Capper Shows Off Renovations, Honors Namesake

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - An organization dedicated to providing independence to children and adults with disabilities and special needs continued a tradition of its namesake Monday.

Easter Seals Capper Foundation held an open house and served up ice cream to celebrate the birthday of former Kansas senator and governor, Arthur Capper. Capper founded the organization on Christmas Eve, 1920.

While in office, Capper was known for throwing huge community birthday parties and serving ice cream to the thousands of people who would attend.

Monday's celebration began by looking to the future. Young client Ethan McGee joined John and Jack Dicus and other representatives from Capitol Federal Savings to dedicate a new electronic sign outside Capper's building on SW 10th St., just east of Gage Blvd. Capitol Federal was the major donor for the sign.

The party then moved inside, where people heard from Jason, a young man who received job training through the Adult Day Services auto repair shop and now holds a job at Jiffy Lube. Tours of the facility followed and showcased renovations, including an outdoor courtyard and more space for Adult Day Services programs.

"We're seeing a lot of adults with disabilities be able to come here and make choices and do art and work and be out in the community as well," said Jim Leiker, President and CEO of Easter Seals Capper Foundation.

Capper's Adult Day Services program allows adults with disabilities to work in areas including an auto repair shop, auto detailing, business support center and custom furniture shop. All of those areas offer goods and services available to the public. Part of the renovations included creating an art room, where adults have been showcasing their skills to create artwork, including notecards, soaps and lotions which also are available to purchase.

For information on Capper's Adult Day Services, contact Easter Seals Capper Foundation at 785-272-4060.

Posted by Melissa Brunner