plastic plates to use for paint palette, and cups for water to clean brushes will be provided.
The project is fun but can be a bit messy so please wear clothing to craft in.
We request that you call 620-331-5115 to reserve your space as class size is limited.

All About Kids Fair – September 14 – ICC West Independence

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     “All About Kids Fair” , a fair for kids and about kids, will held at ICC West, 2615 W. Main, Independence, Saturday, September 14 from 9am – 2pm.
The fair is provided to allow parents, caregivers, professionals, etc. the opportunity to learn about the many services and opportunities that are available for children within the community.
The fair will include free screenings for dental and vision.  The Lion’s Club Sure Site program will provide vision screenings and the Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas dental team will provide dental screenings and fluoride treatments free of charge for any child.
Ages & Stages Developmental Screenings will be conducted for infants and toddlers through the First Steps program.
The Child Identification program will be available through the Masonic Lodge.  Portraits of your child/family will be available for $2.  Paradise West the ICC Cosmetology program will have beauticians available for haircuts for children for $5.
Participants will be able to view the service agency display booths, register for prizes, tour the ICC Vet Tech Program, learn about safety through the Fire Safety Smoke House and the Seat Belt Convincer.  A car seat safety check lane will be available for parents to make sure their child’s car seat is installed properly, is not out of date, and is still appropriate for the size of the child.
Free classes will be available for youth/teens.  From 11:00am – 12:00pm “Babysitting: Infant Care” will be presented by Travis Alexander of Have an A-ha Moment.  Youth must be at least 10 years old to attend this class.
At 10:00am and 12:30pm “Hair Braiding” will be presented by ICC Cosmetology program.  Youth and or parents may attend and find ways to braid hair for any occasion.
A light lunch will be available at a minimal charge and will be provided by Class LTD.
Educational programs will be held throughout the day.  Several of the classes are KDHE approved, so that those needing this certification for their profession can receive in-service credit.  Classes are free to the community, however a fee will be charged to those receiving the KDHE in-service credit.   Pre-registration is not mandatory but appreciated by calling Susan Hill at (620) 332-1912 or email
Anna Mae Brown will present “Move, Play, and Learn at Home” from 9:00am – 11:00am and “Cultural Horizons and Activities for All” from 12:00pm – 2:00pm.  Brown is an Extension Agent with Family Consumer Sciences Wildcat Extension District.  To receive in-service credit from KDHE certification a fee of $10 per class will be charged.
Dustin Stafford will present “Truth About Drugs” from 9:30am – 11:30am.  Stafford is the Independence School District Resource Officer.  This class will be at no charge and no certification will be provided.
Cindy Burchett will present “Family Fun Night Activities” from 11:00am – 1:00pm.  Burchett is a Transition Para with Tri-County at SEK Academy.  This class will be at no charge and no certification will be provided.
Teresa McVey will present “Sensory Integration/Hands on Activities Targeting the Autistic Child” from 11:00am – 1:00pm.  Gina Hosey will join in giving a parent’s perspective on autism.  McVey is Autism Specialist with Tri-County Special Education Cooperative.  This class will be at no charge and no certification will be provided.
Gail Norton will present “Preventing Power Struggles” from 11:30am – 1:30pm.  Norton is a Parent Education Coordinator with Four County Mental Health Center.  To receive in-service credit from KDHE certification a fee of $10 will be charged.
The All About Kids Fair is an annual event sponsored by the Montgomery County Coalition/Early Childhood Coalition.  This year’s fair has support from Amerigroup and United Healthcare with partial funding by the Kansas Children Cabinet and Trust Fund – Community Based Child Abuse Prevention grant.
For more information contact Susan Hill, 620.332.1912.