TOPEKA – Kansas Department for Children and Families (DCF) Secretary Phyllis Gilmore is pleased to unveil the newly-renovated Lawrence DCF service center, 1901 Delaware St. After several months of renovations, an open house was held this afternoon, to allow the community to tour the public areas of the facility. Some of the renovations include new paint, carpet, interview rooms and lobby. New lighting and greater energy efficiency are some of the other improvements.
“We are fully committed to serving Lawrence-area residents,” DCF Secretary Phyllis Gilmore said. “I think our clients will find the center to be much more inviting and accommodating.”
The renovations took place between April and August 2014. During this time, the Lawrence service center maintained regular business hours and never closed for construction.
The renovations are part of a larger effort to improve DCF’s 38 service centers throughout the state. This effort is known as Project Refresh. The goal is to create professional standards for DCF office reception areas that reflect and advance the agency’s mission to protect children, promote healthy families and encourage personal responsibility.
“Our service centers are the face of the agency,” Secretary Gilmore said. “They set the tone for our employees and clients. We want them to be professional and uplifting environments.”
The cost of the renovations was built into the new 15-year lease, which is $60,000 per year less than what the agency was previously paying to lease the facility.