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10-22-2013 12:37:00 PM

Michael, a 55 year-old resident of Weinland Park in Columbus, Ohio who lost his warehousing job did not know where to turn. "I lost my job in 2011 and my whole world crumbled," Michael explained. "I lost my apartment, my relationship and my freedom. I felt defeated and I had no self-esteem. I thought that I was going to be able to bounce right back and get a job, but no, that didn't happen. I would apply for jobs and I would never hear back from employers. I felt punished by society. I wondered 'what am I doing wrong?' I am over 50 years old and suddenly for the for the first time, I felt useless. I needed help." Read More...


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 October 2013
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Community Action Turns 50!


In 2014, Community Action will celebrate its 50th anniversary. In honor of this special occasion, OACAA has several activities planned and would like to encourage its members to celebrate as well.   



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Agency Happenings
Making an Impact in a Columbus Neighborhood 


IMPACT Community Action Agency has been, well, making an impact on the Weinland Park neighborhood outside of downtown Columbus with its workforce development initiative, Employment Plus Program (EPP), as part of a broader community revitalization project.  


Agency Happenings
Lorain County Community Action Agency Dishing Out Donations


The Lorain County Community Action Agency (LCCAA) is using a portion of its Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) dollars to offer $33,600 in grants to local food pantries to help them meet the community's needs throughout the busy holiday season, especially with the emergence of automatic cuts to food stamps.     


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Agency Happenings

Congressman Joyce Visits Ashtabula County Community Action Agency


On September 5, Ashtabula County Community Action Agency (ACCAA) was proud to host a visit from Congressman David Joyce. ACCAA Executive Director Judith Barris invited the first-term Congressman to visit the agency to learn more about them, their services and the needs of the county residents.