WSOS distributes $2.6 million to four local programsWritten by Danielle Stanton | | firstname.lastname@example.org
WSOS Community Action agency said it will administer $2.6 million in federal funds to four Lucas County community programs.
A community meeting to announce the new grants and launch WSOS’s new campaign project, “Building Partnerships, Helping People,” will take place at 9:30 a.m. Nov. 26 at 900 Oneida St.
United Toledo YouthBuild, which helps young people earn their GEDs while refurbishing homes in Toledo’s United North area, will get $1.1 million. Face Forward, a program that helps youth offenders get back on track, will get $1 million. Supportive Services for Veteran Families, which provides rental assistance to veterans to acquire permanent housing, will get $435,000. Community Housing Improvement Program (CHIP) for home ownership assistance will get $400,000.
The new grants to Lucas County will provide much-needed services to several different constituents, according to a news release.
WSOS is a nonprofit social services agency dedicated to helping people become self-sufficient. The agency handles more than $28 million in local, state and federal funds a year for programs that help more than 13,000 low- and moderate-income families.
The goal of the new campaign project is to increase awareness of WSOS programs and services within Lucas County.
The agency is currently working with a collaboration of agencies that applied for a $12 million federal grant to administer the Head Start program in Lucas County.
WSOS, which serves mostly Wood, Sandusky, Ottawa and Seneca counties, has partnered with several Lucas County nonprofits for the past seven years, including United North, The Source, Lucas County Commissioners and the Northwest Ohio Construction Education Center.
“We welcome opportunities to partner with organizations who missions align with ours, particularly when partnerships improve services to those in need and produce strong outcomes, ”said WSOS president Ruthann House.
House said in the past five to seven years, more and more social services agencies are starting to partner together for community programs.
“There are a number of extremely successful, creative and innovative organizations in the county that have really come to the table and been willing to partner and who also see the need to continue to partner to bring the resources to the region,” House said. “It’s just kind of a whole new arena for most of us looking at the potential of partnering vs going it alone.
“This arena calls for developing those strong partnerships,” House said. “We all bring strengths to the table.”
WSOS has been around for 48 years, providing community and family development services. It also has a seven-state network for rural training and technical help, according to the news release.
Despite its presence in other counties within Ohio, WSOS wants to increase the awareness of its programs and services in Lucas County. That’s why it started a new education campaign.
“We’re trying to better educate the public about what WSOS does … We haven’t done a real good job of telling our story – what we do and who we work with,” House said.
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