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Local Youth Program Creator Hired to Head New CAP Curriculum

Local Youth Program Creator Hired to Head New CAP Program
March 22, 2017

Community Action Partnership of the Greater Dayton Area has hired LaVar Glover as the new director of Self-Sufficiency. He will be heading a new program called “Getting Ahead in a Just Gettin’ by World” which builds upon the “Bridges Out of Poverty” framework developed by Ruby K. Payne PhD. This program helps individuals and families living in poverty to find resources to improve their lives and move toward self-sufficiency. One of the unique features of this program is that it is facilitated by graduates of the program. Glover created a similar program in 2009.
His love for the Dayton community and helping others pushed him to create The Glover Youth Program, which is a non-profit built to provide youth in foster care and/or Juvenile Courts in Ohio with residential placement, mentoring, life skills development, and therapeutic treatment services. Glover believes that “The Glover Youth Program will live on forever as a symbol of hope, teamwork, community, and love.”
A Dayton native, Glover attended Jefferson Township Schools and spent most of his childhood involved in sports and activities in the Miami Valley area. Many days were spent at the First Dayton Little League Baseball Park, Wesley Center, The Boys and Girls Club, YMCA, and Madden Golf Course.
Glover played varsity football at the University of Cincinnati graduated with a degree in Criminal Justice. Drafted into the National Football League by the Pittsburg Steelers, and later signed by the Cincinnati Bengals and the Detroit Lions. After three years with the NFL, he played in the Arena and Canadian Football Leagues
for the next seven.
Glover was the head coach of the Dayton Sharks of the Pro Indoor Football League, and recently coached football, basketball and track at Fairmont High School, while also working and coaching at Kettering Middle School.
The first classes will begin in the end of April at Mt. Enon Church on W. Third Street. More information will be
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For more information on “Getting Ahead in a Just Gettin’ by World” self-sufficiency training, please contact
LaVar Glover at Community Action Partnership of the Greater Dayton Area, 937-341-5000 x143 or

Fazoli’s and Feed the Children Join Forces to Feed Families


Fazoli’s and Feed the Children Join Forces to Feed Families
400 Dayton Families to Receive Essentials for Everyday Life
March 23, 2017

DAYTON, Ohio (March 23, 2017) – Fazoli’s joins Community Action Partnership and Feed the Children to provide Dayton community families with resources Tuesday, March 28, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. This drive-through event at the Welcome Stadium, located on the University of Dayton campus (1601 S. Edwin C. Moses Blvd.), will help 400 families receive much-needed food and everyday essentials.
At this event, Fazoli’s CEO Carl T. Howard will be giving opening remarks welcoming all families and volunteers. Pre-identified families will each receive a 25-pound food box; a 10-pound box of essentials that includes personal-care items such as bathroom tissue, shampoo and conditioner; and a box of assorted Avon products.
“This marks our third event in the Dayton Community. We’re honored to work alongside Feed the Children and Community Action Partnership to help them to defeat hunger,” said Carl Howard. “Feed the Children is an organization I hold close to my heart, and I’m proud to partner with them to make lives easier for the families of Dayton. It’s truly rewarding to be able to help families in need—especially right here in my hometown.”
This is one of many events Feed the Children has planned across the country to help defeat hunger. In Dayton, nearly 36 percent of families live below the poverty line. With the help of community partners and volunteers, we can help feed the bodies, minds and futures of those in need.
“Feed the Children is proud to partner with Fazoli’s and Community Action Partnership today,” said Travis Arnold, Feed the Children Interim CEO/President and COO. “We know that when we combine our efforts, we will have a greater impact on the lives of families who need us most—right here in America.”

About Feed the Children
Established in 1979, Feed the Children exists to defeat hunger. It is one of the largest U.S.-based charities and serves those in need in the U.S. and in 10 countries around the world. It provides food, education, essentials and disaster response. It operates five distribution centers located in Oklahoma, Indiana, California, Tennessee and Pennsylvania.
In fiscal year 2016, through its domestic and international programs, Feed the Children distributed 105 million pounds of food and essentials worldwide with a total value of $415 million, working with partner agencies to benefit 5.9 million people globally. It is accredited by GuideStar Exchange, the BBB Wise Giving Alliance and is rated by Charity Navigator.
Visit for more information.

About Fazoli’s
With nearly 220 restaurants, Fazoli’s is America’s largest Italian fast-casual chain, serving freshly prepared entrees, Submarinos® sandwiches, salads and pizza. One of the New York Post’s five breakout fast-casual restaurants and a Fast Brand of the Year, Fazoli’s franchisees are experiencing record sales growth. Visit for details on development opportunities.

Emergency home repair help for low-income Kettering homeowners

Emergency home repair help for low-income Kettering homeowners
December 22, 2016

Kettering homeowners who are struggling to keep their homes safe, secure warm and habitable can now apply for free assistance if they meet guidelines based on income and number of residents.

The emergency home repair program, a joint venture between the Community Action Partnership of the Greater Dayton Area and the City of Kettering, was created to help people on fixed incomes or those who may be experiencing financial setbacks stay in their homes.

“Priority will be given to emergency conditions that present an imminent danger to the health and safety of the homes residents,” said Barry Strahorn, Assistant Director of Weatherization for CAP Dayton. “Emergencies like lack of running water, heating or cooling system failures; hazardous electrical systems, sewer line issues, or structural damage to roofs or ceilings are things we can step in and solve pretty quick.”

The program is for insured single-family homeowners who are either current on property taxes or have a payment plan. The assistance is free for those who have been in the home for at least a year and stay in the home for at least an additional year with a few other conditions. The income guidelines are based on making less than 80% of the median income for the county. For example, a family of four can’t make more than $47,600 to be eligible.

The program also allows people who meet the income guidelines to ask for help with preventive inspection and maintenance for things like; inspection of furnace, water heater, water pump or well, septic tank cleaning, installation of smoke alarms, minor plumbing or electrical repairs. Fixing floors, stairs or walks, which can be critical for seniors who may have mobility issues, is also possible. Weatherization assistance is also available to make homes more energy efficient, as well as replacement of screens, repairing broken windows or fixing doors.

To find out if you are eligible or to start the process, please contact Barry Strahorn at or (937) 341-5000, option 2.

Community Action Partnership offers business training course

Community Action Partnership offers business training course
December 21, 2016

CONTACT:LaSandra Wright    (937) 341-5000 ext. 125
Do your New Year’s Resolutions include starting a new business? Do you know all that goes into starting a new venture? Where can you get the information you need?
These and other questions should be answered by anyone who is thinking about starting a business. Persons who may have a good idea but need help getting started should enroll in Community Action Partnership’s Micro-Enterprise Business Development and Training Program.

The class helps persons interested in starting and maintaining their own business take the first step by learning to write a business plan. Through the program, participants learn valuable tips from experienced accountants, bankers, attorneys and other professionals.

“The program has been developed to provide an opportunity for Montgomery County residents to realize their dream of starting their own business,” says LaSandra Wright, Director of Micro-Enterprise and Computer Literacy for the Community Action Partnership of the Greater Dayton Area. “The goals of the Micro-Enterprise Business Development Program are to provide motivated and committed individuals the opportunity to receive business training and ongoing technical assistance.”

Course topics include the legal forms of business ownership; setting up and managing business reporting systems; understanding financial statements; insuring your business; marketing your business and more.

Grace Malone, owner of the Ms. Grace Hair and Spa Salon on Salem Ave., is a past student of the program. She is grateful for a program that helps sometimes-uncertain entrepreneurs.

“There’s help out there,” Malone says. “You don’t have to do it alone. I’m glad there are agencies and programs that can help you along the way.”

The next ten-week Micro-Enterprise class session begins Thursday, Jan. 5, and continues through Thursday, March 9. Classes meet on Thursday evenings from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Community Action Partnership office, 719 S. Main St. in Dayton.

Enrollment for the Micro-Enterprise Business Development and Training Program is limited and pre-registration is required.

Visit to see the registration packet.

Register for the January class by Wednesday, Jan. 4. For more information or to pre-register, contact or call (937) 341-5000, ext. 125.

New director for Anti-poverty agency in Preble County

Keelie Gustin headshotNews Release: for immediate release
December 21, 2016
New director for Anti-poverty agency in Preble County

Keelie Gustin has been named the new director of the Community Action Partnership Preble County. The organization provides assistance to low-income residents including utility bill reduction, programs to prevent homelessness and to help people rise out of poverty.

Gustin, a Tipp City native, attended the University of Dayton for both her undergraduate degree in sociology, which she graduated Magna Cum Laude, and her Juris Doctor where she focused on civil liberties. As the first in her family to graduate from college, she has a passion for helping people set and reach their goals. The service learning focus at the University of Dayton introduced her to the critical role that non-profit organizations fill in our community.

“Community Action Partnership brings life and energy to the community with their unique way of connecting committed volunteers and staff with those in need” said Gustin, who looked at many different ways to use her law degree to make a difference in service to others. “CAP is here to help people, and we have an absolute passion to make a difference in peoples lives.”

Her immediate goals for the Preble County office are to connect with all the other social services working in the county to coordinate efforts, and to expand the home weatherization and transportation programs. “I’m a born networker, and love to get myself engaged in the community. I’d love to be invited to any organizations meetings to share our story, or to explore ways to work together to combat poverty in Preble County. My number is (937) 456-2800 or you can email to set up a meeting.”

CAP Preble is one office of a network of the national non-profit organization created by the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 to help low-income Americans escape poverty and achieve economic security.

Providing Thanksgiving dinners to families in need


Providing Thanksgiving dinners to families in need

WHO: Community Action Partnership of the Greater Dayton Area, Union Savings Bank, volunteers and local individuals and families.

WHAT: Two events: A distribution of approximately 200 Thanksgiving dinners to families in Montgomery County, and the 21st Preble County Community Thanksgiving Day Dinner.

WHEN: Thursday, Nov. 24.
Montgomery County: 9:30 to 11 a.m.
Preble County: 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Montgomery County
: The Community Action Partnership office, 719 S. Main St., Dayton.
Preble County: Bruner Arena, Preble County Fairgrounds, 722 S Franklin St, Eaton.

WHY: In Montgomery County, Community Action Partnership and Union Savings Bank are partnering to distribute Bob Evans Thanksgiving meals to families in need as designated by the agency and its partners. Employees and their families from the agency and the bank are volunteering to distribute and in some cases deliver meals to families.

In Preble County, Community Action Partnership, the Preble County Pork Festival Committee and local volunteers combine to prepare, serve, transport and in some cases deliver meals to local families. Last year, approximately 650 meals were served at the event or delivered to families.

Local artists give Community Action Partnership building a new look

If you have visited or driven by the Community Action Partnership office on S. Main St. in Dayton recently, you may have noticed a bright, modern, mural design covering what was once the building’s plain exterior. The mural is called “Apertures,” and it is the result of work by artists from Mural Makers at the K12 Gallery and TEJAS, along with financial support from a Greenlight Grant from The Dayton Foundation.
Greenlight Grants are small, quick grants awarded to local, nonprofit organizations in need of funding for special projects, program expansions, capital improvements or capacity building. Community Action Partnership felt the need to do its part to improve an area near downtown Dayton that has seen major construction and expansion from Goodwill, Miami Valley Hospital and others.
The agency contacted Executive Director and Founder Jerri Stanard at the K12 Gallery, TEJAS and Mural Makers.
“They called us to see if we had any ideas for the building, and of course we said ‘yes,’” said Stanard.
Designed by Matt Sauer, the title “Apertures” loosely reflects how much light a camera lens can take in to develop a photograph. Along with Stanard, artists on the project included Lead Artist Tracy Jayne, BK Elias, Maiya Thorton-Hodge, Brad Lee, Kelly Sexton, Rebecca Sargent and Jackson Stanard. The project took about two months to complete.
“It looks amazing from the street,” Stanard says, adding that the design makes the Community Action Partnership very noticeable form the street. “It’s amazing how a little creativity and a lot of creative love can really transform an area.”

Community Action Partnership to provide Winter Crisis Program starting Nov. 1

Community Action Partnership of the Greater Dayton Area and the Ohio Development Services Agency will help eligible Ohioans stay warm during the upcoming cold winter months. The Home Energy Assistance Winter Crisis Program provides eligible Ohioans heating assistance if they are disconnected from their heating source, threatened with disconnection or if they have less than 25 percent supply of bulk fuel. The program runs from Tuesday, Nov. 1, through Friday, March 31, 2017.
Since 2011, the Winter Crisis Program has helped more than 20,000 households in Montgomery County. To qualify for the Winter Crisis Program, a household must be threatened with disconnection, have been disconnected or have less than a 25 percent supply of bulk fuel. The household must also have a gross income at or below 175 percent of the federal poverty level. For a family of four, this is an annual income of $42,525.
Montgomery County residents interested in receiving Winter Crisis assistance may be seen at the Community Action Partnership office, 719 S. Main St. in Dayton.
For Darke County:1469 Sweitzer St. in Greenville
For Preble County:308 Eaton Lewisburg Rd. in Eaton
For Greene County:469 Dayton Ave. in Xenia
Customers must bring the following items to their appointment:
• proof of income (copies of pay stubs)
• copies of their most recent energy bills
• photo ID
• list of all household members with Social Security numbers and birth dates
• proof of U.S. citizenship/legal residency for all household members
Documents that are accepted to prove citizenship/legal residency include: a Social Security Card, birth certificate, U.S. Passport, naturalization paper/certification of citizenship, permanent VISA, and INS ID Card.
Montgomery County residents may schedule an appointment by calling 1-866-504-7379. Calling for appointments begins at 4 p.m., with appointments being made for the next 14 days. Several attempts may be required to make an appointment due to the high volume of calls.
Customers who have been disconnected, are threatened with disconnection, or need to transfer services may call beginning at 6 a.m. for a same day appointment beginning at 1 p.m. Due to the high volume of calls, several attempts may be required to make an appointment.
For more information about the Winter Crisis Program, call the toll-free hotline at (800) 282-0880, Monday through Friday (hearing impaired customers may dial (800) 686-1557 for assistance) or visit
For more information about energy assistance programs and a list of energy assistance providers, call (800) 282-0880 or visit

Community Action Partnership to celebrate Weatherization Day- Media Advisory

WHO: Community Action Partnership’s Home Weatherization Assistance Program (HWAP) partners, customers, staff, supporters and friends.
WHAT: Weatherization Day in  Montgomery, Preble, and Miami Counties. The events seek to increase awareness of the benefits of home weatherization.
WHEN: Montgomery County: Thursday, Oct. 27 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Preble County: Tuesday, Oct. 25 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Miami County: Wednesday, Oct. 19, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
WHERE: Montgomery County: at the agency’s parking lot at South Patterson Blvd. and South Main St. in Dayton, next to the agency’s offices at 719 S Main Street. Preble County: The Community Action Partnership office, 308 Eaton Lewisburg Rd. in Eaton. Miami County: Troy Community Park, 200 Adams St., across from the Hobart Arena in Troy.
WHY: Community Action Partnership of the Greater Dayton Area has weatherized more than 13,000 homes in the Miami Valley since 1976. The agency provides these free services to eligible Preble County residents. Properly weatherizing a home helps save homeowners up to 28 percent on their energy bills.
The Home Weatherization Assistance Program (HWAP) is a free energy efficiency program designed to help income-eligible families decrease costs and make their homes safer and more energy efficient.
The public is invited to see demonstrations of the home weatherization process and equipment. Staff will provide information on the program. Visitors will also be able to apply for the program at the event. Local social service providers will have information tables. Prizes and light refreshments will also be available.
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact John Bennett at, (937) 341-5000 ext. 128 or (937) 344-6737.