Supports to Encourage Low Income Families

Giving a "hand-up" to hard-working individuals on their path to self-sufficiency.

aka SELF   |   Hamilton, OH   |  www.selfhelps.org

Mission

As Butler County's community action agency, Supports to Encourage Low-income Families (SELF) exists to enhance the quality of life for county residents by impacting the causes of poverty and empowering individuals to achieve, sustain and advocate self-sufficiency.

Ruling year info

1995

Executive Director

Mr. Jeffrey Diver

Main address

PO Box 1322

Hamilton, OH 45012 USA

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EIN

31-1445223

NTEE code info

Employment Procurement Assistance and Job Training (J20)

Personal Social Services (P50)

Emergency Assistance (Food, Clothing, Cash) (P60)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

SELF’s mission is to enhance the quality of life for Butler County residents by impacting the causes of poverty and empowering individuals to achieve, sustain and advocate self-sufficiency. In fulfilling its mission, SELF strives to perform the following roles at the highest standards of excellence: • To be an advocate for the needs of the community and the development of individual potential. • To be a facilitator in linking individual needs to the full network of services available. • To be a provider of quality services. • To be a trusted and respected partner with individuals and organizations in addressing the needs of the community.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Individual Development Account (IDA)

SELF launched Butler
County’s only Individual
Development Account (IDA) program in 2005 to help low-income individuals
develop positive attitudes toward money and help participants start saving by
“matching” a portion of their deposits. Participants
can save for one of three goals: first-time home-ownership, post-secondary
education or small business start-ubusiness
plan writing courses and educational counseling. Participants can then save for and achieve
home-ownership, post-secondary education, or capitalization of a small
business.  The program has grown since
2005: twenty participants have cashed out, purchasing assets that total more
than $724,000.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

The purpose of Emergency HEAP program is to assist low-income households with elderly, small children and people with disabilities with their utility bills in order to provide heat in the winter.  The maximum monetary amount of utility assistance varies by year and energy source.  The Summer Crisis Cooling Program helps households with elderly and people with medical issues stay cool during the hottest summer months. SELF also helps Butler County residents certify or re-certify for Percentage of Income Payment Plan (PIPP) year-round for regulated utility providers, such as Duke Energy.  PIPP is an extended payment arrangement with gas and electric companies that bases payments on a percentage of household income.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

SELF's mission is to enhance the quality of life for Butler County residents by impacting the causes of poverty and empowering individuals to achieve, sustain and advocate self-sufficiency.

SELF's overall goals aim to help clients through the programs we offer: move beyond crisis situations toward improved financial stability and general well-being; retain the attitudes and skills necessary for sustained employment and self-sufficiency; and build and maintain assets to break the cycle of poverty.

In 2017, SELF served nearly 6,000 Butler County families, many through programs designed to help low-income people find a path that allows them to lead themselves out of poverty. SELF currently offers numerous programs and services to help low-income individuals become self-sufficient.

SELF has a number of goals it wishes to explore. The biggest goal is to identify the effects of parent/student resource development toward meeting their self-sufficiency goals and assess the effects of the programs in strengthening the entire family unit.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Supports to Encourage Low Income Families

Board of directors
as of 2/25/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Bill Woeste


Board co-chair

Lori Elliott

Tim Abbott

Duke Energy Corporation

Lori Elliott

Legal Aid Society of Greater Cincinnati

Kevin Kurpieski

Butler Co. Dept. of Job & Family Services

Pat Moeller

Attorney

Bill Woeste

Fairfield City Council

Robert Brown

City of Hamilton Council

Steve Dana

Oxford City Council

Nancy Harris

Getting Ahead Graduate

Tina Jones

Hamilton Community Council

Tal Moon

Middletown City Council

Judge Kathleen Romans

Butler County Juvenile Court

David Maupin

US Bank

Dave Stitsinger

LCNB National Bank

Lance Woodley

Israel Baptist Church

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No