Join us as we celebrate

Community & Client Advocacy Day

at the new

Center for Equal Justice

Friday, October 2, 2009

10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (Lunch @ Noon)

Center for Equal Justice

525 Jefferson Avenue, Toledo

(Across from the new Lucas County Arena; view map)

On October 2, Legal Aid of Western Ohio, Inc. (LAWO) and Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, Inc. (ABLE) are bringing clients together with important community resources.

Legal Aid attorneys and advocates will be available for brief advice and counsel. Local human services and government agencies will be on hand to provide easy access to their services. Assistance with completing paperwork, information on available resources for seniors, and seminars on managing your debt and preventing foreclosure are just a few of the activities available.

Join us under the big tent at the Center for Equal Justice, at the corner of Jefferson and Huron Streets. A FREE lunch will be served to guests from Noon to 1:00 p.m.

The agencies listed below will be providing services at this event:

>> Apprisen Financial Advocates / CCCS

A counselor will be on site for brief assessments, counseling, and scheduling of appointments. A presentation on “How to Get Out and Stay Out of Debt” will be held in the Conference Room inside the Center for Equal Justice.

>> Area Office On Aging of Northwestern Ohio, Inc.

Staff will be onsite to take application information to assist seniors in getting connected with resources. Programs present include: Passport/Medicare Waiver, Kinship Navigator (see below), Senior Nutrition, Caregiver Support, and the RSVP Benefit Bank.

>> Kinship Navigator Program

Area Office On Aging of Northwestern Ohio, Inc.

Program staff will be on site to provide information to grandparents and relatives who are raising children. Will also provide information to people who are not raising kinship children in order to educate them about the program. Included will be education about financial and legal resources along with various community resources that can assist. Free copies of Parenting Smarts, an excellent resource guide for anyone raising children, will be available.

>> Lucas County Auditor

Representatives will be available to help verify the new market / taxable values for 2010 and to ensure that property attributes are correct. Information will also be available on the Homestead Exemption Program and Good Home Maintenance that will not Increase Your Taxes.

>> Lucas County Child Support Enforcement Agency (CSEA)

Get answers to questions involving child support. CSEA Staff will be onsite to provide basic information, opportunities to make address changes, and to provide assistance in initiating or modifying a case.

>> Fair Housing Center

Application and information provided to assist in preventing home foreclosures.

>> Food For Thought

The Food for Thought Mobile Food Pantry will be onsite from Noon to 3:00 p.m. This free food pantry allows people on a first come, first served basis to select the food items that best suits the needs of their family. Please bring photo identification in order to expedite the process. Food is limited to what is available.

>> Maumee Valley Habitat for Humanity

Representatives available to guide qualifying families through the preliminary application process for the interest free Home Ownership program.

>> Neighborhood Health Association

Medical professionals will provide free, onsite lead testing.

>> Neighborhood Properties, Inc.

Applications available to those who don’t have a case manager through a sponsoring mental health agency, in addition to information regarding recovery. The NPI consumer advocacy program and tenant association will be available should existing clients have questions or concerns.

>> Northwest Ohio Development Agency (NODA)

Information and pre-registration for foreclosure protection will be available as well as intakes for housing assistance.

>> United Way Greater Toledo

Pre-registration for the Salvation Army Christmas Gift Program is available.

The following service agencies will be on hand to provide you with more information about the services they offer:

>> AIDS Resource Center

Information and referrals for HIV and other STD prevention and testing.

>> Catholic Charities

>> Lucas County Job and Family Services

>> The Source

This Web site ( is currently under reconstruction. During the Campaign for the Center for Equal Justice and the renovation phase of our new space, this site highlighted campaign news, progress photos and videos, as well as information about our efforts in reaching our campaign goals.

Upon completion of the changes, this site will be a place to learn more about events and activities held at the Center for Equal Justice for clients and community partners alike, in addition to a summary of our campaign story. It will also be a place where you can access community activities in which LAWO and ABLE are participating outside of the Center for Equal Justice.

If you are looking to learn more about our services or to apply for assistance, please visit the primary LAWO and ABLE Web site ( or for more information. Please note that our Web site has been updated and may look different if you have visited us before. We think you’ll find the new site easier to follow, with more information to assist you in your search for information and legal assistance.

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