PARSONS, Kan.—The head of the Kansas Department for Children and Families (DCF) visited the SKIL Resource Center on Monday, Oct. 8, kicking off a statewide get-acquainted tour of Kansas independent living centers.
DCF Secretary Gina Meier-Hummel and part of her administrative staff met with SKIL President/CEO Shari Coatney, SKIL staff and customers at the Parsons independent living center, touring SKIL’s facilities and learning about SKIL’s programs and services.
“Secretary Hummel’s leadership team met with our leadership team to talk about how we can enhance our relationship and better serve people in Southeast Kansas going forward,” Coatney said.
Hummel and her team toured all Parsons SKIL facilities, including the independent living center’s downtown headquarters, assistive technology site, K-LOAN and Independent Strides.
“I’m really excited about the opportunity to build a partnership with DCF, and that Secretary Hummel and her team are truly interested in collaborating with SKIL and other Kansas independent living centers,” said Coatney. “It was so nice to see the Secretary and her administration taking an interest in our customers and the programs that we provide.”
SKIL is a multi-faceted independent living center that helps people with disabilities or those whose environments are disabling. Headquartered in Parsons, it has branch offices in Chanute, Columbus, Fredonia, Independence, Pittsburg and Sedan.
The Kansas Department for Children and Families is a state agency that offers Kansans a variety of programs to enhance people’s lives. The agency has service center offices in Topeka and throughout Kansas. Gina Meier-Hummel was appointed to her position with DCF in November of 2017.