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Resource Central visits with J. Waller a Independent Living Counselor in Sedan about building better communities. Highlighting the idea of being a volunteer and how it helps everyone.
In describing a typical work day in Sedan J. Waller explained, "My typical work day is not typical. You never know what is going to come through the front door. My job description is whatever needs done to take care of the problem."
SKIL IL Counselors work to accommodate a broad array of services. "Finding a shower chair, a walker, or helping with a birth certificate to using the public computer in the office to help people find a job." She shared. The SKIL office also operates as a full service SRS access site. It uses the Open Door program to pass out commodities.
SKIL Resource Center operates nine offices across the state all of which are located in the heart of the communities they serve. Each office serves a large area of customers from the surrounding communities as well.
Building better communities is something J.Waller and Diana Clanton, the Ambassador of First Impressions at the SKIL office in Sedan take very seriously. J is the President of the Sedan Chamber of Commerce and Diana is the Vice-President.
The Sedan Chamber tries to promote family type events that encourage young people to be involved. The Yellow Brick Road Festival, Easter Egg Hunts, Halloween Activities to name a few. "Last year was the first year a lot of the kids up to college age were involved in Christmas Caroling." They ended the event at a local nursing home for those that are shut-in.
Teamwork is a big factor in how J. Waller has been working with the Chamber the organization. It was able to save back funds to award its first scholarship in 2011. Teamwork was further shown when for only the second time in the school history of Sedan Blue Devils, the baseball team claimed the State Championship in 2-1A in Emporia.
"If you were to ask anyone on the street, 'Where can I go to get this problem solved?' They will send you to the SKIL office." J explained that being in the community it is important to be a resource for people of all needs. Information and referral services and connecting with other team members empowers people to be winners.