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Cincinnati Works
May 2009

Cincinnati Works, a local, free employment service, is currently holding information sessions which specify job areas and prospects that could assist individuals looking for employment.

The sessions are held Monday through Friday at 10:00 a.m. The agency asks that participants arrive a few minutes early. Cincinnati Works is located at 37 W. 7th Street, Suite 200 (corner of 7th and Race Streets). It is located above Payless Shoe Source.  

Cincinnati Works has filled over 600 job vacancies per year. It has connected individuals to jobs that pay $8.00 to $10.00-plus per hour.

The agency works with 50 to 60 employers in these following areas: customer service, health care, transportation, administrative/clerical, environmental services, manufacturing, production, security, hotels, restaurants, banks, and many more employers.

Cincinnati Works’ mission indicates that it will partner with all willing and capable people living in poverty to assist them in advancing to economic self-sufficiency through employment.

Cincinnati Works’ phone number is 513-744-9675.

 

 

Free Legal Help at Elementz
May 2009

The Ohio Justice & Policy Center (OJPC) announces that it is offering free legal help to individuals.

The location for the legal help is Elementz, which is located at the corner of Central Parkway and Liberty Street in downtown Cincinnati.

An attorney is periodically available at Elementz in the conference room. But, you must call 513-421-1108 (ext.18) to find out the dates and times when the attorney is available.

The free legal help ranges from assistance in getting an individual’s record (juvenile and adult) sealed to expungement (criminal record) issues, child support help, child support payment issues, parole and probation concerns, and other urgent legal matters. The legal help also covers issues involving housing, employment, and education.

Walk-ins are welcome. No appointment is necessary.

For more information, contact Sasha Appatova at the Ohio Justice & Policy Center at 513-421-1108 (ext. 25) or email her at sappatova@ohiojpc.org. You may also call 513-421-1108 (ext. 18) with any questions.

 

Working in Neighborhoods
May 2009

On April 4, 2009, Working in Neighborhoods hosted its 26th annual 5K Run and Fitness Walk and 10K Run for The American Dream fundraiser.

Race sponsors included Flagel, Huber, Flagel CPAs, the Frankenberg Group, Health Service Review, Integra Group Administration, Neyer Properties, Towne Properties, Tom and Myra Boggs, College Hill Forum, Communicare Family of Companies, Darlene Karlstrom, and Kneflin-Dillhoff-Hils & Kruse Insurance.

In addition, WIN has just celebrated its 30-year anniversary. It held a celebration at Paul Brown Stadium in which it inducted two new members into the Working in Neighborhoods Hall of Fame: Pete Strange, Chairman of Messer Construction, and Neil Bortz, of Town Properties. Hall of Fame and former Cincinnati Bengal football player, Anthony Munoz, assisted WIN executive director, S. Barbara Busch, with the induction.

Since 1978, WIN has helped over 8,500 low and moderate-income families purchase their first home; built or renovated 139 homes and sold them to first-time homebuyers; saved 350 homes from foreclosure, protecting over $36 million in assets; and trained over 300 neighborhood lenders each year. These leaders are now able to bring resources to their communities that, previously, would have been unattainable.

Working in Neighborhoods’ motto is, “(We) harnessing the power of neighborhood leadership to build strong communities across Greater Cincinnati (Ohio).” Check out the organization’s website at www.wincincy.org.

 

Ohio Justice & Policy Center Leads Change in Hiring Policy


May 2009

The Ohio Justice & Policy Center is leading to change a City of Cincinnati hiring policy that currently shuts its doors on all individuals with criminal records. Such a policy cuts off opportunity for thousands and excludes many eligible and well-qualified workers from serving the City.

This is NOT an effort to force the City to hire former offenders indiscriminately or without consideration of their past mistakes. Instead, it is an effort to replace a blanket ban with a smarter policy that considers rehabilitation and whether the offense relates to the position's responsibilities.

Such a policy recognizes that many individuals can and do turn their lives around, and employment is essential to this transition. Without employment, former offenders are more likely to return to criminal behavior, prison, or public assistance, where they will again be on the taxpayers' dime.

Cities and counties across the country have made these changes and served as models for their communities, opening the doors to not only city jobs but private sector employment as well. Further, by facilitating successful
rehabilitation, we make the entire Cincinnati community safer.

The Ohio Justice & Policy Center hoped to get over a thousand Cincinnatians to sign a letter of support for the policy change to show the Cincinnati City Council that the City supports smart reform to improve public safety and expand opportunity.

Read an open letter from the Ohio Justice & Policy Center (OJPC) signed by David Singleton, Executive Director & Attorney at Law and Stephen JohnsonGrove, Attorney at Law.

Download the letter of support for signatures.

 

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