Sheltered Living to switch to keyless access


Sheltered Living to switch to keyless access

By Megan Hart

A new keyless entry system will keep Sheltered Living’s residents more secure and save money, the organization said.

Jo Ann Long, vice president of development for Sheltered Living, said charitable foundations run by Capitol Federal Savings and Loan and Bank of America each contributed $25,000 to pay for a keyless system for Sheltered Living’s 19 facilities. The organization runs programs for people with intellectual disabilities, including several group homes for adults.

A keyless system will be more secure because they can remotely deactivate an entry card if a staff member were to lose their card or leave without turning it back in, cutting down the waiting time compared to calling someone to change the locks, Long said. They also can easily add access if a Sheltered Living employee needs to enter a building where they don’t normally work, instead of having to use an extra key, she said.

“We don’t have to worry about lost keys,” she said.

They also won’t have to worry about the cost of keys or changing locks, because the access piece will be part of the identification cards employees already can use to get into the Sheltered Living service center at 3401 S.W. Harrison, Long said.

“It’s a huge cost that we’re going to be able to save,” she said.

Long said she wasn’t sure how long it would take to install the new system in all of the buildings.