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YWCA Center for Safety and Empowerment


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225 SW 12th Street
Topeka, KS  66612 (m)
Phone: Topeka (785) 354-7927
Phone: Holton (785) 362-2222
Phone: Alma (785) 765-3333
Toll Free: (888) 822-2983

Ulrike Schlingensiepen, LMLP, Program Director

Mission Statement: The YWCA Center for Safety and Empowerment is committed to providing a high quality, comprehensive response to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.  We pledge to offer support, advocacy, public education, and awareness in our community.

Hours:  8:00 am – 4:30 pm, Monday – Friday
Counselors on call 24 hours a day


  • Crisis intervention: Emergency shelter, information and referrals, counselors available 24 hours a day.
  • Court advocacy:  Support and information about what to expect in the courtroom, assistance in obtaining Protection from Abuse orders and Protection for Stalking orders.
  • Support Services:  Individual counseling and support groups for women, men, and children; support and information during criminal and civil court cases; advocacy through the Orientation Assessment Referral Safety (OARS) program for victims of violence on public assistance; rural outreach services for victims in outlying counties.
  • Prevention: Educational presentations for schools, businesses, and other organizations; in-service training for professionals/awareness-raising events.
  • Family Peace Initiative that is a psycho-educational 27 week program for batterers, to hold them accountable for their violence and to teach them patterns of non-violence.

Eligibility: Any victim of abuse from a spouse or partner, any person who is a batterer, or any victim of sexual assault or abuse who is 16 years old or older. Shelter is available for female victims and their children.

How to Apply: Contact the Center

Fees: None

Funding: United Way of Greater Topeka, County Social Services Funds, Victims of Crime Act, Stop Violence Against Women Act, Protection from Abuse/Federal Family Violence Prevention, Crime Victim Assistance Fund, State General Fund, Emergency Shelter Grant, City of Topeka – General Fund, private donations and the YWCA.


YWCA Topeka


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225 SW 12th Street
Topeka, KS 66612 (m)
Phone: (785) 233-1750
Fax: (785) 233-4867



Mission Statement: Dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all.

Office: 8:00 am – 5:30 pm, Monday – Friday
Facility: Monday – Friday: 5:30 am – 8:00 pm
Saturday: 7:00 am – 2:00 pm
Sunday: 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

24-Hour Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services:
YWCA Center for Safety and Empowerment
Phone: (785) 354-7927
Toll Free: (888) 822-2983


  • Meeting rooms available
  • Child and Youth Programs: Girls on the Run/Girls on Track and Kids Quest, Before and After School Program, Kids Quest summer programs.
  • Career Assistance Network:  YWCA Highway Construction program-a free, ten-week program open to racial minorities, women of all races and disadvantaged individual.
  • Center for Safety and Empowerment: Help for individuals experiencing domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking. CSE offers the Family Peace Initiative that is a psycho-educational 27 week program for batterers, to hold them accountable for their violence and to teach them patterns of non-violence.
  • Menninger Bible Study Program: A four year Bible study with two years studying the Old Testament and two years studying the New Testament.
  • Volunteer Program: Provides volunteer opportunities for people who would like to work in crisis services, help with fundraising, special events, committee work, child care, health and fitness, clerical, transportation and maintenance.

Eligibility: all programs are open to the public

How to Apply: Call (785) 233-1750

Fees: Varies

Funding: Membership fees, investment income, contributions, bequests and grants

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YMCA of Topeka

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Downtown Branch:
Monday – Friday 5:00 am – 10:00 pm
Saturday 6:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sunday 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm
421 SW Van Buren
Topeka, KS 66603 (m)
Phone: (785) 354-8591
Fax: (785) 354-1611


Kuehne Branch:
Monday – Friday 5:30 am – 9:00 pm
Saturday 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sunday 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm
1936 NW Tyler
Topeka, KS  66608 (m)
Phone: (785) 233-9815  
x: (785) 232-6224

Camp Hammond:
6320 SE Stubbs Road
Berryton, KS  66409 (m)
Phone: (785) 379-5385

Southwest Branch:
Monday – Friday 5:00 am – 10:00 pm
Saturday 6:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sunday 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm
3635 SW Chelsea Drive
Topeka, KS 66614 (m)
Phone: (785) 271-7979
Fax: (785) 271-7982
Jack Gray, SW Branch Director

Charlie Lord, President/CEO

Mission: Put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy mind, body and spirit


  • Downtown Branch: Facilities include three gymnasiums, swimming pool, whirlpool, indoor track, racquetball/handball courts, locker rooms, showers and child wellness center. Services include aquatics (swim lessons to competitive swimming), Summer Day Camp, youth sports, programs for active older adults, community development, and wellness/fitness.
  • Kuehne Branch: Facilities include two gymnasiums, weight room, swimming pool, racquetball/handball courts, youth game room, saunas & whirlpools, locker rooms, five acres of outdoor playing fields.
  • Camp Hammond:  175 acres (15-acre lake) located 15.5 miles southeast of Topeka; maintained as an outdoor camp for boys, girls and adults.
  • Southwest Branch: Facility includes gymnasium, swimming pool, soft-play area, nursery, teen center, multi-purpose room, wellness center.

Eligibility: Call for information

How to Apply: Call or come to any YMCA Branch. Scholarships are available

Fees: Based on type of membership or ability to pay.  Sliding fee scale used for program and membership scholarships.

Funding: Membership fees, United Way of Greater Topeka, individual contributions, program fees and other.

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Washburn Law Clinic

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1700 SW College Avenue
Topeka, KS 66621 (m)
Phone: (785) 670-1191
Fax: (785) 670-1094

Debi Schrock
, Managing Director 



Mission Statement:  To contribute to the education and development of law students into thoughtful, skilled ethical attorneys by providing them with the opportunity to practice law and represent clients while under the personalized supervision of an experienced faculty attorney.

Hours: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday – Friday


  • The Washburn Law Clinic represents low-income residents of Shawnee County for the following: divorce, adoptions, paternity actions, criminal, guardianship/conservatorship, emancipation, transactional law matters and some limited civil matters.
  • The Clinic does not accept “fee-generating” cases and acceptance of certain types of cases may be closed at times depending on case load.

Eligibility: Anyone meeting the financial and other eligibility guidelines

How to Apply: (785) 670-1191

Fees: No fees are charged to qualified applicant

Funding: Not available

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The University of Kansas Educational Opportunity Centers


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(Outreach Office)
305 Joseph R. Pearson Hall
The University of Kansas
Phone: (785) 864-9668
(By appointment only)



(Main Office)
Gateway Tower II, Suite 235
400 State Avenue
Kansas City, KS 66101
Phone: (913) 233-1124 (By appointment only)
Toll Free: (888) 320-4097

Kimberly Morgan, Assistant Director

Mission Statement: The Educational Opportunity Centers (EOC) serve low income and first generation adults who need assistance with enrolling in a GED program and/or post secondary educational program of their choice (i.e., vocational, community college, university).

Hours:  8:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday – Friday, and by appointment


  • Educational Opportunity Centers counselors assist clients with the selection of a training program and help with enrollment in the appropriate college, vocational technical school or GED program.
  • One-to-one counseling and educational workshops are provided. Services include career counseling/assessment, academic advising; information on educational programs and financial assistance; assistance in completing applications for admissions and financial aid; and, GED information and preparation.

Eligibility: The Educational Opportunity Centers serves people in Shawnee, Douglas and Wyandotte counties in Kansas.  People accessing services must meet federal income guidelines, and/or have parents who have not graduated from a four-year college with a bachelor’s degree.

How to Apply: Call to schedule an appointment.  Advisors are available to meet at various locations throughout Topeka.

Fees:  All services are free of charge

Funding: U.S. Department of Education

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United Way of Greater Topeka

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1315 SW Arrowhead Road
Topeka, KS 66604 (m)
Phone: (785) 273-4804
Services and Assistance:  2-1-1
Fax: (785) 273-2467

Miriam Krehbiel, President/CEO


Mission Statement: To create positive sustainable change in our community

Vision Statement:  LIVE UNITED for the common good

Hours: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday – Friday, Resources and Referral available 24/7 statewide by dialing 2-1-1


  • United Way of Greater Topeka has a refined focus with measurable goals that start with root causes and outcomes to ultimately create a more vital, more stable and more livable community.
  • Community partners can include local non-profit agencies, organizations, entities and concerned individuals who want to create lasting change in the areas of education, income and health or basic needs.
  • United Way promotes supports and engages the community to LIVE UNITED by providing resources enabling everyone to Give, Advocate and Volunteer.
  • Through comprehensive Volunteer Engagement opportunities and specialized programs, United Way offers rewarding volunteer experiences for individuals and groups of all ages and skill levels.  Plus, it manages a website through which area non-profit groups and available volunteers can connect.

Eligibility:  Call (785) 273-4804 for information

How to Apply: Call (785) 273-4804 for information

Fees: None

Funding: Various sources

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United Cerebral Palsy of Kansas

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5111 E 21st Street
PO Box 8217
Wichita, KS  67208 (m)
Phone: (316) 652-1538
Fax: (316) 688-5687
In Topeka: (785) 266-2266

Dave Jones, Executive Director

Mission Statement: To advance the independence, productivity and full citizenship of persons with cerebral palsy and other disabilities.

Hours: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday – Friday


  • Financial aid toward purchase of assistive technology
  • Information and referral
  • Public Education
  • Housing, job placement and employment through cooperative agreements

Eligibility: Kansas residents with physical and/or neurological disabilities

How To Apply: Call or write – financial assistance application can be e-mailed on request

Fees: None

Funding: United Ways, Kansas Rehabilitation Services, private donations and grants

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Topeka Workforce Center

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1430 SW Topeka Boulevard
Topeka, KS 66612-1853 (m)
Phone: (785) 235-5627
Fax: (785) 233-5899

Gina Coffman, Regional Operations Manager, Northeast Kansas

Mission Statement: The Topeka Workforce Center is a single point of entry to a network of employment, training and educational programs and providers in our community.  The Topeka Workforce Center helps workers and job seekers access the tools needed to manage their careers through high quality information and services.  Another key role of the Topeka Workforce Center is to help employers find and retain skilled workers.

Hours: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday – Friday


  • Resource Center Services for Job Seekers: Internet Job Search; One-On-One Staff Assistance; Career Exploration; Labor Market Information; Employment Counseling Resume & Cover Letter Writing; Interview Preparation/Mock Interviews; Skill Assessment; Job Search Workshops; Resource Center Books, Videos and Reference Materials; Copier, Resume Paper and Fax Machine; State Civil Service Applications; Training-Retraining Opportunities; Typing, 10-Key and Data Entry Testing; Career Interest Testing; Financial Assistance for Individuals Training at Vocational Schools and Community Colleges.
  • Employer Center Services for Employers: Labor Market Information; recruiting, assessing and applicant management; screening services; incumbent worker training, On-the-Job Training; Customized Training; Tax Credits; Interviewing Accommodation for Employers; Job Fairs; Conference Rooms; and Services for Pending Layoffs.

Eligibility: Many services are at no cost to the job seeker or employer. Some programs have special eligibility requirements such as recently laid off, being a military veteran or income.

How to Apply: Call or walk-in for information

Fees: None

Funding: Kansas Department of Commerce, and United States Department of Labor

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Topeka Shawnee County Public Library

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1515 SW 10th Avenue
Topeka, KS  66604-1374 (m)
Phone: (785) 580-4400
Fax: (785) 580-4496

Gina Millsap, Chief Executive Officer


Mission Statement: Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library:  Your place, Stories you want.  Information you need.  Connections you seek.

Hours: 9:00 am – 9:00 pm, Monday – Friday
9:00 am – 6:00 pm, Saturday
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, Sunday


  • Offers public services for adults, young adults and children including books, video cassettes, DVDs, audio-cassettes, compact discs, public computers with internet access, magazines, newspapers, pamphlets, picture files, and photocopiers.
  • Bookmobiles: Convenient neighborhood and county service.
  • Computers and programs offered at Shawnee County Parks and Recreation Community Centers (Central Park, Crestview, Garfield, Hillcrest, Oakland, and Rice community centers.
  • Talking Books Services: Reading materials and equipment furnished to play recorded books or magazines. (785) 580-4545.
  • Red Carpet Library Service (785) 580-4545 TTY (785) 580-4544.
  • Community Information Service (785) 580-5666: Provides information about community agencies and services to residents of Topeka and Shawnee County.
  • Meeting Rooms:  Fifteen meeting rooms are available for public use.  Contact the Event Coordinator at (785) 580-4495.
  • Collections: 500,000+ books, films, music for all ages.
  • Programs: Story times, concerts and live performances, events for all ages.

Eligibility: Any Topeka and Shawnee County resident.  Reciprocal library privileges to those living in the Northeast Kansas 14-county area.

How to Apply: Apply at the main library and bookmobiles or online at

Fees: None

Funding: Local property tax, private philanthropy

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Topeka Rescue Mission

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600 N Kansas Avenue
PO Box 8350
Topeka, KS  66608-0350 (m)
Phone: (785) 354-1744
Fax: (785) 354-8661

Reverend Barry Feaker, Executive Director



Mission Statement: The Topeka Rescue Mission is a non-denominational Christian organization dedicated to helping the homeless by providing emergency shelter, meals, clothing and other items, programs, and services, to homeless men, women, and families, as well as providing food and other necessities to those in need.

Hours: 24 hours per day, 365 days per year

Shelter Services:

600 N Kansas Avenue, (785) 354-1744

  • Shelter for homeless men, women and families

Distribution Services:
NW Norris, (785) 357-4285

  • Clothing Bank: Monday and Wednesday afternoons by appointment only. Free clothing to those in need.
  • Food: Every Tuesday and Thursday, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
  • Furniture and Household Items: Every Tuesday and Thursday, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Meal Services:
600 N Kansas Avenue, (785) 354-1744

  • Monday – Friday:
    Breakfast: 8:00 am – 8:30 am
    Lunch: 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm
    Dinner: 6:00 pm – 6:30 pm
  • Saturday:
    Brunch: 10:30 am – 11:00 am
    Dinner – 6:00 pm – 6:30 pm
  • Sunday:
    Breakfast: 8:00 am – 8:30 am
    Dinner: 5:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Thrift Store:
1312 N Kansas Avenue (m), (785) 235-9094
Clothing, furniture, household item for sale at low cost

  • 9:00 am – 4:00 pm, Tuesday – Saturday

Eligibility for services/programs:
Individuals/families who are homeless and/or in need

How to Apply: Call or visit the appropriate facility

Funding: Private donations, individuals, churches, businesses, and other organizations

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Topeka Police Department

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320 S Kansas Avenue, Suite 100
Topeka, KS 66603 (m)
Phone: (785) 368-9551

Ronald L. Miller, Chief of Police




Mission Statement
:  To reduce crime and make neighborhoods safer by partnering with neighborhoods and community organizations

Hours:  24 hours per day 365 days a year


  • Law enforcement available 24 hours a day to respond to citizens needs
  • Animal Control: (785) 368-9203
  • Code Enforcement: (785) 368-3161
  • Community Police Officers Supervisor

West/Central: (785) 368-9502

North/East: (785) 368-9454

How to Apply:

Topeka Police Officer Application
Sergeant Colleen Stuart
Recruiting & Hiring Unit
Phone: (785) 368-9490

Applicants must be a United States citizen, 21 years of age at time of appointment, graduate of a U.S. High School, or a G.E.D. or equivalent from a U.S. institution recognized by the State of Kansas.  College is recommended, but not required.

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Topeka North Outreach, Inc

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Second Presbyterian Church
210 NW Menninger Road
Topeka, KS 66617 (m)
Phone: (785) 286-1370

Theresa Gartner, President

Mission Statement: Topeka North Outreach is a group of churches in Oakland and North Topeka dedicated to serving Christ by reaching out and meeting the needs of our communities.

Hours: Call (785) 286-1370 for assistance.  No walk-in assistance available


  • Emergency assistance to the needy, including limited financial help in paying rent, utility bills and prescriptions.  Provide food baskets, hygiene packs and basic essentials such as laundry soap and paper goods.  Christian materials and Bibles are given to feed the Spirit as well as the body.
  • Youth Program provides scholarships for children to attend classes, activities or camps.  Operation Backpack provides nutritional kid-friendly sacks of food for children to take home from school on the weekends.
  • Senior Citizens VIP luncheon held every Friday at noon at North Topeka Baptist Church at 123 NW Gordon (m).  The luncheon includes Christian devotions, entertainment and fellowship and is free of charge.
  • Adopts families through the Christmas Bureau each year; providing them with food, toys, blankets, Bibles, clothing and gifts.

Eligibility: Must live in North Topeka or Oakland

How to Apply: Call (785) 286-1370 for assistance.  Leave name, address, phone number and assistance needed and your call will be returned.

Fees: None

Funding: Contributions from member churches and individuals, fundraisers by member churches and area schools.  Community Grants.

Topeka Metro Transit Authority


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820 SE Quincy Street
Topeka, KS 66612 (m)
Phone: (785) 783-7000
Fax: (785) 354-8476

Susan Duffy, General Manager




Mission: To provide safe, reliable, courteous, and efficient public transportation service to all residents of the Topeka community.

Administrative Office Hours: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday – Friday
Service Hours: 5:45 am – 6:40 pm, Monday – Friday
8:15 am – 6:40 pm, Saturday’s, closed Sunday’s


  • Fixed route bus service throughout Topeka using 12 regular routes and 2 special routes
  • Passengers pay using cash, tickets, or monthly passes
  • All buses are wheelchair accessible and fixed route buses have bike racks
  • Topeka Metro also offers door-to-door Lift service for persons with a disability who are functionally unable to use the fixed route. (see listing for “Lift Service.”)

Eligibility for Fixed-Route Reduced Fare: Available for those with a qualifying disability, a Medicare card, age 65 or older, and youth age 5-18.  Applications are available on our website or at 820 SE Quincy.

Fees: Adult, Reduced & Student Fares

  • Full-fare  Cash
    Cash $2.00
    Ride Cards (10)   $18.00
    Monthly Pass     $50.00


  • Reduced
    Cash     $1.00
    Ride Cards (10)      $9.00
    Monthly Pass         $35.00


  • Student (5-18)
    Cash      $1.50
    Ride Cards (10)       $15.00
    Monthly Pass          $40.00

Transfers – Free
Children under 5 (limit 3) – Free

Funding: City Mill Levy, State and Federal funding, and fare-box revenue

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Topeka Literacy Council, Inc

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1119 SW 10th Avenue, Suite 6
Topeka, KS   66604-1105 (m)
Phone: (785) 234-2806

Keith Barton, President



Mission Statement: Founded in 1967, the Topeka Literacy Council is a nonprofit organization of volunteers who help adults learn to read better and improve their writing and computation skills to enhance their economic standing and raise their self-esteem.  TLC also strives to educate the community about illiteracy and its effects on society.  TLC is a proud member of ProLiteracy America (

Hours: Located in the basement of Doorstep at 10th & Buchanan.  Call (785) 234-2806 to ensure that a volunteer is there.


TLC provides tutors free of charge to nonreaders, non-native English speakers, and individuals with poor reading and computational skills.  Students are tutored individually by appointment.

TLC trains adult tutors to work with students in a confidential one-on-one setting.  Tutors are trained in the Laubach Method developed by Dr. Frank Laubach in the 1930’s when he served as a missionary in the Philippines.  His motto, Each One Teach One, continues to guide us today.

TLC normally holds workshop to train new tutors each year in the spring and fall.  Please call our office or email us if you are interested in volunteering as a tutor.  There is a fee of $25 to cover cost of materials.

Eligibility: TLC volunteers will evaluate anyone interested in improving their reading or computational skills.  The word list, reading comprehension, and computational tests we use serve as an indication as to the materials with which the student may start.

How to Apply: Call (785) 234-2806

Fees: There are no fees for evaluations or tutoring sessions.  Books may be purchased or borrowed at the library.

Funding: Individual donations and grants from businesses and Charitable Trusts

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Topeka Moving Ahead Program (TMAP)

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712 S Kansas Avenue, 2nd Floor
Topeka, KS 66603 (m)
Phone: (785) 233-2068
Fax: (785) 270-5639

Marilyn Harp, Executive Director
Lea Vincent, Director of Employment Training Division

Mission Statement: Kansas Legal Services, a statewide non-profit organization, is dedicated to helping low income Kansans meet their basic needs through the provision of essential legal, mediation and employment training services.

Hours:   8:00 am – 4:30 pm, Monday – Friday


  • TMAP is a job readiness program of Kansas Legal Services that assists individuals and families to break the cycle of homelessness through housing and employment.  The service structure for TMAP includes partnership with the Topeka Rescue Mission, case management, permanent employment and housing acquisition (Shelter-Plus-Care affiliate) and classroom and computer instruction.

Eligibility: Must be unemployed and homeless.  Homelessness is defined as living at the Topeka Rescue Mission or Center for Safety & Empowerment

How to Apply: Call (785) 233-2068 for more information

Fees: T-MAP:  None

Funding: U.S. Housing & Urban Development, City of Topeka and private donors

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Topeka Independent Living Resource Center, Inc

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501 SW Jackson Street, Suite 100
Topeka, KS 66603-3300 (m)
Phone: (785) 233-4572
Toll Free: (800) 443-2207
TDD: (785) 233-1815
Fax: (785) 233-1561

Mike Oxford, Executive Director

Mission Statement: To advocate for justice, equality and essential services for a fully integrated and accessible society for all people with disabilities

Hours: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday – Friday


  • Personal Assistant Management Services: Provides assistance with Home and Community Based Services
  • Targeted Case Management: Assists with application preparation for Medicaid in-home service qualification. Upon qualification, provide all assistance to set up an appropriate plan of care and monitor services
  • Individual and Systems Advocacy: Provides support for individuals to act on his/her own  behalf to deal with administrative procedures of various agencies, settle disputes, secure various entitlements and financial assistance, and safeguard legal civil and human rights
  • Housing Assistance: Provides assistance to consumers with obtaining accessible, affordable housing. Technical assistance offered regarding accessibility and accessibility modification to existing structures
  • Independent Living Skills Training: Provides assistance in developing daily living skills necessary to live independently in the community
  • Communications Services: Interpreter services and referrals, Braille and other alternate format materials
  • Provides assistance to individuals with disabilities by acting as advisors, mentors and role models
  • Community integration: Offers intensive supports for people moving from nursing homes, hospitals, or other institutions back into home communities
  • Information and Referral: Maintains a library of information on specific disability related topics

Eligibility: Services available to persons with disabilities and their families

How to Apply: Apply in person or by phone

Fees: Most services are free to individuals with disabilities. Fees apply for agencies

Funding: U.S. Department of Education, Rehabilitation Services Administration Grant, fees for services and donations

Topeka Housing Authority

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2010 SE California Avenue
Topeka, KS  66607 (m)
Phone: (785) 357-8842
Fax: (785) 357-2648

John Johnston, Executive Director

Mission Statement: To successfully provide accessible, affordable housing

Hours: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday – Friday


  • Leasing of Public Housing Units: two high-rises for the elderly and disabled, one elderly only high-rise, one low-rise for the elderly and disabled, three family complexes and Section 8 rent subsidy for low-to-moderate income families
  • Communities for the Elderly and Persons with Disabilities: Jackson Towers, 1122 SW Jackson (m); Polk Plaza, 1312 SW Polk (m); Tyler Towers, 600 SW 14th (m); Tennessee Town, 1183 Buchanan (m)
  • Family Complexes: Pine Ridge Manor at 2701 SE 10th (m); Deer Creek Village at 25th and Burr (m); Western Plaza at 1322 SW Western (m); Marshall Square at 3811 SW 7th (m)

Eligibility: For the elderly and families who cannot, because of income level, afford to pay the rental rate or purchase price required by private enterprise for decent, safe and sanitary housing

How to Apply: Application for housing can be made in person at 2010 SE California

Fees: The amount of rent is based on the household’s adjusted income

Funding: Rental income and federal subsidies and grants

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Topeka Common Ground, Inc

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1108 SW Fleming Court Room 105
Topeka, KS  66604 (m)




Mission Statement: The Topeka Common Ground Project promotes community, healthy living, and education through community gardening. We also work with identified at-risk students and adults and collaborate with existing agencies for the betterment of individuals and the Topeka community.

Hours:   8:30 am – 5:00 pm, Monday – Friday


  • Through gardening we teach and promote self sufficiency, nutrition, life skills, and positive social relationships and community connectedness
  • We work with adults, students, and anyone interested in gardening in a community garden

Eligibility: Priority given to lower-income neighborhoods

How to Apply: Contact Common Ground directly

Fees:  None

Funding: Foundation grants, fundraisers and individual contributions

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Topeka Civic Theatre and Academy, Inc

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3028 SW 8th Avenue
Topeka, KS 66606 (m)
Phone: (785) 357-5213
Fax: (785) 357-0719

Vickie Brokke, President/CEO



Mission Statement: To enrich the lives of people in Topeka and Northeast Kansas by creating a broad range of programs and artistically excellent theatrical experiences for their education, engagement and entertainment. To nurture inspired and aspiring vocational theatre artists and support volunteers by providing positive and exciting opportunities for showcasing and developing performance, production and management skills.

Hours:  9:00 am – 6:00 pm, Monday – Friday


  • Topeka Civic Theatre and Academy provides live community dinner theatre (non-dinner seating also available)
  • A studio series
  • Youth series and Theatre for Young Audiences
  • Comedy Improvisation
  • Comprehensive theatre education program for students ages 4 – 94

Eligibility: No specific eligibility requirements, except age-specific classes. Scholarships available based on need

Fees:  Admission and meal prices. Class fees vary

Funding:  65% through ticket sales, 35% through private donations

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Topeka City of Character

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PO Box 152
Topeka, KS  66601-0152
Phone: (785) 273-4330
Fax: (785) 354-1901

 Noni Cremer, Executive Director



Mission Statement:  The mission of the Topeka City of Character initiative is to encourage the qualities of good character throughout the community

Hours:  8:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday – Friday. Presentations given at anytime.


  • Character education materials & supplies
  • Presentations to group and organizations about the importance of good character to Topeka

Eligibility: No specific eligibility requirements

How to Apply:  (785) 273-4330 for information

Fees:  None

Funding:  Private donations, sponsorship and grants

TAX ASSISTANCE K-State Research & Extension – Shawnee County


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1740 SW Western Avenue
Topeka, KS 66604 (m)
Phone: (785) 232-0062
Fax: (785) 232-0093

Cindy Evans, County Extension Agent


Free Tax Assistance

Mission Statement: The Asset Building Coalition of Shawnee County provides free tax assistance, education, and outreach

Hours: Contact the extension office  (or download brochure from website) for a listing of the Free Tax Assistance sites in Shawnee County where low to moderate income taxpayers can have VITA and AARP volunteers file their federal and state tax returns electronically.  In 2013, free tax sites are open at various locations and times between January 28th and April 15th

Eligibility: VITA tax site serves taxpayers of all ages with household incomes of $51,000 and under.  AARP tax sites serve taxpayers age 60 and older of all incomes.  See the brochure for limitations.

Fees: None

Funding: Free Tax Assistance sites are funded through in-kind contribution of the partner sites and funding from the United Way of Greater Topeka

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2701 SW Randolph Avenue
Topeka, KS  66611 (m)
Phone: (785) 232-0597
Fax: (785) 232-3770

Eileen Doran, Executive Director



Mission Statement:  TARC enhances the lives of people affected by intellectual, developmental and related disabilities through commitment to excellence in service, support and advocacy.

Hours:  8:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday – Friday


  • To enhance the quality of life for individuals that TARC supports by providing and capturing moments of joy through personal growth, continued education, recreation, volunteerism and support groups
  • Senior Services: To provide services that enhances the quality of life experiences by building onto a foundation that encourages and promotes respect, individuality, integrity and independence
  • Provides employment opportunities to adults with developmental and related disabilities. Opportunities exist at TARC and at community job sites. TARC Industries provides vocational training while allowing the adult to earn a wage. Offers community job development, coaching and skill development training
  • Case Management: Provides support to children and adults who have been determined eligible for services by the Community Developmental Disabilities Organization. Case Managers assist in the development of a Person Centered Support Plan that identifies what the individual wants to achieve and what lifestyle they want to live.  The service is paid for by Medicaid or through a sliding fee scale
  • TARC Children’s Services
  • Self-determination: Provide individuals, guardians and /or families the opportunity to choose the supports that will meet an individual’s lifestyle. The program allows for more control over funds the individual receives from the state
  • Shawnee County Community Developmental Disability Organization

Eligibility: Those with developmental/related disabilities

How to Apply:  Call (785) 232-0597 for more information

Fees:  Sliding scale

Funding:  Federal and state funding through Kansas Department for Children and Families, Kansas Department of Health and Environment, Kansas Department of Education, and Kansas Department of Transportation.

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Stormont Vail SANE / SART

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(Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner) SANE
(Sexual Assault Response Team) SART
1500 SW 10th Avenue
Topeka, KS 66604 (m)
Phone: (785) 354-6107
Fax: (785) 354-5004

Joy Thomas, R.N. SANE-A, SANE-P Supervisor

Mission Statement: Working together to improve the health of our community

Hours: 24 hours 7 days a week


  • The SANE (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner) and SART (Sexual Assault Response Team) Program provide an immediate, compassionate, multi-disciplinary team response to victims of sexual assault or abuse.  SANE/SART provides 24-hour services for all male and female victims of sexual assault. Members of SART include law enforcement, SRS, the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner, Life House Child Advocacy Center, YWCA Center for Safety and Empowerment, and the District Attorney’s Office.

Eligibility: Available to anyone requested to be seen by Law Enforcement or SRS. If over 18 years of age, and thinks they may want to press charges anytime in the next 5 years, may have an exam done and kit collected, without law enforcement request.

How to Apply: Contact office at (785) 354-6107 for information or come to Emergency Department at Stormont Vail Healthcare

Fees: The cost of the visit, if a kit is collected or colposcopic exam is done, then cost goes to the county prosecutors office or DCF depending on who requested

Funding: Stormont Vail Health Care and Stormont Vail Auxiliary

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Social Security Administration

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Administration Field Office
600 SW Commerce Place
Topeka, KS 66615 (m)
Phone: (785) 233-5951
Toll Free: (888) 327-1271
Toll Free: (800) 772-1213
Fax: (785) 232-3146

Bill Holthaus, Assistant District Manager


Mission Statement: Administration of the following programs:  Retirement, survivors, and disability insurance, Medicare for the aged and disabled, Black Lung benefits and Supplemental Security Income (SSI).

Hours: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm, Monday – Friday, closed at 12:00 pm every Wednesday


  • Application assistance for a social security number, checking earnings record, applying for retirement, disability, survivor’s, SSI benefits and enrolling for Medicare
  • Provide information about individual and family rights and obligations under the social security law

Eligibility: For an eligibility determination the individual should contact the Social Security office or check the available online services at

How to Apply:  Go to the Social Security Online and click on “Apply for benefits”, or call the local office to schedule an appointment.

Fees: None

Funding:  Social Security Trust Funds and general revenues of the federal government

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Sheltered Living, Inc

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3401 SW Harrison Street
Topeka, KS  66611 (m)
Phone: (785) 233-2566
Fax: (785) 233-2556

Lisa Jackson, Executive Director


Mission Statement: Sheltered Living, Inc. supports the efforts of individuals with intellectual disabilities to achieve independence and actively participate in the community.

Hours: 24 hours per day, 365 days per year


  • Community Living Program:  We have 19 homes for community living person served. we serve approximately 130 people, who range from 18-34 years of age. Individual goals are set and steps to obtain and lead a productive and independent life.
  • Independent Living Program: Forty people are served in independent living homes who have learned daily living skills and most have a part-time or full-time job. SLI provides services fifteen hours a week to help with their needs.
  • Community Integrated Program (CIP): The CIP program focuses on life-enhancing activities, active learning and community involvement. We offer services that reflect individual interest and support individual growth. All areas of life are valued and are part of the program. Forty people are served in day services.
  • Targeted Case Management: Trained case managers assist 216 individuals and their families to develop and implement the person-centered support plan and to identify and maintain eligible state and federal funding. Case Managers meet at least monthly with clients. We have access to professional trained and educated for autism spectrum disorders,mental health and behavioral support and planning.
  • Transportation Services: Independence and the opportunity for community involvement is a high priority for persons served and their families. In 2015, we provided more more than 138,000 vehicle trips for clients to the grocery store, work, day activities, shopping, church and medical appointments.

Eligibility: Individuals with intellectual and/ or physical disabilities

How to Apply: Director of Admissions and Habilitation, (785) 233-2566or contact the Community Developmental Disabilities Organization (CDDO), (785) 267-1041

Fees: Sliding scale based on ability to pay

Funding: Funding sources are federal,state,county mill levy and fees for services, The major fundraising events are Festival of Trees and the Sheltered Living Golf Classic. Festival of Trees has raised more than $2 million in the past 38 years.

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Shawnee County Parks and Recreation

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3137 SE 29th Street
Topeka, KS  66605 (m)
Phone: (785) 267-1156
Fax: (785) 266-0308

John E. Knight, Director

Mission Statement: To provide quality parks, golf courses and recreation facilities and opportunities to meet the recreational needs and interests of urban and rural residents throughout Shawnee County.

Administrative Hours: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday – Friday


  • Community Centers: Youth and adult programs, arts, crafts, fitness, educational and leisure services; programming in USD 450, USD 345, USD 437, and USD 501 schools and other facilities throughout Shawnee County
  • Sports and Athletics: Year-round youth and adult athletics
  • Special Events: Year round for all ages
  • Senior Adults: Trips, fitness and classes
  • Parks: Shelters, swimming, boating, fishing, golf, campground, and Ted Ensley Gardens
  • Adaptive recreation & inclusion services for youth and adults: providing people with differing abilities the opportunity to participate in quality recreation programs

Eligibility: Structured activity begins at three years of age with no maximum age restriction

How to Apply: Program information is distributed three times per year throughout the county with registration information included. For a free brochure of activities, call (785) 267-1156

Fees: Certain programs require fees

Funding: Taxes, user fees, liquor tax, and public/private partnerships

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Shawnee County Medical Society, Inc

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623 SW 10th Avenue
Topeka, KS  66612
Phone: (785) 235-0996
Fax: (785) 235-5114

Gary Caruthers, Administrator




Mission Statement: Physicians dedicated to better patient care

Hours: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday – Friday


  • Responds to questions concerning physicians
  • SCMS is currently managing Health Access to address care for the indigent and medically uninsured in Shawnee County

Eligibility: Physician membership organization

How to Apply: Call (785) 235-0996

Fees: No charge to the public for service

Funding: Membership dues

Shawnee County Emergency Management

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200 SE 7th Street, SB-10
Topeka, KS  66603-3901 (m)
Phone: (785) 233-8200 ext 4150
Fax: (785) 291-4904
Emergency number: 911

Dave Sterbenz, Director



Mission Statement: To minimize or prevent the loss of lives and property in emergencies/disasters. This is accomplished, in part, by the coordination of local, state, federal, private, and volunteer organizations. The coordination is in the following four phases: mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery.


  • Courses available to the public: Hazardous Materials Safety, Tornado/Severe Weather Safety and Personal, Family and Community Survival
  • Courses for specialized professions (call for information and availability)
  • Provide outdoor warning system
  • Register and train volunteers to support Emergency Operations Center staff
  • Develop and maintain Community’s Emergency Operations Plan
  • Information on Homeland Security
  • Coordinate the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

Eligibility: No requirements

How to Apply: Call (785) 233-8200, ext 4150 for information

Fees: None

Funding: Shawnee County and the Federal Emergency Management Agency

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Shawnee County Conservation District

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3231 SW Van Buren Street
Topeka, KS  66611-2469 (m)
Phone: (785) 267-5721
Fax: (785) 266-8293

Judy Boltman, District Manager



Mission Statement: Promote a voluntary program of education, planning and application of conservation practices to conserve and protect our soil and water.

Hours: 8:00 am – 4:30 pm, Monday – Friday


  • Cost-share programs for agricultural and non-agricultural projects ranging from terraces and livestock ponds to plugging abandoned water wells and repairing failing septic system.
  • School demonstrations, host teacher workshops and an Environmental Fair as well as display at farm shows, home shows and the Kansas Garden Show.  Host sediment and erosion control workshops for contractors and developers.
  • Sell grass seed (price varies per mix-call for details) and marking flags, ($10.50 per hundred). Rent no-till grass drill for $10.00 per acre, minimum $75. Rent 50 bushel manure spreader $100 1st day, $50 each 2nd & 3rd days, further rules apply.

Eligibility: Contact for further information

How to Apply: Call for details or to receive the newsletter

Fees: Planning and education services are free.  See above for other fees

Funding: State of Kansas, Shawnee County, Kansas Water Fund, various grants, seed sales and drill rental.  (Mostly state and county)

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The Salvation Army

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1320 SE 6th Avenue
PO Box 599
Topeka, KS 66601 (m)
Phone: (785) 233-9648
Fax: (785) 233-9846

Majors Brian and Lee Ann Burkett



Mission Statement: The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian church.  Its message is based on the Bible.  Its ministry is motivated by the love of God.  Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.


  • Child Care:  6:30 am – 5:30 pm, Monday – Friday
  • Social Services:  9:00 am – 12:00 pm &1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, Monday – Wednesday & Friday
  • Food Pantry:  9:00 am -12:00 pm & 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, Monday – Friday
  • Emergency Financial Assistance:  By appointment
  • Evening Meal Feeding Program:  4:00 pm – 5:00 pm, Monday – Friday


  • Family Welfare: Includes emergency food, utility, rent, prescription medication, transportation, eye examinations
  • Evening meal:  a nutritious meal and positive social interaction provided
  • Religious and Character Building Programs: Counseling, recreation, crafts, youth groups, religious meetings and camping
  • Emergency Disaster Services:  Food, clothing, furniture and counseling
  • Child Care:  6:30 am – 5:30 pm, Monday – Friday
  • Community Service: Background check and interview required
  • Work Assessments: Objective report of skills/abilities by referral only
  • Referrals: Drug and alcohol rehabilitation, community resources and services
  • Advocacy

Eligibility: Child Care: by application, Social Services:  criteria are based upon funding sources, Evening Meal:  open to all.

How to Apply: Social Services:  Personal interview determines eligibility. (i.e., eviction/disconnect notice, family disruption, medical emergency) Childcare:  Obtain application.

Fees: Child Care Center:  Enrollment Fee, weekly rate

Funding: United Way of Greater Topeka, fees and other donations

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Shawnee County Community Developmental Disabilities Organization (CDDO) A division of TARC


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2701 SW Randolph Avenue
Topeka, KS  66611 (m)
Phone: (785) 232-5083
Fax: (785) 235-8041

Sabrina Winston, Director



Mission Statement: TARC enhances the lives of people affected by intellectual, developmental and related disabilities through commitment to excellence in service, support and advocacy.

Hours: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday – Friday


  • Single point of contact (entry) for people seeking developmental disability services
  • Determine eligibility for developmental disability services
  • Provide annual Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) waiver eligibility screenings
  • Provide information and referral services to affiliated agencies
  • Coordinate the relocation of people living in state hospitals who wish to move back to their home
  • Assist persons with a developmental disability to access services
  • Quality oversight to ensure services that are customer-driven
  • Fiscal management of the funding
  • Community training

Eligibility:  Children and adults with developmental disabilities

How to Apply:  Call Wendy Gatewood, CDDO Liaison (785) 506-8677 or email

Fees:  None

Funding:  Federal and state funding through the Kansas Department of Children and Families and Shawnee County Mill Levy

Safe Streets Prevention and Recovery Services, Inc

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2209 SW 29th Street
Topeka, KS  66611-1908 (m)
Phone: (785) 266-4606
Fax: (785) 266-3833

Kristi Pankratz, Director



Mission Statement:  To create a healthier community by addressing substance abuse and crime, through prevention education and citizen empowerment.

Hours:  8:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday – Thursday, Friday, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm and evenings by appointment.


  • Neighborhood Watch Program: Safe Streets assist neighborhoods through mobilization and training to combat crime and associated problems.
  • Safe Property Management Training for landlords, property managers and maintenance workers: A program offered two times a year by the Topeka Police Department and Safe Streets on code violations, narcotics, tenant screening, leases and evictions, and crime prevention through environmental design. Cost for this training is $20.
  • Safe Solutions Mediation: Provides citizens with free and confidential mediation services that can help resolve neighborhood disputes peacefully.  Types of mediation include; noise, landlord/tenant, land use, harassment, barking dogs and racial/multicultural conflict.
  • Retailers Association: Meets the 2nd Wednesday of every month. Offers police, loss prevention personnel and business owners an opportunity to network and share information on current theft trends, fraud, scams and forgeries.
  • Presentation on Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED), Personal Safety, Safety for Seniors, Underage Drinking, current drug trends and other topics are offered at no charge.
  • Safe Streets Coalition Initiative – Safest Capital City in America: The coalition meets the first Wednesday of every month with over 160 people involved.

Eligibility: Any Shawnee County residence

How to Apply: Call Safe Streets at (785) 266-4606

Fees: None

Funding: City of Topeka, Shawnee County, The United Way of Greater Topeka, and state grants

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Right to Life of Kansas, Inc

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PO Box 4812
Topeka, KS 66604
Phone: (785) 233-8601




Mission Statement: To uphold that life begins at conception and ends at natural death, and that all unborn children are in fact persons deserving of all human rights and protection under the U.S. Constitution.  We will continue to work toward the passage of a Human Life Amendment to the Constitution.


• Provide education materials to the public, to students, and anyone interested in learning more about the pro-life movement and the dangers of abortion. We have two registered lobbyists who deal with legislative issues. We refer women to the proper organization to help in crisis pregnancy situations. We can provide resource materials from our library, videos for research, speeches, school projects, etc., and a speaker to any group or organization wanting to learn more about the pro-life movement.

Eligibility: Any person in need of information and research material

How to Apply: Contact our office

Fees: Donations accepted

Funding: Donations

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Resource Center for Independent Living, Inc


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Home Office:
1137 Laing Street
Osage City, KS  66523 (m)
Phone: (785) 528-3105
Toll Free: (800) 580-7245
Fax: (785) 528-3665

Topeka Location:
1507 SW 21st Street, Suite 203
Topeka, KS 66604 (m)
Phone:  (785) 267-1717
Toll Free: (877) 719-1717
Fax: (785) 267-1711

Deone Wilson, Executive Director

Mission Statement: Committed to working with individuals, families and communities to promote independent living and individual choice to persons with disabilities

Hours: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm, Monday – Friday. Closed for lunch from 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm


  • Assistive Technology for Kansans
  • Braille Translation Services
  • Consumer Advisory Committees
  • Community Education
  • Financial Management Services
  • IKan-RCIL (blind and low vision services)
  • Independent Living Counseling
  • Information and Referral
  • Kansas Equipment Exchange
  • Payroll agent for Home and Community Based Services.
  • RC@Home
  • Senior Care Act
  • Telecommunication Access Program (TAP)

Eligibility: Individuals with disabilities

How to Apply: Contact RCIL by phone or in person

Fees: No fees

Funding: Independent Living grant, state and federal grants, and donations

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Positive Connections, Inc


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1001 SW Garfield, Suite 4
Topeka, KS 66604 (m)
Phone: (785) 232-3100
Fax: (785) 232-3186

Debbie Guilbault, Executive Director

Mission Statement: Positive Connections, Inc is a community based organization that provides comprehensive services to individuals who are impacted by HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted infections and viral hepatitis, specifically Hepatitis C.

Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm


  • Medical Case Management: Medical Case Managers assess the needs of each client and with the client’s input create a plan for services.  Medical Case Managers are client advocates, and they access community resources and services on behalf of the individual clients.
  • Volunteering: Volunteers assist with office duties, client transportation, food pantry, outreach and fundraiser/special events.  Call (785) 232-3100 to volunteer.
  • Support Groups: HIV + Support Group. For more information call (785) 232-3100.
  • HIV/STE/HEP C Education: Provide programs and workshops on HIV/AIDS related issues for public and private organizations.  Provide activities and educational events for the community.  Call (785) 232-3100 if you would like to host an educational outreach event.
  • Free HIV Testing: Monday – Friday 8:30- am – 11:30 am and 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Eligibility: Must be diagnosed with HIV or AIDS to access Medical Case Management Services or support Groups for people living with HIV/AIDS.  HIV testing is available for anyone who has had a risk of infection.  Education presentations, outreach and public information are available to anyone by request.  Call (785) 232-3100 for more information.

How to Apply: Physician referral or self-referral

Fees: None

Funding: City of Topeka, Shawnee County, United Way of Greater Topeka, The Kansas Department of Health and Environment, Broadway Cares, memorials, private grants, and fundraisers.

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Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals and Transgendered

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Lawrence – Topeka PFLAG
Topeka, KS 66611-1656
Phone: (785) 841-2345 Headquarters Counseling
24 hours a day

Sonja Feist, Chapter President


Mission Statement:
To promote the health and well-being of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered people, their families, and friends. We offer support to cope with an adverse society, education to enlighten an ill-informed public, and advocacy to end discrimination and secure equal civil rights. PFLAG provides opportunity for dialogue about sexual orientation and acts to create a society that is healthy and respectful of human diversity.

Hours: 24 hours a day


  • Respect the confidentiality of all individuals
  • Offer support on a one-to-one basis or in small group sessions which meet once a month
  • Distribute pamphlets to refer individuals, organizations, etc. to books addressing their immediate concerns
  • Extensive resource listings
  • Present programs with video and panel discussion designed for specific groups such as schools, mental health professionals, colleges/university staff and students, and churches
  • Our panel consists of parents of gay children, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. Our adult panel consists of a university professor, psychiatrist, school social worker and others

Eligibility: Services available to any interested group or individual. Support for parents, families or friends coming to terms with the homosexual orientation or gender identity of loved ones

How to Apply: Call Headquarters Counseling, (785) 841-2345, for referral to a PFLAG board member

Funding: Donations and various sources

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National Multiple Sclerosis Society

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Mid-America Chapter Eastern Kansas Branch
7611 State Line Road, Suite 100
Kansas City, MO 64114 (m)
Phone: (913) 432-3926
Toll Free: (800) 344-4867
Fax: (816) 361-2369

Chase Carlin, MS Navigator


Mission Statement: To end the devastating effects of MS.  The National MS Society, founded in 1946, is a nonprofit, voluntary health organization with 140 chapters and branches throughout the United States.  The National MS Society provides funding for research that will eventually lead to the cause, treatment and cure for MS.  The Eastern Kansas Branch, Mid-America Chapter, serves individuals throughout 40 counties in eastern Kansas.

Hours: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm, Monday – Friday


  • Education: Lending library, Knowledge is Power (KIPS), professional and public education, national teleconferences, information and referral helpline and newsletters
  • Health: Newly diagnosed programs, self-help groups, Telefriend, wellness programs, Family Day, Family Enrichment Series
  • Independent Living: Accessibility, employment workshops, medical equipment, purchase/loan, home adaptations and financial assistance
  • Volunteer opportunities

Eligibility: Any person with Multiple Sclerosis

How to Apply: Contact by telephone, letter or visit

Fees: No membership fee is required for local branch membership. No fee is required for persons with MS

Funding: Special events such as Walk MS, Bike MS and individual contributions and bequests

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Muscular Dystrophy Association

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10550 Barkley St, Suite 200
Overland Park, KS 66212 (m)
Phone: (913) 451-3230
Fax: (913) 451-3339

Mission Statement:
To provide medical and clinical services for patients afflicted with muscular dystrophy and other related neuromuscular diseases and to fund research efforts to find the cause and cure for neuromuscular diseases.

Hours: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday – Friday


  • Provide medical services
  • Durable medical equipment
  • Recreational programs for patients afflicted with muscular dystrophy and related neuromuscular diseases

Eligibility: Anyone diagnosed by a licensed M.D. or D.O. as having muscular dystrophy or any of the 43 neuromuscular diseases covered by MDA.

How to Apply: Contact Angela Hills or Julie Mueller, Health Care Service Coordinators at (785) 267-6519

Fees: None

Funding: Donations from community, corporate sponsors and cooperating organizations

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Mothers Against Drunk Driving

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PO Box 144
Burlingame, Kansas 66413
Toll Free: (800) 443-6233
Fax: (785) 654-2374


Mission Statement: The mission of Mothers Against Drunk Driving is to stop drunk driving and to support victims of this violent crime and prevent underage drinking.

Hours: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday – Friday


  • Public awareness/educational programs
  • Victim services
  • Public policy and legislative activities

Eligibility: Membership available to the public

How to Apply: Contact by telephone, letter or fax

Fees: Membership free

Funding: Individual and corporate contributions, memorials and Victims of Crime Act grant (VOCA) funds.

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Mosaic, Inc


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Phone: (785) 383-4563
Office: (913) 788-8400

Lindsay Cornella, Program Coordinator

Mission Statement:
Embracing God’s call to serve in the world.  Mosaic advocates for people with intellectual disabilities and provides opportunities for them to enjoy a full life.

Hours: 24 Hours, (365 days per year)


  • Host-home program for residential services
  • A program for people with intellectual disabilities to live in a family-like or roommate setting
  • It offers the least restrictive, most natural living environment and help’s people achieve the highest degree of life satisfaction and personal goals
  • People who receive these services get personal attention, consistent support from the same person, one-on-one contact between provider and family member or guardian
  • Regular monitoring for those with healthcare needs

Eligibility: Persons 18 years or older with mental retardation or developmental/intellectual disabilities.

How to Apply: Call (785) 383-4563, or Community Developmental Disabilities Organization (CDDO)

Fees: Sliding scale based on ability to pay

Funding: Medicaid, and Home & Community Based Services (HCBS)

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Midland Care Residential Center

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120 SW Frazier Circle
Topeka, KS 66606 (m)
Phone: (785) 232-2044
Toll Free: (800) 491-3691
Fax: (785) 232-5567


Mission Statement:
Meeting individual needs through innovative healthcare solutions

Hours: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week


  • Daily meals tailored to the resident’s needs
  • Health care services based on an assessment by a licensed nurse
  • Housekeeping services
  • Medical, dental, and social transportation arrangements
  • Planned individual and group activities
  • Caregiver respite

Eligibility:  Adults, 18 and older. Services are designed to provide self-determined residential care in a safe, secure environment

How to Apply: (785) 232-2044 for more information

Fees: Call (785) 232-2044 for more information

Funding: Long-term care insurance, private pay, fundraising, donations, and memorial contributions

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200 SW Frazier Circle
Topeka, KS 66606 (m)
Phone: (785) 232-2044
Toll Free: (866) 394-3600
Fax: (785) 232-5567

Mission Statement:
To enhance life’s journey by offering care and education, with hope, comfort and support

Hours:   8:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday – Friday


  • Thrive at Home
  • Adult Day Health
  • Home Hospice and Hospice House
  • PACE (Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly)
  • Palliative Care
  •  Residential Center
  • Grief and Loss
  • Home Health

Eligibility: (785) 232-2044

How to Apply / Fees: (785) 232-2044 for more information

Funding: Private insurance, Medicare, Medicaid, private pay, fundraising, donations, and memorial contributions

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Magic Meals Home Delivery (FP)


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Auburn, KS  66402
Phone: (785) 554-4524

Angela Davis, Owner

Mission Statement:  To provide meal solutions to those in the community who have difficulty assuring healthy, tasty, and reliable meals.

Hours:  8:30 am – 7:00 pm, Monday – Saturday


  • All meals are precooked, packaged into individual meals, and frozen
  • Meals reheat in the microwave or oven to fresh cooked quality
  • Meals use the best available ingredients and feature lean meats, lots of vegetables, and whole grains.
  • Magic Meals serves all people, including seniors striving to stay independent in their own home, those with disabilities, individuals trying to reach weight loss goals, and those on medically restricted diets.

Eligibility: Home Delivery is available to everyone in the Greater Topeka/Lawrence area, including rural areas.

How to Apply: No application necessary. Simply call Angela at (785) 554-4524 to discuss you individual needs. First meal delivery can normally take place 7 to 10 days after your initial contact.

Fees:  Magic Meals is a private business, and meals are sold in packages that last most individuals two weeks to a month. Average meals price $6.55, though lower and higher cost options are available. Gift Certificates are also available.

Funding: Primarily user fees. Magic Meals works with some home health care agencies in the Greater Topeka/Lawrence area to assist those with disabilities and the elderly, but does not accept any government funding directly. Most clients fund their meal service independently.

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The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society – Kansas Chapter

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300 N Main, Suite 300
Wichita, KS 67202 (m)
Phone: (316) 266-4050
Toll Free: (800) 779-2417
Fax: (316) 266-4960

Mission Statement: The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s mission is to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life for patients and their families.

8:00 am – 4:00 pm, Monday – Friday.  Answering service after hours


  • Patient Aid Program: Provides financial assistance through a $100 stipend annually per patient. Assistance is available to all qualified patients.
  • Co-Pay Assistance Program: Helps patients with many kinds of blood cancers meet their health insurance or Medicare Plan Part B or D premiums or co-payment obligations. Patients with prescription drug coverage, Medicare beneficiaries under Medicare Part B and/or Medicare Part D, Medicare Supplementary Health Insurance or Medicare Advantage should check with LLS to see if they meet eligibility requirements to receive financial support.  Co-pay assistance is subject to fund availability by specific blood cancer diagnosis, up to $5000-$10,000 per year.
  • Family Support Groups: Local/regional support groups facilitated by licensed health/mental health professionals. Monthly meetings provide an environment for patients, family members and friends to provide mutual support.
  • Referrals to social service agencies and treatment facilities both locally and nationwide.
  • Information Resource Materials: More than 60 free public educational booklets published by LLS.
  • First Connection Program: Helps patients with leukemia, lymphoma, multiple myeloma and Hodgkin’s disease receive support from a well-trained, carefully selected volunteer who has experienced a similar situation.
  • The Trish Greene Back to School Program: Designed to increase communications among healthcare professionals, parents, patients and school personnel to assure a smooth transition from active treatment back to school.  Materials, videos and other printed materials are available.
  • Educational Speakers: Professionals and laymen are available for public speaking to clubs and organizations.

Eligibility: The Patient Aid Program is open to anyone being treated for leukemia or a related cancer (lymphoma, multiple myeloma, Hodgkin’s disease and specific myelodysplastic syndromes). All other services are open to anyone.

How to Apply: Call the Kansas Chapter office for a patient aid form or stop by the office

Fees: None

Funding: Supported entirely by public contributions through special events, foundations, corporate gifts, residential drives, tributes, memorials, clubs, organizations, legacies and bequests.

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Let’s Help, Inc


200 S Kansas Avenue
Topeka, KS 66603 (m)
Phone: (785) 234-6208
Fax: (785) 354-7145

Shelly Lowery, Executive Director

Mission Statement: Let’s Help is committed to building a better community by inspiring hope, promoting self-sufficiency and breaking the cycle of poverty one person at a time.  We can accomplish this by assisting clients with emergency needs and supporting their efforts to change their circumstances through education and employment programs.

Hours: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm, Monday – Friday


  • Free Lunch: 11:30 am – 1:00 pm, Monday – Friday; 9:30–10:30 am, last Saturday monthly
  • Food Bank: 8:30 am –11:00 .am & 1:00 pm –3:00 pm, Monday – Thursday, 8:30 am – 11:00 am Fridays
  • Clothing Bank: 8:30 am – 11:00 am & 1:00 pm -3:00 pm, Monday – Thursday, 8:30 am – 11:00 am Friday’s
  • Emergency Services:   8:30 am – 11:00 am & 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, Monday – Thursday, 8:30 am – 11:00 am Fridays
  • Adult Basic Education and GED sessions: Year round.  Call the GED office at (785) 270-5215 for details
  • Older Kansas Employment Program: Support to people over 55 who are looking for employment or changing jobs. Call (785) 234-6208, ext 271 for details
  • Career Closet – conducted by appointment:  Call (785) 234-6208 ext 271

Eligibility: Free lunch program is open to all in need. Our food bank, clothing bank and emergency services are subject to income qualifications, frequency of need, collaborating with other agencies and MAACLINK.

How to Apply:
Adult Education and Employment Assistance: Call the GED office at (785) 270-5215 for details.
Older Kansans Employment Program: Please call Denise Fasse at (785) 234-6208, ext 271 for details.

Fees: Clothing Bank – No fees, a small donation is appreciated, but not required. Adult Basic Education and GED – A $30.00 tuition required to enter program, or re-enter the program if you leave and come back.

Funding:  Local, County, State and Federal Government Grants, User Fees, Corporate Donations, Estate Giving, Memorial Contributions, Private Donations and Event Proceeds

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Let There Be Light Ministries

1013 SW 6th Street
Topeka, KS 66606 (m)
Phone: (785) 230-4659

Rev. Sue Lacey, Pastor

Mission Statement:  To serve the community in any way we can. We cater to the needs of men, women, and children, not only the material items we need to survive but also spiritually. We will be available to pray and visit with people about our Lord and Savior. We want to provide a place that people can come to be closer to God, to form a relationship with Him, and to learn more about Him. “I Come Not To Be Served, But To Serve,” Matthew 20:28.

Hours: 1:00 pm – 7:00 pm, 2nd and 4th Monday of every month


  • Food Pantry

Eligibility: Everyone is welcome

How to Apply: Simply sign in

Fees:  None

Funding: Privately Funded

League of Women Voters of Topeka – Shawnee County

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Phone: (785) 234-6925 or (785) 224-4406

Mission Statement: The League of Women Voters of Topeka Shawnee County is a non-partisan, multi-issue, political organization that encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government and influences public policy through education and advocacy. The league does not support candidates or parties.

Hours: The league meets the first Tuesday of each month usually at the Topeka Shawnee County Public Library at 11:30 am for lunch and a speaker at noon.  See for details.  Meeting is open to the public.


  • We educate citizens about issues, legislation and candidates
  • We encourage individual participation in the political process
  • We inform through in-depth, objective study
  • We monitor local, state and national government bodies and activities
  • We register voters
  • We sponsor candidate debates and public issue forums

Eligibility: Open to men and women 18 years and over

How to Apply: Call (785) 234-6935 or visit 

Fees: $55 per individual, $75 per household, $85 sustaining, $25 per student.  Non-members can attend at any time.

Funding: Dues and community finance drives

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K-State Research and Extension – Shawnee County


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1740 SW Western Avenue
Topeka, KS  66604-3052 (m)
Phone: (785) 232-0062
Fax: (785) 232-0093

Laurie Chandler
, County Extension Director

Mission Statement: Dedicated to a safe, sustainable, competitive food and fiber system and to strong, healthy communities, families, and youth through integrated research, analysis and education.

Hours: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday – Friday


  • Agriculture: Printed information and expertise in the following areas: crops, livestock, forestry, insects, and conservation and relative urban problems.
  • Family & Consumer Sciences: Educational programs, printed information and expertise on food safety, housing, nutrition, family life, parenting, adult development and aging, family financial management and consumer information.
  • Horticulture: Educational programs on selection, planting and care of garden and landscape plants.  Services include soil fertility testing, disease diagnosis, weed and insect identification. Extension Master Gardener volunteers staff a “Response Line” on weekday afternoons (April – September) at (785) 357-GROW (4769). Questions about any aspect of home environment horticulture are invited.
  • Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP). (see listing)
  • 4-H Youth Development (see listing)

Eligibility: Any Shawnee County resident desiring the service

How to Apply: Call (785) 232-0062 or visit the office

Fees: User fees charged for some events, services and publications

Funding:  Federal, state and county governments, grants

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Kansas Traffic Safety Resource Office

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2930 Wanamaker Drive, Suite 100
Topeka, KS  66614 (m)
Phone: (785) 233-5885
Toll Free: (800) 416-2522
Fax: (785) 233-1342

Norraine Wingfield, Project Director

Mission Statement: The Kansas Traffic Safety Resource Office is a program of the Kansas Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Traffic Safety and DCCCA, Inc. DCCCA provides a variety of human services including, but not limited to, the coordination, prevention, and treatment of alcoholism and drug dependency to improve the safety, health and well-being of adults, children and youths. The mission of KTSRO is to provide public information and education to protect Kansans from avoidable injury or death on Kansas roadways.

Hours:  8:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday – Thursday 8:00 am – 4:30 pm, Friday


  • The Kansas Traffic Safety Resource Office is a program of the Kansas Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Traffic Safety Section and DCCCA, Inc
  • KTSRO works with KDOT, Kansas Highway Patrol, law enforcement agencies, the Kansas Drivers Safety Education Association, Kansas Safe Kids Coalitions, the Kansas Family Partnership and other agencies and community sources, such as local schools and SADD groups. Together with its partners, KTSRO focuses on measures dealing with novice drivers, increasing seat belt use, preventing drunken driving and underage drinking and raising motorcycle safety awareness.

Eligibility:  NA

How to Apply:  Call the office to request services

Fees: We do not charge for our services, material or resources

Funding: Kansas Department of Transportation

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Kansas Telecommunications Access Program (KTAP)

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4848 SW 21st Street, Suite 100
Topeka, KS 66604 (m)
Phone: (785) 234-0200

 Tim Anderson, TAP Coordinator

Mission: To provide free accessible telecommunications equipment to persons with a disability

Hours: 8:30 am – 5:00 pm, Monday – Friday

  • TAP provides specialized telecommunications equipment that accommodates for an individual’s disability. All equipment provided through Kansas TAP is issued at no cost to the applicant.

Eligibility: Applicants must be a Kansas resident, have existing home telephone service, have income less that $55,000 per year, and have a disability.

How to Apply: (785) 234-0200

Fees: None

Funding: Kansas universal service fund through the Kansas Corporation Commission

Kansas Statewide Transgender Education Project (K-STEP)

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PO Box 13
Topeka, KS 66601
Phone: (785) 215-7436

Stephanie Mott, Executive Director


Mission Statement:  To foster a society free of discrimination against transgender, gender queer, gender non-conforming, and gender questioning individuals; and other families.

Hours: Contact available 24/7.  Services available as needed


  • Provide transgender education to universities, community colleges, drug/alcohol treatment centers, YWCAs, Kansas Equality Coalition chapters, PFLAG chapters, human relations commissions, SRS offices, faith organizations, governmental entities, employers, independent living centers, and other interested organizations throughout Kansas.
  • Train interested persons as transgender educators, advocates, and leaders
  • Work to form alliances with organizations and support services for transgender, gender queer, gender non-conforming, and gender questioning people; and their families.
  • Offer resources and support for transgender, gender queer, gender non-conforming, and gender questioning people; and their families.

Eligibility: Anyone who asks for services is eligible

How to Apply: Contact Stephanie Mott at or call (785) 215-7436

Fees:  None

Funding: K-STEP is an all volunteer organization donations are accepted

Kansas Neurological Institute


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3107 SW 21st Street
Topeka, KS 66604-3298 (m)
Phone: (785) 296-5389
Fax: (785) 296-7923

 Barney Hubert, Superintendent

Mission Statement: Our mission is to support each person who lives at Kansas Neurological Institute to have a meaningful life.

Hours: Residential services are provided 24 hours a day


Services are for individuals already living at the institution

  • Residential support
  • Personal Care
  • Training
  • Therapy
  • Supported employment
  • Health care services

Eligibility: Kansas adult residents with developmental disabilities

How to Apply:  Services to individuals with developmental disabilities are requested through area community developmental disabilities organizations.

Fees: None

Funding: Residential services are funded by the State of Kansas, private health insurance, CHAMPUS, client fees and assets, and Medicaid.

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Kansas Legal Services, Inc

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712 S Kansas Avenue, Suite 201
Topeka, KS  66603 (m)
Phone: (785) 354-8531
Fax: (785) 233-2096

Marilyn Harp, Director
Bethany Roberts, Managing Attorney


Mission Statement: To provide individual legal assistance to low-income residents of Shawnee, Douglas, Jefferson, Osage, and Wabaunsee counties who would be otherwise unable to afford adequate legal counsel.

Hours: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday – Friday


  • Kansas Legal Services represents clients in civil cases only, such as consumer and collection, administrative, family law, public benefit, housing or senior citizen matters
  • Kansas Legal Services does not represent persons charged with criminal or traffic cases, nor do they represent individuals in fee generating cases
  • Kansas Legal Services for Senior Citizens and Jayhawk Legal Services for Seniors in Shawnee, Douglas and Jefferson counties. See separate listing
  • Children’s Advocacy Resource Center: See separate listing

Eligibility: Anyone meeting financial and other eligibility guidelines.

How to Apply: Call (800) 723-6953 or apply online at

Fees: No attorney fees are charged to qualified clients.  In certain circumstances a reduced fee service may be offered.  Court costs, filing fees and other expenses are client’s responsibility.

Funding:  Legal Services Corporation, Department of Justice, Jayhawk Area Agency on Aging, Shawnee County Social Services, and others.

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Kansas Human Rights Commission

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900 SW Jackson, 568 South
Topeka, KS 66612 (m)
Phone: (785) 296-3206
Fax: (785) 296-0589
Toll Free: (888) 793-6874

William V. Minner, Executive Director

Mission Statement: To assure equal opportunities in employment, public accommodations and housing to all persons within Kansas regardless of race, religion, color, sex, age, disability, national origin, ancestry, genetic screening and testing in the area of employment is prohibited. (In housing, familial status is included. Age applies to employment only).

Hours: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday – Friday


  • Accept, investigate and resolve complaints of discrimination in the areas of employment, public accommodations and housing by reason of race, age, color, sex, national origin, disability, religion, ancestry or retaliation.
  • Provision of speakers, publication of pamphlets, development of educational programs, compilation of racial statistics in various areas of social endeavors and maintenance of library material for loan.
  • Substituted for Senate Bill 77, also referred to as Chapter 159 of the 2005 Session Laws, which was signed into law in April 2005, allows any person who believes they have been subject to racial or other profiling by law enforcement officer or agency may file a complaint with the Kansas Human Rights Commission.  The Commission shall review and, if necessary, investigate the complaint.  Any compliant filed within six months after the alleged act of profiling, unless the act complained of constitutes a continuing pattern or practice of profiling, in which event it will be from the last act of profiling.

Eligibility: Anyone in the state of Kansas who feels they have been discriminated against because of their age, race, religion, color, sex, national origin, ancestry or disability.

How to Apply: (785) 296-3206

Fees: None

Funding: Annual legislative fiscal appropriation, Some federal funding from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Kansas Department of Revenue

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915 SW Harrison Street (m)
Topeka, KS 66612-1588
Phone: (785) 368-8222
Fax: (785) 368-8392

Nick Jordan, Secretary of Revenue


Mission statement:  The Kansas Department of Revenue collects taxes and fees, administers Kansas tax laws, issues a variety of licenses, and provides assistance to Kansas citizens and units of government.

Hours:  8:00 am and 5:00 pm, Monday – Friday


  • Administers the retailers’ sales tax, and royalties and motor fuel tax, to name a few. Individuals file state income tax returns at the Department of Revenue, and businesses report their corporate taxes. Issues drivers licenses and liquor licenses.
  • Drivers License Exam: There are 37 Kansas drivers license examination stations. In addition, 77 county treasurers’ offices are equipped to renew and process a duplicate license. For the nearest exam station, check your telephone directory or call Topeka Drivers License Examining Bureau, (785) 296-3963.
  • Taxpayer assistance:  If you have a tax question or need assistance filing your state income tax return, write to the Taxpayer Assistance Center, Kansas Department of Revenue, 915 SW Harrison Street, Topeka, KS 66625 or call (785) 368-8222, 8:00 am and 5:00 pm, Monday – Friday.  Some tax forms and most information, can be downloaded from
  • Kansas Homestead and Food Sales Tax Refund information is also available from the Taxpayer Assistance Center. The Kansas Homestead Refund Act is designed to provide a refund of property taxes to low-income, disabled, and elderly persons who own or rent their homestead. The Kansas Food Sales Tax Refund Act provides a refund of sales tax paid for food purchases to qualified individuals.
  • Other: For individuals 60 years of age and older, Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) is available and Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) is available to low-income taxpayers regardless of age. These IRS services are available between February 1 and April 15. For the nearest federal tax assistance site please call Toll Free: (800) 829-1040.

Eligibility: Contact Department of Revenue

How to Apply:  Contact Department of Revenue

Fees: Contact Department of Revenue

Funding:  N/A

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Kansas Department for Children and Families (DCF)

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500 SW Van Buren Street
Topeka, KS 66603 (m)
Phone: (785) 296-2500
Customer service: (785) 296-8768

Robert Estell, East Regional Director


Mission Statement:
  To protect children, promote healthy families and encourage personal responsibility

Hours: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday – Friday


  • Economic and Employment Service provides training, employment opportunities and support services to recipients of public assistance and Food Stamps.  It also administers the child care assistance program, which serves families meeting child care subsidy requirements and administers cash assistance, food assistance and energy assistance programs.
  • Child Support Services assists custodial parents and children in locating absent parents, establishing paternity and support orders, and garnering the child support and medical support to which they are entitles.
  • Rehabilitation Services provide vocational counseling, independent living skills training, job training, tools and equipment to individuals with disabilities to help them achieve employment outcomes.

Eligibility: Call (785) 296-2500

How to Apply: Apply at reception desk or request an application to be mailed to you, or you may access the online application through the DCF website at

Fees: None

Funding: State

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Junior League of Topeka, Inc

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1251 SW Arrowhead RD
Topeka, KS 66604 (m)
Phone: (785) 273-0830

Jessica Johnson , President



Mission Statement: An organization of women committed to promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women, and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.

Hours: 9:00 am – 2:00 pm, Tuesday and Thursday


  • Enhancing self-esteem and promoting the personal and social responsibility of every child
  • Community Action Team – fills volunteer opportunities in collaboration with community groups that are also involved in promoting children’s self esteem
  • Special Programs and Emergency Aid Funds

Eligibility: Women interested in being a member of Junior League need to be at least 21 years old

How to Apply: Interested women can call the Junior League office or get information from the website above.

Fees: Please call the Junior League office

Funding: Merry Market Fundraiser, community and membership donations, and endowment

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629 SE Quincy Street, Suite 102
Topeka, KS 66603-3921
Phone:  (785) 422-0761

Lazone Gray, Jr, President



Mission Statement:  To provide humanitarian services to those in need.  Which include employment counseling, small business development and constructive leadership and community-based activities for youth and young adults.

Monday through Friday by appointment and referral, open some Saturdays for specific programs


  • Job Search Assistance and Job Development
  • Youth Job Readiness and Technology Programs
  • Small Business Counseling & Support Services
  • Professional men’s attire for employment interviews
  • Local phone number with voicemail for the homeless so that they can be reached for social services, job training, employment purposes, and to correspond with the medical community (A consistent and reliable point of contact can be crucial to someone trying to get back on their feet.)

Eligibility:  Low-moderate income, cash assistance, homeless, youth offender and high school dropout

How to Apply:  Call (785) 422-0761 for an appointment or for more information

Fees:  None to income-eligible participants referred by the Kansas Department for Children & Families, partner organizations & agencies, or Kansas Department of Commerce for services available under the Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act (WIOA)

Funding: Government contracts, grants, direct contributions, special events and service fees

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I Care, Inc

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2914 SE Michigan Avenue
Topeka, KS  66605-2648 (m)
Phone: (785) 267-5910

Lavina Wall, Manager



Mission Statement: To provide emergency food aid to families who live southeast of 6th and Kansas Avenue

Hours: 9:00 am – 11:00 am, Monday – Friday
Available by answering machine at other times


  • Emergency food

Eligibility: Have an emergency food assistance need and live in Shawnee County east of Kansas Avenue and south of 6th Street

How to Apply: Come to 2914 SE Michigan during hours of operation or call (785) 267-5910

Fees: None

Funding: Voluntary contributions

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Housing and Credit Counseling, Inc (HCCI)


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1195 SW Buchanan Street, Suite 101
Topeka, KS  66604 (m)
Phone: (785) 234-0217
Toll Free: (800) 383-0217
Fax: (785) 234-4289

Terry Leatherman, President / CEO



Mission Statement: Housing and Credit Counseling, Inc. (HCCI)  counsels and educates all people to achieve their personal housing and financial goals.

Hours: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday – Friday, evenings and weekends by appointment


  • Services available in-person, by phone or video conference and through classes with offices in Topeka, Lawrence, and Manhattan
  • Financial Counseling: Clients who are financially overextended due to job loss, divorce, medical bills or overspending can learn about their financial options. CCCS assists with budgeting, credit reports, credit building, debt repayment, mortgage delinquency, student loan payments, bankruptcy and reverse  mortgages for seniors
  • Rental Counseling: Tenants and landlords access counseling and education on rights and responsibilities as well as all aspects of tenant/landlord relationships. Handbook and forms available for a modest fee
  • HCCI offers a variety of educational programs.  Classes can be provided at business, organizations and schools.  Some classes are scheduled on a regular basis and others may be requested. Classes cover a range of topics related to finances, credit, home ownership, budgeting and rental issues
  • HOPE Program: Free HUD certified credit counseling, a personal mentor and free legal services provided for qualifying clients. Eligibility: Working families or individuals whose income is 185-250% of Federal Income Guidelines and who live in Shawnee County
  • JOBS Program:  JOBS offers skills testing, training, education, and placement for Topeka workers earning below their full potential
  • This program is offered by HCCI and Heartland Works and includes scholarships for qualified Topeka residents who want to increase their ability to attain and retain placement in work that pays wages and offers benefits that will support a family. Eligibility: Working families or individuals whose income is 185 – 250% of Federal Income Guidelines and who live in Shawnee County

Eligibility: Available to everyone

How to Apply: Call, stop by, email, or visit our website

Fees: No charge for most services, minimal fee for financial  counseling, modest charges for publications and some education programs, and donations accepted

Funding: Public and private grants and contracts; United Ways of Greater Topeka, Douglas County, Flint Hills, Konza, and Junction City-Geary; donations; literature sales; and board fundraisers

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Helping Hands Humane Society, Inc

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5720 SW 21st Street
Topeka, KS 66604 (m)
Phone: (785) 233-7325
Fax: (785) 233-8151

Bill Acree, Executive Director


Mission Statement: As advocates for animal welfare, Helping Hands Humane Society, Inc., provides sanctuary for animals in need of compassionate care and protection.

Hours: 11:30 am – 6:00 pm Monday – Saturday; Open until 7:00 pm on Thursday and 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm on Sunday. Adoptions end 30 minutes before closing time.


  • Animal sheltering
  • Lost and found services
  • Pet adoptions
  • Education and obedience training
  • Pet population control
  • Volunteer opportunities

Eligibility: Pre-approval for adoptions

How to Apply: In person for adoptions or information by telephone

Fees: Vary, call for more information

Funding: Donations and service contracts

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Heartland Visioning

120 SE 6th Street, Suite 110
Topeka, KS 66603 (m)
Phone: (785) 231-6006
Fax: (785) 234-8656

John Hunter, Executive Director

Mission Statement: Heartland Visioning facilitates community change to improve the quality of life for Topeka and Shawnee County. Our mission is to create” A Growing, Prosperous, Dynamic and Trusting Community.”


  • Heartland Visioning facilitates grassroots effort toward creating positive change for the Topeka and Shawnee County community
  • Heartland Visioning serves as the facilitator, support and ambassador to its Visionary Volunteers

Eligibility: Become a vision partner by A Visionary Volunteer joins our monthly steering Committee and can come from diverse organizations including, business, civic groups, goverment entities, houses of worship, individuals, etc. At our steering Committee volunteers collaborate with other community members and make a strategies to create community solutions.

Fees: N/A

Funding: Heartland Visioning is funded by private and public contributions, and grants

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Harvesters The Community Food Network


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215 SE Quincy Street
Topeka, KS 66603 (m)
Toll-free: (877) 353-6639
Fax: (785) 861-7784

Jerry Parrish, Director, KS Distribution Center



Mission Statement: Harvesters – The Community Food Network feeds hungry people today and works to end hunger tomorrow.

Hours:  8:30 am – 4:30 pm, Monday – Friday


  • Harvesters is the regional food bank providing nutritious food and related household products to food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, day care centers, residential facilities and other nonprofit agencies
  • Mobile Food Pantries distribute large quantities of nutritious produce and other perishable food
  • Senior Mobile Food Pantries deliver fresh produce and other foods to social service programs and housing sites serving low-income seniors
  • Nutrition Education Programs: Harvesters offers a variety of nutrition education classes, including Project STRENGTH for adults and Kids in the Kitchen for children, at no cost to the sponsoring agency
  • Harvesters’ BackSnack program provides weekly backpacks of nutritious food to students at risk of hunger on weekends. BackSnack is a partnership between Harvesters, the school district and a local corporate, civic or religious organization
  • Kids Cafe provides nutritious after-school and summer meals to housing sites and other programs serving low-income children
  • Volunteer Opportunities – Harvesters’ offers volunteer opportunities for individuals, families and civic, religious or workplace groups. Volunteers must be 6 years of age

Eligibility: Harvesters’ network agencies establish individual eligibility requirements for their clients. Federal programs such as the Commodity Supplement Food Programs have age and/or income eligibility requirement

How to Apply: Families needing emergency food assistance can locate a local food pantry by visiting and clicking on Get Help. Nonprofit agencies interested in joining Harvesters’ Network should contact Jessica Kejr at (877) 353-6639. For current volunteer opportunities at Harvesters’ Topeka facility, visit and click on Give Time

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Habitat for Humanity, Inc

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2907 SW Topeka Blvd, Suite C
Topeka, KS  66607 (m)
Phone: (785) 234-4322

Janice Watkins, Executive Director


Mission Statement: Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.

Hours:  Contact for appointment


  • Houses are built or rehabilitated and then sold to approved families who help with “sweat equity” of 300 hours and a low monthly payment.  House purchasers pay principle, but no interest.
  • Volunteers help with construction
  • Most houses are in east Topeka

Eligibility: Income and personal guidelines must be met

How to Apply: Call (785) 234-4322 for information and application form or visit our website

Fees: Application fee of $25 for credit processing

Funding:  Churches, corporations, group and individual gifts, and fund-raising

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Grief and Loss Services Midland Care

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200 SW Frazier Circle
Topeka, KS 66606 (m)
Phone: (785) 232-2044
Toll Free: 1-800 491-3691
Fax: (785) 232-5567


Mission Statement: Meeting individual needs through innovative healthcare solutions.

Hours: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday – Friday


  • All grief counseling sessions are provided by licensed master-level social workers, art and music therapists and other professionals who have extensive experience working with grief and loss issues.
  • Adult groups provide education about the grief process, an opportunity to share experiences, and the chance to discover ways to help oneself and loved ones journey through grief.
  • Children’s groups use stories, craft projects, activities and sharing to help children understand death, learn to recognize and express their feelings, and commemorate the person they have lost.  Groups are offered several times a year.
  • Individual counseling is available for adults, children and families who are struggling to cope with grief.
  • “Hearts of Hope” camps for children ages 7-15 who are coping with the loss of a loved one. The camp is open to all children, regardless of the circumstance.  A special weekend overnight camp for children is held at Camp Hammond every September.
  • Surviving the Holidays is offered in early November providing opportunities for participants to create new traditions and cope with the holiday season.
  • Book Discussion and expressive art groups are offered to interested individuals on a regular basis.

Eligibility: All grief programs are open to the public

How to Apply: Call (785) 232-2044. Support groups grief brochures are also available to the public free of charge.  Speakers for your group are available upon request.

Fees:  Grief and loss, art, and book discussion groups are free of charge.  Other services are on sliding scale.  Scholarships for “Hearts of Hope” camps are available based on need.

Funding:  Grief and loss services are supported in part by contributions for the Mike McDonnell Memorial Golf Tournament, and through other fundraisers and donations.

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Greater Topeka Chamber of Commerce

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120 SE 6th Avenue, Suite 110
Topeka, KS  66603 (m)
Phone: (785) 234-2644
Fax: (785) 234-8656

Doug Kinsinger, President/CEO


Mission Statement: The Greater Topeka Chamber is a business organization dedicated to the creation of economic growth and development of new capital and jobs in the Topeka/Shawnee County Community.

Hours:  8:00 a.m – 5:00 pm, Monday – Thursday; 8:00 am – 4:30 pm, Friday


  • Committees comprised of Chamber members and Chamber staff, execute a variety of programs designed to provide assistance to industry and business in Topeka and to those wanting information about Topeka.
  • Assist local businesses with start-up and expansions; recruit new business and industry; monitor city, state and national legislation affecting business; provide information for newcomers; leadership development training; and provide publicity for Topeka.

Eligibility: Any firm or individual who is in agreement with the purpose of the organization is eligible for membership.

How to Apply: On line at or at the Chamber office.

Funding: Membership investment. Minimum $390.00 annually, plus $50 one-time enrollment fee. Inquire at the Chamber for equitable investment rates for businesses with more than five employees.

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Goodwill Western MO & Eastern KS


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1817 Campbell Street
Kansas City, MO 64108 (m)
Phone: (816) 842-7425 ext 262
Cell: (816) 213-3235
Fax: (816) 842-7616
Toll Free: (816) 842-7425

Mission Statement:  We strengthen individuals, families, and communities in need through the power of work.

Hours: Varies by Job Service Center locations in Ottawa, Wyandotte, and Johnson County, KS. See their website.


  • Computer Training:  Individualized computer training in any of the following – Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Publisher.  Microsoft Office Specialist Certification available.
  • Community-based job tryouts
  • Community-based work assessments
  • Employment support services
  • Individualized plan for employment case coordination

Funding:  The Helping Hand of Goodwill Industries is funded through fee for service contracts, grants, donations and proceeds from Goodwill Stores.

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GO Topeka / Entrepreneurial and Minority Business Development

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120 SE 6th Avenue, Suite 110
Topeka, KS 66603 (m)
Phone: (785) 231-6000
Fax: (785) 231-6075

Glenda Washinton, Vice-President,EMBD

Mission Statement:
To provide Small Business Technical Assistance, Educational Programs and Small Business Seminar Series to empower small, low to moderate income, minority and women owned business enterprises with the knowledge and resources to build wealth and contribute to the economic betterment of Topeka and Shawnee County.

Hours: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday – Thursday; 8:00 am – 4:30 pm, Friday


  •  FastTrac New Venture Program is a flexible, 8 week course supporting aspiring entrepreneurs from ideas to concept stage. During this eight week training program New Venture students learn how to set realistic financial goals, explore product services, fine their target markets and competitive advantages, define company brands, manage business functions and determine the steps to profitability.
  • FastTrac Growth Venture is an 8 week course with a proven framework to help established efficiency. This course is targeted specifically for entrepreneurs who have experience running their business, focusing on the issues they need to grow their business. Subjects covered are, analyzing current business situation, identifying the best growth opportunities, determining models for growth, learning the operations system needed to support a growing business, improving profitability and financial performance and implementing revised business plan.
  • Other EMBD Programs: Blue Ribbon Academy- Lunch Box Series, Breakfast Buzz, Small Business Awards, Women of Influence Award
  • One-on-One Technical Assistance– Free counseling opportunities to take a hands-on approach to provide comprehensive services to business owners and entrepreneurs looking to start growth or expand their Topeka/Shawnee County based businesses.
  • Topeka/Shawnee County First Opportunity Fund– A loan program for Shawnee County residents to assist businesses in need of working capital for expenses such as inventory, purchase fixed assets and carry out building construction or capital improvements

How to Apply: (785) 231-6000 or

Fees: Varies, based upon program

Funding: Greater Topeka Chamber of Commerce, and private contributions

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1615 SW 8th Avenue
Topeka, KS 66606 (m)
Phone: (785) 251-2751
Fax: (785) 251-2098

Mission Statement: Gatekeepers is a program that is meant to help any adult living in Shawnee County have the opportunity to be connected to health care, mental health services, appropriate housing, emergency aid, and support services. A social worker visits a person in their home.  If you choose to use Gatekeepers services, you will be an active and involved member of a team that can help you achieve your goals for a healthier and more secure life.

Hours: 8:00 am – 12:00 pm; 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, Monday – Friday


  • Referral for mental health services
  • Follow-Up support services
  • Prescription drug assistance
  • Referral for dental care
  • Referrals for medical care
  • Short-Term case management
  • Social assessment

Eligibility: Residents of Topeka or Shawnee County who are 18 years or older

How to apply: (785) 251-2751

Fees: All services delivered by the Gatekeepers Assessment Team are provided without cost to the consumer. Certain community-provided services,however, may require a fee payable to the service provider

Funding: Shawnee County Service Programs for adults and the elderly

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Futures for Tomorrow, LLC

200 Arco Place, Suite 428
Independence, KS 67301 (m)
Tool Free: (866) 332-1226
Fax: (620) 331-1860

Jennifer Wright, Office/Account Manager

Mission Statement: Building relationships for a brighter future

Hours: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday – Friday


  • Through the assistance of our Job Placement Specialist we help consumers who are currently in vocational rehabilitation programs and Economic and Employment Support (EES) Programs (government funded cash assistance) find employment.
  • Offering job coaching, work assessments and other options that may assist our clients with their needs.
  • Retention Services are available to all clients who seek and find employment.  This is to ensure that the consumer is both productive and content in their current position.

Eligibility: Persons who are currently in the Vocational Rehabilitation (VF) Program or an Economic and Employment Support client.

How to Apply: Contact your Counselor or Case Manager for a referral / authorization for our services.  Referrals should be faxed to (620) 331-1860

Fees: All costs are covered by State funding

Funding: Kansas Department for Children and Families

Expecting Success – Job Success Program


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712 S Kansas Avenue, 4th Floor
Topeka, KS 66603 (m)
Phone: (785) 270-5614
Fax: (785) 354-8311

Lea Vincent, Director of Employment Training Division



Mission Statement:  Kansas Legal Services, a statewide non-profit organization, is dedicated to help low income Kansans meet their basic needs through the provision of essential legal, mediation and employment training services.

Hours:  9:00 am – 2:30 pm; Monday – Thursday


A job readiness program of Kansas Legal Services that assists pregnant or post partum participants in the following curriculum:

  • Nutrition Classes
  • Health (Mental and Physical)
  • Parenting Classes
  • Budgeting Classes
  • Basic Math
  • Life skills
  • Goal Setting
  • Organization/Prioritizing
  • Prenatal Information
  • Job Readiness and Retention
  • Barrier resolution
  • Assessments
  • Self-esteem building
  • Pregnancy prevention

Eligibility: Contact the Kansas State Department for Children and Families

How to Apply: Contact the Kansas Department for Children and Families

Fees:  None to participate

Funding:  Kansas Department for Children and Families

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ERC Resource and Referral

Child Care Aware

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1100 SW Wanamaker, Suite 101
Topeka, KS 66604 (m
Phone: (785) 357-5171
Toll Free: (877) 678-2548
Fax: (785) 357-1813


Lawrence Office:
2706 Iowa, Suite C
Lawrence, KS 66046
Phone: (785) 865-0669

Pittsburg Office:
105 West 3rd Street
Pittsburg, KS 67401 (m)

Reva Wywadis, Executive Director
Laurie Pigg, Director of Referral Services

Mission Statement: ERC Resource & Referral, Inc., d/b/a Child Care Aware of Eastern Kansas supports the development and learning of young children by offering programs and services that improve the quality and accessibility of child care for working families.

Hours: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday – Friday


  • Helping child care programs offer high-quality care by providing professional development, technical assistance and coaching by telephone or on site, and access to resources.
  • Helping parents understand how to choose high quality child care that meets the unique needs of their family, and providing referrals that match their criteria.

Eligibility: There are no income eligibility requirements.  Child care programs must be in the agency 33-county service delivery area in eastern and southeastern Kansas.  Child care referrals serve the entire state.

How to Apply: Call or visit the center

Fees: No fees for child care referrals. Child care programs may have a nominal fee to attend classes.

Funding: Individual donor support, Designers’ Show house, contributions, Shawnee County Social Service Funds, the Kansas Department for Children and Families through Child Care Aware of Kansas, the United Way of Greater Topeka, Kansas Children’s Cabinet, Topeka Community Foundation, ERC Endowment, Douglas County United Way, The kansas Health Foundation, The Greater Topeka Chamber of Commerce, grants and special projects.

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Environmental Health Services

1515 NW Saline Street,
North Annex, Suite 101 (m)
Topeka, KS 66618-2838
Phone: (785) 251-2455
Fax: (785) 251-2499

Allison Alejos, Director

Mission Statement: Dedicated to promoting and protecting health in the community by providing prevention, education, and health care services

Hours: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday – Friday


  • Solid waste program includes complaint investigation and refuse hauler licensing and inspections (Fees for refuse truck licensing vary according to number of customers a potential license has)
  • Water quality program/local environmental protection program does well water testing
  • On-site sewage program issues permits for septic systems, performs soil percolation testing service and inspects home up for resale for sanitation. (Construction permits: $150; resale inspection: $100; soil percolation testing: $100)
  • Child care licensing program investigates complaints, licenses and inspects child care facilities and provides training (Facility licensing fees vary based on the number served. No provider training fees)

Eligibility: Available to everyone

How to apply: Call (785) 251-2455

Fees: See above for details

Funding: State grants and contracts, licensing fees, local taxes, class fees and the Kansas Water Fund

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El Centro of Topeka

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134 NE Lake Street
Topeka, KS  66616 (m)
Phone: (785) 232-8207
Fax: (785) 232-8834

Lalo Munoz, Executive Director


Mission Statement: To promote justice and equal treatment in employment, economics, housing, recreation, social endeavors and any other area of human aspiration, primarily within the Hispanic community.

Hours: 9:00 am – 4:30 pm, Monday – Thursday; 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Friday


  • Immigration assistance
  • Translation
  • Notary service
  • Employment referrals

Eligibility: Available to everyone

How to Apply: (785) 232-8207 or walk-in

Fees: Pertaining to documents filed

Funding: Kansas City Diocese, fees and donations

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Easter Seals Capper Foundation

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3500 SW 10th Avenue
Topeka, KS 66604 (m)
Phone: (785) 272-4060
Fax: (785) 272-7912

James L. Leiker, President, CEO




Mission Statement: Easter Seals Capper Foundation provides exceptional individualized services to ensure that people with disabilities and their families have opportunities to live, learn, work and play in their communities.

Hours: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday – Friday
Adult Services: 24 hours per day / 365 days per year

Services: Easter Seals Capper Foundation provides services to children, teenagers and adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities.

  • Early Intervention: Infant Development and Kidlink, Childcare and Preschool
  • Pediatric Therapies: Physical, occupational, speech and behavioral therapy
  • Recreation
  • Professional & Family Training
  • Parent Support
  • Equipment Loan
  • Case Management
  • Residential & Day Services
  • Supported Employment
  • Wellness Monitoring
  • In-Home Supports

Eligibility: Physician referral for pediatrics therapies

How to apply: General Information and Pediatric Services: (785) 272-4060; Adult Services: (785) 228-9443

Fees: Insurance, Private Pay, Medicaid Waiver Funds

Funding: Voluntary contributions, fees for services, grants and Medicaid Waiver Funds for home and community-based services.

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Doorstep, Inc

1119 SW 10th Avenue
Topeka, KS  66604 (m)
Phone: (785) 357-5341
Fax: (785) 232-4865

Lisa Cain, Executive Director

Mission Statement: With the assistance of faith-based organizations, community members and groups, Doorstep, Inc. will provide short-term emergency aid to families and individuals in need; and provide information on services to promote long-term self-sufficiency for our clients.

Office Hours: 8:00 am – 3:00 pm, Monday – Friday

Client Service Hours:  9:00 am – 1:45 pm, Monday – Friday


  • Food Bank: 9:00 am to 1:45 pm, Monday – Friday
  • Clothing Bank: 9:00 am to 1:45 pm, Once every 30 days
  • Emergency Assistance: utility, prescription, dental, transportation, and rent assistance
  • The Dovetail Shoppe, 1196 SW Washburn (m), (785) 234-3004, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm Thursday – Saturday. Donations accepted.
  • Start-Up Program for single parents
  • Wellness Clinic – Baker University, 9:00 am – 11:00 am Thursdays.
  • Department for Children and Families Access Point

Eligibility: Available to everyone

How to Apply: Call for information or apply in person.  Social Security card is required for all members of the household.

Fees: No fees for programs

Funding: Member congregations, community donations, special events, trusts, grants, City of Topeka, Shawnee County and the United Way of Greater Topeka.

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District Attorney Third Judicial District

Shawnee County Courthouse
200 SE Seventh Street, Suite 214
Topeka, KS 66603 (m)
Phone: (785) 251-4390
Fax: (785) 291-4909

Chadwick J. Taylor, District Attorney

Mission Statement: To provide our community the ethical and well organized District Attorney’s Office that it deserves, with a commitment to holding offenders accountable, giving voice to victims, partnering with law enforcement and increasing public safety.

Hours: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday – Friday, (closed 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm)


  • Prosecution of criminal offenses in violation of the laws of the State of Kansas of both adult and juvenile offenders.
  • Litigation of Child in Need of Care cases when children’s safety is potentially at risk.
  • Involuntary commitment cases for persons needing hospitalization as a result of mental illness which makes them dangerous to themselves or to others.
  • Upholding the Kansas Victim’s Bill of Rights through providing information and services to victims of crime within our jurisdiction.   The Victim Witness Unit provides information on the judicial system and aids victims and witnesses participating in the system.  The Victim Assistance Unit also helps victims obtain available therapeutic and restitution services, makes referrals to other victim assistance programs that help individuals become whole after experiencing victimization.

Eligibility: All victims of crime within the Third Judicial District

How to Apply: Contact the Victim Assistance Unit of the Third Judicial District

Fees: Services provided to victims of crime are provided at no cost

Funding: County funds

Disability Rights Center of Kansas, Inc


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635 SW Harrison Street, Suite 100
Topeka, KS 66603 (m)
Phone: (785) 273-9661
Toll Free: (877) 776-1541
TDD Toll Free: (877) 335-3725
Fax: (785) 273-9414

Rocky Nichols
, Executive Director

Mission Statement: Zealously advocating for the disability rights of Kansans to protect their full participation as citizens.

Hours: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday – Friday


  • Disability rights advocacy for Kansans with disabilities including advocacy, legal representation, self-advocacy and information and referral.

Eligibility: Applicant must fit the criteria established by the federal government and the priorities established each year.

How to Apply: By phone, in person or in writing

Fees: Only in limited circumstances

Funding: Federal Grants

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Custom Computer Training Kansas Legal Services, Inc

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712 S Kansas, Suite 414
Topeka, KS 66603 (m)
Marilyn Harp, Executive Director
Phone: (785) 270-5629
Fax: (785) 354-8311

Lea Vincent, Director of Employment Training Division



Mission Statement: Kansas Legal Services, a statewide non-profit organization, is dedicated to helping low income Kansans meet their basic needs through the provision of essential legal, mediation and employment training services.

Hours:  8:00 am – 4:00 pm, Monday – Friday


• Custom Computer Training (CCT) was developed in direct response to client needs for specialized computer training.  Enhanced computer skills often allow for advancement to better paying and more stable employment.  CCT offers training in small-group settings.  Services include:  Open entry/open exit enrollment; Microsoft Office (Access, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Publisher and Word); Introduction to Windows; Introduction to the Internet; Job readiness; Microsoft Office Specialist Testing Center.

Eligibility: Participants must be referred by their Economic and Employment Support (EES) or vocational rehabilitation case manager or employer.

How to Apply: Contact Kansas Department for Children and Families

Fees: None

Funding: State of Kansas

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Critter Care of Topeka


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PO Box 67341
Topeka, KS  66667-0341
Phone: (785) 478-9985

 Jean Barton, Service Coordinator

Mission Statement: A volunteer non-profit organization dedicated to stopping pet overpopulation. We promote the spaying and neutering of pets to reduce animal suffering caused by overpopulation.

Hours: All services are arranged by telephone


  • Financial Assistance for spaying/neutering pets

Eligibility: Anyone in Shawnee County who needs our services.  We do not ask for written documentation to prove need.

How to Apply: Call our voicemail and leave a message including both daytime and evening phone numbers.  A volunteer will return the call.

Fees: Critter Care may pay all or some.  The client may sometime also pay some.

Funding: Donations and fundraisers

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Cornerstone of Topeka, Inc

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1195 SW Buchanan, Suite 103
Topeka, KS  66604-4198 (m)
Phone: (785) 232-1650
Fax: (785) 232-3255

Chris Palmer, Executive Director

Mission Statement: All efforts are directed toward interrupting the cycle of homelessness, providing decent, safe, accessible and affordable housing of choice to moderate and low-income households, and revitalizing Topeka neighborhoods. Transitional and Permanent Affordable Housing Provider.

Hours: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday – Friday


  • Housing for households experiencing homelessness
  • Short-term housing offers month-to-month leases with all utilities paid. It is the intention for households to secure permanent housing within 6 months.
  • Long-term housing offers a 1 year lease, with all utilities paid
  • Affordable Rental Housing provides long-term rental housing for low income individuals and families, as well as disabled and special needs individuals and families.

Eligibility: Household income at 80% or below Area Median Income

How to Apply: Submit application.  Referral from a social service agency that is currently working with the household and can verify homelessness is required in order to apply for short or long term housing.

Fees: Affordable housing application fee is $25.  Security deposit and 1st month’s rent is due upon lease signing.

Funding: Grants, donations and fundraisers

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Administrative Services
(Fiscal, Human Resources)
1000 SE Hancock Street
Topeka, KS  66607 (m)
Phone: (785) 235-9561
Fax: (785) 235-9564



Community Services:
Elderly Services, Tax Preparation/Counseling & E-Filing, Project Attention, Latino Family Development, Home & housing Services, Weatherization, The First Tee of Shawnee County, Safe Kids Shawnee County, Child & Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)

455 SE Golf Park Blvd
Topeka, KS  66605 (m)
Phone: (785) 235-9296
Fax: (785) 290-3200
Housing: (785) 235-6671
CACFP: (785) 232-3258

Head Start/Early Head Start:
2410 SE Highland Avenue
Topeka, KS  66605 (m)
Phone: (785) 266-0245
Fax: (785) 266-4967

Tawny Stottlemire, Executive Director

Mission Statement: To alleviate the causes and conditions of poverty through the promotion of public policy that helps those in poverty move to greater self-reliance; and by providing services and resources that meet basic needs, promote self-reliance and enhance the quality of life for individuals and families in Clay, Dickinson, Geary, Jefferson, McPherson, Ottawa, Riley, Saline, Shawnee and Wabaunsee counties of Kansas.

Hours: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday – Friday, or by appointment


  • The Back-to-School Fair in August. Family focused exhibitors provide fun activities and information for school-aged children and their families. Starter sets of age-appropriate school supplies are given to families that pre-apply and meet the income-eligibility requirement.
  • Homeless Prevention promotes self-sufficiency and transitions homeless persons into permanent housing. Some help also may be available to assist when a utility disconnection will result in eviction and homelessness.
  • Rural Mobile Food Pantry Distributions occur in Auburn and Rossville, KS. Those distributions are in partnership with Harvesters Food Network.
  • Elderly Services assists persons 60 years of age to better maintain their health, safety and independence. Manages medical equipment loan, liquid nutrition and commodity delivery.
  • Tax Preparation is provided in collaboration with AARP Tax Aide®. Trained staff is available throughout the year to respond to questions regarding tax credits and tax returns.
  • Latino Family Development provides services that promote school achievement and family self-sufficiency for low-income, limited English proficient individuals and families.
  • Project Attention provides services that support school performance and family stability.
  • The First Tee® of Shawnee County is part of an international network of First Tee® chapters committed to providing young people of all backgrounds an opportunity to develop life-enhancing values such as confidence,   perseverance, and judgment through golf and character education. Community Action, Inc. is the designated chapter of The First Tee® of Shawnee County. Aspects of the program are conducted in conjunction with Shawnee County Parks & Recreation Department.
  • Safe Kids Shawnee County participates in the international network of Safe Kids Worldwide® dedicated to preventing unintentional childhood injury. The program is best known for certified installation of car safety seats to prevent injury from motor vehicle accidents. Safe Kids Shawnee County also promotes education and advocacy for the prevention of childhood drowning, poisoning, injuries from fire and falls. Car safety seat installation is available to Medicaid eligible families. A $20.00 fee is charged for car safety seat installation. Fee includes car safety seat, instruction and certified installation.
  • Weatherization: Energy-saving improvements to homes in Shawnee (and, as of April 1, 2013, Atchison, Brown, Doniphan, Jackson, Jefferson, Leavenworth and Nemaha counties) occupied by individuals who are income eligible for the service.
  • Supportive Housing Program – In partnership with Valeo Behavioral Health Care, affordable housing is provided for previously homeless individuals diagnosed with severe and persistent mental illness.
  • Affordable housing opportunities are offered in Clay, Jefferson, Riley and Shawnee counties.  One, two and three bedroom apartment, duplex and single family rental units are available to income-qualified households.
  • Head Start/Early Head Start is designed to help break the cycle of poverty facing preschool children in low-income families. Comprehensive child development services are provided for eligible families. Service is available from the time a family learns of a pregnancy until the child is of school age.
  • Child and Adult Food Care Program (CAFCP) provides licensed child care providers with education and technical   assistance related to food service and provides reimbursement for meals and snacks served to eligible children.

Eligibility:  Several initiatives listed above, such as the Back-to-School Fair, are public events and are open to the community. Other Community Action programs are specifically designed to assist low-income individuals and families gain improved self-reliance. Age, income and/or location of residence are   factors used to determine eligibility for services designed for low-income populations. For further information about   eligibility and application requirements for Community Action services, please call (785) 235-9296 or, for Head Start/Early Head Start, (785) 266-0245.

How to Apply:  Application information and guidance is available at all Community Action program site

Fees: Unless otherwise noted, no fees are charged for Community Action programs, or services

Funding:  Provided by federal, state and local grants, foundation funding and private donations

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City of Topeka Planning Department

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620 SE Madison Street, 3rd Floor
Topeka, KS 66607 (m)
Phone: (785) 368-3728
Fax: (785) 368-2535

Bill Fiander, AICP, Planning Director

Mission Statement: To manage land use, promote quality of life, and to develop comprehensive plans for the Topeka Metropolitan Area.

Hours: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday – Friday


• Provides assistance and information concerning zoning, subdivision, housing, population, census data, transportation, land use, neighborhood revitalization, neighborhood plans, economic data, environmental factors and community involvement.

Eligibility: Services are provided to elected officials, community groups and interested individuals.

How to Apply: (785) 368-3728 for information

Fees:  No charge for information or assistance.  Fees for some publications and zoning and subdivision filing are required.

Funding: City of Topeka General Fund and State and Federal Grants

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City of Topeka Housing and Neighborhood Development

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620 SE Madison, 1st Floor
Topeka, KS 66607-1118 (m)
Phone:  (785) 368-3711
Fax: (785) 368-2546

 Bradley S. Reiff, Director

Mission Statement:  To provide exceptional, cost effective services in partnership with the community that adds value and enhances the quality of life for all.

Hours: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday – Friday


  • Shelter Plus Care rental assistance for persons who are homeless and have a disability
  • Emergency repair for low-income homeowners
  • Accessibility program for disabled and senior homeowners and renters
  • Home Buyer Assistance Program helps low-income families purchase their first home within the City of Topeka. HCCI also helps low-income purchase their first home (785) 234-0217
  • Home Program Funds to assist in rehabilitation of existing homes, rental property rehabilitation and new construction of affordable housing
  • Infill housing, new construction purchase available in approved target areas
  • Rehabilitation assistance and infrastructure improvements (parks, streets, sewers, alley, sidewalks, curb and gutter, asphalt street overlay, etc.). within approved target areas
  • Support for Neighborhood Improvement Associations (communications, operations, dumpster for neighborhood clean-up)
  • Youth and Social Service Grants
  • Emergency Shelter Grants
  • Voluntary Demolition
  • Affordable Housing Development Assistance for Non-Profits Community Housing Development Organization

Eligibility: Property must be located within City of Topeka. Property owners and renters must be income eligible. Area benefit activities must be located in LMI block group areas. Target areas receive funding for neighborhood improvement projects.  Social Service agencies apply to the city for Youth & Social Service and Emergency Shelter Grants.  Funding announcements are listed on the city Housing and Neighborhood Development website.

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Center for Community Support and Research

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Wichita State University
1845 Fairmount, Box 201
Wichita, KS  67260-0201 (m)
Phone: (316) 978-3843
Toll Free: (800) 445-0116
Fax: (316) 978-3593

Dr. Scott Wituk, Director

 Mission Statement: WSU Center for Community Support & Research partners with communities and organizations to strengthen Kansas through leadership development, facilitation, and research.

Hours: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday – Friday


  • Vision and Mission Development
  • Leadership Development
  • Strategic Planning
  • Program Evaluation
  • Team Building
  • Collaboration and Consensus Building
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Outcome-Based Planning and Research
  • Referrals to Self-Help and Support Groups
  • Self-Help and Support Group Development
  • Database of support groups available online at

Eligibility: Available to everyone

How to Apply: Please call (316) 978-3843 or Toll Free (800) 445-0116

Fees: Referrals to support groups free; for non-profit assistance please call

Funding: Not applicable

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Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas, Inc

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234 S Kansas Avenue
Topeka, KS  66603 (m)
Phone: (785) 233-6300
Fax: (785) 233-7234

Cathy Lyon, Regional Director of Program Operations

Mission Statement: As a faith-based organization, we are inspired by God’s love and compassion to provide unconditional love and necessary help to people of all faiths by stabilizing and strengthening individuals and families in need across the 21 counties of Northeast Kansas.

Hours: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm, Monday – Friday


  • Emergency Assistance: food, rent, utilities, transitional housing, and counseling
  • La Luz Center for Immigration Legal Assistance: for more information contact Greg Bole, (913) 621-1504
  • Refugee and Migrant Services. For more information contact, (913) 621-5255
  • Residential Services for children: Foster care for children and adolescents with MR/DD
  • Adoption Services: Parent support, adoption services, counseling and referrals to community resources.
  • DADS: Curriculum-based guidance groups for targeted groups of fathers, anger management, Practical Parenting Program.
  • Friendly Visitors and Ring-a-Day: Support for elderly through visitations and phone calls. Transportation available 7 days a week, depending on availability of volunteers, for Dr’s. appointment, pharmacy and grocery. Call 5 days in advance (if possible) to schedule transportation, (785) 233-6300 ext 1313
  • Marriage for Keeps classes (In Spanish only at this time)

Eligibility: Call for information about various programs

How to Apply: Call (785) 233-6300

Fees: Free to fee, depending on program

Funding: United Way of Greater Topeka, Archdiocese of Kansas City, fees, donations, Jayhawk Area Agency on Aging, Shawnee County, grants, Department for Children and Families, and Medicaid.

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Caring Pregnancy Options, Inc

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2041 McAlister Street
Topeka, KS  66604 (m)
Phone: (785) 249-6130

Kathy Hart, Director



Mission Statement: A Christian ministry established for the purpose of reaching out with Jesus’ love to women in our community facing unplanned pregnancies.

Hours:  10:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday – Thursday and Tuesday and Wednesdays 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm


  • Free pregnancy testing
  • Assistance with baby and maternity clothes
  • Adoption counseling
  • After abortion care and support groups
  • Assistance with diapers, formula, and other baby items

Eligibility: Any women needing a pregnancy test or help during and after pregnancy

 How to Apply: Need photo identification, birth certificates or Birth Confirmation Letter

Fees: None

Funding: Nonprofit, non-denominational, non-political outreach supported by concerned evangelical Christians throughout the Topeka area

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Brewster Rehab Center

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1001 SW 29th Street
Topeka, KS 66611 (m)
Phone: (785) 274-3336
Fax: (785) 266-5782

Scott Sewell, Director of Admissions

 Mission Statement: To provide the best rehabilitation and nursing care services to help patients make smooth and successful transitions from the hospital back to their homes.

 Hours: Admissions and inquiries, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday – Sunday, 24/7 inpatient services. Outpatient Therapy: Monday – Saturday by appointment


  • Rehabilitation therapy and skilled nursing services allowing patients to gain strength and recover following a hospitalization.
  • Physical, Occupational and Aqua Therapy, and Speech/Language Pathology, available on an inpatient or outpatient basis.

 Eligibility: Admission by physician orders based upon appropriate medical need

How to Apply: Contact Scott Sewell, Director of Admissions, (785) 274-3336 or (785) 215-3411

Fees: Fees are based upon services provided and insurance coverage.  For specific information, please contact Scott Sewell.

Funding: Medicare and private insurance for rehabilitation services.  Brewster Rehab Center is a part of Brewster Place, a faith-based, not-for-profit organization

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Brewster at Home

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1205 SW 29th Street
Topeka, KS   66611 (m)
Phone: (785)274-3303
Fax: (785) 267-9355

Eileen McGivern, Director

 Mission Statement: Providing services people need, when they need them, in the place they call home.

Hours:  Office 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday – Friday
Many Brewster at Home services available 24/7


  • One-call access to a network of care and support services by vetted providers including meal preparation and delivery, handyman services, companionship, lawn care and snow removal, Home Health services, and more.
  • Wellness programs designed to meet member needs including exercise classes, access to fitness equipment, social and cultural events, and educational seminars.
  • Access to most Brewster Place Retirement Community activities, dining facilities, and therapy treatment modalities.
  • Discrete technology-based health monitoring services including a medication delivery system and a wireless safety monitoring system and automatic emergency response system.
  • Transportation to Doctors appointments, grocery shopping, and to Brewster Place for activities, use of facilities, and outpatient therapy.

Eligibility: Brewster at Home programs are designed for persons 55 years and older but there are no age restrictions on membership or use of services.

How to Apply: Call (785) 274-3303 or complete an online inquiry at

Fees: Membership fee required for access to all programs and services.  Members receive substantial discounts on most services.

Funding: Private pay. Transportation services are partially funded by a grant from the Kansas Department of Transportation.

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Birthright of Topeka, Inc

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512 SW 7th Street
PO Box 414
Topeka, KS  66601-0414 (m)
Phone: (785) 234-0701
Toll Free: (800) 550-4900, 24-hour Birthright Hotline

Lorraine Eggen, Director

 Mission Statement: To uphold, at all times, that every pregnant girl or woman has the right to whatever help she may need to carry her child to term.

Hours: 9:30 am – 1:00 pm, Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday. 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday


  • Pregnancy testing
  • Friendships assist woman to mobilize her own resources, clothing for mother and baby
  • Help in making the appropriate use of the community resources available such as health, welfare, housing, education, counseling, prenatal classes and contact with adoption agencies when needed.

Eligibility: Available to everyone

How to Apply: Call (785) 234-0701, in person, or write to the above address

Fees: All Birthright services are free and confidential

Funding: Donations

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Better Business Bureau of Kansas

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345 N Riverview Street, Suite 720
Wichita, KS 67203 (m)
Phone: (316) 263-3146
Toll Free: (800) 856-2417
Fax: (316) 263-3063

Mac Carter, President
Ken Easthouse, NE Kansas Representative

Serving the State of Kansas, except the Greater Kansas City MSA

Mission Statement: to be the leader in advancing marketplace trust

Hours: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday – Friday, Summer Hours (6/1- 7/31) 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday – Thursday, 8:00 am – 12:00 pm, Friday


• Monitors advertising, mediates business/consumer complaints, and maintains a mediation and arbitration program to resolve consumer complaints.
• Provides valuable pre-purchase reports and information on businesses and their offerings
• Publishes and disseminates pamphlets and books on a wide variety of consumer topics
• Reports on charitable organizations

Eligibility: Available to everyone

How to Apply: By telephone, Email, mail or personal visit

Fees: None for information

Funding: Accreditation fees from business firms

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Arthritis Foundation

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Kansas Area Office:
1999 N Amidon Road, Suite 105
Wichita, KS  67203-2122 (m)
Phone:  (316) 263-0116
Toll Free: (800) 362-1108
Fax:  (316) 263-3260

Jack Brand, Director of Special Events

In Topeka:
2901 SW Burlingame Rd
Topeka, KS 66611 (m)
Phone: (785) 272-8461

Patty Dick, Events Director

Mission Statement:   The mission of the Arthritis Foundation is to improve lives through leadership in the prevention, control and cure of arthritis and related diseases.

Hours:   9:00 am – 4:00 pm, Monday – Friday


  • Resource center for people with arthritis
  • Provide medical equipment for those who qualify financially
  • Provide disease brochures to individuals and physicians’ offices
  • Offer evidence-based exercise programs for people with arthritis
  • Support families whose child (children) have juvenile arthritis

Eligibility: People with arthritis or family members of people with arthritis

How to Apply: Call (785) 272-8461

Fees: None, except fees for self-help classes

 Funding: Donations, grants

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Antioch Family Life Center

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1921 SE Indiana
Topeka, KS 66607 (m)
Phone: (785) 232-1937
Fax: (785) 232-2594

Glenda DuBoise, Executive Director



Mission Statement: To provide a facility within the community through which lives are enriched and enhanced by the implementation of human and social service programs, and whereby the socially and economically disadvantaged are empowered through education to become self-sufficient.

Hours:  Administrative Offices: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm, Monday – Friday. Evenings and Saturday’s available for some programs.


  • Clothing and Food Bank, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm Mondays, 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm Thursdays
  • Childcare Services (Privately owned: Precious Blessings Childcare), 7:30 am – 5:30 pm, Monday – Friday, ages 2 weeks to 5 years.
  • Cardio & Strength Training Room, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm, Monday – Friday. Evening hours vary Call for information.
  • Zumba Classes, 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm,  Monday, Thursday & Friday, 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm, Saturday
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  • Physical Fitness Boot Camp & Step Classes, 5:45 pm – 6:45 pm, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and 9:15 am– 10:15 am Saturday (Private Instructor –
  • Facility Rental
  • Volunteer Opportunities

Eligibility: All services are available to individuals of any race, religion or nationality

How to Apply: Call for information

Fees: Call for information

Funding: Contributions/donations

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American Red Cross

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1221 SW 17th Street
Topeka, KS 66604 (m)
Phone: (785) 234-0568
Toll Free: (866) 990-9910
Fax: (785) 234-5758

Bev Morlan, Regional Chapter Executive
Renee Aldrich, Regional Emergency Services Coordinator
Debra Tucker, Regional Volunteer Coordinator
JoAnn Long, Regional Development Director
Meghan Spreer, Regional Communications Director

Mission Statement: The American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.

Hours: 8:00 am – 4:30 pm, Monday – Friday and emergency disaster assistance available 24 hours a day.


  •  Disaster Services: During the first 48 hours after a disaster, we can assist families with shelter, food, clothing, shoes, and coats, toiletry items, flood clean-up kits, medical replacements, and mental health support.
  • Emergency Communication Services for those in the Military. The Red Cross relays urgent messages to service members stationed anywhere in the world, including on ships at sea and at embassies and remote locations. Call (877) 272-7337, available 24/7.
  • The Red Cross also feeds emergency workers, handles inquiries from concerned family members outside the disaster area, provides blood and blood products to disaster victims, and helps access available resources.
  •  Health and Safety Education: Training in first aid, CPR, water safety, babysitting, sports safety, and the use of automated external defibrillators.  Red Cross will provide custom training to meet special needs or safety requirements.  Training is fee-based.
  • The American Red Cross is the nation’s largest blood collection organization, supplying more than 40 percent of the blood/products used in our country.

Eligibility: Serves Chase, Coffey, Clay, Geary, Jackson, Jefferson, Lyon, Marshall, Morris, Nemaha, Osage, Pottawatomie, Riley, Shawnee, Wabaunsee, Washington Counties and Fort Riley.

How to Apply: Call or come in

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American Lung Association in Kansas

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PO Box 8630
Topeka, KS 66618
Phone:  (785) 246-0377
Fax:  (866) 575-1761

Harold Wimmer
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Mission Statement:
We will breathe easier when the air in every American community is clean and healthy. We will breathe easier when people are free from the addictive grip of cigarettes and the debilitating effects of lung disease. We will breathe easier when the air in our public spaces and workplaces is clear of secondhand smoke. We will breathe easier when children no longer battle airborne poisons or fear an asthma attack. Until then, we are fighting for air.

Hours: 8:00 am – 4:30 pm, Monday – Friday


  • Smoking cessation
  • Asthma education
  • Lung disease information and support

Eligibility: Available to everyone

How to Apply: Call (785) 246-0377

Fees: Fees vary according to program

Funding: Grants

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American Heart Association, Inc


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5375 SW 7th Street, Suite 300
Topeka, KS 66606 (m)
Phone: (785) 272-7056
Fax: (785) 272-2425



Mission Statement: Building healthier lives free of cardiovascular disease and stroke. That single purpose drives all we do.  The need for our work is beyond question.

Hours: 8:30 am – 5:00 pm, Monday – Friday


  • AHA funds cardiovascular research
  • Offers educational programs for the workplace, schools, healthcare sites, the community and other Cause Initiatives Programs such as Go Red for Women, Start!, and Alliance for a Healthier Generation. The AHA also sets standards and guidelines and coordinates certified training centers to teach CPR, including advanced cardiac life support.
  • Aims to strengthen the chance of survival with early access  to 911, early CPR, early defibrillation and early advanced care to save lives of cardiac arrest victims.
  •  American Stroke Association is a division of the AHA,
  •  Professional and public education materials range from scientific statements for health professionals to brochures on diet and exercise.
  •  Educational programs include: Search Your Heart / Conozca Su Corazon, a prevention program for African-Americans and Hispanic/Latinos.
  •  Power to End Stroke is an education and awareness campaign that embraces and celebrates the culture, energy, creativity and lifestyles of African Americans.  It unites African Americans to help make an impact on the high incidence of stroke within the community.  Yolanda King was the first National Ambassador for the Power to End Stroke campaign and passed away from cardiovascular disease shortly after being honored by the AHA.

Eligibility: Available to everyone

How to Apply: Call (785) 272-7056

Fees: None

Funding: Donations, memorials, bequests, special gifts and special events

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American Diabetes Association


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6900 College Blvd, Ste 250
Overland Park, KS 66211 (m)
Phone: (913) 383-8210
Toll free: (888) 342-2383 ext 6841

Linda Crider, Executive Director

Mission Statement: To prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes.

Hours: 8:30 am – 5:00 pm, Monday – Friday


  • ADA funds research and publishes scientific findings
  • ADA provides information and services to people with diabetes, their families, health care professionals and the public
  • ADA advocates for scientific research and for the rights of people with diabetes
  • ADA provides numerous educational programs.  There are over 21 million people affected by diabetes in the United States
  • ADA promotes special events to fund research
  • Family Resource Network
  • Diabetes Interest groups
  • Supports major health fairs
  • Diabetes camp for children with diabetes
  • Wisdom Kits for children

Eligibility: Available to everyone

How to Apply: Call Toll Free (888) 342-2383 ext 6841

Fees: General membership costs $28/year

Funding: Donations, memberships and special events

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American Cancer Society, Inc

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1315 SW Arrowhead Road
Topeka, KS  66604-4020 (m)
Phone: (785) 273-4462
Fax: (785) 273-1503
Toll Free: (800) 227-2345

Stephanie Weiter
, Senior Manager 

Mission Statement: The American Cancer Society is the nationwide voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives from cancer, and diminishing suffering from cancer through research, education, advocacy and service.

Hours: 8:30 am – 5:00 pm, Monday – Friday


  • Information for resources in the community to which families of cancer patients can turn for help.
  • Items to facilitate the care and comfort of cancer patients in the home.
  • Support and Education Assistance: i.e., Reach to Recovery, for breast cancer patients.
  • Support Groups:  Referral to all cancer support groups for patients and families.
  • Road To Recovery: Transportation for cancer patients to and from treatment. Call 1-877-227-1618 to schedule in advance.
  • Look Good…Feel Better: A free program to help female cancer patients improve appearance and self image demonstrated by a certified cosmetologist.
  • Hotel Partners: A program with participating lodging facilities to provide housing for patients while receiving outpatient treatment.
  • Patient navigators to help patients deal with issues they may encounter such as insurance questions, transportation, and financial assistance.

Eligibility: All cancer patients. Education programs to any group

How to Apply: Call Toll Free 1-800-ACS-2345 (1-800-227-2345)

Fees: None

Funding: Private donations, various continuing fund raising events throughout the year

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Alzheimer’s Association

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3625 SW 29th Street, Suite 102
Topeka, KS   66614 (m)
Phone:  (785) 271-1844
Fax:  (785) 271-1804
24-hour Information and Support Line: (800) 272-3900

Cindy S. Miller, Dementia Care Specialist

Mission Statement: To provide education and leadership to enhance care and support services for those affected by Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia while supporting efforts to eliminate the disease.

Hours: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday – Friday


• Monthly support group meetings for care givers
• Information and referral
• Educational programs including speaker’s bureau, workshops, seminars and quarterly newsletters
• Advocates for public policy issues affecting Alzheimer’s disease patients
• Keeps up to date on current research news from the National Alzheimer’s Association
• Book and video library
• Safe Return Program
• Office and home visits

Eligibility:  Available to all

How to Apply: Call (785) 271-1844 for information

Fees: None

Funding: Private contributions, fund raisers, grants and the annual Memory Walk

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Adult Protective Services Topeka Service Center

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500 SW Van Buren Street
Topeka, KS 66603-3335 (m)
Phone: (785) 296-3133
Fax: (785) 296-8655
24-Hour Toll Free Hotline: (800) 922-5330

Kristi Skinner, Supervisor, East Region


Mission Statement: To provide intervention activities directed towards safeguarding the well-being and general welfare of adults in need of protection.

Hours: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday – Friday

• Initiate a personal visit with the adult within 24 hours to five working days depending on the risk of imminent danger to the individual.
• When appropriate, contact collateral sources (relatives, neighbors, service providers, etc.).
• With consent of the adult, interview the alleged perpetrator if one has been named.
• Discuss with the adult, guardian, conservator and/or caretaker what actions are needed and develop service plans or corrective action plans with recommendations to prevent further harm.
• Assist in locating services which are necessary to maintain physical or mental health such as legal services, medical care, appropriate living arrangements, assistance in personal hygiene, food, clothing, adequately heated and ventilated shelter, protection from maltreatment and transportation.
• Provide advocacy to assure protection of personal rights
• After due process, enter the names of confirmed perpetrators of abuse, neglect and exploitation on a central registry that is available to community service providers, mental health centers, independent living agencies and home health agencies doing background checks for employment purposes.

Eligibility: Adults at risk are persons 18 years of age or older who are unable to protect their own interests and who are harmed or threatened with harm through action or inaction by themselves or others.  Typically, this includes the elderly, physically disabled, mentally ill and developmentally disabled individuals.

How to Apply: Call (785) 296-3133, or Toll Free (800) 922-5330

Fees: None

Funding: State General Fund

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Community Resources Council, Inc


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455 SE Golf Park Blvd
PO Box 5183
Topeka, Kansas 66605-2862 (m)
Phone: (785) 233-1365
Fax: (785) 233-1905

G.R. Laughlin, Executive Director

Mission Statement: To connect the resources in our community through collaboration, advocacy, research and education 

Vision: Community Resources Council is a catalyst to promote community action

Hours: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday – Thursday; 8:00 am – 4:00 pm, Friday

Services: C.A.R.E.

  • Collaboration: Staff support to the Shawnee County Advocacy Council on Aging, Topeka-Shawnee County Homeless Task Force, Emergency Aid Council, Topeka-Shawnee County Paratransit Council and the Topeka-Shawnee County Alcohol-Drug Abuse Advisory Council.
  • Advocacy: Advocate for Heartland Healthy Neighborhoods, Complete Streets Bicycle lanes, Sodium Reduction and more.
  • Research: CRC‘s strength is the Jackson County, Jefferson County and Shawnee County Resource Directory and is available to all at no cost on-line at CRC has expanded the Progress Report to include Jackson, Jefferson and Shawnee County statistics.  A great help to those writing grants.
  • Education: We bring together CEO’s, CFO’s, and ED’s to round-table discussions and guest speakers.

Eligibility: Anyone may use CRC information and referral services

Fees: Membership based

Funding: Membership fees, Shawnee County, City of Topeka and United Way of Greater Topeka.

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Adult Education Center

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Topeka Public Schools USD 501:
Located at Washburn Institute of Technology
5724 SW Huntoon Street, Bldg D
Topeka, KS 66604 (m)
Phone:  (785) 235-7690 or (785) 235-7692
Fax:  (785) 235-7698

Patty Williamson, Coordinator

Mission Statement: To improve the education level of adults so they may enjoy greater access to information, and to further education and employment opportunities.

Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm


  • Offers class that help students make educational gains in areas such as reading, writing and math
  • These classes help students prepare for the GED Exam and increase skills necessary for employment, self-sufficiency and the promotion of educational development in their children
  • English as a Second Language (ESL) classes are offered for non-native speakers to increase their ability to speak, read and write English

Eligibility & Fees:

  • GED Classes: $30 Orientation fee. Applicants age 16 to 17 are required to bring a copy of their Compulsory Attendance Disclaimer form their former high school in order to  be eligible for Orientation
  • GED Testing: $40 Official Practice Test (OPT). Bring photo ID. Beginning January 1, 2014 register for the GED online at
  • English as a Second Language (ESL) $30. You must be a least 18 years of age
  • All fees are payable in cash or money order payable to Topeka Public Schools

How to Apply: For more information, contact Patty Williamson at or call (785) 235-7690

Funding: Federal and State funds Topeka Public Schools

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Adaptive Recreation & Inclusion Services Division of Shawnee County Parks and Recreation


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4330 SW Conservatory Drive, Gage Park
Topeka, KS 66606 (m)
Phone: (785) 368-0989

Amanda Bridges, Recreation Supervisor


Mission Statement: Our mission is to provide people with differing abilities the opportunity to participate in quality recreation programs and services in the settings of their choice. Recreational opportunities develop greater independence and enhance the overall quality of life for all of our participants.

Hours: Flexible to meet program needs


  • ARIS is dedicated to developing recreation and leisure programs specifically designed for people with disabilities as well as helping other departments to adapt their programming to meet the needs of people with varying abilities.
  • Adult and youth programming categories include: Adapted Sports, Lifetime Leisure, Social, Healthy Lifestyles, and Outdoor Recreation.
  • Summer Day Camps – Civitan Day Camp is designed for youth who have a developmental delay which requires adapted instruction. Camp Pals is designed for adults who have a developmental delay which requires adapted instruction.

Eligibility: 8 years of age to senior adults. Essential eligibility requirements vary by program

How to Apply: Call (785) 368-0989

Fees: Certain programs require class registration fees. Fee assistance is available

Funding: Taxes, fees, and charges

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AARP Kansas


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6220 SW 29th St, Suite 300
Topeka, KS 66614
Toll Free: (866) 448-3619
Fax: (785)232-1465

Maren Turner,
State Director

Mission Statement: AARP is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for all as we age, leading positive social change and delivering value to members through information, advocacy and service.

Hours: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday – Friday

AARP Kansas focuses on the following principal areas of concern to our members:

  • Health & supportive services
  • Economic security and work
  • Livable Communities
  • Advocacy, information and community service


  • AARP Tax-Aide: Trained volunteers provide tax counseling assistance from January through April
  • AARP Driver Safety Program: Volunteer instructors offer driver education classes aimed at improving the skills of mature drivers.
  • Community Service: Volunteers work on issues that are important to Kansans as they age through a statewide volunteer network and through local AARP chapters.
  • Grassroots Advocacy: Staff and volunteers educate AARP members and the public about important economic, health and livable community issues and inform lawmakers and electoral candidates about AARP’s positions on key policy issues.
  • School Retirees Association: The Kansas Association of Retired School Personnel (KARSP) is affiliated with the National Retired Teachers Association, a division of AARP. Both promote the economic, social and professional status of retired school personnel and participating programs and services of AARP.

Eligibility: AARP takes an intergenerational approach to activities and programs.
How to Apply: For information on any of these programs or to become an AARP volunteer, please call the Kansas State Office at (866) 448-3619.

Fees: Membership is $16.00 annually and includes subscriptions to AARP, The Magazine and AARP Bulletin.

Funding: AARP is a non-profit organization supported by a variety of revenue streams

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