|WSOS receives Best Practice awards|
|Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff|
|Thursday, 06 February 2014 10:01|
The Ohio VETS program and the Juvenile Re-entry project of the After School Program, both operated by WSOS Community Action Commission have each received a Best Practice award.
Representatives from both programs that included staff, participants and partners as well as other WSOS staff attended the recent awards luncheon in Columbus.
This award is presented annually by The John Glenn School of Public Affairs at The Ohio State University and the Ohio Association of Community Action Agencies. The honors were two of seven Best Practice awards presented this year to Ohio's community action agencies. In the past, up to 15 awards have been presented to Community Action programs around the state.
"I learned so much," said Josh Perez, a participant in the Juvenile Re-entry Initiative that was a part of the WSOS After School program. "I won't be here if it weren't for this program," Lopez said.
"This program allowed me to fulfill my dream of becoming a marine mechanic." Ben Knausse, a veteran from Tiffin, said.
"This award reinforces the strength of the partnerships that WSOS has built in an effort to provide much needed services in our communities," said WSOS President/CEO Ruthann House. "We are honored by this recognition and will continue to do our best on behalf of those we are here to serve."
The Best Practices award recognizes and honors proven innovative and effective programs, projects, processes, procedures or strategies that member community action agencies have participated in to serve its communities.
While funding for the Ohio VETS program ended, the successful operation of that program assisted WSOS in securing other funding that provides assistance to veterans and their families who live in Lucas County.
The Juvenile Re-entry initiative is part of a larger program that WSOS collaborated with the Sandusky County Juvenile Court to help secure funding to assist those youth already in the court system or at risk of becoming involved to develop skills to keep them out of the court system.
Since the award has been established, WSOS programs have earned 11 Best Practice awards from this group while another two programs have earned honorable mention awards.
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