May
18
From foster care to a Fulbright Scholarship

This young Latinx woman has quite the impressive resume. Dean’s List every semester at the University of Cincinnati. Bachelor’s degree in international affairs and environmental studies. Winner of a prestigious Fulbright Scholarship to study abroad. I’m describing Isabel Slonneger, a first-generation college …

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May
04
New, year-round help for young people to find and keep jobs

I have some great news for young people in Hamilton County – we’re taking our former summer youth jobs program and growing it into the year-round Hamilton County Youth Employment Program. We’ll still help people 14 to 21 find summer jobs, but …

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Apr
28
Meet Ashleigh, one of our kinship providers

I want to introduce you to Ashleigh. She’s a working single mom who stepped up to take in two nieces and a nephew. She’s what we call a kinship caregiver. Her journey to becoming the leader of a family of six …

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Apr
07
A good first step toward equity and inclusion – find your person

As I’ve mentioned here before, we’re working very hard at all levels of JFS to bring more equity and inclusion to what we do, both internally and externally. We have a core group of employees working with local equity consulting …

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Mar
24
More help coming soon for kinship caregivers

We have some great news for all the grandparents, aunts, uncles, other relatives and friends who care for kids in our custody – they’ll soon receive even more financial support from us. We’re helping our kinship providers more in two …

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Mar
10
Annual report data: A lot of good work happens here

As busy as we all are these days, it can be difficult to find time to sit back and take stock of our accomplishments. That’s why I like annual report time – looking back at the previous year, we are reminded just …

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Mar
02
An important conversation about racial disparities in health care

One of my priorities as the new leader of Hamilton County Job and Family Services is to give my work family opportunities to learn and engage, to broaden their knowledge about issues that might affect them and our clients.  Racial …

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Feb
23
New name, new focus on long-term economic sustainability

Economic Sustainability. Just two words. But two words that mean a lot.   We’ve chosen Economic Sustainability as the new name for our former client services department, which includes Family and Adult Assistance, OhioMeansJobs, Workforce Development, Child Care and other programs. We feel …

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Feb
16
Engaging our employees for Black History Month

We talk a lot at the agency about diversity and inclusion and we’re working diligently to develop a robust plan to bring more equity to the way we work. It’s one of the priorities you’ll hear me talk about often.  We take February, Black …

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Feb
10
Bengals’ foundations draw attention to food insecurity

What a time to live in Cincinnati and be a Bengals fan! Our team has brought so much joy and celebration to a city that hasn’t seen post-season football in decades. Thank you to our hometown team for bringing us positive energy, pride …

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