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Recent News Articles

Clemmons Award Nominations Now Open

1/11/2013 Supports to Encourage Low-Income Families is now accepting nominations for the 2013 Janet Clemmons Community Service Award. The award is given annually in honor of the late founder of SELF, which has served all of Butler County since 1996. As a Butler County Commissioner, Mrs. Clemmons understood the challenges faced by disadvantaged families and those who serve them. The award given in her memory honors community members who have, primarily through voluntary efforts, provided significant support and service to the low-income people of Butler County. - details

Ascendum and SELF Partner to Bring JOBS NOW! to Butler County

11/21/2012 Supports to Encourage Low-income Families (SELF) is launching a new employment and education program, called JOBS NOW!, to help low-income residents find a job or acquire better paying work.SELF is partnering with the Vora Group and Ascendum, a global information technology (IT) solutions firm, to bring in private sector experts to teach this 6-week workshop. - details

Ohio CDC Assoc. Names SELF’s Hamilton Group Workcamps 2012 Project of the Year

10/11/2012 The Ohio CDC Association awarded Supports to Encourage Low-income Families (SELF) Hamilton Group Workcamps the 2012 Ohio Project of the Year at the Association’s annual conference. The two-day gathering in Cleveland convened more than 300 community development leaders from around Ohio. SELF’s Hamilton Group Workcamps Home Repair Project was recognized for its collaboration and recruitment of hundreds of volunteers to complete home repairs for 75 very low-income homeowners who lacked the financial or physical ability to work on their own homes. - details

SELF Summer Crisis Program Sets Utility Assistance Record

9/21/2012 Supports to Encourage Low-income Families (SELF) experienced a record-breaking 250% increase in the numbers of families seeking 2012 Summer Crisis Program utility assistance. SELF helped 1,627 households pay their electric bills this summer and distributed 276 air conditioners and fans from June 1-September 18. SELF continues to enroll clients in the PIPP Plus program until the Winter HEAP utility assistance enrollments begin on October 18. PIPP Plus offers Ohio residents an extended payment opportunity that requires regulated gas and electric companies to accept payments based on a percentage of the household income. - details

Record Breaking Heat Brings Record Requests

8/16/2012 This summer’s record-breaking temperatures has caused record-breaking demand from low-income Butler County families who need help staying cool. Supports to Encourage Low-income Families (SELF) is the local operator of the statewide Summer Crisis Program. From June 1 to August 16 of this year, 1295 families have received assistance compared with 652 families for the entire summer last year. - details

SELF IDA Program Named 'Exemplary'

5/24/2012 SELF's Individual Development Account program was named an Exemplary Practice in a statewide study of Community Action Agencies and the impact they have on their local economies. - details

Summer Crisis Program Expands, Begins Early

5/17/2012 SELF will begin scheduling appointments May 18 for help with summer electric bills. The program runs from June 1 to August 31 and has newly expanded criteria. - details

Hamilton Attorney Wins Janet Clemmons Award

4/6/2012 Stephen Bernat was honored with SELF's 2012 Janet Clemmons Award at the 16th Annual Awards Dinner. - details

SELF Partners with Middletown Fashion Bug

2/24/2012 SELF is partnering with the Middletown Fashion Bug store to provide interview quality clothing to clients who are job hunting. - details

Six Nominated for Janet Clemmons Award

2/21/2012 The Janet Clemmons Award is given to a community member who has served tirelessly. The nominees are: Stephen Bernat, Hamilton attorney active in the Volunteer Lawyers Project of the Legal Aid Society of Greater Cincinnati. Celeste Didlick-Davis, a former SELF client now operating the nonprofit 3R Development in Middletown. Dr. Lester Dornon, a Middletown physician who has volunteered at Hope House between mission trips to Nepal. Nicky McCullough, Activities Director for Field of Hope and a volunteer for the Red Cross and Hamilton Community Council. James Ramsey, a Proctor & Gamble retiree who has been active with People Working Cooperatively, including assisting with SELF's Group Workcamps and home repair projects. William Sedwick, another P&G retiree who has been active with People Working Cooperatively and Group Workcamps. - details

Home Repair Program Wins Awards

2/20/2012 SELF's Home Repair Program has grown from week-long Group Workcamps Projects to a year-round program to help low-income homeowners maintain their biggest assets at no cost to them. The program has recently received two awards. - details

Home Repair Project Returning to Hamilton This Summer

1/12/2012 SELF will cosponsor its third Group Workcamps event this July in Hamilton to provide free home repairs to low-income, elderly and disabled homeowners. - details

Nominations Now Open for Janet Clemmons Award

1/4/2012 SELF is now accepting nominations for the 2012 Janet Clemmons Community Service Award - details

Microenterprise Program Receives Grant Support

12/20/2011 SELF's newest program, Microenterprise, has received two grants this month just as it graduated its second class. Click "details" to read more. - details

Middletown Veterinarian Adopts Low Income Families' Pets

12/10/2011 All About PetCare in Middletown has donated services and supplies for the pets of the low-income families in SELF's Adopt-A-Family holiday program. - details

SELF Appreciates Donors, Volunteers

10/18/2011 SELF held its annual Donor and Volunteer Appreciation Reception in September. Two outstanding volunteers were honored with the "SELFless" Award. - details

HEAP Scheduling Begins Oct. 18

10/3/2011 SELF successfully wrapped its Summer Crisis Program and is preparing to meet local residents' needs this winter. We will begin scheduling appointments October 18. - details

SELF Partners with Quaker Chemical to Help Middletown Residents Get Ahead

9/23/2011 The Quaker Chemical Foundation has awarded a $2,500 grant in support of the Getting Ahead program operated by SELF on behalf of the Butler County Bridges Out of Poverty Coalition - details

SELF Executive Director Honored

9/23/2011 SELF Executive Director Jeffrey Diver was named a Community Health Center Hero by the Ohio Association of Community Health Centers. Diver was recognized for his work on the board of Primary Health Solutions which developed and improved the community health center system in Butler County. - details

Project 2 Empower Now Enrolling

9/21/2011 SELF is now enrolling clients in Project 2 Empower, an employment and education program, provides individual attention to clients facing a variety of issues. - details

SELF Relocates West Chester Office

9/16/2011 West Chester Office Relocates - details

Making a Difference in Middletown

7/22/2011 SELF brought Group Workcamps into Middletown July 10 through 15 to complete repair work on 60 homes. The results were inspirational. - details