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Meet The Staff - Erica

October 26, 2020

Title and role:

I am a Food Service Specialist at Brighton Recover center. I run Center Table Catering, a full-service catering company where all proceeds directly benefit the Recovery Center. 

Brief description of what you do and the program you are in: 

I teach the girls that live at Brighton Recovery Center for women about culinary arts. I run the catering team.

What inspires you about the work that you do:

Alumni are who inspire me. When I first got to Brighton Recovery Center for Women as a resident completing the Recovery Center program, I couldn’t do anything and they taught me to be independent. Now, I can cook just about anything and can now give back to the place that built me, as a staff member. 

What do you like to do in your spare time:

I have a little boy who is my best friend, so spending time with him is my favorite. I also enjoy playing sand volleyball. I am a people person and attend AA meetings.

What are you passionate about:

I am passionate about being a better mom, my work ethic, and taking care of myself.

What would be your personal motto?

My personal motto would be; If you can’t love me at my worst, then you don’t deserve me at my best.

Meet The Staff - Jonika

October 18, 2020

What is your title and role?

I am an Innovative Learning Supervisor at Center for Employment Training. 

Brief description of what you do and program you are in?

I am in the Workforce Development program at Center for Employment Training. I oversee curriculum development, implementation, and advancement. I also ensure the integration of cornerstones (adult education, skill training, career development, success skills) with an applied learning approach. Additionally, I get to lead instructional staff and provide coaching to ensure service excellence through a quality training experience, that is industry-related, and provides a “real work” experience.

What inspires you about the work that you do?

The people inspire me the most are customers and staff. Amazing things happen at Brighton Center and the people are what make the magic happen. Most people are afraid of change, but Brighton Center is a safe place to embrace those fears. There is no judgment, no restrictions, just good people doing good deeds while encouraging others to pay it forward. In a world riddled with politics, it is nice to be a part of an organization that values collaboration over competition.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

 Life can be chaotic, so solitude is everything. Gardening, reading, watching movies, preparing for my new grandbaby are some of my favorite things to do!

What are you passionate about?

I am passionate about communication because we speak our own unique language. Learning to speak one’s language not only allows you to connect with them, but also relay messages that are capable of breaking down barriers.

I am also passionate about self-discovery because we live in a state of constant transition and transformation.

What would be your personal motto?

Grow through what you go through

Meet The Staff - Dawn

October 12, 2020

What is your Title and Role?

I am a Street Outreach Supervisor

Can you give us a brief description of what you do within your program?

I do a little bit of everything within my position. I mainly oversee the street outreach program and support homeless individuals from ages 16-25.

What inspires you most about what you do?

This job can be very difficult at times but what keeps me going is the partnerships and relationships gained from assisting kids off the streets. I love seeing the results.

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

I love gardening in the summertime. I also love doing various craft projects.

What are you passionate about?

Right now I am most passionate about getting transitional housing for the youth in Northern Kentucky.

What would your personal motto be?

Be the light


Click Here to learn more about Street Outreach Services 

Meet The Staff - Lela

October 05, 2020

What is your Title and Role?

I am a Case Manager at Northern Kentucky Scholar House. 


Can you give us a brief description of what you do within your program?

I work with families, specifically single-parent families who are getting their post-secondary education degree. I meet with my customers on a monthly basis in regards to their progress with school, I provide crisis management, and I help them with budgeting. I take part in many other tasks behind the scenes to ultimately support my customers through their journey toward self-sufficiency.


What inspires you most about what you do?

I see Brighton Center as an abstract painting and everyone has a stroke in it to tell a story that becomes valuable. The final result is a beautiful painting that everyone gets to see. I am proud to be part of such a great organization.


What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

I am currently in the process of getting my PhD. in Educational Leadership Studies at Xavior University. I also love spending time with my three grandkids and love doing anything fashion related.


What are you passionate about?

I am most passionate about change and transformation. I believe that the butterfly is the most powerful creature in the universe.


What would your personal motto be?

Never have higher expectations of anyone else than that of yourself.

Our Commitment to Advancing Racial Equity

September 16, 2020

For many years, Brighton Center has embraced diversity and inclusion while working to advance our organization and the community as a whole. We launched our racial equity journey over three years ago, knowing that, although crucial, diversity and inclusion alone will not lift up all in our community. We challenged ourselves first knowing that we need to do our internal work and push ourselves, our systems, and our processes to keep moving forward our diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts. Here is a look at our journey, where we have been, where we are, and where we are going! 

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10 Ways to Celebrate Grandparents Day This Year Even While Distancing

September 11, 2020
  1. Send a care package: send a box that includes your favorite things when you are together!

  2. Meet outdoors while being socially distant: bring some food and catch up!

  3. Do a video chat with the whole family: simply catch up on daily life!

  4. Read a book virtually that honor grandparents…or just their favorite book!

  5. Make a video that makes them feel loved and send it!

  6. Send a homemade card in the mail: handmade gifts are always the best!

  7. Go down memory lane: chat about your favorite memories!

  8. Bake a delicious dessert: drop it off for your grandparent to enjoy!

  9. Print off a crossword puzzle: do it virtually together!

  10. Movie night: everyone watches a movie from their own home and discusses virtually after!

Crisis Breeds Creativity

May 13, 2020

Over the past two months, we have adapted in every imaginable way to continue to meet community needs under ever-increasing constraints due to COVID-19.  Crisis breeds creativity and provides the opportunity of seeing the way we deliver services through a different lens. 

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Activities For Toddlers to Teens 2

April 11, 2020

We are back with another week of fun activities to keep kids engaged from toddlers to teens. Check out the ideas and activities our Early Education and Youth Services staff have put together. 

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Activities For Toddlers to Teens

April 03, 2020

You may be spending a lot more time at home, but that doesn't mean the fun and learning have to stop. Our Early Education and Youth Services teams have put together some great activities to keep young ones from toddlers to teens engaged. 

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10 Smart Ways To Use Your Tax Refund

March 04, 2020

By now, all Americans have received their 2019 W2 forms and related tax information and it’s time to file taxes. According to the IRS, the average tax refund last year was just shy of $3,000.

That’s a lot of money for most households!

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