Keil helping expand social services in Derby
By Kelly Breckunitch [email protected]
ResCare will be bringing its first facility to the Derby community this fall – set to open in a few weeks in the former Puzzle Plex location (301 E. Madison Ave.) – thanks in part to resident and City Council Member Tom Keil.
Keil has served as Executive Director of the Kansas Central Region with ResCare for two and a half years now, overseeing offices in Manhattan, Newton, Salina, Wichita and Winfield that serve more than 300 clients.
With the office in Derby, day support services (i.e., quality and training programs, behavioral support, etc.) will be offered initially, as well as targeted case management for individuals with developmental, cognitive and intellectual disabilities. The plan is to operate from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily through the week, though Keil noted the market may also dictate those hours somewhat – depending on the needs of the population
Knowing the Derby area well, Keil is excited to bring services to the city given the lack of providers at the moment.
“Derby kind of continues to grow. We’re a population of about 25,000 people with no services currently being offered,” Keil said. “It was just an opportunity for us to meet an unmet need for Derby and then also the southern part of Sedgwick County.”