OACAA Briefing
The latest news from OACAA and Ohio CAAs
January 2018 - In This Issue:

The Community Action Agency Network is made up of more than 1,100 local, private, non-profit and public agencies, created through the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964. 


Ohio is made up of 48 agencies serving all 88 counties in the state. 


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The Community Action Promise
"Community Action changes people's lives, embodies the spirit of hope, improves communities, and makes America a better place to live. We care about the entire community, and we are dedicated to helping people help themselves and each other."
2018 Winter Legislative Conference Recap

Thank you to all who attended the 2018 Winter Legislative Conference, #OHWLC18! Over 200 Community Action professionals, partners, vendors, presenters, and elected officials joined us in Columbus last week. We hope you enjoyed the great lineup of featured speakers and workshops.

Photos from the mobile app and others throughout the conference can be found in our  Flickr album...  Read more
Board of Trustees Meeting
OACAA's next board meeting will be held on March 162018 beginning at 10:00 a.m. Visit our website for location details and for a tentative list of 2018 meetings
Saving Lives: Affordable housing plays a major role in combating America's opioid crisis
Pearl House, Fairfield County
(Source: Donna Kimura, Affordable Housing Finance)

We invite you to read this comprehensive article about the role of housing in the fight against opioids in America. In it, you will learn more about what Kentucky and other states are doing, as well as learn more about the Pearl House, a project completed in 2015 with Lancaster-Fairfield Community Action Agency .

"If you ask any of the residents at Pearl House, they would say housing is vital to their recovery," Walters says. "We take many people to tour Pearl House; residents are open to talk with the people who come through, because they feel there should be more recovery housing, like Pearl House."...   Read more
Head Start in Hicksville Gets A Permanent Home!
(Source: West Bend News)

DEFIANCE COUNTY - Head Start finally gets a building to call their own! In Hicksville, Ohio there is a restaurant that recently opened named Casa Grande that is across from Sailors gas station. Behind the restaurant, and part of the same building, is the location for the new facility housing Hicksville Head Start! The address is 520 West High Street...  Read more
Don't forget the evaluations! 
For those of you who were able to join us last week at #OHWLC18, thank you! We enjoyed our time together and hope you learned valuable information to take back to your agencies and continue helping people and changing lives in your communities.

Your feedback is important to us and allows us to continue developing relevant conference workshops and stand-alone conferences. Please be sure to complete the overall conference and individual workshop evaluations!
Save the Date!
Jacqueline Fox of West Ohio CAP
OACAA would like to thank Ms. Fox for her contributions to the Community Action mission. 
"It is clear she possesses the passion for the organization's mission as she persistently searches for opportunities and finds innovative ways to improve and reach the goals of the community, as well as our agency," said Lauren Link, Planning and Development Director at WOCAP. "Her success has been proven through her record of productivity, and she continues to go beyond her duties by always viewing the big picture and collaborating with community partners to better serve individuals in the service area." Read more
Click here to learn how to submit your staff for recognition in OACAA's Staff Spotlight. 
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