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5 Questions with Michael Kehoe, founder of Johego

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Name: Michael Kehoe

Age: 29

Occupation: Executive director of Johego

City of residency: St. Louis, by way of Decatur

Your company, Johego, was recently awarded a contract with the Missouri Foundation for Health. What does this mean for the company's future going forward? 

Johego is a nonprofit that develops software to connect people in need with essential services: overnight shelter, substance abuse treatment, and more. In the short term, this $270,000 award means that Johego will be able to expand our geographic coverage to 18 additional counties throughout Northeastern, Central, and Southwestern Missouri, which will allow nearly 1.1 million Missourians to find medical and social services using our software.

In the long term, our work with Missouri Foundation for Health will position Johego favorably for additional expansion throughout Missouri and beyond.

You've mentioned that you want to expand Johego's reach into Illinois someday. What inspires you to continue working to build your company? 

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If I wanted to watch a particular movie at the theater, I could pull out my smartphone, go online, and purchase a ticket for a time and place that works with my schedule -- all within a matter of minutes. If, instead, I wanted to connect someone with mental health treatment, legal assistance, or other essential services, I might need hours or days to do so.

It is my belief that connecting a friend or family member with essential services should be just as easy as buying tickets for movies, and I want as many people as possible to have that opportunity, no matter who and where they are.

How did you celebrate Thanksgiving this year? 

I spent Thanksgiving with my parents in Decatur, enjoying classic family recipes and taking advantage of the good weather to walk some of it off.

What are some things that you are most thankful for? 

I try to be thankful for as much as I can, but I am most thankful for the unconditional love and support of my parents and brother throughout my life.

In your opinion, what's the best side dish to eat during the holidays? 

By far, my favorite side dish is stuffing, in almost any of its forms, since I almost never eat it outside of the holidays.

jcook@herald-review.com | (217) 421-7980

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