COVID-19 Response

 

 

 

In response to the current COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak: Brighton Center is committed to providing essential services to the community. The health and safety of our staff, customers, volunteers, and community is of the utmost importance as we navigate the current COVID-19 outbreak while continuing to deliver services. We will continue to carefully monitor guidance provided by the Center for Disease Control and the State of Kentucky on a continuous basis to determine appropriate courses of action, as we are needed now more than ever. Since March 2nd, Brighton Center has followed the safety practices put forward by the CDC www.cdc.gov/covid19 and continues to do so. 

Please see our comprehensive statement of changes to services, delivery of services, resources, and any cancellations as they become available. We continue to remain committed to serving the community and will adapt and tailor our services to meet the immediate and critical needs of families during these unprecedented times, as we have for over 50 years.

Current Program Updates 


Kentucky Career Center (KCC) 

In response to Governor Beshear’s directive for all in-person government services to cease as of 3/17/20 at 5:00 pm, our KCC (all 5 locations) will no longer be open to walk-in customers until further noticeVirtual services will still be available to job seekers and employers through phone and online formats. We continue to carefully evaluate our circumstances and plan our service provision in close coordination with the Cabinet for Education and Workforce Development. Customers are being advised to take the following steps to access services. 

Contact their local KCC by phone (numbers in the following link): https://nkcareercenter.org/locations/

  • Covington, (859) 292-6666
  • Florence, (859) 372-8400
  • Williamstown, (859) 428-7519
  • Carrollton, (502) 662-0319
  • CVG Career Center/KCC, (859) 767-6952
  • Rural counties of Gallatin, Owen, and Pendleton may access virtual career services by contacting the following: email hmullins@brightoncenter.com or call (859) 428-7519
     

Current List of Cancelled Events:

  • KEC workshop on April 8th and 9th
  • NKY/Tenco regional job fair scheduled for April 17th

     
Resources and Information for Customers:

  • Governor Beshear has waived the waiting week for Unemployment Insurance benefits, meaning customers who qualify for Unemployment Insurance Benefits will receive their first check two weeks after they first apply and that check will be for two weeks. Under normal circumstances, the first week is held back and that is referred to as the “waiting week”.
  • The state has also waived the requirement that applicants search for work while Kentucky remains in a state of emergency because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Customers can apply for unemployment benefits online or by phone:
    • Call (502) 875-0442 to file a claim by phone.
    • Visit https://kcc.ky.gov/career to file a claim online.
    • Unfortunately, due to the high volume of calls and the increased traffic to the site, the state is experiencing functionality issues with both options.
    • Currently, the system is not set up to allow the waiving of the waiting week and the job search requirement so the state is working on modifying the site to allow this to move forward.
  • Applicants will need the following documents and information to complete their application: social security number, address and phone number; and company names, addresses and phone numbers for all recent employers.
  • Read more here: https://www.kentucky.com/news/coronavirus/article241228426.html#storylink=cpy
  • For Kentucky Food Service employees and those directly impacted by the announcement to temporarily closing all bars and restaurants (with exception of carry-out and delivery), Governor Beshear has waived the waiting period to file for benefits: https://uiclaims.des.ky.gov/ebenefit/eben.htm.

 

Workforce Development

As of 3/25/20, our Center for Employment Training (CET) has moved to Distance Education for all skill divisions - Medical Assisting, Health Technology Administration, and Business and Computer Technologies. If someone is interested in CET, please contact Jared Mueller at (859) 491-8303 ext. 2202 or jmueller@brightoncenter.com. Current trainees can access an informative YouTube video our very own Jonika Greene, Integrative Learning Supervisor, made to introduce and give an overview of distance learning.  

CET Graduation Postponement: Due to precautions surrounding our response to the COVID-19 Pandemic, CET will be postponing its spring graduation ceremony, originally scheduled for May 7, 2020.  CET will establish a new 2020 graduation date and will base this decision on human health and safety guidance from the CDC and the eventual release of Governor Beshear’s Healthy at Home order.

Services continue to be offered at City Futures with limited office hours Tuesday-Friday from 10:00 am-2:00 pm for in-person needs, such as pick up of diapers or hygiene items, dropping off documents, etc.  We are allowing one customer in our lobby at any given time to follow CDC guidelines or social distancing. We encourage customers to call us outside of these shortened office hours. We will be available by phone or email and responding to messages promptly. We can be reached at (859) 360-6224 for more information.  We are keeping our Facebook page up to date with information about resources available as well.

Career Bridge is continuing services on-site with our partner companies. For more information contact Erica Horton at ehorton@brightoncenter.com.


Emergency Assistance

Help with food is a basic and essential service, and we are continuing to provide families with their Emergency Assistance needs. Modifications have been made to our lobby at 799 Ann Street location to reflect social distancing best practices and limiting the number of people in the building.   If you are in need of food or personal care items, please call (859) 491-8303 ext. 2300 to speak with a Customer Service Specialist about our delivery options.  We will also be providing emergency assistance to any Northern Kentucky resident Monday-Friday 9:00 am-4:30 pm, no appointment is necessary. If you have any questions about these services, please call (859) 491-8303 ext. 2300.

Additionally, we will be providing USDA Commodities (food) to Campbell County residents Monday-Friday 9:00 am-4:30 pm, no appointment is necessary.

If you have emergency assistance needs outside of food such as clothing, rent, or utilities, please call (859) 491-8303 ext. 2300 to speak with a Customer Service Specialist to discuss available community resources.

If you are interested in delivering emergency food boxes to home-bound individuals, please sign up here


Donations

We will not be accepting clothing and household donations until further notice. 


Clothing Closet

Clothing Closet will be closed to the public until further notice. If you have an emergency need for clothing, please contact (859) 491-8303 ext. 2300. 


Child Care

As of the close of business, Friday, March 20th both Bright Days and Early Scholars Child Development Center closed per the Governor’s Order until further notice. Both Bright Days and Early Scholars are providing learning packets to parents to help ensure the children are making developmental progress and are engaged in the learning process while they are at home. If you have any questions, please call (859) 491-8303 ext. 2027. 
 

Brighton Recovery Center

We continue to serve residents at Brighton Recovery Center for Women. Due to concerns regarding the health and wellbeing of current customers and staff, and in light of continued recommendations as well as orders from the Governor’s office, Brighton Recovery Center is temporarily suspending intakes immediately and until further notice. We will continue to take referrals and put potential customers on our waiting list.  During this time, residents will not be permitted to attend outside AA meetings and no external volunteers will be able to enter the building in an effort to minimize interactions and to practice social distancing. If you have any questions, please call (859) 282-9390. 

Center Table Catering with a Purpose will continue operating on a delivery basis only.


Youth Leadership Development

At this time volunteer groups, and group meetings, including STEM Bike clubs, have been suspended until further notice. Instead, Youth Leadership Development will switch to a virtual format. Staff will be sharing Fun Activities and Challenges on our social media accounts.  Be sure you or your parent/guardian follow and check daily!

  • YLD’s Facebook: Brighton Center YLD/TC
  • YLD’s Instagram: @yldbrightoncenter

Canceled Events:

  • April 2nd  Newport Health Fair
  • April 21st- Newport High School Career Night

If you have questions, need supplies for activities or anything else let us know! Contact Michelle Bullis at (859) 491-8303 ext. 2410 or mbullis@brightoncenter.com 
 

Homeward Bound Shelter & Street Outreach

Homeward Bound is the only shelter in Northern Kentucky for homeless and runaway youth. Any youth between the ages of 11-22 that is in need of services or support please contact (859) 581-1111. This phone is answered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Homeward Bound remains open and continues to serve youth in need. 
 

Saratoga Place, Two Rivers, and Austinburg Apartments

No outside guests will be allowed in the building until further notice unless they are providing critical care or essential services to residents.  Additionally, residents are practicing social distancing. 
 

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)

Due to the extension of the Federal Tax Filing date until July 15th, we are suspending VITA services until April 30th.
 

Financial Education Workshops

We will continue to provide one-on-one financial coaching to individuals. Please see below for specifics regarding upcoming workshops. If you have specific questions, please do not hesitate to contact (859) 491-8303 ext. 2314
 

  • Two Cents About Finance - Cancelled for March. All individuals registered will receive free phone sessions with a Financial Coach. 
  • Homebuyers Club - Postponed, a Financial Coach will be in touch to discuss the next steps.
     

Volunteers

Our Volunteer Appreciation Event scheduled for April 22nd has been postponed. Once it has been rescheduled, we will notify all volunteers about this great appreciation event. 

 

Additional Information & Resources Below

CDC COVID-19 Information

Kentucky COVID-19 Information

NKY Health Department Information 

Medicare information - telehealth services expanded

Mitch McConnell Coronavirus Updates Portal 

 


Helpful Resources to Weather the Financial Impact

Duke Energy

Spectrum

Cincinnati Bell

Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Crisis Program (LIHEAP) 

Employment Opportunities

Kroger:  Actively hiring and recruiting applicants as business has increased a lot since the changes have taken place. We are holding open hiring every day from 9 am-11 am at the Kroger MFC location (8825 US 42). If hired, applicants can start immediately (within 24 hours). These will be seasonal positions but provides people an opportunity to earn additional income while businesses are closed. Apply online here 

Amazon: Looking to hire 1000 people in the area this week. Come to 1717 Dixie Hwy to apply as they can do the interview right there. Applicants can also apply at https://www.amazon.jobs if they prefer.

For Amazon Driving positions – Please Click Here (REL Delivery) and send resume and cover letter to Eric Lawson at – reldscincy@gmail.com

DHL: Please click here for the flyer with DHL opportunities – they are interested in working with employees affected and seeing a reduction of hours. This could be PT/FT, casual, temporary, weekend work.

Atalian Global Service: Seeking all those looking to pick up more hours. Positions range from NKY to Dayton, OH. Apply online at https://www.joblinkapply.com/Joblink/5972 and contact Marna Oliphant at marna.oliphant@atalianworld.com. 

Allied Universal: Offering positions for displaced workers in Northern KY and Southern Cincinnati. Click Here for additional details. Apply online at www.jobs.aus.com.

Kentucky Career Center Job Search Marketplace: Updated daily with companies who are hiring through the COVID-19 Pandemic https://nkcareercenter.org/job-search-marketplace/ 


How You Can Help

We want to be responsive to individuals and families who need our essential services or are experiencing economic hardships due to this outbreak. We are already seeing an increased need for our services. Brighton Center is looking for monetary donations to purchase food, personal care, and cleaning supplies in bulk to help sustain our daily operations and to support families during this very difficult time. Monetary donations can be made online here.  At this time we are unable to accept food donations, but a monetary contribution will allow us to purchase food at lower costs and get specific high-need items out to families quickly. 

If you are interested in delivering emergency food boxes to home-bound individuals, please sign up here

Visit our Amazon wish list for a current list of items we are in need of. 

It is important that we come together as a community of support to endure these challenging times. If you are interested in learning more about ways you can help, please contact lcopeland@brightoncenter.com.