Tuesday, September 17, 2002
Lakota charity broadens reach
By Anna Guido
WEST CHESTER TWP. - Reach Out Lakota, a growing nonprofit social service agency serving West Chester and Liberty townships, will celebrate its 10-year anniversary in November with no slowdown in sight.
Since January, the agency has helped an average of 120 individuals and families a month, more than double the number of clients it saw on a monthly basis two years ago, executive director Lourdes Ward said.
Mrs. Ward attributes the growth to increased awareness about the agency, personal circumstances, and the prolonged national economic downturn.
Reach Out Lakota provides area residents in need with food, clothing, personal care items, household goods, holiday gift and food baskets, and school supplies.
Everything the agency gives out comes from within the community. Lakota schools host food drives, residents donate gently-used and new clothing, and businesses in both townships contribute food and other living essentials.
When Bigg's on Union Centre Boulevard opened this year, manager Mike Macaluso asked police Chief John Bruce what the store could do to help. The chief suggested daily food donations to Reach Out Lakota, and now the two work as a team to make that happen.
This time of year, new school supplies are in high demand. The agency's school supplies program this year helped more than 250 students in Lakota schools.
What we get from Reach Out Lakota - coats, food, school supplies - is just fantastic, Union Elementary principal Bob Winterberger said. We have a really diverse population socio-economically, and for our kids to do well in school, we've got to serve them beyond academics.
Since its inception, Reach Out Lakota has outgrown two rental facilities and in June 2000 moved into a 4,000-square-foot building at 6561 Station Road.
At the new facility, tutoring is now available, budget counseling should be in place by the end of the year and nutrition counseling will follow, Mrs. Ward said.
Mrs. Ward is Reach Out Lakota's only employee. Volunteers provide the rest of the group's manpower.
Reach Out Lakota is at 6561 Station Road in Olde West Chester. Mail should be sent to P.O. Box 362, West Chester Township, OH 45071. Hours: Monday from 5 to 8 p.m. and Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Telephone: 779-7515.
700,000 expected downtown this weekend
New school chief puts kids first
Smaller convention expansion unveiled
Library to cut back hours
Marines train in Dayton for urban combat
PULFER: Dog tales
Boycott leaders protest prosecutor
Forest Park bans kids playing on street
UC gets $30M to research strokes
$39M UC dorm first in 30 years
Dog-eating coyotes outfox sharpshooters
Elderly couple die in crash
Lawyer claims flaws in Boyles indictment
Light-rail foes rally at courthouse
Rx for quick meds unveiled
Lakota charity broadens reach
Little town celebrates 150th year
Oxford hospital has new ultrasound unit
Hagan will back drug treatment ballot issue
State officeholders warned to stay out of local politics
Child support posters help find parents
Child support gets job assist
Clermont increases nonsupport arrests
Home closings may see changes
Man who met teen on Web arrested
Food bank to kick off new site
Around the Commonwealth
Trial set for sheriff's alleged shooter