Supports to Encourage Low-income Families, Inc. (SELF) is a private non-profit, 501(c)(3) and the state-designated community action agency for Butler County, Ohio. SELF is also a Community Development Corporation (CDC).
SELF was established in 1995 with key leadership from the late Janet Clemmons, Butler County Commissioner, and was designated by the Ohio Department of Development on April 1, 1996. Mrs. Clemmons' vision was to create a community action agency that would serve all of Butler County and would be accountable both programmatically and fiscally. The agency began client services before the federal welfare reform changes and before other nonprofits began emphasizing self-sufficiency.
SELF is funded from a mixture of individual and corporate donations; the United Way; city, county, state and federal government grants and contracts; and grants from private foundations and corporations.
In fulfilling its mission, SELF strives to perform the following roles at the highest standards of excellence:
Clients have called SELF "a bridge" to self-sufficiency and "an anchor in a storm." SELF strives to uphold the original mission of community action as established in President Lyndon Johnson's "War on Poverty" in the mid-60s - "a hand-up not a hand-out." SELF emphasizes employment and education and works to lessen the barriers for low-income families to obtain and maintain self-sufficiency.
In honor of its founder, SELF established the Janet Clemmons/SELF Community Service Award in 1997. It is the highest honor SELF provides to outstanding advocates for low-income individuals.
SELF's 2013 Janet Clemmons Community Service Award nominees (from left to right): Executive Director Jeffrey Diver, SELF Board President Lori Elliott, Elaine Garver, Butch Hubble, Judy & Howard Dirksen and State Senator Bill Coley.
For SELF's full Guidestar Report, please visit: Supports to Encourage Low-income Families
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