New program designed to help victims of domestic violence
Local domestic violence victims with limited resources now have additional support to help them break free from abuse and get a fresh start to their lives.
Thanks to a $75,000 grant through Lucas County Department of Job and Family Services, Family and Child Abuse Prevention Center has developed “Project Access.” The new program educates victims about domestic violence, parenting, their legal rights and the keys to having healthy relationships. The goal is to empower victims to eliminate violence in their lives.
Project Access helps domestic violence victims to create a safe and stable environment for themselves and their children. Victims will meet with a case manager to understand how the violence in their lives acts as a barrier to self-sufficiency; the case manager then works with the client on a case plan that outlines specific goals and strategies for accomplishing them. This may include safety planning and linking the client with crucial community resources (i.e., legal services, shelter).
Project Access services will be provided free of charge to all families eligible for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) funds. Services will be made available at both the Lucas County Department of Job and Family Services office at 3210 Monroe St., and at the Family and Child Abuse Prevention Center, 2460 Cherry St. Anyone interested in participating in the program call 419-244-3053.
Studies show that 50 to 80 percent of women receiving public benefits have experienced physical abuse by an intimate partner at some point during their adult lives, compared to 22 percent of the general population. As many as 30 percent of women on public benefits report abuse in a current relationship. Domestic violence makes it difficult for women to move out of poverty and become self-sufficient.
Founded in 1974, Family and Child Abuse Prevention Center works to promote healthy relationships, break the cycle of family violence and to make every home a safe home.
The Ottawa County Board of Developmental Disabilities has been accredited by the State of Ohio, based on the quality services and support it provides to people with disabilities. An accreditation certificate was issued Jan. 7.
The Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD) conducted a comprehensive review of the county board late last year. The team of surveyors reviewed all areas of board operations, including personnel administration, services and support, and other indicators of the general efficiency and effectiveness in the community.
The results of the review determined the Ottawa County Board achieved substantial compliance with minimum standards and subsequently obtained a four-year period of accreditation.
County boards are given several months of advance notice to prepare for the accreditation review, which requires a number of staff hours and a great deal of coordination between programs and departments.
Health assessments for seniors
AmeriCare Home Health of Fremont and Ottawa County Commissioners have collaborated to provide regular health assessment and education services for seniors through the “60 Plus Program.”
Funded through a grant program administered by the Ottawa County Senior Resource Department, the services are offered free of cost to all Ottawa County residents age 60 years and older.
Monthly assessment clinics are conducted by registered nurses include blood pressure checks; weight measurements; blood tests for anemia, blood sugar and cholesterol; health education including medication and nutrition counseling; and referrals to private physicians, if needed.
The clinic schedule includes:
• Elmore Senior Center in Elmore - first Tuesday of the month
• Elderlife Apartments in Genoa- fourth Tuesday of the month
• Riverview Health Care Campus in Oak Harbor- second Wednesday of the month
For more details, or to make an appointment, call 866-551-8187.
Summer enrichment program
Bittersweet Farms, a non-profit organization that serves individuals with autism spectrum disorders through vocational, occupational, and residential services, will once again host Summer Enrichment Programs for adolescents at its Whitehouse and Pemberville locations.
Camps will be offered June 9-July 25 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at Bittersweet in Whitehouse, 12660 Archbold-Whitehouse Rd. Camp dates include June 2-Aug. 15 from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Pemberville location at 1926 Kahler Rd. There will be no camps at either location during the week of July 4. Campers may attend all the weeks, or they may choose to attend for a shorter amount of time.
The enrichment program includes vocational training opportunities in a self-paced, distraction-free farm setting. Activities focus on physical engagement, through creative arts, baking, bicycling, dancing, farming, gardening, hiking, memory games, music, nature activities and more.
The activities help to develop behavior management, language development, sensory integration, and social skills for adolescents with autism.
Scholarships are available for participants thanks to a grant received from the Marathon Classic. For scholarship information, call Nicki Buchholz at 419-875-6986, ext. 1233.
For more information about the program in Whitehouse, contact Buchholz. Details about the Pemberville camp area available by calling Kelly Elton 419-262-3347.
Caring for the Caregiver
Hospice of Northwest Ohio is partnering with the YMCA and JCC of Greater Toledo to assist family caregivers through “Caring for the Caregiver,” a free, three-week series.
In the coming weeks, the workshops will be offered at two area YMCAs. The schedule includes:
• Ft. Meigs YMCA, 13415 Eckel Junction Rd., Perrysburg, Wednesdays, March 12, 19 and 26 from 1-2:30 p.m. Please RSVP to the Member Services Team at 419-251-9622.
• Eastern Community YMCA, 2960 Pickle Rd., Oregon, Wednesdays, April 16, 23 and 30 from 7:30 -9 p.m. RSVP to the Member Services Team at 419-691-3523.
The workshops are designed to help those who are caring for the needs of a friend or family member find personal meaning in the experience.
For more information or to request caregiving classes for a group, call Hospice of Northwest Ohio at 419-661-4001.
Stautzenberger College will hold a CPR Class March 15, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. The class will be held in room 104 at the college, located at 1796 Indian Wood Circle, Maumee.
The cost is $35 per person. Those who complete the class will receive a certificate from the American Heart Association.
To register, call 419-866-0261 or email