Brighton Center has been offering many different services for those in need during the Coronavirus pandemic - such as this food pantry with information on how to stay safe.
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Brighton Center, Northern Kentucky's most comprehensive social service agency is committed to providing critical services to those in need during the COVID-19 pandemic, now more than ever.
"Given our mission of creating opportunities for individuals to reach self-sufficiency through family support services, education, employment, and leadership, our goal is to remain operational and provide essential services while following all CDC recommendations and the orders from the Governors of Kentucky and Ohio. Families are counting on us to provide safety net services such as food, rent assistance and connections to employment now more than ever.
As a community, we can come together to bring hope to our neighbors. We are committed to leaning into one another when we need each other the most." said Tammy Weidinger, Brighton Center President and CEO.
The Center has modified services to meet the growing needs of those affected by this pandemic with an increased focus on providing emergency basic necessities of food & hygiene items, connecting customers to unemployment benefits & current job opportunities at essential employers, financial coaching to stabilize families who are experiencing income loss, and ensuring home-bound adults are staying healthy and safe.
"Had I not received this assistance me and my two children could have been homeless. It is such a blessing for people who need it. It is life changing knowing that there is help out there, and Brighton Center has been there for me when I really needed it." said Mariah Miller, Emergency Assistance customer.
Services for those in need:
- Emergency Assistance: Brighton Center's choice food pantry is providing food, personal care items, and diapers. Emergency assistance is also being provided to help with rent and utility payments for those that qualify.
- Employment & Unemployment Assistance: Through the Kentucky Career Centers, Brighton Center's team is connecting individuals with unemployment benefits, navigating new federal guidelines specific to the COVID-19 pandemic, and current employment opportunities at essential employers who are hiring.
- Financial Coaching and Foreclosure Prevention: Brighton Center's certified financial coaches are assisting families in navigating unexpected income loss via conference calls and one-on-one zoom meetings. Help also exists with foreclosure prevention.
- Assistance for Older Adults: Home-bound adults in our senior living communities are receiving services on-site that allow them to safely remain in their homes while also meeting their basic needs.
- Homeward Bound Shelter: As the only shelter in NKY for homeless and runaway youth, we continue to remain open and is serving youth ages 11-17 through emergency shelter and crisis intervention services.
From March 16th through April 3rd, demand for our services has significantly increased:
- 951 families (2,004 individuals) were served with Emergency Assistance. This includes help with: food, diapers, hygiene, rent, mortgage, and utilities. This is three times the number we served this time last year. 97 home-bound adults safely received food and personal care items delivered directly to their homes.
- The Kentucky Career Center staff have fielded over 1,800 calls per week related to unemployment benefits and available services.
- Our Financial Wellness programming continues to meet the financial needs of individuals who have experienced a loss in income.
- 207 senior citizens at Saratoga, Two Rivers, and Austinburg Apartments are safely aging in place.
- 301 families with young children have received curriculum packets to provide instruction to their children while at home.
We want to be responsive to individuals and families who need our essential services or are experiencing economic hardships due to this outbreak. Due to the increased need, we are asking for your support in the following ways:
- Make an immediate financial contribution that can instantly support this work and go to the most critical needs first. A gift of any size will make a huge impact. www.brightoncenter.com/donate
- Visit our Amazon Wish List by Clicking Here.
- Sign up to volunteer to help distribute essential food and personal care items to families here.
"We know people are hurting and we know others want to help. If you need help, call us; if you want to help, please check our website for volunteer and donation opportunities. I'm confident our community will respond, as it always does, with generosity and concern for their neighbors." said Weidinger.
To access more specific information on our services or available resources, please see our website at: https://www.brightoncenter.com/covidresponse
About Brighton Center:
The mission of Brighton Center, Inc. is to create opportunities for individuals and families to reach self-sufficiency through family support services, education, employment, and leadership. We will achieve this mission by creating an environment that rewards excellence and innovation, encourages mutual respect and maximizes resources.
During our last fiscal year, Brighton Center impacted the lives of 44,593 individuals from infants to senior citizens through 41 distinct programs throughout Northern Kentucky and beyond.