Historic Iola Building Given New Life

It was March 8th, 2013 and Kansas Highway Patrol along with their highly trained SWAT team had just raided 1 N Jefferson looking for an alleged Murderer. Despite the flash bombs and army of agents, the murderer wasn’t found. But something that was evident is that this building was no longer serving the same productive purpose it once did and in many ways, was now bringing the wrong attention to the Iola Square.

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Kitchen Staff at Moran Manor

 

Moran Manor is seeking Full-Time Kitchen Help!

Moran Manor offers a full variety of benefits including: above market wages, PTO  after 90 days, and pay on demand.  Some weekends required.

Apply online at www.americareusa.net
At Moran Manor, we make a difference in the everyday lives of others and we are proud of the work we do.  We embrace our team members like family. We have a culture of recognition, empowerment, and a side of fun. Our senior living communities are places where excellence thrives and that we call home. Join Us

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Healthy Families Home Visiting Family Support Specialist at Kansas Childrens Service League

Healthy Families Home Visiting Family Support Specialist {D1998}
Full TM non-exempt Full-Time
Professional
Iola, KS, US

JOB SUMMARY
The Healthy Families Home Visiting Family Support Specialist (FSS) is responsible for building trusting relationships with families based on the Healthy Families America model. The FSS will visit families in their homes to provide support in establishing positive home environments, promote strong attachments through the parent child relationships, and encourage the well-being of children and families. Utilizing an infant mental health approach, the FSS will practice reflective strategies to strengthen parent-child relationships, improve parenting skills, teach effective problem-solving, and reduce family stress.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
Home Visiting 90%

• Develops strategies to positively engage families in voluntary services through a trusting relationship.
• Complete initial enrollment visits with family and completes Parent Survey assessment.
• Schedules and provides regular home visits with families in accordance to KCSL Healthy Families policies and procedures.
• Conduct ongoing screens and assessments such as the ASQ, ASQ-SE, EPDS, and other tools required by the program.
• Implements research based curriculum, Growing Great Kids, during home visits with families.
• Supports and guides families in the development of the Family Goal Plan, and encourages families in achieving identified goals.
• Assist family in monitoring medical needs including well child visits and immunizations, and helps them overcome barriers to meeting these needs.
• Uses reflective strategies such as normalizing, explore and wonder, and accentuate the positive, to help strengthen parent child relationships.
• Refers and connects families to additional KCSL services and other community resources that could help strengthen the family and build protective factors. May include providing occasional transportation for families to access community resources.
• Assist with planning and delivery of group events for program families.
• Documents observations of children and families through weekly home visit notes and completes requirement documentation in accordance with program expectations.
• Meets weekly with supervisor for supervision to reflect on work with families and review interventions and documentation.

Other Duties 10%
• Completes training required by program including Foundations for Family Success, Parent Survey, Growing Great Kids, and other required topics.
• Assists with outreach through community fairs and other events that help build awareness of program.
• Attends regular team meetings and participates in supporting other team members as needed.
• Attends communities meetings as needed.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

Work Environment Office and participant homes.
Lifting Requirements Up to 25 pounds.
Travel Requirements Must have vehicle in good condition; able to travel to and from family homes and transport participants to appointments.
Other Must have a home telephone and/or mobile phone and be willing to handle emergency or crisis situation with the assistance of the supervisor. Valid driver’s license, reliable transportation, current auto insurance, pass all required background checks.

The physical requirements described here are a representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
Required
• Associates Degree in family services related field or 3 years experience working in social services or a related field.
• Experience in working with or providing services to children and families
• An ability to establish trusting relationships
• Acceptance of individual differences
• Experience and willingness to work with the culturally diverse populations in the community
• Knowledge of infant and child development and parent-child attachment principles
• Open to reflective practice including reflective supervision
• Strong verbal and written communication skills
• Ability to approach families from a strengths based and family-centered perspective
• Ability to maintain professional boundaries when providing supportive services
• Able to work flexible schedule which could include some evening/weekend hours

Preferred
• Infant Mental Health Endorsement
• Bilingual in English and Spanish
2019 Benefit Summary

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Business Office Staff at Community Care Connections

Position:  Business Office Staff
Facility:  Community Care Connections Iola
Reports to:  Lori Jones, HCBS Supervisor

The Business Office Staff position is accountable to assist in the daily operations of the agency in a professional manner that provides quality services with dignity, provides fair treatment of employees and maintains an ongoing liaison among the clients and agency staff.   The business office staff is also responsible for the direct care of agency clients as stated in the individual’s plan of care.

Community Care Connections is a member of the Medicalodges, Inc. family.  Medicalodges offers a continuum of health care options which include in-home services, independent living, assisted living, skilled nursing home care, rehabilitation, specialized care, outpatient therapies, adult day care, as well as services and living assistance to those with developmental disabilities.

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Assist the day-to-day business duties/ functions of the agency.
  • Assist BOM/HCBS Supervisor to assure that proper hiring, employment procedures and documentation requirements are followed; required background check, licenses and/or certifications are current on all employees
  • Maintain records regarding Employees and Consumers per state and federal laws and Medicalodges, Inc. policies and procedures.
  • Working in a fully cooperative and positive manner with the Service Center, the BOM, the Agency Director and outside consultants to improve and maintain the business operations of the Agency.
  • Working within the business accounting system established by Medicalodges, Inc.
  • Assist or prepare and submit all business reports required by the Medicalodges, Inc, BOM Agency Director, state and federal agencies in an accurate and timely manner.
  • Accountable that all admissions are correctly handled with proper documentation for full payment for services provided. Assuring and assisting that all requirements are met to ensure full and prompt reimbursement including but not limited to, Medicaid (HCBS waiver funds) and/or private pay.
  • Assist when necessary that all payrolls/timesheets are accurate and done in a timely manner per Community Care Connections/ Medicalodges, Inc. policies and procedures.
  • Assist when necessary that all end of the month billing hours and forms are complete, accurate and emailed/fax to the main office as directed by the BOM, HCBS Supervisor. (Failure to do so results in the untimely closure of the end of the month records and untimely billing.) Repeated mistakes on payroll, billing hours or client information or untimely submission my result in suspension and/or termination.
  • Assisting the BOM, HCBS Supervisor and or Agency Director that appropriate personnel and backup personnel are available, or are in training, for all positions of the Agency under the direction of the Program Supervisor and or Agency Director. Must be able to work in the field.

JOB REQUIREMENTS:

  • High School diploma or GED
  • Minimally one year of Office management experience in the healthcare field preferred.
  • On call as necessary
  • Ability to organize the business operations of the Agency effectively.
  • Current Driver’s License and Auto Insurance

TO APPLY, PLEASE EMAIL RESUMES TO: lkjones@medicalodges.com 

OR MAIL/DELIVER IN PERSON TO :
Community Care Connections
2 S. Washington
Iola, KS  66749.

 

Allen Community College Recreation Center – Community Survey

Allen Community College is planning a new Recreation Center, which will include a 200 meter indoor track and a turf in-field. Some in the community would like to see the city or county partner with the college so that this facility could also include an indoor pool. Is this our chance for a community Recreation Center or should the other municipalities stay out of the plans?”

February 28, 2020 – The above question was asked on our Facebook page in hopes of getting the public’s opinion on a recreation center.   I am one that did not have strong feelings on this subject. I can see both sides of the issue, but what is most important to me is that when big decisions are on the table, an effort is made to hear from the people of our great community.  We are always going to hear from the cheerleaders and the strong critics, but the average person many times stays silent.  As someone that has been involved in big public decisions over the years, I have seen the roller coaster of emotion that can be fueled by conversations with a few people.  A survey is not a perfect tool, I’ve done many over the years and am yet to create one without wishing I would have asked a different question, or phrased a question differently.  The reality is, survey’s can be revealing, and although a small sample of the population, a much bigger sample than any of us can provide on our own.  Thanks to the 465 people in Allen County that were willing to take this survey, we had a good turn out.

First, let me explain in detail what is currently on the table.  Allen Community College is fulfilling a 5 year strategic plan which includes the goal of building a 200 Meter Indoor track with a turf infield.  As they have gotten closer and closer to the design phase of this project, many in the public have recommended that ACC partner with others in hopes that an indoor pool could be included, if not other recreation facilities as well.  ACC agreed to host a meeting with the public and to listen to listen to Allen County citizens.  Their message was that they are open to having partners, but the college knows their needs and budget well.  If the community wants more than they can provide on their own, others would need to come to the table to help.  ACC’s willingness to listen and entertain the public’s input is admirable, whether the scope of the project changes is out of their hands.  Several other entities have been identified as potential partners;  Allen County, City of Iola, St. Lukes, the National Guard, and private donations to name a few.  Who and how much potential is yet to be determined, but with ACC’s financial commitment, this is an opportunity that should not be taken lightly.  Whether the right opportunity includes a full sized pool, or even a much smaller pool for therapeutic needs is a possibility. Perhaps a racquetball court or other much smaller price tag facilities could be considered.

When you are involved with community decisions, listening to tax payers, and holding public meetings is difficult.  It slows the project down considerably and adds a lot of criticism to the project, even if just from a select few.  But, this is the healthiest way to make decisions that impact us all and the fairest way.  Thank you to the college for listening with an open mind, and thank you to everyone that participated in this survey. Whether your opinion agrees or disagrees with these results or your friends/neighbors opinions, embrace them as it represents the freedom and value we all share equally.  I, for one, love diversity and am grateful that we do not all think a like.

Click link below to see the complete results.

Ryan Sparks, President
Grow Iola

Click link for survey results.

 

 

Patrol officer position for the City of Iola

The City of Iola is currently accepting applications for Patrol Officer. This is a highly responsible position involving crime prevention, traffic enforcement, criminal investigation, and emergency response.  Applications and a job description are available at www.cityofiola.com or at the City Clerk’s Office in Iola City Hall located at 2 W. Jackson Ave. Wages starting at $16.93 per hour (DOQ), plus benefits. Please submit applications to hrdirector@cityofiola.com or to HR in the City Clerk’s Office. ADA. EOE.

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Maple Hill Park – Mobiles For Sale

LIVE IN YOUR OWN MOBILE HOME IN MAPLE HILL PARK  
— QUIET FAMILY LIVING —

    • Do you want to own your own home in Maple Hill Park, Gas KS?
      Yes, you can own your own mobile!  Paint, remodel or improve – no problem, it’s your house as soon as you move in.  And, after it’s paid off, after 6-7 years, your monthly payment goes way down.  You will then only be paying the lot rent.  That’s really economical housing!  Owning does have responsibilities as well as advantages:
      – Maintenance – painting, fixing leaks, etc
      – Repairs:  for example, if the water heater fails, you will need to fix it.
      – We sell you the mobile in good working condition, but you will need to do needed maintenance to keep your home nice.
    • Can you afford it?
      • Move in cost:    $685
      • $300 Security Deposit
      • $385 1st month payment
      • Monthly Payment:  $385
      • Utilities:    Plan on $200 – $300, paid directly to the utility providers.
  • *Since we are selling you the mobile and financing it. We require that you have steady, sufficient income.
    •  Do you want to settle down and live in Maple Hill Park for a long time?
    • We are looking for long term residents, because that’s what owing a home is about. Maple Hill Park is a pleasant, peaceful, family-oriented community.

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If Maple Hill Park sounds right for you,
Please fill in the online application and then call HELEN
  PH: 620-228-8539

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