Contact Center News March 2018

Contact Center News
March 2018


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Friday, May 11
@ Contact Center,
1227 Vine Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202
5:00 – 7:00 PM

Policymakers, Candidates and the General Public are invited to
learn about issues of concern to community residents
who live in inner city neighborhoods of Cincinnati.

Community Potluck
Desserts and non-alcoholic drinks provided

Free but donations are most appreciated!

Call 513-381-4242 for more information

For a Change, Some Very Good News at the Federal Level!
More support for Kinship Care Families!

From Generations United
Statement by Donna Butts, Executive Director
“Congress Affirms the Important Role of Grandparents and Other Relatives Raising Children”

Washington – Late last week, Congress passed the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018, which was signed into law on March 23, 2018. The bill includes funding for critically important programs for the nearly 2.6 million grandparents raising grandchildren. More than 7 million children are being raised in kinship care, or “grandfamilies,” which are households headed by kin — a grandparent, great-grandparent, uncle, aunt or other relative who is not their birth parent. These grandparents and other relatives step in to provide safe and stable homes to children who cannot remain with their parents. The number of these families has recently increased, a phenomenon attributed to the opioid crisis.
Kinship Navigator Funds: $20 million will go to states, U.S. territories and tribes to develop and evaluate kinship navigator programs. Navigators help kinship caregivers with vital information as they transition to taking care of a child, including learning about access to health and mental health services, financial and legal assistance, substance abuse prevention and treatment, housing, support groups, and other programs. The intent of this money is to help develop navigator programs in states and localities that do not have them and to help existing programs get the evaluation they need or adapt their programs to meet the evidence-based standards in the Family First Act. Because of Family First, once programs meet these standards they will be able to draw down ongoing federal entitlement funding from Title IV-E of the Social Security Act.

National Family Caregiver Support Program: An additional 20 percent boost of $30 million for a total of $180 million for the National Family Caregiver Support Program (NFCSP). The NFCSP provides five critical categories of supportive services to family caregivers of older individuals, as well as grandparents and other relatives aged 55 and older who are raising children. Written broadly to provide flexibility and responsiveness to the needs of caregivers, these include: Information to caregivers about available services; Assistance to caregivers in gaining access to the services; Individual counseling, organization of support groups, and caregiver training; Respite care; and, Supplemental services, on a limited basis, to complement the care provided by caregivers.

Adoption and Guardianship Incentives Program: $37 million in additional funds for the Adoption and Guardianship Incentives Program, which recognizes and rewards states for improved performance in ensuring children and youth leave foster care to permanent adoptive and guardianship families, including grandparents and other relatives.

The Supporting Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Act Passed the Senate by Unanimous Consent: This bill would help these families by providing a one-stop public source of federal information on resources and best practices to help grandparents and other relatives meet the diverse needs of the children in their care, as well as maintain their own physical and mental health and emotional well-being. Furthermore, by creating a federal task force to issue a report to Congress on best practices, resources, and gaps in services, the legislation takes critical steps toward improving the availability and quality of services to help grandfamilies, or kinship families, across the country. Generations United is grateful to Senators Susan Collins and Bob Casey for championing this bi-partisan bill.


A Reminder that you must be registered to vote by April 9, 2018 in order to vote in the May 8 Primary. If you think you are registered, we encourage you to double check with the Board of Elections. In Hamilton County you can call 513/632-7000 and they will check for you over the phone..

The Primary is very important not only in deciding candidates but because Issue One in on the May 8 Primary Ballot. When this ballot issue passes it will make a significant difference in stopping gerrymandering in Ohio. Gerrymandering is the situation in which one political party controls the design of District lines so that their own political party dominates.

The Fair Districts Fair Elections Campaign states, “ Issue One creates a bipartisan, public process for drawing congressional districts. Let Ohio voters choose their representatives. Keep politicians from hand-picking their voters. Stop the unfair practice of gerrymandering.”

For more information see

The League of Women Voters is in support of Issue One.

Contact Center urges you to vote in the Primary and VOTE YES for ISSUE ONE!
It’s time for more fairness in the drawing of Ohio’s Congressional Districts!

(BRAG) Meeting

Thursday, April 5th
12 – 2 PM
@ Contact Center
1227 Vine Street 45202

We will be discussing items on the May 8 Primary Ballot. We will have absentee ballot applications if anyone wants to apply for an absentee ballot. We’ll be happy to help you fill out the application.

The Meeting also includes a Baby Shower for our Contact Center member & volunteer Rosalind Royal! She’s expecting a girl! Any gifts you can bring are truly appreciated.

For more information call 513/381-4242.


OTR Community Festival

It’s Time to start Getting Ready for the Over-the-Rhine Community Festival!
August 4th will be here before we know it. We want this to be a fun-filled, exciting Festival with many groups represented. If your organization would like a booth at the Festival, please call the Festival Committee Co-Chairs Angela Whitehead and Memory Royal at 513/381-4242. You can also request a Festival booth application by emailing

We would like to have all Festival Booth applications turned in by May 1st so we can plan adequately with time on our side.

In the meantime, mark your calendar for Saturday, August 4th, 12 – 6 PM in Washington Park!


Are you concerned about what is happening to America’s safety net? Do you believe that there are human rights to basic human needs like employment at just wages, food, and health care? If you are a concerned citizen who wants to take action, please consider joining the Contact Center and getting involved with other like-minded citizens! For more information call us at 513-381-4242.

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Contact Center News March 2018

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