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570 N. State Route 741, Lebanon, OH 45036
Phone: (513) 695-2100

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March 6, 2017 - Winter Crisis Program ends March 31, 2017 -- If you are a low-income household facing disconnection of your primary or secondary heating source, have already had service disconnected, or have less than a 10-day supply of bulk fuel, please contact Warren County Community Services' (WCCS) HEAP office immediately for assistance. The E-HEAP Winter Crisis Program, is a federally funded program administered by WCCS, will continue processing applications until March 31, 2017.

Households with incomes at or below 175% of the 2016 Federal Poverty Guidelines may apply, see examples listed below:

Household Size 13 weeks 12 months
1 $5,197.50 $20,790
2 $7,008.75 $28,035
3 $8,820 $35,280
4 $10,631.25 $42,525
5 $12,442.50 $49,770
6 $14,253.75 $57,015

The following documents are required for WCCS HEAP Intake:

  1. Income documentation for all household members 18 years of age and older. If this documentation is missing, the application is incomplete.

    Required income for the last 13 weeks/3months categories would be:
    • Wages,
    • Court Ordered Child Support (print out from agency, even if not received),
    • Social Security/SSI award letter or copy of check/bank statement.
    • TANF/OWF benefits.
    • Unemployment (letter with weekly amount/printout),
    • Utility Allowance (Metropolitan Housing contract),
    • Self Employed (WCCS would prefer Quarterly Statement showing profit/loss for the past 3 months).
    • Zero Income - You must have documented proof
      of how you met your personal needs,
      (including your rent/mortgage, food, utilities, medical and any assistance received).
    • MOST IMPORTANTLY: if someone has given you money for rent, bills, etc. WCCS requires a notarized letter from the gift giver with the amounts given and their name and phone number.

  2. Copies of both bills for the main heating and electric utility source. If you heat with propane/fuel oil/wood, we also need a copy of your bill.

  3. Documentation of co-payment is required. For City of Lebanon applicants proof of any co-pays must be paid prior to appointment-bring receipt (EHEAP cannot pay sewer, water, garbage etc.).

  4. Proof of disability (award letter or copy of check/bank statement).

  5. Birth Certificates and Social Security Cards for allhousehold members, regardless of age

  6. WCCS requires a picture ID for Primary Applicant.

  7. WCCS requires proof of residency such as a copy of lease

To apply for this or other available HEAP assistance, please contact WCCS' HEAP, toll free at 1-866-747-1042 for an appointment or to hear times for walk-in assistance.

The E-HEAP program is federally funded administered by WCCS.

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March 5, 2017 - Friendly Visitor Program Volunteer Training -- The Friendly Visitor Program, sponsored by Warren County Community Services, Inc. (WCCS), will provide a volunteer training Wednesday, April 12, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Lunch will be provided. Training will be held at WCCS' 741 Center – 570 N. State Rt. 741 – Lebanon, OH.

The primary goal of WCCS' Friendly Visitor Program is to eliminate loneliness among our aging population. Loneliness is one of the major factors both in physical and mental health decline. Being alone, without social support, often leads to depression and selfneglect among the elderly. "Friendly Visitor volunteers are a tremendous asset to the continuum of care for older adults in our community," says Dolcee Hoffman, RSVP Volunteer Program Director.

The WCCS' Friendly Visitor Volunteer Program matches trained volunteers to older adults who may be living alone, may be at risk for institutional placement, or may need additional support to maintain independence. Volunteers must be special people who enjoy working with older adults. All volunteers must pass a criminal background check and drug screen. "Our community is greatly enriched by the wisdom and experience of caring volunteers. WCCS helps volunteers, 55 and over, locate the opportunities where their talents and skills are best used" said Hoffman. For more information or to register for the training, call Dolcee at 513-695-2252 or by email at dolceeh@wccsinc.org. Please register by Friday, April 7, 2017. Space is limited.

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March 1, 2017 - Warren County Community Services Joins Meals on Wheels Programs From Across the Country in 15th Annual 'March for Meals' Celebration --Warren County Community Services (WCCS) announced today that it will be participating in the 15th annual March for Meals – a month-long, nationwide celebration of Meal on Wheels and the homebound and vulnerable seniors who rely on its vital safety net. WCCS March for Meals celebration will include shopping at Talbots in Oakwood on March 9th and assisting with the deliver meals March 20th through March 24th.

"The services that we provide the seniors of Warren and Butler Counties are critical and the need is rapidly increasing," said Amy Houpey, Food Service Director, of WCCS. "Together, we can keep seniors living independently, healthier at home and feeling more connected to their community as they age."

Since 2002, Meals on Wheels America has led the annual awareness campaign in an effort to fill the gap between the seniors served and those in need that is widening due to increased demand with a rapidly aging population combined with declining public and private resources, and rising food, transportation and operational costs. This March, hundreds of local Meals on Wheels programs, like WCCS will reach out to their communities to build the support that will enable them to deliver nutritious meals, friendly visits and safety checks to America's seniors all year long.

"March is a time for us all to rally around Meals on Wheels,"
said Ellie Hollander, President and CEO of Meals on Wheels America. "Our ability to meet the needs of vulnerable seniors lies in the willingness and generosity of businesses, government and concerned individuals of all ages to contribute in their own way. It not only makes economic sense to enable seniors to stay healthy and safe at home, but it improves the health and vibrancy of our communities and our nation at large."

For more information on how you can volunteer, contribute or speak out for the seniors in Warren and Butler Counties and across the country, visit www.marchformeals.com.

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February 28, 2017 - An Exciting Opportunity to Give Back! -- Your help is desperately needed at the South Lebanon Salvation Army Thrift Shop. Whether it's sorting, stocking shelves, working the cash register, or assisting customers, volunteers are vital in helping make a difference in the community. Volunteering can help you give back to the community, build friendships and support the work of the Salvation Army. There are many reasons to volunteer!

"Volunteering at the thrift shop is one of my favorite things to do!" says Jan of her experience at the Salvation Army Thrift Shop. Like other volunteers who work in the store, Jan's day is never the same. Sometimes she welcomes people who come in to donate items; sometimes she sorts through donations; sometimes she arranges items on the store shelves. " I love watching little kids find a treasure. I also love being able to find a few of my own at the same time. There is much to do. We are always excited to see you", says Jan.

Please contact the RSVP Volunteer Program for more information at 513-695-2252 or by email at dolceeh@wccsinc.org. RSVP recruits individuals 55 and over to volunteer in Warren County.

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February 27, 2017 - Headstart and Kinship Care -- Head Start and Early Head Start are federally funded omprehensive school readiness programs that offer valuable and often life-changing resources for families in need. Many families may not realize that they are eligible for this free, high-quality early education program. In addition to serving low-income families, Head Start is also available at no cost to children in foster care or children in "kinship care" who are being raised by grandparents or other relatives due to family issues.

"Head Start is designed to provide social and educational experiences to ensure children are ready for school," says WCCS Early Learning Centers Director, Lisa Cayard.
"Children learn through hands-on, individualized activities with an evidence-based curriculum. Each child receives health and developmental screenings, so that any needed intervention can be provided as early as possible. Head Start is a uniquely comprehensive program that includes healthy meals, nutrition education, collaboration with medical and mental health agencies to make sure children are healthy, and family services to support parents in their role as the child's most important teacher."

In recent years, Warren County has seen a growing number of families in crisis due to substance abuse. Among families served by Head Start in Warren County, the number of children with a family history of substance doubled from 16% in 2015 to 32% in 2016. "The number of children in Head Start with an incarcerated parent increased from 10 children last year to 36 children this year," noted Cayard. "We also have enrolled 28 children being raised by grandparents or other relatives, an increase from 9 children last year." This striking increase points to a growing need for supportive services for these vulnerable children and their families.

Children who have been removed from their homes often have experienced significant trauma in their young lives, and this impacts their behavior and development. Grandparents who accept custody of their grandchildren are doing the best they can in these difficult situations, but they often need support. Head Start is available to connect these families with resources, and to provide a stable, supportive learning environment for the children.

Warren County Community Services receives federal Head Start and Early Head Start grants to serve infants, toddlers and preschoolers in a variety of program options, at no cost to eligible families:

  • Home-based services for infants and toddlers include a weekly 90-minute home visit, plus play groups for socialization twice a month.

  • Head Start for three and four year olds is available in part day three and a half hour classes, or six-hour extended day classes.

  • Child care is available for working parents at the Lebanon and South Lebanon sites, for children ages birth to five. Parents pay for the hours of before and after care through child care subsidies or a small fee.

All four centers operated by Warren County Community Services have earned fivestar ratings through Ohio's Step Up to Quality rating system. The Helen Centers Early Learning Center in Franklin currently has several openings, and the program is actively seeking eligible children. To apply for Head Start, call 513-695-2213, or print an application from the WCCS website, www.wccsi.org/earlylearning.

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February 1, 2017 - Are Electric Bills or the cost of Fuel Oil pinching your wallet? Save that Income Tax Refund and see if you Qualify for Assistance -- See if you qualify for assistance with your gas and electric bill, or the cost of filling your propane or fuel tank. If you are a low-income household facing disconnection of your primary or secondary heating source, have already had service disconnected, or have less than a 10-day supply of bulk fuel, please contact Warren County Community Services' (WCCS) HEAP office immediately for assistance. The E-HEAP Winter Crisis Program, a federally funded program administered by WCCS, will continue accepting applications until March 31, 2017.

Households with incomes at or below 175% of the 2016 Federal Poverty Guidelines may apply, see examples listed below:

Household Size 13 weeks 12 months
1 $5,197.50 $20,790
2 $7,008.75 $28,035
3 $8,820 $35,280
4 $10,631.25 $42,525
5 $12,442.50 $49,770
6 $14,253.75 $57,015

The following documents are required for WCCS HEAP Intake:

  1. Income documentation for all household members 18 years of age and older. If this documentation is missing, the application is incomplete.

    Required income for the last 13 weeks/3months categories would be:
    • Wages,
    • Court Ordered Child Support (print out from agency, even if not received),
    • Social Security/SSI award letter or copy of check/bank statement.
    • TANF/OWF benefits.
    • Unemployment (letter with weekly amount/printout),
    • Utility Allowance (Metropolitan Housing contract),
    • Self Employed (WCCS would prefer Quarterly Statement showing profit/loss for the past 3 months).
    • Zero Income - You must have documented proof
      of how you met your personal needs,
      (including your rent/mortgage, food, utilities, medical and any assistance received).
    • MOST IMPORTANTLY: if someone has given you money for rent, bills, etc. WCCS requires a notarized letter from the gift giver with the amounts given and their name and phone number.

  2. Copies of both bills for the main heating and electric utility source. If you heat with propane/fuel oil/wood, we also need a copy of your bill.

  3. Documentation of co-payment is required. For City of Lebanon applicants proof of any co-pays must be paid prior to appointment-bring receipt (EHEAP cannot pay sewer, water, garbage etc.).

  4. Proof of disability (award letter or copy of check/bank statement).

  5. Birth Certificates and Social Security Cards for allhousehold members, regardless of age

  6. WCCS requires a picture ID for Primary Applicant.

  7. WCCS requires proof of residency such as a copy of lease

To apply for this or other available HEAP assistance, please contact WCCS' HEAP, toll free at 1-866-747-1042 for an appointment or to hear times for walk-in assistance.

The E-HEAP program is federally funded administered by WCCS.

Click here to download the press release (79kb pdf file)

 

January 3, 2017 - See if you qualify for Winter Energy Assistance Available Through WCCS -- Winter is here and the days are getting colder. If you are a low-income household facing disconnection of your primary or secondary heating source, have already had service disconnected, or have less than a 10-day supply of bulk fuel, please contact Warren County Community Services' (WCCS) HEAP office immediately for assistance. The EHEAP Winter Crisis Program, a federally funded program administered by WCCS, will be accepting applications until March 31,2017. Households with incomes at or below 175% of the 2016 Federal Poverty Guidelines may apply, see examples listed below:

Household Size 13 weeks 12 months
1 $5,197.50 $20,790
2 $7,008.75 $28,035
3 $8,820 $35,280
4 $10,631.25 $42,525
5 $12,442.50 $49,770
6 $14,253.75 $57,015

The following documents are required for WCCS HEAP Intake:

  1. Income documentation for all household members 18 years of age and older. If this documentation is missing, the application is incomplete.

    Required income for the last 13 weeks/3months categories would be:
    • Wages,
    • Court Ordered Child Support (print out from agency, even if not received),
    • Social Security/SSI award letter or copy of check/bank statement.
    • TANF/OWF benefits.
    • Unemployment (letter with weekly amount/printout),
    • Utility Allowance (Metropolitan Housing contract),
    • Self Employed (WCCS would prefer Quarterly Statement showing profit/loss for the past 3 months).
    • Zero Income - You must have documented proof
      of how you met your personal needs,
      (including your rent/mortgage, food, utilities, medical and any assistance received).
    • MOST IMPORTANTLY: if someone has given you money for rent, bills, etc. WCCS requires a notarized letter from the gift giver with the amounts given and their name and phone number.

  2. Copies of both bills for the main heating and electric utility source. If you heat with propane/fuel oil/wood, we also need a copy of your bill.

  3. Documentation of co-payment is required. For City of Lebanon applicants proof of any co-pays must be paid prior to appointment-bring receipt (EHEAP cannot pay sewer, water, garbage etc.).

  4. Proof of disability (award letter or copy of check/bank statement).

  5. Birth Certificates and Social Security Cards for allhousehold members, regardless of age

  6. WCCS requires a picture ID for Primary Applicant.

  7. WCCS requires proof of residency such as a copy of lease

To apply for this or other available HEAP assistance, please contact WCCS' HEAP, toll free at 1-866-747-1042 for an appointment or to hear times for walk-in assistance.

The E-HEAP program is federally funded administered by WCCS.

Click here to download the press release (82kb pdf file)

 

January 3, 2017 -- Help Children Discover the Joy of Reading -- Children have so much enthusiasm in 1st and 2nd grade and enjoy learning. But many students need extra attention and support beyond what the classroom teacher can provide.

The RSVP Volunteer Program partners with Bowman Primary School in Lebanon to recruit first and second grade reading tutors. Tutors are very valuable in elementary classrooms. They provide instruction, support, and care to students who most need it. Whether it's reading, writing, listening or speaking, tutors provide that one-on-one attention that makes a world of difference in a child's life. When tutors are able to come in on a regular basis and build relationships with kids, we begin to see a change in attitude and a genuine interest in reading. The students look forward to their 'turn' to work with the tutors and the teachers so appreciate the extra love and care the tutors supply.

Donna Walters, a RSVP volunteer, tutors at Bowman Primary and enjoys her experience. Donna explains, "The personal connection with these little ones is amazing. They are so earnest and innocent, one can't help but grow very fond of them. They make me smile a lot. Just like the little boy I had worked with in first and second grade, who had noticeably gained confidence in his reading in second grade. At the end of last year, I told him how proud he should be, progressing from a level "G" in first grade to an "M" in second. He enthusiastically agreed and said, "Miss Donna, you know what's going to happen when I'm in high school, don't you?" Not quite knowing where he was going with that question, I shook my head and said, "No, tell me." "I'm going to be reading "Z's!" He beamed. I smiled, stifling laughter, and said, "Oh yes, I'm sure you will.""

RSVP and Bowman's partnership has real rewards! So share the joy of reading and reap the rewards. RSVP recruit's individuals, 55 and over, to volunteer in nonprofit organizations in Warren County.

Please contact the RSVP Volunteer Program at 513-695-2252 for more information. RSVP is sponsored by Warren County Community Services, Inc. (WCCS).

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November 17, 2016 - Warren County Community Services joins Meals on Wheels America and Subaru in Sharing the Love this Holiday Season

Warren County Community Services is proud to announce that it will be participating in the annual Subaru Share the Love Event as a member of Meals on Wheels America – one of four national Share the Love charitable partners for the ninth year running. From November 17, 2016 to January 3, 2017, Subaru will donate $250 for every new Subaru vehicle sold or leased to the customer's choice of participating charity.

Participating Meals on Wheels America members, like Warren County Community Services will receive a share of the revenue raised by Subaru in their state. Warren County Community Services would like to raise awareness for the popular year-end sales and giving event, and drive support for Meals on Wheels through holding several activities.  “We want to do as much as we can to promote the awareness of Meals on Wheels,” says Amy Houpey, Food Service Director, of Warren County Community Services.  “We have signage in front of our building, we will participate in the Warren County Holiday Parade, there will be Facebook posts and much more.”

“It is a true testament to the value of Meals on Wheels and the strength of our nationwide network that Subaru of America and its customers choose to give back to this vital service year after year,” said Ellie Hollander, President and CEO, Meals on Wheels America. “Since its inception, Share the Love has helped deliver more than 1.4 million meals to seniors served by Meals on Wheels. It is our hope that this year’s event ensures that even more seniors receive the nourishment they need to continue living independently at home.”

This year, for the first time throughout the life of the program, there will be no cap on the total donation from Subaru of America to its Share the Love charitable partners. By the end of this year's event, Subaru hopes to exceed a grand total of $90 million donated since the creation of Share the Love.

"We at Subaru are thrilled to support our national and hometown charity partners for the ninth consecutive year," said Alan Bethke, Senior Vice President of Marketing, Subaru of America Inc. "Through the Share the Love platform we are proud to continue our commitment to the causes our customers care about most and look forward to exceeding a grand total of $90 million donated through this initiative."

By purchasing or leasing a new Subaru during the Event and selecting Meals on Wheels America as your charity of choice, you can help deliver nutritious meals and other important services to seniors right here in Warren and Butler County

For more information, visit www.mealsonwheelsamerica.org/sharethelove.

About Meals on Wheels America - Meals on Wheels America is the oldest and largest national organization supporting the more than 5,000 community-based programs across the country that are dedicated to addressing senior isolation and hunger. This network exists in virtually every community in America and, along with more than two million staff and volunteers, delivers the nutritious meals, friendly visits and safety checks that enable America’s seniors to live nourished lives with independence and dignity. By providing funding, leadership, education, research and advocacy support, Meals on Wheels America empowers its local member programs to strengthen their communities, one senior at a time. For more information, or to find a Meals on Wheels provider near you, visit www.mealsonwheelsamerica.org.

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November 15, 2016 - Heating Assistance Available... HEAP Winter Crisis Program is now open.

The Warren County Community Services, Inc., and Ohio Development Services Agency want to remind Ohioans that heating assistance is available to eligible households through the Home Energy Assistance Winter Crisis Program. The program runs from November 1, 2016 until March 31, 2017.

Ohioans facing disconnection from their heating source, those who have been disconnected, or those that have less than 25 percent supply of bulk fuel may qualify. The household must also have a gross income at or below 175 percent of the federal poverty level. For a family of four, the annual income must be at or below $42,525.

Individuals interested in receiving Winter Crisis assistance must have a face-to-face interview at the local energy assistance provider. For more information or to make an appointment, call 1.866.747.1042.

Customers must bring the following items to their appointment:

  • proof of income (for the last 90 days/3 months)
  • most recent energy bill(s)
  • photo ID
  • all household members must have Social Security cards
  • proof of U.S. citizenship/legal residency for all household members
  • lease/metropolitan housing papers

Documents that are accepted to prove U.S. citizenship/legal residency include: a Social Security Card, birth certificate, U.S. Passport, naturalization paper/certification of citizenship, permanent VISA, or INS ID Card.

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November 7, 2016 - Volunteer as an AARP Foundation Tax-Aide in 2017: Tax season is just around the corner and the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide Program needs tax counselors for sites in Warren County. This program offers free tax-filing help to those who need it most.

We’re looking for compassionate and friendly individuals to join our team of local volunteers for the upcoming tax season. You’ll receive training and continued support in a welcoming environment. There is one month of study and preparation then classroom training will be provided during the month of January 2017.

This promises to be one of the most engaging and challenging activities you will ever undertake. Make a big difference in someone else’s life! Please contact the RSVP Volunteer Program at 513-695-2252 for more information. RSVP is sponsored by Warren County Community Services, Inc. (WCCS).

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October 27, 2016 - Partnership Helps Ohioans Stay Warm this Winter - HEAP Winter Crisis Program Begins November 1:

The Warren County Community Services, Inc., and Ohio Development Services Agency will help eligible Ohioans stay warm during the cold winter months. The Home Energy Assistance Winter Crisis Program provides eligible Ohioans heating assistance if they are disconnected from their heating source, threatened with disconnection or if they have less than 25 percent supply of bulk fuel. The program runs from November 1, 2016 until March 31, 2017.

The household must also have a gross income at or below 175 percent of the federal poverty level.

Individuals interested in receiving Winter Crisis assistance must have a face-to-face interview at the local HEAP provider. For information or appointment please call: 1.866.747.1042

The household must also have a gross income at or below 175 percent of the federal poverty level, see examples listed below:

Household Size

13 weeks

12 months

1

$5,197.50

$20,790

2

$7,008.75

$28,035

3

$8,820

$35,280

4

$10,631.25

$42,525

5

$12,442.50

$49,770

6

$14,253.75

$57,015

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September 29, 2016 - WCCS Sponsors Two Free "Medicare Check-up Day" Events:

Medicare's annual open enrollment period is October 15, 2016 thru December 7, 2016.

Warren County Community Services, Inc. (WCCS), will be hosting two free "Medicare Check-Up Days" to help answer questions about your Medicare, Medicare Advantage
Plans and your prescription drug coverage.

The first event is Tuesday, October 25, 2016
from 9am to 3pm.

The second event is Tuesday, November 8, 2016 from 9am to 3pm.

These events will take place at WCCS, 570 N SR 741, Lebanon, OH (across the street from Otterbein). Certified volunteers from the Ohio Senior Health Insurance Information Program (OSHIIP), a volunteer organization administered through the Ohio Department of Insurance, will meet with you individually to help you make the best informed decision for your Medicare coverage. OSHIIP is not affiliated with any nsurance program, so the information you receive is non-biased. Keep in mind, OSHIIP does not pick a plan for you... the decision is yours to make.

This is a great opportunity to learn about your Medicare plan options and how to secure the appropriate coverage. The focus of both events is to help beneficiaries, family members and caregivers understand the different Medicare options, assist with plan selection, and determine "Extra Help" eligibility.

The coverage you sign up for during the annual open enrollment period (October 15th thru December 7th) will take effect January 1, 2017.

Medicare participants will be able to select one of these coverage options:

  1. Original Medicare for health coverage paired
    with a Part D prescription drug plan and a supplemental plan;

  2. A Medicare Advantage Plan which provides comprehensive health benefits including drug coverage offered through various private insurance companies;

  3. Existing coverage that already meets your health insurance needs.

Appointments are required for this event. Please call Theresa Gilmore at 513-508-0860 to schedule your appointment for one of the two days offered for your personal "Medicare Check-Up." Space is limited, so please call soon.

**Important** Please bring the following information with you to your Medicare Check- Up appointment:

  • Current Medicare coverage cards and any other insurance cards.
  • Current List of medications, dosages, and how many times a day you take them.
  • Names of your preferred pharmacy.
  • Names of your doctor(s).

If you are unable to attend either of the two events at WCCS, you can call the OSHIIP hotline at 1-800-686-1578, Monday through Friday, 7:30am – 5pm. A certified volunteer will be happy to help you over the phone or provide you with other locations in the area who will be sponsoring Medicare Check-Up Days.

You can also visit www.medicare.gov for a complete listing of available Part D and Medicare Advantage plans or call 1-800-MEDICARE which is available 24 hours a day / 7 days a week.

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July 29, 2016 - Openings for Fall Head Start Enrollment: WCCS Early Learning Centers are currently accepting applications for fall enrollment in Head Start. A new program option this fall will be a six-hour school day at no cost for income eligible children, in addition to the three and a half hour Head Start classes. There are also openings for full-day, full-year child care. Children with special needs are welcomed, and complete toilet training is not required.

All four Early Learning Centers operated by WCCS have five-star Step Up to Quality ratings. The program is committed to providing the highest quality learning experiences and individual attention in every classroom. Each preschool classroom has three teachers for 17 children, and at least one teacher in each classroom holds a college degree in Early Childhood Education. Centers are located in Franklin, Carlisle, Lebanon and South Lebanon. The program’s kindergarten readiness curriculum offers individualized learning activities with special emphasis on early literacy, science and math skills. Children also learn technology skills and problem-solving and social skills.

Applications are also being accepted for Early Head Start for income eligible children ages birth to three, and pregnant mothers. Program options for infants and toddlers include home-based services and full-year child care for parents who are working or attending school. Home-based families receive a weekly home visit from a specially trained home visitor, plus two play group sessions per month, providing a time for social interaction for both parents and children. Parents receive support and education on infant health, nutrition, child development and parenting skills, as well as referrals to connect them with community resources to meet family needs.

To enroll a child and learn more, please call (513) 695-2215, email earlylearning@wccsi.org, or visit us on the web at www.wccsi.org.

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July 1, 2016 - Summer Energy Crisis Program starts - Warren County Community Services HEAP Department will take applications for the Summer Crisis Program (SCP). With temperatures rising; you may be eligible for a one-time assistance with your electric utility bill or to receive an air conditioner, provided you have not received one in the last three years.

Your household may be eligible if it includes a member over the age of 60 or an individual with a documented CHRONIC medical condition. To determine if your household is eligible you must meet one of the above mentioned categories and your household income must be at or below 175% of the 2016 Federal Poverty Guidelines.

Household
Size
13 weeks
Income
12 months
Income
1 $5,197.50 $20,790.00
2 $7,008.75 $28,035.00
3 $8,820.00 $35,280.00
4 $10,631.25 $42,525.00
5 $12,442.50 $49,770.00
6 $14,253.75 $57,015.00

The following documents are required for WCCS HEAP Intake:

  1. Income documentation for all household members 18 years of age and older. If this documentation is missing, the application is incomplete. Required income for the last 13 weeks/3months categories would be:
    • Wages, Court Ordered Child Support (print out from agency, even if not received),
    • Social Security/SSI award letter or copy of check/bank statement.
    • TANF/OWF benefits. Unemployment (letter with weekly amount/printout),
    • Utility Allowance (Metropolitan Housing contract),
    • Self Employed (WCCS would prefer Quarterly Statement showing profit/loss for the past 3 months).
    • Zero Income-You must have documented proof
      of how you met your personal needs, (including your rent/mortgage, food, utilities, medical and any assistance received).
    • Most importantly if
      someone has given you money for rent, bills, etc. WCCS requires a notarized letter from the gift giver with the amounts given and their name and phone number.
    • If there is no income in the household-You
      must obtain a "Tax Transcript or Non-filing Status Transcript from the IRS prior to appointment. (By phone: 1-800-908-9946 or online at
      http://www.irs.gov/Individuals/Get-Transcript)

  2. Copies of both bills for the main heating and electric utility source. If you heat with propane/fuel oil/wood, we also need a copy of your bill.

  3. Documentation of co-payment is required. For City of Lebanon applicants proof of any co-pays must be paid prior to appointment-bring receipt (EHEAP cannot pay sewer, water, garbage etc.).

  4. Proof of disability (award letter or copy of check/bank statement.

  5. Social Security Card numbers for all household members, regardless of age

  6. Medical form for any households with a chronic medical condition

  7. WCCS requires a picture ID for Primary Applicant.

  8. WCCS requires proof of residency such as a copy of lease

To apply for this or other available HEAP assistance, please contact WCCS' HEAP, toll free at 1-866-747-1042 for an appointment or to hear times for walk-in assistance. The E-HEAP program is federally funded administered by WCCS.

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July 1, 2016 - WCCS Receives Farm Market Grant - Warren County Community Services was the recipient of a $500.00 grant to offer nutrition opportunities to senior housing communities.

This grant is funded by the Ohio Business & Professional Women's Retirement Foundation (BPW). The Lebanon Area BPW offered their support and sponsorship to WCCS who helped secure the grant. The grant is to support local Non-profit/low income subsidized Senior housing residents. "We will divide up the grant money so we can help as many Seniors as possible. When we received this grant last year, we used the funds to support a "Market Day" which was a big success. The fresh fruits and vegetables are greatly appreciated by the Seniors, "said Amy Houpey, CDM, CFPP, MBM, who is the Food Service Director for WCCS.

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June 21, 2016 - WCCS Receives $1,000.00 for Participation in Meals on Wheels America's 2016 March for Meals - Funding for the 14th Annual Awareness Campaign Made Possible by Subaru's Share the Love Event

Warren County Community Services is proud to announce that it has received a $1,000.00 grant award from Meals on Wheels America for its participation in the 14th Annual March for Meals campaign. This past March was Warren County Community Service's 3rd year participating in the national Meals on Wheels awareness campaign designed to celebrate the proven collaboration of local community organizations, businesses, all levels of government and compassionate individuals to ensure that our seniors are not forgotten.

Food Service Director, Amy Houpey stated, "We had legislators, elected officials and business leaders who volunteer to ride along with our WCCS Meals on Wheels™ driver to assist in the delivery of meals to seniors." Many of our Champions said they would be back to help us again next year. Each individual thanked us for allowing them to participate in this great opportunity. We heard many
encouraging comments, such as: "You do a great job; your operation is impressive; this is such a critical need for our community."

The March For Meals campaign actually started on February 12 with a Father and Daughter duo, Tim and Rachael Tepe. They were not going to be able to participate in March so we were happy to accommodate their schedule. They assisted by riding with our driver and delivering meals to our clients. Our official kick off was held on March 1st, however we decided to have a month long campaign in order to get as much publicity as possible. We had a great response and had a total of 15 Champions participate in March for Meals, throughout the month of March.

We had local business owner Scott Lipps here March 1st,to help with delivering meals. Prior to leaving with the driver, Scott was given tour of the kitchen area, dry storage area and pack out area. He was amazed at the volume of meals we produced in such a small space. Scott stated that he would let the community know how undersized our facility was.

Our CEO, Eugene Rose, spent a great deal of time in our community promoting the March for Meals campaign. Some of the events he attended were: Chambers of Commerce in Springboro, Ohio and Mason, Ohio, The local YMCA Gala, CAP of Dayton, Ohio, Warren County Commissioners' business meeting, WC Recorder's business meeting and Rotary engagements. In addition, our Food Service Director, Amy Houpey, rode with several of the drivers during the month of March to talk to our clients about the campaign.

Nearly $400,000 has been granted to 265 local Meals on Wheels programs and one Meals on Wheels America-affiliated State Association based on their March for Meals efforts. This year's grants were made possible through the generosity of Subaru of America, Inc. and its eighth annual Share the Love Event. During the event held from November 19, 2015 through January 2, 2016, $250 was donated to a customer's choice of a national or hometown charity for every new Subaru vehicle purchased or leased.

Meals on Wheels America has been a participating national charity since the event's inception in 2008. "The March for Meals grant program is our way of recognizing Meals on Wheels America Members for their efforts to raise awareness and much-needed support for the critical service they provide their communities," said Meals on Wheels America President and CEO Ellie Hollander. "Together, we can change the way this country cares for its seniors." The annual March for Meals campaign is an effort led by Meals on Wheels America to present opportunities for volunteers, businesses and governments to support seniors in a variety of ways that make communities stronger, safer and healthier.

For more information, visit marchformeals.com.

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March 1, 2016 - Winter Crisis Program ends March 31, 2016 - If you are a low-income household facing disconnection of your primary or secondary heating source, have already had service disconnected, or have less than a 10 day supply of bulk fuel, please contact Warren County Community Services’ (WCCS) HEAP office immediately for assistance.  The E-HEAP Winter Crisis Program, a federally funded program administered by WCCS, will be accepting applications until March 31, 2016. Households with incomes at or below 175% of the 2015 Federal Poverty Guidelines may apply, see examples listed below:

Household Size

13 weeks

12 months

1

$5,149.38

$20,597.50

2

$6,969.38

$27,877.50

3

$8,789.38

$35,157.50

4

$10,609.38

$42,437.50

5

$12,429.38

$49,717.50

6

$14,249.38

$56,997.50

 

The following documents are required for WCCS HEAP Intake:

  1. Income documentation for all household members 18 years of age and older.  If this documentation is missing, the application is incomplete.  Required income for the last 13 weeks/3months categories would be: Wages, Court Ordered Child Support (print out from agency, even if not received), Social Security/SSI award letter or copy of check/bank statement. TANF/OWF benefits.  Unemployment (letter with weekly amount/printout), Utility Allowance (Metropolitan Housing contract), Self Employed (WCCS would prefer Quarterly Statement showing profit/loss for the past 3 months).  Zero Income-You must have documented proof of how you met your personal needs, (including your rent/mortgage, food, utilities, medical and any assistance received).  Most importantly if someone has given you money for rent, bills, etc.  WCCS requires a notarized letter from the gift giver with the amounts given and their name and phone number.   If there is no income in the household-You must obtain a “Tax Transcript or Non-filing Status Transcript from the IRS prior to appointment. (By phone: 1-800-908-9946 or online at http://www.irs.gov/Individuals/Get-Transcript)
  2. Copies of both bills for the main heating and electric utility source.  If you heat with propane/fuel oil/wood, we also need a copy of your bill. 
  3. Documentation of co-payment is required.  For City of Lebanon applicants proof of any co-pays must be paid prior to appointment-bring receipt (E-HEAP cannot pay sewer, water, garbage etc.).
  4. Proof of disability (award letter or copy of check/bank statement.
  5. Social Security Card numbers for all household members, regardless of age
  6. WCCS requires a picture ID for Primary Applicant.
  7. WCCS requires proof of residency such as a copy of lease

To apply for this or other available HEAP assistance, please contact WCCS’ HEAP, toll free at 1-866-747-1042 for an appointment or to hear times for walk-in assistance.  The E-HEAP program is federally funded administered by WCCS.

Click here to download the press release (366kb pdf file)

 

January 29, 2016 - WCCS To Open New Restaurant / Banquet Center - Warren County Community Services (WCCS) plans to open a new casual upscale restaurant near Maineville, Ohio in Hamilton Township. The restaurant/banquet center/senior center is scheduled to open in early 2017. WCCS is seeking qualified restaurant operators to propose their plans to run the day-to-day operations of the restaurant/banquet center. “Our qualifications are tough by design” stated Eugene Rose, CEO/Executive Director of the 50-year-old non-profit. “We want someone in here having a proven track record and financial wherewithal.” WCCS has a Request for Proposal (RFP) that is open for public bid now.

According to Rose, the business model is unlike any that have ever been done in Ohio. The approach will meet a community need and it will fund a new Senior Center to be managed by WCCS. “Our senior population is growing daily” said Rose. “WCCS already operates five senior centers in Warren County; growth (particularly in southern Warren County) has spurred additional demand for services that we must meet.” Rose says that keeping the funding consistent with the growth is the challenge.

 “While demand is growing for daytime meals and activities for our seniors, sadly, funding remains static” continued Rose. In fact additional funds are not available to build, furnish and operate the new senior center. “That’s where we had to get creative.”

Regional developer, Bruce Rippe approached WCCS years ago. He and the agency crafted a development plan similar to one that Rippe successfully completed recently in Batesville, Indiana.

Rippe plans a new comprehensive independent senior living development just north of the Hamilton Township Fire Department on Ohio Route 48. The development includes approximately 150 upscale apartments across three buildings. Three-quarters of the apartments will be market rate with the remainder being income subsidized. WCCS will open its new Senior Center in the anchor building.

WCCS will own an upscale restaurant at the site as well as a banquet center. Rose states “our plan is to retain a high-end restaurant operator to run the restaurant and enter into a profit-sharing plan with the operator. Our share of the profits will be used to fund the operating costs of the Senior Center.”

The need is there. A 2015 study indicates that within a 5-mile radius of the new restaurant, there is in excess of $2 million of annual retail restaurant “leakage” going outside the area. Rose hopes to capitalize on this and capture the vast majority of the business currently going elsewhere. “A casual upscale restaurant is definitely needed in the area” states Rose. “It will be well-supported.” Rose also hopes the restaurant will become a destination dining and entertainment establishment drawing from areas such as Lebanon, Springboro, Mason, Loveland and the general Cincinnati-Dayton region.

WCCS is partnering with the Sinclair Community College Culinary Arts School. Students will be provided the real-life work opportunities of working in the restaurant. WCCS will also provide a classroom for the College to use. Students in the program will not be paid by the restaurant operator but will be afforded possible future employment opportunities based upon their performance while training.

A copy of the RFP can be obtained at this link or by contacting Rose directly at (513) 695-2201.

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January 7, 2016 - Winter Energy Assistance Available Through Local Non-Profit - Winter is here and the days are getting colder.  If you are a low-income household facing disconnection of your primary or secondary heating source, have already had service disconnected, or have less than a 10 day supply of bulk fuel, please contact Warren County Community Services’ (WCCS) HEAP office immediately for assistance.  The E-HEAP Winter Crisis Program, a federally funded program administered by WCCS, began accepting applications November 2, 2015 and will continue through March 31, 2016. Households with incomes at or below 175% of the 2015 Federal Poverty Guidelines may apply, see examples listed below:

Household Size

13 weeks

12 months

1

$5,149.38

$20,597.50

2

$6,969.38

$27,877.50

3

$8,789.38

$35,157.50

4

$10,609.38

$42,437.50

5

$12,429.38

$49,717.50

6

$14,249.38

$56,997.50

 

The following documents are required for WCCS HEAP Intake:

  1. Income documentation for all household members 18 years of age and older.  If this documentation is missing, the application is incomplete.  Required income for the last 13 weeks/3months categories would be: Wages, Court Ordered Child Support (print out from agency, even if not received), Social Security/SSI award letter or copy of check/bank statement. TANF/OWF benefits.  Unemployment (letter with weekly amount/printout), Utility Allowance (Metropolitan Housing contract), Self Employed (WCCS would prefer Quarterly Statement showing profit/loss for the past 3 months).  Zero Income - You must have documented proof of how you met your personal needs, (including your rent/mortgage, food, utilities, medical and any assistance received).  Most importantly if someone has given you money for rent, bills, etc.  WCCS requires a notarized letter from the gift giver with the amounts given and their name and phone number.   If there is no income in the household-You must obtain a “Tax Transcript or Non-filing Status Transcript from the IRS prior to appointment. (By phone: 1-800-908-9946 or online at http://www.irs.gov/Individuals/Get-Transcript)
  2. Copies of both bills for the main heating and electric utility source.  If you heat with propane/fuel oil/wood, we also need a copy of your bill. 
  3. Documentation of co-payment is required.  For City of Lebanon applicants proof of any co-pays must be paid prior to appointment-bring receipt (E-HEAP cannot pay sewer, water, garbage etc.).
  4. Proof of disability (award letter or copy of check/bank statement.
  5. Social Security Card numbers for all household members, regardless of age
  6. WCCS requires a picture ID for Primary Applicant.
  7. WCCS requires proof of residency such as a copy of lease

To apply for this or other available HEAP assistance, please contact WCCS’ HEAP, toll free at 1-866-747-1042 for an appointment or to hear times for walk-in assistance.  The E-HEAP program is federally funded administered by WCCS.

Click here to download the press release (367kb pdf file)

 

 


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