Nov. 2, 2018

Congratulations, Bobbie!

Our own Bobbie Jackson Lee was honored by the Hamilton County commissioners this week for 25 years of service.
Bobbie started at HCJFS in 1993 as a telephone monitor in charge of the agency's switchboard. She has been promoted many times in the years since. She is currently a social program specialist in Children's Services Program Support.

Her coworkers describe her as honest, a good listener, professional and productive. 

Bobbie has two sons and is a huge fan of the Bengals and Reds.

Do you have a fave coffee shop?

Our coffee sleeves that promote foster care and adoption are here.

If you know of a shop that might want to use some, please let us know. We will start delivering next week.

Mileage deadlines coming up

Deadline for claiming mileage driven in October is Nov. 30.

No payment will be made after that date.

With the end of the year coming, there are lots of deadlines to keep in mind. 

Read more on the Intranet.

Early warning: Elevators to be serviced

This is very early notice, but please note that two of our passenger elevators will be out of service Dec. 10 through Dec. 18.
The elevators require new cables and major maintenance work after so many cycles of use. Part of the replacement also includes resurfacing the pulley wheels and guides that the cables run on so the new cables fit tightly and operate smoothly.
In order to do this work, technicians will be on site starting Monday Dec. 10 and will begin working on two of our four passenger elevators. These two elevators would be out of service for several days and then returned to operation while the opposite two are serviced. The agency will function with only two elevators for five or six days.
Thank you for your patience with this process. 



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Another tearful, joyous 
Adoption Day

Today was one of the days we love most - our Hamilton County National Adoption Month celebration. Thirteen kids were adopted into nine families.

Lots of reporters and photographers came so you might see stories on the news tonight. People cried. As always, Judge Ted Winkler said things that made people laugh.

Congratulations to the nine families, to their extended families (including Kelly Fitzpatrick, whose sister-in-law adopted today) and to the many HCJFS caseworkers and managers who helped bring about these wonderful outcomes.

Check the intranet for more pics.

Information about the Children's Services levy, Issue 9

This is Director Moira Weir's monthly letter to the community.

I have been asked a lot about the Children's Services levy that is on the ballot Tuesday. While I do my best to answer them in person, I thought it might be more helpful to have a Question and Answer primer for those who still have questions:

Q.: How should I vote Tuesday?
A.: That is entirely an individual choice. My goal is to provide you with information to help you make the most informed decision.

Q.: What is the money used for?
A.: The money is used to provide services to abused and neglected children and their families that are mandated by the federal government, but funded at the local level. These can be services that help keep them safe in their home or services that support kinship care, foster care and adoption so they are safe outside the home. A sampling of the services we provide to families and children are mental health services, substance abuse treatment, domestic violence programs, parenting classes and more.

Q.: Can the money be used for other things?
A.: It cannot. By law, it must be used to protect and serve abused and neglected children and their families.

More opportunities for jeans, gym shoes

Mark your calendars: Dress-down days next week are Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 5 and 6. Wear red and white with blue jeans and tennis shoes for Election Day. Cost: $2 for both days.
You can also wear blue jeans and tennis shoes all week during Thanksgiving week, Nov. 19, 20 and 21. Also $2 for all three days.

The following are against dress code policy on all days:   
Shirts with writing, pictures, symbols
Jogging suits
Warm-up pants
Revealing attire
Jeans with holes
Sweat suits or sweat shirts
Spaghetti-strap tops

To buy a sticker, see these members of the Employee Appreciation Committee:

1st floor -   Detra Jett, Carla Jones, Ed Feldkamp
2nd floor - Heather Smoot, Tracey Sexton
3rd floor -   Nicole Black, Kristine Flinchum, Kathy Buschbacher, & Melissa Helsinger
4th floor -   Melissa Helsinger
5th floor -  Shayla McGill
6th floor - Dora Williams                                                                                                                                   

Are you hungry?

Here's what's cooking in our cafeteria next week:

Breakfast: French toast
Lunch: Baked chicken breast, wild rice, mixed vegetables, corn dogs. Beef vegetable soup.

Breakfast: Biscuit and gravy, French toast.
Lunch: Cheese-stuffed shells, bread stick, green beans, steak hoagie. Cream of chicken and rice soup.

Breakfast: French toast.
Lunch: Blackened chicken Caesar salad.

Breakfast: Biscuit and gravy, French toast.
Lunch: Burrito bar..

Breakfast: French toast.
Lunch: Baked tilapia, chicken tenders, macaroni and cheese, green beans. Tomato soup.