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A Community-Wide Data-Sharing Holiday

As holiday assistance is underway for many of the social service agencies here in Kansas City, we are reminded of the benefits of community-wide data-sharing offered by MAACLink. 

Christmas Lady

Since MAACLink KC is a shared database, every agency that uses the system is able to see and work with the same information that other agencies in the community are using. This is extremely beneficial especially when agencies are working with limited resources and looking to do the most they can with what they have.  In Kansas City many of the agencies that provide holiday assistance enter those services into MAACLink KC.  Once a client goes to an agency and signs up for holiday assistance, that agency will generally enter it as a service in MAACLink KC.  If that same client goes to another agency the second agency will be able to see the holiday assistance that was provided at the first agency.  The second agency can then use this information to decide whether or not they want to provide additional holiday assistance to that client.

At MAAC we call this method “preventing duplication of services,” and it is one of the great benefits of community-wide data-sharing.  Since MAACLink is a shared database, the entire social service community can see the assistance being provided to each client by any number of other social service providers.  This is helpful not only when qualifying a client for holiday assistance but also in providing more well-rounded case management and other forms of financial assistance that may have restrictions on how often agencies can assist any given household.

If you think your community might be interested in exploring how MAACLink could help you better serve those in need please contact us.  We would love to come and meet with the social service agencies in your area and see how MAACLink can work for you!

If you are in the Kansas City area and looking for Christmas assistance please visit United Way of Greater Kansas City to find your local social service agency.


Grateful for Thanks

Thanks for your feedback!

MAAC just wrapped up our first (in recent years) semiannual customer service survey week. Thank you to our agencies and community partners for all your valuable input and for taking the time to let us know how we’re doing. We welcome the constructive thoughts and are grateful for the overwhelming thanks we received.

MAAC is thankful for you and your agency and all the hard work you do for our community. We are happy to call you friends and partners.

Because it’s Thanksgiving week…

Keeping in the theme of the season, the MAAC staff would like to share some of the things we are thankful for:

Natasha is thankful for the generosity of friends and family helping her paint and move into her new home!

Howie is thankful for reStart’s boldness in renovating not just their emergency shelter facility, but their whole programming model.  He thinks the changes are not only great for their clients and for reStart, but for the whole community.

Linda is thankful for laughter, memories and chocolate pecan pie – lots of pie.

Stephanie is thankful for everything in her life that she’s fortunate to have… Family, her amazing friends, and opportunities she’s been able to take advantage of.

Glory is thankful there are after-school programs available where our kids can learn, have fun, and stay safe!

Shelly is thankful for mornings when her kids wake up happy and they can find everyone’s shoes and there is a cup of coffee for the road.

I’m (Megan) thankful for patience, compassion, and my friends who are really more like a family. And mashed potatoes with lots of butter.

Our fearless leader, John, is thankful for the fact that he loves his job, that what we do helps the community, and that he works with great people. And for covered parking.

Jill has created one of her infamous drawings to express her thoughts on being thankful for technology:


There are so many ways to be thankful and things to be thankful for…

As we embark on this holiday season, let the intention be to remember this for ourselves and others as we continue to help in whatever ways we do… however that looks to you.

Happy Turkey Day and Holidays ahead!