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August 2016 Newsletter – Ohio Association of Community Action Agencies

Ohio Association of Community Action Agencies

OH-August-2016OACAA Newsletter - August 2016

Network News

Portman visits Pearl House and hosts roundtable with residents in recovery
Today, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio) visited the Pearl House, a facility in Lancaster, Ohio that provides housing for families in recovery, and toured the adjacent treatment center.  He then hosted a roundtable with resident families who are in recovery and members of the Fairfield County Drug Task Force. Pearl House serves the Fairfield community as a place where homeless families suffering from addiction can receive the treatment and care they need to build healthy and productive lives.  Portman heard stories from those in recovery and those on the front lines in the fight against addiction and discussed how CARA can help – read more.

Pike CAC, YMCA partner to open early childhood classrooms
The Community Action Committee (CAC) of Pike County and the Pike County YMCA have partnered to open new early childhood classrooms at the YMCA, located at 400 Pride Drive, in Waverly. The public is invited to attend a grand opening/open house for the classrooms, to be held at the Pike County YMCA from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, August 30. Light refreshments will be served during the event – read more.

Association Updates

Foundation Level Seminar Series
The Foundation Level Seminar Series (FLSS) was created for entry-level and new staff to focus on core skills sets and empower attendees in their work to help low-income people – more info.

Fiscal & HR Conference 2016
The Fiscal and HR conference will review Human Resources and Department of Labor policies and affordable health care, as well as performance appraisals, disciplinary strategies and employee motivation techniques – more info.

Success Story

Encouragement now, JOBS NOW!
Mark entered the JOBS NOW! program at Supports to Encourage Low-income Families (SELF) in March of 2015, after being out of the workforce for some time.  As a single dad raising a 5-year-old daughter, Mark needed to make a change and find employment that could help him better support his family.   When classes began, Mark was not immediately engaged in the classroom. His outlook on life was skewed by his personal – read 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.

From OACAA Executive Director Philip E. Cole
Lyndon B. Johnson coined the phrase “The War on Poverty” when he signed the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 into law.  It was an instantly recognized phrase that was meant to represent a national effort to eliminate poverty.  After successfully reducing the national poverty rate from 26% to 15% in the first two years, the resources to fight were drastically reduced, and the rapid victories ended.  However, the nonprofit Community Action Network along with our allies, employers and partners has continued to win individual battles against poverty for families and individuals...

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