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Midwest Energy grant supports DSNWK Employment Connections expansion

Developmental Services of Northwest Kansas, was recently announced as the recipient of a $1,000 grant from Midwest Energy, Inc. This grant award will be used to support DSNWK’s efforts to improve storage capacity at its Employment Connections location in Hays.

This additional storage will house many of the generous furniture donations that DSNWK receives for its Custom Creations store. DSNWK will be creating the additional storage space by adding onto its current building, located at 660 Commerce Parkway in Hays. This additional storage will create a safer and more secure environment for the donations.

“Since the opening of our downtown store, Custom Creations, there has been tremendous growth in items created by the people we serve with many of these items created through furniture donations from the community.” stated Jerry Michaud, DSNWK President. “The Employment Connections building provides the place for us to store the furniture and for the individuals to create these one of a kind furniture pieces.”

DSNWK would like to thank Midwest Energy for their generosity and support.


DSNWK to wrap up capital campaign at the end of the year

Developmental Services of Northwest Kansas is in the final stage of its first ever capital campaign with its conclusion set on December 31, 2022. To date, DSNWK Stronger Forever Together capital campaign has raised over $4 million toward its $5 million goal.

The money raised through this campaign has helped DSNWK in a variety of ways by improving energy efficiency in its homes, centers, and offices; strengthening security and safety through needed upgrades; and enhancing the effectiveness of service settings by completing overdue facility repairs, renovations, technology upgrades and accessibility improvements.

“We are very hopeful that we are going to achieve our goal,” states Jerry Michaud, DSNWK President and CEO. “A number of people have made estate gifts and have informed us of their intent to do so. We believe there are additional donors with a desire and intent to support DSNWK.”

There are a number of ways donors are able to support the campaign. “Donations may come through a life insurance policy, as beneficiary, or through a planned estate gift as two examples” states Michaud.

DSNWK invites anyone interested in donating to the campaign or including DSNWK in their estate plan to contact Allen Schmidt or Michael Berges, Major Gifts and Planned Giving Officers at 785-625-5678.


Golf Tournament Raises Funds for DSNWK for Group Home

Developmental Services of Northwest Kansas is pleased to announce that the Esther McMurtrie Memorial Golf Tournament raised over $11,800. The 4 person scramble tournament was held on Friday, September 30th at the Ellis Golf Club. Proceeds are being used for kitchen renovation at one of DSNWK’s group homes in Hays. DSNWK would like to thank the many participants, contributors and supporters who made the event a success.

Inside DSNWK 11/18/22

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