OACAA Briefing: The latest news from OACAA and Ohio's CAAs

June 2021
Caption: The Path to Recovery Program was created by the Faith in Recovery Initiative--an initiative began by the Community Action Partnership of Fayette County in 2014. See Faith in Recovery under Network News for more!
MYCAP Featured on CNN
The MYCAP diaper bank program, which provides families with free diapers through a non-contact drive-through service, was featured on CNN. Executive Director Shelia Triplett spoke on the diaper bank and the child tax credit payments for qualifying families that will begin rolling out July 14.

Save the Date: OACAA Annual Conference
OACAA will be hosting our annual summer conference October 12-14 in a hybrid format. On the first day, we will have limited capacity for in-person meetings at the Sheraton in Downtown Columbus. The conference will return to a virtual platform the following days. Join us for more great Community Action-specific workshops! Watch our website and this newsletter for more information! 
Upcoming Events
Best Practices in Emergency Rental Assistance

Co-hosted by COHHIO and OACAA

Date: Wednesday, June 30, 2021
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Community Action Leadership Series

Dates: August 2021
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Ready to Work Program Youth Program participant opens business in Norwalk
(Photo Courtesy of GLCAP)

Katelynn Barnhart cuts the ribbon in front of her own business, Beauty Body & Beyond, on June 1. Less than two years ago, she came to Great Lakes Community Action Partnership (GLCAP) seeking guidance for her career. With her difficult upbringing, Katelynn knew she wanted to make a change for her future and the Ready to Work Youth Program was there to help her achieve her dreams.

“The program has been like an extra parent for me. They have been a lending ear, support system, and great help with figuring out what I want in life and how to do it,” mentioned Katelynn.

Faith in Recovery Coalition Offers Hope for Opioid Use Disorder in Fayette County, Ohio
(Source: The Rural Monitor, By: Kathryn Rutz)

In 2017, Fayette County, Ohio, made national news: they were ranked the #2 county in the state for opioid overdose and the #7 county in the nation. As a small county of roughly 28,000 people, being featured in such a way was unsettling to its residents.

An initiative began by the Community Action Commission of Fayette County, the Faith in Recovery coalition had been meeting since 2014 with the goals of opening detox, inpatient treatment for men, and establishing recovery housing. However, at this point, the community decided to ramp up efforts to find a new, innovative way to help their friends, family, and neighbors struggling with opioid use disorder (OUD).

Clinton County Community Actions Debuts New Early Learning Center
(Source: Wilmington News Journal)

WILMINGTON — Join Clinton County Community Action for a dedication and open house for the Clinton County Early Learning Center 1-3 p.m. Sunday, June 27 at 1600 Alex Drive.

The Early Learning Center offers year-round programs for infants, toddlers, preschool, and school-age children. While using an emergent curriculum, your child will have the freedom to explore their own interests and guide their learning through play and projects.


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