Futures Unlimited, Inc. News & Updates
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  February 2014 - Three years after delving into a new business venture, with the goal of bringing in more job training opportunities for folks served in our vocational program, Futures Document Destruction Services has a good number of customers and is viable program component.  Customers in Wellington and Caldwell are provided with a locked 64-gallon document security container. They fill it, have it picked up, and their sensitive documents are shredded at our secure site. “I ap
August 2014 - As the sun peaked over the horizon early on August 15th, Barefoot Jerry’s--Wellington’s ‘pub ‘n grub’ eatery and bar located at 214 N Washington--was opening up at a most unusual hour.   August 15th marked Futures Unlimited’s annual Back to School Breakfast with Barefoot Jerry, a benefit for the men, women, children and families served through and by Futures. From 7-10 am patrons enjoyed a tasty breakfast skillet, a side of fruit and a cinnamon roll over a cup of co
   July 2014 - After getting elbow deep in the year-long planning process and weathering several delays, Futures goes “all in” and launches as a full-fledged Health Home partner for eligible folks with a chronic mental health condition. Health Homes were formed across the state to coordinate medical care under a “whole-person” philosophy. “Simply put, health homes services provide support to help people manage their health through health planning, learning about their conditions and ho
  September 2014 - WALT (Wellington Area Local Transit) provides almost 18,000  rides in a year, so trying to keep up with significant wear and tear on vehicles can sometimes be a  challenge. One new bus is a welcome addition to the WALT fleet, which transports passengers over 300 days out of the year. Made possible by a grant from KDOT (which covers 80% of the purchase of the vehicle), a Ford, Diamond Coach bus replaces a 2009-Ford StarTrans bus with over 125,000 miles. “Many in
May 2014 – Bill Loop brings 11 years of experience at Futures Unlimited, Inc. into the position of work products specialist. In this role he is responsible for procuring work contracts to give individuals with disabilities employment opportunities. While a majority of those opportunities are in the agency’s shop; he also works to secure community job opportunities as well.Bill has been an active part of the Futures family for several years starting as a direct support professional in both day an
Our direct support professionals do so much more than assist individuals with developmental disabilities. Watch the below video to find out!
 
They EMPOWER them by showing them how to live as independently as possible.
They INCLUDE them in everyday life.
They present OPPORTUNITIES to advance their skills and abilities.
They EMBODY the mission of Futures Unlimited.
 
If you know someone who might be a good fit as a direct support professional, send them a link to this video:
January 13, 2014 - Raising two children with special needs took a toll on Wellington mom, Jessica Paddock who suffered a heart attack just two months ago.
Victor and Jessica Paddock along with their three children were featured on an episode of The Doctor's, which is a daily television program with a panel of doctors discussing a variety of health topics. The Paddock family told their story on the show which began with the very early births of two of their children, Jaden and Aubrey who were b
December 19, 2013 - In the KS Star Casino’s inaugural Trees of Hope contest, ten area non-profits decorated Christmas trees on display in the casino in an attempt to win votes from casino patrons and other supporters to raise money for their cause. The first-place prize was $5,000, second-place was $2,500 and third was $1,000. On the evening of December 19th, the winners were revealed.
 
Surprisingly, there was a tie for first place between the DAV and Futures Unlimited. The YWCA w
December 2013 - In amusing video, employees and individuals served tell a few of their favorite things from 2013.
Merry Christmas!
 
December 2013 - As the annual Futures Staff Holiday Party drew to a close, Tom Kohmetscher, Futures' president/CEO invited the audience to direct their attend to the video screen for the final award of the night. Several members of the award recipient's family filed into the back of the American Legion to watch the video which would reveal Terry Horsch, Futures maintenance supervisor, had won the award.The video featured a heart-warming synopsis of the kind of person Matthew Washington was when
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2020 has been a doozy but our Futures family made the absolute BEST of it by being creative, energetic, and staying positive despite everything. This video is an end-of-year summation of a remarkable
We would like to take this opportunity to let the many direct support professionals (DSPs) who work at Futures Unlimited know how very much they are appreciated.
June 1, 2020 - COVID might have interrupted the preschool year for 109 preschoolers, but our amazing teaching staff adapted and continued to teach, lead crafts, DANCE, take field trips, and read to ki
May 1, 2020 - As we all continue to transition back to normal life (our transition will be more gradual than others) we felt it important to acknowledge what life has looked like over the past 71 days