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Resources to Help During COVID-19 Emergency

By March 23, 2020 4 Comments

Based on the latest health recommendations, we have temporarily closed our downtown office and shifted our resources to remote coaching and assistance. We are not able to accept new Members at this time. Current Members are encouraged to contact their coach or staffing specialist by phone, text or email.

As always, we are coordinating with our partners across all sectors to ensure our you have access to the services you need to find and keep a job. See below for an update on some of those partners and resources:

Utilities:

  • Duke Energy – will not disconnect
  • Spectrum Cable – free internet for low-income families with students in grades K – 12
  • Greater Cincinnati Water Works – will not disconnect
  • Cox Communications – discounted computers; first month of internet free

Social Services:

  • Freestore Foodbank – distributing pre-packed boxes for families in need from 9 AM – 3 PM
  • St. Vincent de Paul – Food pantry is offering pre-packed food boxes
  • Hamilton County Job & Family Services – recommend all business be done online or over the phone; strongly advise not to visit JFS office
  • Dress for Success Cincinnati – programs suspended; remote coaching available, contact Dubonna at ddawkins@dfscincy.org
  • Hamilton County Community Action Agency – Headstart closed at least through April 3; mobile pantry will be held as scheduled; still accepting online applications
  • expensify.org – offering up to $50 for SNAP participants, one time only
  • Chamber of Commerce – website includes list of restaurants offering free or reduced-price meals

Childcare:

  • Waverly Hope Childcare – will accept all children of firefighters, police and healthcare workers, regardless of income
  • Hamilton County Job & Family Services – still accepting applications online for pandemic workers; will not have to pay fees for missed days
  • YWCA – most centers open for business, can speak with site supervisor to discuss payment arrangements

Education:

  • Cincinnati Public Schools – all schools closed until at least April 6; school-work packets can be printed for free at local Staples stores; breakfast and lunch available, visit cps-k12.org for more information
  • Public Library – all branches closed; curbside lunch available for K – 12 students; no fines for late materials

Transportation:

Healthcare:

  • Talbert House – outpatient services still available, no appointment necessary
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – text “talk” to 741741 or call 1-800-273-TALK

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