Two JFS Employees Honored for Their Work

I am happy to announce two JFS employees have been named Hamilton County Employees of the Year! They are perfect representatives of all the great workers we have here at JFS.

One is extremely close to me in that she serves as my administrative assistant. She won in the Administrative/Clerical Support category. Kim is highly professional, extremely patient and forward-thinking every day in her role. She maintains a good working relationship with both staff and staff under the Board of County Commissioners. They often comment on how much they value her assistance.

I can always count on her to be one step ahead. If I mention an idea in a meeting, she takes steps to implement it.  She has also volunteered several times to take on extra work, including answering calls for our Call Center when wait times are high or processing faxes to help eliminate a fax backlog.

The second winner is Brian Frondorf, our Information Services leader. He was chosen in the Leadership Category.

Brian keeps a “Way-to-Go” board which recognizes members of his staff for good work.  He also has many team building activities in his group. And he won’t ask his people to do anything he won’t do.

One example of his leadership? He sent an email to his staff asking for volunteers to work the weekend shift and more than 85 percent of his staff volunteered. That is a perfect example of the respect his team has for him.

I am extremely proud of these two and all of the JFS employees who are dedicated to their job and work hard every day to ensure the residents of this county receive the assistance they need.


Wear Blue to Work is Success

Weare Blue to Work Day was a smashing success! We had people from all walks of life participate, with many sharing their photos. The real key to the day was that child abuse was top of mind and top of conversation.

Here’s a picture of many of our staff decked out in blue!


Wear Blue to Work Day Unites County Residents Against Child Abuse

I hope everyone in our community will join me tomorrow in wearing blue to work to help spread awareness about child abuse in our community. So far, we have thousands of county residents who have signed on to the campaign.

Wear Blue to Work on April 11 is something going on in most Ohio counties. We are happy to be a part of it because it is something simple that everyone can do and it sends a strong message: we are united against child abuse. 

Our agency works with 16,000 abused and neglected children every year. We also see more than 2,000 new children come into our system each year. This is a serious problem!

Here’s a link to a press release about our event. Please visit our Facebook page and join us!



The Greater Cincinnati Foundation Grant Helps JFS

I am extremely excited and grateful The Greater Cincinnati Foundation has chosen to help our organization improve service to Hamilton County residents.

The Foundation has issued a $27,000 grant to pay for a self-serve kiosk in our front lobby. Those seeking food assistance or other public aid will now have the option of using the kiosk over waiting in line to record required documentation and receive receipts for their transactions. The kiosk will work in conjunction with the agency’s new document-imaging system to speed service time for consumers.

We are very fortunate in this community to have a Foundation dedicated to creating lasting good work in this community. Kathryn Merchant and her staff really care about Hamilton County and making this a better place to live. Their support means a lot to me and this agency.

People who come to us for help are often at the end of their rope and need help as soon as possible. This will help us provide it sooner.