Wins for Kansas: KETCH

The Kansas Elks Training Center for the handicapped or, KETCH, has been advocating for people with disabilities for more than 50 years, and they've made great strides.

"Individuals with disabilities were overlooked for a long time, and as they've integrated into the community since the 80’s it’s just really important to provide them the same opportunities as everyone wants in life,” says Ashley Ruckman, chief development director for KETCH.

Empowering individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities, KETCH provides many programs and services like wellness monitoring, vocational training, employment services, and even transportation.

"I think people don’t realize what big a role transportation plays in helping individuals live as independent as possible.”

Helping people to live independently is a big part of KETCH’s mission, but independent doesn't mean alone.

"Everyone wants to feel like they're a productive member of society, they want to have social interactions, they want to have a community around them,” says Ruckman.

And the community is there to cheer them on as they reach new heights through KETCH.

"We see a lot of people come and make incredible achievements over their time with us, and you can just see that they gain a lot of confidence."

To help with their mission, KAKE-TV and our partners DeVaughn James Injury Lawyers are honored to them as this week's, “Wins for Kansas.”