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Hello Advocate,

Last week, Advocates for Ohio’s Future sent out daily communications to ask you and hundreds of other supporters across the state to help influence the Senate and the Senate Finance Committee to invest in people's basic needs.

Thank you for helping us advocate for vulnerable Ohioans and generate hundreds of emails and calls to Chairman Widener (of the Senate Finance Committee) and the Senate. That said, we still have work to do.

Will you stay committed to helping out for 2 minutes a day for the next 5 days?

At our news conference last week, Shelley Papenfuse shared her powerful story with Advocates for Ohio's Future and the media. We wanted to share it with you today:

Shelley is a person with a significant mobility disability and has been able to be a contributing member of society. For most of her life, Shelley’s grandmother helped her get ready in the morning and transported her to work. After her grandmother became ill in 2009, Shelley knew her family and friends could no longer provide the level of care she needed.

Shelley applied for and now receives long-term care services through the Ohio Home Care Waiver (Medicaid) and personal care assistance from the Rehabilitation Services Commission. These services enable her to continue to work and contribute to her community. Shelley is the current chair of the Ohio Olmstead Task Force and serves as the Disability Rights Advocate at the Ability Center of Greater Toledo. She studied psychology and social work at Bowling Green State University and family counseling at the University of Toledo. 

Watch Shelley tell her story on YouTube.

Advocates for Ohio's Future needs your help to share the stories of real people, like Shelley's, and raise the voice of struggling Ohioans.

Will you call your senator and Chairman Widener (614-466-3780) and send the following urgent message?

  • Along with new jobs, this budget should prioritize workforce supports for those who, despite working hard every day, still fail to provide adequate food, health care, and security for themselves and their families.
  • Any new revenue identified during the budget process must be prioritized for health, human service, and early care & education programs. If revenue projections increase, then those additional funds should be used to improve vital services for Ohio’s most vulnerable.

Again, if you don’t know who your senator is or how to contact him or her, click on this link. You may search for your senator by name, district number or zip code on the bottom left corner of the Ohio Senate home page.

Prefer to send an email rather than call? Click here to email your senator and Senator Widener.

If you are interested in participating in our field and political webinar tomorrow from 10-11:00 am, click here for details and to register.

Finally, if you want to stay on our mailing list but opt out of the daily messages this week, just click here.

Thank you for sharing your story!

Will Petrik, Outreach Director