Megan Poindexter Trinity In-Home Care Lawrence, KSTrinity In-Home Care in Lawrence has two objectives, Executive Director Megan Poindexter said.  She told Rotarians at the May 28 meeting that the local agency promotes independent living and provides caregiver respite.

Formed in 1969 at Trinity Episcopal Church to provide respite to foster families, it became a 501c3 agency in 1976 and by 1980, no longer associated with the church, began providing in-home support for clients on Medicare with home and community based service waivers.  In 2005 it became Trinity In-Home Care.

Starting out with five clients, the agency now serves 230 clients, working about 6,000 hours each month.

“We provide services for folks ages five to 105,” Poindexter said. “We help anyone who, with support, can stay at home and have a higher quality of life.  We don’t turn anyone away.”

“We help with things most people take for granted,” she said. “We do light housekeeping, helping with bathing, personal hygiene, shopping and food preparation among other things.

“We help caregivers by running errands, taking clients to appointments, and generally providing rest and recuperation time for them. Respite care is for anyone whose loved one can’t be left alone.”

Trinity In-Home Care has 125 employees who are screened and trained. “The work can be labor intensive,” Poindexter said “and we match people as best we can to create the best relationship.”

Funding comes from Medicaid, private pay, donors and grants and various agencies.

David Cook is vice chancellor of the University of Kansas Edwards Campus in Overland Park. Photo Credit: Dave Kaup KC Biz Jrnl

David Cook
Photo Credit: Dave Kaup

The higher education section in Greater Kansas City is highly-competitive and innovative.

David Cook, vice-chancellor for the KU Edwards Campus, is invigorated and ready for that challenge.  Named to his new position in April 2014, David explained the focus on post-graduate and professional enrichment programs at the Edwards Campus.

Located in Overland Park, KS, the Edwards Campus complements the education offered at its neighbor Johnson County Community College with a two-plus-two program.  At JCCC, students can complete their freshman and sophomore coursework and then  transfer to KU classes at the Edwards Campus or in Lawrence.  Currently, the Edwards Campus has between 1500 and 2000 students.  Nineteen graduate degrees and nine undergraduate degrees are available, as well as a variety of professional certification programs.

Eighty percent of students at the Edwards Campus are seeking career advancement or a job change.  To accommodate the need for relevant coursework, traditional faculty work alongside teachers from business and industry.  In addition, the Campus hosts 1,252 conferences, programs, and other events for various companies and professional groups.  The 70,235 participants at these event during 2013 came from all counties in Kansas, all fifty states, and 51 countries.

David Cook Twenty-five KU Continuing Education staff members are moving to the Edwards Campus from Lawrence at the end of May.  In addition to the relocations, Cook is overseeing a search for a new Assistant Vice Chancellor as well as a market analysis of the Kansas City continuing education marketplace.

Have you ever noticed how the planters at the intersections of Mass Street always look so nice?  A team of volunteers descended upon Mass Street Saturday, May 10th, for a great purpose,  the yearly cleaning and planting of flowers along Lawrence’s Massachusetts Street.

The Lawrence Parks and Recreation Department provides the flowers and local residents and service groups come together to make the city a more beautiful place.

Glenn Davis  Glen Davis  Hause / Brenner

Sally Zogry

Sally Zogry – Executive Director – Downtown Lawrence, Inc. (image credit: Melissa Sigler Photography)

Downtown Lawrence Inc. Director Sally Zogry talks fast, moves fast and keeps up with approximately 150 members of the Downtown Lawrence Inc. (DLI)  Association, facilitating a list of activities that would leave most people dizzy. Wrapping up her first year as the new Executive Director of DLI Zogry spoke to Central Rotary on May 14 about her job. “It’s the best job ever,” she said “and we’ve had a great year.”

Members of  DLI include retail businesses, food and beverage establishments, entertainment venues and places which provide services to name a few. Zogry uses social media such as facebook and twitter, the DLI website, and good old-fashioned face to face personal contact to keep track of what’s going on and promote events and spread news.

She coordinates events and activities for visiting groups with the CVB and serves as a point of contact and a voice for city- county related matters. She works on downtown beautification and maintenance in collaboration with the city.  She coordinates  police, fire and medical services for downtown events and store security.

Fund raisers such as the Third Annual Girls’ Night Downtown which is a benefit for the Willow Domestic Violence Center are part of her job. Free events such as dinner and a movie in conjunction with the Lawrence library and the summer concert series with the Parks and Rec Commission are on her list as are the annual Downtown Sidewalk Sale, the Busker Fest and the holiday lighting ceremony where Santa Claus is rescued from the roof of Weaver’s Department Store.

Downtown Lawrence IncDowntown Lawrence also helps recruit new businesses, most recently Ten Thousand Villages. “We’re working on a downtown grocery store now,” she said.

Zogny works with a seven-member board elected from DLI members . “They are a great help,” she said but many in her audience probably wondered if even seven of them can keep up with her.

For more information about Downtown Lawrence Inc check out their website at

Dianne Ensminger Diane Ensminger explained to the Lawrence Central Rotary Club that she created Allie’s Village Memory Care Homes, LLC, in honor of her mother Allie, a victim of Alzheimer’s disease.  As CEO and owner of Allie’s Village, Diane is committed to providing comfort to the persons living with Alzheimer’s & dementia and their families.  The facility promises customized care for those living with the disease.  Diane declares, “You do not need to walk alone or be afraid, we are here to help you.”

Alzheimer’s and dementia are potential issues for many as the population ages.  Statistics predict that one in eight people over age 65 will have Alzheimer’s disease.  The Huffington Post blog gave a dire prediction on April 9, 2014:

Our country is in the middle of an Alzheimer’s crisis that has already been devastating to millions among the “greatest generation,” is well on its way toward doing the same directly to the “boomers,” and has already immersed their progeny in caregiving. Right now there are more than 5 million Americans who have this progressive, degenerative and fatal disease.

Allie’s Village opened just over a year ago in spring 2013.  Its eight bedrooms and five day-care openings are full, and there are five people on the waiting list.  The residence takes pride in its ratio of one caregiver for two every residents, ensuring that residents have an opportunity for constant interaction and activities that match their interests.  The family-centered philosophy at Allie’s Village ensures its happy, loving environment and its partnership with the loved ones of its residents.

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