Linda Kehres: Free downtown events beneficial to community

Linda Kehres hopes that free downtown events will provide entertainment options for the clients she serves as executive director of downtown nonprofit Let’s Help. (Chris Neal/The Capital-Journal)

Linda Kehres hopes that downtown improvements will help the community — including the working poor.


Free entertainment and free family activities could be beneficial for her Let’s Help clients.

It would be wonderful for those we work with to have something to look forward to at the end of the week, she said.

The organization, at 200 S. Kansas Ave., serves many individuals who live in the area, making downtown events accessible transportation wise.

As a member of Leadership Greater Topeka, Kehres has had an opportunity to learn about what’s in the works downtown and the strategies that have been implemented to revitalize the area.

“This insider look has given me the chance to become acquainted with some of the folks making dreams come true,” Kehres said. “I have shared my experience with others and take an active role in helping build excitement about the great things occurring in downtown Topeka.”

She’s particularly impressed by the collaboration between different groups and by how many parties have been brought to the table for input. The more perspectives, the greater the effect.

“It’s exciting to see the creative synergy coming together,” Kehres said.

Ultimately Kehres believes that synergy will enhance the community’s energy and pride.


Name: Linda Kehres

Age: 49

Profession: executive director of Let’s Help