Agency News & Press

Recent Grant Awards

January 29, 2023

We want to take the opportunity to thank all of the funders who awarded Brighton Center grants in December. Grants are an important part of how we provide programs to the community, launch new initiatives, and respond to the changing needs of those we serve. 

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December Grants

January 27, 2023

Aldi Community Cares - Supports the Food Pantry.

Boone County Capital Project Fund - Funding for outdoor improvements at Brighton Recovery Center for Women.

Kentucky Housing Corporation (KHC) - provides funding for individual financial coaching and group education workshops around homeownership.

Kentucky Housing Corporation (KHC) - Funds to purchase food and provide meals to youth at Homeward Bound Shelter.

L & L Nippert Charitable Foundation - Support for Opportunity House.

Boone County Fiscal Court, Early Childhood Education Fund - continued funding to provide the Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngers (HIPPY) Program in Boone County.

Walmart (Fort Wright, Florence, and Alexandria) - Funding for Emergency Assistance services and the Community Garden

Ellen Bates Promoted to Vice President

January 17, 2023

We are happy to share that Ellen Bates has been promoted to Vice President. She will join our Executive Leadership Team of Wonda Winkler (President & CEO), Melissa Hall Sommer (Senior Vice President), and June Miller (Chief Financial & Administrative Officer). Ellen brings with her 10 years of experience at the Center. Congratulations on your new role Ellen!

Ellen began her career at Brighton Center in 2013 as a Workforce Development Specialist, and for most of her tenure, she has led at the Director level at the Kentucky Career Center, Workforce Development, and recently in Housing and Financial Wellness. She is deeply passionate about our mission and will complement our Executive Leadership Team in many ways.

"I am grateful and humbled to work for this amazing organization. Over the years, I have seen the incredible impact that Brighton Center has in the lives of individuals and families in our community. Brighton Center has invested in me just as we have invested in those we serve. I look forward to the future and am excited to see our customers and our community grow," said Ellen Bates

VITA Program In Need of Volunteers!

January 15, 2023

The 2023 tax season commences at the end of January, and Brighton Center, in partnership with United Way of Greater Cincinnati, needs your help! Not a tax expert? No problem! There are volunteer roles for all interests from customer service to administrative support or providing families with certified tax preparation services. Training and ongoing support are provided for each volunteer role. 

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Northern Kentucky, and Our Region, Loses a Respected Community Leader and Fierce Advocate for Families

October 24, 2022

(Newport, Kentucky – October 24, 2022) It is with great sadness that Brighton Center shares the sudden and unexpected passing of Vice President Talia Frye on October 20, 2022. She was a leader, role model, mentor, and friend to all. 

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Opportunity House Officially Opens

September 19, 2022

Brighton Center in Partnership with Northern Kentucky University and City of Highland Heights, Opens Opportunity House An Innovative Program that Puts Education within Reach for Young Adults 

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The Talent Collaborative of Greater Cincinnati Joins the National Fund for Workforce Solutions

August 24, 2022

Regional Workforce Collaborative Launches, Becomes Part of the National Fund for Workforce Solutions’ Network


The Talent Collaborative of Greater Cincinnati, a regional tri-state workforce development initiative, joins the National Fund for Workforce Solutions network of 34 communities across the U.S. seeking to improve workforce outcomes. The National Fund offers leading-edge resources, best practices, and thought leadership to help benchmark and accelerate efforts, with an emphasis on equity and inclusion.


The Talent Collaborative will hold a special Launch Event at 9 a.m. on Thursday, August 25 at OTR Stillhouse (2017 Branch St., Cincinnati, OH 45214) with special guest Amanda Cage, president and CEO of The National Fund for Workforce Solutions, along with local elected officials and community leaders. The Launch Event is sponsored by Duke Energy.


The vision of The Talent Collaborative is for the Greater Cincinnati region to strengthen and expand opportunities for people to advance in careers that enable their individual and family success, engage with area education/training providers and organized labor, as well as foster the success of employers with high-quality employment practices to make a positive impact on the economic growth of the entire region.


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Brighton Center Named Best Place to Work Finalist

August 17, 2022

Brighton Center is thrilled to be named a 2022 Best Places to Work Finalist! The awards are an annual program of the Cincinnati Business Courier celebrating organizations in Greater Cincinnati that rate high in workforce satisfaction. This is a true testament to our amazing staff and organizational culture. 


Read more at Cincinnati Business Courier 

Directors Participate in LNK Education Day

April 07, 2022

Recently, Ellen Bates, Workforce Development Director, and Dellisa Ford-Edwards, Early Childhood Education Director, had the opportunity to participate and lend their expertise as panelists on Leadership Northern Kentucky Education Day. Ellen and Dellisa shared the importance of education at all levels, from early childhood to post-secondary, and the overall workforce connection across the education continuum. We are lucky to have Ellen and Dellisa's leadership in our workforce development and early childhood education work!

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