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Dec. 8, 2014: Ohio woman kicked off welfare for not reporting she was in a coma

Advocates for the poor in Ohio say that a several-year-old effort to impose strict work requirements on state welfare and food stamp recipients has led to thousands of families losing aid.

 

Dec. 3, 2014: Ohio S.B. 382 will improve the lives of poor non-custodial parents

Ohio’s Senate Bill 382 would, for the first time, guarantee a standard of living of at least the poverty level for non-custodial parents. Jack Frech, our Director, voiced his support for this Senate Bill in a letter sent to every Ohio senator last week, with the request that the same provision be extended to the children and their caretakers.

 

Dec. 1, 2014: Campaign shines spotlight on poor during holidays

Members of the faith community have joined housing and human-services advocates in showing the toll the "low-wage economy" is having on individuals and families across the state, according to a press release. The new effort can be found at www.hardtimesohio.com.

 

Nov. 17, 2014: Bus route expansion to include Chauncey, Rt. 13

An Athens city bus route expansion, made possible through a state grant and matching dollars from our agency and the city of Athens, will for the first time offer regular public transit in the village of Chauncey and along Route 13, further connecting riders to an already robust public transit system.

 

Oct. 31, 2014: More Ohioans turning to food pantries, study shows

More than 1 in 6 Ohioans — more than 2 million people — don’t have enough to eat and turn to pantries for food each year, according to a new report, “Hunger in Ohio 2014.” The study, released yesterday by the Ohio Association of Foodbanks, showed a 40 percent jump in the number of people seeking help from four years ago.

 

Sept. 16, 2014: HAPCAP taking applications for State HEAP, PIPP Plus

Eligible households for the State Home Energy Assistance Program may receive a one-time benefit that can be credited towards a main heating source.

PIPP Plus requires regulated gas and/or electric companies to accept payments based on a percentage of the household income for customers who meet income guidelines.

Sept. 6, 2014: Poverty in Athens Co.: OU students impact percentage

A recent study showing Athens County with the highest percentage of low-to-moderate income residents in the entire state is deeply affected students at Ohio University. Off-campus students indeed skew the numbers, showing a major increase in poverty levels throughout the area.

 

Sept. 7, 2014: Poverty in Athens Co.: What can/should be done?

In this second of a two-part series, Director Jack Frech helps explain the challenges the county continues to face in its battle against poverty.

 

Aug., 18, 2014: Advocates say food stamps work requirements violate Civil Rights Act   Several poverty advocacy organizations challenged the Kasich administration's move to restrict access to food stamps in most Ohio counties, saying it disproportionately affected poor minorities. Find the full complaint here.

Aug.16, 2014: Editorial: Streamlining delivery of human services is critical for Ohio's poor  An editorial from the Cleveland Plain Dealer states that Ohio's range of welfare programs resembles a row of silos. Each caches valuable services. But each stands alone. Both for welfare clients and Ohio's budget managers, that kind of architecture guarantees problems.

 

July 28, 2014: Ohio employs nearly 2,400 in new welfare-to-work program
After a slow start, a $66 million state effort to help welfare recipients find jobs and move off public assistance is picking up steam, according to a recent article in the Columbus Dispatch.

 

July 23, 2014: Fewer people getting public assistance even as poverty rises
The Columbus Dispatch reports that despite rising poverty, the number of Ohioans receiving public assistance continues to drop, raising questions about how the state helps the poor.

 

July 15, 2014: How the stress of too little income changes the way people think
Being poor is stressful. That's no big surprise. In a poll by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health, 1 in 3 people making less than $20,000 a year said they'd experienced "a great deal of stress" in the previous month. And of those very stressed-out people, 70 percent said that money problems were to blame.

 

June 18, 2014: Cutting the Poor Out of Welfare
Over the past three decades, Congress has conducted a major experiment in anti-poverty policy. Legislators have restructured benefits and tax breaks intended for the poor so that they penalize unmarried, unemployed parents — the modern day version of the “undeserving poor.” At the same time, working parents, the aged and the disabled are getting larger benefits.

 

June 11, 2014: Elder Abuse Awareness Day set for June 13 in Athens County
Athens County Commissioners officially proclaimed June 13, 2014, Elder Abuse Awareness Day in Athens County, a day that serves as a call-to-action for individuals, organizations and communities to raise awareness about abuse, neglect and exploitation of elders.

 

June 4, 2014: State's proposed bonuses for welfare workers a "slap in the face"
The state will tap welfare funds to pay bonuses to caseworkers who help the most people find a job and get off public assistance.

“It’s a slap in the face of caseworkers,” Jack Frech said of the program. Frech is the director of the Athens County Department of Job and Family Services. “They (lawmakers) have this perception that there are all these good-paying jobs out there and caseworkers aren’t telling (welfare recipients) about them.”

May 30, 2014: Change in food stamp distribution causing problems for poor
A decision by the state to stagger the dates that food stamps are provided is causing hardships for recipients, according to Jack Frech, executive director of the Athens County Department of Job and Family Services.

 

May 14, 2014: Director urges legislators to assure basic human needs are met

The state’s safety net programs have not been meeting poor Ohioans’ basic needs due to drastic changes in state and federal policies, explained Jack Frech, director of Athens County Job and Family Services. Repressive work policies and benefit reductions have resulted in a loss of more than $570 million a year from the poorest families and the poorest communities in the state, he wrote in testimony he presented Wednesday.

 

May 9, 2014: Medicaid expands to serve more; enrollment clinic slated for May 20

Thanks to the Medicaid expansion that went into effect on January 1, more low-income people are now eligible for free medical services.

 

May 7, 2014: Low-wage jobs proliferate as middle class ones disappear

Lower-wage jobs have continued to proliferate since the Great Recession, as the economy creates fewer of the mid-wage jobs that have for generations been the backbone of the middle class, according to a new report.

 

April 23, 2014: America’s hunger crisis, and why Washington ignores it

There’s the 99% and the 1%, and then there’s the 16%. The latter number is the proportion of Americans who don’t have enough food to eat, according to the most recent figures on food insecurity.

 

April 22, 2014: Support HB 395
House Bill 395 would require ODJFS to apply to the USDA and accept the federal waiver of time limits for certain SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or food stamp) recipients. Unemployed adults without dependents between 18-50 years of age who are unable to secure at least 20 hours of paid employment per week are losing their food stamp benefits, and it doesn't have to happen. HB 395 would compel the State of Ohio to accept a federal waiver, restoring the last line of defense against hunger to thousands of needy Ohioans.

April 15, 2014: What if Wal-Mart paid its employees more?
The Marketplace Wealth & Poverty Desk and Slate report on how much more Wal-Mart might have to charge for some products, if it raised wages high enough that a typical worker earned too much to qualify for food stamps.

 

April 1, 2014: A Region Reflects: LBJ in Southeast Ohio - 50th Anniversary
The community is invited to the “A Region Reflects” gathering, a two-day event to commemorate the 50th anniversary of LBJ’s visit to southeastern Ohio. Director Jack Frech will speak on three panel discussions on Friday, in Ohio University's McCracken Hall (Patton College of Education). Each of the panels will cover eight thematic tracks relating to the region's quality of life.

March 21, 2014: Office proposed for JFS to better coordinate benefit programs
The Kasich administration has proposed a new office for the Department of Jobs and Family Services whose efforts could ultimately help case workers at the county level spend more time with clients.

March 10, 2014: Smokers may pay for Kasich’s tax cut

The overwhelming majority of data show that most of Ohio’s smokers are poor. They pay little or no income tax, so they would pay more for their smokes but benefit little from the proposed income-tax cut.

“It’s bad news for poor people, that’s for sure,” said Jack Frech, director of the Athens County Department of Job and Family Services, which is in one of Ohio’s poorest areas. “Let me say, no one should be smoking cigarettes. It’s unhealthy, and no one should smoke. But poor people are not going to be able to turn on a dime and stop smoking because (the state) raises the prices.”

March 7, 2014: What is the SNAP work requirement?

Not entirely clear on what the SNAP work requirement is? Check out this video created by The Center for Community Solutions for an explanation. Still have questions? Leave a comment below.

 

March 7, 2014: Who is dependant on welfare?

Are we all on welfare? Ananya Roy, professor at the University of California Berkeley, takes a critical look at government dependence in our society and comes to some surprising conclusions. Click through to watch her video to learn more about welfare and entitlements in the United States and their impact on poverty, power and economic inequality.

 

March 5, 2014: Guardians needed to help area senior citizens
Athens County Job and Family Services, the agency that runs the county’s Adult Protective Services, is seeking volunteers who are able to serve as guardians for individuals 60 years of age and older who are no longer capable of making their own decisions.

Feb. 16, 2014: Style, stances of Ohio's GOP governor evolving

Athens County Job & Family Services Director Jack Frech says Kasich has done more damage than good for the poor.

"The truth is we've thrown 100,000 people, including 60,000 children, off cash assistance, and those people have nothing and they are hungry and many of them are homeless," Frech said. "That's the reality of his policies. I think it's great that the governor's talking about poor people, but his compassion that he expresses does not reflect the reality of his policies."

Jan. 28, 2014: New farm bill a missed opportunity
The new farm bill might prevent new cuts from hitting Ohio, but it did nothing to restore recent cuts that already are hurting hard-pressed Ohioans, said Jack Frech, director of the Job and Family Services department in Athens.

Jan. 13, 2014: Many survive solely on food stamps

The federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program is designed to provide just 75 percent of a household’s nutritional needs. But what happens when it becomes a sole source of income? According to a recent report by the United States Department of Agriculture, that’s the reality for many in Ohio and nationwide. Of Ohio’s 880,000 households that receive SNAP benefits, 185,000 (or 21 percent) had no “earned or unearned” income. Read our agency news release by clicking here.

Jan. 1, 2014: Ohio expands Medicaid
Click here to read about the expanded Medicaid program

Click here to apply online for the expanded Medicaid program

 

 

 

September 12, 2013: Two reports examine Ohio's huge drop in welfare caseloads

Two reports released in the last month both call attention to the fact that the state of Ohio has been removing welfare recipients from the caseloads in order to meet its federal work requirements. Ohio's overall welfare caseload has dropped by more than 100,000 people since January of 2011.

 

The reports state that the goal was not to put people back to work or to help them live independently, but rather only to meet the statistical goals as set by the federal work requirements.

 

Click here to read the first report, which was commissioned by the state of Ohio and points out how Athens County handled its welfare caseload and work requirements differently from the rest of the state. Click here to read the second report, which was completed by the Center For Community Solutions. Click here to read a Toledo Blade article about the two reports.


August 27, 2013: Food Stamps (SNAP) recipients to see a cut in food assistance benefits in Nov. 2013  All U.S. residents who receive food assistance benefits will see a cut in their benefits beginning in November. The cut will be by an average of $10 per person per month.

August 16, 2013: CATO vs. Reality: 2013

In August, the CATO Institute will release a report based on the premise that welfare benefits are so high that recipients have little incentive to accept jobs. This is an old argument that has never been valid and is much less so now.  Both the number of cash assistance recipients and the value of their benefits have dropped dramatically. The Athens County Department of Job and Family Services has prepared a response to the CATO report.

 

Click here to read the news release about the report. Click here to read the response from the Athens County Department of Job and Family Services.

 

(Oct. 23, 2013) All area residents interested in taking the GED exam may want to do so before the end of the year, as the cost to take the test will increase significantly in 2014. Currently, Ohio residents pay $40 to take the test. In January, the price of the test will increase to $120. Click here for more information.

(Oct. 23, 2013)  The Athens County Citizen Circle program will host a special event at The Plains Public Library on Wednesday, Nov. 13 for all past participants and for anyone who is interested in learning more about the organization. The reunion/open house will be held from 4:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. Click here for more information

(Oct. 17, 2013) Athens County Job and Family Services announces the sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Agriculture funded Child and Adult Care Food Program. Click here for more information.

(Oct. 7, 2013) All U.S. residents who receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits will see a cut in their benefits in November.The cut will vary for each household, but will be up to $10 per person.
Click here for more information.

(Oct. 3, 2013) Athens County Job and Family Services announces the sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Agriculture funded Child and Adult Care Food Program. Click here for more information.

(Sept 27, 2013) Two reports released in the last month both call attention to the fact that the state of Ohio has been removing welfare recipients from the caseloads in order to meet its federal work requirements. Ohio's overall welfare caseload has dropped by more than 100,000 people since January of 2011. The reports state that the goal was not to put people back to work or to help them live independently, but rather only to meet the statistical goals as set by the federal work requirements.

Click here to read the first report, which was commissioned by the state of Ohio and points out how Athens County handled its welfare caseload and work requirements differently from the rest of the state.

Click here to read the second report, which was completed by the Center For Community Solutions.

(Aug. 27, 2013) All U.S. residents who receive food assistance benefits will see a cut in their benefits beginning in November. The cut will be by an average of $10 per person per month. Click here to read more.

(Aug. 16, 2013) In August, the CATO Institute will release a report based on the premise that welfare benefits are so high that recipients have little incentive to accept jobs. This is an old argument that has never been valid and is much less so now. Both the number of cash assistance recipients and the value of their benefits have dropped dramatically. The Athens County Department of Job and Family Services has prepared a response to the CATO report.
Click here to read the news release about the report.
Click here to read the report.

(Aug. 1, 2013) In order to recognize the importance of parents providing support for their children, August has been declared as Child Support Awareness Month in Ohio. Child support programs provide important services such as collecting child support for families, establishing the legal relationship between children and their parents, and enforcing court orders. For more information on Child Support Awareness Month in Ohio, click here.

(July 29, 2013) The iforce employment services company will be holding open interviews at The Work Station on Wednesday, July 31 from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. Click here for more information.

( July 16, 2013) Ohio residents who are involved in child support cases are now able to access information in their cases online. Click here for more information and click here to go to the state child support website.

(July 9, 2013) A new Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles program is making it easier for eligible Ohio residents to get their driver's licenses reinstated. Click here for more information.

(June 17, 2013) More than 200 area residents took part in a recent hiring event held at The Work Station by JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores. Click here to read more.

(June 14, 2013) The Friends and Neighbors Community Choice Food Pantry will hold a Grand Opening luncheon on Friday, June 21 in order to celebrate the pantry’s move to a new location. The lunch will be held from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. and all area residents are invited. Click here for more information.

(June 12, 2013) I-Force will be holding open interviews at The Work Station on Wednesday, June 19 for a variety of positions. Click here for more information.

(May 31, 2013) Athens County Job and Family Services will have a new mailing address on Monday, June 3. The new mailing address also applies to the Athens County Child Support Enforement Agency. Click here for more information.

(May 30, 2013) The 2013 Summer Reentry Summit will be held at Hocking College on Wednesday, June 19. The event will be a great opportunity for area residents who are working with ex-offenders to discuss recent changes to the world of ex-offender reentry and have their questions answered. Click here for more information on this regional event.

(May 23, 2013) Our Adult Basic and Literacy Education (ABLE) program will hold its annual graduation ceremony on Friday, May 31 at The Plains Elementary School. Click here for more information.

(May 10, 2013) Channel 10 News (out of Columbus) ran a story on May 9, 2013 that looked at the issue of transportation for Medicaid clients in Ohio. Athens County Job and Family Services Director Jack Frech was one of the people interviewed for the story. To watch a video of the report, click here. To read a text version of the story, click here.

(Nov. 21, 2012) The number of households on Food Stamps with no cash income continues to grow at an alarming rate, according to a new report from the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture. The report, “Characteristics of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Households: Fiscal Year 2011,” indicates that the number of households with no cash income rose to 6.5 million in 2011. Click here to read more.

(Nov. 13, 2012) Food Assistance benefits are about to drop sharply in Ohio, unless the federal government steps in to fix a huge problem. The cut in benefits, which will go into effect on Jan 1, 2013, will vary for each household but could mean a loss of up to $50 in monthly food assistance for families. Click here to read more.

(Nov. 1, 2012) November is the Open Enrollment Month for all Medicaid clients in southeast Ohio, including Athens County. November is the only month of the year that Athens County residents can switch between the different managed care plans providing Medicaid coverage. Click here to read more.

 

(Oct. 8, 2012) Athens County Job and Family Services announces the sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Agriculture funded Child and Adult Care Food Program. Click here to read more.

 

(Aug. 14, 2012) Athens County residents interested in earning their GEDs may want to get started soon before the price of the test greatly increases and other changes are put into place. Currently, Ohio residents pay $40 in order to take the GED test. In January of 2014, the price is set to increase to $120. Click here to read more about the upcoming changes to the GED tests

(Aug. 9, 2012) August is National Child Support Awareness Month, and it is an important time for Athens County residents to remember that child support means both financial and emotional support. Click here to read more.

(Aug. 6, 2012) More than 100 local teenagers and young adults are taking part in special programs this summer that give them the opportunity to earn a paycheck and gain valuable work skills, while also helping local businesses and organizations. The majority of these teenagers and young adults are taking part in the Summer Employment Program, which is being coordinated by the Hocking-Athens-Perry Community Action Program (HAPCAP) and Athens County Job and Family Services. To read more about the Summer Employment Program, click here.

 

(June 11, 2012) Athens County Job and Family Services recently honored our Adult Basic and Literacy Education (ABLE) graduates for 2012. During the 2011-2012 academic year, 44 of our ABLE students earned their GEDs. All of the graduates were invited to a graduation ceremony on Friday,  June 1. To read more about the event, which featured an outstanding speech by one of the graduates, and to see photos from the ceremony and reception, click here.

 

(May 31, 2012) The Athens County Adult and Basic Literacy Education (ABLE) program will hold its annual commencement ceremony for all of its GED graduates from the academic year on Friday, June 1. The ceremony will begin at 6 p.m. in the Chauncey Elementary School gymnasium. All graduates from the 2011-2012 year are invited, along with their family members and friends.  A potluck dinner will be served after the ceremony for all of those in attendance

 

(May 16, 2012) Athens County residents can now access their child support cases online. The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services has created a new web portal for child support cases so that families can access their case information without having to call or visit a local child support enforcement agency office. Click here to read more about the new website, or click here to visit the website.

 

(April 27, 2012) Approximately 400 people from around the region attended the Spring Job Fair at the Athens Community Center on Wednesday, April 21, and many were able to apply for and interview for jobs on the spot. Click here to read more about the job fair and read the comments from a few of the people who attended the event.

 

(Jan. 24, 2012) The tax assistance program being offered at The Work Station is now open on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. The program is run by the Ohio Benefit Bank, and area residents need to contact the Ohio Benefit Bank to make an appointment. To read more about the program or to learn about the contact information for making an appointment with the program, click here.

 

(Jan. 5, 2012) The Ohio Benefit Bank will be offering a tax assistance program at The Work Station in The Plains this year. For more information on the tax assistance program, click here.

 

(Dec. 6, 2011) A local company will be conducting open interviews for truck drivers and mechanics on Wednesday, Dec. 14 from 1-5 p.m. at The Work Station. For more information on the open interviews, click here. For additional information on the positions that area residents can apply for, click here.

 

(Nov. 9, 2011) The Work Station will host an information session on medical care options for area residents on Thursday, Nov. 17. Click here for more information on the event.


(Oct. 5, 2011) Due to a state budget cuts, it is now taking longer for the Athens County Child Support Enforcement Agency to process cases. Click here for more information on the new average time frames for cases.

 

(Sept. 20, 2011) Athens County Job and Family Services announces the continued sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Agriculture funded Child and Adult Care Food Program. Meals are served at no separate charge to all eligible participants enrolled for care, and will be provided without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, age, or disability. The goal of the program is to improve the diets of young children and increase the opportunity for children to eat a variety of nutritious foods. Click here for more information.

 

(Sept. 8, 2011) Special event for grandparents/caregivers The Work Station will present a special workshop for Caregivers on Thursday, Sept. 15 from 12-2 p.m. All local caregivers / guardians of a family member’s child are invited to attend and learn more about the programs in place to help them. The workshop will look at issues such as: What programs are in place to assist me in raising my grandchildren? What assistance is available to me? How do I get guardianship while my loved one is away? How can I pay for my grandchildren? What support programs are out there? For more information, call The Work Station at 797-1405 or click here.

 

(Aug. 10, 2011) Due to budget cuts that have forced staff reductions, the Athens County Child Support Enforcement Agency will no longer be able to accept cash payments or any other payments for child support or spousal support at its office beginning on Sept. 1, 2011. The agency is providing several payment options for area residents who previously paid at the Athens County Job and Family Services County Home Building. Click here to read more about the payment options that are available.

 

(Aug. 9, 2011) A nationally-televised news program that focused on poverty-related issues in Athens County and aired in 2010 has now been nominated for a prestigious national award. The Dateline NBC special, “America Now: Friends and Neighbors,” has been nominated for an Emmy Award by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Click here for more information on the program.

 

(Aug. 4, 2011). On Wednesday, Aug. 10, representatives from the Job Corps will be meeting with area residents between the ages of 16 and 24 at The Work Station from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. The Job Corps is a program that can help people earn their GEDs, learn about different career options and even begin training for different fields. Click here for more information on the meeting.

 

(Aug. 2, 2011) The Athens County Reentry Program is expanding its services and personnel in order to help more ex-offenders live independently after serving their time in prison. The Ohio Office of Criminal Justice Services recently awarded a grant to Athens County Job and Family Services and the Athens County Reentry Task Force to allow for the expansion of the program. Click here to read more about the program and how it is expanding its services in order to better serve the community.

 

(July 22, 2011) The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services has created a new website that allows state residents to apply online for food assistance, cash assistance and Medicaid. Ohio residents can also now complete interim reports for their cases, fill out forms to reapply for services and report changes to their cases online. Click here to read more about all of the different services offered by the new online system.

 

(July 13, 2011) The Work Station in The Plains has increased the number of services and resources it offers to area residents. The One-Stop office, which provides free employment, training and support services for businesses, job seekers and the community, now has new computer equipment and personnel on hand to provide assistance. Click here to read more about the changes at The Work Station.

 

(June 21, 2011) State budget cuts are forcing Athens County Job and Family Services to eliminate 25 positions, 18 of those through layoffs. In the proposed state budget, Athens County Job and Family Services stands to lose $1.2 million in state and federal funding. The agency is also projected to lose an additional $670,000 in federal stimulus funds. Click here to read more about how the budget cuts will impact the programs and services that Athens County Job and Family Services provides.

 

(June 16, 2011) Officials from social services agencies in Athens County are asking state leaders to protect funding for safety net programs in the new state budget. Click here to read more about how the current budget proposals call for drastic cuts in funding for several agencies that provide programs and services to children and families in need.

 

(June 10, 2011) The Work Station will host a workshop for employers on Thursday, June 16 that will focus on issues related to hiring ex-offenders. Click here for more information.

 

(June 9, 2011) The Athens County Adult Basic and Literacy Education (ABLE) Program honored its 2010-2011 graduates during a Friday, June 3 ceremony and also heard from three special speakers during the evening. For more information on the ceremony and on what several of the graduates had to say about how earning their GED is opening up new job and educational opportunities for them, click here.

 

(May 16, 2011) The Work Station is hoping to hear from local employers who may have job openings for teenagers and young adults this summer. The Work Station has heard from numerous local teens who are anxious to find work for the summer, and can help match up these energetic employees with local businesses and organizations. For more information, click here.

 

(May 6, 2011) The two-year state budget proposal passed this week by the Ohio House of Representatives does nothing to help Ohioans in poverty and in many cases will just make things worse for poor children and families. To read more about the state budget proposal, click here.

 

(May 3, 2011) The Work Station and the Ohio Poverty Law Center will host a workshop for ex-offenders on Thursday, May 19. Held at The Work Station from 12-2 p.m., the workshop will focus on issues such as supervision and expectations, pardon and clemency, and expungement. For more information, click here.

 

(April 4, 2011) At a time when Ohio residents are already hurting, state leaders are planning to make even deeper cuts to the budgets of programs and services in place to help people living in poverty. We already do not provide enough assistance to help our neighbors meet their basic needs, and now we are making additional cuts in order to pay for tax cuts that benefit the rich.Click here to read a few comments from Athens County residents, discussing the challenges they are currently facing in their lives.

 

(March 22, 2011) The current budget proposal from Governor John Kasich calls for a cut in funding of more than $2 million for Athens County Job and Family Services.  This loss of funding is spread across several of our agency’s programs and will severely impact our programs and services. Click here for more information.

 

(Dec. 9, 2010) Over the past 10 years, Ohio has slashed the budgets of  programs to help poor people numerous times. State leaders have slowly but surely picked apart the programs and services that were intended to help poor families meet their basic needs and give them the opportunity to overcome their circumstances. Now, Ohio leaders are looking at more budget cuts in 2011, and poor families simply cannot afford any more cuts in programs or services. Click here to read more about the cuts in the last 10 years and why state leaders need to protect poor families in the next budget.
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(Nov. 30, 2010) Volunteers are needed to help run the Fast and Free Tax Assistance Center at The Work Station in The Plains. For more information on volunteering for this valuable community service, click here.


(Nov. 30, 2010) A workshop for ex-offenders will be held at The Work Station on Thursday, Jan. 20. The workshop will focus on issues such as finding employment, programs available to help ex-offenders and child support. For more information on the workshop, click here.
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(Nov. 18, 2010) The fact that Social Security benefits are not increasing for the second straight year means that cash assistance benefits for Ohio’s poorest citizens are also staying the same for the second straight year. This is despite the fact that the cost of living is increasing in the state and the Ohio Works First benefits already do not provide enough funding to get a family up to even half of the federal poverty level. For more information, click here.

 

(Oct. 7, 2010) The Friends and Neighbors Community Choice Food Center will be giving away free produce and other food items at the Athens County Job and Family Services County Home parking lot from 10 a.m. until noon on Saturday, Oct. 9. Click here to read more about the free program.

 

(Sept. 29, 2010) Poverty is increasing in Ohio and around the country, according to new figures from the U.S. Census Bureau. More than 1.75 million people are living in poverty in Ohio, and 43.6 million people are living in poverty in the United States of America. Poverty is a crisis in America, and our leaders need to be focusing on ways to increase public assistance and help families in need. Click here to read more about the most recent poverty statistics.

 

(July 7, 2010) The Athens County Subsidized Summer Youth Employment Program is providing jobs and valuable learning opportunities for 138 Athens County residents between the ages of 14 and 24. Participants are working in a wide range of businesses and organizations all across Athens County. Click here to read more about the program.

 

(June 15, 2010) The Athens Farmers Market leads all farmers markets in Ohio in the number of customers it serves who are receiving Food Assistance Program benefits. And this summer, the Athens Farmers Market is offering extra incentives to customers who use their Food Assistance benefits to buy fresh fruits and vegetables at the market. Click here to read more about how the Athens Farmers Market has made it easy for area residents to use their Food Assistance benefits to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables.

 

(June 14, 2010) The Athens County Adult Basic Literacy and Education (ABLE) program at The Work Station held its annual GED graduation ceremony on Friday, June 4. Click here to read about a few of the graduates and to see photos from the ceremony.

 

(June 8, 2010) All local employers are invited to an Employer Awareness Workshop that will be held at The Work Station on Thursday, June 24 from 1-3 p.m., and focus on the subject of hiring ex-offenders. Click here to read more about the event.

 

(June 2, 2010) The annual GED graduation ceremony will be held on Friday, June 4, and The Work Station will be closed on Friday, June 4. Click here to read more about the graduation ceremony

 

(May 25, 2010) A new summer employment program is now taking applications from Athens County residents between the ages of 14-24 who meet certain income guidelines. Click here to read more about the new program.

 

(May 25, 2010) An Ohio University class surveyed Ohio voters about their opinions on poverty-related issues recently and found some very interesting results. Representatives from the class, as well as representatives from Athens County Job and Family Services, will discuss the survey results at a Friday, May 28 press conference held at noon in Ohio University's Lasher Hall. Click here to read more about the survey and the press conference.

 

(May 25, 2010) The state of Ohio is encouraging all eligible families to sign up for Medicaid and has made it easier for families to enroll in the health care program more quickly. Click here to read about the changes to the Medicaid program.

 

(May 20, 2010) Athens County Job and Family Services Director Jack Frech was honored by the UCM: Center for Spiritual Growth and Social Justice recently. Click here to read more about Frech and the other winners of the 2010 UCM Social Justice Awards.

 

(April 9, 2010) Senior citizens who meet certain income requirements can now apply for coupons worth up to $50 to be used at the Athens Farmers Market. Click here to read more about the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program and to find out how to apply.

 

(April 7, 2010) Many Athens County residents who pick up their mail at their local post office and do not have home delivered mail have not received their U.S. Census forms yet, and many of the college students living in Athens County also have not received their Census forms yet. Click here to read more about when all Athens County residents will receive their Census forms and where area residents can go to pick up a Census form.

 

(March 2, 2010) Job Fair to be held in Athens in April. The sixth annual One-Stop Job. Career and Information Fair will be held in Athens on Wednesday, April 21. The public is invited, and local businesses and organizations that would like to have a booth at the event still have time to sign up. Click here to read more about the Job Fair.

 

(Jan. 29, 2010) Time Warner Cable, Inc., and the Athens A.M. Rotary Club both made donations to the ABLE program

recently to promote adult literacy in Athens County. Click here to read more about the donations and the ABLE program.

 

(Dec. 3, 2009) A southeast Ohio resident recently wrote on her blog about her experiences with The Work Station. Click here to read what she had to say.

 

(Dec. 2 , 2009) A large crowd of veterans turned out for a recent Job Fair in Athens. Click here to read more about the event, and to read about the economic challenges facing a few of the individuals at the Job Fair.

 

(Nov. 24, 2009) The Columbus Dispatch recently published an outstanding series of articles looking at how state budget cuts are affecting Ohio families living in poverty. Click here for the links to the articles.

 

(Nov. 18, 2009) The Athens County Fast and Free Tax Assistance Center is looking for volunteers to help area residents e-file their tax returns. Volunteers are needed to greet customers, screen callers and prepare basic federal, state and school district tax returns. Click here to read the news release about the volunteer program. Click here to learn more about the Athens County Fast And Free Tax Assistance Center.

Nov. 10, 2009: House Bill 308 is a responsible way to help poor families in Ohio. Director Jack Frech wrote an editorial piece about how House Bill 308 would help poor families in Ohio, and why state leaders need to do more to help families in need. Click here to read Frech's editorial column.

Nov. 3, 2009: Annual Report details how demand for assistance is increasing in Athens County. "Our annual report tells a story of rising demands and shrinking resources. Caseloads for financial and medical assistance are growing to reflect the general economic downturn. Cuts in services reflect the consequences of state budget reductions," Director Jack Frech. Click here to read the 2008-2009 Annual Report.

Oct. 21, 2009: Report shows how America is failing to take care of poor children and families. The newly updated report, “TANF: Failing America’s Poorest Children,” details how cash assistance and food programs are underfunded and do not get families up to even half of the federal poverty level. Click here to read the news release about the report. Click here to read the report.

Sept. 15, 2009: The Recovery Conservation Corps program has had a positive impact on Athens County, as well as on the nearly 40 young men and women who took part in the program this summer. Click here to read more about the program.

Aug. 19, 2009: All Athens County Job and Family Services offices will be closed on Friday, Aug. 21 for a staff training day. Click here to read the news release about the offices being closed.

July 31, 2009: Children who receive free lunches at Ohio's public schools no longer have to pay general school fees. The new state budget waived the general fees for these children. This is a very positive first step, and Athens County Job and Family Services would like to ultimately see all fees waived for all children at public schools in Ohio. Click here to read more about the public school fees.

July 29, 2009: The Ohio Highway Guy will be at The Work Station on Friday, July 31, to talk to area residents about apprenticeships on highway construction crews. This program can lead to permanent work in areas such as heavy equipment operation and general construction labor. Click here to read more about the Friday event.

June 17, 2009: More than 80 students graduated from the GED program at The Work Station during the 2008-2009 academic year. A special ceremony was held recently for this year's GED graduates, and the event was highlighted by the inspiring story of new graduate Gilbert Norris. Click here to read about the ceremony, learn what Norris and several of the other graduates had to say about earning their degrees, and see photos of the event.

June 11, 2009: The Hampton Inn of Athens recently donated between 50 and 60 televisions to local charitable organizations to give to area residents in need. Click here to read about how the program helped Athens County residents.

June 11, 2009: Athens County Job and Family Services sent out a Letter to the Editor to local newspapers today in order to clarify a few points about the new Recovery Conservation Corps Initiative. Click here to read the letter.

June 2, 2009: The federal government's economic stimulus package is funding the new Recovery Conservation Corps Initiative in Athens County. The program will create 40 work experience positions in public parks in Athens County and allow the participants to earn college credits over the summer. For more information on the Recovery Conservation Corps Initiative, click here.

June 1, 2009: The Computer Connections program distributed more than 2,700 free computers to households in Athens County over the last eight years and proved to be very successful. The program, which also provided free Internet service and computer training, had to be eliminated earlier this year because of state budget cuts. Click here to read about the program.

June 1, 2009: The new Career Club program has been formed at The Work Station to help area residents with their job searches. Click here to read about the Career Club.

May 28, 2009: Representatives from several local government organizations and community groups met on Wednesday, May 27 to hold an initial planning meeting for the 2010 Census count in Athens County. It is vitally important to have an accurate count, and all Athens County residents are strongly encouraged to fill out their forms and be part of the Census in 2010. Click here to read more about the meeting and the importance of the Census count for Athens County.

May 22, 2009: Athens County Job and Family Services Director Jack Frech testified before an Ohio Senate subcommittee on Wednesday, May 20 about the need to increase Ohio Works First funding by $100 per family, restore human services funding that has been cut in current state budget proposals and eliminate school fees in Ohio. Click here to read the testimony.

April 24, 2009: A Job Fair, sponsored in part by The Work Station, will be held at the Athens Community Center on Wednesday, April 29 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Click here to read more about the event.

April 10, 2009: Senior citizens in Athens County will be able to apply for coupons for $50 worth of free fruits, vegetables and herbs at the Athens Farmer's Market beginning on April 20. Click here to read more about the program.

April 1, 2009: New information posted about the Making Work Pay Tax Credit and how it can help individuals and married couples who are working. Click here for information on this, as well as information on other new tax credits that are part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Click here for information on the Economic Recovery Payment checks that will be sent to those who receive Social Security, SSI, disabled veterans benefits or railroad retiree benefits. For additional information on these new programs, click here for the IRS Web site.

March 26, 2009: More stories of our clients are posted on our Website and video stories about living on public assistance are posted on Youtube. Click here to read some of the articles and watch the videos. For additional videos and articles, log onto our blog by clicking here.

March 23, 2009: Athens County Job and Family Services is asking Ohio legislators to eliminate school fees in order to help Ohio families. Director Jack Frech had a letter about this issue published in The Columbus Dispatch on March 17. Click here to read the letter.

March 17, 2009: Director Jack Frech testified before an Ohio House of Representatives subcommittee on March 17 about the need for more funding for cash assistance, food assistance and other programs to help people in need. To read a copy of the testimony, click here.

March 23, 2009: New office hours for all four Athens County Job and Family Services offices in response to budget cuts. Read the press release here.

March 3, 2009: Budget cuts cause additional layoffs, impact services. Read the press release here.

February 25, 2009: Budget cuts force layoffs, elimination of two programs. Read the press release here.

October, 9, 2008: Child and Adult Care Food Program: Athens County Job & Family Services announces sponsorship of the US Department of Agriculture funded Child and Adult Care Food Program. Meals are served at no separate charge to all eligible participants enrolled for care and will be provided without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, age or disability. The goal of the program is to improve the diets of young children and increase the opportunity for children to eat a variety of nutritious foods. To file a discrimination complaint, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Bldg, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington DC, 20250-9410 or call (202) 720-5964 (voice and TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.


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