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ABLE/LAWO Helping Dayton Recover from Memorial Day Tornadoes

Thousands of Dayton-area residents lost their homes and other personal belongings as a result of 15 devastating torn Deadly tornadoes ripped through the Dayton-area on the evening of Memorial Day, causing damage that resulted in an emergency declaration.

Preventing Lead Poisoning in Children. “There’s Got to Be a Way to Do This.”

Children face enough challenges growing up in poverty. Lead poisoning and its devastating effects is unacceptable – it is preventable. ABLE has represented the Toledo Lead Poisoning Prevention Coalition (TLPPC) in the long struggle to prevent lead poisoning in rental housing in Toledo.

Gem City Market is providing a community-driven and sustainable solution to food insecurity in a Northwest Dayton community.

Gem City Market (GCM) is a ray of hope and identity in a community affected by decades of disinvestment. ABLE provided legal assistance when community members identified a need to fill the void left by major grocery chains closing their doors in West Dayton. The result was a community and worker-owned cooperative grocery store and deli that will provide fresh food and neighborhood jobs.

Confidence key in neighborhood effort to save historic Toledo church from demolition.

Although St. Anthony Church had been a beacon for service to the community from the corner of Nebraska and Junction avenues for more than 100 years, its imminent demolition in 2018 was a public health concern for neighborhood residents.

A cooperative grocery store will lessen food insecurity in a central city food desert and provide access to healthy, fresh food.

Worker-owned cooperatives are not new, but utilizing this legal model is emerging as a viable solution to food insecurity.

Empowering Non-English speaking parents with meaningful access to their children’s education.

Ms. Gonzalez, a refugee who does not speak English, was having difficulty communicating with teachers and staff at her daughter’s school. The school did not provide information in her native Spanish language, so she was not able to participate in her child’s educational developments. Ms. Gonzalez sought ABLE’s legal assistance so the public school would communicate with her in a language she understood as required by law.

Developmental Disabilities Waiver Project

Everyone deserves an opportunity to live in their community near their family, friends, and support system. People with disabilities may not be able to do that without supports. Medicaid waivers allow people with disabilities and chronic conditions to receive care in their homes and communities.

Passport Project

A person’s ability to meet the necessities for living a quality life should not be dependent upon where they live. People who otherwise qualify for services that allow them to remain in their home may have difficulty obtaining services for a multitude of reasons.

Taylor Burns Ohio State House

Students living in poverty need their school records so they can succeed in new schools.

"As a state, we must act to ensure that our increasingly mobile student populations are served through the transitions in their lives. "