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KETCH receives generous contribution from Spirit’s Good Neighbor Fund

09/24/2010

KETCH receives generous contribution from Spirit’s Good Neighbor Fund

The Kansas Elks Training Center for the Handicapped (KETCH) is one
step closer to completing a low-income housing project for persons with developmental
disabilities thanks to a generous $15,000 contribution from the Spirit Good Neighbor
Fund.

KETCH is in the process of rehabilitating the Country Acres apartment complex
at 351 and 355 Country Acres in Wichita, utilizing tax credits awarded by the State of
Kansas under the Low Income Rental Housing Tax Credit program. In addition, KETCH
is building a third 10-unit apartment building on the same property under the same
program in an effort to increase the number of affordable and supportive housing units
available to adults with developmental disabilities.

“We are truly grateful for this assistance from the Spirit Good Neighbor Fund. As
we get close to completion of the first group of apartments, our consumers are very
excited to move into their new homes. This donation will make it possible to equip the
common areas of the building to meet our clients’ needs,” said KETCH’s
CEO/President Ron Pasmore.

The donation will be used to help furnish the commons areas in each 10-unit
complex. Furnishings will include used and/or new indoor furniture, kitchen equipment,
as well as outdoor items such as grills and bicycle racks.

“Spirit employees are proud to be able to help KETCH with a donation from the
Spirit Good Neighbor Fund,” said Debbie Logsdon, President of Spirit’s Good Neighbor
Fund. Even in challenging economic times, the disabled in our communities continue to
need support in order to become independent and learn new skills. We appreciate the
work KETCH does to improve lives in our communities.”

KETCH currently serves 148 individuals with developmental disabilities in its residential
program. Through this residential program individuals are taught daily life skills
such as cooking and cleaning. High occupancy and low turnover rates are indicative of
the need for affordable housing. Life expectancies are increasing therefore as new individuals
enter services more housing must be provided. The demand for affordable and
accessible housing cannot be met by the private housing market due to cost as most
individuals with developmental disabilities live on an income 20 percent below the average
median income for Sedgwick County.

Two apartment complexes built in 1985 are being renovated and a third 10-unit
apartment complex is expected to be completed by the end of the year. KETCH will
begin a new housing project for individuals with challenging behaviors early next year

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