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September 2018 Newsletter – OACAA

Ohio Association of Community Action Agencies
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OACAA Briefing - September 2018

Network News

Ashtabula County Community Action Agency Receives Workforce Innovation Award
Several years ago, at the urging of State Rep. John Patterson, community leaders came together to explore a Community Learning Center (CLC) approach in the Ashtabula Area City School (AACS) district as a means of enhancing student performance as well as create a platform for life-long learning and success. Typically, a CLC uses the school and its facilities as a hub to connect the community and the school.

Within this hub social, health, education, recreational and enrichment activities, support services, and programs can be offered.  These are designed to be accessible not only by students and their families, but also by the community at large. In such models the school is seen as an anchor that provides stability – read more.

Local agencies unite to fight against homelessness
(Source: Record Courier; Written by Briana Barker)
Creating a united front to end homelessness in Lima Allen County. Local organizations say there's no excuse for homelessness as a new initiative to provide anyone needing a place to stay for a night, a week, or more is launched.

The West Ohio Community Action Partnership, the United Way of Greater Lima along with the Lima Rotary and other agencies presents "No Excuses; a 24/7 Commitment to Help Our Homeless". All someone has to do is dial 2-1-1 to talk to a trained operator who will find the assistance they need.

New medical facility opens at One Stop
(Source: Ironton Tribune, By: Heath Harrison)
A grand opening took place on Thursday for the latest location of Family Medical Centers.  The ribbon was cut on the facility at the One Stop center in Ironton, in conjunction with National Health Center Week on Thursday and Patient Appreciation Day on Friday, Diane Smith, the administrative assistant for the center said – read more.

Getting Ahead program graduated participants
(Source: The Morning Journal, By: Jordana Joy)
Cake was sliced and certificates were received Sept. 20 during the Lorain County Community Action Agency's Getting Ahead program graduation at 936 Broadway in Lorain. The program, in its second year, is designed to help people living in poverty discover the resources and tools they need to get back on their feet.

"When you're in poverty, you live in the tyranny of the moment and you become overwhelmed by your circumstances at times," said Jackie Boehnlein, CEO and president of the Community Action Agency. "But, you are never powerless. Never." – read more.

Association Updates

Community Action Fundraising Training
October 2, 2018 in Columbus, OH – more info

2018 Post Election Summit with David Bradley
November 8, 2018 in Columbus, Ohio – register now

Ohio Urban Resources System 3rd Annual Conference
October 24-26, 2018 in Toledo, OH – more info

Staff Spotlight

Cincinnati-Hamilton CAA announces new President/CEO
The Cincinnati-Hamilton County Community Action Agency (CAA) Board of Directors is honored to announce that Mark B. Lawson will be Gwen L. Robinson's successor as the Agency's President/CEO.  Mark currently serves as Managing Attorney of Consumer Law at the Legal Aid Society of Southwest Ohio, where he has worked for almost 20 years…

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