Futures Unlimited, Inc. News & Updates
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  October 2014 - Studies show children introduced to books early in life have a better chance of graduating from high school. Moreover, students who don’t read at age level are more likely to enter the juvenile and adult court systems. “Aside from the critical bonding that takes place when a parent reads to a child,” says Jennifer Biehler, Futures’ director of Head Start, “early literacy plays a huge role in a child’s ability to finish school, gain employment and contribute to society
November 2013 - The Futures Unlimited Board of Directors would like to announce Shiloh Rosenberg and Cari Cook have recently joined the board.

“Futures Unlimited, for almost 40 years now, has been fortunate to have dynamic, committed and knowledgeable community members at the helm of our organization,” says Futures President/CEO, Tom Kohmetscher. “With the addition of Cari and Shiloh to the board, we continue with that legacy and are excited about the experience, expertise

August 2013 - As the sun peaked over the horizon early on August 16th, 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 16th 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
   October 2014 - Quarterly shop meetings give vocational program participants a chance to hear about upcoming contracts, receive training recognition and take care of general announcements. At the October shop meeting, workers learned of an additional job from a commercial equipment manufacturing company, which builds street machines from the ground up. “We’ve worked on floor mats as well as assembling bolt sets for one major industry in the Wichita area,” says Bill Loop, wo

June 2013 - Whether she is coaching a couple through labor and delivery concerns or calming a pregnant teen’s anxieties – teaching the community’s Pregnancy, Birth & Beyond classes is a fulfilling part of Melissa Provost’s duties as the health specialist for Futures Unlimited, Inc. since 2010. The classes are free and offered as a joint project with Sumner Regional Medical Center in Wellington.
As a nurse with 17 years of obstetrics and Emergency Room experience at
 
Wellington, Kan.-Nearly 100 supporters bundled up against unseasonably cold weather on Saturday, May 4, 2013 to support The Futures Unlimited, Inc. 4th Annual  “Walk a Mile in My Shoes” event held at Century Park.
“The annual spring event is held to draw attention to the needs of persons with intellectual/developmental disabilities living in our area,” states Trisha Logan, communications coordinator for Futures.  Some were walking in support of a loved
February 2013 - Sabrina Torneden brings 10 years of experience at Futures Unlimited, Inc. into the position of work products specialist. In this role she’s responsible for procuring work contracts to give individuals with disabilities employment opportunities. While a majority of these opportunities are in the agency’s shop; she also works to secure community job opportunities as well.
 
Sabrina has been an active part of the Futures family for several years starting as a dire
  December 2014 - When Bob Leftwich joined the Futures Unlimited Board of Directors in 1994, the agency was working to expand the Head Start program to meet the growing community needs, embarking on the HUD Northfield project, and was actively engaged in the restructuring of the State’s community developmental disabilities system and the closing of another large institution. “In many ways, the landscape then is much like the landscape today!” says Futures President/CEO Tom Kohmet
 
Every year Futures Unlimited employees nominate one of their peers to receive the most noteworthy employee award of the year - the Matthew Washington Award. This year's award recipient was Bill Loop.

The award is named after a beloved Futures employee who passed away in 1998.

Watch the video and learn why Matthew Washington exemplifies Futures and why Bill deserved this award.
Click HERE to view the award video.  
Delivering needed services to our county’s most vulnerable citizens in the form of transportation, direct support, family involvement, therapy, preschool services, case management or day services takes a person or two.
And if we might boast, we have among the best.
On December 1, 2012 at our annual staff holiday party, 13 employees were recognized for their combined 160 years of service to Futures. Among applause and cheers from their coworkers and remarks from Tom Kohmetscher, Futures
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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