News and Program Updates

Brandon Thornton: Welcome Aboard!

Brandon Thornton recently joined Omega CDC as a Case Manager. Brandon will carry out Omega CDC’s vision of revitalizing and empowering Northwest Dayton by providing intensive, personalized case management to address and reduce barriers for the most difficult to employ individuals in Montgomery County.

Brandon has worked for a number of years as a Production Supervisor at the Montgomery County Board of Developmental Disabilities Services. In this role, Brandon has developed a skill set directly relevant to the Stable Employment Case Manager position including providing direct services and feedback to program participants, monitoring and implementing service plan goals for participants, and developing long-term strategies.

If you or anyone you know need help to overcome barriers to employment, you can reach Brandon by phone 937-723-8254 or by e-mail bthornton@omegacdc.org

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Omega Senior Lofts- Affordable Housing for Seniors

Omega Senior Lofts, a future 81-unit apartment community at 1810 Harvard Blvd., was recently approved for $1.2 million in housing tax credits by the Ohio Housing Finance Agency, according to OHFA documents.

The apartment community would provide affordable housing to seniors, with a mix of one- and two-bedroom apartment homes with energy-efficient features, full-time on-site management, a fitness center, business center and community room.

The project is being developed by MVAH Partners (formerly known as Miller-Valentine Group’s affordable housing division), and is part of a partnership with Omega Community Development Corporation, a nonprofit established by the Omega Baptist Church to assist individuals and families living in poverty in west Dayton.

Read the full article by Cecilia Salomone (Staff Reporter, Dayton Business Journal) at
https://www.bizjournals.com/dayton/news/2018/06/27/affordable-housing-project-in-dayton-gains-1-2m-in.html
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THANK YOU ROTARY CLUB OF DAYTON

We just received a $3,000 check from the Dayton Rotary Foundation. Because of you we can continue to take our Scholars of H.O.P.E. After School Program kids to 4 Paws for Ability not once but TWICE A MONTH. Our students will have the opportunity to read to the puppies and learn about service dogs and the needs of persons with disabilities. Research studies indicate that participating in a reading to dogs program can increase reading and oral skills, reading at home, reading more difficult books, as well as help with emotional and social skills which include boosting confidence levels, communication skills, sense of accomplishment, and learning kindness and empathy. That’s our goal, to provide the best opportunities for our kids so they can be THE BEST.

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THANK YOU Reading Buddies!

The Omega CDC Scholars of H.O.P.E. After School Program would like to thank our Reading Buddies for volunteering their time, energy, and talent. Your support and encouragement helped our scholars improve their reading skills. We hope to see you all next year! Have a wonderful summer.

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You Did It. Congrats Ready to Work Summer 2018 Program Graduates!

The journey of life brings both challenges and opportunities. You all proved that you have the spirit to snatch the opportunities and beat the challenges. The confidence you gained and numerous things you learned including financial management, completing resumes, and application and hiring process through the program will help you reach the highest of your hopes. The Omega CDC wishes that brighter opportunities come your way and you achieve success in all of them.

 

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After School Program Closing Ceremony
The Omega CDC Scholars of H.O.P.E. (Healthy, Optimistic, Prepared, Educated) After School Program held their First Annual Closing Ceremony on May 18th at the Fairview Elementary. Throughout this first year, our scholars have demonstrated tremendous academic and social growth. We thank our talented staff, partners, volunteers and community members/leaders for their efforts and dedication. The program included harambee, class presentations, enrichment presentations (music, violin, martial arts, and single gender mentor sessions), and an award ceremony to recognize the most improved scholar and scholar of the year.

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Congratulations Graduates
We had our Restorative Justice Program graduation ceremony yesterday (May 17th) at the Dayton Boys Prep. It was a great success. We recognized and celebrated 70 young men along with their mentors and families. Hats off to our program staff Marlon Shackelford, Sean L. Walton Sr., Anthony Roebuck, Miracle Reason and all our community partners and mentors.

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Scholars of Hope Students were Recognized at the Superintendent’s Scholars Recognition Program 

We are PROUD of our Scholars of Hope After School Program students. We are glad that we are accomplishing our program goals such as increasing reading and math skills, improving test scores, improving homework completion and class participation, and exposing students to different modes of learning successfully. Expressing her joy, the Program Manager Rev. Dormetria Thompson, said “I’m proud to say that early dismissals were prevalent and attendance today for Scholars of H.O.P.E. was lower than usual. This is because so many of our scholars in our program were recognized for STRAIGHT A’s or All A’s and B’s for all three quarters this school year!!! KUDOS TO YOU, SCHOLARS. I’m confident these scholars are college bound with academic scholarships and just as importantly, they will grow up with great character traits.”…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

Ready to Work Program Career Fair and Completion Ceremony 

The Omega CDC Ready to Work program celebrated the graduation of 10 participants on April 11th! The Graduation ceremony was held at the Fairview PreK-6 School. The purpose of the Ready to Work program is to prepare individuals with the soft skills necessary to become and remain employed. This includes life skills, work skills and values/ character based skills needed to success.
If you are unemployed or underemployed or know someone who is unemployed or underemployed our 2018 summer session begins on May 8th at 2:30 pm at the Omega CDC. For more information, please call Rev. Sherri Nelson or Rev. Elizabeth Ball at 937-723-8254.

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The Hope Center for Families Project Win State Funds

Ohio Gov. John Kasich signed a two-year capital budget plan on March 30th. The $2.6 billion budget included money for major local projects including the downtown Arcade, Dayton Art Institute, Boonshoft Museum and the new Funk Museum. The Hope Center for Families project is also budgeted to receive $725,000. 

Read the full article at https://www.daytondailynews.com/news/local-govt–politics/art-institute-arcade-funk-museum-boonshoft-projects-win-state-funds/jtLtfmkWAtwhqlyFdGSpIK/

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We Learned Table Manners

Thanks to Michelle Henderson, the founder of Know Your Worth, and Ari Smith, the Scholars of Hope young ladies were able to learn proper table manners in the month of March. To culminate their learning experience, Michelle and Ari prepared a special dining experience for the girls on Friday. This included making personalize place-mats, learning how to set a table, proper posture at the table, etc.

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18th Annual Brother Raymond Fitz Award 2018

Congratulations, Rev. Vanessa Ward!!! This is a recognition that is well deserved for your dedication to the Northwest Dayton Community….

Recipients
Reverend Vanessa Oliver Ward – Omega Baptist Church and
Reverend Sherry Gale – Grace United Methodist Church

This award is presented to someone who exemplifies Brother Ray’s dedication to the cause of nurturing and protecting children and families by his/her day-in and day-out efforts in the Montgomery County community.

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Another Field Trip to 4 Paws for Ability 
On March 7th, our scholars did a great job reading to the puppies preparing to be service dogs!!! They learned what service dogs do, the different breeds at the facility, and the different disabilities that many in our world live with.

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A Session on Oral Hygiene
THANK YOU Michelle Henderson and Ari Smith for educating our young scholars on oral hygiene.

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After School Program Scholars are Learning to Play the Violin

The Omega CDC Scholars of H.O.P.E. After School Program is extremely honored and happy to announce a new enrichment. Our 3rd grade scholars will be learning to play the violin with Mrs. Lois Ramey, Stivers School for the Arts Instrumental Chair! Each of them will learn by using a borrowed instrument. Our goal is to eventually bless them with a violin that they can take home. Our scholars need and deserve quality after school programming!

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Dayton Nonprofit Seeks Funding for $9M Poverty Reduction Center 
by John Bush, Staff Reporter, Dayton Business Journal

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Scholars of H.O.P.E. Holiday Celebration

On December 15th, The Scholars of Hope program scholars celebrated the completion of their very first semester of programming!!! The program brings exciting added learning activities, arts, sports or recreation, and youth development activities for students attending Fairview PreK-6 grade @ Fairview Commons. Enjoy some of the special moments of the first semester of the program.

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Huntington Bank Gift Presentation!

On December 4th, Huntington Bank presented a $5,000 check to the Omega CDC in support of its Ready to Work program. This program equips clients to address barriers which have traditionally impeded their access to secure and maintain living wage jobs. Thank you Huntington Bank for your support!

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Ready to Work Program Participants Met Motivating Employers and Employees

On November 21st, Ready to Work Program participants at Omega CDC and Rosa Park Early Learning Center locations met at the Omega CDC Chapel. The participants met motivating employers and employees who shared their knowledge and experiences, and answered many questions the participants had.

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Click
https://youtu.be/yd6zDNsgiSM
to watch 
A Discussion on Community Economic Development
Black Leadership Program- Organized by Parity Inc.
Thursday, November 9, 2017
Northwest Library

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Thank You

The Harvest of Hope Festival was a great success. We thank all our sponsors, donors, volunteers, and Omega Baptist Church members for your contribution of goods, money, time, and energy.

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AT& T Foundation Presented a $15K Check

AT& T Foundation presented a $15K check to the OCDC on October 2, 2017 in support of “Ready to Work” program. This program focuses on equipping clients to address barriers which have traditionally impeded their access to secure and maintain living wage jobs. The objective is to deepen the impact by increasing the number of potential workers who are job ready with the transferable skills that will enable them to secure living wage employment and achieve economic sustainability.