CAO has a permanent payroll of 143 full-time, 52 part-time employees and 369 youth program employees with an annual gross payroll of approximately $ 5,195,652. The vast majority of that income was spent locally, supporting our business community and keeping jobs throughout our community. CAO also purchased close to 2 million dollars of goods and services from our local vendors. Our policy has always been and will remain to spend locally whenever possible.
CAO of Scioto County has established offices and centers throughout the Portsmouth area and Scioto County. During the 2015-16 program year these centers provided service to approximately 15,000 Scioto County residents through a variety of programs designed to assist our low-income population. Over the years our customers and their needs have continued to change as many of them experience continued issues with poverty in spite of having one or more members of the household working, yet are still eligible for many of our services.
CAO Center for Dental Wellness
Now in its’ 17th year of existence, the Dental Center provided a myriad of dental services for over 3,500 customers during the 2015-16 program year. Our professional staff, including our Clinic Director, provides emergency dental service, including x-rays, fillings, extractions, root canals, crowns, fluoride treatments and prophylaxes within the confines of our comfortable Dental Center located in the Carousel Center on Gallia Street in Portsmouth, Ohio.
Women, Infants and Children (WIC)
During the 2015-16 WIC program fiscal year, WIC had a total of 7,864 appointments, which included certification, recertification, nutritional education and other services. Our average monthly caseload was 2,164 WIC eligible families. Although Scioto County as well as the State of Ohio has seen a decrease in women and children participation, infant participation has increased from a year ago. The WIC staff also provides services which include Farmers Market Nutrition coupons, Breastfeeding and formula services as well participating other CAO of Scioto County programs promoting children and family health services. WIC also participated in the annual Valley View Baby Shower, Help Me Grow Fair in the Park and the Annual CAO River Days event.
CAO Energy Division Services
The CAO Energy Division is an energy and weatherization contractor for the Corporation for Appalachian Development, the American Electric Power Company and Columbia Gas of Ohio. During the 2015-16 program year, the department weatherized over 200 Scioto County homes utilizing energy department guidelines authorized by the United States Department of Energy. The program seals and insulates homes and repairs or replaces unsafe and inefficient heating units when necessary. Independent studies by Columbia Gas of Ohio find that homes in our area after weatherization benefit from a 32% reduction in energy consumption, realizing an average annual savings of $450. Along with weatherization services CAO provided home energy audits for AEP customers providing helpful hints and energy saving light bulbs for hundreds of Scioto County consumers.
The CAO of Scioto County Head Start program is one of the first initiatives of the 1965 War on Poverty. Head Start as an organization is over 50 years old and has provided Head Start and Early Head Start activities since the inception of the CAO of Scioto County. Last year over 600 children and their families received services through our countywide education program and family based initiatives. Head Start is a family oriented service providing early education services and services to pregnant mothers, infants, toddlers and other preschoolers. This wide range of programs and events are designed to enhance the lives of the entire family.
The CAO of Scioto County Social Services Departments provides a comprehensive list of services throughout our county. Services include heating bill assistance through the Home Energy Assistance Program which allows families to a avoid shutoff of services during the heating season and provides utility assistance in the form of the PIPP subsidy designed to allow families to pay a portion of the their utility bills over the year. This program serves over 5,000 Scioto County homes and is a significant source of income for local bulk fuel vendors during the year. Last year over 1.4 million dollars was paid to area vendors.
The Social Service Department also provides daily balanced meals to over 300 senior citizens through the Senior Nutrition and Passport programs. The majority of those meals were for homebound seniors who not only had a nutritious meal but also had access to a daily visitor from the CAO staff who may assist them with other available services through referrals to other CAO departments.
Finally, emergency services are also available through the Social Services Division. Over 300 households had emergency services or situations resolved during the last program year. Those services may have included crisis in the area of housing, food or transportation. These families also had instant access to the agency’s referral network of internal and external partnerships.
CAO of Scioto County Workforce Solutions is the employment and economic development division of the agency. Over 3 millions dollars of employment services, ranging from case management, tuition assistance and business services are provided to the low-income, unemployed and underemployed customers of Scioto County and the region. The division is also proud of its commitment to local and regional employers through services that provide enhancements and opportunities to existing as well as expanding businesses.
All of these services are provided through financial agreements with many State of Ohio departments, the local OhioMeansJobs system, the federal, Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act system and contracts with the Scioto County Department of Jobs and Family Services.
Over the 51 year history of the CAO of Scioto County, our presence has provided a safety net for Scioto County’s low-income population providing services that hopefully ease the burden of living on fixed or small incomes. However, our main goal is not to provide a handout but a hand up to those in our community who may be encountering a short-term crisis. All of the services outlined above are designed to promote hope in the lives of all of our customers who utilize our services. We realize that our presence in the community is strong but much of our success is attributed to the countless network partners we have developed over the last 50 years. These partners are crucial to not only our success but those of the customers we serve on a daily basis that need an efficient network of providers meeting their needs as efficiently as possible. Our partners include other social service providers, units of government, economic development entities, business associations, faith based organizations, local school systems and our rapidly expanding medical community. These partners are critical in providing a comprehensive network of services.
In closing, CAO of Scioto County is a strong, vital asset to our area. It provides hope and opportunity to the most vulnerable populations in our community and makes a significant financial contribution to our local economy.