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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Feb
02
A new weekly note from Director Michael Patton

Hello everyone! I am thrilled and honored to begin my new role as director of Hamilton County Job and Family Services. I look forward to working with leaders from all over the community to make sure HCJFS continues to be the same effective safety …

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Jun
04
We know people are hurting. We’re here to help.

The horrible and disturbing death of George Floyd in Minnesota and the continued ravaging of our country from the health and economic scourge of coronavirus are pushing many of us to feel angry, frustrated and overwhelmed.   I feel it …

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Jun
04
We have risen to the occasion with so much help from the community

Unprecedented. Extraordinary. Unparalleled.   These are the words often used to describe this pandemic and the impact it has had on our agency and our employees. It’s a truly once-in-a-lifetime situation. But we have risen to the occasion.   And …

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