Stops in Trumbull County, Noble County, Washington County and Hamilton County Find Programs Lifting Ohioans Out of Poverty
COLUMBUS – This week the Ohio Democratic Party is focusing on solutions to the dire economic situation in many communities across the state with a “Lifting Ohio” tour that has looked at the work of social service agencies, early childhood education programs and behavioral and mental health services.
“As Ohioans look forward to spending time with their loved ones for Thanksgiving, many Ohio families are in need — despite Governor John Kasich’s claims of an ‘Ohio miracle,’” said Ohio Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper. “Nearly 1.8 million Ohioans — including nearly 600,000 Ohio kids — lived in poverty last year. However, there are great programs and people who are helping to lift Ohio families out of poverty and put them on the path to economic security.”
On Monday and Tuesday, Ohio Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper was joined by local elected officials Warren Mayor Doug Franklin and Trumbull County Commissioner Daniel Polivka at Trumbull Community Action, Belmont County Commissioner Ginny Favede at GMN Tri-County CAC in Noble County, and Marietta Mayor Joe Matthews at Washington-Morgan Community Action. The tour concluded in Hamilton County on Wednesday with a tour of the Theodore M. Berry Children and Family Learning Center and a Thanksgiving meal at Greater Cincinnati Behavioral Health Services.
“In Warren, we learned about preschoolers getting a taste of STEM learning through a local Head Start program,” said Pepper. “In Noble County, we learned about a great agency that employs nearly 400 workers and does everything from weatherization, to expanding broadband access to helping kids become the first in their family to go to college. We heard from veterans who are getting back on their feet and getting a college education because of amazing staffers and a critical program in Washington County. And here in Hamilton County, we transformed a formerly blighted property into a high-quality early childhood education center for Cincinnati kids and their families. These programs truly offer a hand up, not a handout, and they do it with smart investments in people and families. We must keep investing in the people of this state, if we want real prosperity for all.”