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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
  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.  




The Friday before school started, parents of school kids weren’t the only ones rushing around. As the sun was peeking over the horizon, Barefoot Jerry’s was open early brewing up coffee and serving breakfast to hungry patrons at a fundraising event for Futures.

“Two months ago we thought this sounded like a great idea,” Jerry Fike, owner of Barefoot Jerry’s said with a laugh. “But halfway through the breakfast we thought, ‘man this is a LOT

In December 2011, the Kansas Star Casino made a donation totaling $147,113 to seven area charities, including Futures.
The donation results from Kansas Star’s share of the net gaming revenue from the start-up controlled gaming exercise conducted prior to the casino’s opening to the public.
Futures received $21,016. The donation helped furnish and equip a home for four residents with disabling conditions, who each need a bit of help meeting the challenges of everyday life.
The
A group of art enthusiasts breathed new life into the art exhibit this year as part of the Kansas Wheat Festival, renaming it the Downtown Art Exhibit and finding it a home. The group included Jim and Sunni Bales, Skeet and Mordon Sirmons, Tom & Gala McAlister and Carol Long with Futures Unlimited, Inc. as the event sponsor.

In year's past the art exhibit was conducted by placing pieces of art in area businesses. Individuals wishing to vote for their favorite piece of art were instructed
  Many of us remember neighborhood days filled with the voices of children building forts, digging in the dirt and climbing trees until mom called them home for dinner. Over the years, the free-play outdoor and learning days of childhood many adults recall from their youth have been replaced with indoor play, YouTube and video games. 

Prompted by mounting evidence of the importance of reconnecting children with nature, a vision was brought forth for an outdoor classroom at Futu
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Tree planting commemorates one dozen trees being planted in Futures’ newly expanded discovery playground made possible by a GrowMoreGood Garden Grant.
Northfield Apartments property manager, Dawn Stevenson (middle) and her staff, Dana Dick (left) and Kari Dvorak (right) are available to residents on-site most days of the week. Northfield in Caldwell
Do you have a child who will be 3 or 4 by Aug. 31? At the start of the 2022-2023 school year, the USD 353 school district will partner with Futures to open two new preschool classrooms at Kennedy Elem
Any way you cut it, becoming parents when you’re in your teens is tough. Sometimes, life throws in some curves that can make it even more challenging. With the birth of their first child, Phoenix; Pat