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December 2015 Newsletter – Ohio Association of Community Action Agencies

Ohio Association of Community Action Agencies

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OACAA Newsletter - December 2015

In Memoriam

Celebrating the life of Ntseli Rakhetla
It is with great sadness that we inform the network of the unexpected loss of Matseliso "Ntseli" Rakhetla. Ntseli joined the OACAA staff as Administrative Assistant in February 2008. During her time with us she assisted many of you with conference registrations, prepared a number of employee and volunteer awards, as well as performed a variety of tasks around the office.

Ntseli's calm, quiet, and pleasant presence will be missed by many. We feel blessed to have known her. Members of the network may leave condolences for her family on her memorial page.

Network News

Four Central Ohio projects awarded Affordable Housing Program grants
OACAA would like to congratulate CAO of Delaware, Madison and Union Counties for the $306,190 award from the Federal Home Loan Bank of Cincinnati. The grant funds are part of the $8.3 million rehab of Londonerry Apartments in Madison County.

One attractive and unique feature of the 72 single-family rental units is the addition of a community garden just beside the complex. Working in partnership with OSU Extension Master Gardner's, the agency will work with residents to plant and maintain the garden and provide education on using and cooking the produce they raise. A harvest party is also planned. This year, each household of Londenerry Apartments received a coupon to purchase fresh foods from the local farmers market – read more.

'Real Money, Real World' teaches kids money management
"I had to spend $7 because my kid was going on a field trip." That's an unplanned expense that one WSOS After School student at Fremont Middle School had to spend money on during the "Real Money, Real World" simulation on Dec. 3.

The event at the middle school capped a week of lessons in budgeting, cost-of-living expenses and other aspects of fiscal responsibility. Managing unplanned expenses such as children's field trips were all part of the simulation offered to the After School youth by OSU Extension Sandusky County – read more.

Association Updates

New website launched!
Check out OACAA’s newly designed website to see all that we have added for you! New features include better search options, easy to navigate menus, open message forums for collaboration with OACAA and your peers, Ask OACAA topics, and much more!

Community Action in Ohio Blog – Latest Postings

The Community Action in Ohio blog shares some of the ways in which Ohio's CAAs have helped people in their community.

Self-Sufficiency and Economic Pathways Reports

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