Agency News & Press

A Message From Our President & CEO

March 19, 2020

We are living in a historic and uncertain time, but what is certain, is our dedication to the NKY community and providing hope during this time of uncertainty. Our community is in need now more than ever and we face challenges beyond anything we could have foreseen.

As a comprehensive social service agency with 41 programs serving individuals from infants to older adults across all income levels, Brighton Center is committed and prepared to continue to provide critical services to those in need during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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COVID-19 Response

March 16, 2020

 

 

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.

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 volunteering, 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.  

Clothing & Household Donations - TEMPORARILY UNABLE TO ACCEPT ITEMS

Clothing Closet will be closed to the public until further notice.  We are currently unable to accept clothing or household donations at this time. If you have an emergency need for clothing, please contact (859) 491-8303 ext. 2300. 
 

Current Program Updates 

Emergency Assistance

Our Emergency Assistance operations have moved to the side of our Family Center building (799 Ann Street, Newport, KY).  We are offering these services next to the Clothing Closet on the corner of 8th St. and Ann St.  Customers can access these services Monday - Thursday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm, no appointment is necessary.  If you have any questions about these services or delivery options, please call (859) 491-8303 ext. 2300. If you have emergency assistance needs related to clothing, personal care, rent, or utilities, please call (859) 491-8303 ext. 2300 to speak with a Customer Service Specialist.

Additionally, we will be providing USDA Commodities (food) to Campbell County residents Monday-Thursday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm, no appointment is necessary.  We are also offering USDA Commodities to Kenton County Residents Monday-Thursday 10:00 - 4:00.
 

Kentucky Career Center (KCC) 

Keeping Kentuckians safe and healthy during the COVID-19 crisis is of critical importance. After careful consideration and attention to CDC-recommended safety precautions, and in collaboration with other KCC workforce partners, the KCC has decided to restore limited in-person services at all of our NKY locations, by appointment only.  Services provided will include individual career coaching for job seekers, and we will continue to partner with our regional employers to offer Hiring Events, in virtual and “drive-thru” formats. Unemployment assistance will not be available, as our local centers do not have staff who are equipped to address unemployment-related issues.

Job seekers and employers who would like to schedule an appointment with one of our Talent Development Specialists or Business Service Representatives are encouraged to contact us via the following numbers:

For services at KCC-Covington or KCC-Florence, call (859) 292-6666.

For services at CVG (Airport) Career Center, call (859) 767-6952.

For services at KCC-Williamstown, call (859) 428-7519.

For services at KCC-Carrollton, call (502) 662-0319.

For more information about all of our services for job seekers and employers, visit https://nkcareercenter.org/.

For Unemployment Insurance assistance, visit https://kcc.ky.gov/ .


Workforce Development

Center for Employment Training (CET) is still enrolling for all skill divisions (Health Technology Administration and Medical Assisting). If you are interested in enrolling at CET, please contact Jared Mueller at (859) 491-8303 ext. 2202 or jmueller@brightoncenter.com.  

City Futures office is open for in-person services Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 am to 5 pm and Monday, Wednesday, and Friday virtually. In order to ensure adequate social distancing, only one customer will be allowed in the office at a time.  If you have any questions please call or text (859) 667-3277 Kionte or email at kearley@brightoncenter.com

Career Bridge is continuing services on-site with our partner companies. For more information contact Rachel Schantz at rschnatz@brightoncenter.com.

Trades to Success, a 3-week, pre-apprenticeship, trade careers exploration program for men, is currently enrolling for the Winter and Spring cohorts, contact Robb Clark if you are interested at rclark@brightoncenter.com


Bright Days Child Development Center & Early Scholars Child Development Center 

Both Bright Days & Early Scholars are currently open while continuing to follow all CDC recommendations, the Governor's order, and the Division of Regulated Child Care.  Our Child Development Centers are actively enrolling new families with children 6 weeks to 12 years. If you have any questions regarding services provided at either location, please call (859) 491-8303 ext. 2027 or email kfrodge@brightoncenter.com

Northern Kentucky Scholar House - CURRENTLY ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS

Northern Kentucky Scholar House provides the support necessary for single parents to earn a post-secondary education degree and achieve gainful employment leading to long-term self-sufficiency. At the same time, their children receive quality child care to help them succeed in school and in life.

Am I eligible for the Northern Kentucky Scholar House Program?

  • Are you at least 18 years of age?
  • Are you a single parent with primary custody of their child/children?
  • Are you A full-time student or have been admitted for full-time enrollment in an approved post-secondary institution?
  • Are you willing to attend monthly life skills workshops and meetings to achieve your educational goals resulting in self-sufficiency
  • Are you willing to enroll your Children under the age of 5 in Early Scholars Child Development Center?
  • Are you eligible for Section 8 subsidized housing?
  • Are you interested in achieving long-term self-sufficiency?

Currently accepting applications for eligible tenants. For more information Click Here For Brochure or contact (859) 491-8303 ext. 2801 or email lrankins@brightoncenter.com 
 

Brighton Recovery Center - ACCEPTING REFERRALS 

We continue to serve residents at Brighton Recovery Center for Women. We 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

We are offering several options for youth in Northern Kentucky to join YLD! We are excited to continue club with our school and community partners, as well as introducing a new virtual community club open to youth not enrolled at a YLD partner school site in Boone, Cambell, and Kenton County. 

We will be offering a mix of virtual and in-person clubs. Newport will be hosting an in-person club with an extended day to include a learning lab for youth who need support for their virtual learning.

Youth Leadership Development will continue to offer in-person and virtual services. Staff will be sharing fun activities and challenges on our various social media accounts as well.  Be sure you or your parent/guardian follow and check daily!

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. 
 

Financial Education Services

We continue to provide one-on-one financial coaching both in-person and virtually, along with offering financial education and homebuyer workshops online.  If you are interested in these services, please contact (859) 491-8303 ext. 2314 or email infofw@brightoncenter.com

 

Additional Information & Resources Below

CDC COVID-19 Information

Kentucky COVID-19 Information

NKY Health Department Inform

Medicare information - telehealth services expanded

Mitch McConnell Coronavirus Updates Portal 

http://www.foc-network.org/covid-19-resources.html (resources are oriented toward the staff of community-based organizations but may be useful to others as well)


Helpful Resources to Weather the Financial Impact

Duke Energy

Spectrum

Cincinnati Bell

Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Crisis Program (LIHEAP) 

T-Mobile $15 a month Keep America Connected promotion

CEO Tammy Weidinger Receiving Lifetime Achievement Award

March 04, 2020

The Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, Women’s Initiative has announced the 2020 Outstanding Women of Northern Kentucky honorees and our very own President & CEO Tammy Weidinger has been selected to receive the Judith Clabes Lifetime Achievement award.

Tammy has dedicated her life’s work to Brighton Center and the Northern Kentucky region for close to 4 decades. Thousands of lives are better because of her leadership and first-hand efforts.

Congrats Tammy!

 

Article from NKY Tribune: 

2020 Outstanding Women of Northern Kentucky named; to be honored at luncheon on April 28

The Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Women’s Initiative has announced the 2020 Outstanding Women of Northern Kentucky honorees.

The awards honor women who exemplify notable achievement, outstanding service in their professions or to the Northern Kentucky community, and the qualities of personal integrity, perseverance and leadership.

“The selection process for our Outstanding Women of Northern Kentucky honorees gets increasingly difficult every year because the women in our region are doing such amazing things,” said Gina Bath, Vice President of the NKY Chamber Women’s Initiative.

“This year 50 women were nominated, each one inspiring and deserving of recognition. We are thrilled to be able to shine a spotlight on this group of individuals. We are truly grateful for their contributions to our region.”

2020 Outstanding Women of Northern Kentucky honorees

Outstanding Women
Lisa Cooper – Northern Kentucky Area Development District
Wafa Nasser, M.D. – The Whole Child Pediatrics, PSC
Teri VonHandorf, Ed.D. – Gateway Community & Technical College
Kim M. Webb – Emergency Shelter of NKY

Emerging Leader
Laura S. Menge – Greater Cincinnati Foundation

Henrietta Cleveland Inspiring Women
Presented by St. Elizabeth Healthcare
Kristi P. Nelson – Multi-Color Corporation

Judith Clabes Lifetime Achievement
Tammy Weidinger – Brighton Center, Inc.

Nancy Janes Boothe Scholarship Recipients
Savannah Buck, Gateway Community & Technical College
Barbie Watkins, Northern Kentucky University
Holly Jenkins, Thomas More University

“We are honored to be able to recognize these incredible women,” said Julie Tapke, chair of the Outstanding Women of Northern Kentucky Awards. “Their hard work and selfless attitudes make the entire Northern Kentucky community better.”

The awards will be presented at the Outstanding Women of Northern Kentucky Awards Luncheon, sponsored by St. Elizabeth Healthcare on Tuesday, April 28, at the St. Elizabeth Training and Education Center (3861 Olympic Blvd., Erlanger).

Tickets to the event are $40 and available online.

The Outstanding Women of Northern Kentucky Awards were established in the fall of 1984, by the late Nancy Boothe, wife of then-NKU President Leon E. Boothe. Since 1985 nearly 200 women have been recognized for blazing trails, opening doors, or demonstrating leadership in their homes, their professions, their communities, or their state.

Individuals interested in sponsorship opportunities should contact Diana McGlade at dmcglade@NKYChamber.com or (859) 578‑ 1859.

Current sponsors include:

Title Sponsor: St. Elizabeth Healthcare
Silver Sponsor: Humana, Robert W. Baird & Co. Inc.
Education Partners: Toyota, Gateway Community & Technical College, Northern Kentucky University, Thomas More University
Media Partner: Northern Kentucky Tribune

Earn a CDL for Free + Paid Internship

February 11, 2020

Brighton Center, through the Kentucky Career Center, has  an awesome upcoming opportunity for the youth/young adults of NKY!  This will be an opportunity for a group of up to six young adults, ages 18-24, to participate in a cohort program partnering with Gateway’s CDL course and with CVG Airport.  It will kick off in April with an orientation, followed by four weeks at Gateway earning a CDL certifcation. The CDL classes begin on April 13th.  Once a CDL certifcation has been earned, participants will begin a four week paid internship at $13.25 per hour at CVG airport followed by an opportunity to be hired on with Sp+ out of CVG. 

For More Information and Eligability Contact: 
Brendan Goth | Youth Talent Development Coordinator 
(859) 292 - 2646
​bgoth@brightoncenter.com

Brighton Center Featured on Local 12 News

November 27, 2019

NEWPORT, Ky. (WKRC) - Having a job that pays a livable wage is one of the keys to success for a family. One young mother is on that path thanks to some help from the Brighton Center.

Holding the hand of her son, Bryanna Bartlett parades down the hallway at the Brighton Center. The 20-year-old mother of two just got a certificate through the Center for Employment Training.

“I’m a medical assistant and I work at St. Elizabeth Urology...It feels awesome. I never seen myself being here, and now I’m here,” Bartlett said.

Bartlett completed nine months of training at no cost.

Deana Sowders from the Brighton Center said, “Anyone who comes through pays nothing. We combine federal Pell grants, United Way dollars, private donations and other grants and financial opportunities based on that person’s need.”

She adds that the trainees also tap into other services, like a finance coach and childcare. In Bartlett’s case she got help from one of the 40 other programs, the Scholar House. That gave her and her children a place to live while she was learning.

“I completed their program as well, so I’ll be moving into my own house and I'm looking to buy a car and everything else,” Bartlett said.

The average wage in 2019 for medical assisting trainees who get a job is more than $23,000 a year, plus benefits. The Brighton Center also offers two more job training programs. They both involve computers: health care technology and business technology.

Each graduate signs the board and has a “clap-out” parade. It ends with the grad giving some words of advice for classmates. Bartlett said, “Don’t give up. It’s hard, and I wanted to give up so many times, but I’m glad I kept going.”

The Brighton Center impacted the lives of about 44,000 people in 2018. They help people in Northern Kentucky and Ohio. Click here to learn more.

 

Read the article on WCPO Local 12 Here 

Brighton Center Contributes to National Publication

September 27, 2019

Brighton Center received the opportunity to contribute to a national document created by the National Skills Coalition on racial equity and workforce development that was recently published.  

Every person and every worker deserves a fair shot at achieving economic stability and success, yet Black, Latinx, Pacific Islander, Native, and certain Asian American workers face wide racial inequities in educational attainment, employment, and income. In a new report, National Skills Coalition explores these racial and ethnic disparities in educational attainment and access; systemic barriers to equitable workforce training and quality employment; and why advancing equity is an economic and moral imperative.

Additional workforce policies are needed now to counter decades of intentional, structurally racist policies and advance racial equity in educational attainment, employment, and income. To learn more, read NSC’s new publication, “The Roadmap for Racial Equity: An imperative for workforce development advocates.”

Brighton Center remains committed to advancing racial equity by addressing institutional bias through changes to policies, procedures, and practices – and implicit bias through our internal Cultural Inclusion Committee.  

New A Matter of Balance Class Starting In August

July 11, 2019

Do you have concerns about falling? Are you interested in improving your balance, flexibility, and strength?! Join us for A Matter of Balance.

Brighton Center and Firefighters Local 45 receive 21,254 check from Subaru

June 21, 2019

Joseph Subaru of Florence shared the love this week in the form of a $21,254 check from the "Share The Love" Campaign to us and the Newport Professional Firefighters Local 45 IAFF. Thank you Joseph Subaru of Florence! 

Endow Kentucky Tax Credit Application Now Available

June 11, 2019

Good news! An endowment has been established at Greater Cincinnati Foundation that will support Brighton Center in perpetuity.

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Cincinnati Bell Provides Makeover for Brighton Center’s Homeward Bound Shelter

May 09, 2019

Cincinnati Bell Employees Volunteer to Repair and Beautify Brighton Center's Homeward Bound Teen Shelter

[Newport, KY, May 6, 2019] – Over the next several weeks, Brighton Center’s Homeward Bound Shelter will receive repairs and beautification thanks to employees at Cincinnati Bell.

Volunteers from Cincinnati Bell will be at the shelter Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. starting Monday, May 6 through at least Friday, May 17. Additional dates will be added as needed until projects are complete.

Up to 100 volunteers will work on painting all rooms within the 9,122 square foot building; patching plaster; painting, replacing or repairing trim; adding new tile in all youth dorms; replacing the flooring in visitor and intake rooms; adding new light fixtures, and giving the over 100-year-old building a cheerful refresh.

Homeward Bound Shelter is Northern Kentucky’s only 24-hour emergency shelter location for teens ages 11-17. Located in Covington, KY, the shelter provides a safe environment and short-term services for runaway, homeless, abused, neglected, and dependent youth.

This project will ensure that all runaway and homeless youth have a warm and inviting environment to call home while they receive support in transitioning to the next step in their life. Homeward Bound provides the teens with dorm-style living to create the atmosphere of a home. 

“I was introduced to Kate Arthur, Community & Youth Services Director at Brighton Center, by a mutual acquaintance and as we continued speaking, I saw her excitement for Homeward Bound's mission,” says Chris Neises, Cincinnati Bell's Vice President of Contact Center Operations. "It hit me that I wanted to be a part of this mission and, as a resident of Northern Kentucky, I wanted to make a difference in my area. I asked Kate what we could do to help and she mentioned that anything would be appreciated, but building repair and beautification was at the top of the list. I knew our Cincinnati Bell team had the skills and, more importantly, the desire to give back. Volunteering is a major part of the culture at Cincinnati Bell.”

During Brighton Center’s last fiscal year, 370 homeless and runaway youth received crisis services through Homeward Bound and 84 were served residentially.

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