Grace Lutheran of Eaton

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Community Services Newsletter


October 2016



HIT Foundation

1751 North Barron St.  (Eaton)




Homeless Services –

We are currently serving the homeless, if you are homeless or know someone who needs our help, please call the HIT Foundation office at 937-472-0500 ext. 402 or after hours call:  937-472-0500 ext. 423



We are in most need of items to fill the following kits:

      Welcome Home Baskets                                                Non-perishable Food Kits

     (for homeless clients entering housing)                                  (used when shelter over crowded or for transients/out of county)

Cleaning Supplies                                                            **Non-perishable foods do not require a can opener, such as:

    • Broom/Dust Pan                                                               -           Peanut Butter and Jelly
    • Mop/Bucket                                                                    -           Pop Top Meals or Soups
    • Paper Towels                                                                  -           Crackers
    • Toilet Cleaner                                                                 -           Fruit Cups
    • Toilet Brush                                                                      -           Instant Oatmeal
  • Toilet Paper                                                                                    -           Pop-Tarts
  • Bath Towels-Wash Clothes                                                          -           Granola Bars
  • Shower Curtain-Shower Hooks                                                   -           Cereal
  • Clothes Basket-Laundry Soap-Dryer Sheets                          -           EZ Mac
  • Sheet Sets (Full/Queen)-Blankets–Pillows                               -           Pudding Cups




In preparation for the upcoming cold shelter, the HIT Foundation is participating in Marsh Cares on 10-6 through 10-8.  Anyone that shops at Marsh next Thursday, Friday, or Saturday and presents the attached flyer, will have a portion of their purchase amount donated to the Cold Shelter.  You have to buy groceries anyway, so this is a win/win situation!!  You can take a picture of the flyer, or download it to your phone if that is easier.  Please pass this on to your listservs, coworkers, or congregations!








Income Based Housing – 

HIT Foundation owns homes and rents these units to families based on their income.  There is currently a two year waiting list.





Senior Home Repair Program –  SENIORS NEED YOUR HELP! 

The Senior Home Repair Program is designed to address a great need in Preble County.  Many seniors living in their homes are not able, physically and/or financially, to make needed repairs in their living environment to keep them safe and comfortable. There has been a large volume of need from seniors throughout Preble County requesting assistance for major roof leaks, to small plumbing jobs, ramps and furnace repairs.  Individuals, churches, businesses and organizations are encouraged to donate materials, time, and funds to complete these projects.  You will be investing in the safety and peace of mind of seniors in your own community.  All donations will go toward improving environments to keep senior citizens safe in their own homes. For more information about this program, and how you can help, please call Ginger Roth, Senior Home Repair Program Manager, at the HIT Foundation, 937-472-0500 x408 or


Eagle’s Point – 

Applications are now being accepted!  They are by appointment only with Miller Valentine Property Management.  To make an appointment call 456-1295.

Residences at Eagles Point (Old Eaton High School Development)

Check out our website for updates and photos!!

Upon completion the Development will include:

  • 40 affordable 1, 2 and three bedroom housing units.
  • 2 market rate 1 and 2 bedroom housing units.
  • Gymnasium (open to the public).
  • Restaurant (open to the public).
  • Movie/Live Theatre (open to the public).
  • Sinclair Community College Manufacturing Technologies Lab.


The grand opening will occur in approximately December 2016.  Sinclair Community College will continue to conduct classes during construction.  




Make your shopping count!!  You can help the HIT Foundation Senior Home Repair Program simply by using your Kroger Plus Card!!  Simply follow the steps below to register your Kroger Plus Card and then use your card when you shop at Kroger.  If you have questions please contact Laura Skiles, Office Coordinator, at the HIT Foundation 937-472-0500 x401 or








Statewide Crisis Text Line

 Ohio is making it easier for individuals who are experiencing a stressful situation to find immediate help, 24/7 with the launch of a free, confidential, statewide Crisis Text Line. Starting today, any Ohio resident who needs help coping with a crisis can now text the keyword “4hope” to 741741 to be connected to a crisis counselor. Trained crisis counselors are on stand-by to provide a personal response and information on a range of issues, including: suicidal thoughts, bullying, depression, self-harm, and more. The specialist helps the user stay safe and healthy with effective, secure support. The keyword “4hope” was developed by the Stark County Mental Health and Addiction Recovery (StarkMHAR) board, which piloted a crisis text line for youth and young adults as part of the Strong Families, Safe Communities funding initiative supported by OhioMHAS and the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities.



Preble County Success Program

After a month of operation, Preble County Success Program has continued to grow and reach out to families in every community within the county. We continue to enroll more families, have been connecting more families to community resources, and have been providing basic needs to children in every school district. The Success Program was created with the goal to remove non-cognitive barriers to learning (i.e. lack of food, shelter, medical care, personal hygiene etc.) so that children would be better able to achieve in their educational setting. The mission of the Success Program is to remove these barriers to promote school success, as it is recognized that education is the key to success for many children and a way for them to escape poverty. Another goal of the program is to assist parents with navigating and accessing resources, both resources to meet basic needs and resources to promote self-sufficiency (education, employment, etc.). The core strategy of the program is placing liaisons in the school districts to help build relationships with low-income families, connecting them with community partners, and encouraging parents to become more invested in their children’s education. 

The Success Program has been assisting low-income families in Butler County, Ohio for twelve years through the Butler County Educational Service Center and began a partnership with National Trail School District in Preble County, Ohio during the 2015-2016 school year. This school year, the Success Program has liaisons serving children and families in all five school districts in Preble County: Leslie Bassler at Eaton, Allie Shafter at Twin Valley South, Bethany Petry at Tri County North, Christine Wilson at Preble Shawnee, and Heather Ludy at National Trail. This Success Team would like to thank the Healthier Buckeye Council and all of the local partners who made it possible for the Success Program to come to Preble County. The Success Program is currently funded by a one year grant through the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

If you would like more information or would like to make a donation to the program, please contact Molly Gardner, Program Specialist at or 937-336-3967.




Community Action Partnership (CAP)     

308 Eaton-Lewisburg Rd.  (Eaton)



Section 8 Voucher Is a HUD based voucher program that can be used to help subsidize rent for low income families. 


PIPP PlusThis is a percentage of income program where low-income people can get their DPL, Vectren, or Duke bill based on their income.


HCRP – (Documented) Homeless Rehousing. If a person is homeless this program may be able to help with first month’s rent and deposit. They have to apply at CAP.  Verification of homelessness is required. Call for more information.


Food Pantry – Emergency and by appointment only.


Commodities ProgramThis is a food program for low income seniors. Seniors can complete an application at CAP


Once Around Shop   

113 S. Cherry St.  (Eaton)



Shopping Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday    9:30 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.

Food PantryFor Eaton Community School Residents 

Hours: Monday - 1:30 – 4:00   Wednesday – 9:30 –12:30   Friday – 1:30 – 4:00

Clothing Bank & Financial Assistance By Appointment ONLY




Preble County Council On Aging

October, 2016

Holly Steele, Marketing Manager
Preble County Council on Aging, 800 East St. Clair Street, Eaton, Ohio 45320
(937) 456-4947 or 1-800-238-5146 – Fax (937) 456-6565
Website: – Email:

Pop on over to the Preble County Council on Aging (PCCOA) and see what changes we have made.  If you have visited us in the past couple of months you may have noticed our ongoing facility improvements. Nothing has been done to our facility since the building was built in 2001, that’s fifteen years with no capital improvements.  Needless to say, it’s time for change. As our painting project is coming to an end, we would like to thank all the volunteers from Silfex, Henny Penny, and Timken who came out to provide community service.  We also want to thank our fearless lone ranger volunteer, Valerie Howard who has done an amazing job painting offices, bathrooms and more walls than we you can imagine. 

We are in the process of getting new carpet, this too is very exciting for us. If you plan to visit us this month, in addition to our daily activities we are making Popcorn Balls at 2:00 on Wednesday October 5th, Fun Friday is happening October 7th, the History of Popcorn will be shared at 10:00am on Friday October 14th, and on Wednesday October 26th we will be having different Popcorn Flavors for you to try.  Did I mention it’s National Popcorn Month. 

In our ongoing efforts of supporting Preble County Seniors, we do our best to provide services that are best suited to our community, all the while making the best use of tax payer’s dollars. Tax levy money provides approximately 57% of our income. We are asking for a renewal this year for our Tax Levy, Issue #25.  With this renewal, there will be no increase in taxes.  The rest of our income is largely made up of grant dollars, contracts, contributions and donation. It would be silly of us not to say ‘yes’ to grant money presenting itself at this time.  We have been fortunate to receive an Equipment Grant which has provided us the opportunity to get two freezers and two refrigerators paying 15% of cost, which is a great deal.  In 2015 Decade’s Diner served just under 7,000 meals and 8,689 congregate meals.  Having proper freezer and refrigeration is important and necessary to ensure our quality food service. 

Along the lines of change we have upgraded our bi-monthly newsletter and we have gotten great feedback, thank you. If you haven’t seen our fully colored, more informative, newsletter stop in the PCCOA and pick one up.  The decision to outsource our printing and advertising has saved us $5,400.00 per year.  The business we are working with is located in Cleveland, Ohio, and we are pleased with their support through this transition. All the writing and editing continues to happen in house, and we have access to a full team of technical and design support as needed. This has been a great business decision for us and an upgrade for our members. 

I hope an elaboration on these internal affairs helps to convey the excitement we are experiencing. It has taken time, energy and money to get to this point of growth and we are pleased with the rewards we are reaping.  For all of you that have experienced our services of Homemaking, Transportation, Meals on Wheels, etc. we thank you for being a part of this journey with us. If you have yet to step foot in our facility, by golly now’s the time!  We’re looking good now and we have a lot to offer!  We are open Mondays through Fridays 8:00 am to 4:00pm and Decade’s Diner is open for lunch Mondays through Fridays 11:00-1:00pm.  

Like our Facebook Page at or give us a call at 937-456-4947.  Visit our website at Membership at the Senior Center is $10 a year. In addition to other benefits, members automatically receive our bi-monthly “Senior Scene” newsletter that is now in color and features all our latest news and activities.



Preble County Job and Family Services    

1500 Park Ave (Eaton)


Income Maintenance Determines eligibility for Cash, Food, and Medical Programs.

Work ActivitiesHelps customers become self-sufficient by developing a plan for work experience, schooling or employment.  Customers receiving cash and food assistance are required to complete these activities to receive their assistance.

Social Services  -  Helps customers with emergency assistance, transportation to medical appointments and determines eligibility for daycare services/providers.

Child Support – Establishes paternity, establishes and enforces child support and medical support orders, locates obligors in an attempt to enforce or establish child support and modifies existing orders.

Children Services – Investigates and protects children and senior adults from incidences of abuse or neglect.  Can provide some supportive services to keep the children in the home.

Salvation Army Funds   -   Funds limited to emergency needs of our community, which cannot be provided through other resources in the community.  Must complete a Community Assistance Program Application available at our front desk.  Service Priorities Include:  One time gas card, Medications, Work related clothing, Car Repairs, Furniture/Appliances, and Other services by approval of program supervisor.