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Warren County is now home to Ohio's newest community action agency

Woman helps girl wearing a back brace. They are on a playground.
Warren County Community Services, Inc.
Annually, Warren County Community Services serves around 400 youngsters through Head Start and early learning.

Community action agencies work to improve the quality of life of low-income people by connecting them with resources such as food assistance, job training, and education programs. They also can provide a range of support for seniors.

Warren County Community Services, Inc. is now recognized as Ohio’s 48th community action agency. CEO Dawana Fogarty said this recognition is an important moment.

"We now can directly apply to grants offered by the state and the federal government to bring more resources into the community," Fogarty said.

She said over the next two years, her group will get almost $550,000 from a community services block grant. It will go to programs like their newest endeavor–teaching people how to make nutritious meals.

"We will be partnering with local cooks and chefs and hold cooking classes with our Head Start parents and their children," Fogarty said. "It's to help them stretch their food dollar with high quality foods so they can make meals that are healthy." 

Warren County Community Services manages four locations. Annually, the nonprofit serves around 400 youngsters through Head Start and early learning. It employs about 180 people.

Emily Cervantes is raising her four young children alone. After her divorce, she says WCCS provided a safe place for her two youngest and support from a family advocate.

"The advocates really helped me. Just kind of figuring out how to get childcare for my kids because I didn't need child care before. And now all of a sudden, I did," Cervantes recalled. "They just made me feel like I had more people in my corner at a time when I needed that. Knowing my kids are at a safe place and I can trust these people." 

Kathryn Mobley is an award-winning broadcast journalist, crafting stories for more than 30 years. She’s reported and produced for TV, NPR affiliate and for the web. Mobley also contributes to several area community groups. She sings tenor with World House Choir (Yellow Springs), she’s a board member of the Beavercreek Community Theatre and volunteers with two community television operations, DATV (Dayton) and MVCC (Centerville).

Email: kmobley@wyso.org
Cell phone: (937) 952-9924